Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
Art faculty Paula Rebsom, with painter Grant Hottle, presents Forecast, part of the Portland Building Installation Space series. The art installation is on display in the lobby of the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, through October 11, 2013.
Excerpt from an article on RACC.org, September 16, 2013.
Their joint project draws on the strengths of both by combining painted 2-D work with sculptural elements to build a thought-provoking installation.
As the viewer approaches the piece they are confronted by a massive rectangular object (a painting?), nearly too large for the space. Inside the industrial blacks of the plastic-like surface, subtle blues and purples provide a visceral and atmospheric quality. The odd protrusions in the canvas become difficult to ignore. A view from the stairs offers a peek behind the painting, imposing a whole new set of questions rather than answers.
Forecast is meant to be seen from two viewpoints—the lobby, where one sees the front of the industrial black painting, and the stairs, where the white light and poles causing the disruption in the canvas become visible. The physical tension in Forecast mirrors the conceptual tension between opposing forces—light and dark, hidden and revealed, intentional and accidental.
Paula Rebsom recently completed a month-long residency in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif. She teaches sculpture and three-dimensional design in the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University.