From the Archives – Fan Mail: Wendy Given

Wendy Given. On Myth and magic No. 14: Chrysalis, 2010: C-print; 40” x 60” inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Today we’re looking back at our Fan Mail series to reconsider the work of artist Wendy Given, who “uses the component parts of a visual language used for telling folkloric tales that are, as the artist says, ‘inspired by narrative literature from all over the world.’” Given recently had work in an exhibition at the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and in April 2016[…..]

Printed Matters – Daniel Coburn: The Hereditary Estate

Daniel Coburn. The Matriarch, from The Hereditary Estate, Kehrer Verlag, 2014.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Larissa Archer’s review of the photography book The Hereditary Estate by Daniel Coburn. The author writes, “It’s the eyes of Coburn’s subjects that will haunt you. The elders seem to have seen everything, leaving them with marked brows and broken hearts. The younger adults seem by turns thoughtsick and mistrustful to downright hardboiled and malicious. The children, however,[…..]

Mike Bray: Light Grammar/Grammar Light at Fourteen30 Contemporary

Mike Bray. ​The Necessity to Interfere with Movement​, 2016; light stands, ​acrylic, neon;​ 60​ x ​78​ x ​6​ inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Fourteen30 Contemporary.

The mechanics of grammar are the starter set of must-know rules for uniform speaking. They are the basic regulations without which language can be rendered clumsy beyond comprehension. Artist Mike Bray engages with these mechanics through his video, photographic, and sculptural works. At first concerned with the logistics of light and form on a fundamental level, Bray’s works expand to make visible their potential through[…..]

Female Gazing: Interview with Ana Álvarez-Errecalde

Ana Álvarez-Errecalde. The Four Seasons Series: Symbiosis, 2013-2014. © Ana Álvarez-Errecalde.

Today from our friends at Guernica, we present an interview with Argentinian artist Ana Álvarez-Errecalde. Author Bryony Angell talks with the artist about challenging the conventional portrayal of motherhood, her early career as a documentary filmmaker, and primal super identities. This article was originally published on February 1, 2016. Through the eyes of women artists, motherhood is increasingly a subject of contemporary art. For the Argentine-born artist Ana Álvarez-Errecalde, motherhood was the very impetus for[…..]

Salt/Water at the Photographic Center Northwest

Daniel Hawkins. Union Bay #5, 2013; C-print; 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Salt and water: an amalgamation of fundamental, life-sustaining compounds that evokes the sea, sweaty human excretions, and the makings of primordial soup. Independently innocuous, it is the combination of salt and water that produces something transformative—a substance potentially electric and corrosive. It is the coming together of salt and water that sparked the concept for Salt/Water, an exhibition of contemporary photography on view at the[…..]

Know Yourself at the Luminary

Conrad Bakker. The Crystal Land, 2014 (detail); Oil on carved wood panels; 24 ft. x 20 in. Courtesy of The Luminary.

Currently at the Luminary, Know Yourself is a group exhibition that features the artists Conrad Bakker, Chris Bradley, Marianne Laury, Eva and Franco Mattes, Edra Soto, and Julia Weist. The exhibition shares its title with a Drake song in which the rapper looks back on his life, claiming his authenticity and lineage among other artists. He expounds, “I’ve always been me, I guess I know[…..]

Fan Mail: Eva Voutsaki

Eva Voutsaki. From the Traces Within series, 2006-2016. Courtesy of the Artist.

Mythology, memory, and a fascination with the nocturnal are some of the underlying themes in Eva Voutsaki’s photographs. Originally from Drakona, a small village on the island of Crete in Greece, the artist documents and commemorates the unique way in which she understands her ongoing experience as a “modern immigrant.” Now living in Brighton, UK, Voutsaki grapples with notions of migration and belonging, and the[…..]