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Open Studio Residency: (F) Utility, a collaboration of Chandra Glaeseman, Jennifer LaMastra, and Sarah Wolf Newlands

Jul 22 11:00 AM - Jul 27 6:00 PM


Daily workshops are $10 for the public, $8 to Members and students with ID.


Part open studio, part residency, part master class, Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) has invited consummate makers of all types to temporarily relocate their studios to the Lab for week-long terms, July 8 through August 4. Resident artists will work from the Lab during daily open hours, 11am-6pm, connecting directly with the Museum’s audiences as they engage in their creative practice. In addition, artists will offer daily two-hour, drop-in workshops for visitors of all ages to have access the materials, processes, and concepts of various crafts. The intent of the Open Studio summer residency is to provide a public venue for the work that often happens behind the scenes in the artist studio. We believe that this residency provides a wonderful opportunity to share publicly all the starts, stops, challenges, and inspirations that happen as work is created. Furthermore, we hope to provide a space for direct and open dialogue between creative practitioners and the community around craft-based ideas, practices, and processes.

July 22 – 27, (F) Utility, a collaboration of Chandra Glaeseman, Jennifer LaMastra, and Sarah Wolf Newlands
Workshops daily, 1-3pm, the Lab at MoCC. Tickets first come first served, $10 for the public, $8 for Members and Students.

(F) Utility will take the backdoor into a conversation about craft by examining the complete opposite of what is culturally considered a crafted object: the obsolescent object. By focusing their lens on garbage, the artist collective will examine the systems that support the production of trash, namely the lack value and inconsequential labor, and in turn, employ craft as a solution to this global problem. Their project, Defining the Grey Areas, is a physical and conceptual exploration of the in-between, the nebulous margins, the simultaneity of absence and presence, the illusive, the oppressive, the humorous, and the inclusive landscape of Portland. They will ask the public to bring in discarded items of “trash” and transform them into crafted objects. Their project consists of four parts: 1. Accumulate and gather 2. Catalogue 3. Narrate 4. Transform.

(F) Utility is Chandra Glaeseman, Jennifer LaMastra, and Sarah Wolf Newlands. Glaeseman is a sculptor whose work examines the marks civilization makes. She holds degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Maine College of Art. Since 2007, Glaeseman has been interested in what she refers to as “the garbage factor,” viewing waste as “a holistic portraiture of who we are as a society.” She is an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Jennifer LaMastra is a wearable art sculptor who believes that the entire process of collecting, altering, sculpting and wearing non-traditional materials is a practice of paying attention. An active participant in Portland’s popular Junk to Funk Fashion Show since 2006, LaMastra’s work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows, including a six-month billing for her wears at the Portland International Airport. She has a background in design and technical theater, as well as cosmetology and physical theater. With degrees in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and Portland State University, Sarah Wolf Newlands has been in several group and solo exhibitions and featured in many publications. An assistant professor in the Department of University Studies at PSU, she currently teaches courses in drawing, painting and contemporary art history. Layer by layer, she uncovers familiar things – clothing, curtains, socks – and arranges them into formal compositions.