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Opening Reception | April 7, 2016 | 7-9pm
Rainmaker Artist Residency
2337 NW York St #201, Portland, OR 97210
On April 7th 2016, multidisciplinary artist Leif J. Lee will reveal their newest artwork and release Issue #13 of their zine “Why A Queer Occult”. Based out of Portland Oregon’s Rainmaker Artist Residency artist Leif J. Lee creates new works on paper, clay sculpture, embroidery on dyed fabric, super 8 mm film, photography, and performance work surrounding the illusive concepts of queer spirits and queer occult practices. Through their deeply personal spiritual experiences this artist enters into a trance induced creative practice. Symbols, line and hand-work bring about spells of drawing, sculpting, and queer occult practices. Leif J. Lee’s work is a shield against negative energies in the art world, a celebration of queer spiritual underground culture, and a home for the lost orphan of homophobia. With a new compass Leif J. Lee directs their intentions towards the spiritual guide residing within the queer body, previously hidden and for one night only illuminated by the black light.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Leif J. Lee is a 2014 graduate of the MFA visual studies program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and is a current artist in residence at Rainmaker Artist Residency. Lee is a 2015 recipient of the Precipice Fund for their collaborative project Environmental Impact Statement. Lee’s work has been shown in Portland Oregon’s Duplex Gallery, Surplus Space, Disjecta, PNCA, and Olympia Washington’s Northern Gallery. Past residencies include Centrum, Signal Fire Arts, and Caldera.
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