David Eckhard: Deployment
David Eckhard: Deployment
The Art Gym presents David Eckard: Deployment, a mid-career 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.
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 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, Matthew 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).
Curated By: Terri Hopkins
On view: October 2 – December 11, 2011