Nightingale season opens Sept. 29


Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.26.44 PMLA GRANDE — Bursts and waves of bright color will fill Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery this fall as it hosts John Whitten’s “Stochastic Resonance.”

The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29.

In his most recent work, the Portland-based artist and art instructor at Oregon State University explores the philosophical significance of what it means to wander. His drawings and videos involve repurposing flares, smoke signals and rescue dye, dislodging the hope placed in them to embrace uncertainty.

His work has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in support of a residency with Signal Fire. His relationship with the Nightingale Gallery began during the November 2015 “Drawn Together” exhibit that showcased Northwest artists who use drawing as a foundation of their studio practice.

“EOU’s art program has a strong tradition of drawing as a foundation for all our majors,” Gallery Director Cory Peeke said in a press release about the exhibit. “Whitten’s work will provide students and others a glimpse into his development as an artist and the fundamental, yet increasingly adaptable, process of drawing.”

Whitten’s drawing methods combine chance, intuition and structure to challenge a sense of control.

Driven by a passion for the outdoors and a fascination with survivalism, Whitten investigates what it means to make one’s way through life.

The gallery, located in Loso Hall, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or follow the Nightingale Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.

Whitten’s works will be on display in the Nightingale Gallery through Nov. 3. He will return to campus Nov. 1 for a public talk about his work at 6 p.m. in Badgely Hall’s Huber Auditorium.

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