Reed College


Part of the Time-Based Art Festival
Aug. 29 – Oct. 1 

(self). The word on the wind disperses, while the body becomes the ground. There are times when words just lift us, and self becomes something else entirely. This process-based exhibition engages a group of artists and collectives to address “one’s own person,” sheltering yet provoking it into the arms of parentheses as a symbol of awareness and repose. There snared—unpredictably paused—responses take shape in real time and are enclosed as image, as departure, as moments that turn us inside out. Erasmus called the rounded parentheses lunulae, a reference to their waning edges and cyclicality. Parentheses are leaky passages for meaning: true to experience, truer than a full stop.

All windows are open for what this exhibition will become as curators Stephanie Snyder and Prof. Samiya Bashir collaborate with the artists and an evolving exhibition context to provide a space that amplifies the works’ poetics of self-reflection, and supports the artists as they share their visions, doubts, and ideas about self.

Artists include: Paige Powell and Jean-Michel Basquiat; Nona Faustine; Nat Turner Project; home school; R.I.S.E.; Winter Count; David Kennedy Cutler; Saya Woolfalk; Dave McKenzie; and Victory Garden (Louise Eastman, Jess Frost, Tara Geer, Katie Michel, Wendy Small, and Janis Stemmermann).

Nothing without the sound / won’t show me things / I need to hear you talking.Fred Moten

(self) is part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's 2017 Time-Based Art Festival.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Cooley Art Gallery
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty & Staff, Students, Alumni, General Public


Cooley Gallery




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