LITTMAN GALLERY at Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway #250
Portland, OR 97201
Illuminated Wilderness: Memory
January 8 – February 2, 2018
Exhibition reception: Wednesday, January 17th, 5pm – 9pm
Art & Science Panel w/NW Noggin: Wednesday, January 31st, 6-8pm
“Has it ever struck you… that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going?” – Eric Kandel
Kindra Crick’s multimedia exhibition explores the intersection between the ‘two cultures’ of science and art that share a common wonder at the creative possibilities which emerge from the cross-pollination of the material and natural worlds. Audiences will find themselves enveloped in, and invited to navigate through, an imagined wilderness of the brain within a space filled with LED-illuminated ‘neurons.’ Dendritic arms made of fabric-wrapped wire reach out to create an immersive experience of neuroplasticity. Corseted around each neuron is netted fabric that shimmers in its embrace of the memories held within each synaptic connection. This work was initiated during a NW Noggin collaboration with WSU neuroscientist Dr. John Harkness.
Reflecting on our need for sleep and attempts to capture fleeting sensory experiences is a series of memory-inspired collections and etchings created during Crick’s Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. As a tactile extension of attempting to preserve an ephemeral experience, she includes field journal notes, a collection of woodland material, and captured smells of the Oregon coastal wilderness and Salmon River estuary nearby.
In all her art, Crick wishes to ignite our sense of wonder through immersion, close examination, and exploration.
Exhibition runs January 8 to February 2 with extended hours on February 1st and 2nd for the Portland Winter Light Festival. There will be an Art & Science Panel discussion on January 31st.
** This exhibit was funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.