Art for Floating MP4 Players

Lump Gallery/Projects in Raleigh, North Carolina is an artist-run space that has been presenting, since 1996, some of the most provocative projects in the region. Last year one of its members, Michael Salter, moved to Eugene, Oregon where he founded Lumpwest, which he calls 'the third and silent partner of Lump Gallery/Projects.' Operating with a DIY attitude, Lumpwest has been making a name both locally and nationally with a program of experimental exhibitions such as 'Particulate,' currently on view. For this show, artist Chris Coleman brought together eight other artists--Tom Bendtson, dNASAb, Colin Ives, Adrianne Little, Laleh Mehran, Alexander Renya, G.A. Rhodes, and Adam Weekley--who created videos that are showcased in MP4 micro players (iPods, etc) hung in single row on all the walls of the gallery. For example, Renya's work addresses the aesthetics of advertising with a surrealist touch and Weekley reflects on gender issues. Salter says of dNASAb's work, he 'displayed a dynamic, dimensional, gestural chaos of beauty from somewhere between nightmare and recognition.' Given these strong and diverse contributions, Particulate is thus a surprising exhibition of introspective, visual inspections of personal mythologies and the collective imaginary that offers an intimate yet psychologically engaging experience to the viewers. - Miguel Amado