Untold Passage


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Fri, July 7 | 6:00pm to Fri, August 18 | 5:00pm
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Untold Passage presents the work of artists recovering the unwritten histories of immigrant communities shown alongside the work of contemporary poets representing the unquantifiable aspects of those experiences. It takes up the politics of narrative that structure the representations of our world in words, the interface between visual arts and poetry, and the increased interest in historiography and recuperation of lost narratives.
 
The exhibition’s title holds a doubled meaning: untoldreferring to that which is incalculable and unarticulated, and passage pointing not only to the movement of bodies but also a fragment of text. Untold Passage features artists Zhi Lin, Mary Ann Peters, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and collaborative duo x y x as well as poets Stacey Tran and Becky Nguyen. The exhibition will also feature additional poets from Copper Canyon Press and Gramma Poetry Press. The exhibition’s accompanying catalog will be made possible with the support of Gramma Poetry Press.

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Artists
 
MARY ANN PETERS
Peters is an artist whose combined studio work, installations, public art projects, and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently, her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East. Her awards include the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art, a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant, the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011), the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004), and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000). She is a founder of CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art), a recipient of the Artist Trust Leadership and Arts Award, and a former board member and board president of NCFE (National Campaign for Freedom of Expression), the seminal group who defended artist rights and the First Amendment during the Helms era. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
 
RODRIGO VALENZUELA
Valenzuela was born in 1982 in Santiago, Chile, and lives and works between Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles, California. He completed an art history degree at the University of Chile in 2004, BA in Philosophy at The Evergreen State College in 2010, and an MFA at University of Washington in 2012. Recent residencies include Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas); Skowhegan school of Painting and Sculpture (Maine); MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Nebraska); Lightwork (Syracuse, New York); and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York). Recent solo exhibitions include Lisa Kandlhofer Galerie, Vienna (2016); Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (2016); Art Museum of the University of Memphis (2016); Klowdenmann Gallery, Culver City (2016); David Shelton Gallery, Houston (2016); the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2015), envoy enterprises, New York (2015); and Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2015). Valenzuela is currently a fellow at the Drawing Center open session program and becomes an assistant professor at University of California, Los Angeles, in autumn 2017.
 
X Y X
In 2003, post-9/11, x y x met through a community of queer friends in the United States. In 2005, x asked x to marry. In 2006, x received a Green Card which enabled x to stay in the United States until becoming a dual citizen in 2016. They have exhibited nationally and internationally as individual artists; this is the first time x y x are collaborating.
 
ZHI LIN
Lin received both undergraduate and graduate education at the China Academy of Arts. He furthered his graduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in England and the University of Delaware in the Unites States. He was a graduate fellow at the University of London's Slade School in 1989 when the violent suppression of student demonstrations at Tiananmen Square in Beijing convinced him to change his artistic direction. Since that time, his work has been a visual exploration of the patterns of violence, intolerance, injustice, and complicity in public behavior. He has had over 30 solo shows and has participated in more than 140 group exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic and in China. His works are included in many museum collections in the United States, Great Britain, and China, notably the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. He has been a recipient of many prestigious national, international, and academic awards, grants, fellowships, and recognitions. Currently he holds an appointment as Professor of Painting + Drawing at the UW School of Art + Art History + Design, and he is affiliated faculty at the China Studies Program, UW Jackson School of International Studies.
 
Poets
 
STACEY TRAN
Tran is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the chapbook, Fake Haiku(Wendy's Subway, 2017). Tran's writing has been published recently in diaCRITICSJubilat, and Pinwheel. She is the founder/host of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity, and a platform for voices of women of color and gender non-conforming people of color living in the Pacific Northwest. Tran has collaborated with Roland Dahwen Wu and Jonathan Raissi on a 30-minute film, Haft-Seen, a collective visual poem and love letter to the artists' immigrant parents. Her first full-length book, Soap for the Dogs, will be published by Gramma in 2018. A hybrid of memoir, fake formalisms, and abstract recipes recalled by memory, Soap for the Dogs is dedicated to Tran's parents.
 
BECKY NGUYEN
Nguyen is a poet and performance artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is a contributing editor for Gramma Poetry and a collaborating artist with Eyedrop VR.