Gallery presents men's art

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center presents Men Going to Pieces, an exhibition that features the work by four Oregon artists Bruce Allen Bayard, Peter Van Fleet, Keith Johnson, and Mark McGibbon.

The exhibition will run Aug. 5 through Sept. 9, with a reception to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St.

Men Going to Pieces is organized and curated by Rogue Gallery & Art Center executive director Jules Masterjohn. All the artists and their works attempt to investigate life's challenges, promotional materials said.

Ashland artist Bruce Allen Bayard manipulates digital photographs in a search for "new relationships," looking for insight into a system in collapse. Talent artist Peter Van Fleet distresses plywood planks, then refines and reassembles them. Jacksonville artist Keith Johnson uses traditional art-making materials — oil paint, canvas and paper — to craft his mixed media works. Portland artist Mark McGibbon uses thousands of thin strips of vibrantly colored magazine paper to create intricate collages, which he seals in a thick, layer of transparent acrylic resin.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a number of free public presentations will be offered. In a meet the artists talk at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, the artists will discuss their art, inspiration, and creative process.

A presentation called "Poetic Voices in the 21st Century" will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Bruce Barton, Jonah Bornstein, Steve Dieffenbacher, Gary Lark, and Vince Wixon present an evening of poetry that describe what it means to be a man.

Bayard and Thomas M. Houston will perform a live, improvisational soundscape synced with the screening of 1,000-image video loop from Bayard's The Weekly Press at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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