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Entanglement at Night, window exhibition

Paragon Arts Gallery, Cascade Campus

photograph of a figure walking in a desert-like landscape

Sarah Brahim, Metamorphosis, 2021, video, 3:04 min. (still image)

A window exclusive nighttime exhibition of video works by maximiliano, Jaleesa Johnston and Sarah Brahim working with gestures of embodiment within and through digital and physical landscapes.
May 14 – June 15, 2021
  • Viewing days/hours: 8 pm – 7 am, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
  • Paragon Arts Gallery (815 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217). View the window exhibition from the sidewalk and on our website beginning 5/14/21. Due to COVID-19 and Portland Community College campus remote operations, the exhibition can be viewed in front of the gallery from the sidewalk and on our website.
  • Artists’ conversation via Zoom, June 12, 4:00 pm PST

 

The Paragon Arts Gallery at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus is proud to present Entanglement at Night, a window exclusive nighttime exhibition featuring a collection of video works from artists maximiliano, Jaleesa Johnston and Sarah Brahim working with gestures of embodiment within and through digital and physical landscapes. These works form dialogues between performances within a nature of physical space, through a nature of the body and extension into video space.

Please visit the exhibition in the Paragon Arts Gallery windows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights (8 pm – 7 am) beginning Friday, May 14 through June 15, 2021. Or view the work continuously from our Gallery website beginning May 14.

 

About the Artists

 

Jaleesa Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the black female body as both subject and material through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. She has been the recipient of the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Centrum’s Emerging Artist Residency and Open Signal’s New Media Fellowship. Jaleesa has exhibited her work in cities along the west coast, including San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and she currently facilitates workshops and classes in new media and performance art.

 

mononymously named, maximiliano, is a conceptual artist working in blkWVV, a generative multimedia mythos; A Black reclamation rococo aesthetic and agenda based in exploring and expanding the multiplicity and fluidity of the Black self through pleasure, desirability, innocence, and imagination as performance, video, GIF, sculpture, thought, and publications.

 

Sarah Brahim is a performance and visual artist from Saudi Arabia. She grew up studying, choreographing, performing, and teaching all styles of dance going on to train at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and in 2016 she graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a BFA (Hons). Her work includes video installation, sound, film, photography, textiles, performance, and dance. She has participated in residencies and exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Arab world. Her work is rooted in experiences of the body such as identity, loss, borders, and immigration.

Metamorphosis is infinite. We have access to it merely by existing. In our lifetime we can experience infinite metamorphic states and once we pass which is also a metamorphosis in itself there may be many states beyond our body. After we pass we can also still experience metamorphic states as we live different ways in the memories of others minds. Metamorphosis in congruence with transcendence on earth can also create potential for the infinite. — Sarah Brahim

 

Window Exhibition

Window view of Paragon with three videos playing at night.

Window view of Paragon with three videos playing on monitors at night.

Window view of Paragon with three monitors playing videos at night.

Window views (above) with videos from left to right: maximiliano, blvk GVLVLHVD : RE_CVT, 2019 / 2021, blvk GVLVHVD mythos, ongoing, video, 9:21 min.; Sarah Brahim, Metamorphosis, 2021, video, 3:04 min.; Jaleesa Johnston, Tether, 2018-2021, video, 4:00 min. Photographs by Mario Gallucci.

 

Window views with videos: maximiliano, blvk GVLVLHVD : RE_CVT, 2019 / 2021, blvk GVLVHVD mythos, ongoing, video, 9:21 min.; Sarah Brahim, Metamorphosis, 2021, video, 3:04 min.; Jaleesa Johnston, Tether, 2018-2021, video, 4:00 min. Photographs by Mario Gallucci.

 

Videos
video still of figure wrapped in dark cloth standing between two trees in a forest

maximiliano, blvk GVLVLHVD : RE_CVT, 2019 / 2021, blvk GVLVHVD mythos, ongoing, video, 9:21 min.

 

video still of a desert like landscape with two hands raised behind a small hill

Sarah Brahim, Metamorphosis, 2021, video, 3:04 min.

 

video still of a figure tied to an ivy-covered tree in a forest

Jaleesa Johnston, Tether, 2018-2021, video, 4:00 min.

 

Exhibition review

 

Ella Ray, “Entanglement at Night,” exhibition review, Art & About, June 11, 2021.