2016, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, January 31 - March 6
A Mortal Song is an exhibition with performance elements by Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes and Portland-based artist Caley Feeney. Both artists use intimate symbol systems and idiosyncratic languages to traverse contemporary landscapes. Weaving together influence from pop-culture, special effects, dreams, noise, and the subconscious. A Mortal Song included installation, large sculpture, works on paper, and sound to create an imagined world that collapses in and out of our own.
Special Closing Event, Saturday March 5, 5–8pm: For the closing event we invite audience to participate in a fluid conversation with Caley Feeney and curator Chiara Giovando. We will sit in and on the installation, talk about non-specific things–like the potential of an object to hold and emit energy, paint our noses, and sing songs. Audience members are encouraged to come with a song to sing a cappella and to dress in brightly-colored clothing. Drinks and face paint will be provided.
Part of the Season 5 Curator-in-Residence program, Sound is Matter.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
TORI WRÅNES is a Norwegian artist and vocalist whose work combines the voice with sculpture in performance. Her use of vivid sounds and costumes alter her appearance, creating new dreamlike constellations in dynamic architectural and multi-sensory sculptural environments. Recent works that demonstrate these whimsical fantasies include: STONE and SINGER commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) featuring Wrånes as a troll singing into her tail accompanied by an elevated brass ensemble; YOUR NEXT VACATION IS CALLING at Lilith Performance Studio in Malmø, Sweden (2014) where Wrånes transformed the space into a three-dimensional abstract painting with suspended furniture, hovering beanbags, and a chorus of performers; and YES NIX, a commission for Performa 13, where Wrånes, suspended upside-down from the ceiling explored the physicality of her own voice against the backdrop of singers on bicycles. Wrånes recently took part in a one-year residency at ISCP (International studio and curatorial program) in New York.
CALEY FEENEY is a visual and performance artist based in Portland, OR. Originally from Anchorage, she has lived in Portland since 2006. Her works have been exhibited in Portland as well as in Philadelphia and Toronto. She recently collaborated as a solo vocalist with dancer Allie Hankins as part of the Creative Music Guild’s annual festival, the Improvisation Summit of Portland. Documentation of her most recent solo exhibition at Lowell in Portland can be found on her website.