Faculty member Daniel Duford has curated the current exhibition at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College, Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos, and Jack Kirby. Fighting Men looks at images of violence and masculinity in and through the work of Leon Golub, a painter, Pete Voulkos, a ceramist, and Jack Kirby, a cartoonist. Duford is an artist and writer, a Ford Family Fellow whose work was most recently in the Portland2012 Biennial.
Duford says in an essay on the exhibition, “Jack Kirby (1917-1994), Leon Golub (1922-2004), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2000) occupy alternate dimensions. Their achievements are chronicled in different art histories, each with its own priorities. They were all immersed in discredited mediums and subject matter. They don’t fit neatly. At times their work looks conservative and backward; at other times those same qualities seem urgent and prophetic. They rooted around in the mud of history and myth, emerging with their own muscular and ham-fisted approach to their respective materials.
“The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition. Raw power emanates from the artwork.”
The exhibition closes March 3, 2013. The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11-4.
Eighteen PNCA Illustration students have created work for the Portland/Brooklyn issue of Tin House along with a seven students from Pratt. The students were asked to create illustrations for poems from poets Lisa Ceccarello, Jae Choi, Monica Ferrell, Bianca Stone, Caitlin Vance, Mariana Weiss and one short story by Ursula K. LeGuin that would eventually be published in the issue.
According to the Tin House blog, “PNCA students worked with feedback from Janet Parker, Tin House’s Art Director, while the Pratt students opted to submit final pieces, conceived and developed within their classroom.” Included in the issue were illustrations from Kayla Mayer, Liz Schafroth, and Matt Seely from PNCA, and Jinie Choi from Pratt. And work by the other students is featured online.
Students from the graduate programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) do Pecha-Kucha-style presentations, Wednesday, October 24 from 6-7:30 pm in the Lab.
Selected students from the MFA in Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Collaborative Design, MFA in Visual Studies, MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research, and Low-residency MFA in Visual Studies share rapid-fire presentations of 3 minutes and 20 seconds apiece — giving you a quick overview of what the next generation is thinking about, looking at, and making.
Free and open to the public.
XPLANE, and its dynamic CEO, Aric Wood, who is now serving on PNCA’s Board of Governors, are partnering with PNCA on a number of exciting initiatives supporting PNCA’s growth and leadership role in the development of art and design leaders in the Pacific Northwest. “XPLANE is extremely committed to fostering the creative community here in Portland,” said Wood. “We are always looking for new ways to get involved and make a positive difference and working with the talented, artistic students at PNCA made this partnership a perfect fit.” Wood is working with PNCA on “research and design of a potential design incubator to drive the growth of creative entrepreneurship in the region.” XPLANE has both consulted on the curriculum for the MFA in Collaborative Design program and offered XPLANE consultants to contribute to classes that foster creative practices and collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. And finally, XPLANE is offering an internship program for both undergraduates and graduate students.
This partnership is a demonstration of how PNCA’s board members contribute to the vitality of the College and its programming in myriad ways.
PNCA alum Tom Cramer ‘82 was featured on Oregon Art Beat last night, and the segment is now online. As OPB says, Cramer, “known for his painted cars and huge colorful murals” is now “working on intricate carved, gold-leafed and painted works that explore his interest in travel and nature.” The episode airs again in Portland this Sunday, October 14 at 6 pm on OPB, Channel 10.
As part of the Homecoming Address as part of PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion, PNCA President Tom Manley will present the Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree to alumna Arlene Schnitzer, who will also accept a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree on behalf of her late husband, Harold Schnitzer. A leading Portland cultural philanthropist, Schnitzer was inspired to open her important Fountain Gallery by her instructors at PNCA, then the Museum Art School. This was her entrée into the heart of Portland’s cultural life which she and her late husband have continued to help shape in the decades since. Recently the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation made the lead gift of $5 million for PNCA’s capital campaign for campus expansion to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway will be the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design when it opens in the 2014 academic year.
Mary Mattingly ’02 will deliver this year’s Homecoming Address before students, alumni, and the general public in Swigert Commons on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This lecture is part of a full day’s activities for the annual Alumni Reunion, activities that include a tour of the PNCA Alumni Exhibition, TRUST, and the dedication of Lee Kelly’s ’59 monumental sculpture, Memory 99, in Portland’s future North Park Block adjacent to the soon-to-be home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.
Homecoming Speaker Mary Mattingly ‘02 is in the news for her SmartPower fellowship in the Philippines, doing workshops at Green Papaya Art Projects this month focusing, on “designing mobile public spaces that can be assembled and disassembled with ease, utilizing location-appropriate materials and tools. In disassembled form, individual units might be carried and even worn; when a group of individuals meet up with these units, they may join them together to make a community structure, assembling spaces that not only protect but also collect water, store food and produce power.”
Mattingly delivers the Homecoming Address at PNCA on October 19 as part of the annual Alumni Reunion.
Mattingly is an American visual artist living and working in New York. She was born in Rockville, Connecticut, in 1978. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of a Yale University School of Art fellowship.
smARTpowersm is an initiative of US Department of State’s cultural-diplomacy program. Administered by the Bronx Museum of Arts, smARTpower is sending 15 American artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects. Selected artists will design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries, including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela.
PNCA hosts a number of events this Thursday, October 11 for the inaugural Design Week Portland.
“Things I Did, Things I Should Have Done.”
Five recent graduates talk about life in the creative industries in the Northwest.
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street
Chris Bodven – Graphic and Motion Designer – Roundhouse
Erica Stacy – Designer – Incubate Design
Simone Benefield – Creative Director/Design Manager – Platt Electric
Genna Osborne – Project Manager – Freelance
Brian Brezinski – Motion Designer/Video Production – Brezinski Motion Design Co
C4D Open House
1302 NW Kearney Street
To gain real-world experience, students work on actual client
projects via the College’s Center4Design. C4D is an on-campus, working
student studio where client work is conducted under faculty supervision
for college credit. On View: re-branding of Maryhill Museum and other
recently completed and current projects from design Sophomores, Juniors,
Seniors and Alumni.
Refreshments will be served.
Michael Jager “Killing Curiosity”
PNCA Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson Street
Michael Jager, Chief Creative Office, JDK Design, For more than twenty years Michael Jager has directed the multidisciplinary creative and design efforts of JDK Design, a studio whose process is informed by emotional, rational, and cultural forces and whose focus centers on the idea that design distinction matters. Working with internal and external partners, Michael has helped to create proprietary processes, experiences, and exploratory environments like Living Brand®, the Collaboratory, Exquisite Corpse Artsite, Iskra Print Collective, and Sanctuary Artsite. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most important and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Zune, Nike, Levi’s, SRAM, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Merrell, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide by design periodicals, books, competitions, exhibitions, and his peers.
Sarah Farahat ’08 (Intermedia) spent a year in Beirut as a student of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace and had her work featured in Artforum. A critic at Artforum wrote “in her ten months of living in Beirut, Farahat had done more community outreach than a nonprofit with years of programming and a budget to match.” Farahat is a shining example of PNCA’s alumni living a life of creative practice.
Read more about Farahat probing work into cultural exchange and place on Artforum.
PNCA professor Horatio Law has been one of the participating artists in the Open Circles Project Bird’s Nest Building Workshops at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) on MLK. To raise awareness around and about Planned Parenthood—the project points out that “Birds make their nests only when they are ready to start a family.”—members of the public are welcome to make nests and decorate them with unique materials that reflect one’s thoughts about home and family. Both the difficult issues and the joy of nurturing a family are equal parts of the reality the project is attempting to explore. Other participating artists, who assist members of the public in their creations, are Anne Greenwood and Sam Nagmay. The nests will become part of the “Open Circles Project” Installation at Place Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall in November.
Listed below are dates and time of workshops:
Wednesdays: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10; 5-7PM
Thursdays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11; 11:30AM-1:30PM
Saturday: 10/6; 10:30AM-12:30PM
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212
To attend workshop, contact Lamar Tillman, PPCW’s Community Outreach Coordinator at CommunityEvents@ppcw.org or call 503.410.1520 to reserve a spot.
In their weekly event survey, The Portland Mercury picked the A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence as an event to attend.