Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm not posting on this blogspot site anymore. It turns out, I'm not much of a blogger. For news of what is happening with my art go to my website.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mechanics of Hither and Yon

Portland International Airport, Concourse A
November 14, 2011 - November 15, 2012

I’m excited to announce the opening of Mechanics of Hither and Yon, a site specific installation that surrounds travelers passing through Concourse A at Portland International Airport. The exhibit features a multitude of organic forms that allude to global travel through the metaphor of seeds and spores. Covering three walls with 24 feet ceilings and spanning the 40 foot long corridor, it's my largest work ever! And certainly the most public.

Please note: You must to be a ticketed passenger, but you can go to Concourse A regardless which terminal you arrive or depart. The installation will be up for one year, until November 15, 2012.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 - Off to a Great Start!

It has been a busy January!  The big and happy news is that I am now represented by Julie Nester Gallery in Park City, Utah. And right off the bat she sold a big piece. And a commission for a similar piece is pending. I popped a bottle of sparkly the day that call came!
Julie Nester Gallery

I'm in a two-person show called Drift with Marlana Stoddard-Hayes at Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.  Marlana makes beautiful paintings that she often begins by leaving mushrooms directly on canvas so it becomes stained with spores. I love that nature is helping create her work. Her paintings and my sculptures look great together. My piece, Emergent Properties, looks a bit like a 3D version of some images in one of her paintings. The Newberg area has some great wineries - you could make a day trip: explore a few wineries, peruse some art, and then finish off with a cocktail at the fancy Allison Spa and Resort. (Hmm, designated driver required perhaps?)
Postcard from Drift
Emergent Properties, ©2005 Brenda Mallory, 10 x 15 x 5 feet, Welded steel, waxed cloth, wire
January 17 - March 18
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan
Newberg, OR 97132

I just delivered work to Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle for Cumulus (with Hannah Alex-Glasser and Jacqueline Will). It will be open January 28 - February 26 with an artist's reception February 3. Stop by and say hi if you are in Seattle.

Porous Borders #2, ©2010, Brenda Mallory, 25 x 42 x 4 inches, Waxed cloth, nuts & bots,

Waveform (dark), ©2010 Brenda Mallory, 31 x 5 x 4.5 inches, Waxed cloth, threaded rods, bols
And last but not least, I'm featured on a segment of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Art Beat.  It airs on January 20 and January 23. Click here to view online.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


detail from Vertical #4

Doppler PDX
625 Everett Street #109
Portland OR 97209
Opening Reception March 4th 5:30-9:00
March 4-13th 2010
Gallery hours Saturdays 1-4, and by appt.

Doppler PDX is a gallery/studio promoting dialog around experimentations and processes that artists undertake while creating their work. 

 My show at doppler pdx is a new direction for me.  It's much more formal work. The materials are similar but I'm not working with the organic forms and shape. It's been a fun exploration and I'm really on a roll with ideas to expand this body of work. Doppler PDX is a tiny space so I'll be looking for a larger venue soon. Here's the press release from Doppler.

Constrain to Vertical is a show by Brenda Mallory where she creates works inspired by stacks of UPS “end-of-day” barcodes. Mallory used a sewing machine to sew sequential lines (or pintucks) in fabric wall pieces. Drawing from the minimalist paintings of Agnes Martin, Mallory utilizes vertical line on the fabric. As she confined herself to work within strict linear parameters, Mallory work moves outside of her norm of organic form.  Constrain to Vertical is an exciting new direction for Mallory and her work. 

Trimmed UPS "end of day" barcodes. I've been wanting to make something with these for the past year.


An Agnes Martin painting above. And below is the pintucking happening at the sewing machine.

These works all began to seem too much like a painting and I decided to cut them up and reform them.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I have been working as a mentor this semester in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program and I am finding it to be a very rewarding experience.  It's the part of teaching I enjoy the most: talking to students about their projects, brainstorming, helping them clarify thinking, introducing them to new artists,  finding resources. The student I work with, Laura Alcorn, is amazing me every week with her diligence, creativity, and openness to exploration. And I forgot to mention she is making some kickass beautiful jewelry that is really miniature sculpture.

Here the description lifted straight from their website:

"Connecting design thinking to design doing, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art have collaborated to create a unique MFA Program grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artists program, students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, makers, and scholars in a self-directed curriculum that challenges them to bring to life the full strength of their ideas and skills.

Encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes, the Program welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose. With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurism that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind."

Friday, November 13, 2009


TJ Norris, intrepid artist, curator, blogger, has curated this window project of drawings by 75 NW artists (including yours truly). It started out in Portland at the Blackfish Gallery and has moved on to Boise. He's planning to travel it around to different window venues over the next year. Here's the review from Boise Statesman.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sitka Art Invitational

I have five pieces in the Sitka Art Invitational this year. The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creative inquiry and education. The involvement, investigations, and creative work of artists and natural scientists help Sitka Center fulfill its mission to expand the relationships between art, nature and humanity through workshops, presentations and individual research projects.

Hundreds of volunteers, artists, donors, and art collectors have contributed to the growth and success of the Sitka Art Invitational, since its inception 16 years ago. This year, 132 artists are offering over 500 pieces of art! Collectors and art buyers are a key factor in the success of this fundraising event.

Located at the World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon

Friday, November 13th, Miller Hall, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Opening Night Party with the Artists

Saturday & Sunday, November 14-15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public Exhibit and Sale

The Sitka Art Invitational is an important source of support for Sitka Center's Workshop and Residency Programs. The Workshop Program provides opportunities for artists to teach and study in workshops from late spring through early fall; the Residency Program offers opportunities for artists to pursue individual research projects from late fall through early spring. If you're moved to contribute to these programs and are not able to attend the Art Invitational, please feel free to donate online.