Square Peg: Round Hole by Jill Torbenson, Craig Dorety and Jeff Schnabel is an immersive installation that creates a conversation between two seemingly monolithic cube structure which appear as cold, hard objects but on the inside are dynamically illuminated and mirrored to create a sense of infinity. The opposing position of the cubes creates a conversation of light and when viewers stand between the cubes they will become a part of of that conversation.
Jill Torbenson – www.jilltorberson.com
Jill Torberson is an artist, educator, and musician from Portland, Oregon.
Primarily, Jill works in steel, creating custom ironwork for homes and public spaces throughout the metro area.
While in Portland, Jill has studied printmaking, ceramics, mixed media sculpture, and metal arts, including welding and blacksmithing. She is a frequent guest artist at The Oregon College of Art and Craft, an alumni artist from The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and shows with the Mark Woolley and Guardino Galleries in Portland, Oregon.
Aside from her gallery shows, Jill has several commissions involving custom steel fabrication for residences in the Portland area. She is a licensed contractor, and creates custom gates, trellises, fences, railings, fireplace mantels and screens, as well as site-specific art for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment.
Aside from her work in art, Jill is a musician, and plays the horn in several groups in Portland, including the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Festival Symphony, and the Northwest Horn Orchestra. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 99, and is an active freelance and orchestral musician.
Along with her music and artwork, Jill is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. She works in the School of Architecture, teaching metal shop skills to the students in the school of architecture.
Craig Dorety – www.craigdorety.com
We use our senses to help us understand our position in space-time. Vision is our main sensory input for the world we exist in. The human brain has some built-in limits beyond which it cannot properly interpret visual information. I use this limit to express the workings of the subconscious. Also embodied in my work is a sense of scientific realism; the elements and information of a natural system can be reduced and modulated and still exhibit characteristics of that natural system and to me this is proof that information is a true and robust representation of our universe. Clean lines, simple shapes, self-similarity on varying scales, and pure, changing color are my palette; information systems and data-sets are my subject matter.
I use mathematics and engineering to formulate physical space-time distortions: displaying static images through time while squeezing and folding the images’ space into 3-dimensional layers. Using industrially prefabricated LED technology and custom firmware, I collapse space and re-map it onto the time axis. By re-displaying information in this manner I give the viewer a glimpse into space-time as seen through my eyes. It’s an automatism whereby I fold my own perception of space-time in an effort to understand what it means to exist.
Jeff Schnabel is an assistant professor in the Architecture Department at Portland State University. His art and research are informed by industrial landscapes past and present. While in Baltimore, Jeff designed new landscapes for an iron mill, an abandoned power plant, and ruins of a grain silo complex. His art work frequently involves the layering of multiple histories. This has involved the use of fused glass, projection media, and most recently encaustic painting.
Most recently, Jeff conceived of and founded the Portland Winter Light Festival.
A prolific collaborator, Jeff has recently completed installations with artists Jill Torberson, Susan Harlan, Laura DiTripani, David Hess, and Gerry Greaney. This work has appeared in The Bullseye Gallery – Portland OR, The Autzen Gallery – Portland OR, The Architectural Heritage Center – Portland OR, The Minthorne Gallery – George Fox University, The Recess Gallery – Portland OR, and The American Institute of Architects – Portland OR.