SHOHEI TAKASAKI

Saturday, May 27 at 4:00 pm
Exhibition walkthrough with the artist

In his compact exhibition of recent paintings, Takasaki uses the formal device of painted frames to enclose simple, graphic shapes. The exhibition comprises several series, each presenting a different narrative of the ephemerality of relationships and inevitability of loss. Join the artist at Upfor for an exhibition walkthrough.

 
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MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI
SHE WHO SEES THE UNKOWN

June 1 – 24, 2017
First Thursday June 1, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (artist attending via video chat)

Morehshin Allahyari's first solo exhibition at Upfor kicks off a series of media art exhibitions to conclude with a collaborative presentation of work by Allahyari, Brenna Murphy and Katie Torn in late August. This solo exhibition, She Who Sees the Unknown, is the culmination of two years of research rooted in "re-figuring" dark goddesses, Jinn and monstrous female figures from Middle Eastern mythologies. Through poetic-speculative storytelling, 3D printed sculptures, video art and sharing of information culled from archives, Allahyari explores the causes and speculates on the effects of digital colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression.

 
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BRENNA MURPHY
AXIS SPREAD

June 28 – July 22, 2017
First Thursday art walk July 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
 

The second in a series of three solo exhibitions by gallery artists working primarily in media art, Brenna Murphy returns to Portland from New York to configure a labyrinthian floor installation. From the opening through June 7, Murphy will rearrange the installation every evening while the gallery is closed, using her digitally-fabricated sculptural elements, textiles and found objects such as rocks, rope and foam.

 
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KATIE TORN
LOW TIDE

July 26 – August 19, 2017
First Thursday art walk August 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

For the third in a series of media art presentations this summer, New York artist Katie Torn returns for her second solo exhibition at Upfor with a series of collages and animated video installation. Before a tsunami hits there is a period of calmness: the ocean recedes, revealing a world that is usually inaccessible. Its newness is seductive and there is a moment of wonderment. The ocean floor calls to us like a predator luring in its prey.

 
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MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI, BRENNA MURPHY AND KATIE TORN

August 23 – September 2, 2017

This three-artist exhibition is the culmination of a summer-long program of media art by gallery artists Morehshin Allahyari, Brenna Murphy and Katie Torn. Often curated together in group exhibitions because of their shared interest in and use of digital media, this presents an opportunity for these artists to collaborate while highlighting their distinct themes and aesthetics. While selecting the works is a collaborative effort, Brenna Murphy will arrange them,  essentially incorporating Allahyari's and Torn's works into a modular, site-responsive installation.