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Lucinda Parker's "Emerson Suite" opens at Reed College

The exhibition, on view July 15 to October 24, marks the first time the series of charcoal drawings by the acclaimed Portland artist has been on view together

PORTLAND, OR (July 2, 2004) - Portland artist (and Reed alumna) Lucinda Parker's Emerson Suite , an exquisite series of charcoal drawings inspired by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, will be on view in Reed College's Kaul Auditorium Foyer from July 15 through October 24, 2004.

A reception for the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 in the Kaul Auditorium Foyer. Admission to the reception and the exhibition is free to the public.

Parker weaves Emerson's text within tangled, morphing organic forms, creating images that have the striking, expressionistic quality of early graphic novels: bold marks and passionate ideas created by a masterful hand and eye. This exhibition marks the first time that so many of the Emerson Suite drawings have been shown together. The works are on view courtesy of the Laura Russo Gallery in downtown Portland.

"Growing up in New England, I spent hours alone exploring the woods around our home. I painted and drew, climbed trees with a book to read, looked for lady slippers, avoided poison ivy. Maybe this is why my abstract work has always had a strong natural subtext. These drawings are about bushwhacking, finding a rhythmic order in chaos, seeking the horizon through a thicket, or looking for pure curves or some kind of quasi-symmetry in tangled undergrowth. It seems that I search for geometry in the outside world at the same time as I imagine growing forms in abstract art. I always thought the trees were drawing themselves. I have a pocket Emerson on my studio desk, which I read often. Integrating quotes with images feels like a throwback to my youth, to Lloyd Reynolds and to Romanticism. Dangerous. So I had to do it." --Lucinda Parker, 2004

The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Snyder, director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College.

Admission to Emerson Suites is free and open to the public. For information and hours, please visit or call the gallery information line at 503/777-7790.

For more information or to receive images from the exhibition, please contact Beth Sorensen, office of communications, at 503/777-7574 or at .

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