Portland-Based Multimedia Artist Exhibits Work at Lower Columbia College’s Forsberg Gallery | Local
Portland-based multimedia artist Alexis Day’s “Schemata: Dissonance and Distortion” exhibition runs through December 2 at the Forsberg Art Gallery on the campus of Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple St., Longview.
In an email to the Daily News, Day wrote that she has been working on the show for over a year and is very proud and excited to finally share it.
Day uses his training in psychology to study themes of perception and memory and how processes relate to individual and cultural identity, according to information on his website, alexisdayart.com.
The body of work is a reflection on 2020 and 2021 and the gap of understanding that has widened across the country in recent years, she noted.
“Understanding another’s belief, but still disagreeing, is one thing, while not being able to understand an opposition’s point of view is another,” she wrote. “When people cannot understand each other’s thought processes, compromise seems impossible, and both parties find it easier to conclude that the other is delusional or misinformed.”
She notes that the artwork in her exhibition “collectively explore this divide by examining the key mental processes that contribute to this disconnection. These are cognitive distortions, or errors of thought, and patterns, the organizational systems of the mind.
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Through text and visuals, subjects are questioned, Day wrote, noting that “Three 10-foot-tall mixed art works use architectural spaces as frames to examine different functions of the mind, including distortions. cognitive, gender schema and self-schema “.
She combines photos, fabric, paint and collage to “create something new.” A process that reflects how the mind combines different experiences to form our pattern, memories and perceptions, ”she wrote.
Two works of art of stereograms add to this dialogue, she wrote, explaining that stereograms “are commonly referred to as ‘Magic Eye’ images. They allow some, but not everyone, to perceive 3D visuals in 2D images.
The pieces reproduce the differences in perception that exist today in society.
“All viewers will look at the same artwork, but not everyone will experience the same thing,” she wrote.