Richard Aldrich
Elizabeth Bishop
Louise Bourgeois
Jayne Cortez
Robert Creeley
Jimmie Durham
Melvin Edwards
Gaylen Gerber
Robert Grenier, .
Rob Halverson
Bill Hayden & Sam Pulitzer
Gareth James
Yuki Kimura
Nevine Mahmoud
Christoph Meier
Jean-Luc Moulene
George Oppen
Nathaniel T Price
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Anne Sexton
Jack Spicer
Sue Tompkins
Dinah Young
Stefan Tcherepnin

February 21, 2016 – April 1, 2016
Opening Reception: February 21, 2016 from 2 – 6PM

Portland Institute For Contemporary Art,
415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland OR

[p r e s s t e x t ]

Translation from one language into itself.
An inquiry as to the nature and purpose of images and words entwined.
Our reasons both slender and unreasonable, we proceed with the greatest urgency.

For the preservation of certain inalienable rights.
A life which is lifelike. Pursuit rather than attainment.
Free speech and the right to remain silent.

There are times when rage and matter simply... collide.
Our belief in free association, well trampled though it may be, perhaps the greatest path to reason.
We will amend you. This is the enforcement of law.
A human certainty...

Is every life interesting enough for a play?

A song heard in the distance, familiar even as the record turns hazily.
m a t e r i a l... o b j e c t s... p o s s e s s i v e... u n r e a l c i r c l e s... g a m e s...
c o n t r a d i c t i n g l i e s... w h y s e e y o u r s e l f...

as it comes to an end, the voice stutters in the dust ...
y r e g o... y r e g o... y r e g o...

After all, the difference between a groove and a grave is only... a matter of depth.
A desiccated hand shudders to lift the arm and the needle.
All the untidy activity continues, awful but cheerful.
The lasting Concept will prevail.

- Above excerpt from Bob Nickas