Reader Reviews for this Book
Review posted March 15, 2020
DE May: The Occupations, published by the former Art Gym at Marylhurst, documents Dan May's work from 1991 to about 2002. He was an artist who worked in Salem, almost in obscurity, for many years. With Dan's passing in the last year or two, and the closure of the Art Gym when Marylhurst University shut down, this is important documentation of an artist who's work has become greatly appreciated, sadly too close to the end of his life.
Review posted March 23, 2019
A fine account of the Art Gym exhibit of D. E. May's "The Occupations" with representative images from the show of which the curator, Terri Hopkins, observes: "It is work that has been done with great care and great thought by a man devoted to looking, salvaging, making and remaking" (5). I also appreciated Hopkins's appreciation that "Collectors do many things, most importantly support and encourage an artist, and preserve the work for the future" (7). After Hopkins's "Preface," Joel Weinstein notes in his "D.E. May at the Art Gym" that "every Mayian endeavor ...teases the mystery and grace out of the plainest of visual assertions..."(11). He justifiably connects May's work to that of to Agnes Martin. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and coincidentally received on the day I learned sadly of May's death last month. Highly recommended for Oregonians who want to learn about a quiet, local artist worthy of celebration.