Gracie Ellison, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, has been illustrating faces her whole life; painting portraits on canvas for only a few years. Her mother, an artist who favors portraits as well, has surrounded her with art since she was little. With no formal training or education, Gracie's art has always been instinctual and she has looked to the art that surrounds her to hone her skills. She seldom has a clear vision for a piece, allowing it to evolve as she paints. Gracie almost exclusively paints busts of surly faced women; within that realm she likes to explore color, pattern, texture, and imperfections. While her creative process is somewhat unpredictable, Gracie strives for her subjects to be commanding and impactful.
Pace Taylor is an artist working and breathing in Portland, OR, centering their workin queerness. Using illustration, the written word, and uncomfortable human interactions as tools, they build out impressions of identity. Through a special blend of anxiety and curiosity, Pace scrutinizes intimate gendered moments—compromising and/or dissonant— daily moments, and outputs illustrated abstractions of that paused space. Pace is emotionally preoccupied with the busyness of intersecting identities, and chooses to examine and to deconstruct how those identities operate under the gaze of two extremes: desire and disgust.
Nicolo Gentile is a Portland-based artist whose work explores identity and aesthetics through the queering of sport, leisure and fitness. Gentile studied sculpture and spatial studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR and at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, VIC.
Born in New York to an Italian American family, Gentile excavates the Queer lineage of the Western canonical periods of Hellenism and Classicism, a time in which Aesthetics, Erotics, and Athletics were well incorporated. His transdisciplinary practice investigates identity and gender construction in relation to the idealized human form and subverts these expectations through a Queer, hybrid method of the creative process.
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