Opening First Friday, May 6, 2011. 6-10 pm
Join us for our monthly First Friday celebration featuring several gallery openings, dozens of open studios, live music, a delicious happy hour at E.A.T, and more… This is the first First Friday since our grand opening so now all the first floor studios and retail spaces are open! Come meet the residents, tour the spaces, experience some art, and see what is going on this month in our unique Community for Creatives…
Denizen Gallery: Operator Error. Paintings by Jeff Anderson [jump]
Gallery 5: Pushing. Installations by Shayne Oanes and Tamera Bremer, curated by Cris Moss [jump]
MP5³: Artifacts and Incidents. Photography by Nicole Jean Hill [jump]
1st floor: Businesses open, including Eat. Art. Theater, Muse Art + Design, Studio I’Klek-tic, The Stone Muse, Field Work, Crow Arts Manor, and Just The Good Stuff [jump]
2nd & 3rd floors: Open Studios. [jump]
Eat. Art. Theater: Five Alive. Live music, happy hour food & drink. [jump]
Plus: Preview of coming attractions: Romeo & Juliet presented by Post5. Summer 2011 [jump]
Free and All Ages. On-street parking.
Please respect our neighbors by not blocking driveways.
Denizen Gallery : The Studios building : Operator Error. Paintings by Jeff Anderson. Runs May 6-28, 2011
Milepost 5 presents Operator Error, a collection of new paintings by painter Jeff Anderson. Jeff lives at Milepost 5 The Lofts, while having his work space in The Studios building.
Artist Statement: My work attempts to establish control over the unknown, by adopting a machine like process. I strive to paint, perfectly and repeatedly complex halftone patterns I set forth. Traditionally, these methods have been a means for rapid and inexpensive image reproduction utilized in the publishing industry.
In my process, a tense dialogue between man and machine emerges; the human hand fails to replicate the exacting workings of the machine and the paintings become something new altogether—something unimaginable by the machine. Written in drips, mistakes and imperfect circles, this strict process yields a new motif, a new over-all image.
These ideas originated from earlier work conceived while studying at the Bauhaus University, in Weimar Germany. I continue to be fascinated by the mechanical means of image deconstruction, particularly through photographic processes.
Artist Biography: Jeff Anderson is an abstract landscape oil painter that has been painting since 2000. His paintings have sold to private collections in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has shown since 2003. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2006. Anderson first showed his work internationally in 2005 in a group show called Pure Painting, at the Malstall Gallery in Weimar, Germany. In the same year, his work also appeared in the Rundgang 05, a student art presentation where he studied fine art at the Bauhaus-Universitat in Weimar, Germany.
Anderson enjoys working in variety of disciplines including photography, printmaking and encaustic. Jeff continues to focus on painting as a primary means of expression, he maintains a studio at Milepost 5 in Portland, Oregon. www.jefferyanderson.net
MP5³: The Lofts building: Artifacts and Incidents. Nicole Jean Hill. Runs May 6-28, 2011
Milepost 5 presents Nicole Jean Hill, our May Artist-in-Resident. Her residency is a joint venture with New Space, Center for Photography. Milepost 5 is providing housing and exhibition space in conjunction with her studio practice that will be at the New Space facilities.
Artist Statement: I create photographs along the periphery of rural communities in the western United States – the spaces nestled between national forest lands and private property or the easement zones along county roads and greenbelts. Existing as neither private nor public, these liminal spaces simultaneously imply autonomy and lawlessness. Without a clearly defined function, these borderlands are an overlap of unruliness and regulation. They contain evidence of the disruptive character of human activity, efforts at cultivation, and the inherent wildness of an environment.
My photographs are of subtle and aggressive relationships within the natural world. They document the natural movement of land, disturbances within its contours, and discarded objects contained within. The source of action that has defined or altered a site or object is often unclear.
Within each frame and throughout the series, the familiar and the ominous coexist. My goal is to create implied narratives of the orderly and untamable. It is through this visual investigation that I question the nature of nature and the desire to define the boundaries between the knowable and unpredictable landscape.
Artist Biography: Nicole Jean Hill was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Through her anthropological approach to art making, Hill photographs familiar spaces and activities within the American cultural landscape. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia, including Gallery 44 in Toronto, the Australia Centre for Photography in Sydney, and the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured in the Magenta Foundation publication Flash Forward: Emerging Photography from the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Humble Art Foundation’s The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Photography, and National Public Radio. Hill currently resides in Humboldt County, California and is an Associate Professor of Art at Humboldt State University.
Gallery 5: The Studios building: Pushing. Curated by Cris Moss. Runs April 8-May 28, 2011
Islam & Homosexuality. Projector Installation by Shayne Oanes
Artist Statement: Everyone has a story worth telling, but some of us have been told otherwise. Islam & Homosexuality is one of those stories deemed too unnatural, perhaps possessive of a counter-cultural quality, a dangerous blend of a frustrated generation of Iranian youth aching for the freedom to tell their stories and the harsh reality of everyday oppression. Islam & Homosexuality lies in the narrow line between a frustration for expression and the outright brutal oppression of the voice of a generation in need.
The Sexy Sex: All-Nude Revue: Bareskin Rug 3 and The Black Arts: Miles seen from my Living Room . Installation by Tamera Bremer.
Artist Statement: This self-portrait is part of a larger body of work, still in progress, containing 5 rugs, videos, prints, sheer felted tulle and alpaca ball gowns and a live performance. Hand-hooked from 8 colors of hand-painted, lace-weight alpaca yarn on a 13 holes per linear inch cloth backing, “Bareskin Rug 3” took approximately 8 months to create. The Black Arts is not just a one-liner, though it began as one. It is a scene from the artist’s real life, restaged and re-presented in a gallery as “Art”. This work also references color field paintings in it’s structure, pose and palette. The photo, as well as the couch, create a small window into the life of the artist and her “subject.”
Artist Biography: Tamera Bremer was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1977. She received her B.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Philosphy, in 1999 from Linfield College. She then moved to Chicago where she received her M.F.A. in Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Exhibitions include the Betty Rhymer Gallery, Daley Plaza, The Dollhouse, School of High Heels (all in Chicago), as well as shows at the Miller Fine Arts Center in McMinnville, OR, and a solo show at the Alpern Gallery in Portland. Currently, Bremer is preparing for a solo show at Sinergy Project Space in Philidelphia in September of 2011. This show will be the debut of her current project entitled “The Sexy Sex: All-Nude Revue.” This show will include five “bareskin” rugs, sheer felted tulle and alpaca ball gowns, photos and preparatory studies, documentary music videos, a 2-channel video installation, as well as a live performance of Alice Cooper’s 1971 album “Love it to Death.”
About the Curator: Cris Moss, multi-media artist and curator is based in Portland, Oregon. He is currently Director and Curator of the Linfield Gallery, Linfield College. Most recently, Mr. Moss curated the Oregon Biennial 2010, produced by Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center.
Open Studios: The Studios building
Every First Friday, the artist residents of Milepost 5, The Studios open their doors to the public. Three floors and 80+ artists exhibit and sell their work in the hallways and out of studio spaces throughout the building. Expect impromptu music performances, theater happens, sound experiences, and other delights as visitors wonder through art studios, retail shops, and the restaurant/café/performance space E.A.T.
Businesses in The Studios are open for First Friday, including:
- E.A.T.: Eat. Art. Theater—a restaurant/café with a 100-seat performance space, www.eatarttheater.com
- Muse Art and Design—art supply store, www.museartanddesign.com
- Field Work—handmade objects and jewelry, www.fieldworkpdx.com
- Just the Good Stuff—writing and gift boutique, www.justthegoodstuff.net
- The Stone Muse–stone work jewelry, www.josephinemariedesigns.com
- I’klek-tik—art gallery featuring local and regional art, I’Klek-tic on Facebook
- Crow Arts Manor—a nonprofit arts and writing center, www.crowmanor.org
Five Alive: Eat. Art. Theater. presents Five Alive, a monthly dose of entertainment, eats & drinks, and general good times. In conjunction with Milepost 5′s First Friday celebration, E.A.T. opens its doors featuring live bands & performances and irresistible happy hour menu (now including full bar!) in a wonderfully friendly environment.
May 6th bands:
Band Line Up Pending.
Preview: This summer, Milepost 5 hosts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet presented by Post5 Theatre. A free presentation that will be presented in Milepost 5, The Studios’ inner courtyard. Post5 is seeking contributions to achieve its goal of a free production. You can their Kickstarter campaign and more information about the group here: Link.