May 21, 2009

Show's Up!

My MFA show is up and running.

Monday-Saturday, 12-5PM (except for Memorial Day)
Today through May 29.

Where: PSU Autzen Gallery, 2nd Floor Neuberger Hall
(SW Broadway between Harrison and Hall)

I'm gallery sitting the entire time, so come say 'hi!'


In Box Set: The M.O.S.T. Remastered, Katy Asher reconfigures the gallery space into a museum displaying the complexities and rewards of working as part of a collaborative arts group. Organized around artifacts and an interpretive archive space, Asher introduces visitors to The M.O.S.T. – a tight knit social group whose membership prior to their dissolution in 2008 included Khris Soden as “The M.,“ Katy Asher as “The O.”, Jen Rhoads as “The S." and Rudy Speerschneider as “The T.” The exhibition focuses on the cosmology, worldview and philosophies related to the group itself and its primary area of research, Mostlandia.

On display are the complete archives of artifacts from all 30 projects created by the group between 2003-08. The objects displayed give a glimpse into the breadth of the group's conceptual interests, ranging from a 63-card trading card set to handcrafted ambassadorial uniforms, a specialized stamp kit and free ice cream sandwiches. * Asher provides access to volumes of emails and file cabinets packed with research and meeting notes showing the depth of the group's investment in the collaborative decision making process.

*While supplies last!


Katy Asher investigates how artists and audiences create shared meaning around ideas of place through group work, participation and facilitative practices. As a founding member of the four-member arts group The M.O.S.T., Asher performed in festivals, galleries and museums including TBA:05, the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Victorian College of the Arts Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Melbourne, AUS) and Blackfish Gallery (Portland, OR). The M.O.S.T. received official recognition for their work as Mostlandian ambassadors from the mayors of Melbourne, Australia and Tilburg, Netherlands. In addition to creating socially engaged artworks in Matthew Yake’s living room, Melbourne’s town hall and Portland’s city streets, Asher toured Eastern Europe with Red76 during their DIY artist-as-rock-group project Building Batteries. Her projects have been included in Art Journal, Utne Magazine, Oregon Humanities Magazine and the catalogues for Core Sample: Portland Art Now and The Group Group Show. Katy and collaborator Rudy Speerschneider, recently showed work at The Pomona Museum College of Art (Pomona, CA) as part of suddenly, a series of publications, exhibitions, and other public events concerning the new shape of cities.



May 11, 2009

More organization pics

Mostlandian Ambassadorial Uniforms

My apologies for being a quiet blogger recently. Most of my time is being spent in the non-cyber world as the installation date for my show draws nearer and nearer...

Opening Date: Monday, May 18

Here are some pictures of my more recent organizational efforts.

Paper files accumulated by members of The M.O.S.T., indexed by project and owner.