An exhibition flyer for SPECTRUM at Third Room, featuring artists Francis Dot and Pace Taylor

Spectrum: Francis Dot & Pace Taylor

From the gallery press release:

Please join us in celebrating the works of Francis Dot and Pace Taylor in SPECTRUM, an exhibition that was set to open in May and has been postponed until now, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. We are now fortunate to be able to offer a distanced opening on September 4th from 7-9pm (masks required, limited people in the gallery at one time), as well as by appointment and online thru Oct 3rd. Email Todd at tmolinari3277@gmail.com for a private viewing appointment.

About SPECTRUM:
SPECTRUM is the difference that matters. SPECTRUM is differentiated and covers myriad forms of expression and forms of thought that are ever-expanding. SPECTRUM is one way of figuring the syntax of what it means to be human in which all semantic forms of meaning that had clothed and enwrapped humanity have fallen away and have become history. SPECTRUM is one trajectory at taking a stab at what this implies.

Francis Dot and Pace Taylor are two artists who locate themselves as different instantiations of the SPECTRUM and were invited to present elements and particles of their practice, identity, history and consciousness of themselves as they are situated in relation to their relative experiences. If there is a logic to be teased out of this exhibition it is that of disparate elements combining, of two artisans fashioning their own garments of creation and factors of their own selves for all to see. The all-capitalization of SPECTRUM as word and as title points to the fact that whereas artists formerly made and presented their work within the context of the continuity of meanings, they now do so now without expectations, without any tethering, outside of any narrative that is not their own, and carrying contents poured out, contents that never empty. Curated by Third Room council member Todd Molinari.

Third Room was started as a DIY project space in 2017. Since then, it has become an accessible go-to for showing experimental and emerging projects by young artists both in the Portland arts scene and nationwide. Third Room aims to support artists in earnest endeavors, to do the most with the least, through an ethic of solidarity and appreciation. For more info or to see exhibits of our past shows, check out thirdroom.net.

A black and white image of two people sitting on a tile floor next to a sliding glass door, with only their legs in view. One person pulls on the toe of a white sock worn by the other person. Bright light shines through the glass door creating dramatic shadows.

New Photography from the Pacific Northwest

Melanie Flood Projects in collaboration with curator Yaelle Amir, is pleased to present seven solo online exhibitions of photographers based in the Pacific Northwest from July 31 to August 14, 2020. A new artist will take center stage every two days with all exhibitions archived on the website for ongoing inquiry and access.

Rydel Cerezo  July 31
Cristal Tappan August 2
Mikai Arion  August 4
Emma Ray-Wong August 6
Stefan Gonzales August 8
M Prull August 10
Ricardo Nagaoka August 12

This exhibition stemmed from our mutual curiosity about emerging photography made in the Pacific Northwest. Our research began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and concluded at the start of a major social upheaval in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against police brutality. These historical realities informed many of the conversations we had with the artists during our studio visits, ultimately becoming an inextricable part of our final selections. These deeply intimate bodies of work include reflections on personal identity, the complex experience of sheltering in place, negotiating family dynamics, shifting access to work, and the reality of being an emerging artist in a post-pandemic world. —Yaelle Amir and Melanie Flood, Exhibition curators

Yaelle S. Amir is a curator and researcher with a primary focus on artists whose practices supplement the initiatives of existing social movements, rendering themes within those struggles in ways that both interrogate these issues and promote them to a wider audience. Yaelle’s programming has appeared in art institutions throughout the United States including Artists Space (NY), CUE Art Foundation (NY), The Elizabeth Foundation (NY), Franklin Street Works (CT), Holding Contemporary (OR), and Marginal Utility (PA) among many others. She has held curatorial and research positions at major institutions including MoMA NY, the International Center of Photography, and New York University. In Portland, she was curator of exhibitions and public programs at Newspace Center for Photography and recently curated the Portland2019 Biennial. For more information about her work visit www.yaelleamir.com.