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Day Job at Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA

Release date: 02/29/12

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February 28, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Day Job at Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA
Exhibition from New York’s Drawing Center curated by Nina Katchadourian

April 5-May 15, 2012
Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR, 97209
Free and Open to the Public

Curator Walkthrough
Nina Katchadourian, Viewing Program Curator, The Drawing Center
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5:30 pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6-8 pm

Related Lecture
Artist Talk by Nina Katchadourian
Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway and Hall, Portland State University
Monday, April 2, 2012. 7:30 pm
Lecture co-sponsored by PNCA and PSU

PORTLAND, OR – February 28, 2012 – The Drawing Center, New York presents Day Job, on view at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, from April 5-May 15, 2012. Comprised of work by 21 artists, the exhibition looks at the relationship between an artist’s “day job” and his or her creative practice. Although the term “day job” may be cast as something that steals time and focus from an artist’s practice, a generative relationship can also exist. Rather than subscribing to the idea that having a job is by definition disruptive, Day Job looks at the ways in which the information, skills, ideas, working conditions, or materials encountered on the job can become a source of influence. This exhibition explores the ways in which artists relate to and choose their day jobs, or conversely, how one’s job may serve as an impetus for creating artistic work. Preceded by a long history of artists whose creative practice existed in parallel with other jobs, such as Alan Saret, who worked for New York’s Port Authority engineering division; Rosalyn Drexler, a wrestler; Andy Warhol, who worked in advertising and magazine illustration; and Adrian Piper, a philosophy professor, Day Job also provides a window into the myriad ways in which today’s working artists support themselves in an economic climate that often demands diverse and flexible solutions to staying afloat.

Works in Day Job were selected through an open call to all artists enrolled in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program. From art handlers, art teachers, and a museum guard, to an electrician, a pilot, and the scenic artist for the soap opera “One Life To Live,” the artists in the exhibition demonstrate a striking range of interests and influences. Whether created in resistance to the job, inspired by the job, or even while on the job, all works are a deliberate result or response to the artist’s job circumstance. Part of The Drawing Center’s Selections series, this exhibition is curated by Viewing Program Curator Nina Katchadourian, and organized for Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art by Mack McFarland, Curator. This exhibition at the Feldman Gallery is supported in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

List of Artists
Chris Akin, Pasquale Cortese, Elizabeth Duffy, Caroline Falby, Alex Gingrow, Tom Hooper, Alexa Horochowski, Michael Krueger, Shawn Kuruneru, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Mary Lydecker, Raul J. Mendez (PNCA ’97), Julia Oldham, Alex O’Neal, Roberto Osti, Zach Rockhill, Luis Romero, Alfred Steiner, Justin Storms, Harvey Tulcensky, and Jonathan Wahl.

To accompany the exhibition, The Drawing Center has produced an edition in the Drawing Papers series. The publication features a statement by each artist in the exhibition, accompanied by an image of his or her work, as well as an introduction by Viewing Program Curator, Nina Katchadourian.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education through the Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) with an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, and an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE, the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

About The Drawing Center
The Drawing Center is the only not-for-profit fine arts institution in the country to focus solely on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. It was established in 1977 to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.

Image: Image: Westgate Shopping Center (Asheville, NC) / Glacier National Park (MT), 2010, Collage, by Mary Lydecker

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