Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend a preview reception for our design exhibit, Process + Prototype, taking place on First Thursday, June 2, from 6-10pm. The following evening's Grand Opening party includes local food and drink, music, and an opportunity for the community at large to get to know ADX. Both events are free!
Equal parts workspace and incubator, our membership-based community unites multiple creative disciplines within a 10,000 square-foot facility that is accessible, collaborative & affordable. ADX will operate seven days a week, from 7am-11pm. Memberships are currently available at http://adxportland.com/members, with special promotions for students and recent graduates, small creative firms, and corporate groups.
ADX’s multifaceted warehouse space includes a wood shop, metal shop, production spaces, programmed workstations that include an industrial sewing machine and jewelry-making workbenches, and a number of project-specific areas available for rent. ADX will host classes and workshops instructed by local design professionals, and offer a portion of their facility to the design community as a special event space. ADX members can choose from affordable hourly, daily, or monthly plans – eliminating the individual burden of investing in expensive tools.
For more information about ADX or to view a schedule of Grand Opening events, please visit http://adxportland.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour of the facility, located at 417 SE 11th Avenue in Portland.
PSU GD...you have the chance to take a summer workshop with the brilliant Jessica Helfand. Space is limited, so please sign up asap!ART 408 Studies in Visual Biography. This is a one credit class that will start on June 13th and run through June 17th.
What is this workshop about?
The scrapbook was the original open-source technology — a unique form of self-expression that celebrated visual sampling, culture mixing, and the appropriation and redistribution of existing media. Part personal diary, part cultural stockpile, they've since evolved as homespun calendars, enabling us to chronicle the major events and minute details of our own personal odysseys. In this workshop, students will consider the role of the scrapbook in the context of the studio, and learn how to excavate meaning, interpret history, and express compelling new narratives from the lives of old paper. What is the relationship between material evidence and evocative storytelling? How does the artist reconcile research with making work, history with true innovation? And finally, to what degree can visual thinking advance the understanding of the human condition? Come prepared to dig deep and look hard.
Since 1997, Jessica Helfand has worked in partnership with William Drenttel at Winterhouse, a studio focusing on publishing, new media and cultural institutions. Recent clients include Archives of American Art, Errol Morris, Teach for America, New England Journal of Medicine, The New Yorker, NYU Institute for the Humanities, NYU School of Journalism, Paris Review, Legal Affairs, University of Chicago Press, Yale School of Forestry, and the National Design Awards.
Prior to co-founding Winterhouse, Helfand was an award-winning editorial and interaction designer, whose clients included The New York Times, Newsweek, Times of London and The Discovery Channel.
Helfand is a founding editor of Design Observer, a blog of design and cultural criticism: today, the site is the largest design publication in the world with over a million site visits a month. She is also a co-editor of Below the Fold:, a journal of visual culture published by Winterhouse; and the founder of the AIGA Winterhouse Writing Awards, a $5000 prize for innovation in design writing and cultural criticism. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines, she has written for numerous national publications including Aperture, The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic, and has also appeared on National Public Radio. She is the author of several books on design and cultural criticism, including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998), Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), which formed the basis for an exhibit in 2003 at The Grolier Club in New York City. Her next book, Scrapbook : An American History will be published in October, 2008 by Yale University Press.
Helfand has taught for the last decade in the graduate program in Graphic Design at Yale University, where she is a Fellow at Jonathan Edwards College and a member of the committee on graduate admissions in the School of Art. She has also been a visiting artist and visiting lecturer at The Cooper Union, Cranbrook Academy of Art and NYU School of Interactive Telecommunications. She has been a visiting critic at most of the other major educational design programs in the United States and Europe, and has lectured at the Netherlands Design Institute, the Walker Art Center, Smithsonian Institution, the Annenberg Center for Public Policy, and two AIGA national biennial conferences, among many others. In October 2006, Helfand was appointed to the Postmaster General's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, the group responsible for evaluating the subject and design merits of all stamp proposals in the United States.
Jessica Helfand received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Architectural Theory and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, both from Yale University. She lives in Falls Village, Connecticut with her husband, William Drenttel and their two children, Malcolm and Fiona.
This workshop is an amazing opportunity. Please read more about the workshop HERE and HERE and see more videos HERE and HERE.
The Open Engagement conference is an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration. Directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes and planned in conjunction with Harrell Fletcher and the Art and Social Practice students, this year’s conference features internationally renowned artists Julie Ault, Fritz Haeg, and Pablo Helguera. The work by these artists’ touch on subjects including democracy, group work, the boundary (or lack there of) between art and life, education, and transdisciplinarity. In addition, Open Engagement will play host to the Bureau for Open Culture, an exhibition by the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and a summit on art and education. The summit features students and faculty from MFA programs focusing on public and social art, including OTIS College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the University of California Santa Cruz, and the California College of the Arts.
This year’s Open Engagement sets out to discuss various perspectives on art and social practice. Through conversations, interviews, open reflection on experiences, and related projects created for or presented at the conference we will be looking at five themes that encompass ideas connected to social practice:
Peoples and Publics, Social Economies, In Between Places, Tracking and Tracing, and Sentiment and Strategies
Open Engagement is a free conference that will take place May 13-15, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. Contributors are not asked to pay a registration fee and the public will not be charged to attend. Contributors to the event will be supported in the following ways: participants from out of town will be housed in Portland homes. Several meals during the conference will be provided emphasizing slow food and community cooking. A variety of transportation will be provided drawing on Portland’s bike culture and public transportation. Conference activities will be integrated with local businesses, using pubs and cafes as conference hubs.
All primary conference venues are ADA accessible.
sidenote: Our awesome PSU GD grad Nicole Lavelle designed the materials for the conference!
above: Poster by the ever awesome Jennifer Daniel.
Jennifer Daniel is our SPECIAL GUEST STAR at Be Honest this year. She will be giving a public lecture starting at 7:30 at The Cleaners after the portfolio reviews on May 5th. Again, the public is welcome!
Jennifer Daniel is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director, based in New York. She has art directed for the New York Times, Good Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek where she currently works as the Graphics Director. Jennifer has been featured in most major design and illustration publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, American Illustration, Type Directors Club, and Society of Publication Designers. She was featured as one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists 2009 and The Art Directors Club Young Guns 8.
One week from today! Come and see a TON of wonderful PSU graphic design work (67 students are showing in two shifts) and hear a GREAT lecture by the awesome, brilliant and amazing Jennifer Daniel.
What? BE HONEST is the second annual Portfolio Review hosted by PSU's Friends of Graphic Design and partnered with DesignSpeaks. This year we are continuing the tradition of students and professionals coming together to meet, look at work and hear a great visiting designer. This year Be Honest welcomes New York designer Jennifer Daniel!
London-based artist Daniel Eatock (born 1975) has a practice shaped by discovery, invention, and an alert sensitivity to coincidence and contradiction. Projects such as a set of dances to accompany car alarms, an open call for snapshots depicting camera straps that resemble photo accidents, and a wiki that invites participants to add the lengths of their favorite vertical structures to a mile-long website scroll, all employ wry humor and reductive, serial logic to reorient our methods for making sense of the world.
A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Eatock served on the design staff of the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) before returning to England to work with clients that include Channel Four Television and the Serpentine Gallery. His early regard for conceptual art (cultivated, in part, by his reading of Lucy Lippard’s 1973 classic Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object) has consistently biased his solutions toward the objective, the essential, and the critical without sacrificing the wit that characterizes some of the best examples within this tradition.
Eatock’s hybrid practice is unified by a generous abundance of examples and its openness to collaboration, both of which are demonstrated by the number and variety of projects posted on his website. Driven by ideas and the fluidity of language and its categories, the works are equally invested in a curiosity about the physical properties of objects and materials and the range of circumstances in which we might encounter them. Unforeseen solutions to familiar challenges (domestic storage and display, stationery, website design) join an expanding roster of more idiosyncratic, client-less efforts, such as Eatock’s ongoing attempts to draw a perfect freehand circle, sustain a helium balloon at a constant height, or carry carry a glass of seawater from the ocean to his bedside. These and other projects offer contingent forms of value and meaning amidst the chaos of the everyday.
In 2008 Princeton Architectural Press published Eatock’s monograph Imprint. This 224-page book, the first to survey Eatock’s practice to date, features nearly 1000 images from over one hundred projects from 1994 to the present. Entirely authored and designed by Eatock, the book is distinguished not only by its (deceptive) lack of apparent order but also by the fact that each individual copy in the run of 4,000 is unique. In addition to inking his own thumbprint onto the spine of every book, Eatock arranged for one of his freehand circle drawings (inscribed on a sheet of yellow A4 paper) to be inserted into the binding of each copy at random locations throughout the entire edition.
The deadline for reserving a spot in Be Honest is right around the corner! Be sure to read the super informative post over at the Friends of Graphic Design Blog to learn more details.
Above: Short movie of the the general sounds and sights from 2010 Be Honest at The Ford Building...this year The Cleaners!
Here are a few things to remember: Don't be so nervous about showing your work that you don't show your work. This would be a mistake. Be Honest is a great event designed just for you to showcase the fantastic ideas and work that you are generating and making at PSU. Also remember: the more you talk with people about your work the easier it gets. This event is FUN! It engages you with the community of makers that you live in. You become part of the fabric of this great city by sharing with others. Cheesy? Yes, perhaps, but so true. Please, come join us!
Above: Frantic table arrangement before the doors open at Be Honest!
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
+ Send us an email (email@example.com). Please give your email the Subject of Be Honest: Showing Work & include your name, email and phone number, and a link to your work in the flickr group: (see below)
+ Post to the FoGD flickr group the 5-10 examples of your work that you will be showing. You must post this work AND email us by April 15.
If you decide to participate you will receive a few feet of table space to make your own. You may bring actual projects, portfolio book, a laptop, posters to hang and cards to give away. You might also want to bring a piece of fabric to cover your table. Think of your table space as a mini installation of your work!
Exciting news! Ethan Allen Smith is running for ASPSU President! You probably have seen Ethan around the art annex talking, laughing it up and also making really lovely and thoughtful work. Let's get an effective communicator on ALL levels (visual and verbal) into the ASPSU President role.
Part of Ethan's platform is focused on strengthening the student groups on campus.
From his statement of candidacy:
My name is Ethan Allen Smith and I am looking forward to serving you as your student body President. As a Portland native, I love this city and this university. When my wife and I made the decision to return to college, we knew there was no better place to earn a degree in Graphic Design than from Portland State University. When I transferred from PCC, I was instantly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the students and faculty on this campus. I am on the board of the Friends of Graphic Design student group. I also became involved in ASPSU almost immediately, where I have had the privilege of serving as a Senator, President pro-tempore, and currently as Vice President. My long term goal is to become a professor of graphic design, so it has been a wonderful opportunity to work closely with PSU Students and this administration.
Read the rest of the statement at the campaign website! Go LIKE hiim on facebook! and for the love of everything good, please go and vote for him on the 23rd of April!