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PNCA Exhibits Visual Artists Robert Boyd and Brian Lund as Part of the 2009 Time-Based Art Festival

Release date: 08/04/09

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August 4, 2009

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PNCA Exhibits Visual Artists Robert Boyd and Brian Lund as Part of the 2009 Time-Based Art Festival

Robert Boyd: Conspiracy Theory
Curated by Kristan Kennedy
PNCA Feldman Gallery

Brian Lund: New Works
Curated by Mack McFarland
PNCA Project Space

August 31 – October 24

First Thursday Opening | Thursday, September 3, 6-9 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space
1241 N.W. Johnson St.

PORTLAND, OR – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to exhibit the work of Brian Lund and Robert Boyd in conjunction with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2009 Time-Based Art Festival. Through highly different methods and mediums, both artists reinterpret the popular, digital media to provide new perspectives on visual culture.

These exhibitions run August 31 through October 24 in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space. A public opening takes place Thursday, September 3.

On view in the PNCA Feldman Gallery, 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 at PNCA in the Project Space.

Roberta Smith of The New York Times said of Lund’s work: “The drawings are visually compelling, and once you learn their function – in this case one installment of the Rambo franchise is scored – you get a heightened sense of movies as a series of repeating conventions and codes, but also as a form of choreography.”

PNCA is excited to continue its formal relationship with Portland Insitute for Contemporary Art for the fourth consecutive TBA season. In addition to viewing visual exhibitions, PNCA students will have the opportunity to engage directly with TBA artists both on and off campus during the course of the festival, and the College will once again be the host for all TBA noontime chats. Read more about the Time-Based Art Festival at www.pica.org.

About Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of video, installation, photography and sculpture. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; 303 Gallery, New York; Artsonje Center, Seoul; The Hospital, London; PKM Gallery, Beijing; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona; White Box, New York; Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

About Brian Lund
Brian Lund’s work has been recently exhibited at numerous venues including Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, b42 Gallery, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, Josèe Bienvenu Gallery, New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, The Drawing Center, New York and chashama, New York. His work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Time Out New York, Art Review and The Journal News. Lund is based in New York City.

About PNCA
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. With the recent addition of FIVE: the Ford Institute for Visual Education, the College is enhanced through visiting artists, representing the most accomplished artists, designers, and creative thinkers from around the world. The innovative programs of PNCA+FIVE serve as an incubator for new programming at the College and establish collaborative relationships between students, international artists and the region’s vital art, design and business communities. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Design, General Fine Arts, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. PNCA is the only school of art in the Pacific Northwest to offer graduate education in art and design, now offering two MFA programs. The first, an MFA in Visual Studies and the second, an MFA in Applied Craft and Design, was developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft. For more information on PNCA’s Public Programming, visit www.pnca.edu.

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