S/PLI/T produces two-person exhibitions in established and alternative art venues and vacant spaces. By introducing emerging artists with conceptual depth and contemporary concerns to new viewers, S/PLI/T encourages artistic practice at a critical stage while inviting the community to connect around fresh and vital work. S/PLI/T promotes accessibilityand cross-disciplinary engagement through interpretive materials, interviews, and public events.
The name S/PLI/T describes a duality that is present in the two-person exhibitions and implies two pieces of a whole. We are interested in the dialogue that can take place in the space(split) between different art practices.
S/PLI/T is co-directed by Sam Hopple and Taryn Wiens and is based in Portland, Oregon.
Taryn splits her time between arts administration, curating, writing, and her own art practice. Taryn received her B.A. in Studio Art from Colorado College. Before moving to Portland Taryn sheared sheep in the hills of New Zealand. As a curator she is interested in the place of craft in contemporary art conversations and disrupting established and hidden power structures. See her website here.
Sam Hopple //
Sam balances her time as an arts administrator, preparator, arts writer and curator. Sam received her B.A. in Art, Design and Media from Richmond University in London in 2012. Before pursuing a career in the arts, Sam wrangled horses in the mountains of Colorado. As a curator she is interested in contemporary visual culture and investigating the relationship between space and object.