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Gus Van Sant: Cut-ups

PDX Contemporary Art (map) Northwest
Thu., May 6, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 29 2010

"There isn't a thematic thread or conceptual idea at work," explains Gus Van Sant of Cut-ups, his current exhibit at PDX Contemporary, "except perhaps 'people.' There [are] a lot of 'people' in the images." The people he's referring to are all actors and actresses, and the images in question are amalgamated casting photos shot by the renowned filmmaker between 1988 and 2001. For each image, Van Sant chopped and layered multiple scanned Polaroids, resulting in deformed multi-humans. I'd compare it to an indiscriminate surgeon on a battlefield, but that feels too violent and inexact. The filmmaker has all but silently created these and other still works for over 40 years, showing them infrequently—their importance becomes clearer when similar motifs bleed into his film imagery. MATT STANGEL

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Venue Hours
  • Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Thu., May 6, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 29 2010