Portland 'Pataphysical Society (PataPDX) is pleased to announce INTER/MISSION, a two person exhibition with installation work from Los Angeles-based artist Allison Peck, and videos from Washington D.C.-based artist Rives Wiley. This exhibition was curated by S/PLI/T, a Portland-based curatorial group co-directed by Sam Hopple and Taryn Wiens.
Exhbition Dates: October 6–November 3, 2016 Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12–4pm and by appointment
A closing reception will take place November 3rd from 6-9pm
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Rives Wiley (riveswiley.com) makes videos of figures positioned in elaborate built environments that blend the real, surreal,and virtual. Their behaviors walk an uncomfortable line between restraint and repetitive action that recalls the pull and push of social conventions on ourselves.
Allison Peck (allisonpeck.com) intervenes in individual sites, adeptly using languages of material, shape, and color to break down any pretense of a gallery as place-less, as a way to explore notions of space and our positions within it. For this exhibition she will install site-specific work in conversation with the space, the curators, and fellow artist Wiley.
Both Wiley and Peck work with ideas of environment: Wiley creates fictive environments to mirror the influence of our own social and virtual settings, while Peck forces us to confront the immediate environment of the gallery space. Each artist points to our agency, or lack thereof, in the ever- present context of our surroundings.
S/PLI/T produces two-person exhibitions in established and alternative art venues and vacant spaces. By introducing emerging artists with conceptual depth and contemporary concerns to new viewers, S/PLI/T encourages artistic practice at a critical stage while inviting the community to connect around fresh and vital work. S/PLI/T encourages accessibility and cross-disciplinary engagement through interpretive materials, interviews, public events, and a published catalog.
The name S/PLI/T describes a duality that is present in the two-person exhibitions and implies two pieces of a whole. We are interested in the dialogue that can take place in the space(split) between different art practices.
S/PLI/T is co-directed by Sam Hopple and Taryn Wiens and is based in Portland, Oregon.
Rumi enters each place of worship – a temple, a church, a mosque – and sees one altar.
I think about the chapel; I visit this place quantumly.
I feel sunlight slanting through windows. An old quiet. Particles dancing down light beams.
I sense its intimacy, its peace. The dream of everyone carrying it with them.
Of being empty enough for the space to fill us up. Of finding magic again.
Of being vulnerable and open where love can find us.
Of making a bendable, flexible, radical future, when movement and bodies and thought and loving will be without boundary or limitation.
A future that embraces all sentient beings.
Turning towards transformation as the only practice of hope.
Language is home and we build worlds with it.
Testament Installations by Shiva Aliabadi and Allison Peck
Opening December 12, 7-10pm
This exhibition is rooted in the action of observing and responding. We think of Elephant not as an empty space to be filled, but as a place imbued with the energy of its resident artists and of all those that congregate each month to take in curious objects.
Colors, patterns, gestures, and forms are taken up, turned over, and reflected in Aliabadi and Peck’s sculptures and ephemera that briefly inhabit the space. There will be many places to start and no points of origin. As they create from within and among the frames of the gallery, the lived space, the neighborhood—bringing the outside in and putting the inside out—Aliabadi and Peck also build on each other’s practices, maintaining fluidity and flexibility as one acts and reacts to the moves of the other. A kind partnership. A progressing interaction.
Aliabadi and Peck’s work reflect a site-responsive, back and forth process where gestures reflect, influence, and generate each other. The artists use each other’s practices as frames for their respective installations. Both separate and together, their works reveal precarious testaments to the gallery space.
Please join us for the opening reception of Intimate Irregularity, an exhibition by Allison Peck in partnership with the ReDiscover Center.
Reception: Saturday, November 8 from 6-8p
On view: 9/15/14 – 1/1/15, Saturdays 11-4p
Location: ReDiscover Center, 12958 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Intimate Irregularity addresses the site as a whole. When the artist first encountered the ReDiscover Center, she was drawn to its physical idiosyncrasies and imperfections. She was also drawn to the mission of the center, which resonated deeply in terms of repurposing materials to create something new—a practice that informs much of her work as an artist.
This exhibition uses both new and repurposed materials to reveal and honor the center’s ‘flaws.’ Using plastic, vinyl, and house paint, the artist recreates gestures found in the art center, such as meandering lines from water damage, re-imagines gestures from its surrounding environs, such as the paint roller marks of covered graffiti, and uses them to embellish the walls and windows of the center’s main room. She also chose to engage with a practice she calls ‘institutional improvement’—cleaning, patching, and painting as she moves through the space.
Not unlike the Japanese traditions of wabi-sabi and kintsugi, these types of actions call attention to aspects of imperfection, impermanence, and unfinishedness within the art center and seek to lend visibility and positivity to these qualities.
2014 Tied Tides and Small Shifts
To give you back this wave
I would have to give back
the black spaces
fretted with film of spray,
darker and deeper than the mind
they are emblems of
Not only the creator fury
of the whitest churn
the caldron of all life
but the blankness underlying
Thinking of the sea I think of light
lacing, lancing the water
the blue knife of a radiant consciousness
bent by the waves of vision as it pierces
to the deepest grotto
And I think of those lives we tried to live
in our globed helmets, self-enclosed
bodies self-illuminated gliding
safe from the turbulence
and how, miraculously, we failed
Adrienne Rich, 1973
Tied 1, plastic and metal, 10.5 x 7.5", 2014
Wall Gesture, grey house paint, dimensions variable, 2014
Tied 1, plastic and metal, 10.5 x 7.5", 2014
Tide (emblem), plastic and paint, dimensions variable (approx. 4 x 18'), 2014
Tide (emblem) detail
Installation view [Tide (emblem), Tieds 2-7, and Radiant(pedestal)]