Summer 2018:


Exciting new artist-run gallery coming soon to Portland, Oregon!

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Walter De Maria's The Lightning Field, 1977. © Estate of Walter De Maria.

This summer, four visual artists, one curator and I will spend the night with Walter de Maria’s Lightning Field. ‘Thunderstruck’ will be our response to this experience, culminating in a traveling group art exhibition and exhibition catalog. Using Lucy Lippard’s book Undermining as a guide for navigating the contemporary artwork in a more critical way, this iconic work of Land Art will serve as both site and inspiration for the production of new works that interrogate land usage, the cultural impact of colonialism on native ancestral land rights, the economic commodification of the art object and the market, and the intersection of the environmental and political within our highly charged climate.

Check back for updates on this project as it develops. 



Winter 2018:

Mass in blue and orange will be included in the Abstract Mind 2018 exhibition at the Czong Institue for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum in Korea during February and March. 



Summer 2018:

Untitled (Noise in full color #2) curated into Manifest Gallery's International Drawing Annual (INDA) publication to be printed and distributed in summer 2018.

Untitled (Noise in full color #2) | Colored pencil on paper | 11 x 14 inches | 2017


October 2017:

I will be offering a workshop on making "glitch" art at the Society for Photographic Education's Illuminate & Provoke: SPE-NW 2017 held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. 


September 2017:

Solo show at Eastern Oregon University's Nightingale Gallery

Portland artist’s exhibition marks opening of Nightingale Gallery’s 2017 season

Sept. 19, 2017 La Grande, Ore. − Bursts and waves of bright color will fill Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery this fall, as it hosts John Whitten’s “Stochastic Resonance” exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the gallery, and runs through Nov. 3. Whitten will return to campus Nov. 1 to present a public talk about his work at 6 p.m. in Badgely Hall’s Huber Auditorium.

Read full article at the link below.

Stochastic Resonance - A solo exhibition by John Whitten


August 2017:

New drawings exhibited in “Totality,” a cosmos-themed art exhibit saluting the rare total solar eclipse occurring in August, will run Aug. 14 through Sept. 28 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

 “Totality” brings together a group of artists who make work about people’s relationship with the Cosmos in some manner. The emphasis is on lyrical, conceptual, scientific, fantasy and historic responses to the universe or to humankind’s space exploration.

Selected artists and their artworks include photographer Eric William Carroll’s project “Standard Stars,” which documents the deterioration of emulsion peeling off astronomical glass plate negatives. Artist Penelope Umbrico samples images of the most-photographed subject matter - sunsets - in her single-channel video “Sun/Screen.” Corvallis-based astrophotographer Tom Carrico exhibits his photographs of nebulae, which are clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and plasma in space and can be challenging to photograph.

The exhibition was curated by Julia Bradshaw, assistant professor of photography and new media at OSU. Bradshaw also has assembled a host of arts-related special events for visitors coming to Corvallis and the OSU campus during the weekend prior to the eclipse, which will occur Aug. 21.

“I relish the range of imaginative and fact-based artistic responses to the Cosmos,” Bradshaw said of the exhibit. “Making and viewing artwork that explores philosophies of space puts us in touch with our humanity in ways that are particularly thought-provoking.”

Link to "Totality" announcement on Oregon State University's site here.

Mass in full color #1 | Colored pencil on bristol board | 11 x 17 inches | 2017

Oregon State University is using my drawing for their marketing materials, exhibition posters and gallery signage.

Link to Corvallis, Oregon's Gazette Times write up about "Totality" exhibit here.


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