Exhibit B: Lines Of Work By Tyler Kohlhoff And Justin Gorman

Sometimes I’m a little bit wary about supporting the Kickstarter projects of various artists; all too often, people feel entitled to your money while giving little in return, and even less to the community at large. A new project by photographer Tyler Kohlhoff and Justin Gorman is fine by me, though; their Kickstarter effort offers prints, clothing, and publications which seem like an even trade for a few extra bucks… but more importantly, their project has a foreseeable benefit for the greater good.

Kohlhoff and Gorman’s upcoming collaboration, Exhibit B: Lines Of Work, celebrates the joys of real, honest work, by focusing on all aspects of an average workday. Those of you who have been the SE industrial district have probably seen Rinella Produce‘s distinctive building. If you’ve ever wondered what happens there on a day-to-day basis, the first of these case studies will use photo essays and videos to capture the processes and behind-the-scenes functions of running a business such as Rinella’s.

The duo describes the piece on Rinella Produce and the ones to follow, saying:

Exhibit B features a number of case studies, the first of which is Rinella Produce, a venerable, family run produce distribution company located in South East Portland. Our focus with this study was on the owner David Rinella, and the pride he takes in employing 65 people in an age where his work is increasingly disappearing. The photo stories and video provide an honest look into the worker and the processes surrounding that work. The project will be rounded out by case studies including the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and with their road crews, Columbia River Boat Pilots and a day in the life of a butcher.

Profits from the Kickstarter will go towards print costs, large-format exhibition photographs, and the exhibit installation, to take place at Wieden + Kennedy (24 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR) on June 2nd, 2011. The duo says, “We will be making a run of 2000, 12 page, magazine size publications featuring photo essays, typography, info-graphics and a guest essay by artist and writer Victor Moldanado. The publication will be take-aways at the exhibition.”

Kohlhoff and Gorman have already met their $2,000 goal, but if you would like to donate to the Kickstarter, it ends on May 14th, at 2:59am.

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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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