Garrick Imatani

Born: San Diego, California
Lives: Portland, Oregon

Garrick Imatani is an artist whose research interests include public monuments, the documented vs. undocumented, social roles and performative history. His work takes many forms ranging from graphite documents, cyanotypes, and video to figurative sculpture, installations, and collaborative public events. His work has appeared on streets, at schools, over water and through hosts, including Art in General (NYC), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), University of Oregon School of Allied Arts & Architecture (Portland, OR) and Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (Portland, ME). Select artist residencies include Ragdale, CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including from the Oregon Arts Commission, Maine Arts Commission, and Ford Family Foundation.

In 2013, Garrick Imatani and collaborating poet Kaia Sand will be inaugural artists for a public art project jointly established by the City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC) and Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) with funding by Percent for Art. Imatani and Sand plan to engage the Watcher Files, a series of surveillance documents collected by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau on various activist groups over a 30-year span. In addition to collaborative work, select solo exhibitions in 2013 include Portland Community College (OR) and Washington State University Vancouver. He regularly lectures as an artist and critic, has organized symposia and conferences, and holds an MFA from Columbia University. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon where he is Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Head of Foundations at Lewis & Clark College.


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