Organized by The Art Gym in collaboration with four community college galleries, Perimeter: We Live Here Now is an exhibition of the work of eleven artists who were born and raised outside of the United States, all of whom now live and work in the Pacific Northwest; they are Sang-ah Choi (Korea), Baba Wagué Diakité (Mali),Yuji Hiratsuka (Japan), Una Kim (Korea), Yoshihiro Kitai (Japan), Petra Sairanen (Lapland), Horatio Law (Hong Kong), Akihiko Miyoshi (Japan), Motoya Nakamura (Japan), Ying Tan (China) and Kartz Ucci (Canada).
Archer Gallery presents new paintings by Yoshihiro Kitai and prints and installation work by Kartz Ucci. Yoshihiro Kitai was born and raised in Japan. After studying traditional ceramics in Gifu, he moved to the United States and studied printmaking under a Master printer, Paul Clinton at Pierce college in Tacoma, WA. He received a BFA in printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2002, and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 2004. Kitai has had solo exhibitions at Pulliam Gallery and the Portland Art Center, as well as many group shows. His work is represented by Pulliam Gallery and is in various public and private collections.
Kartz Ucci’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by language theory and philosophy. Ucci received her MFA in 1995 from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching at the University of Oregon since 2004, prior engagements include York University, McMaster University and Ryerson University in Canada. Her work circulates in the Americas, in Europe, and in Asia, as well as being recently included in the Portland 2010 exhibition organized by Disjecta and a solo exhibition at Linfield Gallery.
The other artists will be showing at four other college galleries—the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, and Portland Community College galleries at the Cascade, Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses. The Art Gym is also hosting two free public conversations with artists from the overall project on Thursday, January 27, at noon and Sunday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m.