Project Description

Vestibule: Assigned Edges

Artist: Von Tundra | Curator: Tamar Monhait
April 2nd, 2011 – April 30th, 2011

Assigned Edges is an examination of Design and the everyday through the lens of figure-ground organization. Figure-ground organization is a visual process that identifies focal points and background based on contrast. By assigning edges to our perceptual field, we are simultaneously defining and obscuring its elements. In effect, forms or figures are contextually defined by what they are not. The interdependent and mutable conditions of this relationship are also found in the connection between Design and the everyday.

Design is a reaction to the everyday. Its applied logic strives for clarification and satisfaction (of a condition or need) amidst the contingencies of experience. At the same time, Design is normative. It presents a particular view among an array of possible solutions which has specific effects on the structure and convention of the everyday.

Each of these relationships express both resolute certainty and enigmatic impossibility. Their concurrently complimentary and oppositional quality points to the complexities of determination in inherently unstable territory. At the Vestibule, Von Tundra’s Assigned Edges materializes the complicated effort to name the unknown.


Von Tundra is a Portland-based design house specializing in the creation of contemporary furniture, fixtures, installations, and interiors. The aesthetic vision of the collective unites Modernism’s efficient lines with the warmth of familiar materials and handcrafted integrity. As both a licensed company and artist collaborative, Von Tundra has the ability to engage a variety of creative activities, from client-inspired projects to conceptually focused gallery exhibitions. The group was formed in 2007 by Dan Anderson, Chris Held, and Brian Pietrowski. They have shown work at Valentines and Gallery Homeland in Portland, Oregon, the Scope Int’l Art Fair in Miami, Florida, the High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, Specific Merchandise in Los Angeles, California and with the People of Resource in Atlanta, Georgia. More information can be found at


Vestibule LogoThe Vestibule is an independent project space 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 gallery is housed within Disjecta in North Portland and was established in December 2009.


Disjecta, Vestibule