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Saturday 04.25.2015 through Thursday 03.05.2015
Rachel Hayes, "View of a Song," Polyester tulle, light filters, thread, 102" x 126", 2015 http://www.rachelbhayes.com/ Artists' statement: My work embraces exquisite beauty, converses boldly with architectural spaces, and responds to radiant light, becoming anything from a minimalist sculpture to an abstract painting to a massive stained glass patchwork quilt. I use processes and materials based in craft and design to create abstract compositions that embrace the language of painting while interacting with space in a sculptural/architectural manner. Seeking to find a balance of fragility and power, I want my work to be for everyone – I am not presenting a narrative, and I try to create a harmony of interpretation between the viewer and the art. My installations are typically made out of brightly colored fabrics and plastics. I have always thought of sewing as a way of connecting two planes, and it is a very simple way to construct something large out of smaller pieces. When I am working on a large scale installation or public art piece, I always consider the architectural elements surrounding my work, whether its a modern glass building that houses a financial firm in New York City, a crusty old bridge from the late 19th century spanning a river in the South, or a funky little gallery in an old library on a college campus. My studio is full of musical instruments and littered with scraps of material and kids toys too. I started taking some scraps of light filter gel from an older piece and pinning them to the wall, thinking of Matisse's 'cut outs' series. I sent a picture of this piece as a work in progress to my father who is a musician, because I thought he would appreciate all the instruments strewn about beneath my piece, and he wrote 'that looks like a musical piece that needs to be played'. So, I went forward arranging the scrap pieces intuitively, with these thoughts in my mind.
Saturday 07.04.2015 through Saturday 04.25.2015
This new window installation, titled “Battle for the Sweetlands,” is by sisters Nicole Duennebier and Caitlin Duennebier and consists of three dioramas, one set behind each pane of glass in the window. The sisters are placing their own narrative on the traditional battlefield diorama. The “Sweetlands” in question are in reference to Caitlin Duennebier’s 2013 project “Journey to Candied Mountain,” in which the region was first discovered. Now, years later, the territory is embroiled in a violent turf-war among recent settlers. The center diorama “Massacre near Gumdrop Mountain” depicts these shirtless bandits, delirious with sugar and greed, fighting for the rich bounty of the mountain. Quieter scenes accompany the battle; a lonely camp in the Licorice forest in which we find the settlers vulnerable to the candied creatures that reside there. And a portrayal of the crazed message in the stars which appeared before General Gingersnap, and led to the eventual conflict at Gumdrop Mountain. Caitlin Duennebier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2009 and studied on scholarship at London University of Arts. Duennebier lived in London between 2009-2014 where OH PAPA was created. She currently lives and works in Boston, MA USA. www.ohpapa.co.uk/ Nicole Duennebier received her Bachelor in Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a major in painting. Her BFA thesis work was most influenced by research about the coastal ecosystems of Maine. In 2006, she was awarded the Monhegan Island Artists Residency. On the island she continued her work with sea life. Duennebier saw a natural connection between the darkness and intricacy of undersea regions and the aesthetic of 16th century Dutch still-life painting. In 2008 she moved to Boston. She is currently exhibiting with the 13FOREST gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts. http://www.nicoleduennebier.com/

Main Gallery

Thursday 04.30.2015 through Wednesday 12.17.2014
Soon This Will Not Matter comprises of three large, site-specific wall drawings in SPACE's main gallery by New Orleans artist, Kyle Bravo. Bravo's figurative wall drawings touch on the ideas of internal and external by portraying autobiographical figures that must work within the architectural parameters of their environment. The drawings often inflict a sense of anxiety, as if the figure is trying to escape its two-dimensional prison yet they remain balanced with a touch of dark humor. Kyle explores the grey area between the everyday-mundane and the ceaseless search for existential meaning and purpose. He writes, “Ultimately, the work is a playful attempt to cope with and endure the present, while acknowledging and accepting the inevitability of failure and the eventuality of death.” In his artist statement Kyle notes, “My recent drawings confound how we understand the depiction of dimension, seeming at times flat, other times dimensional, but ultimately both and neither at the same time. I’ve taken a particular interest in the fuzzy area between the 2nd and 3rd dimensions. Much 2D work also has dimension in space, for example the layers of a collage, the thickness of a piece of paper, or the volume of a stroke of paint. I’m interested in this subtle three-dimensional building that often goes unnoticed in the making of 2D work." His work visibly draws inspiration from a background in the DIY and punk subculture, including editing and illustrating the book “Making Stuff and Doing Things: A collection of DIY guides to doing just about everything,” based off of his “HOW2” zines. Kyle also has a formal background in graphic design and printmaking, receiving his BFA from Louisiana State University and MFA from the University of North Carolina. His comprehensive experiences have developed into a style that is “crude, raw, and abrasive, yet simultaneously minimal, economical, and direct.” Kyle Bravo lives and works in New Orleans’ upper 9th Ward, where he has lived since before hurricane Katrina. He is a founding member of the artist-run gallery The Front and also co-founder of Hot Iron Press, both hand-in-hand with his wife, artist Jenny LeBlanc. Kyle’s most recent musical projects include fiddling with his 4-track in his garage and also Kay Swiss and the Keddz and Okay Failures. Check out some reviews of his wall drawings, other work such as his billboard drawings, and a write up and interview with New Orleans art site, Pelican Bomb. Read Britta Konau's review from Dig Portland here: http://www.digportland.com/feeling-dwarfed/

Annex

Friday 05.01.2015 through Thursday 03.05.2015
The Reanimation Library is an independent presence library.* The books in the collection—simultaneously prosaic and peculiar—are relics of the rapidly receding 20th century. Chosen primarily for the images that they contain, they have been culled from thrift stores, rummage sales, flea markets, municipal dumps, library sales, give-away piles, and used bookstores across the country. Branch libraries are temporary, site-sourced manifestations of the Reanimation Library that provide a way for the library to exist in dispersed locations, to engage people who might otherwise be unable to visit the main library in Brooklyn, and to exhibit library-generated artworks. They are interactive, hybrid spaces that contain elements of libraries, galleries, and studio workspaces, without settling neatly into any of those categories. Each branch library consists of a collection of books assembled from local sources. Though branches are non-circulating, scanners and photocopiers allow visitors to make reproductions of library material for their own use. When a branch closes, its books are sent back to Brooklyn where they are integrated into the main library's collection. Branch libraries have taken place in Philadelphia, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Beirut, among other places. Branches have also been installed in the Museum of Modern Art and the Queens Museum. The Reanimation Library is organized by Andrew Beccone. http://reanimationlibrary.org/ *Presence library is a mistranslation of the German word for reference library, Präsenzbibliothek. In addition to being a non-circulating collection, the library encourages IRL encounters with actual books and actual humans.

Artist Talk

Film

Sunday 04.26.2015
From Russian auteur Aleksei German HARD TO BE A GOD, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers, takes place on the planet Arkanar, which is in the midst of its own Middle Ages, the film focuses on Don Rumata, one of a group of earth scientists who have been sent to Arkanar with the proviso that they must not interfere in the planet's political or historical development. Treated by the planet's natives as a kind of divinity, Don Rumata is both godlike and impotent in the face of its chaos and brutality. Please note: due to longer run time (177 minutes), film starts at 6:30pm.
Friday 05.08.2015
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.
Saturday 05.09.2015
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.
Sunday 05.10.2015
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.

Music

Saturday 05.02.2015
Portland indie-folk duo, 
Friday 05.08.2015
Yoni Wolf, the frontman of WHY?, is heading out on a rap-only tour this
Friday 05.15.2015
Blood Warrior brings their raw idiosyncratic folk to SPACE to celebrate their new record, Letter Ghost on Immune Recordings.

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Annex

Reanimation Library Congress Street Branch

Thursday, March 5, 2015 to Friday, May 1, 2015
Window

View of a Song

Thursday, March 5, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Window

Battle for the Sweet Lands

Saturday, April 25, 2015 to Saturday, July 4, 2015
6:30
Film

HARD TO BE A GOD

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 6:30pm
Doors at: 

Doors at 6:00pm

Community event
5:00
Community event

First Friday

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
8:30
Music

Builder of the House, Jeff Beam, and Maine Marimba Ensemble

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:30pm
Doors at: 

doors at 8pm

Think and Drink

We’ve all had deep discussions with our friends while we’re out at night—why not add a couple of experts to the mix and really take it up a notch? That’s the idea behind Think & Drink, a happy-hour series in Portland that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with two panelists who have expertise in the... MORE
Community event: Think & Drink
Feb 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Mar 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Apr 2, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
May 7, 2014

Iceland Cometh!

Iceland Cometh! is our first weekend celebrating our Nordic neighbors as innovative cultural leaders. We're proud to offer a free concert, free film screening, and free hot dogs to bring our community together in a triumphant exaltation of all things Iceland.
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 14, 2014

INSIGHT Events

SPACE Gallery’s curiosity is the foundation of our programming. Manifest as art, design, innovation, writing, critical thinking, or by other means, ideas stick in our minds, create discussion and raise questions about our perceptions of the world. INSIGHT is a program for our lead donors who give $250 or more each year. We invite you to explore with us, seeking insight into the... MORE
Dec 17, 2012
Jan 22, 2013
May 18, 2013
Oct 7, 2013
Jun 18, 2014

FALL MUSIC FILM SERIES

We're excited to team up with The State Theatre to bring you a heavy handful of films revolving around musicians and their music-making.
Film: FINDING FELA
Sep 2, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Nov 6, 2014

Family-Friendly Concert Series

SPACE presents a new monthly series of daytime concerts open to music-lovers of all ages.
Oct 19, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Jan 10, 2015

SPACE'S WINTER BREAK FAMILY FILM SERIES

We picked some of our favorite classic family-friendly films for our Winter Break Family Fim Series. Sponsored by The Horizon Foundation. Friday, December 26th - Monday, December 29th. Doors open at 1:30pm.  Films start at 2:00pm.
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
Film: CORALINE
Dec 29, 2014

2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

SPACE Gallery and Shorts International present the 2015 Oscar-Nominated Short Films. The Animated Program runs on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm and Friday, January 30th at 7:30pm. The Live Action Program runs On Saturday, January 31st at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Nominations are announced on Jan. 16th. The Academy Awards ceremony is on Sunday, Feb. 22nd.
Jan 29, 2015, Jan 30, 2015
Jan 31, 2015, Jan 31, 2015

Health/Care Film Series

American healthcare has emerged in recent years as a hot-button issue, generating vigorous debates over a system that many agree to be at best, fairly inefficient and at worse, in need of serious overhaul. In fulfilling the “Ideas” element of SPACE Gallery’s “Arts, Artists, Ideas” directive we present our Health/Care Film Series in January and February 2013. Three films, paired with discussions,... MORE
Feb 13, 2013
Film: Escape Fire
Jan 9, 2013
Jan 18, 2013, Jan 19, 2013, Jan 20, 2013

Summer Music Film Series

Music films are a natural fit at SPACE since they bridge two of the programming worlds we curate year-round. We’ve put together a diverse lineup of films about music and musicians to help fill the summer months. Take a look. There should be something for just about any taste. 
Jul 25, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
Aug 15, 2013

Maine College of Art Illustrators' Film Series

SPACE Gallery and the Maine College of Art Illustration Department have teamed up to curate a small series of films about cartoonists and illustrators.
Sep 24, 2013
Dec 3, 2013
Jan 14, 2014
Feb 25, 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Film: Sunday, Apr 26, 2015   |   6:30 PM
    HARD TO BE A GOD
  • Community event: Friday, May 1, 2015   |   5:00 PM
    First Friday
  • Music: Saturday, May 2, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Builder of the House, Jeff Beam, and Maine Marimba Ensemble
  • Music: Thursday, May 7, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Hop Along with Thin Lips & Buddusky
  • Film: Friday, May 8, 2015   |   6:30 PM
    THE WRECKING CREW
  • Music: Friday, May 8, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Yoni Wolf with Serengeti & Stranger Cat
  • Community event: Saturday, May 9, 2015   |   2:00 PM
    10 Minute Architect
  • Film: Saturday, May 9, 2015   |   2:00 PM
    THE WRECKING CREW
  • Film: Sunday, May 10, 2015   |   2:00 PM
    THE WRECKING CREW
  • Film: Monday, May 11, 2015   |   7:30 PM
    HEAVEN ADORES YOU
  • Film: Tuesday, May 12, 2015   |   7:30 PM
    HEAVEN ADORES YOU
  • Film: Thursday, May 14, 2015   |   7:00 PM
    EIGHT MILES HIGH: A TRIBUTE TO GENE CLARK

Current Exhibitions

  • Main Gallery   |   12.17 - 4.30
    SOON THIS WILL NOT MATTER
  • Annex   |   3.5 - 5.1
    Reanimation Library Congress Street Branch
  • Window   |   3.5 - 4.25
    View of a Song
  • Window   |   4.25 - 7.4
    Battle for the Sweet Lands

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