Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's New at Disjecta

Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center is accepting proposals for a curator-in-residence for its 2012-2013 exhibition season. The curator-in-residence will present a series of five to six exhibits from September 2012 through August 2013. At least three of the exhibits must highlight regional work from artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

Disjecta developed its Curator-in-Residence program to allow emerging local and national curatorial talent the opportunity to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,000-square-foot space. Rotated on an annual cycle, the program seeks to provide a nationally recognized curatorial opportunity in the underserved state of Oregon, stimulate significant contemporary discourse that is able to cross disciplines, engage new artists and patrons, and raise the visibility of Portland’s art scene.

Jenene Nagy, Disjecta’s first curator-in-residence, selected six artists for solo shows during the 2011-2012 exhibition season, including Iranian-American artist Tannaz Farsi. Farsi’s first solo exhibition in Portland, “Losing Themselves in a Distance to Far Away Heights," opens on Oct. 8 (see below).
Proposals for the curator-in-residence position are due by Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. For details about the position, visit or click here for the PDF.

Losing Themselves in a Distance to Far Away Heights

A New Installation by Tannaz Farsi

Opens Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 9pm
October 8 – November 5
Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun 12pm – 5pm

What does it mean to live the dream?” This is the question artist Tannaz Farsi asked Iranians this past summer in preparation for her first solo exhibition in Portland, Losing Themselves in a Distance to Far Away Heights. In gathering information, Farsi – herself an Iranian-American – sought answers from Iranian immigrants, those living in exile, refugees and those still living in Iran. Her conversations, conducted via email, focused on breaking through the American cliché of “living the dream” and engaging her participants in a discussion focused on issues of nationalism and cultural identity as it relates to the individual.

Farsi attempts to conflate civic and devotional space in an effort to better understand the systems that both bind and loosen us from our geographic locations and cultural identities. The objects in the exhibition – simple, pared down forms acting as icons – together with the use of documents and drastic shifts of scale are reflective of Farsi’s larger body of work that continuously situates the personal as political. The installation seeks to inspire conversation around tensions created between the actual space of the gallery and the psychic space of the work.

Tannaz Farsi is the Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including the Tacoma Art Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Grand Rapids, Mich., Ohge Ltd., Seattle, Wash., and Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio. She has participated at residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Neb. and the MacDowell Colony in N.H.

Her work has been acknowledged with an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, and this past year, Farsi was a finalist for both the Brink Award offered through the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Wash. and the Portland Art Museum's Contemporary Northwest Art Award. She received her BFA summa cum laude from West Virginia University (2004) and her MFA at Ohio University in Ceramics (2007). Farsi’s show at Disjecta is made possible through the University of Oregon Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Michelle Liccardo & Ralph Pugay

Opens Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 9pm
October 8 – November 5
Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun 12pm – 5pm

Object Lessons by Michelle Liccardo and Ralph Pugay is an installation that captures the many absurdities associated with functioning in a world of ever-present uncertainty and relativity. This collaboration capitalizes on the artists' sense of humor and imperfect sculptural styles to create a large scale diorama that operates as a sort of alternate version of The Myth of Sisyphus. In Object Lessons, the small figures that must tumble down a large staircase while trying to avoid the many obstacles in their path arrive at the bottom injured, yet jubilant. Find out more at:

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