June 4-September 5, 2014 | Tuesdays-Saturdays | 11 am-3 pm
285 Liberty St. NE
Suite 200 & 210
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Space generously provided by Liberty Plaza | Saba Investments, Inc.
Project Space is a dynamic (June to September) contemporary art opportunity. Taking place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Salem, Project Space offers juried exhibits by regional artists, studio space, in addition to performances and other events that encourage community dialogue.
Project Space is designed to bring out the experimental, the creative, the unexpected, the large, the small, the moveable and moving; embracing new avenues of expression.
Artists working in any media, including, but not limited to painting, sculpture, video, interactive media, installation, photography, performance, theater, sound and music, movement and dance are invited to apply to participate in the program. Approaches are fantastical, practical, high-tech, low-tech, humorous and serious. Exhibits rotate several times over the two-to-three month period, starting in June and ending in August. The specific schedule will be organized around the requirements of proposals chosen.
Project Space is possible through a grant from
Artist Reception | June 4 | 5-7 pm
Rosalynn & Adam Rothstein
Andrew Myers and Craig Goodworth | ECOTONE: study #1
In ecology, the boundary or transition between two distinct environments is referred to as an ecotone. These boundaries are at times very sharp. In some instances, the boundaries may be poorly defined – bleeding into one another. While ecotones afford rich sources of nourishment, it is not always safe, obvious or familiar. Ecotone is the basis, or ground of collaboration between Andrew Myers and Craig Goodworth.
Rosalynn and Adam Rothstein | “Re-Purposed Sound Machine”
Constructed from re-used materials, the viewers interact with the machine in order to produce the machine’s output: a panoply of sound and light created by the re-purposed components. The installation will explore not only how recycled material can be used as a building material, but what qualities and attributes it can create when they are treated as media to be replayed, projected, and interpreted through technology.
Jesse Farrah | The Wayward Days
Jesse Farrah was born in Mission Viejo, California and now resides in Salem, Oregon. His interest in photography started over four years ago and quickly became more than a hobby. His starting medium was digital photography and slowly shifted towards film. His current focus is fine art, portrait, street and surreal photography.
“Of the highest qualities photography offers, it is capturing what the eye rarely sees, that interests me the most. These moments are happening all the time and if you’re lucky, have patients and an idea, they play out in front of your camera.”
Displayed are thirteen photographs taken over the course of a year.
Loosing, we are thrown into a confusion of life. Rising and falling like so many waves on the sea. Clinging to whatever we can grasp and running from those things that would pull us under.
Unable to see land for fear of drowning, unable to do anything, struggling to stay afloat. Only time blows us to shore; the sands warm and the breeze sweet. The sun shines down on us in these times – but never is the promise of calm water.
Julie Jeanseau | Sacred Spaces
Through August 16
Most people I meet now have never painted or possibly have a vague memory of painting back in elementary school. I want to begin conversations and experiences that begin to bridge the gap between the “elite” arts and average person in Salem. I want to create spaces for people to experience the joy of paint, and the creating of an image on canvas. To do that I will be setting up my studio in various settings around downtown this summer and as I paint I will be inviting other to paint with me or at least to simply hold a paint brush and make a mark on the canvas.
I want to create a conversation in the city about why the arts are important to our culture and to our children’s education.
To continue the conversation I will also have a studio based at the Project Space site where the canvases created downtown can be viewed, as well as other canvases that can be worked on by the public on site.
Studio days will generally be Mondays and Friday afternoons
Dates: Tentative dates and places
June 16 Broadway Coffee House
June 20 Capital Mall
June 30 Starbucks at Liberty and Chemeketa
July 12 Bus Mall
July 28 Waterfront Park
Artist Reception | June 20 | 5-7 pm
Kirk Seyfert | The Resurrection Cycle
Sacred Revolution seeks to infuse the lowly bicycle with a cosmic significance, namely, as a representation of potentiality within a humble frame – the rebirth of a great and beautiful new reality. This re-birth, signified by the theme of death and resurrection in the Christian art of 16th and 17th C. Europe, is the metaphor for the re-purposing of old and discarded bicycles into things of great beauty. My installation of 2 dimensional images will correspond with reclaimed bicycles; powder coated with a new luster and covered with decals that echo the 2 dimensional works on display. This installation also merges, perhaps subconsciously, my experience as a student of art at the International School of Art in Umbria, which joined my passions for art and cycling together as one: a time in which riding, witnessing the Giro d’ Italia (Italy’s equivalent of the Tour de France) and painting informed my experience of the landscape and self-identity.
Tom Trubshaw | Construct
I find potential for art in unappreciated materials like scrap wood and discarded furniture, making the unwanted into abstract sculpture. The concept of making something from nothing is at the heart of my work and my inspiration.
As a recovering ex-engineer with far too much time on his hands who works at the whimsical triple intersection of assemblage art, kinetic sculpture, and science with recycled and upcycled materials from all three fields, I am now endeavoring to follow up on my 2012 exhibit (which contained the now-infamous DeathScooter) with an even more elaborate and entertaining construction which for now will be called the AeroTrike- a combination car and motorcycle, built from the remains of a crashed airplane and a derelict motor scooter. It will resemble a Cold-War era jet fighter which has been paroled from a scrapyard in the desert wastes of Arizona and lovingly rendered street-legal, and will assuredly strike terror in the hearts of those driving wasteful and inefficient vehicles on the roads of Oregon while leaving a solid swath of confusion, puzzlement and consternation in its wake.
Arianna Warner | The Dedication Project
June 16- June 27: The Dedication Project will be installed. The installation will include materials (paper, pencils, project statement) for the viewers to become collaborative authors of a book within The Dedication Project, and a container where completed dedications will be collected. As the installation progresses, some of the dedication will be blown up to poster size (18″ x 24″).
August 6: The Dedication Project will return to Project Space with collection boxes and materials to be set up at the entrances to the space.
September 3: All authors and dedications recipients will be invited to celebrate the book during a Release Party. At this event, authors will be able to come pick up their book to give to the recipients.
I look at a lot of blogs every day, mostly home design and care and DIY projects. I have always collected stuff so I’m really interested in how people display and manage their collections. Lots of blogs give ideas about how to not have too much and how to simply manage/display what you have. So my idea would take the concept of being well organized to a ridiculous extreme.
I propose to attach a shower curtain rod-like piece 2 or 3 feet from the ceiling and from it hang a canvas drop cloth. Then I would proceed to attach all matter of stuff to it in a grid-like layout and spend about a week sewing, weaving and wiring a collection of ephemera to it. I would bring a ladder and various tools plus my sewing machine. At the end of the week I will fold it up and end up with a carefully bound package that can be easily stored away or displayed as a sculptural object.
Sung Eun Park
Through August 7
As an artist, I keep pushing new boundaries in the creation of art. I assume the responsibility of manipulation in producing work with collected materials and discovering the significant meanings of objects. The system of production seems fixed, unfortunately, when pressure comes as a result of making new pieces. The current body of work that I create is mostly focused on the representation of ideas or issues that I encounter. However, the personal experiences or influences within a working environment during the process of creation may not be enough for viewers to recognize. Thus, how helpful would they be in increasing the power of delivery when an artist intends to engage the audience?
Performance | June 20 | 7-8 pm
Performance | June 27 | 7-8 pm
Salem Playback Theater
Playback Theater is a performance form based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of performers. Be they comic or tragic, our life stories are full of important moments worth sharing and remembering. Telling our stories to each other in a theatrical context is both redemptive and invigorating. Listening to the stories of our community is crucial as we strive towards a world without hate and violence. Inspired by the experimental theater movement, drama therapy, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theater was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original Playback Theater Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.
Artist Reception | July 2 | 5-7 pm
Oak Creek Youth
Latinos Unidos Siempre
Katie Jean Gilmour | Real Girls
In the process of creating Real Girls, I was trying to discover what beauty means to high school girls. I was trying to communicate the beauty I see every day. I was trying to understand the phenomenon of the selfie through the process of portrait making. And most important, I was trying to record a stage in life that is fleeting, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, which not many people get to experience in collective form (like I do as a high school teacher), but that is just lovely. Real Girls is my way of sharing this study with my community.
Oak Creek Youth, Oregon | art+poetry
The exhibit at Project Space will display the work of young incarcerated women enrolled in two programs of poetry and photography, culminating in digital montages. The programs were funded through grants obtained by the Corvallis Art Center and facilitated with the aid and assistance of the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility and the Oregon Youth Authority. The teachers for the 2013 program were Barry Shapiro, graphic designer and photographer and Cheryl Creel, poetry teacher. The teachers for the 2014 program were Barry Shapiro and Marilyn Johnston. Some of the young women are scheduled for release. Others will be incarcerated for seven years or more. None of the teachers knew what crimes were committed. This work is important and needs to be seen and absorbed. These young women are not just statistics or nameless criminals in brief articles in the newspaper. For many of them, the crimes they committed were extensions of crimes committed upon them.
Latinos Unidos Siempre
I, as a concept of each individual, can only be identified by one’s own story. In this gallery are pieces of art identifying each artist as unique when describing themselves. The artwork is not just splattered paint on a canvas or rhythm with lyrics; it goes much deeper than that. The art is the voice of our local youth. In this room is a mix of many minds, cultures, identities and individuals to create one gallery that makes you question “Who am I?”
Dayna Collins | Scattered By the Wind
July 9- August 19, August 25-Sept 3
The tradition of Tibetan prayer flags date back thousands of years. Traditional flags were stamped with prayers, mantras, and symbols then hung and left to flutter in the breeze, spreading wishes for happiness, long life, and prosperity. Come join me in creating a series of artful prayer flags. Using fabric, paint, texture, images, and words, I will provide everything you need to create a prayer flag that will be strung with others to create strands of community flags, with the idea of promoting peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Come play and get messy with me.
Community sessions will be held from 12-3 on the following dates:
Saturday, July 12
Tuesday, July 15
Thursday, July 24
Tuesday, August 5
Saturday, August 9
Thursday, August 14
July 22-August 8
Artist Reception | August 6 | 5-7 pm
Kathryn Cellerini Moore
Sung Eun Park
Kathryn Cellerini Moore | Where Does Your Yellow Brick Road Lead?
The project Where does your yellow brick road lead? is an interpretation of L. Frank Baum’s famous yellow brick road. Through 14 books of adventures, Dorothy and friends often utilize the road to seek unfamiliar places or to find their way home. In the year 1900, Baum is quoted as saying “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” Where does your yellow brick road lead? asks viewers of all ages to become characters of Oz themselves.
Paula Booth, Laura Mack, Jodie Garrison, Corrine Loomis-Dietz | Remnants and Remembering
The remembered past and the lived present are inseparable. Memory may be deceptive and ever changing, but it is also fundamental to self-identity. We continually merge the past with the present. We are made of our memories: we are what we remember ourselves to be. “We cannot dissociate the remembering of our personal past from our present self-identity. Indeed, such remembering brings about this identity.”
Presently, Jodie, Corrine, Paula and Laura are each in the process of investigating their own self-identities in relation to their memories of family and childhood. As mothers, daughters and granddaughters, each is exploring ideas of memory (personal and generational) and perception: perception of real events and how that perception changes and fluctuates with the infusion of new ideas and experiences. The act of remembering becomes a defining act in both life and art.
July 22-August 5
I am from Oregon originally but have moved to Hawaii twice in the last five years. Since I still have family in Oregon, I spend a lot of time traveling back and forth over the ocean. Because of this distance and travel, I would like to focus this project on the ocean, the connection between my two “home” states and the area in between. The major themes would include ocean mythology, sea creatures and long distance travel. Ideally I’ll change the mural each day and the “story” will evolve. As I paint I will record a time lapse video as documentation of the process. The video will be available online after the mural is completed. My goal would be to allow visitors to the space to add their own travel stories which I could incorporate into the mural’s “story.”
August 12-September 6
Artist Reception | September 3 | 5-7 pm
Robert Tomlinson | Take Cover
Books are more than the stories they tell and the pictures they hold. Like any work of art, they reveal something about the people who created them. They document the times and places they come from, becoming a valuable cultural resource. But they are also alive to the reader with various invitations: to be held, to imagine a new world, to establish an ongoing and often intimate dialogue with one or more characters… to believe or not believe what is being presented as truthful.
The response to the invitation to interact comes in many forms. Students often write in their books, underlining specific data or making notes in the margins. Both adults and children claim ownership by writing their names inside the covers. Many go farther than that, making scribbles and notations that may or may not have to do with the book’s content… often innocently illustrating daydreams or immediate frustrations. These are what interest me and have captured my attention, these biographical markings. Some feel urgent while others seem off-handed, casual and incoherent.
“Take Cover” is inspired by the private notations and drawings made by previous, now anonymous book owners. My responses to their initial efforts emerge from my fascination with the crossroads where language and the visual arts intersect, where the unintended and intention often collide without expectations.
Although my first impulse was to maintain one theme throughout the entire project, each cover seemed so distinctly unique I felt I had to respond accordingly. Consequently, I have treated each cover as an individual work of art, using a wide range of materials: inks, pencils, paints, fabrics and objects. They do, however, like chapters in a novel, need each other. They are to be displayed, collectively, as one piece, with 50 components.
Ann Kresge | Landscapes
After traveling in Central Europe and Scandinavia this winter, I returned with a set of images in my mind. Though abstract they are a response to and suggestive of landscape. Viewers thus far have also responded to them as internal landscapes. My intent in this exhibition/installation is to explore these same forms through several different media. The exhibition will consist of window pieces, tunnel books, dry point prints, projected images on 3D construction, floor piece and a music element.
I think these forms are intriguing. I am fairly obsessed with them and excited to see them explored in all these media. As in all my work my intent is to have the viewers engage with the work and find their own interpretations.
The studio space element when I would work within the space would be the floor piece. I would make that on site over a period of time. It will incorporate earth, metal, wood and stone.
The viewer engagement piece is the projected images using the overhead projector. I will build a layered stage, like the tunnel books but larger scale. The viewers will have a set of elements to play with on the overhead projector to create their own landscapes.
Bonnie Hull, Elizabeth Bauman | Hand Work
August 19 – August 23
Over the course of several seasons in Project Space, Bonnie Hull and Elizabeth Bauman have moved from being friendly independent workers, to co-conspirators to collaborators. They will sit in a work space at Project Space during the week of August 19- 23nd working on fabric-based hand work…and discussing a painting collaboration they have started. They encourage visitors to bring a chair and a project and come sit and chat…some lunch maybe…they’ll be there 11-2:30 Monday through Friday.
Bryan Putnam | ‘BED’
August 26 – September 1
‘Bed’ is a solo exhibition by Bryan Putnam in which the artist combines drawing, installation, and short, daily performances to create an immersive narrative of one Hokey Bear. The story picks up as Hokey, awakening from an untimely hibernation, finds himself deserted in an old logging camp. The last thing he can remember is the thunderous moan of that old tree coming down beside his trailer. Now the tree is gone. But soon, its ghosts will come visiting…