LITTMAN GALLERY at Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway #250
Portland, OR 97201
Illuminated Wilderness: Memory
January 8 - February 2, 2018
Art + Science panel : Wednesday, January 31, 6pm - 8pm
Portland Winter Light Festival, February 1 - 2, 12pm - 10pm
“Has it ever struck you... that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going?” - Eric Kandel
Kindra Crick’s multimedia exhibition explores the intersection between the ‘two cultures’ of science and art that share a common wonder at the creative possibilities which emerge from the cross-pollination of the material and imagined worlds. Audiences will find themselves enveloped in, and invited to navigate through, an imagined wilderness of the brain within a space filled with LED-illuminated ‘neurons.’ Dendritic arms made of fabric-wrapped wire reach out to create an immersive experience of neuroplasticity. Corseted around each neuron is netted fabric that shimmers in its embrace of the memories held within each synaptic connection. This work was initiated during a NW Noggin collaboration with neuroscientist Dr. John Harkness from Dr. Sorg's lab at WSU.
Reflecting on our need for sleep and attempts to capture fleeting sensory experiences is a series of memory-inspired collections and etchings created during Crick’s Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency with master printer Julia D'Amario the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. As a tactile extension of attempting to preserve an ephemeral experience, she includes field journal notes, a collection of woodland material, and captured smells of the Oregon coastal wilderness and Salmon River estuary nearby.
In all her art, Crick wishes to ignite our sense of wonder through immersion, close examination, and exploration.
Wednesday, JANUARY 17, 5 - 9pm
Art + Science panel with NW Noggin
Wednesday, JANUARY 31, 6 - 8pm
Kindra Crick will lead an enlightening discussion about the exhibit, the intersection of art and science, current memory research and sleep, with WSU neuroscientist and memory researcher, Dr. John Harkness and the arts-integrated neuroscience outreach group NW Noggin, consisting of PSU neuroscientist Dr. Bill Griesar and PSU professor Jeff Leake.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Thursday and Friday, FEBRUARY 1-2, extended hours until 12 - 10pm
The 2018 festival is citywide, with illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout Portland. We are location B48 [Hub B] in SW Portland.
Streetcar Stop: SW 5th & Montgomery