I ♥ Becca Bernstein!
By the time I was in the sixth grade, I had already learned to dread the group project. Scheduling work times, communicating about irrelevant things, and negotiating different levels of commitment: all of it was the stuff of nightmares for me! With this kind of background, I hardly seem like the a good candidate for a collaborative project…
...until, of course, I met Becca.
And I guess that’s always the way of it: a thing like partnering doesn’t seem right until all the pieces fall together and then it suddenly is.
In my case, the missing piece was Becca and everything that came with her: a mutual respect for each other’s work, similar ideas about what it means to be an artist, a real commitment to our work, and a desire to communicate about our differences as well as our similarities. In light of these essentials, the content of the project was almost secondary! Over the last few years, I’ve learned invaluable lessons from working so closely with Becca and getting an inside look at how another artist does her thing.
Still, my favorite part of our collaboration isn’t everything Becca has taught me; it isn’t even the work we’ve made. It’s having someone to get excited about Subjective with. Though that may sound trivial, in the past, my successes—everything from grant awards to press coverage—have been invigorating, but not like they are now. Whether it was a new venue booked or the exciting news that Dr. Richard Brilliant wanted to write our catalog essay, each Subjective success is sweeter because I get to share it with someone who is just as excited about it as I am!
Subjective is open as of today…
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM through 5 February
Artist talk: Wednesday 13 January from 12:30 to 1:30 PM
Reception: immediately following the talk from 1:30 to 2:30 PM
North View Gallery
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219