View From Here

View from Here

Presented by Prequel at c3:initiative



Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, performance at 7:00 pm

Book Release, Closing Reception: Saturday, October 6th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, artist-led exhibition tour at 11:00 am

image composite of eight artist’s work courtesy of Marcelo Fontana


That itchy feeling when you pick up an old book that smells weird.

A broken down 97’ Saturn full of a surprisingly roomy nothingness plus glitter.

A smudged cloud between Alicia Silverstone’s pedicure.

A turtleneck with a big hole in the wrong place. Soft between the elbows.

A landline no one wants the number for.

The post-game birthday bash backyard bbq block party family fun box.

A representação que vira vestigio.


For the past six months, these eight artists have produced work and engaged in ongoing dialogue while participating in Prequel. Prequel was founded in 2014 as a free, low-residency program for emerging artists living in the Pacific Northwest. The program consists of weekly group discussions, mentoring, and critiques and concludes with a final exhibition and publication. More information at




Ali Balter approaches themes of empathy, intimacy, apathy and exchange with naïveté and intuition. Her work spans various disciplines; primarily sculpture, performance, installation, sound and social practice.  Ali received a BFA in Painting from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2013. She lives and works in Portland, where she is also a curator and program coordinator for Outwork, a multimedia fundraising exhibition project.


Winnie Black is an artist living in Portland, Oregon.  She uses video, sound, paint, and performance to create an immersive alternate reality where the idea of self can be explored and empowered beyond the confines of societal expectation and pressure.


Marcelo Fontana: The central subject of my research is the interaction, understanding and relationship between people and images. It ranges from trying to interpret how the massive production of images affects and influences our world, to working with archive pictures and exploring concepts of aura and soul.Time and location are what move my work, specifically how time affects a certain place and how it’s recorded and documented. My goal is to provide a new function for images and objects that are immersed in a “waiting state”. My work is constructed either by the accumulation or absence. By overlapping photographs, pictures of blanket slides, images bought at flea markets and old photograph machines I create spaces where the viewer is invited to reflect about what photography has to say. The intention is to create a bridge between the past and the present in a nonlinear way, creating not just parallels between different times but also between the latency of the images; analog and digital, fast and slow changes and the old and new.


Kevin Holden utilizes dissonance, noise, and harmony to explore and interrogate experiences and assumptions regarding sexual, bodily, and political desire. They have recently performed at S1, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Portland State University; and have recently exhibited their work at First Brick, the White Gallery, UNA Gallery, the Tailgate-Based Art Festival, the Archer Gallery, and the Evergreen State College. They are co-editor of LOCUSTS: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. They have recently finished studying at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.


Alan Page ( aka [sic][redacted] ) is a glitch and new media artist who enjoys decontextualizing, remixing, and misusing everything from overheard conversations to catalogs to various softwares. Through physical media and digital manipulation, they create visual disruptions and exploit the “something’s gone wrong” itchiness that comes from unexpected results. Influenced by (and a lover of) the old, broken, ruined, and far too lazy to fix, Page creates layered, sometimes dissonant visuals that arguably may or may not be accidents. Page received their BA in Visual Communication from Savannah College of Art and Design and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.


Pace Taylor is an artist working and breathing in Portland, OR, centering their work in queerness. Using illustration, the written word, and uncomfortable human interactions as tools, they build out impressions of identity. Pace scrutinizes intimate gendered moments—compromising and/or dissonant— daily moments, and outputs illustrated abstractions of that paused space. Pace is emotionally preoccupied with the busyness of intersecting identities, and chooses to examine and to deconstruct how those identities operate under the gaze of two extremes: desire and disgust, as well as the in between. Pace received their BFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon in 2015.


Emily Wise is the daughter of a truck driver and a new age dental lab assistant. (Obviously divorced.) Through building bridges between sacredness and some sort of blue-collar profanity, she experiments with varying visual styles to explore the complications and contradictions of meaning making and personal narrative.

Apart from spontaneous rituals and collaborating with the wind, her works on paper illustrate the space where ones internal world of psychological processes (namely emotion) and the external environment meet and transfer information. Since the completion of her BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015, Emily has been living and working in Portland, Oregon asking strangers how they feel.

Maya Vivas (b. 1990, Miami Fl) is a ceramic artist residing in Portland Oregon. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries in Portland Or, Los Angeles & New Zealand, including venues in association with NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts). In addition to being an active member at Radius Community Art Studio, they are currently Co-Director of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts. Maya’s work captures textures from flora, mineral and the human body, re-translating these motifs into newly invented forms that are alive, sensual and dynamic. Through these textures, they explore concepts of race, identity and gender as filtered through their own experience as a queer person of color. Through push, pull & mark making within clay, they sculpt with shadow and light as an exploration of the senses, creating folds, complexity and narrative. Maya believes that the beautiful, carnal and heartbreaking nature of clay, is a direct reflection of the human experience.




The exhibition will run from September 15th- October 6th, 2018 and can be viewed at the opening, closing or anytime during c3:initiative’s gallery hours:

Wednesday- Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

7326 N. Chicago Avenue

Portland, OR  97203




View From Here and the accompanying publication is made possible with the generous support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. More information at