Listen, woodcut with low relief sculpture, 2018, 164.50 x 42 x 4 in.
from Christopher Logue, War Music and Leslie Jamison, The Empathy exams
photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid
than the sky,
an exhibition of large woodcuts and a mixed media project
I feel that everything we value (ourselves, our relationships, our country,
our planet) is fragile and we have to find a way not to be overwhelmed by
the anger and noise around us and work together to find common ground.
than the sky uses the imagination to locate patterns that bring the vast macro
and micro scales of science (the cosmos, DNA) together with text and objects,
the daily gestures and concerns of a clamorous world. It's like looking at
the stars and thinking "Here I am, part of this in some small way."
It's not a lonely thought; it connects us to an orderly universe - one growing
infinitesimally more comprehensible - a comforting thought right now.
Rather than attempting to overwhelm the viewer, the artist leaves "breathing
spaces" in these complex systems, breaks for perspective and attention,
to reaffirm human values of kindness and consideration and let us listen to
Thanks to John Deal, the OCADU faculty member who initiated and continues
to oversee the Digital painting residency at OCADU and also to Darrell Currington
for his patience and technical intuition.