Laura Heit (PNCA LRVS mentor) will be premiering two new works this Sunday as a part of the second Season of Zena Zezza. Her pieces revisit the Portland flood of 1894. This multifaceted show inhabits the oldest standing commercial building in Portland. The second floor hosts two Anthony McCall Pieces that are not to be missed. See below for details.
If you can’t make the opening the building will be open several days a week until Dec 13.
Sunday, October 19, 2–5pm
Hallock & McMillan, drawing from Kuchel & Dresel lithograph, 1858. Courtesy the Oregon Historical Society
Zena Zezza has the fortuitous use of a new space and invites you to the opening of the first projects at the Hallock & McMillan—Portland’s oldest commercial structure built in 1857, predating Oregon’s statehood (1859). The Hallock & McMillan stands as testimony to Portland’s history and is located across from Waterfront Park in the heart of Old Town.
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 19, 2–5pm
Anthony McCall: Artist Project Season
New York-based British artist Anthony McCall’s solid light installation, “You and I, Horizontal” fills part of the upper floor with immaterial sculptural forms which create a new spatial experience of the Hallock & McMillan. Since the early ’70s, McCall has redefined the boundaries between sculpture, film, performance and drawing, and between the viewer and the work. Coincident with his work in Portland, McCall’s work is being shown in Amsterdam, Auckland, Metz, France, and Santiago de Compostela.
Zena introduces the "1857 Projects" which this season looks back to the mid-to-late 1800s.
Laura Heit: 1857 Project
Portland artist Laura Heit re-imagines Portland’s history and the Great Flood of 1894 in a two-part installation using animation, projection and photographs from the archive and collection of the Oregon Historical Society’s Davies Family Research Library. Heit’s films and performances often deal with subjects from the mundane to the cataclysmic.
Hallock & McMillan
237 SW Naito Parkway (at SW Oak Street)
Portland, Oregon 97204
Zena’s use of the space is through the generosity of John Russell and Russell Fellows Properties.
Special thanks to Geoff Wexler, Library Director, and the Oregon Historical Society for their partnership in realizing the “1857 Project.”
Zena Zezza is a project directed by Sandra Percival
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Barry Pelzner at Froelick Gallery
PNCA painting faculty Barry Pelzer is showing his current body of work at the Froelick Gallery. Alanna Risse (PNCA LRVS MFA ‘15) is light TAing Barry’s Materials and Methods painting class as part of her Critical Pedagogy course this semester. These large scale drawings employ virtuosic application of the most mundane of writing implements — the ball point pen. More details about the show:
A Thin Black Line
SEPTEMBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Exhibition tour and discussion with the artists
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Barry Pelzner returns to Froelick Gallery with A Thin Black Line, his first solo exhibition since 2010, and the result of a period in which the style and content of his work has undergone a dramatic shift. His previous works have been based on direct observation of landscapes, whereas Pelzner’s new series of drawings- black ballpoint pen on white paper- are a move toward “working within a drastically limited pictorial vocabulary”.
Thousands of darting, expressive marks fill his compositions, varying in weight from heavy, paper-indenting knots to light strokes which barely flit over the surface. The subject of these works might be considered “motion”- suggestive titles such as Condense and Flex are playfully described in dense, saturated regions of black that dissipate in to frayed, wooly lines. Pelzner says of these drawings “They are part of an attempt to discover how much of the visible world I can represent, or suggest, without drawing any of the objects in it.”
Visit the Froelick Gallery website for more details.
Ryan Pierce at Elizabeth Leach Gallery October 2014
PNCA Low-Residency Visiting Artist and Mentor Ryan Pierce has a solo show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in NW Portland through the month of October 2014.
About the show:
In Sad Gods, Portland-based artist, Ryan Pierce, investigates the link between our yearning to understand the nonhuman world and our desire to conquer it. The artist draws on inspiration from the journals of Spanish conquistadors and Enlightenment-era botanists, as well as indigenous American narratives foretelling European invasion. Pierce considers whether we are living in an era of new exploration, as we reshape our landscape through climate change, industrial agriculture and bio-engineering.
Pierce received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2003. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the CUE Foundation (New York, NY), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY), Roberts and Tilton Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Lisa Dent Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Babel Gallery (Trondheim, Norway). He has received recognition from Art in America, Art Papers, Art Week, and the Oregonian, and grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. He is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Pierce is the co-founder of Signal Fire, an organization that provides wilderness residencies and retreats to artists of all disciplines.
OCTOBER 2 - NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies visiting a town near you
Want to know more about the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies?
PNCA’s Ford Graduate School will be hosting an Open House on November 14 & 15. Come meet current students and faculty and get a close up look at all of our graduate programs. Find details here.
Can’t get to Portland but want to know more? Meet Tracey Cockrell, Chair of Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, in a city near you:
To make an appointment contact Tracey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco, California
Sun, Oct 12: GRADUATE Portfolio Day,
California College of the Arts
The main San Francisco campus address is 1111 Eighth Street, located between Hooper and Irwin streets. More info here.
12:00pm - 4:00pm
New York City
Sat, Oct 25: happy hour with current MFA students, look for details coming soon to this tumblr site
Sun, Oct 26: GRADUATE Portfolio Day,
Parsons The New School for Design
12:00pm - 4:00pm event details
Richmond, Virginia & Washington DC
October 30 & 31
November 14 & 15
or by appointment
PNCA Graduate Chair Peter Schoonmaker and Graduate Admissions Counselor Carolyn Hopkins will be available to meet here:
Wed Oct 22nd, 11am - 3pm
PNCA Graduate Chairs Peter Simensky and Matthew Letzelter will be available to meet here:
Sun, Nov 9: GRADUATE Portfolio Day,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
10:00am - 2:00pm event details