In the Studio – Rachel Hines

Rachel Hines is an interdisciplinary artist working with themes revolving around absence, community, and intimacy. The work takes shape in videos, actions, objects, photographs and drawings. Hines studied at Pratt Institute, NY where she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art with an emphasis in Art and Design Education. While at Oregon State University she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History.

She lives and works in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Thom Hines, and their dog, Buddy. Currently she is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art at Portland State University.

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Duplex: How did you get to where you are now?

Rachel Hines: I was born in Hollywood CA. It was always sunny and beautiful, so that contributed to my attitude. I have a huge family; my mom is one of ten children and my dad was one of twelve, so there is a big range of professions. We have artists, priests, doctors, teachers, an archeologist, a translator, etc. Also, my family moved a lot. I haven’t spent more than a few years in any one place. I’ve been exposed to a lot of different, sometimes-conflicting theories, places, and ways of working. I think that contributed to the way I practice art. I’ll do some drawing, some painting, some performance, choosing the medium that works best for my concept.

Until about a year and a half ago, I had been a very academic artist. I would come up with a concept, construct an image in my mind and produce the piece. But lately I am allowing my thoughts to be what they are, and my art followed suit. The newer art is messy and raw and vulnerable. That’s how the Hair Brain series was born.

One day I went into my studio, filled with anxiety and emotion. I couldn’t process my feelings verbally or visually, so in a frustrated moment, I began to scribble. The racing thoughts made my hand work very quickly and fervently. I worked with my right hand until it was too tired, then switched to my left.

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RH AnnoucementlowJoin us for the 1st Thursday opening May 1st, 2014.

Please Join us for the opening night of Rachel Hines‘ show, a collection of delicate and wild drawings: Hair Brain.

From the artist’s website - As a meditative practice I let thoughts manifest themselves through pen and ink on paper. The more frantic the thoughts come, the more furiously the pen moves. Working on a scroll of paper allows the thoughts to become as big as necessary. Many of these drawings are over four feet long.

In the Studio – Emily Hanna Wyant

We stopped by Emily Hanna Wyant‘s studio to chat about her current (and untitled) project, a white cube wherein she creates fantastic and funny environments — and then destroys them. An artist and designer, with ties to LA, Emily came back to Portland to participate in PNCA and OCAC’s Applied Craft + Design MFA program. She graduates in May and is gearing up for the big finale. You can see her finished work in person on May 24th at the Applied Craft + Design studio space, 421 NE 10th Ave.

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Duplex: Tell us about your background.
Emily Hanna Wyant: My background is in event and environment design. I did a lot of window displays. I was in LA working for IMG in their Action Sports division on LA Times events. So I was building spaces and not doing as much of the creative part as I wanted — it was a lot of management. I was also working for East of Borneo, a contemporary art magazine, based out of CalArts, promoting and assisting with web design. I was spending a lot of time and energy promoting other artists and all I wanted to do was be one. I heard about this program, Applied Craft + Design, before I left Portland and was really interested in the “applied” part of it. Being able to be creative in a way that defines what you want as your practice and identifying a sustainable way to do that for a lifetime. Here, I have been doing a lot of material exploration. I learned how to weld, how to work with wood, different ceramics and mold making.

JRL_6325D: How did you develop this project?
EHW: This project really came out of figuring out what I needed to have as my optimal circumstance to create in – specific constraints to funnel my creativity, for example deadlines and space limitations, since in the past these constraints were defined by my client.

I wanted to get out of grad school and have environments I could show in a portfolio. Using the box as my space constraints and designing a timeline I could hold myself accountable to. I change it on a weekly basis. What’s come out of it is the destruction. Read More «In the Studio – Emily Hanna Wyant»

Cutie and the Boxer

I might be late on this one, but we finally got around to watching Cutie and the Boxer on Netflix last night. It’s an emotional and complicated love story of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara,  living in New York and recalling their 40 years of marriage. I was struck by the exceptionally poignant dialog about art and love.

Life is wonderful. Life should be positive. When it’s blown to pieces, that’s when it becomes art. Art is messy and dirty when it pours out of you. The New York Times once said “Shinohara is amazing.” Listen… Why do I… It makes me cry. I believe in my career goddamn it. Why do I have to? I want to cry. I’ve got nothing. Listen to me! This is so hard… And it’s so fantastic… Now I’ve got nothing. You see… We are the ones suffering the most from art…

 

In the Studio – Marisa Green

We were able to sit down with Marisa in her studio to talk about paper, math, and her upcoming installation, Expanse, opening this week! Check out the photos and interview below to get a sneak peek!

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Duplex: Tell us a little about your process and Expanse.

Marisa Green: I always start with a sketch of the main form. What do I want the finished piece to look like? From there I decide on the size, which is usually determined by the layout of the gallery. I try to make sight specific work when I can because I feel that the impact is much greater. From there I create the small, repeatable form in Illustrator—for Expanse I used a pyramid. That’s when I start exploring with pattern, numerically and visually.

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The idea for Expanse came about from finding stillness in nature. You could be looking up at the sky and everything just kind of stops. For a moment you reset your inner compass and know deep down that everything is OK. I want the viewers to be able to find that inner peace and stillness in the setting of Duplex. While everyone else is walking around, talking, and enjoying each other’s company, the two people in the chairs will have the opportunity to tune it all out and settle into the Expanse.

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