Project Description


Artist: Travis Nikolai | Curator: Kendra Larson
July 13th, 2013 – August 11th, 2013

Rendering takes something raw and makes it usable. Waste tissue becomes delicious lard, and through another kind of rendering raw data is assembled into a legible image. We consume these sumptuous morsels, gain sustenance, and reconstitute ourselves. Rendering, a performative installation, explores the use of digital environments for the purpose of remaking the self. Two bodies present themselves as the fantastical forms they would rather inhabit, and together share a sacrament to crystalize their transformation. This act is an attempt to find kindred spirits, molecular affinity, an effort to bond into a new and tentatively cohesive substance.

The exhibition is in conjunction with Versus, the PNCA First Year MFA exhibition at Disjecta.


Travis Nikolai is a Portland based installation and performance artist investigating the overlap of subculture and the occult. He is a current MFA in Visual Studies candidate at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

About the Vestibule

The Vestibule is an independent project space housed within Disjecta and dedicated to showing dynamic contemporary art. We are primarily interested in site-specific installations, collaborations, and any other original ideas that execute the space in exciting ways. The Vestibule was established December 2009.

For more information, please contact Kendra Larson: