Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies brings international artists and curators to Portland

June 12, 2019

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer Visiting Faculty offer a series of Wednesday night lectures that are free and open to the public. All lectures begin at 6pm. This year, visiting artists and curators include:

June 19 Jessica Jackson Hutchins

June 26 Aria Dean

July 3 Sky Hopinka

July 10 Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

July 17 Clifford Owens

July 24 Ruth Estévez

July 31 Mikko Kuorinki

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ expressive and intuitive studio practice produces dynamic sculptural installations, collages, paintings, and large-scale ceramics, all hybrid juxtapositions of the handmade. Hutchins had solo exhibitions at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH (2016); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2014); the Hepworth Wakefield Museum (2013); the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI (2013); and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA (2011). Significant group exhibitions include the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace (2013) and The Whitney Biennial (2010).

Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator living and working in Los Angeles and New York. Her writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, Art in America, e-flux journal, The New Inquiry, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spike Quarterly, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and CURA Magazine. She serves as Assistant Curator of Net Art and Digital Culture at Rhizome. She also co-directs Los Angeles project space As It Stands.

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington. Hopinka is Assistant Professor in Film Production at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, and Projections. His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial, the 2017 Whitney Biennial and he is Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow in 2018-2019.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com and Young-hae Chang (Korea) and Marc Voge (USA). Based in Seoul, they have written their signature animated texts set to their own music in 26 languages and shown many of them at some of the major art institutions in the world, including Tate, London, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Whitney Museum and New Museum, New York. They have been in the Venice and São Paulo Biennials, among others, won the Webby Award for best art Web site, received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and been Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Arts Fellows.

Clifford Owens lives and works in New York City. His many group exhibitions include, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art Contemporary Arts Museum (2012–14), Greater New York 2005 Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), Freestyle The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and Performance Now (2013–14), and “Lone Wolf Recital Corp” Museum of Modern Art (2017). He has been visiting artist faculty and guest critic at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Ruth Estévez is a curator, writer, and stage designer. Estévez was recently appointed Senior Curator-at-Large at Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Her curatorial approach is highly influenced by her interest in the historical relationship between theater and the visual arts. She was director and curator at REDCAT/CalArts in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2018.

Mikko Kuorinki was born in Rovaniemi in 1977. He started his artistic practice when he was 15-years old by releasing zines and music. Nowadays he lives in Helsinki and works mainly in the context of visual art by making installations, publications and happenings out of objects and texts. Materials of the works can be objects, rooms, texts, bits of songs, found and manufactured. Certain idea of documentarism is in the center of Kuorinki’s practise: he grabs on to what is at hand because this seemingly meaningless and mundane material unfolds to him as something insolvable. His work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany), SIC (Helsinki, Finland), and Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania).

Mikko Kuorinki studied at the Turku Art Academy (2004) and in the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki (2008). Beside his own practice he is part of Ruler and Hello dust artist collectives.