spilled with nowhere to flow
May 23 - June 19, 2015

Pacific Sky Exhibitions is pleased to welcome Diedrick Brackens' spilled with nowhere to flow with a collaborative writing response by poet Derrick Austin. An opening reception was held on Saturday May 23rd from 6-8pm running through June 19, 2015. Austin will be present and read the commissioned poem at the opening event.

Click here to read Derrick Austin's text The Offing PDF

Both artists have recently have been making work that addresses issues of violence and police brutality, in relationship to current events, while linking questions of intimacy, love, violence, tenderness, and loss. Their vivid and urgent collaboration creates a language that explores their interior queer narratives. The exhibition, spilled with nowhere to flow, is a collection of stories about home, belonging, and renegotiations of identity.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions 2016). Austin is a Cave Canem fellow, and a Pushcart Prize and two-time Best New Poets nominee. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Paris-American, Memorious, and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.
Concerning his collaborative text with Diedrick Brackens and his process Austin shares: "Writing a poem about art is always a collaborative process; it's a mediation on work by a fellow artist. The poem works with and against the art. The wonderful thing about this project is the fact that Diedrick and I are both in process. It's exciting to see bits and pieces of his work while I write and see where those images take the poem, pushing me into new territory."

Diedrick Brackens makes work primarily in weaving and sculpture. His frenetic textiles combine painting and sculpture, he collages various weaving styles and techniques, blunder and intention, and domesticity and the wilderness of the imagination. Brackens earned his Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts where he was the recipient of the Barclay Simpson Award. His work has been featured at the Berkeley Art Museum and the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2013. Earlier this year he exhibited at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA.

Austin's poem, commissioned on the occasion of this exhibition collaboration, is being printed as a take-away broadside and will be available during the opening event. Pacific Sky Exhibitions would like to thank Rebecca Childers and the students in her Publications course at the University of Oregon for designing and printing this broadside document.

In partnership with Pacific Sky Exhibition's opening event the Downtown Eugene Public Library will be hosting a lecture by Brackens with a reading by Austin Saturday on March 23rd @ 3pm. The lecture will address European tapestry, West African strip weaving, and quilting styles of the Southern United States and will be followed by an exhibition of Bracken's work at Pacific Sky from 6-8pm.

Pacific Sky Exhibitions would like to acknowledge support from the University of Oregon's Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), The Center of Diversity and Community (CoDaC), The Robert and Linda Canaga Fine Arts Fund, the University of Oregon Department of Art, and the Eugene Public Library for making this important exhibition and lecture possible.