POTENTIAL ENERGY: EFFPortland 2013 at Living Room Realty
Curated by Julie Perini and Jodie Cavalier
Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Monday, May 27, 2013
Opening Reception April 25, 2013, 6pm-9pm
NE Alberta Office, 1455 NE Alberta St, Portland OR
For the month of May, the Living Room Realty Light + Sound Gallery will host EFFPortland 2013’s kickoff event, an exhibition curated by Julie Perini and Jodie Cavalier. The duo, who have also curated an exhibition at galleryHOMELAND and a series of performances for EFFPortland 2013, chose three meditative and inquisitive artists, all working internationally and using place as a medium through which to investigate subjectivity and flux.
Local drummer/filmmaker/performer/sound artist Von Ragan will perform his layered, swampy rhythms to his film Down Canvas Cloud at the opening reception.
Hilary Schwartz and Marcia Ong: Is it sweet?
Through eating mangoes, Is it Sweet? explores the complex relationships between three people living in Singapore. It depicts a mother’s struggle with accepting her daughter’s sexuality and a partner’s integration into the family. The mother’s focus on the sweetness of the fruit alludes to her expectations for her family.
Hilary Schwartz is a sculptor engaged with concepts of domesticity, displacement, temporality, and queer desire. She received her MFA from SFAI. She has exhibited internationally. She is a lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.
Karimah Ashadu: Lagos Island
Encased within ‘The Camera Wheel Mechanism’, the camera records in a state of flux. The constantly changing image of the Island coast offers a poignant narrative for its occupants. Immigrants perch near the water in trepidation. They build fleeting homes which the government will force down to clean the City.
Karimah Ashadu is a British/Nigerian Video Artist and Designer. She works primarily with film and performance to explore the relationship between movement and narration. Her work is often playful in nature, and is sometimes supported by architectural objects that are specifically designed for her performances. These objects probe and are fundamental to the introduction of interesting notions, like the role of perspective in storytelling. She lives and works in London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria.
Amanda Belantara: Sonotoki そのとき
Shot on the streets of Aomori City in the depths of winter, Sonotoki explores the ephemeral yet recurring movements of human life and nature as they play out before a static camera.
Amanda Belantara is a researcher and audio-visual artist with a background in ethnographic film and visual anthropology. She is co-founder of sound and storytelling collective, Kinokophone.
EFFPortland erupted in 2012 in the fair City of Roses, in response to the need for a Portland-based experimental media showcase. It filled that void with a lava-hot amalgam of shorts, installations, performances, and collaborations. With a week of solid programming, some of which lasted for months beyond the official festival, across seven venues around the city, inaugural year was, in short, a total blast. The second EFFPortland is based on the framework and momentum of our first effort, maintaining the core value of connecting the rich landscape of local makers to the vast and bright world of experimental media across the country and beyond both coasts. This year, we are putting more method into our madness. We are flush with the gifts of experience and passion and suited up to continue this great experiment.
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
The Light+Sound Window Gallery is a unique exhibition space dedicated to exhibiting new media contemporary art—namely video, film and sound art. The window gallery is located at 1422 NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon and is viewable 24/7. Artwork is rotated regularly with artist receptions for each exhibit occurring on the Last Thursday of the month. Living Room provides an honorarium to each exhibiting artist.
Living Room Realty is proud to provide exhibition space for artists who work in video and film. We understands the importance of contemporary art and believe that a strong Arts community in one of the fundamental pieces of a healthy city.