Field of View 2018 Artist Residency Exhibition
Field of View 2018 Artist Residency Exhibition
featuring work by Alma Bate, Job Erickson,
John Griffiths, and Michael Sherman
Exhibition Run: January 2–February 24, 2019
First Friday opening reception:
January 4, 6:00-8:00 PM
Second Reception, Friday February 1, 2019, 6 - 8 pm
Field of View is an artist residency program placing visual artists with developmental disabilities* in three-month-long artist residencies throughout the Portland community. The goals of this project are to help artists with disabilities gain access to spaces and communities that they have not been able to access before, provide artists with developmental disabilities with more visibility and opportunity for connection and exchange with new communities, and help them develop their professional practice and gain broader audiences for their work.
Wolff Gallery is pleased to collaborate for a second year with Public Annex to present an exhibition featuring painting, digital art, video, and photography created by Alma Bate, Job Erickson, John Griffiths, and Michael Sherman during their 2018 Field of View residencies, which were made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. www.oregoncf.org , @the_ocf
* permission given by the artists to disclose this information
Alma Bate at Paragon Arts Gallery
Alma Bate is a Portland based multi-media artist working mainly in mixed-media painting and jewelry making. Bate is inspired by scrapbooking materials she finds at craft supply stores (such as rhinestones, fake flowers, stickers and cut paper) and uses them as additive elements to create dimensionality in her whimsical figurative paintings. Bate's subject matter is often derived from found images of artwork from department stores that she then puts her personal twist on by subverting the color scheme or superimposing the figures into different scenes. Bate's work has been shown at Multnomah County Human Services and she was a 2018 Field of View artist in residence at Paragon Gallery.
Madeline Sorenson is an artist, designer, farmer, non-profit administrator and organizer in Portland, Oregon. She makes events, experiences, performances, books, forms, lists, charts and cycling caps. Sorenson has a passion for making art and farming accessible to people of different abilities, and has dedicated the last four years of her life to that work. Sorenson is a co-founder of Public Annex, a Portland, Oregon based non-profit organization that provides accessible farming and art programming focusing on inclusivity of artists and farmers who experience disabilities.
Paragon Arts Gallery is an educational showcase committed to exhibiting work of high artistic quality. Our versatile gallery is located at 815 North Killingsworth, at PCC's Cascade Campus. Mindful of our role as a member of the Humboldt community, we are especially committed to engaging community members in our space. www.pcc.edu/galleries/cascade/
Special thanks to Paragon Arts Gallery Manager Dominic Amorin and Paragon Arts Gallery Founder Sandy Sampson.
Job Erickson at Independent Publishing Resource Center
“I graduated in 2008, and I was not sure and gloomy and I went to a group home to try it out. I started drawing in Independence Integration pace yourself with Alexander, but the program lost funding. After that, I went to Art from the Heart. I got to draw and paint and do clay and different stuff. Then growing in the computer and the clay and the ‘this-and-that’. Then grow a little more and it moved and the place is called Portland Arts and Learning Studio (PALS) and it’s like a tree that’s growing more and what’s next? I like it a lot. Go from there.”
Additionally, Erickson has created his vast body of work using Corel at Art From The Heart and PALS, augmented his Photoshop skills at the IPRC during this residency, and is also a collaborator/performer in the Digital Media department at PALS.
Rachel Mulder earned her BFA in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and has since adapted those printmaking techniques and processes into other art forms, namely drawing. She currently works with local nonprofit Public Annex where she assists with their daily inclusive workshops and serves on the founding board as Social Media Director. She is a Midwestern native and lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
The IPRC is a Portland, OR 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing people access to tools and resources for creating independently published media and artwork. The mission of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is to provide affordable access to space, tools, and resources for creating independently published media and artwork, and to build community and identity through the creation of written and visual art.
Special thanks to Quinn Gancedo and Sierra Kind for their immense help coordinating travel, scheduling, support and more to make this residency possible.
John Griffiths in nature and at Cobalt Studios PDX
John Griffiths has been focusing on photography the past three years since he got his Moto X Pure Edition phone. Applying for the Field of View Residency with Dena Wilder's help, increased his interest in photography. At the beginning of his residency he was given a digital Canon camera by Casey Faubion. His photography mentor for this residency was Kirk Johnson and Kirk did his best to show John how to use his phone and camera. Nature and the female form are his primary focuses for photography. He chose multiple locations to represent the four seasons. His hope on scenery photography is to bring the viewer to the place and convey an emotion. John has always thought of art as the feelings you experience from the viewing or hearing the art form you are interacting with. John is everything you hate and everything you love.
Kirk Johnson is a filmmaker and photographer who spends most of his creative energy filming trees, shadows, and folk singers. Originally from Chicago, he has lived in Portland for 8 years and likes it here very much.
Cobalt Studios PDX
Founded in 2018 by photographers Bill and Tammy Linn, Cobalt Studios is a premier 2500 square-foot photography and multimedia studio located in SE Portland just east of the Ross Island Bridge. As the leading rentable photography facility and multimedia complex in the Pacific Northwest, the space is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and can accommodate the full array of needs of the most accomplished and high-profile photographers and hobbyists, designers and advertising agencies. www.cobaltstudiospdx.com
Special thanks to Dena Wilder, Gracy Amber and Cobalt Studios PDX owners Bill and Tammy Linn.
Michael Sherman at Open Signal
“I made my first movie of a puppet show all through the eyes of children. I took lots of classes on how to use the green screen, filming, lighting, and editing at Metro East Community Media. After watching cartoons throughout my life, I wanted to see how they do it and make my own someday. I was searching through my baby photos and noticed how I've grown. So I wanted to make a movie about me as funny, wacky and whiny. My friend and I rehearsed adventures of the Bearded Baby in the car. We wrote the script and scenes and then filmed the Bearded Baby at Open Signal with Maura Campbell-Balkitsl. We did a lot of sound effects and photographed the props and backgrounds. I drew all the characters and some backgrounds. I was tutored by KatMeow Garcia and Kathryn McAnalley at Open Signal on Adobe Photoshop and computer animation. I would love to see my name in lights in Hollywood.”
Maura Campbell-Balkits is a video and performance artist residing in Portland, OR. Her work currently centers around television tropes and disruptive video editing techniques.
Open Signal is a community media center that focuses on creativity, technology, and social change. Special thanks to artist assistant and “Grandma” Dena Wilder, and to Open Signal tutors KatMeow Garcia and Kathryn McAnalley.