press coverage

Alix Pearlstein's Harem ROOM-1 and Two Women reviewed by Artforum

Alix Pearlstein's recent exhibition at Upfor, Harem ROOM-1 and Two Women, was reviewed by Jon Raymond in the recently released May issue of Artforum, available now to subscribers online. If you would like to read the review in PDF form, please email us at welcome@upforgallery.com.

In these exceedingly vulgar times, feminists have been forced to develop an array of responses to daily onslaughts of abuse, some blunt, some subtle. Alix Pearlstein’s recent show at Upfor offered a particularly sophisticated take on contemporary power dynamics, in the form of an installation ringing with implacable ontological implications about gender and society that will, sadly, probably still be relevant a hundred years from now.
— Jon Raymond for Artforum
Alix Pearlstein,  Harem ROOM–1  (detail), 2016 . Installation view. Photo: Mario Gallucci.

Alix Pearlstein, Harem ROOM–1 (detail), 2016. Installation view. Photo: Mario Gallucci.

Source: https://www.artforum.com/print/reviews/201...

Artnet Show of the Day: "Gingham | Ensō" at Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon

See Michelle Grabner and Anne Crumpacker’s "deceptively simple pattern-making" in Portland, writes Artnet in their Show of the Day feature. “Both artists masterfully deploy simple materials—burlap, gingham, and bamboo—to trance-like effect.”

Visit during gallery hours, or make a viewing appointment, now through January 27, 2018. For pricing information or to purchase works from the exhibition, contact inquire@upforgallery.com.

Gingham | Ensō  at Upfor, featuring paintings by Michelle Grabner and bamboo sculptures by Anne Crumpacker. Photo by Mario Gallucci, shown on Artnet courtesy of Upfor.

Gingham | Ensō at Upfor, featuring paintings by Michelle Grabner and bamboo sculptures by Anne Crumpacker. Photo by Mario Gallucci, shown on Artnet courtesy of Upfor.

Photography is the star of the show at Henry Art Gallery exhibition, including Rodrigo Valenzuela's Builder #1

A recent review from The Seattle Times calls photography "the star of the show" in The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection, on view at the Henry in Seattle. Read the whole review.

Chilean-American artist Rodrigo Valenzuela’s “Builder #1” is ... a seamless composite, transforming disparate images into a plausible landscape featuring a shack and a crumbling pier in a desolate arid setting. This place may not exist, but it speaks volumes about what it takes to create a world for yourself when your life has been one of displacement.
— Michael Upchurch for The Seattle Times
The Builder No. 1  by Rodrigo Valenzuela, 2012, archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof

The Builder No. 1 by Rodrigo Valenzuela, 2012, archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof

Get excited about Gingham | Enso at Upfor

Thanks to all who came out last night for First Thursday so see Gingham | Ensō, featuring work by Michelle Grabner and Anne Crumpacker. Called an exhibition to get excited about by the Willamette Week, you can see these wonderful works through January 27, 2018.

Michelle Grabner has become one of the most influential voices and conceptual art’s most influential curators. ... Her current project is concerned with the most banal material: burlap and gingham. Instead of letting it fade into some domestic background, she paints the dense, picnic blanket print on burlap canvases that hang on white gallery walls like an expressionist painting. Anne Crumpacker’s series, Ensō, is also concerned with intricacies of the everyday. Crumpacker makes airy, circular wall-hanging sculptures by tying together thin rings of cross-cut bamboo. The sculptures are intricate patterns down to the minuscule air pockets in the inner flesh of each piece of bamboo.
— Shannon Gormley for Willamette Week
Gallery visitor contemplating a crosscut bamboo sculpture by Anne Crumpacker during the First Thursday art walk.

Gallery visitor contemplating a crosscut bamboo sculpture by Anne Crumpacker during the First Thursday art walk.

Michelle Grabner travels to Portland to do a public Q&A on the final day of the exhibition. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

To inquire about purchasing or make a viewing appointment outside of regular gallery hours, please contact inquire@upforgallery.com. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Source: http://www.wweek.com/arts/2017/12/06/the-f...