This April, the Island Institute will bring together a community of artists including Nina Elder, Billy Joe Miller, Jimmy Riordan, Wendy Given and Peter Bradley (the Executive Director of the Island Institute) on a ferry tour through Ketchikan, Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah, Sitka, and points between.
Our second Tidelines Journey, the tour is designed to foster new ways of thinking about the ways that we understand place, nature, and community; this year's tour is based around the guiding theme Signal To Noise.
As our group presents work in the communities along the way, we in turn will learn from the people we meet.
Bellingham April 7th
Ketchikan April 9 – 11
Juneau April 13 – 17
Gustavus April 17 – 19
Hoonah April 19 – 23
About the theme: Signal-to-noise is a ratio that compares the level of a desired signal to the level of background noise interfering with it. As the noise caused by human environmental impact rises alongside the internal noise of modern life, who and what is being heard? Who and what is being overpowered? How do we remain receptive to important signals in the face of so much noise?
From John Luther Adams' essay Resonance of Place: Listening carefully we realize that silence doesn't literally exist. Still, silence is a powerful and mysterious sound image. And in a world going deaf amid a technological din, silence is a profound metaphor of the spirit. Much of Alaska is still filled with silence and one of the most persuasive arguments for the preservation of the original landscape here may be its spiritual value as a great reservoir of silence.
To be immersed in this silence is to be near the heart of this place. As each sound passes, the silence returns - a vast and ancient silence that envelops the landscape like a frozen ocean of Time. Straining, you can almost hear the reverberations of the earth stirring in sleep, the movements of mountains, the passing of a cosmic storm - sounds so profound that you hear them not with your ears but in the oldest, darkest core of your being. And other sounds, faint and distant, suspended in air like the remembered sunlight of a summer afternoon ten thousand years past.
Curated by Jerry CullumAugust 5 – September 3, 2016
814 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 11 – 5 pm or by appointment
Participating artists: Lisa Alembik, James David Barsness, John Beadles, Elyse Defoor, Sarah Emerson, Wendy Given, Ben Goldman, E. K. Huckaby, Ena Kadric, Meredith Kooi, Carole Lawrence, Mark Leibert, Patty Nelson Merrifield, Stephanie Pharr, Paige Prier, Julie Sims, Kevin Sipp, Joe Elias Tsambiras, Julianne Trew, Lisa Tuttle, Charlie Watts.
WENDY GIVEN + RYAN PIERCE
Opening Reception, Friday, April 1, 7 – 10 p.m.
Conversation with the Artists Saturday, April 2nd, 2PM
814 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 11 – 5 pm or by appointment
Wendy Given and Ryan Pierce present Nocturne, at Whitespace Gallery from April 1st through May 7th, 2016.
In Nocturne, the second exhibition in a series of collaborative two-person shows, the Portland, Oregon based artists present new sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs drawn from the intersection of their creative visions: the nocturnal, the nonhuman, and the wildness that resides in each of us.
For this exhibition, Given presents vivid, uncanny photographs, drawings and sculptures that resonate in the dark, unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory. Her practice stems from a profound interest guided by the natural world, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of verity, power, and mystery in the work—both intelligible and arcane. While Given’s subject matter dwells on primeval belief systems, the resulting work is distinctively contemporary—reflective of modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth.
Pierce exhibits mixed-media sculpture and paintings inspired by his visit to a mask museum in Zacatecas, Mexico. As a continuation of his series Terra Incognita, Pierce looks to the historical parallels between the search for knowledge and the conquest of land and people. In the styles of botanical illustration, surrealism, and folk art, his objects and images evoke the confluence of the Age of Discovery with present and near-future uncertainty about climate change, speaking to a simmering dread that we are desecrating the natural world just as we come to know it.
Nocturne was devised while Given and Pierce spent two weeks camping together as hosts of Signal Fire’s Outpost Residency this past Summer. Given and Pierce both convey an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness through their respective visual crafts—to regain unspoken understanding and to be conscientious of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.
October 28, 7:00 PM
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
As part of Willamette University's ART NOW: Autumn Visiting Artists we will welcome three artists, starting with Portland based Wendy Given. Given's production of vivid, uncanny contemporary photography, sculpture and drawing stems from a profound interest guided by nature, myth and magic. Four of Given's photographs are currently on view at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in the current exhibition Stilleven: Contemporary Still Life.
Opening Reception Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6 p.m.
700 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Stilleven (the Dutch word for still life) features work by contemporary artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia who focus on still life in their artwork. Organized by Director John Olbrantz and Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition features paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, glass, and mixed media by 27 artists, indlcuding Wendy Given, Katherine Ace, Holly Andres, David Giese, Norman Lundin, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Henk Pander, and Sherrie Wolf (a complete artist list).
With origins in antiquity and the late Gothic period, still life painting emerged as an important theme in Western painting by the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While still life reached its zenith in the hands of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century, it has continued to be an important if under-recognized genre for the past three centuries.
Begining in the 20th century still life has expanded beyond the simple observation of inanimate objects to embrace a variety of approaches and intents. Some of the artists in this exhibition, such as Norman Lundin, use still life themes to explore formalist issues of atmosphere and light, while others such as Amjad Faur use it to make social or political statements. David Giese has created wildly fanciful and improbable still life compositions, and Karen Hackenberg use still life themes to address environmental issues such as pollution, the importance of recycling, and waste. For many artists in the exhibition, art historical references abound.
Opening Reception Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2 – 5 PM
502 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
You are invited to a pre-launch party preview and reception for the Otis Pop-Up exhibition and store. Join us for a first look at the work, and meet the alumni artists, designers, and curator. Curated by alumnus Robert Apodaca, owner of Fifth Floor Gallery. Part of the proceeds support the Otis Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 – 8 PM
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR, 97209
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 28th, 7 – 10 PM
525 SE Pine Street
Portland OR 97214
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 8th, 6 – 8 PM
515 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Kasher|Potamkin launches into a new year with Everything Is All White, an exhibition of over thirty multigenerational artists tied together by the crisp and pure color of fresh snow. The show opens on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 with a reception from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Kasher|Potamkin, located at 515 West 26th Street.
The anthropologist Franz Boas in the late 1800’s first brought attention to the fact that Eskimos have over 50 words for “snow”. They differentiate between wet snow and powdery snow, “softly falling snow” and “snow that is good for driving a sled”. Should the color itself not be afforded the same reverence?
Everything Is All White invites visitors into a room filled with cleansing white light. The photographs and paintings, the furniture, ceramics, sculptures, and objects for the home, have an air of honest innocence and offer a fresh bright start to the New Year.
Adrienne Landau’s plush fur blankets, draped over the smooth surface of Stefan Rurak’s white oak-beam bench create a rich, tactile juxtaposition. From Costanza Theodoli-Braschi’s delicate micro-poems to Wendy Given’s monochrome To A Mouse, the artists in this show have embraced a minimal palette in dynamic ways proving that even the most basic of colors need not be simple. Without the distraction of bright neons and pastels, the viewer is invited to get lost in the fundamentals of the work and the endless possibilities lying in the void.
Participating artists include: Dana Bechert, Ghyslain Bertholon, Anthony Bianco, John Breed, Shae DeTar, Liat Elbling, Mister Finch, Mia Fonssagrives-Solow, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, Wendy Given, John Gordon Gauld, Marie Hochhaus, Ashkan Honarvar, Mayumi Hosokura, Sergei Isupov, Nancy Josephson, Paris Kain, Adrienne Landau, Beatrix Ost, Lex Pott, Amy Ross, Clifford Ross, Marianna Rothen, Biata Roytburd, Stefan Rurak, Vee Speers, Isabella Stahl, Costanza Theodoli-Braschi, Christopher Thomas, Jennifer Trask, Michaël Verheyden, Joshua Vogel, The Woods Fine Jewelry.
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
Hap Gallery presents Creatio, a solo exhibition and installation designed and produced specifically for the gallery by visual artist Wendy Given.
With a production of vivid, uncanny contemporary photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, Given’s transmutable practice stems from a profound interest guided by natural philosophy, history, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of power, verity and mystery in her work—both intelligible and arcane.
Given’s Creatio investigates multicultural creation mythology with interpretations and current representations of archetypal symbolism and imagery. Given skillfully and humorously depicts the macro and micro of our universe, from constellations in the night sky to the division of night and day, to renditions of forbidden fruits based on varying cultures to a skull made of ice—she reflects on modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth.
Creatio provides an intimate and lively host for engaging lush, multifaceted narratives. Ultimately, Given’s visual craft conveys an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness—to be conscientious of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 12, 7 – 10 p.m.
Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.
What, who and where are we? It is something that photography is constantly answering and at the same time always questioning.. The need to interpret our environment through a graphic language it gives it form and meaning; it becomes a new visual language, common, global. This collective explores image beyond the photographic impulse, beyond the precision with which a surface is engraved in an effort to gain control and leaves a trace of a glance, which manifests our existence.
Guest Curator: Mary Anna Pomonis
Opening Reception, Saturday, February 9, 5 to 7 p.m.
Sanctified: Spirituality in Contemporary Art draws from the transcendence of exploration in the shamanistic, transcendent and divine nature of ancient relationships between anima and art. Challenging the space of the art gallery or white cube, the objects and artists create a context for spiritual passage and sanctification. Using the space as a healing ground, this group show proposes two different approaches to creating secular images of the sacred: The first group is composed of artists who make work that is derived from ritualistic action in the studio; the second is a depictive account of aura both serious and cynical.
502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012
January 12 - March 10, 2013
Reception: Saturday, January 12th, 6-9pm
Fifth Floor Gallery is pleased to present Doing Pennants. This group show of artist-made flags brings together over 100 contributors from Los Angeles and beyond to celebrate the pennant. Each artist was assigned to create one triangular flag using any material and subject matter of their choice. These flags will be collectively strung in banner style throughout Fifth Floor Gallery to honor the carnivalesque heraldry of this ubiquitous free-flying form.
Pennants are made with various media and are approximately 12" h. x 9" w.
Each pennant is for sale for $150.
Shipping & handling is $20 or you may pick up in-store for free.
OPENING / SATURDAY DECEMBER 29, 2012, 6 TO 9 PM
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Ave S, Suite 258
Seattle, WA 98108
Today we're excited to offer a print edition by Wendy Given, from her series In the Land of Pioneer. Wendy is pledging 100% of her proceeds to the Wildlife Conservation Network and joins 68 fellow artists who've sold over 750 prints in support of causes they care about.
Title: Orb of Gold, 2012, from the series In the Land of Pioneer
Edition Size: 13
To Benefit: The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. They partner with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. WCN works in a culturally respectful manner engaging local stewards, ensuring that conservation skills and values will be passed on to future generations.
224 NW 13TH Ave
Portland, OR 97209
503 937 7000
537 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10AM – 5PM
NEW YORK CITY, NY - Humble Arts Foundation, in association with Hasted Kraeutler, is pleased to announce its third, biennial edition of 31 Women in Art Photography opening at Hasted Kraeutler, located at 537 West 24th Street, on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 6PM – 8PM. 31, curated by Natalia Sacasa and Jon Feinstein, celebrates thirty-one of the most innovative women in new art photography. The exhibition continues through August 17, 2012.
The exhibition presents an eclectic mix of new talent culled from open submissions, and similar to Humble Art Foundation’s past projects, the work included defies fixed genres in contemporary art photography and features an international pool of images that range from documentary to still life, and in some cases incorporates multiple approaches.
PORTLAND, Oregon - Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is pleased to announce the names of 68 artists selected for inclusion in its 2012 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program ("Drawers").
Debuting on April 5, 2012 and coinciding with Portland Photo Month, each artist will be represented by 10 original photographic prints or objects from a single body of work in a dedicated archival flat file drawer at Blue Sky through March 2013.
Jurors Laura Moya and Clint Willour
OPENING / FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2012, 6PM TO 9PM
OPENING / SATURDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2012, 7 TO 10 PM
Every once in a while someone really special comes along, like American artist Wendy Given. Wendy is one of those people who puts the “art” in artist. I feel at peace knowing that someone is out there, spending their time coaxing little elf heads out of peanuts by very carefully carving their faces out of the seedpod. With focused lighting, careful placement of shadows, and the use of a macro lens, each peanut assumes a distinctive identity which become readily available for us to see.
Another thing I really admire in an artist is their unwavering commitment – someone who is truly dedicated to their craft. Wendy is one of those people, and has dedicated much of her artistic career observing and documenting the otherworldly and the supernatural – exploring an ongoing fascination with myth and magic. With exhibitions and titles like “How to Explain Magic to a Dead Rabbit”, “Of Augur and Auspice: No 5 (from under the pillow)” and “Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me” one feels drawn into the narrative without even having seen the picture.
I think these would make the perfect gift for the kid who has everything, writ large on a dining room wall, or next to the kitchen cupboard! Whatever the reason, if this doesn’t whet your Christmas-Elf whistle, I’ll be making you fruitcake in August.
Wendy is planning a solo exhibition at Nationale in Portland, OR this year, and her work is going to be included in the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA.
— Emily McInnes
ARTISTS RECEPTION AUGUST 20, 6- 8:30 PM
FIRST THURSDAY OPENINGS / JUNE 2 AND JULY 7, 5 TO 8 PM
OPENING / JANUARY 14TH, 2011, 7 TO 10 PM
CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST: SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 4 PM
OPENING / JUNE 3RD, 2010, 5 TO 8 PM
224 NW 13TH Ave
Portland, OR 97209
503 937 7000
Portland, Ore., May 28, 2010 – Wieden+Kennedy is pleased to announce a new gallery exhibition of photography, sculpture and drawing by Wendy Given. How to Explain Magic to a Dead Rabbit, opens at WKG (Wieden+Kennedy Gallery) in Portland, Oregon Thursday, June 3, 2010, with a reception from 5-8pm.
Each winter at Blue Lake in Sisters, Oregon, visual artists, dancers, musicians, theatre artists, writers, scientists, designers, architects and engineers apply to come to caldera for month-long residencies. Each accepted resident is given the time, space and solitude to devote themselves to their work in a private creek-side cottage with additional rehearsal and studio space nearby.
Featuring: Aaron Pultz, Andrea Bakacs, Desiree Edkins, Gary Grenell, Jarvi Kononen, Jeff Leisawitz, Kristin Imig, Larry Larsen, Laura Newlon, Margot Quan Knight, Minh Carrico, Scott Kuehner, Teri Fullerton, Todd Jannausch, Wendy Given, William Rugen
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 pm
111 Front Street, Gallery 214
Brooklyn, NY 11201
347 731 6559
My self published open edition book "No Man's Land" will be exhibited and for sale in a new gallery space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC, focusing on artist's books and prints and their integration into the larger art world. OPENING SEPT. 17!
Gallery 1 The space for artist’s books, prints, and related ephemera
Devoted to all aspects of the medium of artist’s books, where all the work is on view, accessible and for sale. You will find a combination of the informality of a store with the selectivity and installation of a gallery. We have racks of zines and open edition work; shelves with limited edition books; cases and pedestals of sculptural books that push the form, as well as books from the floor up and those hanging from the ceiling. Hand pulled prints hang on the walls, but not always in traditional forms. As many artists discovered books through printmaking, the two complement each other naturally. For those of you unable to visit us in person, we provide information on the website about our artists, the work of theirs on exhibition and an easy mechanism for purchasing their work.
SHORTLIST AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
OPENING / JUNE 4TH, 2009, 5 TO 8PM
A Juried Group Landscape Exhibit
714 NW Davis, Portland, Oregon 97209
503 222 1142
OPENING / SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 6 TO 9 PM
Fifth Floor is pleased to present the work of two artists based in the Pacific Northwest, Diem Chau and Wendy Given. The show entitled, Short Stories, will feature the photographic series, A. hypogaea albus (peanut elves) by Wendy Given and tiny human caricatures carved from crayons and pencils as well as embroidered ceramics by Diem Chau. Both artists' work is inspired by myths and oral traditions passed on generationally.
OPENING / SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 3 TO 5 PM
GALLERY TALK / TUESDAY, MARCH 10, NOON
Featuring the work of Wendy Given, Anne Mathern, Hayley Barker. Three artists based in Oregon and Washington use painting, photography, sculpture and video to explore our real and imagined relationship with nature.
Exhibition loan from Joie Lassiter Gallery.
OPENING / OCTOBER 17, 6 - 8 PM
Artist Talk Saturday, October 18th at 2 pm
1037 Monroe Street
Atlanta, GA 30306
tel 404 875 7100
OPENING / OCTOBER 4, 6 - 9 PM
As a part of “Otis across LA,” Fifth Floor is pleased to present the work of a diverse group of Otis College of Art and Design alumni. These are the hand-made and limited edition works of furniture, art, and design that you won’t find at your neighborhood big box store.
502 Chung King Court / Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel 213 687 8443
The video Harnessing Nature will be included in this screening:
Los Angeles Art Association is proud to partner with Otis College of Art and Design on an essential screening of Otis' time-based and new media artists. Part of Otis' 90th Anniversary celebration, this screening will acknowledge and commemorate the many important video artists fostered at Otis. Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm, Free admission.