09/11/10 - 11/16/10
Zip Line is a kinetic and interactive installation by Brennan Conaway. It is a kind of memento mori that uses steel, wood, and the unique qualities of the Vestibule to transform what could be considered a confining hallway to nowhere into an unadulterated forum for contemplation about experience and life. As this summer changes into fall, we are reminded of how quickly time passes. Anticipations and intentions, along with struggles and triumphs, become memories which continue to shift with perspective. For better or for worse, both the epic and the mundane are ephemeral. Zip Line acts a playful metaphor about this state of transience, and invites you to grab the wooden trolley and enjoy the ride. It is a simple and elegant reminder that mortality and the condition of precarity can be seen as an opportunity and a challenge.
Brennan Conaway lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has a BFA from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and a BA from San Francisco State University. He is a founding member of Nowhere, an art collective whose projects include the creation of a nomadic mobile gallery constructed from the remains of a 1960s trailer that has curated exhibitions by Portland artists at various locations around the city. He was an artist-in-residence with Nowhere at the Center for Land Use Interpretation from 2007 to 2009. Conaway has been involved in sculptural public art projects at Portland State University and the Portland Building. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, PDX Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Hoffman Gallery, and Walters Cultural Arts Center. More information on Brennan can be found at http://brennanconaway.com.