A Book is a Body that Bends

Solo Exhibition @ PDX CONTEMPORARY ART | 925 NW Flanders Street, Portland OR 97209
June 6 - June 30, 2018
Gallery hours 11:00 – 6:00 Tues. – Sat.

Open First Thursday
June 7, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00

PDX CONTEMPORARY ART presents A Book is a Body that Bends an exhibition of new works that reflect our preoccupation with books. From photographic color fields made from the dyed fore-edges of pulp paperbacks, to drawings of broken spines and warped pages, and sculptural tomes evoking weights or weapons, the works in the exhibition are about the book as a physical object and as metaphor for the body.

Made in parallel to a process of becoming informed about trauma, we're interested in the ways the body holds a history (visible or invisible) of past suffering—how it accrues vulnerabilities and constructs protections against the realities of being in the world. Both hard-edged and soft, open and bound, ghostly and bodied, the pieces in the show depict texts that have been damaged by use, by the market, by water or air yet remain beautiful in their singularity.

With the knowledge that coming to terms with traumatic experience necessitates a certain kind of literacy and collective regard, we're excited to co-host a series of Saturday morning reading discussions in the gallery June 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 11:30-1pm. Discussions are open to the public. More details, bibliography, and links to reading material we be posted here June 1st.

Join us:

Saturday, June 9th, 11:30am-1pm with Emily Squires
Saturday, June 16th, 11:30am-1pm with Rachel Hines
and Saturday, June 16th, 11:30am-1pm with Ariana Jacob