Sun Drinks White Artist Panel and Reception

Everyday objects take on a new and powerful meaning.

Join us for a talk by artists Teresa Baker, Mark Cowardin and Rashawn Griffin, whose works are on view in the exhibition Sun Drinks White. Reception to follow.

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from the poem "Haiku Journey" by Indigenous writer, photographer and scholar Kimberly Blaeser.

Blaeser writes:

ground painted in frost

thirsty morning sun drinks white

leaves rust golds return

The poem, structured in four parts, each representing one of the four seasons, brings elements of the natural world into focus. This mindful attention to detail serves as a useful mode of understanding the artwork in this exhibition, created by Marie Watt, Mark Cowardin, Rashawn Griffin and Teresa Baker. Though their works are abstract, the artists’ sensitive attention to materiality evokes larger ideas of nature, our connections to place, our familial bonds, and our physical beings.

Common materials found in a hardware store are transformed into poetry through each artist’s imagination. Their work has emotional resonance lent by the choice of materials that connect to deeper concepts such as the body, family, nation, and ancestral land.

Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required for in-person attendance.

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Experience Sun Drinks White in the Oppenheimer, Thompson, and Anonymous Galleries March 24 to July 30.

detail of Missouri River artwork by Teresa Baker
Artwork image: Teresa Baker, Missouri River (detail), 2022, Yarn, parfleche, artificial sinew, oil pastel, on Astroturf, 72.25 x 107.5 in., Courtesy the Artist and de boer gallery, Los Angeles, California