Curator: Prudence F. Roberts
February 26th, 2012 – May 19th, 2012

Portland2012 celebrates Oregon artists whose work is defining and advancing contemporary art. Curator Prudence F. Roberts, has selected 24 artists/teams who will present their work at five venues citywide. Roberts’ choices represent a broad range of contemporary media, from craft traditions to social practice, installation, photography, painting and film/video. Most of the artists will be exhibiting work not previously shown in Portland or creating new works specifically for the Biennial.

The Art Gym, Marylhurst University:
Future Death Toll
Chris Knight
Cynthia Lahti
Ben Rosenberg
Jack Ryan
Marie Sivak
Dustin Zemel

PDX Across the Hall:
Ben Buswell
Akihiko Miyoshi

Helzer Art Gallery, PCC Rock Creek:
Ariana Jacob

Erik Geschke
Brian Gillis
Anna Gray Ryan Wilson Paulsen
Grant Hottle
Arnold J. Kemp
Matt McCormick
Mack McFarland
Susan Seubert

White Box:
School of Architecture & Allied Arts,
University of Oregon in Portland

Vanessa Calvert
Sang-ah Choi

Daniel Duford
Wendy Red Star
Vanessa Renwick

Installation views

Opening receptions

Says Roberts, “It has been an equal challenge and pleasure to select the artists for Portland2012 because of the rigor of artistic practice I found coalescing around Portland as well the University of Oregon in Eugene. Many of the artists I visited are working with a deep awareness of art history, even though they are questioning the canon, as it were. I am fascinated by how much work questions the act of perception and the veracity of image, sound, or text. Another theme that emerged for me is that of history and narrative, both personal and political: several pieces in Portland2012 draw upon material from extended and ongoing scholarly research.”

Disjecta developed the Biennial program to promote the vigorous quality of the visual arts scene in Portland, including artists living throughout the state. The exhibition will be supported by a catalog and artist talks. The curator’s vision is a key component of Disjecta’s Biennial. Each incarnation is a fully realized exhibition that speaks to the strengths and interests of an invited guest curator. Roberts is an instructor of art history at Portland Community College. She has curated, consulted and contributed essays for exhibitions at the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University; and The Portland Art Museum, where she served as curator of American art from 1987 to 2000.

Portland2012 is the second iteration of the exhibition presented by Disjecta, building on a long history of biennials initially started by the Portland Art Museum in 1949, and continued until 2006, when the Museum’s exhibition transformed to the more regionally minded Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. For included artists, Portland2012 offers opportunities for critical response from media and peers, new audiences, patrons, and future exhibition opportunities. The use of multiple venues allows artists the space and flexibility to develop work specifically for this exhibition.

Portland2012 is supported by The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Oregon Cultural Trust, RACC, Milepost 5, Plazm Design, Willamette Week, Hotel Modera, Framing Resource and partner sponsors The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Community College, Rock Creek and White Box, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon in Portland.


Map by Daniel Duford