Featuring Shannon Anderson Ralph Barton Ricky Bearghost Tess Bidelspach Jackie Boden Aaron Cunningham Demain Dine Yahzi Job Erickson EM Fuller Sam Hancock David Hunt Jeannette Mill Tabitha Nikola P.A.L.S. Video Collective Brianna Rosen Ivan Soliton Gena Sophia Mathew Spencer Jason Triefenbach Wiley
Curator Statement TIME > SPACE > PLACE is the first manifestation of Standard Practice Co:Creative, a soon- to- be- incorporated community arts nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing creative potentials through engaged discourse and collaborative action.
Equal parts social sculpture*, group exhibition, and subjective research platform, TIME > SPACE > PLACE emerges from Triefenbach’s ongoing series of interviews with Portland area artists and arts organizations. Through these conversations, the theme of Place- geographical and historical; social and emotional- became a unifying thread.
As the inaugural Artist- in- Residence at Portland Art & Learning Studios; a 10,000 sqft studio for artists experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities, Triefenbach created two outdoor sculptures inspired by his conversations with Portland locals on race, economic disenfranchisement, and historical erasure: “RUINS 1, 2, and 3” stands as an embittered monument to the legacy of white supremacist land grabs and continuing destabilization of so- called minority communities (in both of which Triefenbach acknowledges his complicity as a beneficiary of white male privilege). “Flowerbeds of the Future” casts a wary eye toward Utopian idealism, referencing science fiction and vernacular landscape design to imagine either an abundant future- or the low hum of human twilight.
In the interior of the 1122 gallery space and extending into the driveway, Triefenbach curated a colorful, energetic group exhibition of artists he has met through Standard Practice interviews as well as several artists working at the P.A.L.S. studio. Expressions of place, identity, fear, and desire come together in a variety of styles and media, from line drawings and watercolors to sculpture, self- published editions, video art, and a virtual reality interface. And a third component to TIME > SPACE > PLACE will exist beyond public view: an upcoming discussion and brainstorming session among the artists will dissect the strengths and limitations of Portland’s creative landscape, with an eye toward Community, Collaboration, and Coalition- building. At this intersection of voices, we hope to weave a new story.