Into Gentle Ruin
a solo exhibition by Alyson Provax
at 1122 Outside, 7629 SE Harrison St, Portland OR 97215
Opening Reception June 11, 2021, 6-9pm
Then open by appointment June 12, 2021 – June 30, 2021
When we experience the past it is only through the present, never as it was. This is a very
obvious thing to say, but then again we often act as though you can encounter the past as it
was, with complete understanding. This is an origin of nostalgia: to re-experience is
fundamentally a new experience, seductive in its feeling of safety and comfort.
Not unrelated: the New York Times reported that last summer a lot of us were watching movies
made in the ‘90s; in the 18th century wealthy people would hire a garden hermit to live on their
land as an ornamental reference to an ideal of lost free time; and bears have such an incredible
sense of smell that they know not only where you are, but where you have been.
Into Gentle Ruin will feature works made by Alyson Provax from 2014-2021. With this deliberate
mix of new and older pieces in our moment of change and reimagining she asks what we see of
past feelings in today’s moment.
Provax will be showing original letterpress on paper, animations, mirrors, and billboard vinyl in
the open air space of 1122 Outside. As the covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, masks and social
distancing will be required for everyone’s increased safety