Amanda Clem interviews Christine Miller and Brittany Vega

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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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On Tuesday July 2 at 11.30 a.m. Amanda Clem interviews artists Christine Miller and Brittany Vega about their work in Fuller Rosen Gallery's American Hex exhibition, on view through March 14.
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:30am Amanda Clem interviews Christine Miller and Brittany Vega about their exhibtion American Hex at Fuller Rosen Gallery. Miller and Vega’s varied practices center on the artist as collector, and use their personal archives to shed light on the ills of contemporary American culture. American Hex points to the problematic and charged symbolism an object can hold. Vega, using her own collection of flags, highlights the complications of patriotism and demonstrates the confusion, frustration, and hate that exists in our current political system. Miller’s personal collection of Jim Crow-era memorabilia is a reminder of the racism that continues to plague our country like a curse. American Hex will run through March 14, 2020.
Christine Miller (b. 1990, New York, NY, she/her) is a mixed media visual artist and curator based in Portland, OR. Miller received her BA from Hunter College, and studied textile and surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Miller’s artistic and curatorial practices center on bringing underrepresented artists to the front of the Portland art community and beyond. Her curatorial debut Brown Sugar Where We At? was a collaboration with nine other Portland-based black woman/femme visual artists with the goal of seeing more diversity among local creatives and representation in contemporary art conversations. 

Miller’s upcoming project Black Playground will be a month long pop-up gallery at Tips on Failing. Black Playground will center on the work of black visual artists as a response to the imperative need to create and maintain space dedicated to prioritizing the works of Portland’s marginalized communities. The pop-up will run through August 2020.
Brittany Vega (b. 1990, Bradenton, Florida, she/her) is a multi-media artist working in Portland, Oregon. Her work explores the political and cultural intersections of an American identity. Vega uses the symbolism and associations of charged political objects as a means to investigate the fusion of the self and the participation one plays in their own American-ness. Being a daughter of an immigrant father, Vega uses her artistic practice as a place to experiment and understand the complications of being biracial with the advantages of whiteness.

Vega received her BFA from Memphis College of Art and earned her MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has led multiple curatorial projects. In 2016, she was accepted as a fellow in Kansas City’s Mid-America Arts Alliance Incubator, Artist Inc Live. Most recently, Vega exhibited work in Gathered as a selected artist for Portland Textile Month. She is also the co-operator of Off The Cost, a growing online resource promoting opportunities for creators that have no application fee.
American Hex
Christine Miller and Brittany Vega
Saturday, February 22 from 6-8pm for the release of "My Black is the Color of the Sun" a brand new publication by exhibiting artist Christine Miller.

Christine will be joined by Reed College's Multicultural Resource Center Program Director Ruby Joy White to discuss her book and it's themes of racial disparity, internalized racism, and how those notions are neutralized in her creative practice. Artist talk and conversation begins at 6:30pm.
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