Biography

Michael Oman-Reagan is interested in the fragile and the pathetic gesture. His communication project utilized a blend of tiny poignant gestures to telegraph the message that all culture needs a caretaker to survive. When encountering the work the viewer must decide if they are a cultural caretaker or a philistine? Civic in scope, his work is often facilitated by small works placed outdoors innocuously near dedicated cultural spaces.”  – Jeff Jahn, PORT

ORIGINS & GEOGRAPHY

Currently lives and works in British Columbia and Oregon.

2016 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2014 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
2013 Malang, Java, Indonesia
2005 New York, New York
2004 Nantucket, Massachusetts
2003 Paris, France
1999 Portland, Oregon
1998 Pocatello, Idaho
1996 Park City, Utah
1994 Portland, Oregon
1992 Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
1981 Baker City, Oregon
1976 Born in Columbia, Missouri

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003
Modify Foundation, Field, Portland, Ore.

2002
Datum Plane, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.

2000
Clean, Nil Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.
Ankomst, Nil Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Therely Bare, Kent State University, Ohio
Therely Bare, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tenn.
Therely Bare, Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga, Tenn.

2005
Trippin’ Balls: A Mycological Exploration, V-Gun, Portland, Ore.
Craft Pathos, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Md. (catalogue)

2003
Ten Years: One Foot After Another, Mark Woolley, Portland, Ore.
Battle of the Artist Curators, Haze, Portland, Ore. (catalogue)
The Kill Zone, Orlo, Portland, Ore.
Symbiont/Synthetic, Core Sample, Portland, Ore. (catalogue)
Summer Group Show: New Work, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.
Art For Life, Auction for Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, Ore. (catalogue)
The Best Coast, Eastbank Commerce Center, Portland, Ore. (catalogue)
Fluorescence: brighter than white, Field, Portland, Ore.
Drawing for a Drawing, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore. (catalogue)
Green, Neon, Portland, Ore.
100 x 100, Soundvision, Portland, Ore.

2001
Nothing and Everything, The Waiting Room Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.

2000
16 x 20, Basil Howard Gallery, Portland, Ore.
Open Walls, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.
Commodity and Contradiction, 4x Gallery, Portland, Ore.

1999
Ninth Annual Art Auction, Auction for Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, Ore.
Survey: Opening of America, 4x Gallery, Portland, Ore.

PUBLIC WORK and PROJECTS

2008
The Communication Project, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, N.Y.

2005
The Communication Project, New York, N.Y.

2004
The Communication Project, Nantucket, Mass.
Participant in Brad Adkin’s Untitled (Elephant), Core Sample, Portland, Ore.

2003
Participant in Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July’s Learning To Love You More, Portland, Ore.
The Communication Project, Zürich & Basel, Switzerland
The Communication Project, Paris, France
The Communication Project, København, Denmark
The Communication Project, Malmö, Sweden

2000
Open Wall Artist Names, Subtle2 with Muriel Bartol, Portland, Ore.
The Communication Project, Portland, Ore.
I’m sorry for the confusion, Subtle2 with Muriel Bartol, Portland, Ore.

1999
Remember, Subtle2 with Muriel Bartol, Portland, Ore.

1998
Drafter of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #123: Copied lines. Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Portland, Ore.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESS

2014
The People’s Library. Site95. “Models, Modes, Possibilities” Journal Volume 03 Issue 01

2011
Ed. Staff, Critics Picks, “Therely Bare” – Nashville Scene (March)

2010
Communication Project Documentation, “Erotic Economies” (book)

2008
Jeff Jahn, “The New Scene on NW Broadway ” – portlandart.net (June 24)

2006
Richard Speer, “Shades of Gray” – Willamette Week (June 14)
Jeff Jahn, “There is more stuff… always more stuff ” – portlandart.net (May 2)

2005
Jennifer Armbrust, “Straight Trippin'” – portlandart.net (September 14)
Glenn Mcnatt, “MAP exhibits…” – The Baltimore Sun (September 1)
Katherine Bovee, “It’s No Accident” – portlandart.net (June 22)
Joseph Gallivan, “The Accidental Collector” – Portland Tribune (June 21)

2004
Richard Speer, “City Focus: Portland” ARTnews (October)

2003
Daniel Duford, “Core Sampler” – The Organ, (November/December)
Richard Speer, “First Impressions” – Willamette Week (November 12)
D.K. Row, “Shows of Note” – The Oregonian (November 7)
Jeff Jahn, “Core Sample” – nwdrizzle.com (November)
Jeff Jahn, “A Completely Biased History…” – nwdrizzle.com (October)
Jeff Jahn, curator, “The Best Coast” – Exhibition Catalogue (Portland, Oregon)
Michael Klein, curator, “Art for Life” – Exhibition Catalogue (Portland, Oregon)
Jeff Jahn, “Something to Prove” – Modern Painters (Spring)
Stuart Horodner, curator, “Bid” – Exhibition Catalogue (Portland, Oregon)
D.K. Row, “Making a Name, Paying the Rent” – The Oregonian (January 24)
Jeff Jahn, “Potential Hullabaloo in 2003?” – nwdrizzle.com (January)

2002
Richard Speer, “First (Thursday) Impressions” – Willamette Week (October 9)
Jeff Jahn, “History Surprise and Risk” – nwdrizzle.com (July)
Ed. Staff, “Best of Portland” – Willamette Week (July 24)

2001
Karrin Ellertson, “Seeking An Alternative” – The Oregonian (July 7)

2000
Karrin Ellertson, “Clean Art Review” – Portland Mercury (December)
Lisa Lambert, “Art Review: Clean” – Willamette Week (December)

CURATION

2005
Adam Raabe, Photography – fieldgallery.org, New York, N.Y.

2003
Megan Walsh, Wet Mount, Field, Portland, Ore.
Vinh Bui, Rhinestone Thong, Field, Portland, Ore.
Muriel Bartol, ultrabright, Field, Portland, Ore.
Jen Smith, The Hush, Field, Portland, Ore.
Group Show, Fluorescence; brighter than white, Field, Portland, Ore.
Don Jones, Pink Noise, Field, Portland, Ore.

2002
Edie Tsong, Dream of the Homeland, Field, Portland, Ore.

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Muriel Bartol, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jane Beebe, Portland, Ore.
Sylvia Engelman, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Laura Fritz, Portland, Ore.
TJ Norris, Portland, Ore.
David Velasco, Brooklyn, N.Y.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Reed College Student Union, Portland, Ore.