Steve Brown, Jessica Hickey, and Morgan Ritter: Becoming Versatile Smok
November 15 - December 6, 2014
Opening reception Saturday November 15, 6-9 PM

i.
The rockish potato
snivels
beneath a vagrant sack
sensuality is a community service
she is variable
like that

ii.
Puddles are
defined by the gravity of messes
she becomes
semi-waterproof
and joins a band

iii.
A virtual smock
sensing
over data
like this
versatile fabric
you are in an oily mental garage
on top of spaghetti
undercover.

iv.
If the mind is a pile of spaghetti noodles
then the spaghetti noodle is mindful.
Now it might be easier to understand.

Steve Brown was born in Westchester, CA and currently lives in Portland, OR. He has been featured. He has also been in exhibitions at Adobe Books (San Francisco), scene/escena (San Francisco), Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles), The Asheville Art Museum (NC) and the Oakland Museum of California. Steve has an MFA in Studio Art practice from Portland State University (2013). He is very proud to have played guitar in Colleen Pancake's rock group for a short while.

Jessica Hickey lives and works in Portland, OR. She received her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University, and her BFA from the University of Oregon in fibers and ceramics. Currently, she is the Fibers Studio Manager at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Hickey has taught textile, ceramic, and mixed media arts courses for the University of Oregon Craft Center, the Eugene Metropolitan Parks District, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at spaces including Field Work (Portland, OR), the University of Ulsan (South Korea), PDX Contemporary Window Project (Portland, OR), and Ditch Projects (Eugene, OR).

Morgan Ritter's visual and written work has been exhibited through institutions such as the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Henry Art Museum (Seattle), LUMA Foundation in Zurich and Centre Pompidou (Paris). She has a BA in Intermedia from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2011). She has been awarded residencies in New Mexico, New York, Washington and Colorado. Ritter has published three books and is releasing a new text entitled, 1sn't She in the next season.