Ralph Pugay collaborates to present Portland Tropical Garden

In a new project on the edge of Director Park, Ralph Pugay takes on the role of director for Portland Tropical Gardens, created in collaboration with MFA students from PSU's Art and Social Practice program. The project builds on Pugay's interest in finding creative ways to address what is commonly called Seasonal Affective Disorder, first manifested in the 2016 project S.A.D. Park, created in collaboration with Ariana Jacob for a Houseguest Residency.

Pugay and his students recently spoke to April Baer about Portland Tropical Garden:

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Pugay, who’s best known for his witty, affecting paintings centering on emotional and cultural propriety, has become part of the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University. It’s a home for all kinds of projects that make our interactions with each other the subject and object of artists’ work.

Portland Parks Bureau came to the college to find out if artists would be interested in using some of the bureau’s temporarily vacant spaces.

So Pugay and four of his students filled the building with plants, but also with activities designed to soothe depression, loneliness and other modern conditions.
— April Baer for KOUW
Source: http/kuoworg/post/portland-tropical-garden...