July 13, 2007




Utopia Sighs

A new project by

Heidi Schwegler

Youtube Video

(Portland, OR-) Tilt Gallery and Project Space is pleased to present a new project by Portland artist Heidi Schwegler. Utopia Sighs is a suite of thematically linked sculptures, video, live performance and sound, which speak of the delight, chaos and inescapable trauma of the toddler's party. In this collaborative performance, renowned balloon artisan Kelvin Chun will create his most challenging work to date: a seemingly endless mass of twisted balloons that will ultimately overwhelm the scene of a child's birthday party. Assisting Mr. Chun will be two employees from the family, food and entertainment industry. The work will culminate with an apocalyptic public performance in which the balloons will be destroyed. The performance will live on as a companion video piece.

This special event is a one-night only performance. Please join us Saturday, August 18 at 6pm. Tilt Gallery and Project Space is located at 625 NW Everett #106, Portland, Oregon, 97209. This will be the only event at Tilt for the month of August, as we will be closed during our regular gallery hours for the month. Please join us when we reopen in September with an installation by Leslie Mutchler.

Heidi Schwegler has participated in numerous group shows, including exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum and Scope Art 2004 (New York). Schwegler is a recent recipient of a RACC Individual Project Grant for the performance and installation Utopia Sighs. She has lectured on her work and contemporary art and design at institutions such as Kendall College of Art and Design and Kent State University. Reviews of Schwegler's work have been published in ArtNews, Metalsmith, and American Craft. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is presently Associate Professor of Metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

This event is free and open to the public.