Exhibition: 8 January – 1 February 2020
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, January 31, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Admission by donation
Oh, Columbia is the culmination of Hawaii-based artist Mary Babcock’s two-week residency at Oxygen, coupled with the soundscape by local artist and writer, Susan Andrews Grace.
The artists worked in a parallel fashion–Babcock in wax paper and Andrews Grace with sound–to explore water as a symbol of climate change. In particular, the relationship between the historic flooding of Columbia River and the rapid melting of the Greenland’s ice sheet. Together the artists created a cautionary tale that is both sublime and alarming.
Oh, Columbia serves as a lament for what has become a chronic environmental condition of loss and is offered to us by the artists as a cautionary tale to highlight the layers of injustice like the layers of wax paper that echo the ecological, social, and political disasters that we find ourselves participants in.
The exhibition runs until Saturday, February 1, 2020. The gallery will be open Wednesday thru Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00pm during exhibition run for viewing. There will be a Closing Reception & Artist Talk with Susan Andrews Grace on Friday, January 31, 2020 from
7:00-9:00 PM. Everyone welcome to attend.
Special Thank You to Oh, Columbia Exhibition & Residency Coordinator, Deborah Thompson
For more information please visit www.oxygenartcentre.org
Photo cutline: “Oh, Columbia” installation documentation, Photo by Randi Fjeldseth, 2020