The Artists

Introducing the artists and curators for ‘Body Building’, part of the Architecture & Design Festival 2011.


Jennifer Jacobs (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Jennifer Jacobs is a Masters Candidate with the High Low Tech research group at Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her art practice utilizes a wide range of technology and media including, computing, programming, performance, animation and illustration. Jennifer balances a practical understanding of new media with the broader goal of understanding some the social and individual change that occurs as we become increasingly connected to and through technology. Her focus is on examining how ubiquitous technological networks and data saturation alter our perceptions of self.


Laurence Sarrazin (Montreal, Quebec, Canada - resides in Portland, Oregon USA)

Laurence has earned a Bachelors degree from Parsons School of Design in Product Design and a Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes work with Designer Ayse Birsel and Architect Bernard Tschumi. Her personal work has garnered media attention from the likes of the New York Times and ID Magazine and was shown in the MoMA exhibition Workspheres.


Lisa Radon (Portland, Oregon USA)

Lisa writes about art and makes art about writing.  She recently curated the show Reading.Writing. at galleryHOMLAND, lectured on an Arakawa print portfolio there at the Portland Art Museum, and published ‘Sentences on Sentences on Paragraphs on Paragraphs’ with Publication Studio.  She has recently written a catalogue of essays for YU Contemporary, the Lumber Room, and Half/Dozen Gallery, and writes regularly for Art Ltd. and Oregon Arts Watch.  She’s currently doing a writing residency at WorkSound Gallery.


Emily Ryan (Portland, Oregon USA)

Emily Ryan is the featured Portland fashion designer in ‘Body Builders’.  She is an intuitive designer who creates highly structured garments that are somewhat futuristic and somewhat organic. Her designs are both simultaneously clean and complex.  She has a deep respect for craftsmanship and visionary making, more than following trend.  Her process and development as a designer has been through much experimentation and error.


Hans Lindauer (Portland, Oregon USA)

Hans Lindauer is a musician, DJ, programmer and designer who builds his own LED lights for musicians and music shows. He is concerned with collaborating to help create an active space that enhances.  In Body Building, the LED light show will be programmable from an iPad or perhaps even from your cell phones during the reception.


Opulent Project (Portland, Oregon USA)


TOP (The Opulent Project) investigates opulence within the context of our society’s obsession with material possessions. We seek to create a dialogue between the precious and non-precious and subvert mainstream preconceptions regarding value in material culture. To do so we are constantly questioning and considering where these ideologies originate and examining ways in which we may alter and intervene with this visual language. We value a conceptual approach to jewelry design that is rooted in a deep understanding of the making process.

Meg Drinkwater and Erin Gardner founded TOP in 2007 while finishing their BFA at the University of Oregon. The following year they moved to Portland and established a studio in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood where the have been operating since.

TOP has been sold in stores such The Shop at The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and The MoMA Design store as well as a variety of contemporary art jewelry galleries in the USA and abroad. They have also been featured in publications such as Glamour Italy, Lucky, Harper’s Bazaar, and Metalsmith magazine.

Erin Gardner was awarded the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, awarded by the Center for Craft Creativity and Design in 2007, as well as the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010 and the Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant in 2011. She has recently been responsible for curating and showing COSTUME COSTUME with Sienna Gallery at SOFA New York in April 2011 and earlier this summer at Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts. This exhibition of emerging jewelry artists explored themes and concepts related to costume jewelry. At the beginning of August Meg Drinkwater and Erin Gardner installed a show of TOP work at Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, titled COME APART, which investigates ideas related to fragmentation. This show will be on display from August 13-September 5th. They have also curated and participated in various exhibitions under the name 18k Gold Tone such as So Fake They’ll Think It’s Real and PRODUCT/PROJECT.


Brendan Coughlin (Portland, Oregon USA)

Brendan Coughlin started his career in image making as a professional printer which took him into three years assisting one of Portland’s greatest commercial photographers Rafael Astorga.  Most recently he has been growing his own studio shooting fashion and apparel.  He won Goldwell’s Trendzoom and has been published around the world.


Jeff Jahn (Co-curator - Portland, Oregon USA)

Jeff Jahn is a curator, critic, musician, artist, and cultural historian who has spent the last decade in Portland catalyzing and challenging the confines of contemporary art. He is co-founder and chief critic for the one of the leading contemporary art blogs on the internet, PORT:, and has been published in Modern Painters and Art in America, among others.


Christine Taylor (Curator - Seattle, Washington USA)

Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor is a photographer, film/photo art director and conceptual artist.  She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has a professional history in publishing and helped brand an award-winning lifestyle publication.  She recently completed a two-year artist residency at IGLOO Gallery, and has participated in several large-scale projects including Form, Function, Fashion (The 2010 Portland Architecture & Design fashion show).  Her portraiture of artists and musicians, fashion photography and conceptual photography have been published in periodicals around the world.  She has a deep interest in working with the body as landscape.

Presently she is working on Legerdemain, a multi-platform project in stop-motion video, music composition, a curated publication, live performance and photography. The project is a ceremonial wake that questions the successes and failures of the American Dream.


Maya Attar (Assistant to the show - Portland, Oregon USA)

Maya Attar is a senior in the Design Management program at Art Institute of Portland.  She has a extensive experience assisting artists and producing fashion events on a part-time basis for designer Adam Arnold.  She graduates in a few months and is ready to work!