posted by Laura Moulton
“I am a lesbian woman working in downtown Portland, trying to make sense of myself in the corporate world.” That’s the first line of a series of stories printed on a giant banner hung from the ceiling at the OFFICE (2204 NE Alberta). Stories are told by homeless street kids, runaways, and random passersby. This is a creation by the artist Laura Curry, whose website describes it this way: The stories and experiences are “re-purposed” into a living, growing walk-through environment at OFFICE, bearing witness to the psyche and tellings of Portland’s DNA.
The collection of stories is typewritten text on white. Ten feet tall. Very arresting to look at from a distance, and even nicer to read up close. By week’s end, the OFFICE will be a veritable forest of banners, all of them featuring the unedited stories of Portlanders.
Stories have been collected at media kiosks around Portland (including the central library, Voodoo Doughnuts, and Pioneer Square). Look for media kiosks at the following locations this week:
Tuesday kiosk is Jameson Park in the Pearl, Wednesday you’ll find a performer seeking your story from the window of the Willamette Week (10th Ave, SW, across from the public library). Thursday will be at the EcoTrust building (also Pearl dist.), Friday the kiosk will be at the Office (Alberta & 22nd), Saturday at The Works (think Dada Ball) and Sunday back at the Office. Curry’s exhibit will culminate with a free public show on Friday, September 16th at 7 pm. This will include performers interacting with the public (get there early to tell your story and have it written on a performer’s body part, store windows, typewriters, etc.)
Can’t make it to a kiosk? Don’t lose heart. Visit Curry’s website at: www.pinkk.net and post your story there. It will be stirred into the mix with the others, and included in the final installation.