Explore Robert Boyd’s “Conspiracy Theory” and the intricate drawings of Brian Lund in the Feldman Gallery + Project Space—both shows close October 24.
Part of the recent Time-Based Arts Festival presented by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, both shows have garnered wide interest from the Portland community/
Robert Boyd’s Conspiracy Theory is a synchronized two-channel video installation, addressing issues of social paranoia and civil distrust in an era of questionable politics. The video covers topics from government involvement in the September 11 attacks to human invention of the HIV/AIDS virus, and the bizarre “reptilian agenda” that reveals reptilians as rulers of humanity.
Incorporating audio and video excerpts from syndicated radio talk show hosts, international conspiracists and more, Conspiracy Theory addresses some of today’s leading conspiracies relayed by their most evocative proponents. Set to a fast-paced dance track, the work functions as both a critique and parody while raising the question: What if all is not as it seems?
Brian Lund’s pencil drawings feature a self-invented visual vocabulary, consisting of a complex system of dots, dashes, lines, and numbers that translate the vast editing systems of Hollywood films into abstract compositions. This series of works on paper draw from two cinematic sources: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) and Busby Berkeley’s choreographed dance sequences from Depression-era Hollywood musicals. Every character and/or action in Wall Street and the Berkeley dance numbers has been graphically translated to a series of marks.
Through an interweaving of these diagrammatic forms, Lund interprets a complex and layered multimedia experience. Lund’s works are highlighted in the Project Space.
Read a review of Lund’s show in the “Portland Mercury”:http://tba.portlandmercury.com/TBA/archives/2009/09/11/review-brian-lund-at-pnca
PNCA’s public “Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/704/pnca-graduate-visiting-artist-lecture-series hit Portland this academic year to the attention of the local art and design communities.
Click the links below to see what members of the Portland media are saying about this new program, part of both the MFA in Visual Studies and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, jointly offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft.
• ” The Oregonian‘s”:http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2009/10/video_pnca_lecture_series.html visual arts editor, DK Row, delivers an overview of the series by Webcast.
• Lisa Radon, cultural blogger for the ” Portland Monthly”:http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/blogs/culturephile-portland-arts/art-wardshelley/ interviews visiting artist Ward Shelley, providing written and podcast content.
• Brian Libby of ” Portland Architecture”:http://chatterbox.typepad.com/portlandarchitecture/2009/09/badanes-to-the-bone.html?cid=6a00d8341c86d053ef0120a540a94f970b previews Steve Badanes’ lecture, which also inaugurated the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building on the East side.
• Barry Johnson of ” The Oregonian”:http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandarts/2009/09/design_the_wall_build_the_wall.html talks with Steve Badanes and MFA in Applied Craft and Design chair JP Reuer.
• Megan Driscoll of ” PORT”:http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2009/10/pnca_lectures.html plugs two upcoming lectures with Zahid Sardar and Ellen Dissanayake.
MFA in Applied Craft and Design presents a lecture by design writer and editor Zahid Sardar on Thursday, October 22.
Sardar is the author and designer of New Garden Design and San Francisco Modern. He has written about architecture, interiors, craft and design for the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Chronicle where, for 20 years, he has held various titles including Architecture & Design Editor for the Chronicle magazine and most recently, San Francisco Chronicle Design Editor.
Sardar has lectured widely about architecture, interior design and garden design and has participated on design juries for various organizations including the American Institute of Architects. His current lectures at Bay Area schools about the history of design focus on the return and value of craft in industrial design. Sardar has also written for House & Garden, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Metropolis, and Architecture, among others.
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Zahid Sardar
6:30 p.m. October 22 | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave.
Join the Museum of Contemporary Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MFA in Applied Craft and Design program (a joint MFA offered with Oregon College of Art and Craft) for an energetic, casual Pecha Kucha-inspired Night.
“Pecha Kucha”:http://www.pecha-kucha.org/ is a concept that grew out of the Tokyo design community, featuring a series of concise presentations. MFA in Applied Craft and Design students will present ideas and images in a modified format of roughly 3.5 minutes each. This lively program will introduce the audience to ideas, objects, and questions on the minds of the inaugural class of this innovative new program.
Special Event | Pecha Kucha–Inspired Night
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21
Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Don’t miss the last chance to view Pacific Northwest College of Art’s centennial Faculty Biennial, showcasing the work of its faculty—the exhibition closes October 17.
Over the course of the last century, PNCA’s faculty have been some of the leaders in visual thinking and making. That reputation remains and is showcased in the 2009 Faculty Biennial Exhibition, featuring the work of the College’s current 85 faculty members.
Exhibition | Faculty Biennial
Now through October 17
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomed Etsy’s Matt Stinchcomb for the PNCA - Cyan/PDX Cultural Residency Series, including a public lecture, Digitally Building the DIY Community, and a range of interactions with the PNCA community.
Portland’s DIY culture continues to be recognized internationally as a central hub of the American DIY movement, celebrated as a collective of creative talent with a progressive approach to the entrepreneurial spirit. Presented by the PNCA – Cyan/PDX Cultural Residency Series.
“Listen to a podcast of Digitally Building the DIY Community: A Conversation with Matt Stinchcomb of Etsy”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/586639
New York-based artist Alix Pearlstein will discuss her wide range of work that includes conceptual sculpture, multi-channel installation, and performance-based video during a lecture at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 in the College’s Swigert Commons.
Pearlstein uses everyday objects, pop cultural artifacts, and art historical references to create narrative meaning through association. Characterized by deadpan humor and a minimalist aesthetic, Pearlstein’s approach is direct and intimate. Her videotapes engage in wry, self-conscious renderings of icons of style, gender, media, and art historical Modernism.
Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Biennale de Lyon, France; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunstverein, Cologne; S.M.A.K., Ghent, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. One-person exhibitions of her work have been seen at The Kitchen, NYC; The MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Postmasters Gallery and Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; and The Grossman Gallery, School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
MFA In Visual Studies Lecture| Alix Pearlstein
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 | PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Photo courtesy of the artist.
PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies program presents Kate Gilmore in a lecture, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15 in the College’s Swigert Commons.
Kate Gilmore received her MFA (2002) at the School of Visual Arts, New York and BA (1997) at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She currently has a solo exhibition at Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, and last year, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, Artspace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain, and CESAC Centro Sperimentale Per Le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy. She is represented by Smith-Stewart Gallery in New York.
MFA In Visual Studies Lecture | Kate Gilmore
12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15 | PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Photo courtesy of the artist.
For one dynamic week, PNCA’s campus was enlivened by the work and insight of five international writers from University of Iowa’s “International Writing Program”:http://iwp.uiowa.edu/index.html.
The five writers included: Fflur Dafydd, a novelist, literary critic and musician from Wales; Soheil Najm, a poet from Iraq; Osman Conteh, a novelist from Sierra Leone; Fedosy Santaella, a fiction writer from Venezuela; and Lijia Zhang, a nonfiction writer from China.
Along with engaging the community during a free and public lecture on October 5 at the College, the group participated in a range of literary events in the Portland area, including “Wordstock”:http://www.wordstock.com.
PNCA would like to thank PNCA faculty member and writer-in-residence Barry Sanders for organizing the visit and the community as a whole for participating.
Work by faculty member Nan Curtis and MFA in Visual Studies alumnus Nicolaii Dornstauder ‘09 was recently reviewed on “Artforum.com”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us&mode=past#picks23903. Curtis and Dornstauder are currently featured in a two-person show at “Fourteen30 Contemporary”:http://fourteen30.com/ gallery in SE Portland.
Fourteen30 Contemporary is one the many Portland galleries featuring PNCA artists this October.
In honor of the PNCA’s Centennial academic year, the College is the focus of Oregon Art Beat‘s first episode of the season, airing October 8. Former faculty member “Lucinda Parker ‘66”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/stories/18/embodying-exuberance, current BFA faculty member “Paul Missal”:http://www.blackfish.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=17 and alumnus “Ty Ennis ‘06”:http://www.newamericanartunion.com/Artists/Ty_Ennis/ are featured.
“Watch the episode online now.”:http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/episodes/view/1101
A term coined by Anne Wilson at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “sloppy craft” is described by craft theorist Glenn Adamson as the “unkempt” product of a “post-disciplinary craft education.”
Join Anne Wilson, Wilson’s former student Josh Faught (University of Oregon), Nan Curtis (Pacific Northwest College of Art), local artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Namita Gupta Wiggers to discuss this rising—and controversial—approach to conceptual craft practice.
This conversation takes place in preparation for a related exhibition co-curated by Josh Faught, assistant professor and program coordinator of fibers, University of Oregon; and Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft. Sloppy Craft is scheduled to exhibit at the Museum during the 2010–2011 exhibition season.
Lecture | Craft Dialogue: Sloppy Craft
Featuring Anne Wilson
1–3 p.m. Saturday, October 10
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
During October, Portland’s vibrant gallery scene overflows with artists from the PNCA community including students, alumni, faculty and faculty emeriti. Thank you to all of the galleries for their continued support and for celebrating PNCA’s Centennial, 1909-2009.
For complete show information; please contact individual galleries.
Download the “PNCA=100 Inside/Outside—All Around Town brochure”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/585127.
*23 Sandy Gallery*
623 NE 23rd Ave
Group Show: “Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature”
Artist: Malini Gupta ’05
716 NW Davis St
Group Show: “Honoring PNCA Alumni”
Artists: George Johanson ’50; Sally Cleveland ’81; Terry Waldron ‘92; Morgan Walker ’93; Jef Gunn; Stan Wood ’71
*Beppu Wiarda Gallery*
319 NW Ninth Ave
“New Work–Mixed Media on Canvas”
Artist: Deborah Gillis ’95
420 NW Ninth Ave
Group Show: Work by PNCA Alumni & Faculty
Artists: Lynda Ater ’01; Barbara Black ’84; Tori Bryer Board Member; Jana Demartini, Former Faculty; Paul Missal, Faculty; Angela Passalacqua ’88; Eric Rue ’05; Sue Tower ’82; Judith Wyss ’81
520 NW Davis St
“PNCA at 100: Jeffrey Butters”
Artist: Jeffery Butters ’90
*Charles A Hartman Fine Art*
134 NW Eighth Ave
“Hayley Barker: Chimeras”
Artist: Hayley Barker, Faculty
*Elizabeth Leach Gallery*
417 NW Ninth Avenue
“Written from Exile”
Artist: Ryan Pierce, Faculty
1430 SE Third Ave
“Nan Curtis + Nicolaii Dornstauder: In conjunction with the Centennial Celebrations of PNCA”
Artists: Nan Curtis, Faculty; Nicolaii Dornstauder ’09
714 NW Davis St
“Tom Prochaska & Claudio Tschopp”
Artist: Tom Prochaska, Faculty
*Launch Pad Gallery*
534 SE Oak St
Group Show: “Family”
Artists: Justinian Frey ’94; Carolina Medina-Dupaix ’04; Jason Kappus
*Laura Russo Gallery*
805 NW 21st Ave
Group Show: “PNCA Alumni”
Artists: Jay Backstrand ’61; Marlene Bauer ’76; Michael Brophy ’85; Louis Bunce, Faculty Emeritus; Sean Cain ’94; Tom Cramer ’82; Chris Gander ’86; William Givler, Former Dean; Roll Hardy ’02; Manuel Izquierdo ’51, Faculty Emeritus; Jackie Johnson ’74; Mary Josephson ’86; Lucinda Parker ’66; Jack Portland ’71; Jan Reaves; Eric Stotik ’85; Margot Voorhies Thompson ’84; Sherrie Wolf ’74
*Museum of Contemporary Craft–Exhibition Space*
724 NW Davis St
Group Show: “Call + Response”
Artists: David Eckard, Faculty; Anne Marie Oliver, Faculty
1875 SE Belmont St
“Off the Clock”
Artist: Andrea Paustenbaugh ’06
*Onda Gallery – Lake Oswego*
Group Show: “Celebrating Art and Nature - National Wildlife Refuge Week Kickoff”
Artist: Susan Jensen ’81
*PNCA Hybrid Gallery*
indigo @ twelve | west; 430 SW 13th Ave
Group Show: “Possible Progress in Body Relations”
Artists: Alexander Ian Smith ’11; Chad Hinman ’10; Taryn Tomasello ’12; Lacy Davis ’10; Robert Burns ’10; Sokhun Keo ’10; Sarah Johnson ’09; and Brennan Broome ’11
*PDX Contemporary Gallery*
925 NW Flanders St
“Across the Hall: In Honor of PNCA @ 100”
Artist: Derek Franklin ’09; Molly Vidor ’94
929 NW Flanders St
Artists: Kay French ’86; Linda Hutchins ’88; George Johanson ’50; Paula Overbay ’75; Yoshihiro Kitai, Faculty; Raul J. Mendez ’97; G. Lewis Clevenger ’73
*Tribute Gallery at Everett Station Lofts*
328 NW Broadway #117
Artists: Adrienne Butzer ’07, Seth A. Leamer ’07
*Mark Woolley and ANKA Gallery*
325 NW Sixth Ave
“All in the Family”
Artists: Melinda Thorsnes ’71; Diane Avio-Augee ’80; Emery Hinkley ’90; Brigitte Dortmund ’92; Nancy Franzino; Miles Cleveland Goodwin ’07; Julia Stoops; Stuart Cornell ’97; Tamara English ’04; Ed King ’04; Rachel Denny ’97; Michael T. Hensley ’95; Rachael Allen ’03
In honor of the PNCA’s Centennial academic year, the College is the focus of Oregon Art Beat‘s first episode of the season. Former faculty member “Lucinda Parker ‘66”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/stories/18/embodying-exuberance, current BFA faculty member “Paul Missal”:http://www.blackfish.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=17 and alumnus “Ty Ennis ‘06”:http://www.newamericanartunion.com/Artists/Ty_Ennis/ will be featured. View the episode Thursday, October 8 at 8pm on OPB TV. Episode repeats Sunday, October 11 at 6pm. “Read more.”:http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/episodes/view/1101
The MFA in Visual Studies program presents Los-Angeles-based artist Martin Kersels in a free, public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday October 8, part of PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artists Lecture Series.
Los Angeles-based artist Martin Kersels has long used art as a forum for wrestling with the limitations and possibilities of being a fully embodied, sentient and emotional being.
He employs a range of media, from sculpture and photography to video and performance. He has worked on staff at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Art Department, and currently serves as a faculty member and co-director of the art program at the California Institute of the Arts.
Kersel’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the J. Paul Getty Museum and ACME in Los Angeles, Deitch Projects in New York, and the Galerie Georges-Phillipe and Nathalie Vallois in Paris. His pieces are in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, La Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris.
MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Martin Kersels
6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8 | The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
PNCA welcomes Etsy’s Matt Stinchcomb for the PNCA-CYAN/PDX Cultural Residency Series, including a public lecture and a range of interactions with the PNCA community.
Portland’s DIY culture continues to be recognized internationally as a central hub of the American DIY movement, celebrated as a collective of creative talent with a progressive approach to the entrepreneurial spirit. Presented by the PNCA–CYAN/PDX Cultural Residency Series.
Salon | Digitally Building the DIY Community
Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade
A Conversation with Matt Stinchcomb of Etsy
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 7
CYAN/PDX, 1720 S.W. Fourth Ave.
A Gerding Edlen Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Part of the PNCA– CYAN/PDXCultural Residency Series.
This year for the first time PNCA will be hosting five writers through the International Writing Program, which since its founding in 1967 at the University of Iowa, has brought together more than 1,000 rising and established literary stars from 120 countries to develop a community of writing to enhance international understanding.
The writers’ week at PNCA is organized by PNCA faculty member and writer-in-residence Barry Sanders and includes both immersion in the campus curriculum along with collaborative public programming. The experience provides writers from around the world with a sense of American innovation and openness, and exposes U.S. readers, writers, and artists to international perspectives on the art and process of writing.
Participating writers include: Fflur Dafydd, a novelist, literary critic and musician from Wales; Soheil Najm, a poet from Iraq; Osman Conteh, a novelist from Sierra Leone; Fedosy Santaella, a fiction writer from Venezuela; and Lijia Zhang, a nonfiction writer from China.
Don’t miss the first event, hosted by PNCA:
Reading + Reception | 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Download the “International Writing Program at PNCA schedule (PDF)”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/inline/584932.pdf for a full list of events and visiting writers’ bios.
Join PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies Program for the kickoff of its lecture series with an intimate lecture by artist Ward Shelley, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 in the Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Brooklyn-based artist Ward Shelley specializes in large-scale projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Over the last five years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during the exhibition, monitored with live surveillance video equipment.
Shelley also works with the collaborative artist group BBS and talented young artists such as Douglas Paulson and Alex Schweder, with whom he realized the monumental Flatland project at New York’s SculptureCenter in 2007. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | “Ward Shelley”:http://www.wardshelley.com/
6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 | The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to discuss the dynamic work included in the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s exhibit Call + Response with PNCA Faculty David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver, 1 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Museum, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Anne Marie Oliver, Assistant Professor of Intermedia and contemporary art theory, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and David Eckard, Chair of the Sculpture Department and Instructor in Foundation and Intermedia departments, Pacific Northwest College of Art will discuss the collaborative process they engaged in for Call + Response.
Drawing on the musical concept of “call and response,” this project provides a rare platform for artists and art historians to engage with each with other in vibrant conversation. A multi-layered exhibition, Call + Response features diverse works by eight pairs of art and art history faculty members from colleges and universities who have taught in Oregon for roughly ten years or less.
Through multimedia content, contextual writing, the presentation of studio works and public programs, this intriguing project celebrates and provokes the recent influx of ideas brought to Oregon by these faculty members – who are breaking ground within their fields nationally and internationally. In effect, Call + Response considers what role these individuals, and their institutions, play within the state’s shifting creative landscape.
Learn more about Call + Response at the exhibition microsite:
ABOUT MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the defi nition of craft and the way audiences experience it. Visit the Museum online at www.MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org.
Special Event | Craft Conversation: David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver
Saturday, September 26, 1 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.