Christian Orellana Bauer
April 1 – 26, 2019
Reception: Thursday, April 4, 6–8 PM
Littman Gallery presents a group exhibition by the PSU Artists of Color Collective, a multidisciplinary collective exploring racial and gender identity. Curated by Danny, Valerie Wrede, & Safiyah Maurice.
I aim to explore the intersectional dissonance that manifests in my multi-faceted identity. I am non binary and biracial, however there is a disconnect that I feel between my identity, and the physical form I occupy. Through my work, I am attempting to gain ownership and agency over my own body by separating myself from it, and giving it an object-hood. This is radically different from objectification of bodies that serves the patriarchal gaze. This marriage of body horror, and candy colors is called soft-gore; and has become a self-analytical tool used to examine the connections between my identity and my body.
@radioactivec4ts / @courtneygallardoart
My current body of work draws heavily on my experiences of girlhood, investigating themes of love, trauma, and healing. Through experiments in alternative sculpture processes, I utilize found objects, craft materials, and originally generated text to portray feminist ideas and feelings. With an emphasis on kitschy, over-the-top materials and diary-esque style of writing, my ultimate goal is to create work that not only helps me process my own “teenage feelings,” but also sends a message to others that they are not alone in their experiences. The work created for this show also seeks to explore themes of heritage, and memory as it relates to my mixed-race identity.
Maya Stoner lives in Portland, Oregon where she was born and raised. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Art Practices at Portland State University with a focus on time based art such as video, sound art and performance. Maya was the recipient of the Deans of the 2018 College of the Arts Deans Award for Excellence. She has shown her work in various galleries in Portland such as Timeshare Gallery, the Tracey Gallery and Littman and White Gallery. Maya also creates music under the moniker Floating Room and actively tries to destroy the binary of music and art within the context of her life. Her music and video work have been commissioned for advertisements and video games and featured on outlets such as NPR, Spin, She Shreds Magazine and Noisey.
Cupid Daglyn is a Brazilian- American visual artist who grew up in Miami, Florida. They began their college career in New York city, and are graduating in 2019 from Portland State University from the BFA program.
In my work I try to offer a great balancing act. The contrast and duality in the essence of all things are of interest to me. My paintings and films are an amalgamation of my fluctuating experiences, reflections on my poetry, whatever I happen to be reading that week, the hidden weight in objects and symbols, childhood trauma, queer worlds, gender play, my attraction to fashion, and an exploration on atypical relationships. I draw my attention towards my community of queer people, and people of color as a commitment to depicting and documenting those who have been historically represented in limited and generalized ways.
Christian Orellana Bauer
Christian Orellana Bauer is an artist based in Portland, OR. His work hopes to promote thought, discussion, and parallels between and within both his own cultures/communities in the United States as well as the world. These discussions revolve around topics such as race, gender, mental health, socioeconomic disparities, expressions of or questions about the human experience/condition, "insignificant" art, critiques of the fine art community and more. He also strives to make his art as approachable as possible through the use of language, materials, and his own artistic process.
My interest lies in the gaping space between the concrete and the abstract, and why, as a human species, we are so aesthetically concerned with that space. My work questions the importance of existing within the confines of a constructed institution. With identity as a topical subject for further inquiry, I employ heavy, bold linework to create illustrative scenes in which I explore my experiences as person with hybrid identity. My work exists as an extension of my personal being, and as such, changes depending on my immediate surroundings and experiences. I use my work to serve as documentation for certain moments and experiences that shape my understanding of my constructed/assigned identity.
Timothy Tran is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in his hometown of Portland, OR. In his work, he tries to capture and depict fleeting moments of profound importance, but through curtly humorous, ambiguous ways. His work has been shown in various zines and small publications, as well is in galleries throughout PSU. His favorite medium is, and will always be, a ballpoint pen.