June 28 – July 22, 2017
Reception with the artist Wednesday, July 5, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
First Thursday art walk July 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Brenna Murphy returns to Portland from New York to configure a labyrinthian floor installation using her digitally-fabricated sculptural elements, textiles and found objects such as rocks, rope and foam. From the start of the exhibition until the First Thursday art walk on July 6, Murphy will rearrange the installation every evening while the gallery is closed, exercising pathways between mental architecture and spatial relationships. This is the second in a series of exhibitions at Upfor featuring work by women media artists.
Detail(s) from GRAMMATRON (Animated GIF Remix)
July 1 – September 30, 2017
This online-only exhibition revisits the GIF as creative media 20 years after the debut of GRAMMATRON, a seminal work of digital art by Mark Amerika. This new work, made by Amerika in collaboration with Melanie Clemmons and Zak Loyd, is a remix composed of animated mega-GIFs that repurpose data from the original site, scans from the project print archive, and ephemera from artworks and texts that informed GRAMMATRON's development in the 1990's. Like its original counterpart, Detail(s) from GRAMMATRON (Animated GIF Remix) challenges the capacity of our digital devices: it may not work on mobiles or tablets, and the run time is affected by bandwidth.
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.
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.