• Leonardo Drew Number 163, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A detail, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery P-01 B, 2015 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of the artist
  • Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
04 Jan 2016 / 18 Jul 2015

Unsuspected Possibilities: Leonardo Drew, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Marie Watt

 

This project is a collaboration between artists Leonardo Drew (b. 1961), Sarah Oppenheimer (b. 1972) and Marie Watt (b. 1967). Additionally, Watt collaborated with students from the Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Tierra Encantada High School and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and other members of the Santa Fe community. The artists will present new and recent installations that are specific to SITE’s space and responsive to each other.

In their respective practices these artists employ evocative and culturally resonate materials and site-ings to create works that are both conceptual and visceral. Oppenheimer’s architectural interventions traverse the physical boundaries of the exhibition space, breaking through walls and using reflections to bring the interior and exterior of the gallery into a concentrated view. Her works will also offer alternative views of Watt’s and Drew’s installations. Watt’s works made from reclaimed blankets and other fabrics present as “painting with textiles.” For Unsuspected Possibilities, she is creating a monumental installation that consists of almost a dozen of these works, configured to evoke a partial longhouse, a form of architecture built by the Haudenosaunee. Watt was initially inspired by research into the Mohawk ironworkers that built many of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, and an abstract correlation between the structure of the longhouse and the structure of the skyscraper. Drew is known for evocative abstract sculptures assembled from diverse material including cotton, burned canvas, wood, and found objects, that have a strong sense of presence. In Unsuspected Possibilities his work engages in an interesting material dialogue with the work of Oppenheimer and Watt.

This project represents a new collaboration for these artists and provides an opportunity for them to push the boundaries of their practices by working together to create an exhibition that is conceived from the start as a phenomenological unit. They are engaging in an experimental situation which challenges curatorial conventions, but is also in keeping with SITE’s tradition of producing new commissions and exploring new directions in exhibition design and curatorial practice.

The exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the New York-based Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This grant is part of the foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grants initiative, a program that advances the values promoted by the artist and activist Robert Rauschenberg during his lifetime and career.

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  • Marie Watt Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co. Number 30X, 2012 Color pigmented cast handmade paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co Number 31X, 2008 Wood, acrylic on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co. Number 32X, 2008 Wood, cotton, on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 30X, 2012 Color pigmented cast handmade paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co Number 31X, 2008 Wood, acrylic on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co. Number 32X, 2008 Wood, cotton, on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 30X, 2012 Color pigmented cast handmade paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co Number 31X, 2008 Wood, acrylic on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co. Number 32X, 2008 Wood, cotton, on paper Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Marie Watt Mound Builder detail, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness (or Raven threatens to take back the light), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland East Meets West Summit, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle First Teachers Balance the Universe Part I: Things that Fly (Predator), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland First Teachers Balance the Universe Part II: Things that Fly (Prey), 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Foundation, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, embroidery floss, cedar twine, and cast bronze, Clackamas fishing stone Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Mound Builder, 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, thread and embroidery floss Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Trek(Pleiades), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A detail, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery P-01 B, 2015 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of the artist
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A detail, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery P-01 B, 2015 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of the artist
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 A detail, 2014 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery
  • Sarah Oppenheimer P-01 B, 2015 Glass, metal, wood Courtesy of the artist
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
  • Marie Watt Witness, 2015 Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss, and thread Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Butterfly, 2015 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, thread, cotton twill tape, tin jingles Courtesy of the artist and PDX Contemporary Art, Portland Untitled (Dream Catcher), 2014 Reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding, and thread Courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.
  • Leonardo Drew Number 163 detail, 2012 Wood, paint, paper, metal Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Co.