Return Eternal Return
by Marcelo Fontana
Opening: Thursday, June 20th 6-10pm
Marcelo Fontana, a Brazilian artist based in Portland, creates a discussion around the rise of far-right governments and their xenophobic policies on immigration, relating them to Nietzsche’s concept of Eternal Return. The show is composed of two installations and a performance. It is an invitation to reflect on our own actions, as well as a request for clarity for our inner-self. This is Marcelo's first solo show in Portland.
an invitational group exhibition and community arts happening curated by Jason Triefenbach for 1122 gallery and Standard Practice Co:Creative in partnership with Portland Art and Learning Studios
Friday, May 17th 6-10pm
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.
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