“Salt of the Earth, a curated show by PSU MFA student Christopher Freeman and PNCA MFA student Micah Schmelzer, showcases 6 MFA candidates from both institutions. This group exhibition is a look into the artists’ relationships to nature through means of individual perspectives and modes of making. These artists explore the ways in which nature displays characteristics of seduction, mystery and illusion through techniques that captivate our imaginations. By way of these avenues, each artist has created work dealing with the conversation around nature and our environment in which Salt of the Earth allows for a cohesive conversation amongst pieces.”
Thursday, May 1 at 6:00pm-9:00pm
Join PSU and PNCA MFA candidates in a group show May 1st.
Over the next few days we are going to post some images/text from the group that went to NY last month. Needless to say it was a blast and brought us all closer and informed alot of the work that we are making. So without further ado:
Meeting with Sean Carney at Essex Flowers was great. He…
Reports on the full res mfa trip to New York over spring break.
Gambian artist Isha Fofana
Amanda Wilcox meets with Gambian artist, Isha Fofana during her study abroad in West Africa:
"Gambian artist, Isha Fofana is a powerhouse of a woman, slight in frame and lively engaging personality. She is a painter, gardener and sculptor.
Isha told me that she had a successful art practice in Germany and is married to a German man, but moved back to The Gambia because she felt that she needed to share her success with her fellow Gambians and help the people in her country and founded the Mama Africa Gallery.She is married to a German man who is supportive of her work. She told me that she continues to create all the time and she has survived a lot of difficulties in her life. She is currently building a larger facility on the south coast.
Isha’s art practice is fulfilling to her and that the works are stories about her life, her struggles. She calls them her gossip boards, narratives of her feelings and thoughts. Her work is usually acrylic paint on canvas, and works with mixed media. She incorporates found objects, natural items and textures: hair, leaves, fabric, weaving, wood, sand, stone, rope, shells. Her mark making and her use of dripped or painted lines resemble calligraphy are unique. She often allows the picture frame to become a part of the art itself. They reflect her personality with bright lively colors, energized compositions, referencing human forms and activities.
She incorporates her art to provide a supportive environment for teaching creative practices and included teaching health and welfare skills to women and their families, as well as learning creative production skills and business models be self sufficient.
Her use of materials to demonstrate educational concepts and time include the use of natural found objects, such as stones, twigs, shells as a way of engaging her audience. This in turn promotes the use of found objects to create memories and narratives through art.
Isha also has an interest in homeopathic remedies and hosts a Swiss company that works to provide local villages and hospitals with medicine to dispense to patients.”
-Amanda Wilcox (PNCA LRVS MFA ‘15)
Alanna Risse and daughter at Nick Patton’s opening at The Lodge at Allied Works.
From Danielle Foushee’s (PNCA LRVS MFA ‘15) adventures in Arizona for Spring Break through a Signal Fire residency
I just returned from a week backpacking in the Arizona wilderness. I was on a residency with Signal Fire, a fantastic organization that takes artists into the wild to think about the relationships between art and nature and landscape.
Each day, one participant led a “deep play” exercise for the group. When it was my turn, I invited everyone to collaborate to create a cairn village in the riverbed. The whole process was meditative and mindful. We worked in silence, and then surveyed our work.
In the spirit of “leave no trace”, I tore it down once I got the photos. I was torn, because despite the ideal of leaving no trace I’m drawn to the comfort that cairns bring. A cairn represents other human interaction, coming upon one indicates that I’m not lost. Even though I might be the only person for miles, there is a kind of conversation that happens through cairns between strangers and over time. There’s something really special about that relationship.
Stay tuned for more images to come.
Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA
“It’s so green!”
That’s what first-time visitors to Portland always notice. And one of the greenest parts of the city is Portland’s North Park Blocks. From Burnside to Glisan, the North Park Blocks are lined with big leaf maples and black locusts, American elms at the street edge. And one of the most exciting things about PNCA’s campus expansion to the North Park Blocks is that the surface parking lot in front of what will be the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is going to be Portland’s newest park block—the first in 143 years—extending this verdant park one block further.
According to the Parks Department, “These blocks were some of the original park properties in the city. Captain John Couch dedicated the blocks to the City in 1869.”
And the green won’t stop at PNCA’s front doors. The campus expansion projects have sustainability as a prime directive, following the example set by PNCA’s Museum of Contemporary Craft which is located on the North Park Blocks at NW Davis Street. The Museum is in DeSoto Building which is LEED Gold Certified and was designed by the architect of record on ArtHouse, LRS Architects, who make their home upstairs from the Museum. ArtHouse, designed by Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture, is going for LEED certification as will the Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture-designed Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.
A nice blurb about PNCA’s future home on the park blocks.
Two new works from a recent series.
Two new works from Judith Hochman (PNCA LRVS MFA ‘14)