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  • CARGO
    CARGO
    An Art Show in a Box Truck

    The pop up box truck show opens this Wednesday 11/8 from 4-7pm (see attached promotional material). The truck will be parked between Fields and Hoffman in front of Miller (all approved by Provost office and Events Office). Installation will take place Wednesday 11/8 from 8am-3pm and then students will host an opening reception with refreshments from 4-7pm. On Thursday 11/9 from 9am-12pm students will hold gallery hours. They will de-install the show between 12pm-3pm and then we will drive the truck to the shows second location at Canteen restaurant at 2816 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214 with an opening from 5pm-8pm. The class would be thrilled if you could attend  the show during one of the openings or gallery hours. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting the students to create this exhibition. 

    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:56 AM by Tammy Jo Wilson
  • Holding A Fray by Dru Donovan
    Williamson | Knight Presents
    Holding A Fray by Dru Donovan

    Williamson | Knight is excited to announce Holding A Fray, an exhibition of new work by Dru Donovan. Holding A Fray opens November 16 and runs through December 29, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00pm.

    Holding A Fray includes new videos and photographs. In the video Contact, a woman bends forward, hands bracing her knees, while a man lays across her back, their spines touching with his face turned towards the ceiling. Both figures balance their weight and strength, intuitively maneuvering their bodies through small fluctuations. Their movement implies a team-building exercise, a stretch, a sustained choreography, or a disaster simulation. The action is unrecognizable, simultaneously cooperative and at odds.

    The viewer’s inability to parse or place gesture is common to all the work in Holding A Fray. Donovan’s videos and photographs give no sound, no history or purpose, and no entry or exit; they leave us with just a physical negotiation, one that simultaneously suggests affinity and belies subtle force. Through culture and experience, we are taught to discern harm from care, subjugation from cooperation, and intimacy from intrusion, but Donovan’s work strips the usual clues—context, identity, motivation—that allow us to believe we understand. This confusion points to a troubling ambiguity at the heart of interpersonal interaction: that force and care cannot be untwined. Donovan’s ambivalent gestures dwell in this nuance, and Holding A Fray lets us consider that in cooperation, we’re still individuals, and in conflict, we still relate.

    Dru Donovan is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from the California College of the Arts. Donovan has shown internationally in There's Something Happening Here (Brancolini Grimaldi, London, England: 2012), reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today (Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland: 2011), and the California Biennial (Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, CA: 2010). Recent group exhibitions include Positions Taken (Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: 2017), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (curated by Katy Grannan, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco: 2015), Desire (Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC: 2013). Donovan recently presented her work in Portland with the solo exhibitions Basic Poses (Melanie Flood Projects, Portland: 2017) and Carving The Lung (Hap Gallery, Portland: 2015). Her photographs have been published in such magazines as Aperture, Blind Spot, Picture, and Matte. Donovan’s works are in the collections of Deutsche Bank and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2011, TBW Books published her first book, Lifting Water. In 2011-2012 she participated in the LMCC’s Workspace residency. Donovan is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

    Williamson | Knight is a collaboration between Iris Williamson and John Knight.


    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:51 AM by Tammy Jo Wilson
  • Professor Cara Tomlinson: Roundtable Discussion: Painting and the Liberal Arts, Kittredge Gallery
    Phenomenal
    The Northwest Five Painting Colloquium
    November 3-4, 2017
    at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.


    This two day inaugural conference serves as a platform to discuss, connect and engage with painting from a fresh perspective.There will be exhibits, a keynote speaker, and panel discussions. For more information about events, please see the schedule below.
    While the conference is free, registration is required.

    Roundtable Discussion: Painting and the Liberal Arts, Kittredge Gallery
    Friday November 3rd 6:15-7:30pm
    Artists in the discussion
    • Cara Tomlinson, Lewis and Clark College
    • Michael Knutson, Reed College
    • Richard Martinez, Whitman College
    • Elise Richman, University of Puget Sound
    • James Thompson, Willamette University
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:49 AM by Tammy Jo Wilson
  • Artist Talk
    Artist Talk: Joel Fisher


    May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Joel received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire and Master in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked and studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany, on a Fulbright Fellowship, and his photographs have shown nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. Most recently, he participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program. He is an Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Head of Photography at Lewis & Clark College.

    Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $19.99 non-members, $16.99 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.

     Purchase tickets


    Posted May 11, 2017, 11:18 AM by Tammy Jo Wilson
  • Art 327 Studio Topics
    Art 327 Studio Topics
    Powerful Objects: MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS


    What is the right form for something meant to remember and mark the past, intended to function in the present, but at the same time anticipated for the future? Can an object that marks place or a particular time facilitate both critical thinking and empathy? This studio and research based course offers students from a range of disciplines a way to examine public monuments and memorials through art. This class will involve field trips, reading, writing, presentations and art making. We will study practices of commemoration and contemporary reinterpretations of the more traditional forms of public monuments and memorial through counter monuments. We will start on campus with the sculpture of York and from there move both outward and inward. Through reading, discussion, maquettes, proposals, and creative projects, we will consider representation, form and function, memory and experience, various issues of public art, and artists' responsibility to community, culture, and history.

    Fall 2017, T/TH 9:40am-12:10pm
    Prerequisites: one 200-level studio course or by permission of instructor 
    Professor Jess Perlitz



    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 9:52 AM by Tammy Jo Wilson
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