Bruce Conkle: Cabin Fever

Bruce Conkle's Cabin Fever installation in The Art Gym's Gallery 2 includes a cabin with an electric fire set in the midst of a fake forest, surrounded by wood grain snowmen/lumberjacks, snowmen skulls, reindeer antlers and mushrooms. Five years ago, Conkle created the related installation Quasi-Camp for The Orlo Foundation gallery in Northwest Portland. For that piece the artist "camped" in a tent in the gallery and watched nature videos. Cabin Fever continues Conkle's interest in creating artwork which uses art and humor to address contemporary attitudes toward nature and environmental concerns, including deforestation and global warming.

Both exhibitions – M.J. Anderson: Skin of the Stone and Bruce Conkle: Cabin Fever – received generous support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. The Art Gym is a program of the Art Department of Marylhurst University. The Art Gym program has also received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and many private individuals.

Terri M. Hopkins
Director and Curator, The Art Gym