ON SIGHT Gallery Hours at Washington High School
September 17 – October 18
Thurs – Fri 12 – 6:30 pm & Sat – Sun 12 – 4 pm

A collection of installations, exhibitions, projections, and gatherings by visual artists, curated and organized by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Program Director, PICA. ON SIGHT projects are FREE and open to the public from September 03 — October 18, 2009 and are (mostly) located at Washington High School: 531 SE 14th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214. Please visit individual artist pages for more information including project location and hours.

TBA ON SIGHT Residencies are funded in part by the Kristy Edmunds Fund for New Work, Leslie B. Durst, and National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network whose major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Supported in part by LAIKA/house, Perfect Fit, Catherine Volle, & Hampton Lumber.

TBA ON SIGHT projects are supported in part by Lufthansa German Airlines, makelike, Comcast, TC Smith and Showdrape Inc., Bill Boese, David Rosenack, Moe Caviness, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Reed College, Milepost 5, Josh Berger & Tiffany Brown, Elise Bartow, Derek Franklin, Kent Richardson, Lyndsay Hogland, and the Prints for PICA artists, with special thanks to TODAYART Studios.


No Such Place is a phrase that might be written on a banner or flag hung high on the building that these exhibits inhabit. Or it could be a stamp on a map of a suspicious landmass. It is sometimes a loose translation of the word utopia. Right now it is a title for a series of projects about an amorphous time: one reflected by artists in numerous ways, one that poses more questions than it answers.

When I set out to program this constellation of projects, I was thinking about the art world’s recent obsession with utopian visions and how collectively we seemed to be searching for meaning. Then as our country faced a stunning and glorious regime change, it felt as if a giant balloon had been popped. All of the air went rushing out—there was a great relief, there was talk of hope, there was great celebration. Still we were at war, and even worse we could not hide from the mistakes we made: we could no longer blame our leader; we had to blame ourselves. In this moment everything looked different, including art. People started asking, “What does it mean to be here in this place? In this time? What will define us/it?”

Artists are always future forecasting, and the artists included in this program are no different. The ways they describe, question, and predict are varied and unexpected. They document and reinterpret memories and melodramas, they set up stages for you to direct the action, they remove information or distort it, they create soundscapes, dream states, altered states. They possess hope, but they also are not afraid to hint at our anxious reality. They talk as much about loss as they do about love. They are mining the now, the then, and the soon to be. They are making a new world, one that does not yet have a name, one not yet defined. One called, for now anyway, No Such Place.

—Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Program Director