The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.: New work by Dan Paz
March 7 - April 13, 2019 | Williamson + Knight Gallery, Portland, OR

With video, sculpture and performance by artist Dan Paz, this exhibition demonstrates different methods of performing in, modifying, and refracting light to uncover how psychological and physical development is affected by lightness and darkness. Titled after a quote by the modernist architect Louis Khan, the included film and sculptural works explore the role light plays in the oppression of historically marginalized individuals - specifically in carceral environments - and the ways in which it is utilized to craft a controlled collective space. LEARN MORE.

In Response: Revisiting the DOCUMERICA Photography Project
June 2 - July 7, 2017 | Newspace, Portland, OR

This group exhibition presents the work of nine artists whose image-based work documents the correlation between environmental problems and issues of race, gender, place, age, class, occupation, health care, lifestyle and others. The projects were selected from submissions responding to an open call for work inspired by the Documerica Photography Project—a program initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1971 to document the human connection to environmental issues. LEARN MORE.

DOMINANT FORM: Gestures in Recent Photography & Video
April 7 - May 27, 2017 | Newspace, Portland, OR

The group exhibition Dominant Form examines various ways in which physical gestures serve as reflections of broader cultural narratives through the works of seven artists. The photographs and videos in the exhibition reveal the interplay between the imprint we leave on our surroundings, and that which society leaves upon our own bodies. LEARN MORE.

HIDDEN ASSEMBLY: Labor in Contemporary Culture
August 26 - October 21, 2016 | SPACES, Celevland, OH
November 3, 2016 - January 7, 2017 | Pacific Northwest College of Art & Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR

The exhibition Hidden Assembly explores how much of global labor is rendered invisible by society's capitalist structure. Participating artists and activists foreground workers and their work through projects that identify, probe, educate and advocate. LEARN MORE.

Reactive Matters: Photography and Nuclear Materials
June 3 - July 23, 2016 | Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR

Nuclear energy permeates our surroundings – its presence lingering in the soil we tread, the water we consume, and the roads we often travel. To capture its direct impact on our environment, artists Jeremy Bolen, Abbey Hepner, and Shimpei Takeda employ alternative photo processes that incorporate radioactive materials at different stages of the image’s production. Similar to documentary photography, they provide various vantage points of the issue—from close up views of the effects of radioactive material when in contact with film, to a comprehensive account of nuclear waste facilities in the U.S. through the fogged lens of one of nature’s most toxic elements. LEARN MORE.

Acting on Dreams: The State of Immigrant Rights, Conditions, and Advocacy in the U.S.
June 13 - August 30, 2015 | Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT

Immigrants now comprise approximately 13 percent of the total U.S. population, of which over a fourth are undocumented and close to a fifth live in poverty. Many in the U.S. have called for an overhaul of our immigration system, seeing it as a necessary and crucial step in the development of a more humane and just American society. Yet some of the main roadblocks to immigration reform are manifest not in the upper echelons of our political structure but rather in the everyday person who is unable or unwilling to recognize the great contributions immigrants bring to our culture. Many fail to acknowledge immigrant hardships or to empathize with their conditions, prompting forward-thinking individuals, such as community activists and artists like those in Acting on Dreams, to rise to the task of filling the enormous gaps in immigration services and knowledge. LEARN MORE.

To Shoot A Kite
July 5 - August 2, 2014 | CUE Art Foundation, New York

Over the past two decades, the U.S. prison population has increased by 700%, even though our total population has grown by only 20%, and our crime rate has decreased. With over two million incarcerated people, we lock away more individuals per capita than any other country that publishes these statistics. 'To Shoot a Kite' presents the U.S. penal system from the vantage point of artists, scholars, organizers, and the prisoners themselves, who all seek creative solutions to elucidate and alleviate this broken system. LEARN MORE.

REQUIRED READING: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention
October 3 - December 15, 2012 | Center for Book Arts, New York

The works in this exhibition present the ability of printed materials to act as symbols of ideologies and beliefs. They are used by the participating artists as social agents—intervening in public space to expose an audience to new opportunities and alternative concepts. Projects range from published books and correspondence to performance and video documentation, and aim to challenge a political or social issue. LEARN MORE.

FIVE ACTS: Chronicles of Dissent
January 6 - March 18, 2012 | Marginal Utility, Philadelphia

With massive demonstrations spreading throughout the Arab world, Europe, and the United States, the voice of marginalized people is being heard clearly far and beyond their communities. The number of participants, stern language, location, and tactics are all considered elements that play into the ultimate effectiveness of protesters' actions. Five Acts: Chronicles of Dissent observes these factors through video, photography and text-based works that record and re-stage global acts of protest. LEARN MORE.

Art in Odd Places: CHANCE
October 1 - October 10, 2010 | 14th Street, New York

AIOP is an annual festival that explores the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life along 14th Street in Manhattan. Curated by Yaelle Amir and Petrushka Bazin, AiOP 2010 was informed by the various interpretations of the term "Chance." The festival featured works exploring this comprehensive term, while endeavoring to broaden the public's outlook on art, city dwelling, and social conventions. LEARN MORE.

Post Memory: A Collection of Makeshift Monuments
February 21 - March 28, 2009 | EFA Project Space, New York

Post Memory featured projects commemorating historical events and individuals that have gradually faded from society's immediate consciousness. In general reference to the scholarly term 'postmemory,' this exhibition presented various outcomes of remembrance through a mediated history. The artists were inspired by elements of their cultural heritage, place of origin, political climate, biography, or occupation in creating these monuments. LEARN MORE.

Sound Off
November 5 - December 19, 2008 | BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The works in Sound Off give voice to marginalized individuals whose desires and opinions have been typically overlooked or intentionally ignored. Taking advantage of their privileged positions in society, the artists elected to dedicate their time, resources, and creative skills to providing a platform from which others can be heard. Through artist-initiated collaborations, prisoners, detainees, radicals, and displaced citizens become empowered (co-curated with Jeanne Gerrity). LEARN MORE.

Making History
May 29 - July 3, 2008 | Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York

Making History revisits the narratives upon which our nation was founded, and reflects on what it has ultimately become. Deriving their inspiration from history books, newspapers, and firsthand experiences, the seven artists have crafted novel portrayals of widely known events, ranging from as far back as the Gold Rush to the recent violent acts at Virginia Tech. LEARN MORE.

In the Private Eye
January 18 - February 29, 2008 | ISE Cultural Foundation, New York

Doubling as researchers, scientists, historians, or detectives, the artists of In the Private Eye continuously challenge the conventions of artistic practice—adopting an investigative approach to give form to matters that are either inherently obscured or altogether overwritten by time. Subjects such as a celestial pattern, a desolate weapon-testing facility, a forgotten cemetery, a deserted cabinet, a combat training school, and mysterious disappearances of individuals, have led to the development of a visual narrative that bears both individual and collective implications.

Quote Unquote
September 7 - October 7, 2007 | Nurture Art, Brooklyn

Quote Unquote re-contextualizes, deconstructs, and reinterprets language originally used to form a socio-political statement. Rather than disassembling the written text or speech to the point of abstraction, the artists strive to maintain its context by keeping its source evident. Employing humor, metaphor, and an encyclopedic approach, they raise awareness to the underlying structure of the language that sculpts and embodies the essence of our very own collective identity. LEARN MORE.

Salad Days: Second Course
July 12 - August 4, 2006 | Artists Space, New York

Ten emerging curators were each invited to select one artist, continuing the biannual tradition of the Salad Days exhibition. The curators met several times to address conceptual and organizational aspects of the show. Each brought to the table unique perspectives and experience, which are reflected in their choice of artists. The result is an exhibition that showcases an exciting group of emerging artists and offers them the opportunity to present their work to a broad audience. LEARN MORE.

Middle Ground: Photographs from the Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art
January 24 - February 11, 2006 | The Wallach Gallery at Columbia University, New York

Middle Ground challenges the supposition that photography, first and foremost, is a documentary medium. The photographs lead viewers to question photography's relation to time, a viewer's preconceptions about reality, or the delicate balance between presence and absence. Together, these works demonstrate a capacity to suggest aspects of the human experience that are not immediately visible: where reality is transformed into something indefinable, past and present flow into one another, and meaning often lies between what is and what is not seen. LEARN MORE.

New Found Land
September 8 – October 8, 2005 | Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York

New Found Land brings together artists who draw upon their physical surroundings as a starting point for their works. Working in various mediums, they reconstruct environments such as urban spaces, a rural landscape or the surrounding gallery space, into new, and at times, abstracted sites of their own. LEARN MORE.