YOUNIVERSE: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE - SELECTED WORKS BY TAD SAVINAR


The collection, rather than being a survey of Tad Savinar’s four-decade studio practice, focuses on two bodies of his work: prints, paintings, and sculpture created between 1994 and 2011; and works conceived in Florence, Italy, in 2014 and others that followed into 2016. As described in Pictures that Talk, a book about the exhibit written by Hoffman Gallery Director and Curator Linda Tesner and funded by the Ford Family Foundation:

Each piece delivers a sucker-punch to the viewer (albeit with a velvet glove), and asks viewers to engage with the work and the artist in a dialogue about the complexities of the human experience, both sacred and profane.

I am interested in creating a dialogue between the work and the viewer. Not a one-way diatribe but a genuine back-and-forth conversation. In order to achieve this, I use the tool of beauty to bring the viewer closer, language to engage them, content that is relevant to their lives, and irony to soften the blow.
— Tad Savinar

PHOTOS

installation photos of youniverse: past, present future, selected works by Tad Savinar // credit: Deann Orr



EVENTS

January 22

  • Reception for the Artist, Hoffman Gallery, 3—5 p.m.

February 26

  • Panel Discussion: “Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World”, Miller 105, 3 p.m.

Moderator: Randy Gragg, director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies, University of Oregon

Panelists:  

Samiya Bashir, poet and assistant professor of creative writing, Reed College
Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music and director of musicology, Lewis & Clark College
Jon Raymond, novelist and screenwriter
Tad Savinar, artist
Luan Schooler, director of new play development and dramaturgy, Artists Repertory Theatre