bright box gallery is the gallery space curated by bright designlab, featuring a rotating selection of artists. Sharing a space with our design studio, the gallery's hours are Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. We often have extended evening hours on the first Thursday of each month during the Pearl District’s First Thursday art walk event. The gallery is located at 404 NW 10th Ave, Ste. 101, in Portland, Oregon.
CURRENT (January 8 - April 7, 2017)
Paintings by comic book artist Tara Booth.
Textile art provided by Kat + Maouche:
Zandka*, textile art from Berber women in a remote area of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Berber art is renowned for its creative independence and technical skill. It is predominantly utilitarian art, sheep herding semi-nomadic families spinning and weaving wool into clothing, blankets, tents, or rugs. They vary from luxurious minimalist pieces to wild, intricate works. Certainly art, but they remain functional objects. With these zandka, however, there is no known function of the pieces. They are simply making art. When women have no looms and little material, they use what they have. They stitch scraps of wool, thread, sometimes plastic, onto old woven plastic rice bags. Each vintage piece is a testament to the resilience, expression, and creative freedom of the unknown artist. They show modern art springing from a traditional culture and age-old techniques.
*Note that spelling varies, as transliteration of this particular word from Arabic is not precise.
LIGHTING by Lambert et Fils
A Montreal-based lighting design studio founded in 2010 by Samuel Lambert. The studio’s original and custom lamps for residential and commercial settings take cues from mid-century Modernism, the Industrial Age, and Lambert’s own minimalist aesthetic. The studio revisits iconic motifs across the range of these influences to create its own distinctive collections. Along with Lambert, the studio’s small group of designers collaborate in the creation of a constellation of floor, wall, and suspended lamps using brass, powder-coated aluminum, and marble. Available for purchase through bright designlab studio.
PAST (September 1 - December 22, 2016)
“White Light,” a new series of hand-dyed embroidery fiber art by Denver artist Aly Barohn:
Aly Barohn's White Light is a representation of how light and shadow play. Light, throughout each day, changes almost imperceptibly. Vibrancy and hue interact with the variations of light creating subtle changes to the visible light we see. We find texture in the shadows as light passes through varying objects and opaqueness.
Barohn builds upon the constructed canvas with hand-dyed hand-embroidery, focusing on the subtleties of each "white" thread. Through dimension and texture, she encourages the viewer to experience the work through touch as well as sight.
Porcelain ceramics by Lilith Rockett:
Lilith Rockett, a studio potter residing in Portland, OR, works primarily in porcelain. Her work, created by hand on the potter's wheel, reveals a deep interest in the subtle qualities of the material: translucency, fluidity, density, and the velvety softness of an unglazed polished surface. Minimal in both form and surface, her work calls attention to subtle nuances of line or shadow, with a delight in the quiet imperfections that characterize the handmade