Julia Oldham, LaikaFairbanks Gallery 

2017 Eclipse Event 
Monday, August 14 - Thursday, September 28

Exhibition open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Also open until 8 p.m. on Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 for Corvallis Art Walk

Open special hours 9 am - 5 pm Aug. 19-20 for eclipse weekend!

Admission is FREE 

Closing reception Thursday, September 21.





That the eclipse is happening in our back yard is very special, but everyone’s reasons for viewing it is different. Our relationship to the Cosmos is like that: some are interested in space as a vehicle for fantasy and some are interested in in space as a vehicle for scientific exploration. With this exhibition, and the companion arts activities, I bring together artworks and artists who put us in touch with our human relationship to the Cosmos in some manner.  Julia Bradshaw, curator

More than a typical art exhibition, TOTALITY is a series of exciting events happening on campus in conjunction with the August 21st total solar eclipse.

TOTALITY includes a five-week, curated exhibition in Fairbanks Gallery and a full range of arts programming throughout eclipse weekend, including photography workshops, performance art, storytelling, and music, in response to this rare and exceptional event.

The TOTALITY exhibition will include:

William Carroll PhotographHistorical Responses

Photographer Eric William Carroll’s project “Standard Stars;” documents the deterioration of emulsion peeling off astronomical glass plate negatives. Drawn from the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, these images document the history of photographing the sky from the late 1800’s until the end of the 20th century on what is a now obsolete medium.  Visually and metaphorically, "Standard Stars" represents the human attempt to study, represent, and organize the Universe.

Social Responses

Continuing her exploration of the most shared images online, New York-based Artist Penelope Umbrico samples images of the most consumed and produced subject matter, ‘sunsets’ in her visually mesmerizing single-channel video “Sun/Screen”.

Space Exploration

Eugene, Oregon based artist Julia Oldham’s animated video “Laika’s Lullaby” tells the story of one of the many animals sent into space as part of early space exploration; reminding the viewer of a not so pleasant aspect of man’s exploration into space. 

Scientific Responses

Corvallis-based astrophotographer Tom Carrico exhibits two photographs of nebula that are both a scientific and an engineering feat; an image of a dying star and a birthing star.

Joan Truckenbrod has created an installation specifically for this exhibition, incorporating video-projection on a sculpted landscape. The sound and video installation draws our attention to the equilibrium theory of tides and the lunar cycle.

Space as a Surveillance Tool

Julie Anand and Damon Sauer have spent three years photographing the concrete calibration markers initially installed in the 1950’s as part of the government’s Corona project to enable orbiting satellites to calibrate their devices. They then mapped the GPS coordinates and altitude of the satelites orbiting the earth at the time they take the photograph and draw arcs onto the photographs representing each satellite’s trajectory; making the invisible, visible.

The Cosmos as a Vehicle for Fantasy

Miwa Matreyek’s animated single-channel video “Lumerence” was originally inspired by a visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The short film explores the human desire for space-travel as a way of connecting with the universe. Making a similarly fantastical response, Rick Kleinosky’s “Homeless Journals” include drawings of aliens and poetry written during a time when he lived outdoors.

John Whitten DrawingLyrical and Artistic Responses

Portland-based artist John Whitten’s obsessive and meticulous drawings are one part meditation, one part an exercise in chance, and definitely inspired by the upcoming eclipse. School of Arts and Communication Director and Painter Lee Ann Garrison connects our humanity with the moon in her painting that imagines the moon with an internal heart. Portland artist Ben Buswell anchors one wall of the gallery with his large-format embellished Lamda prints titled “Four Suns”.


Vija Celmins has thousands of astronomical photographs of the night sky. On display is a suite of three prints created by transforming found astronomical photographs. Each print makes use of three or four printmaking techniques. By transforming these photographs into prints, Celmins aims to give the photographs more substance. From a distance, the images look photographic and the photographic attributes are underscored by the inclusion of two prints depicting reversals or negatives of the night sky. Upon closer inspection of the prints, the intricate drawing and printmaking marks become apparent. The prints were printed and published by Gemini G.E.L. and have been loaned to the Totality exhibition courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.

For more information, contact Julia Bradshaw.