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PNCA’s Feldman Gallery Presents Borderlander’s Outfitter

Release date: 07/18/14

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July 18, 2014

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Abigail Anne Newbold, Borderlander’s Outfitter

PNCA’s Feldman Gallery Presents Borderlander’s Outfitter
Solo exhibition of work by Abigail Anne Newbold

EXHIBITION | Abigail Anne Newbold: Borderlander’s Outfitter
Philip Feldman Gallery – PNCA 1241 NW Johnson, Portland
September 4 – October 24, 2014
Opening reception, Thursday, September 4, 2014 6-8 pm

Artist Talk | Abigail Anne Newbold
Philip Feldman Gallery
September 3, 2014 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Portland, OR, July 18, 2014 — The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents, Borderlander’s Outfitter, a solo exhibition of work by Abigail Anne Newbold opening September 4, 2014 and running through October 24, 2014. Borderlander’s Outfitter is an exhibition and backcountry instructional retreat that explore the skills required to live self-sufficiently through the use of traditional craft combined with modern materials. Curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Associate Curator at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Borderlander’s Outfitter cultivates designs for the self-sufficient life by speculating on a holistic model for individual survival regardless of existing socio-economic systems.

The exhibition will feature works from her ongoing project, Living Through Making, that have been previously exhibited at MCA Chicago and recently at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire under the title Crafting Settlement. In addition, Borderlander’s Outfitter will include documentation and gear from Newbold’s The Academy for Survival, a weekend fieldwork retreat in partnership with Signal Fire for students in, and alumni of, PNCA’s MFA in Applied Craft + Design program. Through demonstrations, hands-on materials experimentation, and group dialogue the Academy will address the production of food, clothing, and shelter.

“Calling on the speculative promise of design, Newbold’s work interweaves historic precedent and future possibility to explore the craft of self-sufficiency,” says curator Margolis-Pineo. “Part homestead, part mercantile, and part wilderness outpost, her installation invites us to connect with our tools and materials, our communities, and our world, in a deeper and more meaningful way.”

Bio
Part collector, part craftsman, part designer, Abigail Anne Newbold utilizes a domestic vocabulary to create objects and installations that examine issues of portability, survival and ultimately independence. Newbold’s practice combines backcountry leadership skills and studies in cultural anthropology with product design, fiber and material studies. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she studied both industrial design and fiber, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Newbold was awarded a 2012 Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, and was a 2012 Pollack-Krasner Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a 2011 Sculpture Space Fellow, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Newbold is a recipient of a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a program of The Kresge Foundation. She has exhibited at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Currier Museum of Art. She maintains a studio in Somerville, MA while working as Exhibitions Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. Newbold will be an Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony in October 2014.

About the Feldman Gallery + Project Space
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.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
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: pnca.edu.

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