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AIF crew 2024

Jason Rhodes /the 181

Bend, OR  ( and elsewhere )

Artist collective the 181 is based in Bend, Oregon; Eugene, Oregon; and Old Fort, North Carolina. As far as they can tell, the 181 has been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a glim glam golden Q, roughly 10 yards of transparent lavender vinyl, and a broken hold on the sea’s reflection.

The 181 is interested in composing situations that generate experiential spaces which expand, contract, or reassemble as information sloshes about. Imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole. Artists, a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a former linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice are viewed with distress.

Jason Rhodes
Tom Hughes
Abby Donovan
Brandon Boan

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TREX involvement

More on their story soon...

but as they work through their collective expressions and Jason's boots-on-the-ground experience, here's what the 181 is most excited about:

Anticipating our work with the AiF Residency, we find ourselves thinking about one of the most ancient human awarenesses of fire.

See that beacon on a hill, burning through the darkness
What
is it trying 
to tell us?

And we wonder about commonalities and juxtapositions traced or exposed by the fire line.

Thinking more on fire-line trace of travel — as in the trip of the flame and transferences 

 

Fire lines

Storied lines

Demarcating

Befores

and 

Afters

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