"Touch This: Ontological Interrogations Tangential Discourses" is an art experience, lecture, performance and discussion. It will investigate the role of ayo's work in creating dialogue between art and audience that engages the social structures and issues that shape the daily interactions of society and community. She will address the goals she has for her work and her approach to creating art that interrogates the meaning of the objects she uses. She will also discuss the idea of tangential discourses of race and their place within white gallery walls, and question the definition and categorizations of activist art. Slide shows and audio of ayo's recent and early work will be featured as well as an opportunity to ask questions of the artist.
In addition, ayo will create a new performance work for the event in collaboration with defunkt theatre co-founder, James Moore.
The program will include a focus on ayo's recent show "shift: we are not yet done," which explores contemporary racism. The show creates an experience of ayo's world for the viewer using audio/visual elements, assemblage, photos and three-dimensional work representing ideas surrounding race, culture and every day objects.
Ayo has a degree in public policy and American civilization from Brown University. In the past three years, she has had solo exhibitions in Portland at the Mark Woolley Gallery, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Gallery and Artist Repertory Theatre. In 2000, she joined the theatre community and is a Drammy Award-winning set designer and founding member of the defunkt theatre Company. She has created a range of visual art, installation work, stage productions and multimedia performance pieces. Her emphasis focuses on issues of race, gender and sexuality.
The program is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Associated Students of Linfield College Portland Campus (ASLC-PC), Mark Woolley Gallery, Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Carleton/Hart Architecture, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and defunkt theatre.
For more information, call the ASLC-PC, 503-413-8293.