Thursday, December 13, 2007

Grants are like Chistmas presents!

So the Ogle show up and looking great and I just got the wonderful news that I'm getting two of the four grants I've recently applied for. One is the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Professional Development Grant in which I applied for funds to get my sorely outdated website upgraded. The other is from the Contemporary Arts Foundation in New York. They have an emergency grant that I applied for in order to get funds to crate and ship my work to the SUNY Brockport show EndoSkeletal/ExoSkeletal: Sculptures with Armature.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Exhibition at Ogle Gallery

I have organized a exhibition at Ogle Gallery of four artists (including myself) whose works explore the concept of repetition in one form or another. The preview reception is Wednesday, December 5, from 6-9pm. I hope you can join us for a glass of wine and a chat with the artists.

And if you miss Wednesday's reception, there is a First Thursday, December 6, reception as well – alas, no wine that night. A full press release is below.


Sameness & Difference | Stillness & Movement
An exhibition organized by Brenda Mallory

Ogle Gallery: 310 NW Broadway, Portland OR 97209
Artist Reception: December 5th, 6pm-9pm
First Thursday Opening: December 6th, 6pm-9pm
Exhibit Dates: December 4th - February 2nd, 2008
Ogle Gallery Hours: 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Repeated, seemingly identical forms combine into an endless mass to become a wheat field, an ocean surface, an advancing army, or a migrating flock. The power of the many with its potential for infinite expansion cannot be denied. But it does not overpower the rich experience of taking the closer look that shows distinct individual and minute variations within that vast sameness.

Nothing ever repeats itself exactly, but human beings, from artists, scientists, mystics, farmers and housewives, have found meaning in repetition. Brenda Mallory shows her own work and brings together three other artists whose practices explore these themes. Their methods and motivations vary, but each works within the discipline of repetition, examining the ideas of sameness, difference, stillness and movement.

Mary Lang studies the ephemeral and intangible by photographing the convergence of light and energy on the ever-changing fluid surface of water.

Rob Tyler patiently hand paints individual frames of 16mm film leader, then digitally manipulates the film into pulsating rhythms that never repeat in quite the same way.

Yoshi Kitai makes excessive individual marks that converge to form a surface, a meander, or a line in a field.

Brenda Mallory's connects multitudes of the same form, allowing the slight differences in the size or shape of the forms to create undulations and irregularities.

Brenda Mallory, 503-593-8897
Valentina Barroso Graziano, Ogle Gallery, 503-227-4333


Saturday, November 17, 2007

High Activity Level

These past two months I've been a buzzsaw of activity. Deadlines are a great source of inspiration! The group show I organized at Ogle opens in two short weeks and last weekend I finished my pieces and now just need to get PR and postcards out. It's called Sameness|Difference|Stillness|Movement. Included are Mary Lang, Yoshi Kitai, Rob Tyler, and yours truly.

And just when I thought I was going to have a bit of breathing room to quietly starting making a body of smaller works I've been thinking about, I got word that the curator of the show I'm going to be in at Tower Fine Arts/SUNY Brockport wants some of my large works which I don't have crates for so now I'm scrambling to get that together. SUNY is giving me an honorarium to speak at the opening! The show is called EndoSkeletal/Exoskeletal: Sculptures with Armature.

And I've been busy applying for grants - I've got four out (fingers crossed). And tonight a gallery owner is coming for a studio visit which of course meant a frenzy of cleaning and organizing had to occur so they don't kill themselves trying to walk through the chaos.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Slipping into order: a glitch in the phylum

(Portland, OR-) I turned the The Nine Gallery into a classifier’s workshop during the month of July as in an homage to the 300th birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the father of the modern system of biological classification and nomenclature.

Organic sculptures co-mingle with found objects, both natural and machined, blurring and confusing the distinction between technology and nature in a theatrical construction that invites sorting, counting, and naming. Strewn schematics, unfinished projects, and vacated furnishings fuel an experience that turns viewer into voyeur.

Click on the photo below to see the installation.
Slipping into order: a glitch in the phylum