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Discussion: Material Impact

June 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Jeremy Bolen, artist

Abbey Hepner, artist

Chuck Johnson, Director of the Oregon/Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Nuclear Power Task Force


The discussion Material Impact will explore the work of Jeremy Bolen and Abbey Hepner, artists participating in our current exhibition Reactive Matters, who reveal the pervasive presence of nuclear energy by employing radioactive materials in the process of developing their film and prints. Chuck Johnson, Director of the Oregon/Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Nuclear Power Task Force, will contribute thoughts on the works from a scientific and political perspective, with insights into the advocacy efforts around the clean up of the Hanford nuclear waste facility in Washington.

This discussion will take place on Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8:00pm in conjunction with our current exhibition REACTIVE MATTERS, featuring the work of three artists who reveal the presence of nuclear materials in the environment through their photographic process.

Organized in partnership with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Jeremy Bolen 

Jeremy Bolen is a Chicago based artist, researcher and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation.  Much of Bolen’s work involves rethinking systems of recording in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the earth’s surface.  Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and is a recent recipient of the Oxbow Faculty Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI, Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency in Wendover, Utah; Anthropocene Campus Residency in Berln, Germany; Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA; Faculty Enrichment Grant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Provost Award for Graduate Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been exhibited at numerous locations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago;  La Box, Bourges; IDEA Space, Colorado Springs; The Mission, Houston; Galerie Zürcher, Paris; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; Salon Zürcher, New York; The Drake, Toronto; Untitled, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago;  Depaul University Art Museum, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and Roots and Culture, Chicago. Bolen currently serves as a Lecturer at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.


Abbey Hepner 

Abbey Hepner is an artist and educator investigating the human relationship with landscape and technology. Her work explores ethical gray areas where humanity and industry collide, illuminating the increasingly common use of health as a currency. She received degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Hepner’s work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Kobe, Japan), the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, WA), SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (Albuquerque, NM), and the Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany). She is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant and has presented at numerous conferences including the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Vancouver, Canada and the 2016 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Chuck Johnson 

Chuck is an activist, writer, and development professional with roots in the anti-nuclear movement dating back to the 1970s. He was an active member of Trojan Decommissioning Alliance and was the co-author of a ballot measure which passed in 1980, placing a moratorium on nuclear power plant construction in Oregon until a permanent disposal site could be established for the high-level waste from that plant. Chuck served as a Regional Coordinator for the national office of PSR in the 1980s and as Executive Director of a national anti- nuclear clearinghouse, Nuclear Free America, based in Baltimore in the 1990s. After a hiatus to work raising funds for Western Oregon University and Portland State University and complete a book, Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon. Chuck is happy to be back working to end the nuclear power experiment in the Pacific Northwest.


Image: Abbey Hepner, Hanford Site 2, Hanford Washington Radioactive waste shipped to WIPP: 1,336,919 Gallons, 2014, original Uranotype. Courtesy of the artist.


June 9, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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