Opens January 17th 6pm – 9pm
First Friday reception February 7th from 6pm – 9pm
Jan 17th-Feb 21stAt the university level there is a long standing tradition in art classes that requires professors and staff to present their works to the student body. These shows allow the public and the students to better understand the educators’ perspective that they are teaching from. “Working title” is a show dedicated to the Volunteer Staff of Gallery HOMELAND. The show hopes to allow local artists and the public, which the gallery serves, to better understand the personal works and artistic perspectives of the people who have dedicated their time to furthering the local fine arts scene. We invite you to take a moment tell us how we are doing, both as an organization and as individual artists, and to help us celebrate our eight years as a not for profit arts gallery.
Marc Roder: Started volunteering for Gallery HOMELAND in 2012, often curating and helping with our events. His personal practice is currently extracted narrative notes in oil, pen and pencil from his extensive reading in Jungian studies, mythopoetics, comic theory, and UFO literature. Marc’s curatorial work strives to connect Portland to the larger art world through traveling exhibitions. Reese Kruse: Started volunteering for Gallery HOMELAND in 2008. Reese has been an art administrator for varying organizations since 1995 and is currently acting as a cultural advisor for PDX Magazine. Reese’s personal works range from performance installations to public sculpture. His current body of work is centralized around exploring natural decision making processes found in biology and chemistry, and using them as allegory.
Think We Are”
Opening Reception Friday March 7th 6-9pm
March 7th – March 28th
Ken Sellen, David Slader and Matt Schlosky
We are all fascinated with the images of human existence. We find relation and kinship in the images when we read the suffering and victories on their skin.
In this show at galley HOMELAND The return to representational depiction of the human figure as seen by three artists. Their intent and motives range from familial, to depiction of the subject and are as varied as their stylistic choices. Join us for the visual conversation between Ken Sellen, David Slader and Matt Schlosky.
Hearts Of Darkness::Oct 4-25
Curated by Janice Sloane and Marc Roder
Opening Reception: October 4th 7-10 pm
Featured Artists Include :Johannes De Young, Jordan Massengale, Rachel Phillips, Michael Endo, and Malia Jensen
I remember living in Miami in the late 1990′s and thinking to myself “Things can’t be that bad here, even though things are bad. I mean how terrifying can it be, with all this sun and water, ocean and sky?”
Well things as it turned out could be very dark, in the way that only the tropical sun can create so much green living matter so fast that the shadow it casts will blot out even the brightest pastel horror conceived of by man. Dexter arrived and brought to light how darkly red the hot heart of Miami pumped. And we marveled at how his horrible deeds could be rendered in tones of ironic black humor. To quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, one can say that not only Dexter, but many an artist getting lost in their compulsive journey “…. has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is detestable. And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination–you know.”
Being in New York, of course, defines hope for millions, but just as often delivers the everyday gritty darkness of having those hopes spectacularly dashed while life goes on skittering across the concrete. While living there I was fascinated by the resilience of artists. It seemed as though I were living through a roadrunner cartoon. Lifelong New Yorkers arrived to punch in each day as Coyote, be trampled or fall into oblivion, then pick their flattened selves up and start the chase again after re-inflating for the night. The mysterious artistic plans that are hatched after these drubbings can be peculiarly brooding and funny….what could be starker than the humor of living by the law of the jungle in the very brightly lit epicenter of contemporary American culture?
Now I’m back home in Portland in the “2010′s” (Though Portlandia reminds us that we are still “living in the 1990′s” here! Is it even possible to define ourselves by decades anymore?) In this city steeped in water, the Grateful Dead’s Box of Rain has become one of my favorite songs: ”Just a box of rain, wind and water…..sun and shower, wind and rain…..maybe you’re tired and broken, your tongue is twisted with words half-spoken and thoughts unclear.” I admit to moronically being one of Portland biggest cheerleaders. What could go wrong here, despite the fact that people live homeless on the streets as they unfortunately do in every city; despite the facts of pollution, abuse and crime and corruption and an endless rainy winter? Like the Dead’s Box of Rain, there’s somehow a lilting melody to these somber realities here. An illusion no doubt to anyone who suffers, or is it a brief moment of grace on a journey to retrieve one’s lost soul?
The influence and insights of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness are, naturally, universal. At the time of its publishing (1902) the story and the manner in which it was written were considered radical and shocking. Writers and artists of all genres didn’t regularly go to the dark heart of the matter of human desire, survival, greed, suffering…….but the truth of going “upstream”, closer to the source, and being lost there, corrupted and fallen in the shadows of a place we never imagined when we started our hopeful journey in the light of day, is peculiarly relevant to me and so many other artists. Co-curator Janice Sloane and I have chosen a handful of artists from these three cities of light and shadow, Miami, New York and Portland, each of whom illustrates in their work a vibrant heart of darkness.
VANISH 3 <> 2 0 1 3::DOMOKOS
Oct 12-Nov 9
Oct 12-Nov 9
Opening Reception October 12 6-10pm
galleryHOMELAND Houston is proud to present a large scale installation and exhibition by Domokos Benczéd. This is his first solo exhibition and will reside at HOMELAND as a living morphing environment. Domokos’s work of silk screened prints on polished metal, sound installations, videos, collages, and found objects engulf the exhibition space and audience as it breaks free of the confines of the white wall cube. During the month NUL progresses over the weeks growing and changing into its own. Through screenings, noise sets, and collaborative performances Domokos continues to build upon his concept and site specific installations.
Domokos Benczéd is an artist/musician living and working in Houston Texas. He has been an experimental force for 15 plus years in such projects as Rusted Shut, Future Blondes, and many more groups nationally and internationally. In Houston he was selected as one of three artists for Lawndale Art Center’s Artists Residency Program 2012/2013 and has remained active in the regionally and globally. His world wide collaborations have taken his work to New York, San Fransico, Japan, Germany, Paris, and beyond.
Richard Saenz::Spring/Summer 2014 Collection
An Avant-Garde Fashion Presentation
Eyes Behind the Wall 3::Harsh Wall Noise Festival