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Call + Response

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Introduction

Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers introduces Call + Response, an exhibition of work by eight pairs of art and art history faculty members from Oregon colleges and universities.

Introduction

Complaints about a need for critical writing on craft surface with great frequency. Drawing on the musical concept of “call and response,” this exhibition opens a space for critical dialogue and exchange between craft-based artists and art historians. From nearly three years of discussion, studio visits and exchanges of ideas, the resulting exhibition presents artwork and essays by eight pairs of artists and art historians, all of whom currently teach in Oregon colleges and universities.

The objects on view reveal how each artist deals with the frisson between concept and materially-based practices rooted in particular craft-oriented techniques, media and istories. For the art historians, whose research interests range from Gothic architecture, modernism and film to landscape, psychoanalytic theory and commodity exchange between China and Europe, the project was an exciting opportunity to step outside normal research boundaries. As a process-oriented exhibition that integrates objects and writing, Call + Response centers dialogue and inquiry around the vital question of how craft is engaged in contemporary critical discourse.

Call + Response

Read essays from the eight pairings of art and art history faculty members from Oregon colleges and universities.

Call + Response

Essays for each of the eight pairs of art and art history faculty members from Oregon colleges and universities are available on the Call + Response website.

Karl Burkheimer and the Language of Utility
By Matt Johnston (Lewis & Clark College)

Red Rabbit: David Eckard’s Prestidigitation
By Anne Marie Oliver (Pacific Northwest College of Art)

The Way Things Work: Josh Faught in Conversation with Kate Mondloch
By Kate Mondloch (University of Oregon)

Strategies for Loss: Thinking and (Re)Making the Past
By Abby McGehee (Oregon College of Art and Craft)

Jiseon Lee Isbara: Piecing Fabric and Life with Thread and Order
By Kirsi Peltomäki (Oregon State University)

Individual Engagements and Epidermal Surfaces in Sam Morgan’s Art
By Dawn Odell (Lewis & Clark College)

Heidi Schwegler: Poking Holes
By Sue Taylor (Portland State University)

Studio Gorm’s Anxious Utopianism
By Rob Slifkin (Reed College)

Call + Response Website

Visit the Call + Response exhibition website to view photos and read complete essays by the nine participating art history faculty.

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Installing Call + Response

Go behind the scenes during the installation of Call + Response. Includes interviews with artists Karl Burkheimer, Josh Faught and Heidi Schwegler. Videographer/Editor: John Brockway

Craft Conversation: Rob Slifkin and Studio Gorm

In the first of a series of three public discussions, Rob Slifkin, an art historian from Reed College, and Studio Gorm, a product design team from University of Oregon, describe the writing and studio works they contributed to Call + Response, as well as their collaborative processes leading up to the final museum presentation.

Karl Burkheimer and Matt Johnston

In the second on three public discussions, Matt Johnston, Lewis & Clark College, speaks about the work of Karl Burkheimer, Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Craft Conversation: David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver

In the last of a series of public discussions, Pacific Northwest College of Art faculty Anne Marie Oliver speaks about the work of David Eckard.

Craft Perspectives Lecture: Anne Wilson

Fiber and multimedia artist Anne Wilson, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, presents a CraftPerspectives Lecture, “Liminal Networks.” Wilson discusses her work using pixilation and projection to dematerialize and reanimate work that began on the border between drawing and object making, and remains liminal in whatever new medium it enters.

Open Conversation: Sloppy Craft

Prominent fiber and multimedia artist Anne Wilson, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and local artists discuss “sloppy craft,” a rising, controversial approach to conceptual craft practice. Panelists include: Anne Wilson, Wilson’s former student Josh Faught (University of Oregon), Nan Curtis (Pacific Northwest College of Art), local artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins, and Museum of Contemporary Craft Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers.

Curator Walkthrough
July 7 and October 6, 2009

Craft Conversation: Rob Slifkin (Reed College) and Studio Gorm (University of Oregon)
July 25, 2009

Craft Conversation: Karl Burkheimer (Oregon College of Art and Craft) and Matt Johnston (Lewis & Clark College)
August 27, 2009

Craft Conversation: David Eckard (Pacific Northwest College of Art) and Anne Marie Oliver (PNCA)
September 26, 2009

CraftPerspectives Lecture
Anne Wilson, Liminal Networks
October 8, 2009

CraftPerspectives Open Conversation
Sloppy Craft with Anne Wilson
October 10, 2009

Pecha Kucha Inspired Night
October 21, 2009

June 18, 2009 – October 31, 2009

Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers

Drawing on the musical concept of “call and response,” this exhibition provides a rare platform for artists and art historians to engage with each with other in dynamic conversation. This multi-layered exhibition features diverse works by eight pairs of art and art history faculty members from colleges and universities who have taught in Oregon for roughly ten years or less. Through multimedia content, contextual writing, the presentation of studio works and public programs, this intriguing project celebrates and provokes the recent influx of ideas brought to Oregon by these faculty members—who are breaking ground within their fields nationally and internationally. In effect, Call + Response considers what role these individuals, and their institutions, play within the state’s shifting creative landscape.

Visit the Call and Response website to view more photos and read complete essays by the nine participating art history faculty.

Participants

Karl Burkheimer (Oregon College of Art and Craft)
Matt Johnston (Lewis & Clark College)

David Eckard (Pacific Northwest College of Art)
Anne Marie Oliver (Pacific Northwest College of Art)

Josh Faught (University of Oregon)
Kate Mondloch (University of Oregon)

Anya Kivarkis (University of Oregon)
Abby McGehee (Oregon College of Art and Craft)

Jiseon Lee Isbara (Oregon College of Art and Craft)
Kirsi Peltomäki (Oregon State University)

Sam Morgan (Portland Community College)
Dawn Odell (Lewis & Clark College)

Heidi Schwegler (Oregon College of Art and Craft)
Sue Taylor (Portland State University)

Studio Gorm – John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong (University of Oregon)
Rob Slifkin (Reed College)