Vestibule Program (2009-2013)

The Vestibule was an independent project space housed within Disjecta and dedicated to showing dynamic contemporary art. It was 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.


Ode to Dexterity: Nathanael Thayer Moss

Curated by Kendra Larson
September 28th, 2013 – November 30th, 2013

There is an ever seamless duality of beginnings and endings. Life & death are tightly woven; inseparable. This is a perpetual flow. One simply cannot exist without the other.


At the Ending, On All Corners: Courtney Kemp

Curated by Kendra Larson
August 16th – September 22nd, 2013

Sourcing architectural histories as well as current methods of suburban manufacturing, my work aims to expose the moments through which we understand an interior domestic space, providing access to subtle glints of recognition.


Rendering: Travis Nikolai

Curated by Kendra Larson
July 13th - 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.


You Only Live Twice: Jeff Sheridan

Curated by Kendra Larson
June 8th – June 30th, 2013

You Only Live Twice was an illustrative installation that explores the dual nature of our contemporary existence- which advocates improvement while living in a state of constant decay.


Plates: William Rihel III

Curated by Kendra Larson
May 4th – May 26th, 2013

This installation was both dazzling and frightening. It functions as a formally beautiful group of fragile ceramic towers. At the same time it subtly mimics the rumblings of a small earthquake. Set in contrast to one another, these two readings induce anxiety in the viewer.


Distant Revival: Michael Velliquette

Curated by Kendra Larson
April 13th – April 27th, 2013

Distant Revival was a new body of low-relief, cut paper constructions by mixed-media artist Michael Velliquette. Velliquette revisits the vocabulary of symbols and images found in his earlier works set in mythological, scenic narratives.


Infinity vs Eternity: Chele Isaac

March 23 - April 7, 2013

Infinity vs Eternity was a site-specific video installation that considers the physical space of the Vestibule to explore how one might extend a material experience to one that is mutable.


Hall of Conversion: Emily Nachison

February 9 - March 10, 2013

Hall of Conversion investigated the transformation of matter. The installation comprised of hanging scales that span the length of the Vestibule. Each scale balanced a set of cast glass sculptural pieces that share the same weight and volume.


Idle and Blessed: Wayne Bund

Curated by Kendra Larson
January 12th– February 3rd, 2013

Idle and Blessed was a collection of large prints and video from Wayne Bund’s newest performance and photographic series. This work portrays a tribe of men finding home in the play and games of childhood within the Mt. Hood National Forest.


Party Time: Ginger Lukas

November 15 - December 2012

Party Time took the form of a brightly colored light installation that spanned the length of the gallery. Using a wide range of recycled materials, this installation was both playfully beautiful and a commentary on the level of delusion of contemporary America.


Softcore Apparel: Brittany Powell

Curated by Kendra Larson
September 28th – October 28th, 2012

Curator Kendra Larson opened a new Vestibule exhibition season with the wall-sized, contact paper murals of artist Brittany Powell. Soft Core Apparel explored the absurdity cum pornography of American Apparel ads as large scale recreations that combine humor and poignancy in identifying the sexploitation of the feminine form to sell clothing.


Space Invaders

: Marie Koetje

Curated by Tamar Monhait
January 1st – February 25th, 2012

Space Invaders considered themes inherent to the human condition and explored their dimensions with respect to contemporary circumstances. Koetje utilized the physical and illusionary properties of paint to engage persistent questions about existence and meaning.


False Cover: Vanessa Calvert

Curated by Tamar Monhait
December 3rd – January 7th, 2012

False Cover explored the ways in which the design and constituent elements of our everyday environments simultaneously reflect our lives and shape our behavior. Calvert abstracted the structure of common domestic objects to explore how their forms can reveal some truth about identity and society.


Skulls & Weed

Curated by Craig Wheat
June 4th – June 26th, 2011

Skulls & Weed featured forty-seven artists from across the United States interpreting the cultural ubiquity of drug and death related iconography in both high and low culture. The show was a collection of diverse contribution including works by painters, photographers, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, designers, illustrators and professional skateboarders.


Solitaire and the Unknown: Nickolaus Typaldos

Curated by Tamar Monhait
May 6th – May 29th, 2011

Situated between the sentimental and the sublime, Nickolaus Typaldos’ installation, Solitaire and the Unknown explored the complexities that layer our individual and collective experience in an enigmatic universe.


Assigned Edges: Von Tundra

Curated by Tamar Monhait
April 2nd - April 30th, 2011

Assigned Edges was 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.


The Other Room: Emily Counts

Curated by Tamar Monhait
October 29th – November 14th, 2010

In a lonely space there is a trace of an absent presence. Inert, remote, and incongruous areas like idle alcoves, dormant plush parlors, dusty library nooks, or obscured hallways have uncanny charm. Their reasons for existing seem untenable or extraneous, yet they can evoke mesmerizing nostalgia.


Bleach Party:

Kevin Abell & Alex Felton

Curated by Tamar Monhait
June 5th – July 4th, 2010

Bleach Party was an installation by Kevin Abell and Alex Felton. It is the result of a situation generated by an automatic collaborative effort in an alley in SE Portland where containers holding bleach were remotely ruptured on to black canvases and other materials.


This: David Neeval

January 1st - February 14th, 2010

THIS was a photo exhibition and installation by David Neevel that investigates how signs affect the meaning and context of images and place. He used a neon sign as a label for various settings photographed in locations around Oregon to transcend and alter the physical subject of the image.