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The Feldman Gallery at PNCA presents Quantum Shirley

Release date: 05/12/14

Quantum Shirley

May 12, 2014

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

The Feldman Gallery at PNCA presents Quantum Shirley
A solo exhibition of work by Los-Angeles based artist, Shirley Tse

Portland, OR—May 12, 2014—The Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to present Quantum Shirley, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles–based artist Shirley Tse opening June 19 and running through August 10, 2014 with an opening reception on July 3 for First Thursday. Tse is an artist-in-residence with PNCA’s Low Residence MFA in Visual Studies program.

Tse has long concerned herself with the polysemous nature of things. In the past, Tse has used synthetic polymer (plastic) to address the concept of multiplicities and competing ideologies. In her new work, Tse utilizes “Quantum Shirley” as a generative conceptual framework that allows her to produce work on an on-going basis addressing the multi-dimensionality of experience, and the negotiation of realities.

The “Quantum Shirley Series” forms connections across different fields, histories and narratives. It weaves together personal story, New Physics (quantum theory, parallel universe, multiple worlds theory), trade movement of colonial products, and the geographical displacement of Chinese in the last century (Chinese Diaspora). “Quantum Shirley Series” proposes that there is another Shirley in a parallel world we’re unable to perceive. Tse is intrigued by the “validation” of alternate reality, paradoxes, and simultaneity offered by quantum physics.

Quantum Shirley at the Feldman Gallery will be the latest installment of the “Quantum Shirley Series.” Engaging the nature of the gallery as a “teaching gallery,” the Feldman Gallery will be used as a “quantum portal” by which Tse will interact with the students remotely for the first two weeks of the exhibition. The gallery will be the site of the “collapse of the wave function”- where a Shirley that is “not there but may be there soon” will collapse to the reality of a Shirley who will be presenting a “Quantum Shirley Lecture” along with selected sculptures made under the series.

Summer viewing hours for the Feldman Gallery are Tuesday through Saturday 11-4.

About Shirley Tse
Shirley Tse’s sculptures, installation and photographs have been included in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, among them are The Biennale of Sydney, Bienal Ceará América, Brazil, Kaohshiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy, San Francsico Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Kettle’s Yard, UK, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand. Her work can be found in many public collections including the M+ Hong Kong, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Tse is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in numerous articles, catalogues and publications including Sculpture Today by Phaidon (2007). She received the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2008, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2009, and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2012. Currently the Co-Director of the Program in Art, she has been a member of the faculty at California Institute of the Arts since 2001.

Image: Foreground: “Quantum Shirley Series: Superposition” 2009, Background: ’Quantum Shirley Series: Double Comfort of a Soft-Filled Space” 2009

The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art is dedicated to the work of national and international contemporary artists. Directed by Mack McFarland, the gallery mounts five exhibitions a year that highlight 21st century art and design practices, and support the College’s curriculum. In Fall of 2014, the gallery will host new works from Abigail Anne Newbold, curated by Museum of Contemporary Craft’s Sarah Margolis-Pineo and a new project by Eva and Franco Mattes, curated by Mack McFarland.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information, visit

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