An Invitation To Sleep At Golden Rule Gallery

A bit of short notice on this one, as this show goes on in T-minus a couple hours, for the SE neighborhood First Friday Art Walk in Portland. However it’s totally worth writing about, the most interesting part actually taking place not today, but throughout the course of the month…

Opening tonight at Golden Rule (811 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214), from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, is Invitation To Sleep! It is a dream-themed group show! I’m really into dreams, personally (I even have my own dream blog, where I write about all my dreams and invite others to submit theirs) — so this show is exquisitely exciting for me.

A floor-to-ceiling wall-hanging from Sally England, which looks more like a 2D object than a 3D one! Cotton rope and electroluminescent wire. Yum!

Tripped out ceramics of everyday objects, by Emily Counts.

Works on paper by Amanda Luna! This particular piece is not just a print or a drawing; it’s the result of repetitive stamping, with liquid gold leaf and acrylics, and the resulting characters might be Death or Mona Lisa. Who knows?

What tickles my fancy most, though, is an interactive portion of it. Golden Rule Gallery will be transforming their showroom into a bedroom, “complete with a walk-in closet full of lingerie, lounge wear, and other cozy clothing for cold February days.” It will also have a bed, of course, and if my greatest fantasies come true, a onesie, with footies, in my size. They will be inviting strangers, such as possibly yourselves, to spend an evening in the gallery. Those who do so will be invited to record their dreams, and filmmaker Alexis Powell will make stop-motion animated dream sequences to people’s dreams.

Visit the gallery tonight to sign up, or email the gallery. You can bet I will be participating. This is kiiiiiiiind of my dream come true. (Pun honestly not intended — that was the first phrase that came to mind.)

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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