ORE. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Regional Artist Reveals Areal Density at PDX
a site-specific art installation created by Oregon artist Susan Murrell, is on
display through November at Portland International Airport.
this exhibit on Concourse A, Murrell uses watercolor, acetate, vinyl, and mixed
media to express the balance between the organic and technological worlds. Her
work is often compared to circuit boards—complex panels of circuitry linked by
rigid, linear connectors. Areal Density, a term referring to the amount of data
that can be packed onto a storage medium, represents both an abstract, aerial
view of landscape, and the complex connections that occur on a more intimate
lives in La Grande, Ore., and is an associate professor of art at Eastern
Oregon University. She was awarded residences at international programs
including Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Ragdale in Lake Forest, Ill. She
was also recipient of the Golden Spot residency at Crow's Shadow Institute of
the Arts in Pendleton, Ore.
has fundamentally changed our connection to the landscape,” Murrell said. “The
horizon has defined our relationship to the world; now with our expanding
perspective, we feel a kinship with microscopic images and aerial views of
planets. Similarly, the clean lines of grids, maps, and charts have become a
cultural shorthand for quantifying, organizing and even designating ownership
of new information. Within the context and tradition of abstraction, my work
deals with this shift in visual knowledge.”
PDX art program has more than 45 rotating and permanent exhibits that
illustrate the dynamic culture of the Pacific Northwest. The program showcases
a variety of works through ongoing relationships with regional artists and art
|Susan Murrell's Areal Density is on display through November 2014 in PDX Concourse A.
learn more about Murrell and her work, visit www.susanstudio.com.