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OregonLive: Rebecca Reeve's Sun Breathing an exhibit "to include in your New Year's resolutions"

Tomorrow during the monthly First Thursday art walk, Upfor debuts Rebecca Reeve’s new series, Sun Breathing. The exhibition remains on view through March 2, 2019. OregonLive includes it in their list of “exhibits to include in your New Year’s resolutions,” writing:

“Following her extensive photographic series "Through Looking," British artist Rebecca Reeve's new exhibition at Upfor revisits her surreal images of painted Venetian blinds superimposed upon lush, saturated landscape photographs. In her latest works, Reeve positions the blinds between the viewer and the picture where they act as a portal into the many-hued and otherworldly natural landscape.”

Art Focus interviews Ralph Pugay

Earlier this week, KBOO aired an interview with Ralph Pugay on Art Talk, a radio program hosted by Joseph Gallivan. In the interview, “Pugay talks about the semiotics of his imagery, his learning the CMYK screen printing process, and his use of gestures relating to swimming and ecstatic dance when using ink on paper.” The episode is now available online.

Pugay’s solo exhibition, A Spiritual Guide to Brute Force, is on view in our main gallery through December 22, 2018.

Heidi Schwegler awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Visual Arts

Yesterday ARTnews announced the new recipients of MacDowell Colony Fellowships for fall and early winter, including gallery artist Heidi Schwegler. This is Schwegler's second award from the MacDowell Colony; she was also awarded a fellowship and residency in spring 2010.

Heidi Schwegler is part of our anniversary group exhibition, Now We Are Five, on view through September 1, 2018. A solo exhibition with Heidi Schwegler is planned for our 2019 programming. We're glad to have reason to bring her back to Portland: she recently relocated to California to co-found Yucca Valley Material Lab.

Heidi Schwegler works on view in  Now We Are Five . Photo by Mario Gallucci.

Heidi Schwegler works on view in Now We Are Five. Photo by Mario Gallucci.

Source: http://www.artnews.com/2018/08/29/macdowel...

Q&A with Rodrigo Valenzuela: The Mesmerizing Depth and Desolation of Desert Landscapes

During the recent Material Art Fair in Mexico City, gallery artist Rodrigo Valenzuela spoke with Hyperallergic's Anna Furman about work from the series New Land and Sense of Place.

Using a multi-step photocopying process, Valenzuela projects abstract lines onto unpeopled desert scenes — hinting at houses, governmental offices, and memorial structures yet to be built. Valenzuela’s labor-intensive practices reference the paperwork-heavy process of applying for citizenship in the US, with which he’s directly familiar. He’s now a professor with permanent residency, but when he first moved to the US in his 20’s, he was an undocumented construction worker. He spoke to Hyperallergic about growing up in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, reckoning with the troubling histories of beautiful landscapes, and reconciling the idealized American Dream with the realities of life as an undocumented person.
— Anna Furman for Hyperallergic
New Land No. 10  by Rodrigo Valenzuela, 2017

New Land No. 10 by Rodrigo Valenzuela, 2017