at Fuller Rosen Gallery: with Laura Camila Medina
“ (Portland, Oregon) Fuller Rosen Gallery proudly presents Loopholes, a two-person show featuring new work by Devin Harclerode and Laura Camila Medina. Loopholes explores myth-making as it relates to personal experience, memory, and manipulation. Harclerode and Medina use a unique lexicon of symbols, language, and imagery to guide the viewer through their constructed realities. Loopholes will be the first show at Fuller Rosen’s new location at 1928 NW Lovejoy St.
Harclerode’s installations in Loopholes center around reproductive justice and the reproduction of myths in connection with laws that restrict abortion access. She co-opts the language of right-wing conspiracy theorists in her faux DIY videos on how to access reproductive care outside of the current healthcare system. Medina, using a VR platform, re-constructs her fragmented memories of growing up Colombian in the United States. The bright hues and unique aesthetic of her virtual sculptures and drawings invoke longing and nostalgia, inviting the viewer to practice remembering their own experiences.
In her research-based practice, Devin Harclerode uses speculative discourse to explore fluidity (teasing the barrier between magical thinking and logic), softness (weaponizing the malleable and bruised), and monster birth (alter egos for reproductive disembodiment). Her work in this two person show reflects her recent time spent in Utah, a state whose cultural myth-making translates into legislation that violently restricts and oppresses the non-ruling class. Devin’s installation centers on floating hypothetical system-exits to accomplish reproductive justice.
In Loopholes, Devin misuses cues from both feminine and masculine versions of right-wing survivalist culture, while incorporating abject “feminine” associated imagery. Her show with Medina consists of multiple video installations playing DIY videos explaining how to access abortion outside of patriarchal health care systems. The videos exist amongst sheer curtains, a communion with domesticity that flirts with the hope of transparency within a body politic. ”
SPECULATIVE CURTAINS (SILPHIUM)
PRACTICAL CURTAINS (MIFEPRISTONE)
Review at thisistomorrow.info
Photos by Mario Gallucci