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Paraprosdokians and Rubber Chickens

Artists Reception: Sunday, October 5, 4­-6pm
performances by Alicia McDaid and Jordan Rathus

Comedy Drawing School: Tuesday, November 4, 6:30pm
created by Will Brown, curated by Jason Traeger

Artists Talk: Thursday, November 20, 12:30pm
followed by a performance by Alicia McDaid

The Art Gym presents Paraprosdokians and Rubber Chickens, an exhibition of art exploring humor that includes works by Bruce Conkle, Jonathan Gitelson, Jamie Isenstein, Matt Jacobs, Alicia McDaid, Ralph Pugay, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Jordan Rathus, Patrick Rock, Ben Sanders, and Lindsey White. Each artist works with humor, – addressing comedic tropes and props, playing off of methods and forms, creating darkly humorous situations, automating jokes, or using comedic timing. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, performance, photography, drawing, prints, and site-specific work.

 Image – Bruce Conkle, Leinenanzug, Linen suit, oil paint, tar, pine resin, pepto bismol, concrete, 2014, 70 x 25 x 7 inches (photo by Marne Lucas)
 
 

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Bruce Conkle (Portland, Oregon) attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then earned his MFA from Rutgers University in 1998. Currently, he is an instructor of art and design at the University of Portland and Portland Community College. Conkle has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States as well as in Canada, Brazil, Iceland, and Mongolia, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a 2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts and an Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in 2010.

Jonathan Gitelson (Brattleboro, Vermont) is an assistant professor of art at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His work has been exhibited at institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin; and Galerie f5,6 in Munich. Gitelson's artwork is in the permanent collection of institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Albert and Victoria Museum in London. He is a recipient of the College Art Association's Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, the Puffin Foundation Fellowship, the Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant, and the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program.

Jamie Isenstein (New York, New York) was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally, at galleries including Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery in Portland; Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; Tate Liverpool in the United Kingdom; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her work is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York and Meyer Riegger in Berlin/Karlsruhe, Germany. Isenstein is currently preparing work for a solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City for the spring of 2015.

Matt Jacobs (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is currently pursuing his MFA at Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2011 he was awarded an artist residency at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. His work has been shown at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska; Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago; the Masonic Lodge in Marfa, Texas; at both the University of Kansas and Wonderfair Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas; and at Dolphin Gallery, Epsten Gallery, and La Esquina in Kansas City. His work has been featured on Beautiful/Decay and It's Nice That.

Alicia McDaid (Portland, Oregon) has been a featured performer in the 2013 Movement Research Festival in New York; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2012; and in the On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle in 2009. Solo shows of her visual and video work have been held at Portland State University's MK Gallery and the Wieden + Kennedy Gallery. She was one half of the comedic performance-art duo Rush-N-Disco from 2006 to 2009 and continues to actively collaborate with artists in her community.

Ralph Pugay (Richmond, Virginia and Portland, Oregon) holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a 2013 residency graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Pugay's work has been exhibited at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, FAB Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Portland Museum of Modern Art, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of several grants, including a 2014 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award. Pugay is a visiting faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University for 2014–2015 and will have a solo exhibition at Upfor in October, concurrent with this exhibition.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty (Brooklyn, New York) attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Columbia University. She has presented solo projects at MoMA PS1 and the Kitchen in New York, and has participated in group shows at Gagosian Gallery and the Jewish Museum in New York, Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, and Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. In 2014, she was part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and participated in two artist residencies, one made possible by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the other at Coast Time in Cutler City, Oregon. She has also been appointed a visiting scholar at New York University's Advanced Media Studio and has received publication commissions from Art Papers and Art Journal. She will open her third solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York in October, concurrent with this exhibition.

Jordan Rathus (Brooklyn, New York) earned her BFA in film and television production from New York University in 2005. In 2012, she completed an MFA in Visual Arts (New Genres) at Columbia University. Rathus has recently had solo exhibitions at Upfor and at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Double Agency, a film she co-produced with artist Nick Paparone, premiered at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon, in November 2013. She was the 2012 MFA artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan, and is a recipient of the Brooks Fellowship Award from Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado; and the Tony Hawkins Award from New York University, New York.

Patrick Rock (Portland, Oregon) is an alumnus of the New Genres/Studio-10 program at the San Francisco Art Institute and is the founder and director of ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART in Portland, Oregon. He is the director and co-founder of the free performance and critique-based program C.O.P.S. (Conceptual Oregon Performance School), as well as a co-founder of ROCKSBOOKS, Leipzig/Portland, a publishing house for artist catalogs. Rock is the director of the exhibition galleries at Portland State University's School of Art + Design, where he is also a member of the visiting art faculty. He has exhibited his work internationally. Recently his work has been shown at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's 2011 Time-Based Art Festival, and he has performed at the Sequences Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Ben Sanders (Los Angeles, California) graduated with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2013. He founded Those People, a collective of peers who make collaborative work specializing in art direction, photography, and design. Sanders has shown his work in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, and Vancouver, BC, with a recent solo exhibition in Los Angeles and a two-person exhibition in Chicago. His work has been featured in Beautiful Decay, Nylon, and It's Nice That. He is also an illustrator for clients such as the New York Times and Bloomberg.

Lindsey White (San Francisco, California) received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited in San Francisco at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Southern Exposure, San Francisco Arts Commission, and New Langton Arts, as well as at ACME in Los Angeles, the New York Art Book Fair, Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Deadpan Exchange II Festival in Berlin, and Museum Bärengasse in Zurich. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; a fellowship recipient at the Kala Institute of Art in Berkeley; and a finalist for the SFMOMA SECA Art Award. White teaches at San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts and is part of the collaborative project Will Brown. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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