Justin Gorman will place a series of site-specific and portable walls at various TBA:08 Festival venues over the course of ten days. These structures are erected in public places, which the artist researches extensively for historical content and relevancy. Each wall displays concise messages that remind viewers of the hidden histories of our built environment. Gorman hopes to promote a connection between us and the spaces we build, evoking a personal response to urban spaces and city environments. These text-based “narrative reductions” or “historical slogans” distill his research to its simplest point or action.

A recent installation at the Leftbank Project in Northeast Portland referenced the building’s lively past. Long ago, residents of Portland enjoyed the very latest in jazz at a club called The Dude Ranch—closed after a shooting. The billboard is installed in the room where Louis Armstrong once played, with the words “bang, bang” painted in red across a blank wall.

Justin Gorman is a Portland-based artist who recently successfully defended his thesis at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Gorman has had installations at Audio Cinema, Upper Playground, Mark Woolley Gallery and Pause Gallery, all in Portland, OR. He has exhibited work nationally at Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC and at Capers Gallery in Salina, KS. Gorman’s work was included in Portland Modern, Issue 4: Saturation, curated by Kristan Kennedy and Matthew Stadler.

The commission and exhibition of this project is supported in part by the Kristy Edmunds Fund for New Work.