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Of Jesters, Lovers and Pawns by Artist Julie Martin

Julie Martin
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SHSPAZLE, an interactive sculpture created from 27 giant puzzle pieces by artist Julie Martin, will be featured in the inaugural exhibition "OF JESTERS, LOVERS AND PAWNS," at the Mt. Scott Art Center in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition opens on June 1, 2004 and runs for three-months.

Martin, an installation and mixed-media artist known for her use of non-traditional materials, invites exhibition visitors to arrange, rearrange and respond to SHSPAZLE's pieces, which are made from wood and measure approximately 12" x 12" x 1". The artist gave SHSPAZLE its name by combining letters from the words that describe the sculpture's essential elements: shape, space, and puzzle.

In addition to the interactive sculpture, "OF JESTERS, LOVERS AND PAWNS" includes a selection of Martin's wall reliefs derived from cast puzzles, polybronze, gold and silver leaf, pencil and crayon, and children's renderings.

"Although these works may have the appearance of puzzles, they are in fact continuous sheets of fiberglass. I enjoy the seeming fragility of the puzzles in conjunction with the childrens' drawings and precious metals. To me, these juxtapositions are strong metaphors about the fragility of life, as well as its inherent value" says Ms. Martin. Julie Martin's work has been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States and abroad, including Galeria Mesa in Mesa, Arizona; the Contemporary Arts Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ridge Art Gallery in Winterhaven, Florida; the Columbia Art Center in Columbia, Maryland; the Beaverton Arts Commission Gallery in Beaverton, Oregon; and the Alder Gallery in Eugene, Oregon. She received a B.F.A. from Portland State University and an M.F.A. from Vermont College.

"OF JESTERS, LOVERS AND PAWNS" runs through August 2004. The Mt. Scott Art Center is located at 5417 SE 72nd Street, Portland, Oregon. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Telephone 503-777-7733. Images of Julie Martin's work can be found on the Web site

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