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Joe Horner: OUTSIDE DOG
July 31, 2021 - September 3, 2021Free
Feral: (adjective) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication.
This simple definition feels especially poignant as Americans emerge from the confinement of quarantine. OUTSIDE DOG features minimalist works that explore feral American themes. Along with skateboarding, the objects included in this exhibition reference rural values, youth, music, biker, and car cultures.
Joe Horner will present his “fully skateable chaise lounge” in the parking lot of AGENDA for the opening of his solo show OUTSIDE DOG from 3-6pm on Saturday, July 31. Skaters or loungers are invited to activate this work by using it at their own risk during the artist reception where cocktails will be offered from the iconic AGENDA orange bar outdoors.
Horner’s work engages with issues related to the American mythos and youth subculture, art history, along with perceptions of time and our connection to the past. Employing diverse aesthetic strategies and mediums—including sculpture, collage, painting, and video—he examines the tensions between transience and stasis, Expressionism and Minimalism, the imperfect and the pristine.
Curator Jamie Wilson met Horner through his widely followed Instagram account @art_as_chairs in late 2020. Wilson had long been a follower of the account and after seeing a James Turrell Perceptual Cell posted on the account, felt compelled to investigate further who was behind this well-established IG account. She was elated to find Joe Horner was newly local to Portland and a skilled emerging artist with a substantial understanding of contemporary art history. Horner also hosts the intriguing podcast Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artists where he uses iconic contemporary figures to discuss influences and movements relative to their realm in an unassuming and laid-back format.
The exhibition will include Horner’s unique grip tape on panel work, fully skateable furniture and powerful found object assemblage pieces. Wilson has assembled work from a limited palette that serves to unite the various mediums into a cohesive, potent survey of the types of work Horner excels at. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11-4 Wednesday through Sunday until September 3. AGENDA will be closed Labor Day weekend, Sept 4-6.