Saturday, August 8, 2009

Last night at Lincoln Cathedral

... the special service commemorating the mystical poem "The Dark Night of the Soul" by Saint John of the Cross was cancelled.

Should the event have occurred, the price per participant would have been £30, including a cooked breakfast, and up to 80 attendees might have experienced candlelit areas of the Cathedral not ordinarily open to the public as authentic Gregorian chant marked the passing of the hours.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Please come for a final viewing of APPROX L in its most comprehensive form!

Friday, May 29th
7 PM
@ Worksound Gallery, 820 SE Alder, PDX
Please join us afterward at the Morrison Hotel.

APPROX L incorporates tactics of sculpture, curation, documentation, indexing, sound, video and performance into one tripartite installation work.

Drawing as its subject a name (Lindsay) that has been mired in multiplicity and obscurity since its first recorded attestation in 731 CE, APPROX asks its audience to dig deeper into its seemingly bottomless well of referentiality and tangentiality. At once playful and unsettling, the project mimics properties inherent to any proper name: that which its owner both possesses and is possessed by; specific enough to warrant a capital letter; pointed enough to startle a sleeping body; unruly enough to have to be spelled out; general enough to be repeated in several different places at any one time; intimate enough to enter; fickle enough to be forgotten; and yet final enough to persist long past our times.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
2 - 5 PM

Monday, May 11, 2009

thru month's end

I invite everyone to make an appointment to come see APPROX L -- a large-scale installation project using video, sound, curation, sculpture and text as means of configuring investigation into the functions & disfunctionalities of proper names -- from now until the end of the month.

Groups especially encouraged.

You may choose to tour alone or with a guide.

Contact me to arrange a meeting time:
ph. 845.417.3845
e. bethany(dot)ides(at)gmail(dot)com

Closing: Friday, May 29.

(Pics by Sam Lohmann -- thanks, Sam!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Worksound Gallery
820 SE Alder, PDX

Open by appointment.

Please call so that we can figure out a time that works for you:

Contact Bethany (me) for more info -- email at top, left corner of blog.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

what is it

In this, the first solo endeavor to grace the space of Portland's Worksound Gallery, Bethany Ides investigates both the fixed and transient properties of a proper name, in this case: Lindsay. Entering into written form in 731 as an amalgamation of syllables culled from across the spectrum of Germanic languages, Lindisi initially referred to a geographic province. As the name transformed over time, so did its function. The name that first indicated the boundaries of a particularly soggy portion of Britain, later summarized a patrilineal chain of ancestry stemming from the region, and eventually rose to prominence as the 42nd most popular female name in the US during the 1980's.

Approx L draws an index of this development. The gallery is divided into 3 stages of Lindsay-ness: L Exactitude; Adaptations of L; and, L Beside Itself (adrift, at sea). Surprisingly evasive, the proper name slips away from specificity at every turn. It means this person or this place, comes from this tree and is symbolized by this fabric; appears in toys, in photo albums, phone books. But the more the traveler wanders, the clearer the realization becomes that the destination is, itself, the inability to arrive.

Spearheaded by multimedia artist Bethany Ides, Approx L is cumulative project involving performance, curation, installation, sound and video. Aiding in the process are approximately 15 participants from across the US and Canada all born with (some variant spelling of) the name, plus a coterie of non-natural L[indsay]s who have adopted transitional monikers for the project. One piece on display, entitled "L, Spelled," is, in effect, a show-within-the-show of works on paper by artists Lindsay Benedict, Lindsey Brown and Lindsay Page.

Bethany Ides is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including Approximate L [Cosa Nostra Editions, 2009] and Indeed, Insist (a mystery) [Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005]. Her solo performance work has been presented at venues such as The Brooklyn Museum, PS122 and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and at Gallery Homeland, Nocturnal, SoundVision and Disjecta in Portland, OR. With an MFA from Bard College, Ides teaches art theory, time-based art and writing at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Approx L is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) as well as in-kind support from Lansing Linoleums.

Opening reception: May 8, 7 - 10:30 pm
GOLDEN RETRIEVER (Jonathan Sielaff + Matt Carlson) plays at 9.

Opening weekend events co-hosted with visiting artist, Lindsay Benedict:
SATURDAY + SUNDAY, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
Sign-up sheets will be posted at the opening & on the blog site.

Tours held throughout.

Closes: May 29.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I see an OPENING ahead



Opening Reception:
7 - 10:30

Worksound Gallery
820 SE Alder, PDX

GOLDEN RETRIEVER (Matt Carlson + Jonathan Siellaf) plays at 9

*all weekend events co-hosted by Lindsay Benedict*
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12:30 - 5:30