featuring Carl Diehl and Susan Murrell
Featuring artwork by Susan Murrell and Carl Diehl, Outland About addresses humankind’s hubris, in particular the Western ideological/theological promise of dominion over nature and was curated by Patrick Collier.
Carl Diehl (Born in Syracuse New York, 1978) Carl Diehl holds a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse Univeristy (2000) and an MFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon (2007). From 2000 to 2003, he was an events programmer at Artists’ Televevision Access in San Francisco, where he continues to volunteer remotely as a layout and copy editor. Based in Portland, OR, he coordinates meetings of HTML, a constraint-based writing group, pursues the “atempastoral,” cultivates anti-algorithms, and programs events with Weird Shift, an arist-run initiative for marginalia studies.
Susan Murrell’s painting-centric installations investigate our expanding concept of landscape as technology continues to shift our perspective. She has been awarded residencies at international programs such as Yaddo, Ragdale, and most recently, Arteles in Finland and Westfjords in Iceland. In the fall of 2016 she created work as the Artist-in-Residence at Portland State University’s Studio MFA program and exhibited the project “we are all cosmic dust” at PSU’s Autzen Gallery. In the spring of 2018 she became a member of Carnation Contemporary, an artist-run gallery in Portland, Oregon, where she had a solo exhibition that October. Susan has received multiple Golden Spot and Mid-Career Artist Awards through the Ford Family Foundation, a recipient of Playa’s Mid-Career Oregon Artist award, funded by the Ford Family Foundation, and in 2017 she won an Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Grant. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, where she explores this spectacular corner of the state with her dog Amiga.