a survey of how Portland's art scene addresses, redirects, abuses and redefines space (urban, institutional, outdoor, etc.) as the city itself undergoes a transformation and a renegotiation of its spatial expectations

Space defines, limits and expands our expectations for experience in both a physical and an intellectual sense and Portland's artists provide a unique lense on what can be done with and to space. Over past 10 the years it can be argued that Portland's artists have engaged in a spatial program of reshaping and redefining the city… pushing it to be more truly progressive and engaged in terms of its expectations for itself while broadening the spatial discussion beyond simply celebrating itself. As a representative slice of that activity all of Volume's artists articulate, inhabit and or redefine space as one of their chief concerns.

Lastly, as a warehouse group show, Volume somewhat resembles an artist dance off, where each participant brings out some new moves. In many ways these shows are vital as a kind of R&D opportunity and a way to get valuable feedback amongst peers with similar interests... in this case the use of space.

participating artists:

Sean Healy: Explores the urban environment, trade and the St. Lawrence Seaway (courtesy Elizabeth Leach Gallery)

Nathaniel Shapiro: A Bruce Nauman-esque study of space and good old fashioned dynamite

Joe Thurston: the debut of his 3d work (courtesy Elizabeth Leach Gallery)

Salvatore Reda: designs and sets a high rise condo on fire

Laura Fritz: light and space as a controlled reveal

Stephen Funk: more babies per square inch than any other exhibition in recent Portland memory

Ellen George & Jerry Mayer: a collaborative study of space and gravity in tension (Ellen George courtesy PDX Contemporary Art)

Arcy Douglass: modular site specificity

Jesse Hayward: presents his first non-collaborative installation of 2008

Josh Smith: Fred Astaire and Anne Truitt's love child?

Adam Sorensen: reexaming the romance of landscape and Mary Shelly's romanticism (courtesy PDX Contemporary Art)

Karl Burkheimer: a room for exploration.

Stephen Slappe: vampires... run (hardware thanks to Milepost 5)

Damien Gilley: Keller Fountain on steriods as designed by Zaha Hadid in the movie Tron

Stephanie Robison: the War of the Worlds meets Dr. Who in her first fully immersive installation piece

Philippe Blanc: spatially activated video installation


Curator Jeff Jahn


Photos of show