Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior art majors exhibition with a small solo exhibition of recent work by one of the faculty members in
Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior art majors exhibition with a small solo exhibition of recent work by one of the faculty members in the art department at Willamette University. This year, the exhibition will focus on recent work by Alexandra Opie (American, born 1974), who serves as chair of the art department and teaches courses in photography and electronic media.
In Wonder Box, her current body of work, Opie creates a heightened awareness of the intense beauty and mystery of the mundane through images of plant parts and found objects. Using antique forms: tintype, ambrotype, and prints from glass-plate negatives, she photographs plant parts and found objects in extreme macro—with an eight-foot-long camera and a scavenged military aerial survey lens—in a way that intentionally confuses perception. The viewer is meant to wonder if they are looking at something natural or human-made, an ancient artifact that has survived for thousands of years or an ephemeral wisp of organic material that will soon decay.
(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street Salem 97301
$6 general admission; $4 seniors (age 55 ); $3 college students (age 18 with ID); free for children (ages 0-17). Tuesday admission is free for everyone.