At the Portland Building Installation Space, August 13 – September 7, 2012: Artist Leslie Vigeant

Leslie Vigeant’s Material Rescue League installation comes to the Portland Building August 13th.



The Material Rescue League is setting up shop in the Portland Building. Created by artist Leslie Vigeant in 2010, the Material Rescue League (MRL) is dedicated to the homage of humble materials.

MRL installations also offer a critique on the practices the mainstream retail industry employs. The degree to which we, as consumers, can be influenced by chic packaging and alluring presentation becomes crystal clear the moment we realize that Vigeant’s objects, elegantly displayed in futuristic boutique fashion, are actually post-consumer items that have been reworked and re-packaged—old floor tiles, lead tire weights, and discarded bits of wire never looked so good.

In many ways, the installation is an anthropological display of cultural debris. Vigeant’s focus is a hybird of scientific study, fine art, and dumpster diving. This work calls to question the hierarchies we place on materials, and objects. The attention to detail Vigeant brings to her installation prompts a thoughtful examination of the challenges and rewards associated with the recovery and rehabilitation of discarded goods.

About the Installation Space: Each year the Portland Building Installation Space series reserves several exhibition opportunities for advanced students in fine art. The format and presentation requirements for these student installations are identical to those for established professional artists, the Regional Arts & Culture Council created this separate eligibility category to help introduce emerging talents to the world of public art. Christy Hawkins is the third student artist to present work this season.

Viewing Hours & Location: 7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland.

RACC Staff to Contact

Keith Lachowicz
Public Art Collections Manager