When looking for the liminal spaces created by city life and art, there are often niches that form part of both. The exploration of the areas of intersection of freedom, community and exhibition gives a space for performative interventions and installations that may widen our interpretation of our perceptions of all.
A suitcase exhibition of original works that are a product of their own transmission. TRAFFIC.zip, will travel to Mexico City from Portland, Oregon in a checked suitcase under 50lbs, debuting upon their arrival.
We reflect upon the limits of file sizes, data quantities, shipping weights, carry-on sizes as they relate to information and objects of intangible, private, historical, and personal value.
Ideas of fitting in are all about normality, the act of discriminating and the act of “belonging”.
Who exactly are you or I to say what is normal and what fits?
Machines aside, our present day reality is about profiling, judging and discriminating about many factors: skin, culture, gender, religion, age, race, and on.
Hap Gallery, in collaboration with Worksound International, announces two simultaneous exhibitions with Antwerp, Belgium-based artists. In a Rhythmic Fashion, by Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, will be presented at Hap Gallery, and idealSTATE, by Vanessa Van Obberghen, will be presented at Worksound International.
There is an irreducible gap between being and appearing. Each image is frozen, every object still. They are simulacrum; replicas twisted out of reality. And yet, the hardened plaster was once viscous, the knit once disparate threads, and the coiled box-spring once a bed. They are heavy with feelings and memories.
What is the purpose of international travel, for a designer, an artist, an architect? Ideas of network growth feed the new flesh with vapid innovation and vaporware, obliterating any saving grace of entrepreneurism, communist or otherwise. Rather, we hope to be drawn closer to a partial comprehension of the self and our placement upon this planet. This seems to be the most austere of outcomes, albeit too ascetic, when leaving the land of home. Compound the voyage with fourteen strangers and you end up at Terminus Klause. A location, a cafe, a classroom, a time warped table for as many as needed, where the conversations can be as heated as the 21st Century European Summer. In spaces such as this in Venice, Munich, Frankfurt, our group coalesced and disjointed over and over; mixing and matching reaching a point of catalysis where upon new notions sprang forth from the mind well. And as they say, the best of a trip is coming home, join us for that leg of the journey.
Fast Forward: Curated by Modou Dieng and Mack McFarland.
May 8-22 Worksound International Portland.
June 12-18 Städelschule Frankfurt.
Friday, May 8th. 6 - 9 PM
820 SE Alder St, Portland. OR
We are very excited to introduce our first international suitcase exhibition featuring artists working in Portland, OR.
Worksound International’s “Travel with Art” program gives emerging artists from the United States access to communities around the world. Each exhibition fosters ideas linked to the correlation between art and manufacturing.
Our attempt with this show is to draw a sort of contrast with mega exhibitions that is pretty much an impossibility for any graduating young artist to take part of. By borrowing from Duchamp's boite-en-valise we are addressing the historical context with the concept also as a clin d'oeil to a sort of romantic past when the artist suitcase was a boite full of surprise and precious ideas. In contrast we now have biennial and fairs costing millions in shipping artworks. Modou Dieng
Artists have always been radical and conceptual entrepreneurs. Today the production, pre-, post-, and otherwise, of an artwork are all well within the mix of the exhibition. In a flurry of self and crowd proliferation, streams of exhibitionism upon the screen glows. We can liken this to a kind of TMI of art practice, fascinating to witness and lending itself to an emancipation of the artwork and artist for an audience craving to consume, comprehend, and connect to creatives the world over. Fast Forward aims to make a physical manifestation of these connective desires in a suitcase exhibition schlepped from Portland to Frankfurt. Building from the corollary of the ancillary, digesting the byproduct nature of maintaining our avatar to the production of art and living life, Fast Forward showcases works and projects from artists that are either a segment from a larger work, an adaptation of a piece, or process based productions which lead to another body of work. The importance of modularity within individualized artworks, nay artists, continues to grow in importance as the 21st Century progress to a post-capitalism agenda.
As Eileen Isagon Skyers writes in one of her artworks in Fast Forward: “Instead of having a cigarette after sex, you are looking at your iPhone, and then suddenly you're answering emails.” Mack McFarland
Eileen Isagon Skyers
Worksound International is pleased to kick-off 2015 with the work of Taro Masushio.
What if space and time could be stored on a flat surface? Untitled (re: space between our bodies) is made out of the feelings of belonging, illegibility, and love. What yields is a positivism of neither-nor, a double-negation, which is located, not on the unstable vacillation of, but precisely in between the here and there.
Taro Masushio uses travel both as a tool for his pinhole exposure prints and also as a vessel that carries the affects of departure and arrival, and the infinity of the in-between. The results are uncalculated imagery that subverts the genre of travel photography, process-heavy photography and zombie formalism.
Opening reception Friday, March 6th, 6 to 9 pm.
820 SE Alder St, Portland, OR
Exhibition dates are March 6 through April 24, 2015.
…Once a discourse is thus driven by its own momentum into the backwater of the “unreal.” Exiled from all gregarity, it has no recourse but to become the site, however exiguous, of an affirmation. That affirmation is, in short, the subject of the book which begins here…
Born in Japan, Taro Masushio is an artist and writer currently based in New York City. He received his BA in Art Practice, and Queer Theory from UC Berkeley, and MFA from New York University. Upon graduation, he spent a year at Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne as a recipient of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation Fellowship. He has taught at NYU and held a seminar on experimental autobiography at UC Santa Barbara. His works have been exhibited internationally including at Immanence, Paris, De Young Museum, San Francisco, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, and 321 Gallery, New York. His writings have appeared in Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific, and Shift among others. In spring 2015, he will be participating in a group show at Wolfart Projectspaces in Rotterdam as well as a talk at Residency Unlimited in New York. He is currently co-organizing the event and exhibition Internet Yami-ichi at Knockdown Center in Queens, and working on its catalog essay.
Worksound International is pleased to invite you to the launching of our first season of exhibition programing.
The first exhibition is showcasing the paintings of artist Mark Takiguchi, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts (PNCA).