It is through arts and culture that we explore our potential, imagine the possibilities and make sense of the world around us. On Nov. 14, Umpqua Bank will open Exhibit: Growth in Portland, an experimental and interactive art activation designed to take visitors on a transformative emotional exploration of human potential.
Exhibit: Growth will be anchored by a masterful interactive digital art installation created by world-renowned digital art teams Fake Love and Mill+. Using cutting-edge digital technology, the work invites visitors to embark on a journey of personal discovery, while demonstrating the power and beauty of collective experience.
Exhibit: Growth will include six artists who contribute and explore human potential and growth, creating a creative sculpture garden for attendees to explore, contemplate and discuss. Participating artists will create a sculpture or installation that reflects the resilient potential of the human spirit, awakening a sense of infinite possibility. The artists invited to participate are comprised of three artists local to Portland and three artists from across the country whose creations are designed to entertain, challenge and spark meaningful conversation. Each work is intended to be a conversation piece, activating viewers to engage locally and online, towards a sense of optimism, agency and action. These artists include Tofer Chin, Michael Murphy, Plant In-City…with Blair Saxon-Hill, Aaron Rayburn and Blaine Fontana representing Portland.
Mill+ is an international collection of artists focused on creating some of the world’s most exciting and innovative digital imagery and experiences. Mill+ collaborates with groundbreaking directors, creative agencies and visionary brands to bring ideas to life in ways that challenge and engage audiences across multiple platforms, technology and venues.
Fake Love is a group of interactive artists focused on building innovative experiential work that creates strong emotional connections. Recognized internationally concept, design, fabricate, animate, generate and invent anything you can imagine. And some things you can’t.
Huy Bui is the co-founder of Plant-in City, a multi-dimensional artscape with a foundation in architecture. His artistic explorations dive into the world of natural systems, reimagining and reinterpreting our world by creating unique built environments.
Huy Bui installation – called Kokedama – includes prefabricated stackable terrariums that function as pop-up parks, transforming the experience of a public space. The open frame system will feature a series of kokedamas (plant balls) suspended within and out of the structure. Woven layers of rope and LED lighting offer texture and visibility to the piece offering a dynamic experience throughout Exhibit:Growth.
Tofer Chin creates geometric paintings, sculptures, and photographs that interpret his observations of urban and natural landscapes. He investigates images and patterns in locations around the world, from the architectural facades in Sao Paulo to the rock formations of Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, representing them as minimalist forms and patterns. In addition to his gallery-scale works, he also paints large outdoor murals in international settings, using entire buildings as his canvases as well as permanent and semi-permanent site-specific sculptural installations. Tofer has exhibited nationally and internationally, having recently completed a permanent outdoor sculptural installation in Nicaragua.
Tofer Chin will produce two Stalagmite sculptures with a raw wood finish, exposing their grain ‘growth patterns.’ The Stalagmite sculpture, a five sided geometric form, is a reinterpretation of landscapes and architectural forms addressing physicality, depth and reflection.
Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making. His works have been published in a variety of publications and exhibited nationally and around the world, including in Portland, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, London, Germany, Canada and Japan.
Fontana created a mixed media sculpture titled Seasonal Insular Potential that will dissect the growth of nature, our human assistance and our limitless potential to exist and grow with nature rather than take away from it. The central focus of this piece is a living tree, portraying a cyclical concept of natural cedar bark and using reclaimed wood mounted gently, holding future growth and hope.
Michael Murphy is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist best known for his multi-dimensional, sculptural installations. His work, which has been featured throughout the United States and around the globe, utilizes spatial dynamics to challenge viewers’ perception of space while connecting this experience with layers of meaning.
Murphy created Marvelous. Marvelous is comprised of one eight foot tall, forty four foot long spiraled wall. The mirrored exterior of the structure will reflect the surrounding community. Viewers are invited to enter into the structure to enjoy the unique infinite mirroring effects that it creates. The shape being used to generate the curve is called a logarithmic or growth spiral. One of its characteristics is that it starts at a central point and grows to infinity. This specific shape can be seen in the chambered nautilus, cyclones, vines, certain galaxies, various vegetables as well as architecture. Because of its frequent appearance in nature, the spiral has become the universal symbol for growth in numerous cultures.
Aaron Rayburn is a cross-disciplinary design & art director and Oregon native. His work spans environmental & graphic design, advertising, filmmaking, fine art, and photography. In 2011, Esquire Magazine named him one of the “12 most innovative designers in America” and his body of work includes collaborations with Nike, The Portland Timbers, Wieden+Kennedy and Procter & Gamble.
Rayburn explores the concepts of growth as an incredible force in which cosmic elements surround us each day. The mixed-media sculpture of string, acrylic, wood and nails, details the beautiful process of magma pouring from cracks in the Earth’s crust. This compelling insight into the birth of our species explores the foundations of growth, land building and our origins.
Blair Saxon-Hill, a resident of Portland, Oregon, examines the notions of perception and the “thingness” of presence through the use of marginal photographic spaces and assemblage. Saxon-Hill’s works have been exhibited in select solo and group exhibitions including the current exhibition: Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Schneider Museum of Art. In 2013, Saxon-Hill received a Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award, an Oregon Arts Commission Grant, and was short-listed for the Henry Art Gallery’s Brink Award. She is co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks, an art, architecture and design bookstore in Portland, Oregon and is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.
Saxon-Hill presents a sculptural mise en abyme, through the creation of a partially mirrored sculptural object that reflects back – the sculpture itself, the environment, and the viewer. Saxon-Hill has installed a large-scale, plexiglass form mounted to a steel armature and placed 2D forms on the ground. The potential exists that the 2D forms could grow to become part of the larger sculptural form. The work is at once a beautiful object and a space for viewers to move around to explore the relationship between sculpture and the 2D image. The viewer’s vision and sense of knowing will again be challenged, as the relationship between the body and form are explored through discovery and play. Her work explores notions of the potentiality anthe infinite by way of engaging a perceptual shift for the viewer.
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