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Tannaz Farsi Named Bonnie Bronson Fellow

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Tannaz Farsi, Blink, 2016, LED bulbs, steel, wire, 216 x 3 x 14 inches. Installed at YOU IN MIND, Converge 45, 2017, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon.  Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds. Curator Meagan Atiyeh.   The Bonnie Bronson Fund has announced Tannaz Farsi as its twenty-eighth annual Bonnie Bronson Fellow. Since its inception in 1992, the Bronson Fund—named after the late American painter and sculptor Bonnie Bronson—has annually awarded a no-strings-attached cash prize (this year’s prize is $10,000) to an artist of outstanding merit who lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the Bronson Fund purchases artwork [...]


Ludd or Lucifer: Felicity Fenton Considers Whether to Abandon the World Wide Web or Strike a Deal with the Devil and Use the Internet to Critique the Internet

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by Richard Speer Originally published Feb, 2019 Fig. 1. Felicity Fenton, Self-Portrait, November 20, 2017, digital photograph To post or not to post? In light of the “delete-Facebook” and anti-social-media movements, an increasingly vocal contingent of visual artists is wrestling with that very question. Is it worth engaging a digital matrix one finds insidious in order to promote one’s creative output? The question hits close to home for Colorado-born, Portland-based artist Felicity Fenton (b. 1977, fig. 1). Deeply inquisitive, ambitious, and imaginative, Fenton is an interdisciplinary virtuoso who floats freely across drawing, painting, photography, new media, social practice, [...]


Modernist on the Mountain

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by Briana Miller Originally published February, 2019 In 1975, the non-profit Friends of Timberline launched a project to recreate and restore the textiles of Timberline Lodge. At the time, only a handful of the original hand-hooked rugs, hand- appliquéd curtains, and hand-woven drapes created for the lodge as part of a massive Works Progress Administration (WPA) project remained. Over the years, since the lodge’s opening in 1938, the hand-woven upholstery that had covered the couches, chairs, and benches that were designed and crafted as part of the lodge’s original design program had also worn out and been replaced by commercially [...]


Five Oregon Artists Named Joan Mitchell Grantees

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Congratulations to the five Oregon artists who have been honored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation with artist grants: Addoley Dzegede, Lisa Jarrett, Elizabeth Malaska, Wendy Red Star, and Blair Saxon Hill. The Artist Centered Program demonstrates the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s commitment to understanding the needs of visual artists throughout their lives, through awarding individual artist grants, administering aid programs, and funding arts organizations. Since 1994, artists have been selected through an intensive nomination and review process for the Foundation's Painters & Sculptors Grant Program. Nominators are asked to recommend candidates who they feel deserve more recognition and would benefit from the [...]


Land and Language: Some Recent Prints from Crow’s Shadow

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By Karl Davis Originally published January, 2019 Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in northeast Oregon, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has been serving Native American artists for the past 26 years, primarily through its artist-in-residency and print publishing program. Crow’s Shadow is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a checkerboard of ownership and competing interests since the incursion of white people into the area in the nineteenth century. In 1855, the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla tribes negotiated a treaty that would cede over 6.5 million acres to the United States government [...]