Tropical Contemporary

Tropical Contemporary Tropical Contemporary is an art collective of emerging contemporary artists located in Eugene, Oregon.

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05/08/2019

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Your final chance to see “In War Times” by Marcela Torres is today (Saturday) from 1-4pm! Stop by to spend some time wit...
04/20/2019

Your final chance to see “In War Times” by Marcela Torres is today (Saturday) from 1-4pm! Stop by to spend some time with this intense work.

Reminder- no open hours at the space today- join us instead for Strong Symptoms, a self-defense workshop with Marcela To...
04/06/2019

Reminder- no open hours at the space today- join us instead for Strong Symptoms, a self-defense workshop with Marcela Torres. It’ll run 1-3pm at Core Star Center, 439 W 2nd Ave
Eugene, Oregon 97401 (near Old Nick’s and the WJ skatepark). Sliding scale fee $0-20!

We are so excited about next weekend's shows + events with Marcela Torres - check out the very latest newsletter to get ...
03/29/2019
Marcela Torres at Tropical Contemporary

We are so excited about next weekend's shows + events with Marcela Torres - check out the very latest newsletter to get the complete rundown of what we have planned for April!

Our April artist, Marcela Torres, describes herself as a “social strategist" - an umbrella term describing how she brings performance, objects, workshops, and sound installations into the world. Her work pairs alternative learning methods with martial arts–using this as a formal language–for...

Come see the Snorkel Safari one last time as we discover the deep seas and tropical reefs! 12-1pm around downtown! Its g...
03/21/2019

Come see the Snorkel Safari one last time as we discover the deep seas and tropical reefs! 12-1pm around downtown! Its going to be a swimmingly good time :D

Tomorrow! 12-1pm! Snorkel Safari ! Come see the beautiful urban fish as we lead you through the magic of life under the sea!

Twilight today and tomorrow, find yourselves downtown and explore the movement and personification of the changing seaso...
03/21/2019

Twilight today and tomorrow, find yourselves downtown and explore the movement and personification of the changing seasons. Finding the Light explores the dawning of spring through incredible costuming and contemporary dance! Find us roaming from @euglibrary to Kesey Square during the golden Hour, ~6-7~ pm ! Thank you @eugculture for your incredible support ! And our performers @yesthatsallie @carina.borealis and @uhhohjojo ! #contemporarydance #contemporaryart #contemporaryperformance #eugeneoregon #eugeneart

This evening, during the twilight golden light, come see the incredible performance Finding the Light today and tomorrow...
03/20/2019

This evening, during the twilight golden light, come see the incredible performance Finding the Light today and tomorrow from 6-7pm! This performance embodies the changing of the season, the finding of the light in the coming spring, through movement and beautiful costuming by Carina Borealis ! Our performers JoJo Ruby Allie T. and Carina Borealis create magic of the streets on Eugene, roaming from the Eugene Public Library to Kesey Square ! Thank you Cultural Services, City of Eugene, for your incredible support!

Tomorrow! 12-1pm! Snorkel Safari ! Come see the beautiful urban fish as we lead you through the magic of life under the ...
03/18/2019

Tomorrow! 12-1pm! Snorkel Safari ! Come see the beautiful urban fish as we lead you through the magic of life under the sea!

Eugene, got cabin fever? Why not join us tomorrow night for Leslie Vigeant’s solo exhibition “Shag” ? Leslie’s incredibl...
02/28/2019

Eugene, got cabin fever? Why not join us tomorrow night for Leslie Vigeant’s solo exhibition “Shag” ? Leslie’s incredible work in “Shag” includes neon and textile pieces.

Opening: March 1st from 6-9pm.

Check out our newsletter for March, featuring Shag (opening Friday) - and read to the end for lots of open calls and job...
02/27/2019
Get sweaty at SHAG - opening Friday night!

Check out our newsletter for March, featuring Shag (opening Friday) - and read to the end for lots of open calls and job opportunities in the calendar!

Hello Tropical friends,In our last email we made a joke about the snowpocalypse, but this time around we are LIVING IT. Hopefully all our snowed in folks are staying nice and cozy, and will also be sufficiently stir-crazy by Friday night to turn out and give Leslie Vigeant's solo show SHAG a warm...

Last chance to see “Brush Cow Needle Thread” is tomorrow-Saturday 2/23! We’ll be having a closing reception from 4-6pm. ...
02/22/2019

Last chance to see “Brush Cow Needle Thread” is tomorrow-Saturday 2/23! We’ll be having a closing reception from 4-6pm. Artist Milla Oliveira will be present so stop by, say hi, and enjoy the show!

02/18/2019

“Snorkel Safari” and “Finding the Light” take over downtown Eugene this week! Starting at Kesey Square, Catch us as we swim, dance, and perform!

Snorkel Safari: 2/19 and 2/21 from 12-1pm
Finding the Light: 2/20 and 2/21 from 5-6pm

This event is brought to you by Tropical Contemporary and The Cultural Services, City of Eugene. #eugFun

02/15/2019

We are excited to showcase new work by artist and powerhouse, Leslie Vigeant! Join us in March for Shag, with an opening reception on March 1st from 6-9pm.

Did you know that Tropical has a newsletter? It hits that sweet, sweet balance of being as INFREQUENT as it is INFORMATI...
02/12/2019
BRUSH COW NEEDLE THREAD closing reception!

Did you know that Tropical has a newsletter? It hits that sweet, sweet balance of being as INFREQUENT as it is INFORMATIVE. We write about upcoming Tropical events, calls for proposals, and (most usefully) include a Eugene-centric contemporary arts calendar at the end of every newsletter. Check out the latest one here, and sign up on our website (under "about") for future editions!

Hello Tropical friends,So much for the snowpocalypse? As this is being written late at night, it remains to be seen, but so far it's a whole lot of the same old rain and chill. Fortunately we have some nice toasty hot content for you to wake up to - and hopefully, some art things to get out and do!

02/11/2019

Round 2 of Snorkel Safari is coming up!

Don't miss the undersea sensation on February 19th and 21st, starting at Kesey Square from 12-1pm!

Snow or no: Spend your Saturday checking out the lovely work in "Brush Cow Needle Thread".Gallery hours are TODAY 1-4pm.
02/09/2019

Snow or no: Spend your Saturday checking out the lovely work in "Brush Cow Needle Thread".

Gallery hours are TODAY 1-4pm.

Join us for the opening of “You do not Have to be Good” TONIGHT from 6-9pm!Here’s a look at some of the work you can see...
01/11/2019

Join us for the opening of “You do not Have to be Good” TONIGHT from 6-9pm!

Here’s a look at some of the work you can see at this exhibition featuring artists Susan Krueger-Barber, Andrew Nigon and Ben Lenoir.

Today is your last day to see Outside Inside!! Open hours 1-4pm (come on by)
12/15/2018

Today is your last day to see Outside Inside!! Open hours 1-4pm (come on by)

We will be open today from 1-4pm! Come check out “Outside Inside” if you haven’t already!
12/08/2018

We will be open today from 1-4pm! Come check out “Outside Inside” if you haven’t already!

We have one last sneak peek of “Outside Inside” before the opening TONIGHT from 6-9pm!Here’s a look at Tricia Knope and ...
12/01/2018

We have one last sneak peek of “Outside Inside” before the opening TONIGHT from 6-9pm!

Here’s a look at Tricia Knope and Clara Koon’s installation process for this exhibition. Join us tonight as we support their work!

Outside Inside is on the horizon! This exhibition features new work by Tricia Knope and Clara Koons. Join us for the ope...
11/29/2018

Outside Inside is on the horizon! This exhibition features new work by Tricia Knope and Clara Koons. Join us for the opening this Saturday December 1st from 6-9pm.

Outside Inside opens this Saturday 6-9pm! This show is a collaboration between Tricia Knope and Clara Koons; A conversat...
11/26/2018

Outside Inside opens this Saturday 6-9pm! This show is a collaboration between Tricia Knope and Clara Koons; A conversation on themes of technology, nature, three-dimensional space, and human-made materials. The show consists largely of flat pieces that straddle the border between painting and sculpture. Works stand on the same plane as the viewer, creating a sense of immersive space, but one that is easily betrayed by the objects’ flatness. The space feels simultaneously fake and real, physical and virtual, outside and inside. "

“Outside Inside” with @thereallesliekn0pe and @clarajkoons.art opens this Saturday 6-9! ..Outside Inside is a production...
11/26/2018

“Outside Inside” with @thereallesliekn0pe and @clarajkoons.art opens this Saturday 6-9!
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Outside Inside is a production of Tricia Knope and Clara Koons; A conversation on themes of technology, nature, three-dimensional space, and human-made materials. The show consists largely of flat pieces that straddle the border between painting and sculpture. Works stand on the same plane as the viewer, creating a sense of immersive space, but one that is easily betrayed by the objects’ flatness. The space feels simultaneously fake and real, physical and virtual, outside and inside.

Are you interested in what we do here at Tropical? Want to get involved in curation, staff the gallery space, or put tog...
11/19/2018

Are you interested in what we do here at Tropical? Want to get involved in curation, staff the gallery space, or put together public art events? Want to feel like you’re contributing to the art scene? To join a community of artists who support each others’ work? Occasionally work in our project space? Become a Tropical Member! All Tropical members are equal partners in our mission- no job titles, no hierarchies- and we all volunteer what we can of our time and resources towards creating opportunities for artists (and a dialogue around contemporary art) here in Eugene. We’re finally getting a process together for new folks to become a part of our collective! If you’re interested, get in touch with us at tropicalcontemporaryspace (at) gmail(dot)com. Let us know a bit about yourself, how you see yourself being involved with Tropical, and maybe a link to your art/work/writing so we can get a good sense of who you are. We have a lot of exciting things coming up and we’d love to get you involved! Let’s find out if we’re right for one another 💕

Are you interested in what we do here at Tropical? Want to get involved in curation, staff the gallery space, or put tog...
11/19/2018

Are you interested in what we do here at Tropical? Want to get involved in curation, staff the gallery space, or put together public art events? Want to feel like you’re contributing to the art scene? To join a community of artists who support each others’ work? Occasionally work in our project space? Become a Tropical Member! All Tropical members are equal partners in our mission- no job titles, no hierarchies- and we all volunteer what we can of our time and resources towards creating opportunities for artists (and a dialogue around contemporary art) here in Eugene. We’re finally getting a process together for new folks to become a part of our collective! If you’re interested, get in touch with us at tropicalcontemporaryspace (at) gmail(dot)com. Let us know a bit about yourself, how you see yourself being involved with Tropical, and maybe a link to your art/work/writing so we can get a good sense of who you are. We have a lot of exciting things coming up and we’d love to get you involved! Let’s find out if we’re right for one another 💕

Check out this AMAZING review of Serious Business written by Agnese Cebere for Eugene Contemporary Art!!!! (Your last ch...
11/16/2018
Tooling Around — A riff on play and rigor, and the current show at Tropical Contemporary - Eugene Contemporary Art

Check out this AMAZING review of Serious Business written by Agnese Cebere for Eugene Contemporary Art!!!! (Your last chance to see the show for yourself is tomorrow 1-4pm!)

A review of ‘Serious Business’ at Tropical Contemporary by Agnese Cebere “Art is a place where the artist feels what they are doing is more important than it actually is,” says Jacob Wren in his book ‘Authenticity is a Feeling’ (2018). His book is a review of 20 years of making perfor....

Be sure to check out our upcoming shows this fall and winter! There are going to be some incredible experiences coming u...
11/15/2018

Be sure to check out our upcoming shows this fall and winter! There are going to be some incredible experiences coming up soon!

Hope you’re in the mood for some contemporary art, cause we’ve got a doozy of a lineup this weekend! Open hours for Seri...
11/09/2018

Hope you’re in the mood for some contemporary art, cause we’ve got a doozy of a lineup this weekend! Open hours for Serious Business are 1-4 tomorrow at Tropical, PLUS Euzine Fest runs 11-6 (with a Tropical-hosted Draw A Drag Queen session from 4-5:30), PLUS the newest show at @ditchprojects opens 6-8pm. If that all wasn’t enough, EUCON (Eugene Comic Con) is running all weekend. Get out there and see some amazing things!

“Serious Business” opens this Friday 6-9pm at Tropical. This group show includes work from Carey Lin, Eric Edvalsen, Car...
10/29/2018

“Serious Business” opens this Friday 6-9pm at Tropical. This group show includes work from Carey Lin, Eric Edvalsen, Carmen Tiffany, and Lou Shafer, and seeks to explore the potentialities of play in artistic practice. We’re excited to share this work with you! See ya there ~

Come by and see Marcelo Fontana’s solo show “Impermanence” Saturday the 13th or 20th between 1-4 PM. Image of someone vi...
10/12/2018

Come by and see Marcelo Fontana’s solo show “Impermanence” Saturday the 13th or 20th between 1-4 PM. Image of someone viewing Marcelo’s installation at the opening reception by @philippepirrip

We are breaking ground for our BRAND NEW exhibition season starting this Saturday with Impermanence - Marcelo Fontana. F...
10/01/2018

We are breaking ground for our BRAND NEW exhibition season starting this Saturday with Impermanence - Marcelo Fontana. Fontana's work encompasses photo and video in this exhibition on things of a temporal nature.

Opening: Saturday Oct 6th 6-9pm

09/23/2018

Today is the final day of Trickster at The Envelope! Stop by before 4 to see the show and catch a performance piece by JoJo Ruby!

Our quilt got a mention in the paper! Thanks Megan Grace Harned and Portland Mercury. @megangclwh @portlandmercury and t...
09/20/2018

Our quilt got a mention in the paper! Thanks Megan Grace Harned and Portland Mercury. @megangclwh @portlandmercury and thanks to the @utopianvisionsartfair for having us!

(pssst, Portland folks-- Don’t forget to come say hi at the opening of Trickster tonight at @the_envelope_pdx !)

Tropical Contemporary is very proud to announce our 2018-2019 Season! We are looking forward to sharing with you the inc...
09/10/2018

Tropical Contemporary is very proud to announce our 2018-2019 Season! We are looking forward to sharing with you the incredible endeavors of these artists.

Our first show of the season starts in October! Stay connected via Facebook, Instagram, or our email newsletter to get more information about exhibitions!

Our event yesterday brought in a lot of amazing patches, both pre made and assembled on the spot. Thank you to everyone ...
09/09/2018

Our event yesterday brought in a lot of amazing patches, both pre made and assembled on the spot. Thank you to everyone who came by! The quilt is looking amazing so far and we got to meet some extraordinary people from the community. We’ll be sewing it together in a few days before it heads up to Portland on Friday for the Utopian Visions Art Fair. If you have a patch to add, DM us by tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and we’ll try and arrange a pick-up/drop-off!

09/07/2018

Tomorrow is the day! We will be assembling our community quilt for Narrowly Mended: A Craftivism Event TOMORROW in Kesey Square 1-4pm! We need you and your voice! -Join us with premade patches OR use our provided materials.

Some amazing contributions (thanks to @chelseacouch and students!) towards Narrowly Mended, our craftivism event this Sa...
09/05/2018

Some amazing contributions (thanks to @chelseacouch and students!) towards Narrowly Mended, our craftivism event this Saturday 1-4 in Kesey Square. Make patches ahead of time or use the materials we’ll have on hand. Sew what you have to say!

09/05/2018

If you cannot make it to the Narrowly Mended: A Craftivism Event but would like to submit a patch, please get in contact with us via direct message or email [email protected]!

We are getting ready for Narrowly Mended: A Craftivism Event. Don't forget to bring your patches this Saturday to Kesey ...
09/04/2018

We are getting ready for Narrowly Mended: A Craftivism Event. Don't forget to bring your patches this Saturday to Kesey Square 1-4pm where we will assemble patches into a community quilt!

In response to the current political and moral climate, we invite the public of Eugene to make fabric patches in the spi...
08/23/2018

In response to the current political and moral climate, we invite the public of Eugene to make fabric patches in the spirit of protest and visibility. All skill levels are welcome!! Join us this weekend to learn some basic textile techniques and work on your patches ahead of time. Workshop & sewing sesh @ Tropical 6-8pm this Friday!

Patches will be assembled into a finished quilt September 8th 1-4pm in Kesey Square. The quilt will then go on to be a part of the Utopian Visions Art Fair in Portland September 14-16! “Narrowly Mended” is made possible in part by the Downtown Program fund, and is the final installation in our series of downtown events this summer.

08/20/2018

Are you a part of a local activist organization or project? We are seeking informational flyers for the public about your organization to table during Narrowly Mended: A Craftivism Event. Let us help spread the word about the work you are doing in Lane County! Contact us at [email protected]

Today’s the final day to apply to our call for proposals!! Details on our website- it’s free and only takes like 20 minu...
07/15/2018

Today’s the final day to apply to our call for proposals!! Details on our website- it’s free and only takes like 20 minutes to apply, so send us your ideas!

07/14/2018

Just a reminder that tomorrow the 15th is our last day to submit proposals for our next season of events! 💫

Tonight is the grand opening of “We Did the Best We Could With The Knowledge We Had” Here’s a sneak peak!!!Stop by the s...
05/25/2018

Tonight is the grand opening of “We Did the Best We Could With The Knowledge We Had” Here’s a sneak peak!!!
Stop by the space from 6-9 pm to show some love to the work of artists M Earl Williams (@m_earl_williams) and Eron Rauch (@eron_rauch)!

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Eugene, OR
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