...'not not: in view of'...
AUGUST 1 - 31
OPENING: AUGUST 1, 6 PM
ARTIST TALK : AUGUST 10, 3PM
MINI SYMPOSIUM and PERFORMANCES: AUGUST 24, 3 - 5PM
JAMES REED '...not not: in view of...'
James Reed presents an exhibition of drawing, mixed media and objects, which emerged from working with lime, vinegar and asking ' What do the silent and invisible processes look like that are active and informing our views?'
James Reed emigrated to the United States from South Africa in 2010. He Lives in Portland, OR. He has exhibited locally and internationally.
GARY WISEMAN: The Incomplete and Unfinished Works Vol. I
Purple, a Storm (Are We Dead or Just Dreaming?)
Art is a complicating factor, rarely a solution. Meaning cannot be made or designed only located.
Kazimir Malevich saw the face of God in his black square. Dutch modern artist and DeStijl founder Theo van Doseburg declared, “The square is to us what the cross was to the early Christians.” Malevich’s black square eventually multiplied into the nine square grid of Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings. Reinhardt deployed his human-scale devices of nearly imperceptible tonal variation to signal the death of--the completion—of the project of Modern painting and open the door to all that came after (a very Modernist thing to do.) What has not been clearly understood about Reinhardt’s Black Paintings, perhaps, is that they also signaled the dawn of the digital and prefigured the rise of the #. What the cross was to the early Christians; what the square was to Modernism; the # has now become to digital natives. In the # the cross and the square are blended into an integrated symbolic form that supersedes its antecedents and yet continues to serve a remarkably similar function—sanctification--to set apart.
Identity is increasingly designed, a product to be consumed. Identity rarely incorporates our totality or the complexities we truly embody as individuals, for it is based on a fictional story we tell ourselves about ourselves, or, as is often the case, a story we are told about ourselves. What makes us truly unique—our interiority and the contradictions that we embody—is also that which others will never be able to fully embrace. Identity is a constructed form we gather tightly around ourselves as a shield from the unsettling reality of alienation, uncertainty, and emptiness that lurks at the center of experience.
Prince recorded Purple Rain live on August 3, 1983 and the single reached number one a year later on August 4, 1984. At the time no one really took note that his band was called the Revolution. Now, though, Prince seems almost prescient, as if he gazed 35 years into the future and prescribed a response to the colonization of all areas of life by politics and the ever increasing polarization of red and blue. Purple, an intersection, a plurality, a storm.
Gary Wiseman is an artist, facilitator, writer, and musician. He has exhibited and performed at such places as Portland Pataphysical Society, Flux Factory, the PICA TBA festival, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Gallery, and The Housatonic Museum. Wiseman was the 2015 inaugural Signal Fire Tinderbox artist in residence and received the PNCA Dorothy Lemelson scholarship from 2009-2014. Wiseman co-founded Place, a 4000 square foot installation-based gallery on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall, with Gabe Flores in 2010 and formed the collective Kitchen Sink PDX (2005-2007) with Alicia Eggert. Wiseman was born on Mt. Tabor and grew up in SE Portland, OR. He emigrated to Australia in 1993 and lived there until 2003 when he returned to Portland where he remains. www.garywiseman.com ig: @e.e.wiseman
AUGUST 10, 3 PM
IN CONVERSATION WITH GABE FLORES, JAMES REED, AND GARY WISEMAN
Gary Wiseman and Gabe Flores have collaborated in various contexts and been engaged in an ongoing conversation about identity, power, religion, trauma, and mental health since 2008. Gary Wiseman and James Reed have been engaged in a similar conversation since 2014 around value, interiority, contemplative practice, education, and trauma. Wiseman, Flores, and Reed will bring their conversational research to bear in an informal discussion centered on Wiseman and Reed’s current work.
Gabe Flores is an artist currently splitting his time between Cleveland, Ohio and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Flores’ work is relationally based and often reflects on identity-based ideologies and personal narrative. He was the co-founder of Place, a 4000 square foot installation-based gallery on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall, which ran for four years. Flores also co-founded a two-year exhibition experiment, Surplus Space, which utilized each room of a small Northeast Portland house in partnership with a long-term homeowner. Currently, Flores is in his second year of a three year decompression project in which his participation in the arts is at an intentional minimum (no large scale projects or exhibitions) in order to mentally regroup. Flores hopes his three year decompression will assist in him becoming more internally reflective while making necessary changes to help him ensure a healthier approach to making/activating.
MINI SYMPOSIUM AND PERFORMANCE EVENT REGARDING THE NATURE OF IDENTITY
AUGUST 24, 3-5 PM
SHARYLL BURROUGHS, FELICITY FENTON, GARY WISEMAN, MEANDER,
Identity is increasingly designed, a product to be consumed. Identity rarely incorporates our totality or the complexities we truly embody as individuals, for it is based on a fictional story we tell ourselves about ourselves, or, as is often the case, a story we are told about ourselves. What makes us truly unique—our interiority and the contradictions that we embody—is also that which others will never be able to fully embrace. Identity is a constructed form we gather tightly around ourselves as a shield from the unsettling reality of alienation, uncertainty, and emptiness that always lurks at the center of experience.
SHARYLL BURROUGHS: Marked
What’s beneath the surface of identity? Multidisciplinary artist Sharyll Burroughs investigates this question in Marked, a visceral art experience inviting participants to not only challenge their beliefs about identity, but to contemplate the deeper meanings of being human.
Sharyll Burroughs is a mixed media/performance artist who attended the Santa Monica College of Design, Art, and Architecture, founded by MacArthur Genius Fellow, Joan Abrahamson. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, California and in Portland, Oregon where she now resides. www.sharyllburroughs.com
FELICITY FENTON: I am because my little dog knows me
I am because my little dog knows me is a reading inspired by the canine wisdoms of Gertrude Stein. Dogs are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Felicity Fenton’s multidisciplinary work (social practice, photography, installation) has been featured in public and private spaces around the globe. Most recently, her stories and essays have been featured in WOBBY, Fanzine, Split Lip Press, Wigleaf, The Flexible Persona, and The Iowa Review. Her book, 'User Not Found' was published by Future Tense Books in December, 2018. By day she works as a Creative Director and is also a Radio Host at Freeform Portland. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.felicityfenton.com
Meander is a contemporary folk pop duo based in Portland, OR. They make mostly original music featuring lush harmonies and unconventional arrangements. Portland native Ama Bentley and long time Portland resident Erin Moreland have played together for almost 20 years, touring regionally, playing festivals, a variety of venues, and house concerts.
GARY WISEMAN: Gary Wiseman
Before the designation Gary Wiseman was identified with Art in the United States it was identified in Australia with songwriting, singing, and music. The entity to whom the designation Gary Wiseman is attached will play guitar and sing songs, originally crafted toward survival, offered here as an active functional component of the existing visual work and for the pleasure, enjoyment, and edification of those who choose to collaborate through the contribution of their attention.