The Department of Art welcomes two new exhibitions into Space 204: Dark Matter, science fiction-inspired photography by art collective Lakes Were Rivers and Slow No Dust, photographic prints and collages by Portland artist Nicole Lavelle. Both shows open on Thursday, November 1, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.
Dark Matter “explores ways photographic description can provoke uncanny disturbances in the understanding of place,” said Adam Schreiber, Lakes Were Rivers member and curator of the exhibit.
Other members of this Austin, Texas-based collective include Anna Krachey, Barry Stone, Ben Ruggiero, Elizabeth Chiles, Jason Reed, Jessica Mallios, Leigh Brodie, Mike Osborne, Sarah Murphy, and Susan Shahan. Since 2008, the Lakes Were Rivers have exhibited their photography and videos individually and collectively, as well as collaborating in the publication of limited edition books.
Lavelle described Slow No Dust as “a rumination on language, landscape, and how the two interact.” Her show includes 35 works from digital and photo prints to collage and found paper. An adjunct design instructor at Portland State University, Lavelle integrates art, design, writing, teaching and research into her work, which “straddles many disciples and contexts.” She has participated in projects and exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Space 204 is housed on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt campus. Free and open to the public, the exhibits will be on view through Friday, November 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. The gallery will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
For more information, contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241.