• When: November 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Where: Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Ave
  • Details:

    Throughout the month of November, the PSU MFA Studio Practice program will host a series of lectures and conversations. There will be two evening Visiting Artist Lectures which will feature an in-depth look at the artist’s history, their practices, and research. We will also be presenting three more intimate Lunchtime Critical Conversations. These will be held in our BFA studio and will focus on provoking thoughtful discussions about personal endeavors and art practices. Please join us in these great opportunities to visit and connect with artists.

    Tannaz Farsi

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7pm

    Shattuck Hall Annex
    1914 SW Park Ave
    Portland OR 97201

    FREE and open to the public

    TANNAZ FARSI uses recognizable forms and materials, across many mediums. Farsi is invested in alternative methods of remembering and recording to prolong the presence of easily erased moments that arise from the complexities of colonialist legacies.

    Central to the work is the notion of fragmentation, structural blindness and individual agency. The work is project based and her studio practice crosses a range of mediums such as sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. As an artist, she is interested in the friction that is instigated within the mixing of these conventions – whether it is an aesthetic structure that informs a political commentary or an attempt to bring an irrational idea or an idea that does not have definitive form into a physical structure.

    Farsi’s work has been exhibited at venues including Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland; Disjecta Art Center, Portland; Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma; the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington; and The Sculpture Center, Cleveland. She has been granted residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, the McDowell Colony, Studios at Mass MOCA, Santa Fe Art Institute and the Rauschenberg Residency. Her work has been supported through grants and awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, University of Oregon and the Ford Family Foundation where she was named a Hallie Ford Fellow (2014). Born in Iran, Farsi lives and works in Eugene, where she is on the faculty at the University of Oregon and co-chair of the Sculpture program.

    Portland State University MFA Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series is sponsored in part by the James DePreist Fellowship provided by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and the PSU School of Art + Design. The series brings together artists, curators, and critics from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience.