March 17, 2015
Gabriel Manca: Found Objects- Creating mixed media in rural Eastern Oregon
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"To one side of Gabriel Manca’s front door, a wood-framed canvas covers the entire wall, mixed media art protruding from it. Layers of found objects are covered in papier-mâché and held together by thousands of staples. “The ability to ready our minds for unique or original thought is a product of art education,” said Manca, from his home in Enterprise. “It’s a direct result of being encouraged creatively. Art is so rich in the formation of humans.
Manca’s own formation began in John Day. The influence of art was all around him. His parents created art in a stained glass studio in the backyard. It was not unusual for family friends who were artists or musicians to drop by for dinner. When his hippie parents divorced, 12-year-old Manca moved to the Oregon Coast with his dad, where he grew up watching the contractor rehabilitate old buildings. When he visited his mother in Enterprise, her sense of space and décor left him in awe.”

Right: photo by Kendrick Moholt

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