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On view January 22nd – March 4th
Opening reception Sunday, January 26th, 4-6 pm

Shawn Creeden’s current work is an investigation into the tools and techniques employed by human beings in our attempts to gain control over the natural world. Since the era of Manifest Destiny, millions of miles of barbed-wire fence, arbitrary boundary delineation, privatizing property, guns, hunting, trapping, resource exploitation, the introduction of domestic livestock and the eradication of predators and wild competitors all led directly to the settling of the American West.

Through meticulous large-scale hand embroideries, drawings, sculpture and installations, Creeden explores these methods of domination, the underlying motivations and the mythos that develop around them. In Marks of Control, Creeden gives us a rare glimpse into his working process, placing new sculptural experiments beside preparatory drawings beside his labor intensive textile pieces.

B. 1981, Newport, RI. Shawn Creeden attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited across the US, including in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Richmond, VA and New Bedford, MA. His books are held in the collections of the Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and The Museum Library at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. He has partaken in Artist-In-Residency programs at Epicenter in Green River, UT and ACRE Projects in Steuben, WI. Creeden currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

For more information, please contact May Barruel (may@stumptowncoffee.com)

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This is Jim Sandberg and Amy Dials (Operations Manager and Outreach Director, respectively) of XRAY.FM, Portland’s new independent radio station which goes on the air next month.

The folks behind XRAY have pulled together the best DJs in the city to host weekly shows, and the nonprofit station is run by radiant bunch of local heavy-hitters from fine establishments across town like Bunk Bar, Relapse Records, Sizzle Pie, Dig a Pony, Tiga, Beech St. Parlor, and more.

XRAY has launched a Kickstarter campaign that ends this week. They reached their initial goal to get them on the air and are now aiming to double it, a goal that will get them out of their baby shoebox temporary studio – adorable but barely big enough for the DJS (forget about a music library) and with no control over the temperature.

We are dying with anticipation over here for the launch of community-building, well-curated and thoughtful independent radio and XRAY has more days to make that dream a reality. Long live community radio!

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