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Call + Response

Museum of Contemporary Craft
Portland OR – Jun 18-Oct 31, 2009

David Eckard, still image from the film Prestidigitation: A Folly in Eleven Acts

David Eckard, still image from the film Prestidigitation: A Folly in Eleven Acts (2009), [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, Jun 18-Oct 31]

Jiseon Lee Isbara, Scattered

Jiseon Lee Isbara, Scattered (2008-09), cotton fabric, cotton and silk, thread, hand and machine stitched, inkjet [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Jun 18-Oct 31]

Josh Faught, four signs to suicide prevention

Josh Faught, four signs to suicide prevention (2009), machine-knit fabric, garden trellis, paint, disaster blanket [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, Jun 18-Oct 31]

Call + Response is the result of an active collaboration between artists and art historians. Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers selected faculty members from several colleges and universities in Oregon who have contributed to the recent influx of new ideas in the state's artistic academia.

Artists were paired with art historians to investigate the work and studio practice of a subject formerly untapped. One such pairing are Sue Taylor, Professor of Art History at Portland State University, as the academic and Heidi Schwegler, Associate Professor of Metals at Oregon College of Art and Craft, as the artist.

Eight visual artists who work on the edge of their medium to reinvent traditional craft were chosen, including David Eckard, sculpture and film, Anya Kivarkis ornamental jewellery, and Jiseon Lee Isbara, embroidered fibre works. The art historians created original scholarship on the artist in order to bring the intricacies of their studio practice to the public eye. At the same time, the artists were stimulated to investigate and articulate the guiding forces of their impetus.

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is being used as a venue for bringing the nexus of ideas to the community at large. The engaging project has resulted in both a physical exhibition and an online component with print-on-demand documentation to follow. At the start of the exhibit, essays, podcasts, and other multimedia content will be posted on the museum's website.

www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org

Allyn Cantor


 Sat, Jun 6, 2009