Cathy Cleaver is a sculptor and a performance artist from Portland, Oregon. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Marylhurst University. Her work deals with issues of obsessive behaviors, body image, and futility, while questioning constructs of gender roles.
Susan Ploetz Birds of Paradise
Susan Ploetz is a singer, writer, mover, and video maker who has been presenting work in a variety of formats for the past decade. Originally from Minneapolis, she has spent time making art and performing in the Pacific Northwest, New York, the Midwest, and Europe. She has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and is traveling to Berlin to continue her practice in July. Ploetz is interested in speaking the unspoken, changing and shaping energies and spaces, exploring emotions and political/personal mythologies through digital folk art, and warming up cool parties (or cooling down ones that get too hot).
Curated by Allison Halter
Allison Halter’s description of 5th WEDNESDAYS: Performances for live audiences only. 5th WEDNESDAYS is a new performance series that occurs on the fifth Wednesday of each month having five Wednesdays.
Born of a desire to create a continual conversation with performance art in Portland, 5th WEDNESDAYS is interested in additional ways of prioritizing temporal work. To this end, 5th WEDNESDAYS is a location where potential can be realized, functioning on the spectrum between radical laboratory and surprise party.
5th WEDNESDAYS wants a moment in time with the audience. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants the risk of exquisite failure. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants to engender a site for enchantment.
Allison Halter is a performance artist's performance artist and organizer of 5TH WEDNESDAYS. Halter has exhibited, published, and performed nationally at Plan-It-X-Fest, Catch That Beat, the Citizen Jane Film Festival, Feminist Form, Ditch Projects, and YA5. She received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.