PNCA Talent Shines at TBA:11

September 01, 2011

It’s that time of year again—new students are flooding Swigert Commons, classes have just begun and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)’s ninth annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) is only one week away. Each year, the TBA Festival jump starts the school year with a challenging and inspiring lineup of contemporary performance, dance, film, monologue, new media and visual arts. It draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary art in Portland. The Festival is presented September 8–18 at venues around town, with visual arts exhibits running through October at Washington High School.

Pacific Northwest College of Art partners with PICA and TBA to offer a series of noontime chats, classroom visits and workshops with some of the leading thinkers and makers in contemporary art. These conversations transform the campus into a laboratory, and invite students, professors and community members to actively engage in contemporary art criticism. In addition, PNCA students receive special passes to TBA events, allowing them to attend events and report back on them in their coursework.

This year, the talents of several PNCA faculty and alumni contributed to the production of and mounting of TBA:11. Practicing the art of curation behind the scenes, PNCA alumni Val Hardy ’11 worked as the Curatorial Assistant and Gallery Manager, and Kent Richardson ’06 acted as the Principal Preparator and Exhibition Designer. PNCA community members showcased on stage or in the galleries include:

Anna Gray ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08, Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It

Gray and Wilson establish a production office to examine the ways that the institution of history is continuously built up and broken down. The artists will produce the publication September and work on-site to correct, revise and compile errata from previous editions of the paper.

Opening reception: September 8, 2011, 8–10 pm
On Sight Salon, October 2, 2011, 2 pm
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents Disorientalism: Ready Mix

Curated by Mack McFarland, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Disorientalism is an ongoing collaboration between Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim. Through live performance, video and photographic projects, the artists explore how technologized labor, junk culture and consumerism mediate race, gender and bodies.

September 1–October 22, 2011
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents It’s All A Blur

Curated by Justin Hoover, SOMArts Cultural Center

It’s All A Blur focuses on three West Coast masters—Guillermo Gómez Peña, Dale Hoyt, and Tony Labat—who have pioneered an intellectual, multifaceted approach to identity and art as means for social justice in the post-Bush era. Their work deals with levels of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American Dream.

September 1–October 22, 2011
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

David Eckard, ©ardiff

PNCA Faculty Member David Eckard returns to the streets with his sideshow pitch and a roaming rumination on the Cardiff Giant’s long, lingering shadow.

September 9–18, 2011
Various locations, visit for details.

Tesar Freeman ’09, Gadsden

A contemporary reenactment of this pre-Betsy Ross flag, altered by the bias of current events and the slow revisions of time, will fly from Washington High School’s flagpole.

September 8–October 30, 2011
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

Michael Reinsch BFA’01, MFA ’09, Gallery Walk

Wearing a constructed gallery costume, Reinsch wandered throughout Portland accompanied by a gallery assistant as a living personification of the site of exhibition. During open hours, the gallery/man presented temporary exhibitions and spewed the poetry of the artist statements and didactics that we rely on for context and understanding when viewing art.

September 1, 2011, 6–9 pm
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR