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  • Killjoy Collective 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Killjoy Collective is pleased to announce the public opening of PERCEIVE, new works by Candace Jahn and Jill Falk. Please join us Saturday, September 16th from 7-9 pm for an opening reception. PERCEIVE will be on view until Saturday, October 7th. Curated by Tessa Heck.  



Candace Jahn is an artist working in photography currently living in Portland, Oregon. Her work explores a constructed concept of “seeing without looking” through a means of photographic non-traditional lens based equipment such as scanners. She has exhibited her work on both coasts including Duplex Gallery (Portland, Oregon), Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center (Portland, Oregon), Photographic Resource Center (Boston, Massachusetts) and The Gallery 13 (Asbury Park, New Jersey) amongst others. Jahn received her BA in Art and Education with a concentration in Photography from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.  She attended the Caldera Arts residency in Fall 2014 and was the recipient of the Society of Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Scholarship in 2011.  

Happy Cherries , 2017, 20” x 28”, Archival Digital Print

Happy Cherries, 2017, 20” x 28”, Archival Digital Print

It’s incredible what bodies can do: they heal themselves, they store energy and memories in places and pockets you didn’t know exist; that is, until they come flooding back into your consciousness.  Bodies can also fail you, and as you become in awe of what they are capable of, you become very aware of their capacity to turn on you.  This body of work explores moments of these juxtapositions.  We eat to survive until we become over indulgent.  We make ourselves vulnerable to people closest to us, allowing them to be a source of our happiness, until that dependence becomes our collapse.     

These co-existing feelings of pleasure/grief and bliss/regret are what encouraged this work to continue examining how transitory these feelings can be. Although these images are created out of the frustrations stemming from my relationship to my body, its approaches and the space it inhabits—it is just as well celebrating moments of acceptance and comfort in the flawed.  



Jill Falk’s multilayered paintings explore the interconnectivity of seemingly unconnected subject matter. Using fragments, such as old family photos or individual still shots from Television shows or films, she re-interprets and reshapes them into something unexpectedly new. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, Kentucky, Missouri, Chicago and New York as well as Hong Kong. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including PNCA’s Bridgetown Scholarship, 2013 and the Gamblin Painting award, 2014.

Rotary , 2017, 50” x 68”, Oil on Canvas

Rotary, 2017, 50” x 68”, Oil on Canvas

“Paint and canvas become my laboratory and temple as I step into the Unknown as scientist, source^er^ress, and seer. I must always look for what I do not know. Awareness is fleeting, and without a container it slips away. The materiality of painting allows me to store and compress layers upon layers of information into a concrete vessel. Over time, fragments become focused, revealing patterns and tendencies of perception that exist both within and beyond the present moment. This method of perception storage, allows for the simultaneous viewing of past, present, and possible future timelines within a single frame.”

Currently, Falk lives in Portland OR, where she maintains a studio practice as well as pursuing her other interests such as lucid dreaming, fiddling and surfing.

Earlier Event: July 15
Willy Nilly
Later Event: October 14
Safety in Numbers