Ross Island Residency | Taryn Tomasello
What is this idea that if we pick up a rock it belongs to us? Hasn't extractionary thinking caused enough harm? For every object there is a corresponding absence somewhere else. The 125 foot hole in the Ross Island lagoon is a reverse monument to Portland, its growth and its development.
The Ross Island Residency is a renegade residency initiated by the artist in collaboration with the curator Will Elder, spanning the period between June 2015-June 2016, at the site of a sand and gravel mine within city limits. This performance is one live component of work which will be concluded at hq Objective's FORTUNE gallery, Portland, OR May 14-June 26, 2016.
Taryn Tomasello is a writer, curator, organizer and artist. Her practice is centered on memory, risk and difference inside human geography. The work takes place between video, performance, text and relational sculpture, exhibiting a dense, variable texture, stoic resemblances and mythic attributes, and a deep sympathy for the uninvited. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.
Her videos have been screened by Experimental Half Hour, Free Spirit News and other experimental video platforms. She has performed solo and collaborative music under the monikers Aures and Wail Signs.
Tomasello's curatorial endeavor, Object Permanence Project, is an itinerant artists' gallery that takes shape through exhibitions and events at different host venues (often nontraditional sites). It has exhibited at Cibali Arthouse, Istanbul Turkey and ŠKVER, Mali Lošinj Croatia with upcoming exhibitions in Athens, Greece and Berlin. She is part of CENTRAL, an independent creative research initiative focused on an expanded concept of the built environment. She has just collaboratively launched a new curatorial endeavor called Character Plant hosted in gymnasium of the abandoned YMCA building in Astoria.