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i gently place my brain in cold rice

November 4, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PDT

A person fashioned in tree bark stands atop several rows of chopped wood. They look out at a vast green landscape.

Oregon Contemporary and home school present i gently place my brain in cold rice, on view from November 2022 to January 2023. The first exhibition in home school’s curatorial residency at Oregon Contemporary presents works of sculpture, video, photography, and writing that orbit ideas around the tactile, the textile, the virtual, and the ritual. The eight artists in the show activate transmedia spaces of inquiry and healing without recourse to traditional disciplinary or medium boundaries.

Inside every possibility for action, contemplation, or relation lies embodied an eternal witness, who without voyeurism follows you through all your changes: not quite the last angel of history, not quite the first / original daemon of the future. Water is memory, and when the air seethes wetly, breath itself discloses its archive. When the water walks, she gently places her brain in cold rice.

home school is excited to present a number of commissions, including Our Lives Anthology (Archive) (2021–22), an animated video by Oregon-based artist Ansar El Muhammad that draws on their doula work; and the first publication by New York City–based artist Olivia McKayla Ross, Lake of Stars (2022), a multimedia sensory circuit that explores, in the artist’s own words, “(GIRLHOOD, GENIUS, OCEANIC MEDIA THEORY, ANOREXIA, SURVEILLANCE, PORN, SELFIES, RELIGION, LABOR, POWER, SANITY, CARIBBEAN CYBERNETICS, TRANSMISSION CULTURE, ETC.)” Pittsburgh-based artist Khadijat Yussuff produced a new glass wall work and an iteration of their playable rug series, with which the audience is invited to interact. Kigali-based collective Ibisazi Designers Nyabyo offers lucid documentation of recent performances and spatiotemporal activations in Rwanda, Shadows of ideas, 2022— performances which illustrate the hidden and unshared thoughts of each living being.

Oregon Contemporary is supported by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, the Oregon Community Foundation and the Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Other businesses and individuals provide additional support.


November 4 @ 8:00 am PDT
January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PDT
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BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s)
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Exhibition, Gallery
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Oregon Center for Contemporary Art
8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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