This show was part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual Time Based Arts festival. PICA was very generous with us, and gave us a space in downtown Portland that was roughly 10 thousand square feet. We took that as an invitation to fill it.
We took a lot of inspiration from the Native American artifacts at the Portland Art Museum, and drank a lot of alcohol for three all nighters in a row. We built two structures intended to be opposing sides of an improvised war performance that meant we made intimidating sculptures, danced, wrestled, sang, yelled and threw things at each other, drew and painted on one another and handed out free beer at dawn. The resulting work was an artifact of our performance, and displayed the process in its raw and primitive appearance.
This was a seminal show for us in many ways, but most importantly, it introduced some members who have been instrumental in our group since. This was the first show for Gordon Barnes, Shelby Davis, David Dunlap, Jay Schmidt, Posie Currin and Rebecca Steele.