These local artists will glean materials from the Metro Central transfer station to create a body of work that will be shown in a public exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in August 2015.
August 14 - Sept 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 14, 2015, 6 - 9 pm
Location: Disjecta - 8371 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR
Gallery Hours: 12 - 6 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
works in both two-dimensional painting and graphics as well as three-dimensional, mixed-media sculpture. Largely self-taught, Harris uses his creative skills in many different areas, including film and stage production, signage and display, photography, painting, illustration, book design and robotic sculpture.
Since moving to Portland in 2007, he has participated in several group and solo shows, including an exhibition at Disjecta. He proposes to create small and large automatons (robotic animal sculptures) and shadowbox pieces. He is committed to using art to bring attention to issues of waste and excessive consumption.
Multi-disciplinary artist Brian Hutsebout
has a foundation in traditional craft processes and graphic design, both of which influence the aesthetic and functional decisions revealed in his sculptural and socially-engaged work. He is interested in giving value to the discarded object while emphasizing the extent to which objects are simply thrown away instead of being reused or repaired. He hopes to emphasize the importance of maintaining skill-based trades that are being lost to mass production.
Hutsebout received a BFA in Graphic Design from Southern Georgia University and an MFA in Applied Craft & Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts.
Multi-media artist Beckey Kaye
studied mask carving in Indonesia and performed as a fire dancer and puppeteer with Circus Discordia. She is interested in the concept of shelter and what makes a Home as it relates to notions of identity, property and safety, as well as its imbued emotional factors of comfort and peace. Her work dissects the notion of Home and unravels its polarities and contradictions.
Chapman received a BA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and an MFA from San Francisco State University. She has participated in over a dozen group exhibitions and three solo exhibitions, including an ongoing permanent exhibition of Hive in Oakland. Continuing with her exploration of animal architecture, she will create cocoon-like structures of various shapes and sizes. Each chrysalis will be unique in texture, palette and tone and will play with the notion of inner and outer worlds.
Artist Brenda Mallory
is an eco-conscious recycler and composter, who often works with found materials. Using cloth scraps from commercially sewn products, she creates mixed-media pieces that frequently involve duplicating forms and repetitive processes, transforming materials that have been deemed worthless into thought-provoking and beautiful works of art.
Mallory has had solo shows at fine arts venues including Butters Gallery and the Portland International Airport and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. She is a 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow, and in 2013 was a resident in Sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She holds a BA in Linguistics from UCLA and received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Sculptor Rio Wrenn
has devoted the last 14 years of her art practice to rust printing and using natural dyes in her work. She combines her own processes with traditional practices from Japanese, Indian and Native American cultures, and grows and harvests many of the materials she uses—plants, insects, rust, trees and berries—to dye her textiles. Her rusting process is an expression of the ephemeral and natural aging and decay in life.
Wrenn received her BA in Interdisciplinary Art and BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. She proposes to create a collection of wearable garments combining couture with traditional sacred garments from other cultures.