Tyler Mackie "The Bleed Is Working"
First Friday Art Walk November 3rd, 6-8 pm
Exhibition Run: October 3rd-November 25th, 2017
Artist Reception October 6th 6-8 pm
"I bleed to make space for other spaces. Let gravity pull the water downward. Let gravity pull the water down.
The Bleed is Working. The Bleed is Working It out. Make space for voiceless spaces.
This is a practice in comfort. This is a practice in discomfort. I hold onto both, and don't let go. I let go.
Wordless thoughts. Motion loves them. Motion gives them soft power. Motion gives power.
I want it to be wrong. It comes out pretty. I like pretty. I like pretty. It comes out pretty. Obliterate it. Build it back up.
Let it bleed. It bleeds. It flows.
The Bleed is Working."
Wolff Gallery is pleased to present The Bleed Is Working, a solo exhibition by Portland-based artist Tyler Mackie. In her series of sculptural gouache paintings and panels, Mackie visualizes the contradictions of a female experience, making space for comfort alongside discomfort, softness as power, and the beauty of being viscerally, unapologetically human.
Tyler Mackie holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Oregon State University (2005) and an MFA in Studio Arts from Louisiana State University (2009). Her work explores relationships between performance, visual, and craft-based communities, with an emphasis on the female experience. Recent projects include Bridge for Blankets, an installation on the Broadway Bridge (2013), and creative contributions are ongoing as a member of the international, collaborative collective, Expanded Draught (2009-present).
above image © Tyler Mackie, photo by Mario Gallucci