August 5 – September 9

Opening Reception August 5 6-9pm

Panel: Reading Art, Writing Art::Saturday, August 13, 1 PM
Curator Talk::as part of regular Research Club Brunch, Sunday, August 28, 12 PM
Poetry Reading::David Abel, Rodney Koeneke, Lisa Radon, James Yeary, Thursday, September 1, 7 PM
Is writing an answer to why?
By reading do we know why?
Is there an appreciable difference between writing and reading?

Bordowitz, Gregg. Volition. New York: Printed Matter, 2009. 141.

Abra Ancliffe
Lindsay AuCoin
derek beaulieu (Calgary)
Justin Bland
Pat Boas
Sean Joseph Patrick Carney
Patrick Collier
Carmen Denison
Emily Ginsburg
Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen
Sarah Greig (Montreal)
Sydney S. Kim
Sam Korman
Katarina Petrović (Belgrade)
McIntyre Parker (San Francisco)
Lisa Radon
Helen Reed
Namita Gupta Wiggers
James Yeary

Reading.Writing. is an exhibition about the intersections between the practices of reading and writing and art making. It is the möbius strip where writing is a kind of reading is a kind of writing ∞. On August 5, 2011 Reading.Writing. opens at galleryHOMELAND, the Ford Building (2505 SE 11th, corner of SE 11th and Division), with a reception from 6-9 PM. The exhibition includes work by 18 artists from Portland, San Francisco, Calgary, Belgrade, and Montreal working in video, print, paint, sculpture, embroidery, photography, and publication. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay from Anne Marie Oliver and a poem by David Abel.

These artists (and the poets among them) variously may employ reading as excavation where words are readymades. They may approach writing (or erasing) as drawing, as a way of drawing out, thinking-through, as enactment. They know that the edit and the metaphor are perhaps where writing and reading have the greatest overlap with the rest of art. For the artists of Reading.Writing. reading may be an act of divination, of taking a reading. It may be an act of categorization, a way of making sense (or nonsense). It may be reading into the meanings of the meanings of words we read. Writing may be translation (into word or alternate symbol). For these artists reading and writing can be about everything but the meaning of the words or even the words themselves.

Reading.Writing., curated by Lisa Radon, is part of the BODY OF KNOWLEDGE summer series of three exhibitions curated and presented by Research Club at galleryHOMELAND, sponsored in part by the Historic Ford Building, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and galleryHOMELAND.

galleryHOMELAND is a Portland, OR based non-profit arts organization advancing awareness of Portland’s rich cultural community by creating new opportunities and lasting cultural exchange in a unique series of programs focused on exporting local arts and artists and importing national and international art and artists.