Julian Tan

VizArts Monthly: New year, new art

Exhibitions in January, both virtual and in-person, emphasize change, renewal, and hope.

It’s 2021 at last! Although much of daily life still hangs in the balance, we can emerge from the post-holiday fog with a fresh round of art exhibitions. January’s events are imbued with themes of hopefulness, illumination, imagination, and visions of change. Head to North Portland for a double-viewing at Disjecta and Carnation Contemporary, snag your chance to handle Alyson Provax’s works directly in Old Long Since, or stay in your pajamas for a range of online exhibitions. Whatever you choose, this month’s happenings offer viewers an invigorating beginning to the new year.

Work by Christine Howard Sandoval, image courtesy Disjecta

TIMELINES FOR THE FUTURE: Christine Howard Sandoval
January 8 – February 21, 2021
Disjecta
8371 N Interstate Ave (Fri-Sun 12-5, or by appointment)

Curated by the renowned Lucy Cotter, Christine Howard Sandoval’s TIMELINES FOR THE FUTURE is a selection of the artist’s new and recent works revolving around a process of “unlearning” via walking on uncertain and disputed lands. Memory, landscape, politics, and ecology intertwine in Sandoval’s visions of future place. In this solo exhibition, Sandoval uses video, sculpture, drawing, site-specific materials, and sustained research to highlight complex narratives of inhabitation and migration in the American West and Southwest. Themes of Hispanic and Native agrarian histories, migratory pathways, Indigenous sacred sites, and Spanish missionization are woven throughout.

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