I was honored to participate in the creation of Abigail Anne Newbold‘s collaborative installation, Borderlander’s Outfitter at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery. As a representative of Signal Fire, I led workshops with the graduate students who created objects for the exhibition. They were an inspiring and creative bunch, and the installation turned out impressively.
After a wonderful release party for Leaf Litter #4, the new issue is now available at Reading Frenzy and Powells in Portland, as well as in several libraries and museum libraries. If you’d like a copy, please email me.
Head out into the urban wilds of Discovery Park with Portland based artists Daniela Molnar and Lisa Schonberg for a multimedia documentation workshop. Discover variable forms of observation and documentation from drawing and note taking to field recording and music composition. Materials for documentation will be provided. See you in the field!
I’ll be helping lead this panel discussion and happy hour sponsored by PICA with Portland Ecologists Unite.
January 16, 2013
PICA (415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300)
Wine and refreshments will be served
This month, PICA plays host to Art + Ecology Unite, part of the monthly conversations series, EcoUnite, for those who like to discuss today’s pressing issues with drinks in hand! ART + ECOLOGY UNITE is a program of Portland Ecologists Unite.
Join us at PICA for this month’s EcoUnite, featuring a brief overview of some art projects concerned with land and the environment, followed by a panel discussion with Portland-based artists Adam Kuby, Linda K. Johnson, and Stephen Hayes, who will discuss environmentally-aware work of their own. Following the panel, stay for more drinks and casual break-out sessions with other artists, ecologists, and the general public.
Some of the overlaps we might consider throughout the evening include: how ecology acts as a soft curation of the environment; visual identification and rendering; the aesthetics of ecology; ecology as a spontaneous and imaginative practice; and the intersection of art, ecology, and activism.
Among the many ideas floating around in my head as a result of the brilliant discussions and presentations is a new fascination with the radically non-anthropocentric ideas of Object Oriented Ontology. Thanks to Allison Cobb, Kaia Sand, Jen Coleman and Jen Hofer for their engaging, beautiful, emotionally charged presentation of these ideas.
Thanks, also to Ross Gay and Patrick Rosal for their presentation/performance on remix and reuse in poetry and its ability to disrupt mythologies of individual genius. These late Romantic notions are damaging not only to the individual, but are tied to a capitalist, anthropocentric world view in which the individual is the center of the earth. Embracing the polyvocality of remix can disrupt these “great person narratives,” increasing the artist’s contact with the fertile edge where time and ideas rub against each other, creating new ideas. Our ideas are not, and never were, our own.
The conference and the recent release of Leaf Litter #3, which contains some of my poems, have made me think that it really is time to publish some of my written work, starting with this site. I’m working on making that happen soon…
After the conference, I trekked up to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and caught sight of this magnolia, about to burst into bloom.
Signal Fire is heading into another inspiring, busy summer, and we’ve been hard at work with preparations. We had a huge numer of truly impressive applicants this year for the Outpost residency and the Overture backpacking trip.
I’ll be co-leading the Overture hike again this year with the fantastic Ryan Pierce. This year’s trip will have a particular emphasis on the intersection of creative writing and visual art. Visiting artists include Hayley Barker, a painter whose recent works draw from the diaries of Opal Whiteley, acclaimed writer Peter Rock, and Laura Gibson, a singer-songwriter whose finely wrought lyrics revel in the complexity of the natural world.
Here’s a video by Willow McCormick, who participated in last year’s adventure:
Can’t wait to get out into the woods!
Summer WILL come eventually, and once it does, I’ll be co-leading this backpacking trip with Signal Fire, invitingly titled The Love Triangle, June 13 -19, 2011.
You can apply online here; applications are due April 1.
Following up last year’s successful trip to the Wallowas, we will be offering another backpacking retreat. This summer we will connect three of Oregon’s most beloved places (hence the name…) in week-long trip. We will begin at the iconic Bagby Hot Springs, hike through the Bull of the Woods Wilderness and into the contiguous Opal Creek Wilderness. We will rest at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, gathering with local forest activists and scientists to learn about the prehistoric stands of old growth. We will then continue onto the world-renowned Breitenbush Hot Springs to once again soak in some of Oregon’s best hot springs. Staying a night at Breitenbush will be optional. The trip will be offered at-cost.
Find out more about Signal Fire and what we do.