**LAST WEEK OF EXHIBITION**
"UNCONSCIOUS ART" EXHIBITION AT TILLAMOOK COUNTY LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH THROUGH JULY
The main branch of the Tillamook County Library in Tillamook is featuring the work of local artist Bob Pagani in its lobby showcases through the month of July. The exhibition is titled "If I Knew What I Was Doing, I Would Stop."
Pagani, 61, a native of New York City, has lived in Tillamook County since 2000. He describes his art as "coming straight from my subconscious or unconscious, often based on thoughts that drift through my mind as I'm falling asleep or waking up."
According to Pagani, he woke up one morning a few years ago with the first thought on his mind being "Why am I not making art?" He immediately dove into painting and sculpture with mad abandon, sometimes making several pieces a week. Pagani has no formal training in art and says he is unconcerned with questions of genre or style. His work has no agenda other than self-expression. "I get ideas. If I like them and I can figure out how to make them with the material I can get and afford, I just go ahead and do it," he says. In this way, Pagani's work is in the tradition of "outsider art."
"If I Knew What I Was Doing, I Would Stop" is divided into three parts. Part One consists of 36 of what Pagani calls "Amorphisms," phrases generated by his brain during periods of parasomnia (half-awake, half-asleep). Part Two is paintings of statements from the Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Index (MMPI), a standardized psychological test over cloud formations, plus a sculpture titled "This could be Las Vegas if I want." Part Three is composed of miscellaneous paintings.
"If I Knew What I Was Doing, I Would Stop" is on public display in the outer lobby of the Tillamook County Library main branch on W. 3rd St. in Tillamook, Oregon through the end of July. The exhibit is free.
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