Internal Server Error Felicity Fenton Opening Reception: June 15th 5 - 9pm Last Day: August 3rd
Internal Server Error is an intensive survey of the artist's personal web usage depicted in two parts. In A Short History of a Browser, Fenton hand-drafted her daily web history every night for the month of April. For Offline, she compiled dictionaries, encyclopedias, phone books, user manuals, notebooks, old letters, junk mail, maps, mixed tapes, manuals, photos, take out menus, paper bills, and post-it notes to create a tactile version of her internet usage and to pay homage to paper and all things analogue.
Native to both Colorado and Brooklyn, Felicity Fenton has presented her multidisciplinary work in a number of public and private spaces around the globe. She is a RACC grant recipient, was key artist in residence at the Washington County Arts Council in Washington, PA and her collaborative project - Soul Recovery Systems - is nominated for a 2013 Index Design Award - Design to Improve Life. She received her MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Vermont's Goddard College. By day she works as a Creative Director, Art Director and Designer. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her main squeeze - painter Michael T. Hensley - daughter, and two cats.
Freedom: Godot Has Finally Arrived Gabrijel Savic Ra Opening Reception: June 15th 5 - 9pm Last Day: August 3rd
Godot's existence is the abstract of one’s freedom. In a virtual plane of thoughts the idea of unrestricted freedom is possible, but that’s not the case in the formulation of thoughts into words or feelings. Virtual freedom, like Godot, doesn’t exist, but it makes us be alert for a chance that somehow does exist. It’s more a question of hope and faith than reality. The exhibition is a part of a larger project about freedom.
Gabrijel Savic Ra, born 1978 in Belgrade, multimedia artist, poet and theoretician. Studied philosophy at Philosophical Faculty (University Of Belgrade, Serbia). Savic Ra exhibited, performed and lectured worldwide. He was a founder and curator of two galleries in Belgrade’s Students Cultural Center: V.I.P.Art Gallery and Art@Art Gallery. In 2005 along with few other artists founded art group “Corpus Artisticum” for new media art theory and practice. As a poet and art theoretician he published two books of poetry and was featured in various collections of poetry and art magazines.
Rogue Waves Nathanael Thayer Moss Second Reception: June 15th 5 - 9pm Last Day of Show: July 6th
A metaphoric exploration of universal relationships and the unknown through restrictions of varying optical forms and planes.
Nathanael Thayer Moss is a multidisciplinary artist/musician working in Portland, OR. Born in Mississippi in 1982, he produces and collaborates on a variety of projects including; painting, sculpture, installation, performance, recording/editing/producing, video, & design. His current work explores transcendental ideas of perfection and simplicism through esoteric design and repetitive geometry as an illusion of control.
Drawing on influences of futurist design, space architecture, video game landscapes, and electronic music, the work mutates structure within constraints and variables. It attempts to bend the rules of formulaic restrictions by balancing design and chaos working in pre-determined parameters as a way to produce meta-iconic imagery. He received his BFA in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. www.nathanaelthayermoss.com
Radio Room Stephanie Simek Second Reception: June 15th 5 - 9pm Last Day of Show: July 6th
Stephanie Simek has been living in Portland for 6 years, where she has been creating experiments with sound, performance, and sculpture. This is her second show at Place, and is a continued look at her interest with combining disparate materials and pushing the limits of their inherent functional capabilities. This exhibition will consist of various sculptures made from elemental components such as copper nuggets, crystal formations, and rare earth magnets, connected throughout the space by conductive conduit, creating a large-scale AM radio. www.stephaniesimek.com
Safe & Sound? Second Reception: June 15th 5 - 9pm Last Day of Show: July 6th
Safe & Sound?is a documentary video installation by a collective of artists and community organizers in Portland, Oregon who are concerned the Portland Police Bureau's routine use of excessive force and other methods of intimidation. Using innovative video and audio presentation methods, Safe & Sound? tells stories about police brutality and resistance to police brutality in the Portland community. Safe & Sound? foregrounds interviews with Portland community members including family members of individuals killed by police, survivors of police brutality, and community members who speak out against police violence.
Community dialogue around police violence is increasing with the recent release of filmmaker Brian Lindstrom’s Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse. In addition, the month of May marks two anniversaries of police shootings that generated immediate community outrage. May 5, 2013 is the 10-year anniversary of the shooting of Kendra James, an unarmed 21-year-old African-American woman shot by police on the North Skidmore overpass. May 12, 2013 is the 3-year memorial for Keaton Otis, a 25-year-old African American man shot by the police during a traffic stop near Lloyd Center. Safe & Sound? provides a reflective space for people to learn about these and other stories and think critically about safety in our city.
Safe & Sound? is a collaborative effort produced by Julie Perini, Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University; Jodi Darby, Youth Media Coordinator at Portland Community Media; Erin Yanke, Program Director at KBOO Community Radio; and Amelia Cates, teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. School. Christopher Hamann and Ian Wallace have also made contributions to the project. This project is funded by a Community Participation Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.