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Metals Department Head Christine Clark Curates SNAG Exhibit at Nine Gallery

May 1, 2018

Curated by OCAC Metals Department Head Christine Clark, Shape Shifters is an exhibition featuring four Portland-based ​artists: Heidi Schwegler, Courtney Kemp, Colin Kippen and Gina Rios. Formally trained in metalsmithing/jewelry, all have ​practiced professionally in the field; however, over time the work has shifted off the body into a more sculptural realm. Craftsmanship, methodical process and material sensitivity together become a part of the content - a conscious and strategic nod to their training in metalsmithing. The suite of objects in Shape Shifters is distinct in that it illustrates an ​activation of past haptic ​experiences with metalsmithing techniques, materials and tools to engage alternative and unexpected materials. A flocked surface on plastic becomes a planished embellishment; cast concrete replaces silver; an old carpet is a substitute for enamel. Curiosity motivates these artists to go beyond the limits of the body and material specificity while retaining all that is practical, methodical and brilliant about metalsmithing.

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6-9PM
Special Reception/Gallery Crawl: Thursday, May 24, 5-8PM

Inside Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th St., Portland, OR 97209