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James Malbon Harrison

Portland, United States

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My work as an artist involves exploring the realm between sculpture and 
architecture. I am fascinated by the seemingly simple act of 'how to build things'.
I like to make light beacons and towers and other repositories of myths. My passion is building large strange things, and I consider making sculpture a way to study the world.


Master of Fine Arts- Sculpture / Architecture 1995
    Bennington College, Bennington Vermont

Bachelor of Design in Architecture 1991
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

School of Architecture, years one through four 1985 - 90
    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

Selected Projects and Exhibitions

2009 Helios Pavilion Sculpture for Burien Town Center, Burien, WA

2008 Martin Luther King Gateway and Heritage Marker Master Plan Portland Development Commission, Portland, OR

2007 MacDonald Ave Streetscape Improvement Project. Richmond Redevelopment Agency, Richmond, CA

2006 Baladeuse- commissioned sculpture for Alley 24 Development Vulcan Real Estate. South Lake Union, Seattle, WA.

2006 Aiorema- sculptural marquee for Portland Center Stage

2005 Fellow- Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Civita di Bagnoregio and Florence, Italy

2005 The Hands of Cantor- a commissioned sculpture for the lobby of 'The Hospital'- A private members club and multimedia arts facility. Covent Garden, London, England.

2005 Gotham Building Tavern- design for a restaurant interior in Portland, Oregon

2004 WW II Memorial Home Front- historical urban marker design in Richmond, CA

2004 Araminta; A glass light beacon for a newly renovated Fire Station #28
at NE 56th and Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon

2003 House for Phineas Gage- a sculpture for the University of Oregon's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Department. Installation Summer of 2003.

2002 Daahoud- a stack of notes for bambino #1 part of the exhibition 'Blurred' Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

2002 Daahoud- reinstalled on the sculpture deck at the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002 The Internal Organs of Louis Daguerre- a piece in the chandelier exhibition 'Multiplied Light' for Bullseye Glass Gallery, curated by Randy Gragg

2001 Lovejoy Art Columns; an urban gateway created from the salvaged remains of the old Lovejoy Ramp. Portland Development Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Pearl District Neighborhood Association, others. 1998-2005

2001 East Bank phase two Public Art; a series of four sculptures sited along the East Bank esplanade on the Willamette River; Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Development Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council; 1999-2000

2001 East Bank Esplanade- grand opening event. May 25th, 2001. Part of the City of Portland's planning team for the opening ceremonies

1997-2001 Founding Partner, RIGGA Art Architecture Design

1997 The Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum

1997 Reverse Archeology; art installation; Center on Contemporary Art; Seattle, WA

1996 Diverted History; The work of Pierre Menard; collaborative art installation; The Art Gym; Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR 1996

Top works by James Malbon Harrison

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