Spotlight: Schlanger’s Spokane River exhibit to open at SFCC

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013

Artist Gregg Schlanger is opening a new installation at the Spokane Falls Community College Fine Art Gallery and is seeking help from area residents.

The exhibit is titled “Mapping the Spokane River,” and it will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18. Schlanger, who teaches art and is the art department chairman at Central Washington University, is encouraging people to submit photos of activity along the Spokane River (submitted via Facebook or printed no larger than 8-by-10 inches and brought to the gallery), stories of the river (posted to the Facebook page or written in person on the map at the gallery), or a water sample taken from the river. Bring a container of water to the gallery and prepare to mark where you gathered it on a map.

In a news release, Schlanger said he is fascinated with mapping and the artistic aspects of cartography.

“Maps change over time for various reasons,” he said. “Can a map be of a moment? Can a map mark a story? Can a map illustrate an experience? Can a map tell your story?”

Schlanger works primarily in installations and public art. His work has been shown internationally and he’s won several awards, including a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The gallery is located in the main lobby of the Fine Arts Building (Building 6) on the SFCC campus, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. For information on Schlanger’s project, search “mapping the Spokane” on Facebook or visit www.sfccfinearts.org/gallery.

Memories of Som

Many in Spokane’s arts community are still shaken by the death last week of Isamu Jordan, a DJ, musician, music writer and former staff member of The Spokesman-Review.

This week in 7, we’ll explore Jordan’s legacy on the music scene. If you are a musician or an artist and would like to talk about the mark Jordan left on the community, please contact me at carolynl@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5068.

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