Feldman Gallery to Host Collaborations & Dialogues

June 01, 2010


June 1, 2010

Leslie Miller, External Relations Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art
lmiller@pnca.edu 503 821 8959

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications and Public Programs
Pacific Northwest College of Art
bbiggs@pnca.edu 971 255 5511

Feldman Gallery to Host Collaborations & Dialogues: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection, curated by James Reid, Gemini G.E.L. Master Printer
Exhibition to feature fine art multiples printed by James Reid in conjunction with PNCA Advanced Printmaking Studio

Exhibition | Collaborations & Dialogues: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection
June 21 – July 25, 2010

Gallery Talk | Collaborations & Dialogues: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection
Featuring Master Printer James Reid in conversation with collector Jordan Schnitzer, moderated by Christy Wyckoff, Printmaking Department Chair
Monday, July 12, 6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 8, 6:00 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery, 1241 NW Johnson St.

PORTLAND, OR – June 1, 2010 – The Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art is proud to present an exhibition of selected prints from the collection of art patron and collector Jordan Schnitzer. The works were each produced at Gemini G.E.L. by Master Printer James Reid in collaboration with prominent contemporary artists Ellsworth Kelly, John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra and Robert Gober, among others. Gemini G.E.L. is an artists’ workshop and publisher of limited edition prints and sculptures founded in 1966 in Los Angeles.

James Reid, also the curator of the exhibition, draws attention to his role as technician, printer and collaborator in the creation of these works by featuring the most challenging pieces or those that demonstrate a strong, shared effort with the artist. Ellsworth Kelly is an avid collaborator with over 300 editions produced with Gemini G.E.L. to date, and is thereby well represented with a number of pieces in the exhibition. A highlight among the Kelly prints in the Schnitzer collection, The River (2003) is a major work that embodies the creative and communicative symbiosis that exists between the artist and the printer. The River is formidable in its epic scale at over nine feet in length. The editioned work is composed of a 12-color lithograph mounted on aluminum and features rough, darkly streaked textures that flow with starts and stops across its surface.

Another significant collaborative effort is exemplified in John Baldessari’s God Nose (2007), a cast aluminum, three-color relief piece that hangs suspended from the ceiling. The work is hand painted and profiles a flesh-toned nose floating at its center, surrounded by blue skies and three-dimensional clouds bobbing in its periphery. This edition, along with The River, demonstrates the range of processes that are employed in a printmaking studio such as Gemini G.E.L. and the technical diversity of its collaborative efforts.

A gallery conversation led by James Reid and Jordan Schnitzer takes place at the Feldman Gallery on Monday, July 12 at 6:00 pm. James Reid is also a guest instructor for Advanced Printmaking Studio: Collaboration that takes place July 12-July 23. The intensive workshop, led by Reid and PNCA Printmaking Department Chair Christy Wyckoff, uses printmaking to explore a variety of collaborative strategies from one-on-one to experimental group projects.

This program is supported by the PNCA/Cyan PDX Cultural Residency.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit www.pnca.edu.