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. Kersels was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
This PNCA MFA Visual Studies Lecture took place at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on October 8, 2009.
“Listen to an audio podcast of Martin Kersels’ lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594761
“Watch an excerpt of Martin Kersels’ lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/PNCAVideo#p/u/3/ov7XIba2ygM
Alix Pearlstein uses everyday objects, pop cultural artifacts, and art historical references to create narrative meaning through association.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. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at The Kitchen, NYC; 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.
This MFA Visual Studies Visiting Artist Lecture took place at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, MFA Visual Studies Chair. Pearlstein’s visit was made possible through the MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Caldera Residency and Cyan/PDX.
“Listen to a podcast of Alix Pearlstein’s lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594712
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. Gilmore was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
This MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon on October 15, 2009. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, MFA Visual Studies Chair.
Gilmore’s visit was made possible through the MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Caldera Residency and Cyan/PDX.
“Listen to a podcast of Kate Gilmore’s lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594617
Laura Parnes’ videos and installations are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art, and seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation. Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School” was named in the Village Voice as a top-10 experimental film/video for 2005. She has taught at New York University and The New School. She joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally.
This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on December 10, 2009.
“Listen to a podcast of Laura Parnes’ lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594322
PNCA is saddened to announce the passing of philanthropist and community supporter Maybelle C. Macdonald, 93, who passed away December 10th, 2009 at her home in Portland, Oregon.
Mrs. Macdonald created the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in 1970, and PNCA is honored to be among the organizations the fund supports. In April 2008, the Fund awarded a $1 million challenge grant to the College in support of the Centennial Campaign for PNCA+FIVE. This generous gift helped to make possible the purchase of the main campus building in October 2008. The grant has also been instrumental in enabling PNCA to attract additional support for its first comprehensive campaign.
Mrs. Macdonald was known throughout the community as a woman of great compassion and caring who created the fund “to relieve the misfortune and promote the well being of mankind”. Now among Oregon’s largest foundations, the fund will continue to support the good works of Oregonians in perpetuity in her honor.
“Learn more about Mrs. Macdonald”:http://www.mcmfund.org/.
Read the “Oregonian article”:http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/12/philanthropist_maybelle_clark.html.
Fall Focus presents a diverse program of extracurricular events for the entire PNCA community, including lectures, demonstrations, workshops and films. Also during Fall Focus, seniors present Thesis Proposals and Thesis Orals to the students and faculty.
In a short podcast, Finn Grey ’10 speaks with Senior Thesis Chair Linda Kliewer and senior thesis candidates Sarah Johnson ’09, Sarai Black ’10, David Clark ’10, Lahaina Alcantara ’10 and Megan Holmes ’10 about Fall Focus, November 30-December 4, 2009. Originally broadcast on “PNCA Radio”:http://radio.pnca.edu.
“Listen to the Fall Focus Week 2009 podcast.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/593240
Pacific Northwest College of Art hosted “Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter”:http://www.pnca.edu/artsmatter, November 11-14, 2009. This four day symposium focused on the relevance of artistic processes of inquiry, reflection, and expression to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children. PNCA + FIVE Idea Studios.
Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, “Reflections on Space and Childhood”
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Dr. Lois Hetland, “Art for Our Sake”
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PNCA President Tom Manley, Dr. Lois Hetland and Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz speak about creativity and education on PNCA Radio.
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Support local makers and Museum of Contemporary Craft—purchase handmade works of art during the Museum’s Holiday Gallery Feature, Informing Tradition: Functional Ceramics from Seven Oregon Makers.
Informing Tradition features work for sale by ceramic artists of varied generations and influences. The full inventory is now available for online browsing—buy holiday gifts now from wherever you are. Questions? Call 1.877.546.2655 to speak to a member of the Gallery staff.
As part of the holiday gallery feature, don’t miss Meet the Artists: Informing Tradition, Saturday, December 12 from 2-3 p.m. Artists Victoria Christen, Kowkie Durst, Sam Morgan, and Wally Schwab will discuss their work.
Informing Tradition featured artists include: Richey Bellinger (Portland), Barb Campbell (Corvallis), Victoria Christen (Portland), Kowkie Durst (Portland), Sam Morgan (Portland), David Piper (Portland), and Wally Schwab (Aloha).
*Meet the Artists: Informing Tradition*
Saturday, December 12, 2–3 p.m.
The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
*Holiday Gallery Sales Feature*
Informing Tradition: Functional Ceramics From Seven Oregon Makers
Through January 9, 2010
The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Both events are free and open to the public
Museum of Contemporary Craft, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, presents a Curator Walkthrough at noon Tuesday, December 8 at the Museum, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Join Museum Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers for a behind-the-scenes look at the three exhibitions currently on view—Transference, Elusive Matter, and The Academy is Full of Craft.
The MFA in Visual Studies program presents artist Laura Parnes in a lecture, Thursday December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., part of the College’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Laura Parnes will discuss her work, videos and installations that are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art that seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation.
Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School,” an adaptation of Kathy Acker’s 1984 novel of the same name, made the top-10 list of experimental film/videos in the Village Voice for 2005. _The New York Times_ stated of the film, “Filmed on bare-bones sets put together in gallery spaces, the video is a model of how to bring off an ambitions project with scant resources, and also of how to respect source material while transforming it.” Parnes has taught at New York University and The New School and joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. Her work has screened and exhibited widely in the US and internationally.
Learn more about “Laura Parnes”:www.lauraparnes.com/.
*MFA in Visual Studies Lecture: Laura Parnes*
Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
_Free and open to the public_
Support local artists—shop for holiday gifts at PNCA’s annual Holiday Art Sale, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 10 in the Swigert Commons. All proceeds benefit PNCA artists.
Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, crafts, clothing and more, the sale is a great opportunity to get quality gifts, handmade by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. From fine art prints, paintings, and sculpture to hand-crafted adornments, the sale transforms the College’s Commons into a showcase of outstanding holiday gifts.
*Holiday Art Sale*
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 10–11;
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 12
PNCA Main Campus Building
Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and Portland-based artist and PNCA faculty member Victor Maldonado discuss Portland’s rich legacy of public art. This conversation took place September 23, 2009 at Cyan/PDX.
Presented by PNCA and Cyan/PDX. A Gerding Edlen Development Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art.
“Listen to a podcast of Public Art / Public Parks.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592574
“Watch a video excerpt on YouTube.”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlUm-3K6gfQ
“Museum of Contemporary Craft”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/ in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents two new exhibitions _Elusive Matter_, and _Transference_.
Transference is is an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass. Portland-based artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition) collaborate to create a kinetic-sound installation reinterpreting the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument.
Elusive Matter explores craft-based media through film and photography, challenging common expectations that craft results in a physical object. Using film’s ability to capture time and space, the works on view by artists Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman focus on material phenomena and abstract process rather than on form.
Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Through January 9, 2010
Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
Through January 16, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Image courtesy of the artist
Designer Aly Khalifa presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture on November 12, 2009. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon. Co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Khalifa started Gamil Design in October of 1995 to combine his talents of design, engineering and product development. He has degrees in both Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. His work has ranged from innovative wind tunnel testing to a patented eyewear system.
Khalifa has worked in plastic, fabric and metal in the consumer products, sporting good and medical equipment industries and has been a Visiting Professor at North Carolina State University School of Design and has led many creativity workshops.
“Listen to an audio podcast of Khalifa’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592415
Independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on October 29, 2009.
Dissanayake’s writings about the arts synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments. DIssanayake is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.
“Listen to a podcast of Dissanayake’s lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592410
Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA students, alumni and visiting artists about current exhibitions in Portland and beyond. Originally broadcast on “PNCA Radio”:http://radio.pnca.edu.
Taryn Tomasello ’11 talks about her video installation in the PNCA BFA Gallery.
Intermedia major Gabi Villasenor ’10 talks about her digital installation in the PNCA Higgins Gallery.
Shannon Richardson ’02 discusses her series of new paintings exhibited at the “Churchill Gallery”:http://www.thechurchillgallery.com in Newburyport, MA
Hsueh Wei 薛玮, Associate Professor of Photography, and exhibiting student Alfredo Lettenmaier talk about “Global Studios: China MFA and BFA Student Exhibition”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/713/2009-global-studios-china-mfa-and-bfa-student-exhibition on view at PNCA’s Gallery 214. Hsueh and Lettenmaier also recount their stay in China during the summer of 2009 to study contemporary art, design, society, politics, language and culture.
“Listen to interviews by artists exhibiting at PNCA and beyond in November 2009”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592399
Daniel Duford, faculty member in the sculpture, intermedia and illustration departments, has released The Naked Boy, a new print-on-demand graphic novel. This first edition of a three-part series follows an unformed little boy following the railroad west to save his sister. Along the way he alters the landscape, America’s mythic subconscious. The Naked Boy features an introduction by Barry Sanders, PNCA’s writer-in-residence, and includes pin-ups by artists Jeff Lemire, C. Hollow, Seamus Heffernan, Annie Murphy, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Ryan Bubnis and Zack Rau.
“See Duford speak more about his work in a video profile at PNCA’s Untitledmagazine.”:http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/378/
“Read more about The Naked Boy at lulu.com.”:http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-naked-boy-part-1/5945927
“See The Naked Boy released serially online at Duford’s blog.”:http://www.danielduford.blogspot.com/
Zahid Sardar presents Material World: The Currency of Craft, an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on October 22, 2009.
Zahid 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, Architecture, among others.
“Listen to a podcast of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592049
“Watch an excerpt of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/user/PNCAVideo#p/a/u/0/V_lVyXcV3TE
Modou Dieng, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, is now listed as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum.com for Black Star, his work currently on view at “The Art Gym at Marylhurst University”:http://www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/2009artstars.php. The work is shown in conjunction with Io Palmer’s ArtStars, on view through December 13.
Modou Dieng is a native of Senegal, where he earned a BFA from the École National des Beaux-Arts in Dakar. He now holds an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and has shown his work widely throughout the United States and Europe. Dieng also manages “Work/Sound Gallery”:http://www.myspace.com/worksoundpdx in Southeast Portland.
From the review:
“Dieng overlays silk-screened images of Malcolm X with actual albums (and their covers) by Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and Isaac Hayes. The albums transmit a vibrant, kinetic energy and hark back to Marcel Duchamp’s Rotorelief devices. Yet Dieng takes on the history of the readymade and Pop art with a fresh attitude and finesse.”
“Read the full review of ArtStars and Black Star on Artforum.com.”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#picks24213
The PNCA Printmaking Department is proud to present 12 woodcuts by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka from his series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, opening December 3 in the PNCA Printmaking Gallery.
Yoshitoshi was the most influential and prolific print artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan. With his prints, Yoshitoshi attempted to preserve the ancient culture of Japan as it was confronted by the arrival of Western culture represented by the “Black Ships” of Admiral Perry.
Yoshitoshi’s masterpiece, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a series of 100 woodcuts which explore Japanese and Chinese history, literature and folklore using the moon as a unifying motif. The series was a huge success and each print was sold out on the day it was released to the public.
These 12 prints from the series are part of the Japanese print collection of Irwin Lavenberg, who will be present at the opening reception from 6-8 pm, Thursday, December 3.
Exhibition | Woodcuts from Yoshitoshi Tsukioka’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
First Thursday Opening | 6–8 p.m., Thursday, December 3
PNCA Main Campus Building, Printmaking Gallery, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Image courtesy of the print collection of Irwin Lavenberg