Interim Series presents: //PRESENT PERFECT Linda Kliewer's Video Installation Class March 6th - 8th Opening: First Thursday 6 - 9pm
Present Perfect tense, a play on words just as much as it is a play on space, references unspecified time. The definition of Present Perfect is a perfective tense used to express an action completed in the present. Present Perfect was also once a storefront, across from the GameStop, in Pioneer Place Mall. They sold cards, ribbons, stickers, and knick-knacks; perfect for all occasions. We’ve been working on something and we have finished. A present from us to you.
Our Collective: Isabelle Harada Daniel Pavis Mary Ma Molly Mendoza Marissa Boone Elizabeth Leon Teagan Wolfe Zoe Bullock Kendal Hockin Elaina Tardif
Memory Foam Portia Roy Opening: March 15th 6 - 9pm Last day: May 2nd
Memory Foam is series of new sculptural work exploring psychological trauma and the limits of mental capacity when processing an extreme experience. ________
Portia Roy is a Portland based interdisciplinary artist originally from San Antonio, Texas. In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and in the fall of 2014 she will attend the Masters in Studio: Sculpture program at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Blue 2014 Linda Kliewer Opening: March 15th 6 - 9pm Last day: May 2nd
Blue 2014 Linda Kliewer
Linda Kliewer uses swimming pools and the blue of the water both to deal with and to represent grief. Moving through a life filled with emotion and loss, she returns to the comfort and color in the water and the experience of suspension, surrounded by soft light and a quiet world of and reflections of light.
Motion and light reveal never-ending connections. These reflections of constant movement and energy, as from one person to another without arrested pattern, create visual space for reflection and introspection.
This work also reflects her desire to provide a similar experience for the viewer. My earlier, more activist queer-work asked the viewer simply to “look at this, see this, change what you think, change your point of view,” Her newer work invites the viewer to ”look at this, be here, join me in a place, a feeling.”
As a queer artist, Linda has spent much of her life pushing against the current of misinformation to make herself and others visible. Sharing her own truths through images. Linda is an award-winning queer filmmaker and photographer who has been making film, video and still images for over 35 years. Her passions are social documentary and teaching. Her art centers on self-portraiture, social comment and most recently swimming pools. Linda is Director of BFA Thesis at Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, Or.
A High Improbability of Death: A Celebration of Suicide Michael Reinsch Opening: Saturday, February 15th, 6-9pm Last Day: Friday, April 4th
For "The High Improbability of Death: A Celebration of Suicide," Reinsch will place a noose around his neck, read an epic suicide note poem, and attach helium balloons to the end of the rope in order to lift himself into the air. Reinsch will engage in an act of performance art in which risks are mitigated. This is not a suicide attempt.
It would require roughly 7,000 helium filled balloons for Reinsch to be able to achieve any kind of lift. The logistics are beside the point, because this is an exercise in image creation. Art doing what art does best: nothing.
The task at hand is not to bring about his own death, but to create an aesthetic experience that is a confession of his own intimate struggles with being. This performance is an attempt to couple his personal struggle with a wider conversation concerning the devastating effects of suicide on families and society.
A wake is a celebration of death.
This piece is a one man wake; a reminder of the options open to all of us and the terror and confusion we feel about those who do the unspeakable. ____________
Michael Reinsch is a multidisciplinary artist and Professor based in Portland, Oregon, where he earned his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2009. His work incorporates performance and activated sculptural props to explore human connection and disconnection, often through themes of celebration and melancholy. www.lurkylurky.com
Parking Lot Dance Paul Clay Opening: Saturday, February 15th 6 -9pm Last day: Friday, April 4th
Parking Lot Dance is a 4 minute, surround-projected, 4-channel video loop. Filling a strip mall parking lot, thousands of duplicated dancers march, shoot guns, wave flags and writhe to a dark dance club beat. The video is a dream sequence and a response to our over-the-top, self-infatuated American shopping culture. One part ceremony, one part protest, one part broadway chorus line - the parking lot is reimagined as a surreal video canvas for digitally generated choreography. _____________
Clay's work is inspired by the glitz, heavy-handedness, and contradictory nature of our modern corporate culture and how individuals express themselves in it's grip. In a reactionary mainstream, Americans fail to critically engage with current events and instead respond with fear, superficial rhetoric and violent words and actions. How do personal identifies shift in this rigid, hyper global, and hyperspeed consumerist, internet-augmented culture. What are borders, both personal and national, in the information age? While new internet companies learn how to tame user creativity and maximize online advertising profits and product sales, Clay hopes to expose and leverage new technologies and digital techniques to create open ended, "grey zone" experiences. He takes influence from his time spent between the USA and Latin America, from growing up hiking in the national forest, and a from longstanding obsession with hollywood visual effects.
Clay received a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Reed College, Portland, Oregon. www.paul-clay.com
Shit Balloons John Dougherty Opening: Saturday, February 15th 6 - 9pm
Shit Balloons is an installation that utilizes waste materials and celebratory aesthetics to seduce viewers with tricks and humor. Also, there will be brownies. _________
John Dougherty is a multimedia artist working and living in Portland, Oregon. He received a BFA from the University of West Florida and is currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.