I'm Scared, Will I Dream?
HQHQ Project Space
232 SE Oak St. #108
Portland, OR 97217
October 30th - November 30th, 2014
Give me your answer true I’m half crazy
Over the love of you
It won’t be a stylish marriage I can’t afford a carriage
But you’ll look sweet...
This sentence is an interpolation of dialogue from the Stanley Kubrick acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the scene from which the dialogue is interpolated, the artificial intelligence interface, HAL 9000 is being shut off following (chronologically) an argument with the character Dave, in which HAL refuses to follow Dave's instruction after discovering that it was slated to be deactivated. This arc traces a rise-fall narrative in a quiet, and provides for a highly emotional experience.
Further, the phrase which makes the title of the exhibition is actually taken from an episode of Red Vs. Blue (RvB) an online sketch comedy show which uses the characters from the popular video game HALO to parody the narrative of the game.
From these two sources we can derive a sense of paradox, whether in the intelligence of the artificial, the highly emotional climax of Kubrick's film taking place in the dialogue of a machine, or, even in the instance of RvB, a parody of a game, which outlines a fine-tuned military machine.
Rather than providing a material / contextual context for the exhibition, it is my feeling that it is rather by the contrast of the curatorial source material by which the very material, experiential, and human nature of the work in this exhibition exists. In eschewing the definition of an object, dodging monetization, and I’M SCARED, WILL I DREAM? Matt Leavitt Izidora Leber Justin Moore + John Tage Johnson Anastasia Tuazon embracing presence, the works in this exhibition seem to occupy a space of transition, transference, or transience at their root.
Aster (Desert Mandala Machine 2)
Justin Moore and John Tage Johnson
Documantation courtesy of Ash Gifford for ArtAndAboutPDX
Matt Leavitt is an artist working in various media to create exhibitions, often including found objects, sculpture, and photography. He has a background in Civil Engineering and Zen monastic life, which largely influence his work. Leavitt has recently exhibited at the Cawein Gallery at Pacific University, and at PDX Contemporary as part of their Window Project. He holds an MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Izidora Leber was born in former yugoslavia (now croatia) living and working in Portland, OR and Zurich, CH. Her work tackles contemporary issues of transnationality, un/belonging, movement(s) and psychological narratives and tensions (forgetting-remembering, presence-absence) through a videomakers gaze in multimedia installations. Her artistic passion is to collaborate with poets, activists and the unbelonging, to create temporary milieus of connection.
Justin K. Moore is an interdisciplinary artist located in Portland, Oregon. He is currentlya senior in the BFA program at The Pacific Northwest College of Art. His practice emphasizes a phenomenological approach to a kinesthetic experience, provoking and heightening characteristics that inform a perception of space. His work utilizes artificial light and reflectivity in an attempt to initiate formal dialogues of spatial dimensionality.
Tage Johnson is a Portland based Printmaker. Taking the technical systems of image translation from printmaking and applying them as a form of conceptual problem solving has allowed his work to manifest in different forms. These visualizations of thought have taken the form of two- dimensional images, performative experiences, or as site specific installations. His work addresses ideas of: space, place, and perceptions regarding mental and physical landscapes.
Anastasia Tuazon is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her research- based practice often involves appropriation of mass media, exploring the potential of art to function as cultural criticism and political intervention.