SHAWNTROPICS: Shawn Creeden Gallery Talk
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
SHAWNTROPICS: Shawn Creeden Gallery Talk

SHAWNTROPICS is a Graduate Project in Two Acts by Portland State University MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice candidate Shawn Creeden.

Creeden's diverse practice employs installation, sculpture, performance, social engagement and ritual plant care maintenance to foster empathy and nurture relationships with the non-human world. By bringing his tender and tactile private plant care practice into markedly public spaces, Creeden examines ideas of invasiveness and the possibilities of self care and healing within a culture where nearly every aspect and form of life is subject to commodification.

In Act I, Creeden plays the role of Lead Horticultist at Portland Tropical Gardens. Engaging the public through Plant Empathy discussions, tropically relevant programming and commuter friendly open hours, Creeden provides a warm, oxygen-rich environment where one can have a quiet moment, propagate a new friend, and learn the magic required to better understand the ways our photosynthetic friends communicate with us.

In Act II, Creeden summons all of his nurturing powers and performs an intimate act of resurrection and redemption with one of his living sculptures. Part self portrait, part healing practice, part institutional critique, the School of Art + Design's MK Gallery becomes an intensive care unit for the treatment of a severe case of neglect and sacrifice.

On view May 14 - 25, 2018
MK Gallery at Portland State University

Gallery Talk: May 21, 6pm

Closing Reception: May 24, 6-9pm

Art Building, 2nd floor
2000 SW 5th Ave
Portland OR

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

PORTLAND TROPICAL GARDENS (PTG) is an artist-run space that envisions Portland’s first public indoor tropical garden. At PTG, you will find different types of plants that thrive in the dynamic and vast region of the tropics. Located in Director Park in downtown Portland, PTG serves as a hub to educate the public about tropical plant-life and also hosts regular programming related to tropical culture and life. Co-founded by members of the Portland State University School of Art + Design community, Portland Tropical Gardens is an active laboratory that is on an ongoing development cycle. Check back frequently to see all the #newgrowth!

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ABOVE: Shawn Creeden revesseling "Her Majesty" at Portland Tropical Gardens, 2018