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Opening Reception for Allyson Packer: Portal/Portal

Friday June 7, 2019

Trapdoor Projects
1120 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
US

A site-specific installation that takes Albuquerque’s built environment and its many layered influences, as a point of departure.

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Portal/Portal is a site-specific installation that takes Albuquerque’s built environment, and its many layered influences, as a point of departure.

Some ways to describe Portal/Portal:

1. When you walk outside after it has rained on certain spring days, you may experience that rare sensation of the air temperature matching the exact surface temperature of your skin. You are suddenly unable to fully detect the barrier between your body and everything else that is not your body.

2.  The artwork is a bit like this feeling—that if you close your eyes, you could become part of the air around you. It operates in a space where this has occurred, where the separation between one thing and another has dissolved.

3.  Its title is two separate words that are not fully differentiated: the first word being the English portal (porːt(ə)l) and the second being the Spanish portal (pohr:tahl). Pronounced differently, they appear the same on the page. Identical in definition, their usages differ.

4.  You could say the artwork itself exists within a portal (you choose the pronunciation here), a transitional zone between one thing and another. It is an installation that occupies the same psychic space as an open doorway, humid air the exact temperature of your skin, or the feeling of repeating a word so many times that it becomes a meaningless combination of sounds.

See also: Found Objects

Portal/Portal

courtesy of the artist

Allyson Packer says of her site-specific installation Portal/Portal, “It is an installation that occupies the same psychic space as an open doorway, humid air the exact temperature of your skin, or the feeling of repeating a word so many times that it becomes a meaningless combination of sounds.” Whether you always feel like that or want to experience it for the first time, Portal/Portal opens this Friday, June 7 with an opening reception from 6:30pm to 10pm at Trapdoor Projects (1120 Tijeras Ave. NW). For more information about this free, all-ages event, see trapdoorprojects.com.

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