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David Eckard: Deployment

October 2 - December 11, 2011

The Art Gym presents David Eckard: Deployment, a midcareer survey that covers 20 years of the Portland-based artist's career.

David Eckard: Deployment will present approximately 40 artworks, including new paintings, sculpture and performances, and a selection of past sculptures, drawings and documentation. It will also include documentation and physical remnants of past installations and performances.

A 70-page, hardcover book will accompany the exhibition. It includes an essay by artist and writer Daniel Duford and illustrations of more than 60 of the artist's artworks, many of which no longer exist or existed only briefly in installations or as props for performance.

David Eckard will also perform at numerous locations in the Portland metro area this fall, starting with performances of his new work ©ardiff at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's TBA festival in September. This will be followed by performances of ©ardiff or other works at Lewis & Clark College, Marylhurst University, Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Book

David Eckard: Deployment is a beautifully designed cloth-covered publication. It will be available at the catalog/book release party, Sunday, November 6, at 2 pm.

David will also perform that afternoon, so mark your calendars! Pick up your copy in the gallery starting November 6. Or call 503.699.6242 to order a copy.
$20 – Add $5 for shipping and handling.

David Eckard: The Back Story

David Eckard moved to the Pacific Northwest from Chicago in 1995. Eckard's work quickly caught and held the attention of numerous Northwest curators, including The Art Gym's Terri Hopkins, Beth Sellars of Suyama Space in Seattle, and Kristy Edmunds of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Suyama Space presented Miracle Boy, a major installation, in 2001, and The Art Gym produced his seminal solo installation and performance project Tournament (lumens) in 2003. PICA sponsored two important performances at its Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival—Podium in 2004 and Float in 2006.

Shortly after Eckard's arrival in Portland, Northwest critics began adding their comments to the record begun by art critics from the Midwest and the East Coast. Eckard's shows in Chicago and New York had been reviewed in major publications, by writers such as Ken Johnson for the New York Times and Tracy Smith for Art in America. In the Northwest, Lois Allan and Pat Boas wrote about Eckard's work for Artweek, Mathew Kangas reviewed it in the Seattle Times, and Kangas and Allan also covered it for Sculpture Magazine. Regina Hackett commented in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Randy Gragg and D.K. Row weighed in at The Oregonian. All were intrigued.

Eckard has sought and taken advantage of opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally. Eckard has spent considerable time in France over the past five years, teaching at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art. He also traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 as part of an international exchange sponsored by the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he is the chair of the Sculpture Department and Associate Professor of Intermedia and Sculpture. The artist has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Artist Trust Fellowship (Seattle, Washington, 1998); Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, (Portland, Oregon, 2010); and the Ford Family Foundation's Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts award (Roseburg, Oregon, 2010).

David Eckard: Deployment
Part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowships

In 2010, David Eckard received the Bronson Fellowship. The Marylhurst midcareer survey has been timed to coincide with a larger, multi-institutional collaboration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. The Eric and Ronna Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College has organized an exhibition and publication celebrating all 20 Bronson Fellows, including Eckard. Reed College, which houses the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Collection, is presenting the entire newly conserved collection throughout its campus as part of a project organized by the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. The Pacific Northwest College of Art is featuring an exhibition of the late Bonnie Bronson's art and publishing a catalogue.

David Eckard: The White Box Deployment

The Art Gym is also collaborating with the White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland on a satellite exhibition focusing on 2-D work: paintings, drawings and video.

David Eckard: The White Box Deployment opens Thursday, September 22, with a reception from 6 to 8 pm and continues through November 12. The White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland is located in the White Stag Block, 24 NW First Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 6 pm.


The Art Gym's exhibition and publication David Eckard: Deployment was supported by several foundations and individuals, including the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Linda Hutchins and John Montague. The project also received support from the Ford Family Foundation with a grant through its Visual Arts Program, which was established in 2010 to honor the late Hallie Ford's interest in the visual arts. The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust also provided funding, as did the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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