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Thompson Exhibit Opens in Portland

Art Professor James Thompson will show a mixed media "Works on Paper" at the Mark Woolley Gallery in July.

"In this age of rapid, technological advancements, human beings are hard-pressed to imagine any kind of realistic future for themselves because so much of the technology introduced in this age is de-humanizing," Thompson says. "Our tendency is to seek refuge in nostalgia -- an imagined past -- often seen through rose-colored glasses so that we might draw comfort when facing the ever-changing realities of future life."

"As an artist I have addressed this incongruity by inventing a process of making art and images that reflect our inability to reconcile the technological age with this notion of nostalgia. The process I employ incorporates both the annihilating qualities of technology and the security found in the utilization of traditional or historic aspects of printmaking, painting and drawing techniques.

"In this way," Thompson says, "the process making art demonstrates the disconnect between the imagined past and the unimaginable future that exists at the very intersection of nostalgia in the age of technology."

Thompson has been at Willamette since 1986. He teaches printmaking, painting and drawing. The public is invited to a First Friday Opening Party for his exhibit at the Mark Woolley Gallery July 7 from 6-9 p.m. The James Thompson show will take place at the gallery's Woolley at Wonder location at 128 NE Russell in Portland. (The event is held on Friday so as not to conflict with the First Thursday Art Walk openings in the Pearl District.)

The Woolley gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, mixed-media works, installations and unusual ceramic pieces by artists from the Northwest, the United States and abroad. Thompson's exhibition will run from July 7 to July 29.