By NR Staff • 

Linfield art gallery plans Saturday reception

The exhibit will run through March 16 at the gallery, located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center. The reception will be held at the same location.

The artists have also been booked for a presentation at Linfield’s Nicholson Library at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Dieng and VanHouten-Maldonado created the exhibit, which was inspired by the history of heroes and antiheroes in Mexico and Senegal. The pieces, which viewers see through a lens provided by the gallery, examine the way history is represented in a contemporary context in the information age.

Dieng is a Senegalese artist who lives in Portland. He uses mixed media, painting, photography and installation to focus on issues of race, social status, gender, urban history and belonging.

He has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. He was listed as a Critic’s Pick on, based in New York City.

He serves as an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and founder/curator of Worksound Gallery, a laboratory for creative experimentation in Portland. He graduated from the Senegal’s Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1995 and earned his master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.

VanHouten-Maldonado, who also lives in Portland, has exhibited extensively. His focus is on alternative spaces and community activism.

He has been involved with local projects such as These Prison Walls and international projects like Global Studios in Dakar, Senegal. In 2012, VanHouten-Maldonado created The Bunker, an alternative art space dedicated to experimental exhibitions.

The Linfield Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804.

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