This month, we are excited to feature The Art Gym’s final exhibition in their space at Marylhurst University, Place Names, by artists manuel arturo abreu and Christopher Paul Jordan. This piece continues our series highlighting the various arts and culture recipients of Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Project Grants.

Through painting, sculpture, built environments, and explorations of language, Place Names explores the abstracted visual and emotional cues that influence how a sense a “place” is communicated. The artists each construct visual narratives from notions of the geographical and cultural locales that have been generative to their thinking as artists and poets. The works in Place Names appropriate objects such as stray window frames, graffiti-laden panels, well-worn maps, and evocations of their workspaces as signifiers of the cultural, economic, and racial influences within inherited identity. This two-person exhibition exploring the contemporary legacy of colonialism and political mark-making in public space was on display March 20 – May 20, 2018.

manuel arturo abreu (Santo Domingo/Portland) is a poet and artist. They work in text, ephemeral sculpture, photography and various “at hand” materials. They co-facilitate “Home School,” a free pop-up art school in Portland, OR. Christopher Paul Jordan (Tacoma, WA) integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and selfdetermination
among dislocated people.

The Art Gym received a $2,000 Project Grant to help fund the exhibition, promotion and the catalog published in conjunction with this exhibition. Funds were
also used to pay the artists and programmatic collaborators fair-wage honoraria per Working Artists and the Greater Economy standards and provide financial support with art materials.

For more information about Place Names, we encourage you to visit The Art Gym’s website:

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