UO graduate fine arts students’ work displayed in Portland

“Speaking Between,” an exhibition featuring work by 13 University of Oregon Department of Art MFA students, opens with a free public reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland. The exhibition will be on view through May 26.

“Taken from a Homi Bhabha essay, the phrase ‘speaking between’ refers not only to his articulation of art as mediation but also to the collective experience of these artists as their work has unfolded over the last three years,” says Laura Vandenburgh, head of the UO Department of Art.

Artists in the show include Robert Beam, Megan Branlund, Ian Clark, Emily Crabtree, Aubrey Hillman, Nika Kaiser, Benjamin Lenoir, Sarah Nance, Katherine Rondina, Morgan Rosskopf, Katherine Spinella, Michael Stephen and Wendi Michelle Turchan.

Vandenburgh says the exhibition includes work that is varied and speaks to different types of experiences, “from the tropes of horror cinema to the intimacy of hardware, from middle class desire to our place in the universe,” and adds the works show the artists grappling with the “‘in-betweenness’ of contemporary life.”

Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

- from the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts