[Local events] Rachel Wiecking & Ben Moorad at Ogle Gallery

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Fri Sep 28 01:15:06 PDT 2007

Desublimate the Sublime

collaborative visual arts and poetry exhibition
by Rachel Wiecking and Ben Moorad

October 4 - 27

Ogle Gallery
310 NW Broadway, Portland

Opening reception and reading

First Thursday
October 4
6:00 - 9:00 pm (reading at 7:00)

Desublimate the Sublime opens Oct. 4 with a reception and a reading of its
anchoring text, "The Hidden Black of Milk," nine new terza rima poems by Ben
Moorad. The 25-line poems move from Kentucky to Russia and back again, all
the while exploring how the urge to find form -- to make sense of the world
-- informs creative expression, erotic love, and our day-to-day experience.
Printed by Rachel Wiecking as a 4-by-13-foot field of translucent hand-made
books, the poems will seem to float in the gallery.

Mixed-media pieces by Wiecking -- including layered prints, insect boxes,
collage, drawing, typewriter drawing, and sculpture -- play with and against
Moorad's text, stripping it down and finding new forms in it. Alternately
ethereal and crass, Desublimate the Sublime pushes viewers to consider both
the intricate intentions and base instincts that engender artistic impulse.


Rachel Wiecking is the current Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at
Wells College in Aurora, New York. She has taught at the Oregon College of
Art and Craft, and her work has recently shown at the New American Art
Union, the Basil Hayward Gallery, the Savage Gallery, and as part of a
Portland Modern exhibition at the Ogle Gallery.

Ben Moorad has received three Regional Arts & Culture Council grants for
multimedia presentations of his poetry, all of which have run at the Ogle
Gallery. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Write Around Portland, which
runs networks of free writing workshops for low-income and socially isolated
people throughout the area.

This project was funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

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