LASHES is a collaborative response to “Violence” and “The Sublime Object of Ideology” by: Slavoj Žižek. J.Brown and Courtney Cullen have begun to work on a cross continental collaboration to create and installation which includes, sculpture, print media, and animation. All to envelope the viewer into a discourse brought up by Žižek’s writings and philosophical stance. They are attempting to build a dialect with the other artists and curators in PLACE’s In(ter)dependence show as well as, make a parallel between the Portland art community, modern philosophy, and sociological issues.
Courtney received her BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her MFA from the University of Massachusetts. She enjoys making awkward objects, loves textured spray paint and needs two pairs of scissors at all times because one of them is always missing. Courtney resides in Amherst, Massachusetts with her partner and two cats.
J.Brown currently lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a gallery assistant to Tim Mahan at Half/Dozen Gallery, while working full time. He has also been known to act as a curator, teacher and writer. J.Brown has also received his BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; he enjoys reading, cycling, and puppies. You can check out his work at http://mrjbrown.tumblr.com/.
Exhibition Description The IN(ter)DEPENDENCE exhibition points to the emergence, in and around Portland over the last 5 years, of small, independently operated, and self-funded cultural hubs. These creative centers have sprung from garages, sheds, old store fronts, unusual gallery situations, above creeks, and within vacant retail spaces. The cross section of these centers represented in IN(ter)DEPENDENCE have introduced exciting new levels of refinement, fresh inspiration, and consistency into the familiar DIY sensibility the Northwest is known for.
Each space or curator participating was asked to nominate an artist or collaborative group to represent them in them in the IN(ter)DEPENDENCE exhibition.