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On The Same Wave-Length: Octagon Gallery To Open New Exhibit With Reception Saturday

Learn more about the artistic process and collaborative work that resulted in Wave/Length, a project by Kimberly Turner and Ruby Andromeda Miller, during the artist talk at the Octagon Gallery in Westfield on Saturday at 2 p.m. Submitted photos

WESTFIELD — The Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library invites the public to meet artists Kimberly Turner and Ruby Andromeda Miller at the opening reception for their art installation, Wave/Length, on Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The artists will present a short talk for guests starting at 2 p.m.

Wave/Length is a collaborative multimedia installation from artists Kimberly Turner of Warren and Ruby Andromeda Miller of Deerton, Mich. The project began with exploring measurement as a method of knowing and evolved into an exploration of friendship at a distance.

Beginning with thread as a marker, Turner and Miller collected data from predetermined points along the shores of Lake Erie (where Turner grew up) and Lake Superior (where Miller currently resides) to correspond with the physical distance between the artists. The work that grew out of this experiment is a large-scale multimedia installation including space-filling yards of indigo dyed cloth spilling down the walls and onto the floor; ghostly, human scale cyanotypes; and a curated set of found objects that were improvisationally used during the data collection. The viewer is engulfed in a very embodied measurement and experience of the lakes that points to the distances between themselves and the people and places they love, while also encouraging exploration of their own horizons.

Kimberly Turner is based in Warren. Originally from Dunkirk, she grew up along the shores of Lake Erie. Turner earned her MFA in photography from Indiana University Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in photography and illustration from the State University at Fredonia. Andromeda Miller is based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, along the coast of Lake Superior. Originally from mid-Michigan, she grew up in the Lansing area and earned her bachelor’s degree in sculpture at Grand Valley State University and an associate’s degree in welding technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 31. Gallery hours, after the opening, are the same as the library’s hours, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Octagon Gallery is located in the basement of the Patterson Library at 40 S. Portage St., Westfield. More information about the Octagon Gallery can be found at pattersonlib.org.

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