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Histories' Presence

Apr 5, 2018 - May 25, 2018


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Free and open to the public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Kanani Miyamoto + Angélica Maria Millán Lozano + Bukola Koiki

Please join us for receptions on Thursday, April 5th from 6-8pm at PAGE Space located in PNCA’s BridgeLab Career Center.

Aged photographs, heirlooms, familial dialogues, cultural symbols, gifts of endearment, and research into lineage are all catalysts in the work of Kanani Miyamoto, Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Bukola Koiki. Combing through their own cultural mythologies, they each create works that represent where they came from as it shapes their own individual perspectives. Miyamoto’s work uses printmaking to multiply the symbols of Hawaiian and Buddhist cultures with methodology – reconciling identity as an unknown but revered entity. Millán creates work that harkens to her relative’s past and present, commemorating the matriarchs who build and sustain Latinx households and the families within them. Koiki references language, memory, cultural symbology, and rites of passage. She creates work that explores the concepts of cultural hybridity and cultural dislocation in order to analyze the complexity of the contemporary immigrant experience. These three artists claim their own space and presence through realizing identity and displacement as fluid. It teeters between origin and current residence. It is manifested through these women with new narratives that memorialize, celebrate, and synthesize their histories that ultimately come to present.

Kanani Miyamoto (MFA Print Media 2016) is a passionate printmaker and has an education rooted in traditional practices of printmaking. Her studio practices have expanded to non-traditional forms of printmaking including mixed media original prints and installation. Her current work is inspired by her personal experiences as an individual of mixed heritage as well as life growing up in Honolulu. Issues of cultural and personal identity have been a major theme in her work. She is originally from Honolulu, Hawai`i and is currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, Miyamoto loves collaboration and is supportive of community based art. She is an advocate for art education and the integration of art in public schools. She works with RACC’s Right Brain Initiative and NW Noggin’s STEAM program as a teaching artist. Both organizations focused on integrating art education with standard curriculum, with the shared belief that cognitive, creative learning fosters productive, divergent thinkers. Miyamoto believes that our society is in need of creative thinkers and providing quality arts based programs and education will enrich the world we live in.

Angélica Maria Millán Lozano (MFA Visual Studies 2017) is a Portland based artist from Bogotá, Colombia. She creates abstract and figurative compositions on distressed fabrics that question the social injustices that affect Latinas in the home. She received her MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Millán is also a co-founder at cvllejerx, a poc focused fashion, poetry, and performance collaboration. Millán has presented work at Disjecta, Williamson Knight, Nationale in Portland, OR; Gas Gallery in L.A., CA, and Bridge Productions in Seattle, WA.

Bukola Koiki (MFA Applied Craft + Design 2015) was born in Lagos, Nigeria and is currently the AICAD Teaching Fellow and Visiting Assistant Profesor of Printmaking at Maine College of Art. She received a BFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas in 2006 and an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Morristown, NJ, Gatlinburg, TN and in Portland, OR at the Portland Building Installation Space, Nationale, as part of the PDX Contemporary Art’s Window Project, Rainmaker and at Indivisible. Her work has also been featured in Surface Design Journal and online on Art 21 Magazine and Art Practical.

PAGE Space, or PNCA Alumni Gallery and Exhibition Space, is a dedicated exhibition space for the alumni community to show the work they continue to make once their time studying at PNCA has come to a close. PAGE Space is also a hub for the alumni community to connect with each other and the current PNCA students, faculty and staff. It is located in the BridgeLab Career Center and draws its curatorial inspiration from the curious and unique floor plan of the space. With 20 foot ceilings and a large footprint, the quantity of Alumni work that can be showcased at one time is vast. In their pilot year they have shown over 80 alumni and are gracious recipients of The Ford Family Foundation Project Grant. PAGE Space is curated and managed by Alumnae Lauren Stumpf (MFA VS ’16) and Jessie Spiess Werner (MFA VS ’14).