ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bukola Koiki was born in Lagos, Nigeria and came to study art in the United States as a teen through a series of events involving a secondary school classmate and the American Visa Lottery Program. She received her MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art in May 2015. Her work explores cultural hybridity and cultural dislocation through the lens of memory, language, rituals, and rites of passage, using a variety of mediums. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Portland OR, Morristown, NJ and Gatlinburg, Tennessee and her work has been featured in Surface Design Journal and online in Art21 Magazine and Art Practical. She lives and works in Portland,OR.
Nick Patton is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Portland, OR. Patton received his BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2005 and his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015. His studio practice is currently focused on addressing various social, political, and ecological issues through abstract sculptural representations. Pulling from diverse influences such as Dr. Seuss and Looney Tunes, combined with artists such as Tom Sachs and John Chamberlain, Patton's sculptural forms reside somewhere between cartoonish and biomorphic abstraction with a graffiti-punk, DIY aesthetic. They are constructed through improvisation and trial and error using found objects and repurposed construction materials that, in the end, resemble the kind of twisted animatronic characters you might find in a post-apocalyptic Chuck-E-Cheese. His comically tragic caricaturizations intend to illicit a discussion surrounding the consequences of humanity's selfish and foolhardy decisions.
Katie Yancey generates video, sound and installation work through a multi-disciplinary practice that explores the materiality of the poetic voice. She received an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University, and received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.