October 2 – November 2, 2019
Preview Wednesday, October 2, 5:30–7:30 pm (artist present)
First Thursday opening October 3, 6–8 pm (artist present)
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s third solo exhibition at Upfor is comprised of two parts: after Past, a selection of prior work from major series in September, Present in October features a new body of monochromatic photographs. As in previous series American-type, General Song and Hedonic Reversal, the new works leverage the flattening effect of the camera to play with viewers’ sense of perspective. The new series uses elements from electronic product packaging and Brutalist aesthetics. Valenzuela is based in Los Angeles, CA. Please check back for more information.
November 6 – December 21, 2019
First Thursday opening November 7, 6–8 pm (artist present)
For her first solo exhibition at Upfor, Brenda Mallory presents new sculptures and prints exploring ideas of reclamation and reformation. Often taking relatively simple components and combining them into complex wholes, she employs different materials across multiple iterations of a form. "For example," Mallory explains, "I created a piece from rubber drive belts, then used that as a mold to create a similar object in cast paper, and yet another in cast glass." Mallory's unorthodox materials and processes often result from seeking new uses for discarded materials. Based in Portland, Mallory is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is a recipient of a 2018 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Artists.