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SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY

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(An acronym for CUNT \;-)

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curated by Jennifer Locke @ Portland State University\, Portland\, Oregon< /p>\n

in the Autzen Gallery in Neuberger Hall &\; MK Gallery in PSU's Art Department

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1/11/13-2/22/13

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Catalog essay by Stephanie Ellis

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 I am a big fan of Jennifer Locke as an artist\, performer\, colleague and now a curator. It is an honor to be invited to wr ite a short essay for this exhibition. 

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 Jennifer often speaks of her seduction by the formal and the m inimal. Both terms are typically aligned with talk about aesthetics and goo d taste that aim to deliver a quality end product. In those conversations\, categories\, --morning doves\, lemon pies\, capitalism\, the pacific\, gen der\, republicans\, the Spanish language\, art -- assume a mantle of clarit y. Categories appear natural yet depend on chronic policing of their bounda ries. Identity or membership in a category depends on resemblance to a mode l or a set of ideal core characteristics. 

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 Such a transcendence of form is hardly what Jennifer has in mind. Her enthrallment with what is structural and lean links to something "gutsy + juicy + difficult-to-pin down". This GJDPD I wil call obscure. Fo llowing Jennifer's intuition\, formalism + minimalism will be an expansive unfolding's. I imagine Jennifer the curatior as Jennifer the catalyst for o pen-ended processes that are not the means to a thing but the thing itself.

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Obscure is allergic to iden tity catagories. A world that finally confines itself to the predictable. O ut of respect to the curator and artists\, I set mysefl to writing about th is exhibition as a set of extended possibilities. My best efforts\, necessa rily incomplete\, are a homage to artists who refuse the romance of anythin g goes as well as the rules of identity.

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The common sense of obscure is to cover over clarity\; to be i n the dark. I will add a further sense: to name what cannot yet be seen or imagined. Even when obscure is literal\, it is never simply a cover up. The installation of Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich is not a typical tease a bout what is hidden -- skeleton in the closet. I bet that when opened the c rypt in their cryptology would be ha-ha half empty. Wha is inheritied or sh ared is not a stand-in or representation of the repressed but rather the ac tual psychic space of repression. Laura Swanson's scrumptions self-portrait s do not use the whipped cream or the shower curtain to hide the obviious. Rather\, the artist brilliantly sets up the viewer to discover the latent p otential of seemingly worn-out cliches. Nicole McClure's paper dolls lack a n armory of paper clothes but that exposure is nullified by a stockpile of headshots.

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Monet Clark shows up in her smart video "NUDE" wearing "nude" underware. This double-cross c over up is exactly the kind of expansive obscure that suits this crowd.

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To go further\, I will claim th at this exhibition rejects a binary between the literal and the metaphorica l. Rather then confusing the boundary between oppositional categories\, the boundary itself becomes the joke. In the art world myth of abstraction wit h a capatal A\, mess is an expression or purveyor of meaning.

\n< p>For Ray Mack\, abstraction is the gorgeou s expression of mess -- vomiting heads and leaking boobs. The lyrical black and white distortion of Laura Kim's video of herself making fart noises th rough a shower curtain is Francis Bacon turned upside down -- an excellent description of a joke's productive labor. 

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Metaphor defines itself as a displacement between identity c ategories (dog for sleave\, to give one exmaple). In Greece\, where I hear the buses are called metaphors\, this travel is literal. This group is full of buses. The funny part is -- the terminal is not only an end point\, but also a potential beginning. Traffic is coming and going\, and where you ge t off nobody knows.

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In Chris tine Ancalmo's stunning video lopp "Untitled: Cancelled" is a circuitous cr otch becoming a machine or a runaway machine becoming a crotch? Is Amanda K irkhuff's tenderly rendered penis becoming a horse's head or is a velvet ho rse's head becoming a penis? Is the strange enticing dog in Keke Hunt's vid eo "Projection" becoming a hairy arm or is a hariy arm becoming a dog? Is l ovely Ana Fernandez becoing a mop or is a zealous cleaning machine dissolvi ng into a passionate mystery woman? In the intensely visceral video "Fistin g" by Stephanie Halmos\, is the mouth becoming a self - devouring cannibal -- the body as perversely imploding or is the fist becoming a second neck f or the head -- the body as monstrously propagating?

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These jokes even upturn a contemporary myth of evol ution: the higher life forms are the product of ever more complexity. How c an this truth claim be sustained without foregoing the possiblility that th e tipping point for human might be a primate that never became adult? The j uvenile as the extended possibility. Likewise\, stupidity is not always a q uestion about the obvious\, it is sometimes the question about what is assu med or goes unquestioned. The elephant in the room might be a rabbit. what is the trick Witney Lynn ull when a live bunny is swapped for a dead hare? Or when Nao Bustamente's butt in the air is plainly her birthday cake and a volcano?

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Hilarious.< /p>\n

Stephanie Ellis

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