BRIGHT BOX GALLERY
Bright Box Gallery is our in-house gallery, curated by Bright Designlab, featuring a rotating selection of artists. Sharing the 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 - check our Instagram for updates (@brightdesignlab). The gallery is located at 404 NW 10th Ave, Ste. 101, in Portland, Oregon.
CURRENT EXHIBIT (April 2 - June 28, 2018)
The Quiet Life: Works by Tess Rubinstein
Tess Rubinstein is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from a foggy mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her practice is centered around living a good ole' humble existence, using print, digital media and surface design to create approachable and sometimes functional art. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017, and is currently residing in Portland, Oregon as a morning person.
PAST EXHIBIT (January 3 - March 31, 2018)
Illustrations by Mali Fischer
Mali Fischer is a freelance illustrator, located in Portland OR. Mali grew up on a little island off the coast of Washington State and later moved to Vancouver, BC where she attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She received her BFA in 2014 and since then has maintained her own drawing practice, while also offering her illustration services to business and individuals alike.
PAST EXHIBIT (September 1 - December 1, 2017)
Photography by Cody Cobb
Cody Cobb (b. 1984 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His photographs attempt to capture brief moments of stillness from the chaos of nature.
PAST EVENT - April 25th, 2017:
Design Week Portland Open House
What is Design to you?
What is Portland to you?
What do you want to be?
Inquiring minds want to know. Unleash the pent-up inspiration you've acquired while wandering from open house to open house in the Pearl and come be a part of Bright Designlab's COLLECTIVE EXPRESSION installation.
PAST EXHIBIT - January 8 - April 7, 2017:
Paintings by comic book artist Tara Booth
"Tara Booth is a comic book artist from Portland, however these detailed pieces with their mix of drawing and painting cover much more ground than that title. Tara’s work displays such character that after looking through her work you already feel like she’s one of your pals. This is due to her inspiration often coming from her diary, 'I’ve always felt compelled to document my daily experiences…now I do it visually' she explained, 'A lot of my work is about living with chronic anxiety and depression. Taking the parts of my life that leave me feeling hopeless or out of control, and being able to turn them into something sort of silly through painting helps to transform some of my negative emotions. It’s also super validating and therapeutic to see how many people deal with the same issues and have similar experiences. The more that people can laugh and relate to my work, the more compelled I am to make it."
-Words by Lucy Bourton: It's Nice That. August, 2016
PAST EXHIBIT - January 8 - April 7, 2017:
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.
PAST EXHIBIT - 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.
PAST EXHIBIT - September 1 - December 22, 2016):
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