"Artifacts," a painting and sculpture installation by Darren Orange and Kyle Matthews, opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Alderbrook Station. Music is provided by Cap'n Cut'n Paste.

Orange's paintings and Matthews' sculptures are inspired by the environment and history of the Lower Columbia River Basin. Orange uses heavily textured, nontraditional materials to document the atmosphere of the ruins on the banks of the Columbia. Matthews' sculptures incorporate objects found along the river that he re-assembles and appropriates into new interpretive juxtapositions. Both artists are working with the ideas of discard and obsolescence in this site-specific installation.

Alderbrook Station is an historic net shed built on pilings over the Columbia River at 4910 Ash St. Once dependent on the resources of the river, Alderbrook Station is itself an artifact, now finding a new life through artistic intervention.

The exhibit will run through Oct. 1 and is open from 1 to 6 p.m. daily or by appointment. For information, go online to www.alderbrookstation.net or www.darrenorange.com, or call (503) 325-6999 or (503) 338-9503.


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