Sunday, November 29, 2009

ART ATTACK from Project Grow | Opens Dec. 3

The exhibition will present a selection of works from the Project Grow studio and a screening of “Project Grow Goes to France,” accompanied by short videos.

The artists at Project Grow create a wide range of artwork including works on paper, painting, puppets, collage, zines, text work, and video. In addition, the artists are collaborating on international projects with musician Jim Fairchild during the tour of his band All Smiles (founding member of Grandaddy) and the people of Paris through a distance residency at Betonsalon, Paris, in collaboration with Laurel Kurtz, Natasha Wheat, and Sandy Sampson.

Thursday, December 3, 6-10pm

Friday, December 18, 6-8pm
North American premier of “Come As You Are Viens Tel Que Tu Es”, a bilingual document of the distance residency at Betonsalon. Paris.

Project Grow is a social program within the Port City Developmental Center dedicated to the development and promotion of artists with developmental disabilities. Established in 2008, Project Grow consists of an open studio practice, an urban garden supplying CSAS (community supported agriculture subscriptions), and a social outreach agenda.

As an innovative and progressive program, Project Grow continues to lead a dynamic existence including the creation of the North Portland Farm. Project Grow is developing satellite locations in order to accommodate demand and offer fair wage employment to more farmers. The artists who participate and coordinate the programs offered by Project Grow continue to develop unique ways to further successful collaborations between Project Grow and the community at large.

Monday, November 2, 2009


May Juliette Barruel's textile-based work and photography address themes of nostalgia, obsession, and loss in an intimate and often voyeuristic fashion. For this exhibition, Barruel investigates a variety of materials in order to reify her experience, and here her voice finds resonance in printed words and embroidered textiles.

Conceptual tapestries and text works accompany Barruel's photographs to create "And Now We Do What We Do", a reflection on a half-life of dating, falling, hoping, pining, loving, and obsessing with its fair share of drunken haircuts, romantic inspirations, ridiculously embarrassing behaviors, and hundreds of hours spent wallowing while listening to songs by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bill Callahan. The work is both catharsis and hypothesis, a searching for the existence of truth and love in an endlessly fragmented and often lost contemporary youth culture.

A native of Grenoble, France, May Juliette Barruel lives and works in Portland, OR. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American Literature from l'Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle and a professional certificate from New England School of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts. She has shown work in many cities including Portland, Los Angeles, and Lawrence, KS, and frequently posts images on her blog, à la claire fontaine. Barruel is the curator for Stumptown's downtown gallery and is owner and curator of Nationale, a shop and gallery on Portland's east side.

Public reception: Thursday, November 5th, 6pm-10pm
On view Saturday, November 7th, 12pm-5pm, and by appointment.