MISSIONAt FISK, we show a wide range of national and international artists in our gallery in Portland, Oregon. By hosting artists outside of the Portland community, it is our mission to encourage diverse, global perspectives and dialogues through art. The artists we show have a commercial practice of their own. Commercial practices range from graphic design and illustration to photography and animation. FISK is a platform and space for these artists to show their work, blurring the lines between art and design in the process.
HISTORY OF FISK GALLERY
FOUNDED BYBijan Berahimi & Michael Spoljaric
For a quick but vibrant moment, FISK existed as a pop-up gallery in 2017. Interested in reviving the gallery and exploring new cities, FISK reopened from the Spring through Summer of 2017 in Los Angeles with the help of the good people at Bad People, a co-working space. For this short-lived time, there were three shows: Sofie Ramos, Llew Mejia, and a welcome second visit by Annu Kilpeläinen.
From 2014 until the beginning of 2016, FISK resided in the back of a record store, Beacon Sound, on North Mississippi Avenue. Almost immediately upon opening, FISK became a neighborhood pillar and hub for contemporary art, music, and fun. In just shy of two years, Berahimi and co-curator Michael Spoljaric, presented fifteen individual shows with national and international artists working in all sorts of mediums from painting and sculpture to video and performing arts. Artists who showed during this time period include: Tim Lahan, Ana Benaroya, Eike Köenig from HORT, Aaron Elvis Jupin, Sean Solomon, Kayla Mattes, Christopher Michlig, Clay Hickson, Saiman Chow, J.L. Coffinwasher, Brian Roettinger and Annu Kilpeläinen. In 2016, the gallery took a hiatus as Berahimi and Spoljaric focused time on their careers.