Opening Celebration: 'Overspaced' by Jaleesa Johnston

Opening Celebration: 'Overspaced' by Jaleesa Johnston

Join us for the opening of Open Signal's next exhibition: Overspaced, by artist and fall 2018 New Media Fellow Jaleesa Johnston.

Overspaced combines videos, projections and performance art to explore abstract representations of the Black body using image layering, analog editing and filters.

It was created by artist Jaleesa Johnston during her fall 2018 residency as part of Open Signal’s New Media Fellowship program. Please join us for this special opening celebration.

Jaleesa's art explores the ruptured and queer existence of the Black female body as both subject and object through performance, video, photography, sculpture, collage and drawing.

Her work suggests Blackness as a liminal site for personal and communal transformation, while articulating gestures of the body as a fragmented language that can be used to voice narratives of fugitivity, resistance and freedom.

Thank you to The Oregon Community Foundation and The Jane Schiffhauer Charitable Trust for supporting the 2018-19 New Media Fellowship.


May 15


7:00pm – 9:00pm


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Jaleesa Johnston Fall 2018 New Media Fellow

Jaleesa Johnston is a mixed-media artist who holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the Black female body as both subject and material through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. She is an Assistant Professor in Foundation and Photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art and was a participant in Open Signal’s first Future Forum program.


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