Presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland2014 is a major biennial exhibition celebrating artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices.
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Zachary Davis is a founder of Appendix Project Space, a residency and exhibition space that operated from 2008 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Working in multiple media, he is engaged in an ongoing formal and thematic exploration of sensation, embodiment and consciousness. He is currently artist-in-residence at American Medium Gallery in Brooklyn, where he will present a solo exhibition this fall. He was also recently invited to participate in the Real Time & Space residency in Oakland. Davis has received a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Modou Dieng was born in Senegal and currently lives and works in Portland, where he is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He received his MFA in Painting, New Genres in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Dieng is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, painting, photography, and installation. His interests lie in conceptualizing visions of contemporary life constituted by a mix of humanity, topography, and hybrid and eclectic combinations of forms drawn from urban history, race, social status, gender, cosmopolitanism, and belonging. He has exhibited with numerous galleries and museums including: Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels; Dakar Biennale, Dakar; Carousel du Louvre, Paris; Sarah Lawrence College, NY; UMass, Boston; Museum of Contemporary African and Diaspora Art, Brooklyn; and Casa Encendida, Madrid. Dieng has conducted workshops and conferences at several institutions including Brown University, University of West Florida, Université Catholique de Louvain, The Fire Station, Denison University, and Ohio University. He is the founder and curator of Worksound Gallery, Portland.
Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Portland. In the first several years of his young career, he has exhibited extensively, with a focus on alternative spaces and community activism. VanHouten-Maldonado has been involved with important local projects such as Over These Prison Walls. He has also been involved in international projects such as Global Studios in Dakar, Senegal. In 2011, VanHouten-Maldonado created the Bunker, an alternative art space dedicated to experimental exhibitions.
Alex Mackin Dolan is an artist who lives and works in New York, New York. He was co-curator of Appendix Project Space in Portland through 2013. Recent exhibitions include Cycle, Sun, Limit at PICA Time Based Arts Festival; Infinite Cell at Autzen Gallery, Portland State University; Cherry Picking at Karma International, Zurich; ZERTZ Player with Koch Snowflake at West Lane South, London; and Deep Freeze at Generation Works, Tacoma, Wa.. Dolan was also a 2013 artist-in-residence with the Park Avenue Armory Under Construction Series in conjunction with 89plus, an ongoing research project conducted by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets which examines the generation of artists born in or after 1989.
Travis Fitzgerald currently lives and works in New York, NY, where he is the co-director of American Medium. From 2008 to 2013 he was co-curator of Appendix Project Space in Portland. Fitzgerald received his BA in Studio Arts from Wesleyan University in 2009. His work has been shown at 12128, Portland; Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon; Tractor, Portland; IGLOO, Portland; Raum zur Kunst, Basel; and WORK Gallery, Brooklyn.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins lives and works in Portland and Berlin, Germany. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; Hepworth Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire, UK; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including the 55th Venice Biennale; the 11th Biennale de Lyon; and the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Her work is held in collections at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and the Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, all in New York.
Evan La Londe currently lives and works in Portland. He received his BFA in 2003 from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and his MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University in 2012. He is a 2014 recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant and an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. His work has been at PDX Contemporary Art, Portland; Rocksbox, Portland; LxWxH Gallery, Seattle; The Lumber Room, Portland; Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax; and Swell Gallery, San Francisco.
Ellen Lesperance is an artist working in Portland, OR. She received her MFA in 1999 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited in venues including The Brooklyn Museum; The Seattle Art Museum; The Drawing Center, New York City; Monya Rowe, New York City; Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles; Josh Lilley, London; PS122, New York, NY; Artists Space, New York, NY; Adams & Ollman, Portland; and Samson Projects, Boston. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Tema Celeste, USArt, (An)Other, GARAGE Magazine, Art Monthly, Cura Magazine, and Phaidon's Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing. In 2010 she received The Betty Bowen Award and was a MacDowell Colony Artist-in-Residence. In 2012 she had a solo booth at the FRIEZE Art Fair in New York and was awarded a Hallie Ford Fellowship. In 2014, she will attend artist residencies at Djerassi and the Sankriti Foundation, Delhi. Lesperance is represented by Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles.
D.E. May is an artist working in Salem, Oregon. His work negates constructions of static history and temporality through formal, nonarchivist investigation of the present moment within a medium. He is represented by PDXContemporary Art, Portland. May was awarded a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellowship from The Ford Family Foundation.
Christopher Michlig is an artist making work in a wide range of media, primarily focusing on the manipulation of public formats of communication to explore, expose and upend the aesthetics of urban space. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in one-person exhibitions at Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles; VOLTA 8, Basel, Switzerland; Galleria Giuseppe, Pero, Milan; and devening projects + editions, Chicago. His work has been published and reviewed in a number of publications. Michlig received an MFA in Sculpture from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 2007. He is currently Assistant Professor of art at the University of Oregon.
John Zerzan is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. Some subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought (such as mathematics and art) and the concept of time. His five major books are Elements of Refusal (1988), Future Primitive and Other Essays (1994), Running on Emptiness (2002), Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections (2005), and Twilight of the Machines (2008).
In 2009, Abra Ancliffe started the Personal Libraries Library, a specially-curated lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers & thinkers. Personal Libraries Library engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity & frailty of language alongside how knowledge is written, printed, compiled, read, stored, ordered, dispersed and processed. The history, process and physicality of printing, publishing and book-making become conflated with the acts of reading, writing, astronomy, geology, collecting and archiving. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College, her BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at PNCA.
Publication Studio, co-owned by Patricia No & Antonia Pinter, publishes and makes books on-demand, attending to the social life of the book by creating a public out of publication. Founded in 2009, Publication Studio has worked and collaborated with innumerable artists, writers, institutions and organizations to publish original work and create a new kind of space for the conversations, experimentation and production of and around books.
Ralph Pugay lives and works in Portland. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a 2013 residency graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Pugay is the recipient of several grants, including a Professional Development Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, and a 2014 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.
Kelly Rauer is an artist living and working in Portland. Rauer simultaneously maintains practices in video, photography and movement in order to form large-scale, multi-channel video installations where the body serves as the main subject, object and device. She received her BA in Fine Art and Photography in 2004 from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
An Oregon native, Blair Saxon-Hill has exhibited most recently at Portland State University; Hallie Ford Museum of Art; The Lumber Room, and the North View Gallery, Portland Community College. Saxon-Hill’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Reed College. In 2013, she received a Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award, an Oregon Arts Commission Grant, and was shortlisted for the Henry Art Gallery’s Brink Award. Saxon-Hill is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary, and is co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks. She lives and works in Portland.
Richard Thompson has worked as both professor of art and dean of an art school in New York, and currently lives and works in his hometown of Dayton, OR. Thompson’s career includes two Whitney Biennial exhibitions, and his work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery; MFA, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, Ft. Worth; Portland Art Museum; Tyler Museum of Art; Art Museum of South Texas; Amarillo Art Center. His work is in the collections of the Edinburgh Museum of Modern Art, Scotland; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; the Museum of Modern Art, Ft. Worth; the Gund Collection, Boston; Apple Corporation; Fidelity Corporation and others. For many years he exhibited with Monique Knowlton Gallery in New York; Space Gallery in Los Angeles; Hills Gallery, Santa Fe; and William Havu Gallery, Denver. Thompson has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art in Ft. Worth, TX since 1985. In Oregon he is represented by ART Elements Gallery in Newberg, OR.
Portland2014 is supported by The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Travel Portland, Moda Health, The Mark Spencer Hotel, Clear Channel, Stumptown Printers, Deschutes Brewery and Sign Wizards, as well as our partnering venues Upfor Gallery, White Box, University of Oregon in Portland, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland.
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