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Artist Talk at Portland Art Museum

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Creating space for your own work involves creating space for the work that made a difference to you. This is why artists write essays; they do so to reposition the way we read or the way we respond so that the work they do can be read or seen more clearly.

-- Colm Tóibín, Introduction to What Would Lynne Tillman Do? by Lynne Tillman (p. 14)

Lately I've been visiting the Portland Art Museum and gathering my thoughts about two works in their permanent collection: Man Ray's Cadeau (1921/1972, pictured above) and Men's Formal Hat from Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). I will be speaking about both works in two weeks as part of the Museum's monthly series, Artist Talks. The series asks local and regionally based artists, designers, and thinkers to address works of art in the Museum's permanent collection and how they relate to their own practices. Please join me for a lively conversation.

Artist Talk and Happy Hour - Linda Hutchins
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Advance tickets
are suggested and include social time in the museum cafe following the talk.

— Linda Hutchins, February 25, 2015 / Leave a Comment

Pat Boas Logo in Transformation Chase

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Pat Boas Logo series

Today is the final day of the show Transformation Chase at PCC Sylvania's Northview Gallery, and there will be a 2 pm gallery talk with the artists (Pat Boas, Brendan Clenaghan, Michelle Ross, and David Schell). I wish I could go. I would love to hear Pat Boas's thoughts about the materiality that is so present in her new handmade paper pieces. The highly organic deckle and the surface texture complicate the formal relationship of positive and negative space, and the physicality of the layers plays subtle visual tricks on me. The folds clearly indicate which layer of paper is on top but the cut shapes suggest a reversal and give the opposite illusion. In the white-on-white one, physicality becomes the whole story and I am drawn into the mystery of what might be taking place in that space out of sight between the layers. Oh, and I would go again just for another look at Michelle Ross's show-stopper, Om Chain. Daniel Peabody has a snapshot of it on Instagram.

 

— Linda Hutchins, February 14, 2015 / Leave a Comment

INFLUENCE in process

Hand2Mouth presents INFLUENCE in process, the first in a series of conversations with artists and other extraordinary experts. Presented quarterly-ish, the series will address frequently (and infrequently) asked questions in the field of performance.

INFLUENCE in process invites four artists from four different disciplines to reflect on the artists, traditions, and other forces that have most powerfully shaped them as artists.

Featuring:
PETER Ksander | Design
MIZU Desierto | Choreography
MICHELLE Fujii | Taiko
LINDA Hutchins | Drawing / Performance

The evening will be moderated by Hand2Mouth Company member Julie Hammond.

INFLUENCE in process
November 10, Monday 7-9 pm
SHOUT HOUSE 210 SE Madison St. Ste 11
PORTLAND Oregon
FREE (donations accepted) at the door
BEER / WINE available for purchase
More info: mail@hand2mouththeatre.org or 503-235-5284

— Linda Hutchins, November 4, 2014 / Leave a Comment

"The Word Hand" Drawings on View

Drawings from the opening night performance of The Word Hand on view at Performance Works NorthWest the following afternoon.

— Linda Hutchins, October 25, 2014 / Leave a Comment

"The Word Hand" Sneak preview

Images from last night's dress rehearsal for The Word Hand
photos by Chelsea Petrakis

The Word Hand
Created and performed by
Linda Austin, Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins
Performances:
October 23-25, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (doors at 7:30)
Open viewing hours:
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday 2-5pm (free)

Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Tickets: $10-$25 at the door or in advance HERE

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins navigate the walls and floor of PWNW to create drawings through performance. Their work, developed in collaboration over the last year and a half, places drawing in a visibly time-based context and ritualizes it as record and residue of movement. They employ unusual drawing strategies and tools to extend, deflect, and disrupt their physical behavior. The resulting drawings can be read as transcriptions of both movement and language.

These performances and open viewing hours are the culmination of a long-term collaboration that has developed through residencies and presentations by Austin, Boas and Hutchins at Caldera, Wieden+Kennedy, and Project Cityscope’s The New Structure. The Word Hand is funded in part by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


— Linda Hutchins, October 23, 2014 / Leave a Comment

"The Word Hand" Dress rehearsal drawings

Drawings from last night's dress rehearsal for The Word Hand

These and more performance and studio drawings will be available for purchase immediately following the performances and during the open viewing hours.

The Word Hand
Created and performed by
Linda Austin, Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins
Performances:
October 23-25, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (doors at 7:30)
Open viewing hours:
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday 2-5pm (free)

Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Tickets: $10-$25 at the door or in advance HERE

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins navigate the walls and floor of PWNW to create drawings through performance. Their work, developed in collaboration over the last year and a half, places drawing in a visibly time-based context and ritualizes it as record and residue of movement. They employ unusual drawing strategies and tools to extend, deflect, and disrupt their physical behavior. The resulting drawings can be read as transcriptions of both movement and language.

These performances and open viewing hours are the culmination of a long-term collaboration that has developed through residencies and presentations by Austin, Boas and Hutchins at Caldera, Wieden+Kennedy, and Project Cityscope’s The New Structure. The Word Hand is funded in part by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


— Linda Hutchins, October 23, 2014 / Leave a Comment

Oct. 23-26 || The Word Hand || Austin, Boas & Hutchins at PWNW

Performance Works NW || Alembic Co-Production Series presents

The Word Hand
Created and performed by
Linda Austin, Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins
Performances:
October 23-25, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (doors at 7:30)
Drawings on view:
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday 2-5pm (free)

Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Tickets: $10-$25 at the door or in advance HERE

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins navigate the walls and floor of PWNW to create drawings through performance. Their work, developed in collaboration over the last year and a half, places drawing in a visibly time-based context and ritualizes it as record and residue of movement. They employ unusual drawing strategies and tools to extend, deflect, and disrupt their physical behavior. The resulting drawings can be read as transcriptions of both movement and language.

These performances and open viewing hours are the culmination of a long-term collaboration that has developed through residencies and presentations by Austin, Boas and Hutchins at Caldera, Wieden+Kennedy, and Project Cityscope’s The New Structure. The Word Hand is funded in part by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

BIOS:

LINDA AUSTIN is co-founder (with Jeff Forbes) and director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR. Her working process exploits the body’s powers and limits, bringing each performer’s vulnerabilities and strengths, accidental awkwardness and elegance, into a web of relationships—intimate, playful, confrontational—with other bodies, objects, environment, sound and media. Austin has performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival. Awards include Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and, most recently in 2014, the prestigious RACC Performing Arts Fellowship. Her work has also been supported by project grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Calligram Fund for New Work through PICA. Among Austin’s recent projects are Three Trick Pony, a collaboration with sculptor David Eckard and composer Doug Theriault for TBA:13, and Hummingbird, a solo that premiered at On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival.

PAT BOAS makes drawings, paintings, prints and digital projects that explore the play between words and images, the nature of codes and the stories hidden in familiar grammatical structures. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington. She is the recipient of the 2012 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, as well as fellowships and grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. Reviews of her visual work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers. Boas has written articles and reviews for Art Papers, artUS and Artweek. She is a member of the Art Practice faculty at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design.

LINDA HUTCHINS uses drawing to investigate the bilateral nature of human experience and perception. In her recent projects, she embraces the sounds produced while drawing, harnessing their percussive rhythm to create drawings and installations that are inseparable from the process of their making. Hutchins has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, three Project Grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Jurors’ Award in the Tacoma Art Museum’s 2009 Northwest Biennial. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and featured on the cover of American Craft. Hutchins holds a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Before attending art school, she wrote operating system software for Intel Corporation. She lives and works in a renovated warehouse in Portland, Oregon.

— Linda Hutchins, October 14, 2014 / Leave a Comment

Work in Progress at W+K

The Word Hand: Research | Rehearse
Wieden+Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Ave., Portland, Oregon
May 16 - 29, 2014
Final work session in the space 4 - 6 pm Thursday, May 29

Linda Austin, Pat Boas, and I are grateful to Wieden+Kennedy for the opportunity to use their lobby gallery as our laboratory the past two weeks. Our series of collaborative, performative wall drawings The Word Hand is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and supported by an Artist Residency at Caldera. It will be presented by Performance Works NorthWest October 23 - 26, 2014 as part of their Alembic Co-Production series.

— Linda Hutchins, May 29, 2014 / Leave a Comment

The Word Hand: Research | Rehearse

The Word Hand: Research | Rehearse
Wieden+Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Ave., Portland, Oregon
May 16 - 29, 2014
Open to the public 9 am - 6 pm weekdays
Artists at work in the space 4 - 6 pm Thursdays and Fridays (May 16, 22, 23, and 29)

Linda Austin, Pat Boas, and I are excited by this opportunity to test our collaborative drawing and movement ideas in public on a large scale in this exhibition/residency at Wieden+Kennedy. (more…)

— Linda Hutchins, April 16, 2014 / Leave a Comment

Contemplating Kelly Rauer

I'm honored to be invited by Kelly Rauer to participate in the closing reception for Portland2014 at Disjecta and the grand opening of FLOCK Dance Center. (more…)

— Linda Hutchins, April 16, 2014 / Leave a Comment