M5, Curated by Jeff Jahn, Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Steve Karlik, Flip, 2010
From the Tension and Compression series
Glass sheets with enamel paint
18 x 48 x 1/4 inches

August 1-22, 2010

Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Main Campus Building
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209

M5 explores the intersections and mutual interests of five artists who have exhibited at Brooklyn’s MINUS SPACE: Don Voisine, Patricia Zarate, Steve Karlik, Nancy White and Rossana Martinez, combined with two of the Northwest’s most historically relevant abstract practitioners Francis Celentano and Mel Katz.

“The connection between these artists is direct since Katz was once Karlik’s professor and Celentano is a pioneer of the Op Art movement first coined in the 1960s, though perceptual art has existed prior and since. Also, since so many Portland artists are interested in these ideas surrounding minimalism, perceptual and reductive art practices I felt it was valuable to expose these two groups to one another,” says Jeff Jahn, curator of the exhibition.

MINUS SPACE is an international web platform, itinerant international curatorial program and Brooklyn alternative space who in 2008 had its five-year retrospective at P.S.1. Curator Jeff Jahn is co-founder of PORT, an online catalyst of critical discourse focused on contemporary art in Portland. Jahn is a curator, cultural historian, critic and artist who has been published and exhibited internationally.

Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit www.pnca.edu.

MINUS SPACE extends a heartfelt thanks to artists Jeff Jahn and Steve Karlik for their tremendous work on this exhibition. Our additional thanks goes to the staff of the Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Pacific Northwest College of Art, for their assistance.  MINUS SPACE’s programming is made possible by the generous support of The Golden Rule Foundation, as well as individual donors. We thank you!

Interview with Jeff Jahn, ArC: Art & Concept blog, August 19, 2010
First Thursday Picks August 2010, PORT – Portland art + news + reviews, August 3, 2010