ultra is a forum and platform for contemporary art, dance, and performance in Portland.
ultra is evolving.
Follow ultra on twitter at @ultrapdx.
Thank you to OPENWIDEpdx, to Calvin Ross Carl, Ashley Sloan, and crew for photos. Thanks as well for photos to Kaj-anne Pepper and Wayne Bund.
Lisa Radon is ultra’s founding editor. Her writing on art and design has been published in Drain Journal, Oregon Humanities, Hyperallergic, Surface Design Journal, FLAUNT, The Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, and art ltd. Her essays have appeared in catalogs including those for The M.O.S.T. Box Set: Remixed at Autzen Gallery, The Quadratic Logogram of Almost Everything at Half/Dozen, among others. Twitter: @lisaradon
Patrick Collier is an artist who has shown nationally, and has been featured in Sculpture and Art in America. He has written for New Art Examiner and a host of small periodicals, and has been an art instructor as well as the director of Chicago’ s bona fide Gallery. He currently lives on some acreage in Oregon where he continues to pursue these and other avocations.
Artist and designer Liam Drain created ultra’s logo. A PNCA BFA, Drain showed most recently in a two person show at Car Hole.
Victor Maldonado is a visual artist, freelance writer and curator of art from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently faculty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in the Thesis, Intermedia and Painting Departments. Twitter: @socialvictor.
Joshua Noble is a designer, engineer, and writer who has written for Vague Terrain and Rhizome, and has penned several books on interaction design and code art for O’Reilly. His next book is titled Research for Living and deals with the politics and aesthetics of interactive art and architecture.
Robert Tyree is a dancer, writer, and educator. Favorite topics include nightclub dancing with Lacan and Deleuze (or Žižek and Massumi) and intercultural communication. He grew up in the sticks across the Puget Sound from Seattle before attending the University of Washington and studying dance, digital arts, and interdisciplinary humanities.
Michelle Weidman is a recent graduate of the Portland State University Art History program. She is looking forward to having Ultra as a platform to engage with others about contemporary art and culture. Her current literary interests are in the writings of Hannah Arendt and Greil Marcus. Additionally, she enjoys studying systems, power and systems of power among other things.
Linda Wysong is an interdisciplinary artist who loves collaboration, writing and moving heavy objects. She recently presented her anti-coal power work at the Art and Science Conference at the College of William and Mary. lindawysong.com
Backstory. ultra launched in July of 2005 with the ambition of documenting the best in visual culture in Portland and introducing the interconnected arts, fashion, and design communities to one another. Eventually, ultra focused down to visual art, dance, performance, and regional art history. ultra took a nap late in 2009 while Lisa launched the Culturephile blog for Portland Monthly
Radon photo courtesy of PNCA by Matthew Miller.