Friday, January 10, 2014
Beall Hall, University of Oregon
Laura Wayte, soprano
Nathalie Fortin, piano
Oregon String Quartet:
Steven Pologe, cello
Kathryn Lucktenburg, violin
Leslie Straka, viola
Helen Liu, artist
Song of Myself: Three Whitman Settings
Karen P. Thomas, composer
Walt Whitman (1819-1892), poet
Song of Myself
Smile O voluptuous cool-breath’d earth
These are really the thoughts of all
Lawrence A. Wayte, poet and composer
Principles of Astronomy
Theory of Ground Vehicles
Law of Corporations
Nicole Portley, composer
Denise Levertov (1923-1997), poet
The Ache of Marriage
Hymn to Eros
At last, to be identified!
Richard Pearson Thomas (b. 1957), composer
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), poet
Doubt me! My Dim Companion!
What if I say I shall not wait!
Wild Nights -- Wild Nights!
I never saw a Moor
There’s a certain slant of light
At last, to be identified!
Five Appalachian Folksongs
Jack Jarrett (b. 1934), arranger
Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair
He’s gone away
The Honest Miller
Between Hope and Despair
by Helen Liu
Created for American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art
Recital by Soprano Laura Wayte
January 10, 2014, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, University of Oregon
Medium: Oil on plastic bags, packaging tape, glue, charcoal and permanent marker.
Size: 20 feet by 12 feet
The audience is invited to view the painting on stage at the conclusion of the recital.
A few words about the making of this painting:
I have been saving plastic bags for about two and a half years for the simple reason of not wanting them to end up in the landfill, in the rivers, or in the ocean. Every plastic bag, small and large, that is not recyclable (around here) and can be cleaned and dried easily, I save. When Laura invited me to create another large-scale work for her recital, I jumped at the chance to use the plastics I have been saving for the “canvas.” Creating this canvas was not without challenge. Eventually, after trial and error, I settled, mostly, on the heavy plastic bags that contain coffee. They are strong and have an interesting silvery look. I had my own limited supply of these bags. A few friends and Allann Bros Coffee Roasters supplied the rest. Each plastic bag was cleaned, trimmed, taped, and glued together. It was then sanded to allow the oil paint to adhere. In addition to
the coffee bags, potato chip bags, etc., a large portion of the painting was made up of animal feed bags.
What to do with the painting at the conclusion of the recital?
The painting will be cut up into fifteen 4ft x 4ft pieces following the
recital. With a minimum donation of $25 to BRING Recycling, audience
members can take home one of these squares. If you are interested
in being a steward of one of the 15 forever-plastic paintings, please
draw a number in the lobby during intermission, make your donation to
BRING, and come to the stage after Laura’s beautiful singing.
Helen Liu is represented by White Lotus Gallery in Eugene.