Archer Gallery presents Vantage, an exhibition of artwork exploring perspective - visually, contextually, and perceptually. Featuring regional and national contemporary artists working in sculpture, video, computer animation, sound, photography, and installation, Vantage invites viewers into uncommon worlds, where meaning is reconstructed and reality subverted.
Avantika Bawa (Atlanta, Georgia and New Delhi, India) uses the lines and shapes of the surrounding area to create a wall piece that references and alters the perception of the gallery itself. With subject removed, the minimal design causes us to look at the architectural supports that normally go unnoticed.
Victoria Havenís (Seattle, Washington) work layers two-dimensional and three-dimensional information in a disorienting way, collapsing space and creating the illusion of volume. The shadows created by her sculpture on the walls of the gallery and within her photographs disarm the viewer, skewing the point of view.
Isaac Layman (Seattle, Washington) photographs everyday household objects from a variety of viewpoints and focal depths. These photographs are then assembled to create one often-seamless, hyper real image. By using multiple viewpoints within an image, in combination with a larger than life-sized scale, Layman offers us conflicting information, transforming the mundane into something remarkable.
Golan Levinís (Pittsburgh, PA) animation uses the digitally captured coordinates of Merce Cunninghamís fingers and knuckle joints during a performance to create a smooth field of simulated energy. Physicality and movement are translated into data points and transformed back into a dancing, abstract form, controlled by Cunningham's own movements.
Greg Pond's (Sewanee, Tennessee) sculpture shapes the ambient sound of the exhibition using constructed objects and the architecture of the building itself by reflecting, obstructing, amplifying, or attenuating certain sounds depending on their wavelength and volume. Pure Data, an open source programming environment, processes sounds and projects them back through speakers, expanding and compressing the sense of space and altering our experience of the place.
Stephen Slappe (Portland, Oregon) uses video combined with still images to play with our perceptions. He examines the relationship between the visual information and the message inherent in the technology used to capture it, accentuating the overlaps and gaps between different media in order to draw attention to increasingly complex social phenomena.
Special thanks to the artists, PDX Contemporary Art and Jane Beebe, Lawrimore Project, Jessica Bromer, Jenene Nagy, Clark Art Talks, Associated Students of Clark College, and the Clark College Art Department.
-Blake Shell, Archer Gallery Director
January 12 - February 6, 2010
Reception: Saturday January 16, 5-7 p.m.
Clark Art Talks presents Isaac Layman, February 3, 7 p.m.
PRESS FOR VANTAGE
"The best works in “Vantage” urge viewers to rethink how perspective is visually and conceptually constructed, and how each artist’s simple yet clever manipulations confound how an object is viewed and made."
-Micah Malone, Critics' Picks on Artforum.com, read the review here
"Pay attention Portland and Seattle galleries and curators, Vancouver Washington just showed you how it's done!"
-Jeff Jahn, PORT, read the review here
"a group show magnetic enough to draw most of Portland’s plugged-in arts worlders over the river and through the freeway interchanges to the gallery’s Vancouver, WA location"
-Lisa Radon, Portland Monthly Culturephile, read the review here