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hard & SOFT

January 24, 2021 - March 21, 2021

Black text on a white background reads "hard & SOFT." The word "hard" is in fluffy, cloudy, doughy letters with a highly contrasted black shadow. The ampersand is in a simple sans serif font. The word "SOFT" is all capitalized and in a bubble sans serif font that has cracks and lines.

Congress Yard Projects’ first exhibition of 2021, hard & SOFT will submit the artworks to continuous display outside, throughout the wet dragging days of late winter. This turns our previous format on its head from the summer series of weekend long exhibitions where artworks susceptible to the elements are moved inside nightly. Rather, hard & SOFT will run for 1344 hours, from late January til Spring Equinox, showcasing works that stand resolute under the weight of the grey dripping sky, alongside works that embrace weathering transformation and decay. On view will be a range of works from the most obstinately impervious, to those that might melt, fade, or rot away in reaction to the elements, as well as some that depend upon the impacts of duration and exposure for their full potential. At times, the exhibition will be only open to viewers when it is raining, and others just available after dark, to make the most of the existing perceptual conditions.


Hannah Bakken
Shelby Baldridge
Amy Bay
Bruce Conkle
Misha Davydov
Sarah Farahat
Emily Ginsburg
Linda Hutchins
Ariana Jacob
Brandi Kruse
Shelbie Loomis
Mack McFarland
Mazey Moon
Mark Owens
Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen
Julie Perini
Jess Perlitz
M Prull
Michael & Jen Reinsch
Reuben Roqueni
Emily Squires
Elaina Tardif
Samuel Wildman
Olya Zovskaya




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Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Visual Art, Other
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Congress Yard Projects
7034 N Congress Ave
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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