CODY BUSTAMANTE Cody Bustamante’s (Djerassi, 2016) work examines evolving constructions of reality as they are found in myth, science, engineering, and arts from around the world and throughout history. His work has been exhibited at Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA; the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; Oregon State Uni- versity, Corvallis, OR; the University of Houston; the Blue Star Art Center, San Antonio, TX; and the University of Texas San Antonio Art Collection, among many others. His work is in numerous collections, including the Port- land Art Museum, University of Texas, Oregon State University, and the Univer- sity of Oregon. Bustamante is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR. He received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA from Humboldt State University. He is currently a professor of art at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. “Surrounded by writers, I was inspired to extend beyond the formal and conceptual bases for my work and to return to a fictional abstract space. Nighttime hikes became a regular activity. The collapsing of space afforded by darkness intensified the seriousness, laughter and sensory memories of the experience. The presence of wildlife, the weather, and the natural sounds reset my connection to nature, including other people.” Above: Learning Mayan Counting, 2015, Crayon, acrylic on panel, 36” x 28” Right: Belly Tankers & Jet Cars (triptych), 2015, Crayon, acrylic on panel, 36” x 96”