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Sunday 12.10.06

« Miami Art fairs (part I) by Amy Steel | Main | Miami Art fairs (part 2) by Amy Steel »

I Want to Show You Somewhere

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Be sure you don't miss "I want to show you somewhere" at Reed College's Cooley Gallery, which closes today has just been extended for another week. The two installations that comprise the exhibition are not as much about the personal and political histories that artists Hadley + Maxwell and Lucien Samaha depict, as they are about the act of describing and investigating these histories. Vancouver-based collaborative Hadley + Maxwell revisit the events that took place on May 4, 1970 during the Kent State riots through drawing, sound and a video installation. Re-enacting a scene from an iconic photograph from the riots, the two artists trade roles as fallen student and anonymous bystander. Though the notion of photographic truth is rendered unstable through their re-creation of the events depicted in this famous photograph, the installation retains an elegiac rather than overtly critical tone.

Lucien Samaha's installation of 98 unmarked photographs culled from his extensive archives relay a much different kind of history. For the duration of the exhibition, Samaha has occupied a temporary office within the gallery, allowing visitors to select one photograph from the exhibition. Only after the visitor has taken the photograph and reciprocated the gesture – the artist requests that visitors send a digital image of the photograph at a location of their own choosing – does Samaha allow access to an online archive of images that include accompanying texts explaining the significance of each autobiographical photograph. In the event you don't make it to the gallery, an interview with Reed student Matt Burke is available on Samaha's web site.

Noon to 5 pm • Through December 17 • Cooley Art Gallery
Hauser Memorial Library at Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard


Posted by Katherine Bovee on December 10, 2006 at 10:33 | Comments (4)


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It is also the last day for Michael Knutson at the Art Gym (it's ecellent) and Ty Ennis' show at the NAAU which has recieved a vehemently mixed response.

That response is probably mostly due to the art world's being flooded with too many sel-conscious drawings at art fairs. Its possible Ennis has just become a local lightning rod for a national trend (though it was big here way back in 1999 so he could be considered a second or third-waver). All the attention is good for him but he really needs to step up for his next show. Personally I feel he grew a lot from his last show, he just needs more depth. In art follow-through is everything.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2006 11:17 AM

And here I thought follow-through was only necessary while golfing and batting in baseball.

Knutson's show was really great. I see so many correlations between his work and mine, I am automatically compelled by his work. Also, it is always nice to see large paintings in Portland, since we tend to be about the little things. Also, Yoshi Kitai's work this month is some great large-scale work.

Posted by: Calvin Carl [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2006 02:11 PM

I hear from Cooley director Stephanie Snyder that the current show will be extended one week. It now closes on Sunday December 17.

Posted by: Matthew Stadler [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2006 02:52 PM

Great... I really enjoyed talking to Lucien.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2006 03:36 PM

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