THE SOUL OF BLACK ART:
A COLLECTOR'S VIEW
September 1 – October 15, 2016
First Thursday gallery walks September 1, 6 – 8pm and October 6, 6 – 8pm
Collector John Goodwin guest curates Upfor’s third anniversary exhibition, including work from his and Michael-Jay Robinson’s collection in conversation with work selected for the occasion. Briefly surveying changes in depiction of black culture in America over the last 100 years, the exhibition begins with abstract expressionist collage depicting economic strife in Goodwin's home state of North Carolina, and extends to a young physician/photographer of Black/Korean descent who captures powerful and poignant images of today's black culture.
HANK BIERBAUM FANTASIZES*
October 19 – November 23, 2016
First Thursday gallery walk November 3, 6 – 8pm
In his second solo exhibition at Upfor, Featherly revisits themes he has been working with since the 1990s, such as the use of words and graphical elements from popular and literary culture and art history. Presenting a tight set of paintings in oil and enamel on canvas made this year, Featherly continues to his exploration of liminal spaces between abstraction and figuration. Related work will be presented as part of the Portland2016 Biennial in Astoria in July and August.
MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI, CLAUDIA HART
December 1, 2016 – January 14, 2017
First Thursday gallery walk December 1, 6 – 8pm and January 5, 6 – 8pm
Claudia Hart, a pioneering media artist and critic whose work often takes the form of virtual 3D animations integrated into multi-channel installations, collaborates with gallery artist and activist Morehshin Allahyari. Allahyari is known for her recent and ongoing project Material Speculation, which digital reconstructs of artifacts from Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh destroyed by ISIS. Allahyari is currently a resident at the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research, in association with Transmediale, Berlin.