Thursday, August 18, 2016

9/17: Coleman, Collis, Rhodes & Sand @ Roll Up

The Switch is super happy to host this special event!

Switch No. 36: Jen Coleman, Stephen Collis and Kaia Sand-- with a special pop up show of paintings by Jeremy Okai Davis!

When: Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m. 

Where: Roll Up Photo Studio and Gallery, 1715 SE Spokane St. Portland

After reading her newly released book We Denizens (Furniture Press, July 2016) Poet Graham Foust dubbed Jen Coleman the "bittersweet cartoonist" of the heart. Her first book, Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers, was selected by Dara Weir for the Bob Kaufman book award from Trembling Pillow Press in 2013. Jen is part of the Spare Room reading collective and works for Oregon Environmental Council. 

Stephen Collis’s many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott—Coach House 2013), and Once in Blockadia (Talon Books 2016). He has also written two books of literary criticism, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, and a novel. In 2014 he was sued for $5.6 million by U.S. energy giant Kinder Morgan, whose lawyers read his writing in court as “evidence.” He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

In the work of Jeremy Okai Davis, color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal. The work feels really light at first glance, but on closer examination of text and posture, the work is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.

Leo Rhodes is a Street Roots vendor and board member, and a community organizer with experience organizing self-managed tent cities and indoor and outdoor shelters in both Seattle and Portland. He is a military veteran and brings the experience of homelessness and the Native American perspective as a member of the Pima tribe. Leo is currently completing a memoir told through poetry and prose, as well as a play based on the founding of Right2DreamToo.

Kaia Sand is the author of the newly released A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press 2016) as well as Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010), and interval (Edge Books), a Small Press Traffic book of the year in 2004; and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press, 2008). With Garrick Imatani, she was an artist-in-residence from 2013-2015 at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, responding to historical surveillance files on local political activists. This past spring she exhibited Moth, Flame, Desire, at the Portland Community College Cascade Gallery, after serving in the Despina Artist Residency at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She works across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts; she documents work at

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

9/9: Carrie Hunter @ Littman Gallery with Ben Glas

We are very excited to co-host a reading with the Littman Gallery by Bay Area poet Carrie Hunter, as a part of an exhibition of a sound work by artist Ben Glas. Please join us for Switch no. 37!
Reading by Carrie Hunter
Friday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.
Littman Gallery at Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Portland.
Ben Glas Ing Ing (Variation 3) 
On view
September 9, 12 – 4 p.m.
Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, edits the chapbook press, ypolita press, and is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books. Her latest chapbook Vice/Versa recently came out with Dancing Girl Press. Her full-length collection, The Incompossible, was published in 2011 by Black Radish Books, and another, Orphan Machines, came out in 2015. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL. 

Ben Glas is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Portland, Oregon. Glas' work focuses intently on egalitarian proprioception, stasis/rush within digital systems, and notions of spacetime. Working extensively with sine-waves and unconventional softwares, Glas engages physical spaces and their ephemeral inhabitants to remind participants of a momentary sonic awareness within space and time.  

Ing Ing (Variation 3) is an experiential tonal composition that merges time and space, proprioception and movement. Utilizing open-ended drones and acoustic beating, its installation space becomes an interactive 3D album; the choice of movement and composition are in the hands and minds of each individual listener, as they sculpt their own experience in space.