Clark Art Talks - Archive

2012

December 4th, Gerrick Imatani
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Garrick Imatani is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores connections between the physical and cultural within movement, landscapes, and history. In addition to public works, Imatani has exhibited his work in venues such as Art in General (NYC), Asian American Arts Centre (NYC), and Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art (Portland, ME). He is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and BA in Art Studio with Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is as an Assistant Professor of Art at Lewis & Clark College.

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November 7th, Margaret Wall-Romana
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
To call Minnesota artist Margaret Wall-Romana a painter of visionary botanical art is too clinical for her results, and too modest for her aspirations. She is a painter of exquisitely detailed flowers and vines, leaves and grasses, with an occasional fallen feather or crumpled bird woven into blowsy bouquets of roots and twigs that seem to drift through space. Sheer veils of soft color --apricot, creamy ivory, ice blue-- flutter behind her blossoms and sometimes frame distant vistas of low mountains, mossy meadows, limpid seas. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, Wall-Romana has work in collections from London to Manhattan to San Francisco.

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2011

May 1st, Jeffrey Mitchell
 image: photo
Jeffry Mitchell was born in Seattle, WA in 1956. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Mitchell has been nominated for numerous national awards, and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2009. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, will host Mitchell's first retrospective in the Spring of 2012.

April 17th, Paula Rebsom
 image: 2D sculpture of a house in a field.
Paula Rebsom was born and raised in Southwestern North Dakota. Her art practice pulls heavily from her close upbringing with nature and the wild, from her hunting adventures and exploration of the open prairie with her father, and the eventual shift from rural to urban living as an adult. Similar to how contemporary society experiences nature: through mediated experiences, her work forces viewers to navigate between real and staged environments. Paula Rebsom received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon in 2006 and is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Art and Interior Design at Marylhurst University.

February 21st, Stephen Hayes
 image: abstract landscape painting
Through his painting and print work, Stephen Hayes translates, viscerally, the physical and emotional experience of places of nature. Hayes has received Individual Artist Fellowships from WESTAF and the Oregon Arts Commission. He is a 2011 recipient of the Hallie Ford Fellowship for Individual Artists. He is represented in Portland by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and his work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

January 17th, Gerit Grimm
 image: gerrit working on a sculptureof a person.
Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 2002, she was awarded the German DAAD Government Grant to complete her MA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has been an Artist-in-residence at McColl Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and Archie Bray Foundation. Grimm now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

November 15th, Josh Berger
Josh Berger image: geometric .
Joshua Berger is a founder and creative director of Plazm. Recognized by numerous design publications and award shows, he received the Gold Medal at the Leipzig Bookfair for his collaboration with John C Jay on the book Soul of the Game, and the Gold Medal at Portland Design Festival for XXX: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design. He was recently a finalist for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum.

October 15th, Brenda Grell
Brenda Grell image: 2 faces from the nose down, side by side, 1 of a lady and one of a dog with it's mouth open and tongue out.
Brenda Grell is an artist who works in digital design and new media using a feminist's ideology, a hacker's mentality, and a child's curiosity. Exploring the ingrained cultural norms of human and animal relationships, and uncanny and visceral reactions to them, her videos have screened in alternative and guerilla settings presented by such entities as the Pacific Film Archive, UCLA Hammer Museum, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and in film, art and technology festivals ranging from HUMP #3 AMATEUR & LOCALLY PRODUCED PORN FESTIVAL in Seattle, to the Conflux Festival's WE AR (Augmented Reality) IN MOMA show in New York. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught for such institutions as the Massachusetts College of Art, Sarah Lawrence College, NW Film Center, and Washington State University Vancouver.

April 19th, Scott Murase
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Scott Murase is a second-generation artist and designer who learned the art and craft of place making while collaborating for more than a decade alongside Robert Murase, an internationally acclaimed landscape architect. He apprenticed under various stone craftsmen in Kyoto, Japan where he was born and raised. He was recently selected as the designer for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle. Current work includes the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center Plaza in Orlando and Devon Energy Headquarters Entry Plaza Sculpture in Oklahoma City. For Clark College, he is currently working on a site-specific stone sculpture installation as part of the Royce Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, to be completed in summer 2011.

March 8th, Avantika Bawa
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Avantika Bawa is an artist curator, and academic. She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008) the Vermont Studio Center, VT (2009) and Milepost 5, Portland, OR (2010).

Bawa has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions such as the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; solos at Saltworks gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, India; Portland State University, Portland, OR; and juried group shows at the Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada. Her Mumbai solo debut, Mathesis:dub,dub,dub, opened at Gallery Maskara this past November.

February 15th, Storm Tharp
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Storm Tharp was raised in Ontario, Oregon. He attended Cornell University and received a BFA from the College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning. Upon graduation in 1992, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he presently resides. Tharp's work is representational Ė by both figurative and conceptual means and expressed through a variety of media. In the spring of 2010, Tharp was selected for The Whitney Biennial: 2010, in which new portrait works were created. His work has been acquired by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Saatchi Gallery, The Portland Art Museum, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Reed College.

January 25th, James Lavadour
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
One of the Northwest's most revered painters, James Lavadour lives on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Northeastern Oregon. His rich and complex paintings of the Oregon landscape combine loose, gestural strokes with bold colors and slashes of energy, exuding primal vigor and spiritual power. His works are included in the collections of the Bank of America (San Francisco, CA), the Microsoft Corporation (Redland, WA), the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington DC) to name but a few.

2010

October 19, Wendy Red Star
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised.  She grew up in a multicultural family.  Her mother is of Irish descent, her father is a full-blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy studied sculpture at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA.

Wendy Red Star's work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment.  She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist, speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.

June 2, Bonnie Fortune
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Bonnie Fortune is an artist, writer, and educator based in Chicago. Her project-based work explores issues surrounding the environment, health, technology, and aging. She has exhibited in such diverse locals as Chicago, Mexico City, Aberdeen and Nashville, TN. Fortune will also be leading a workshop at Clark in addition to her lecture.


May 5, Karl Burkheimer
Burkheimer sculpture

Karl Burkheimer is an Associate Professor and Department Head of the wood program at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. He has taught internationally in Qatar, Turkey, and Africa. These unique and rich experiences resonate strong influences over his current work in sculpture.


April 2010, Alison Owen
Owen - room altering sculpture
Alison Owen is the Clark Art Talks Artist- in- Residence for Spring Term 2010. She will be lecturing, leading workshops, and creating an installation for a solo exhibition in the Archer Gallery.

Alison Owen makes site-responsive paintings and installations that alter the environment in subtly invasive ways. She focuses on the peripheral, using delicate materials and colors to create works that reward sustained investigation and attention. Owen has exhibited extensively across the US and is participating in the id11 artist residency in Delft, the Netherlands in 2009.

April 7, Mike Bray
Bray -  image of large sculpture installation
Mike Bray is a video and installation artist from Chicago, Illinois. His work examines artifice within the construction of cinematic space. Over the past year,he has exhibited in the Guys Doing Guy Things at the Art Gym in Marylhurst, Oregon; Summer Show at Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland, Oregon; and in Nashville Tennesseeís Fugitive Projects Traveling Video Show.

March 3, Aili Schmeltz
Schmeltz - image of sculpture
Aili Schmeltz is a Los Angeles based sculptor and installation artist who has exhibited widely nationally. She has recently been awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and residency fellowships at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin as well as the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Schmeltz will also be leading a workshop at Clark and her artwork will be in the Archer Gallery February 16th-March 15th.

February 3, Isaac Layman
Layman photograph
Isaac Laymanís photographs are hyper-real, psychologically charged visions of the spaces and objects found in his Seattle home. His most recent solo show in 2008 garnered reviews in Art in America and Artweek. Layman was the Betty Bowen Award winner of the Seattle Art Museum in 2008. He is represented by Lawrimore Project. Laymanís artwork will be on display in the Archer Gallery January 12th-February 6th.

January 6, Ben Buswell
Buswell - image of sculpture
Ben received his BFA from Oregon State University and MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has exhibited recently in Portland, San Francisco, and Michigan and was included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum. Ben currently teaches Sculpture and Design in Portland, Oregon.

2009

December 2, Chas Bowie
Photograph of Bowie
Chas Bowie writes about contemporary art and photography. He is an art critic for the Oregonian and a contributor to numerous art and culture publications. Bowie currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and his artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally.

November 4, Chris Knight
Knight image - collage with woman
Sentimental, humorous yet sorrowful, haunting, the paintings of Chris Knight read as fragments of larger stories sewn together in uncanny montages. Chris Knight is the recipient of the 2007 WK Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Oregon College of Art and Craft and Portland Community College.

October 7, Kartz Ucci
Kartz image
Kartz Ucciís installation art has been exhibited internationally at venues in Soeul, Limossal, Basel, Toronto and Montreal. Ucci is currently an Assistant Professor in Digital Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene. TILT Export: kartz ucci runs September 21-October 30, 2009 at the PCC Rock Creek Helzer Gallery.



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