Project Description

Structures and Feelings 

(interesting theories, pop songs, pdfs, powerpoints, Venice, the political unconscious, text-message spam, and the objects of the Communist Manifesto)

Curator: Michele Fiedler

September 24 – October 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 6–10pm
Gallery Hours starting September 25: Fri–Sun, 12–5pm


Left: Adriana Lara , 5, from the series Numbers (Disambiguation),
PowerPoint presentation looped and projected on painted wall with soundtrack, 2010-2015.

Right: Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Selections from Object Lessons from Simone Weil: An Anthology, 2013.

Disjecta announces the inaugural exhibition of Disjecta’s sixth Curator-in-Residence season with Michele Fiedler.       

The first in a set of four exhibitions, Structures and Feelings brings together works by Mexican artist Adriana Lara and Portland-based Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen. The exhibition deals with elements of communicative behavior, specifically mechanisms behind the construction of thoughts and products which are dispersed through pop media, cultural forms, and technological platforms. This exhibition is part of the Season 6 Curator–in–Residence Program curated by Michele Fiedler.

Adriana Lara is was born in Mexico City in 1978. She has had an interdisciplinary and self-taught practice; in 2002/3 she participated in a pedagogical program at Le Pavillon in Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Lara has had one-person exhibitions at Air Paris, France; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Denmark; Komplot, Belgium; Indipendenza, Italy; 21er Haus-Belvedere, Vienna; Kunsthalle Basel; Germany; Algus Greenspon, New York; Artpace, San Antonio, Texas; House of Gaga, Mexico; and Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work was included recently in group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Trust Festival, Copenhagen; Marrakech Biennial 5th Edition; Documenta (13), Kassel; Kunsthalle Basel, Germany; MUSAC, Spain; New Museum, New York; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and San Francisco. Since 2006 Lara has been editor-in-chief of Pazmaker, an art quarterly published in Mexico City.

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen are two people who work together as one artist. They make objects, books, events, and ephemera, using art as an extended form of study and a testing ground for ideas about language, politics, and social life. Utilizing a range of media and contexts, their pieces and projects have appeared in many public places as well as at institutions such as The Renaissance Society, Chicago; The San Diego Museum of Art; Locust Projects, Miami; Camp CARPA, Joshua Tree, CA; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Disjecta’s Portland2012 Biennial of Contemporary Art; and on the pages of NOON Literary Annual. In recent years they have been artists in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland; and in the Mt. Hood National Wilderness through Signal Fire’s outpost residency program. The pair live in Portland, Oregon, where they work, teach, and raise their 6-year-old son, (a sometimes chipmunk by the name of Nutmeg Elements Bridger).

Michele Fiedler is a curator and writer based in Mexico City, where she is the Curator at Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros. Born in Puerto Rico, she received an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in 2011. Her current research is centered in the emergence of neologisms, shifting meanings, subjectivity, and the power of popular culture. She collaborates with Kadist Art Foundation on a series of video interviews of Latin American artists and is contributing research of the 1990s art scene in Monterrey for the upcoming exhibition Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in Mexico in the 1990’s, curated by Irene Tsatsos for the Getty’s LA/LA initiative at The Armory Center in Pasadena, CA. She has curated shows at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Museo de Arte de Caguas, Puerto Rico; The Victoria Theater in San Francisco, CA; and at the Park of Arts Muzeon in Moscow, Russia, among others. Michele Fiedler is Disjecta’s sixth Curator-in-Residence.


“The 2016-2017 season will investigate the formats by which information is transmitted through popular culture, histories, ideas, tendencies and the types of performativities that accompany them. There is fiction and truth in the creation of these systems of communications, there is intent, there are interpretations that vary according to the context in which they are received, there are constructions that have been evidenced by time, reason and research, there are needs and neologisms that emerge with technologies and time, there are new forms of thinking that develop. Information is overwhelming and vast, the artists invited to participate may evidence the process behind creating information, deconstruct it, use it to their advantage, appropriate it, or perform it”. – Michele Fiedler

The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging local and national curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. Past Curators-in-Residence include: Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12). More information can be found here.

Disjecta’s Curator-in-Residence program is funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Meyer Memorial Trust.



Opening Reception

Saturday, August 24 6–10pm

Gallery Hours

Friday–Sunday, 12–5pm


FREE and all ages

Gallery Guide