Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Urban Noize, Portland, Oregon, 1980

In 1980 Portland had a fanzine called Urban Noize. I was the art director.
Here you see the original collage and then how it was translated into the cover.

I would like to remind any readers that most of my postings are now on my Tumblr.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vanessa Renwick on KBOO

This is the year of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. Vanessa Renwick just opened a gorgeous show at the Art Gym and that's just a small element of all that's happening. She will be with me on Tuesday's Art Focus.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Artist Talk Today

At 11:30AM Augen Gallery is hosting 2 artist talks... I will be there.
Then later at 2PM I will be a part of a panel discussion at Blackfish Gallery on Clement Greenberg's take on the Avant Garde blah blah blah.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Richard Speer Review/ Yes, I covered Scars

Richard Speer says too many smart things for me to paraphrase; instead I provide the link and hope you read it all. But I do want to add to the comment about covering scars:

I have covered all kinds of scars. The most intense makeup/client I ever had was when a man brought his wife in for a makeup lesson... she had a huge sweeping port-wine stain on her face. He had never seen her without a ton of makeup. It's not like he was pro-makeup. He left us alone. She was crying as we took it off .... I kept saying "You know, we don't have to do this..." "No," she said," Let's keep at it." And then I showed her products and techniques she was unaware of. It was a healing and empowerment. She in fact became a repeat client, someone who had fun with her face instead of wiping it out.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lisa Kaser and Grace Weston on KBOO

I am excited to interview on Art Focus this week (the 8th) 2 artists currently showing together at Waterstone Gallery: Lisa Kaser and Grace Weston. The show is called Unfamiliar Faces, work based on unsettling experience. The works by Weston are part of her new series Neo Noir - you can get a book about them here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Women....

Throughout April I will post images from my show at Augen Gallery in Portland.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Augen Gallery, 2014

Thanks to old college classmate and pal Richard Greenstone for taking this picture and for traveling all the way from San Francisco to see my exhibition of Anonymous Women. I hadn't seen him since 1977! What a great night.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


In earlier collages I dealt with famous women and their shared, known narrative. In time I came to realize that I also had an emotional investment with the unnamed glamour girl, models and the like, beauties I've studied since childhood. Their looks were their only story, voiceless and anonymous. But those beautiful women did carry all kinds of identity to me - they became vehicles for tales I wished to tell.
Around the time I began the Anonymous Women, I recommenced work as a makeup artist after a hiatus of fifteen years. This return to a makeup career, such as it was, freed up and reshuffled my idea of the anonymous beauty. I had also a heightened idea of the face as cut up body parts, well aware that women’s faces are sliced and diced all the time.
I recall a fellow artist once telling me that beauty was dangerous. I knew this to be the truth in painting, but I also felt it was the case in many other things, including women. What I want to do with beauty and glorious artifice is put her where you least expect her to be. She's often shoved into a box and I want to bust her out. She’s the ocean, the sky, the forest. She’s the skyscraper, the Pantheon, the illuminated manuscript. She's also the wall, the decor, the carpet you step on. A girl from Southern Oregon gazing down a muddy road. She’s the mover in art history and the genius of the crime.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


The next Art Focus (March 25th) will feature Portland Art Dealers Association - namely, Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary Art, Bob Kochs of Augen Gallery and Daniel Peabody of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Amy Bernstein on KBOO

Amy Bernstein has a show of paintings at Nationale right now. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 11th.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Preparing for A Show

In April I will show the Anonymous Women at Augen Gallery. Altogether there will be 16 framed pieces plus a portfolio at the desk. Really excited!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rhine Ruder and Rhea Ruder Sleeman on KBOO.

Listen the the interview here.

This coming Tuesday Rhine Ruder and Rhea Ruder Sleeman will be my guests on Art Focus. They are the children of artist Leonard Ruder (1917 - 2012),who just had a big exhibition at Augen Gallery and also has work up at the Portland Art Museum.

Unsung Artists

Overheard at Flying Elephants downtown yesterday while I grab lunch, the convo of an elderly man and woman:
He: “Oh you’re an artist? What’s your medium?”
She: “Photo-based. Collage, actually, but I use photos….”
(My ears perk up.)
“Oh well have you seen this film about the woman photographer? You need to see this film.” (He names the film, which I will get to in a minute.) “Yes she made thousands of photos and they were really great but no one knew and she never really told anyone but now it’s all coming out and it’s really an amazing story and you need to see this and blah blah blah, let me mansplain a little further.”
I had to get to move to another table, I was so ready to do an intervention.
Let me count the ways:
A woman artist making all kinds of work in the friggin’ 1940s, 50s, 60s, etc and no one knowing and her never telling is not all that uncommon. Right, everyone was ready to believe she was The Genius.
Any artist, male or female, who devoted a lifetime to a creative act which will never make a dime nor win an award but then becomes a story and a career for a journalist – once again, not unheard of. There’s this idea that we can always spot quality and that it bubbles to the surface but I say hogwash.
But what bothered me the most was that this dude didn’t even know this woman, didn’t know her work at all but he’s already telling her what she absolutely needs to see. He may indeed be mansplaining a situation she already knows way too well!

The film: Finding Vivian Maier.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oregon Art Beat

Thanks so much to Tom Shrider, who created a segment for Oregon Art Beat on my collages! It features me cutting the above piece and also figuring out the one below... no cutting, just looking...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Portland Fine Print Fair

Thanks to Davidson Galleries for including
Sky Over Casino
in the poster.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bruce Guenther on KBOO

(Photo by Jeff Jahn)

Listen to the interview here.

Bruce Guenther from the Portland Art Museum will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 14th. We will discuss the incredible Francis Bacon triptych, his portrait of Lucian Freud, which is currently on view at the museum.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

More My Art History

Becoming Blackish on KBOO

Blackfish Gallery turns 35 this year. Opening on December 31st is their "Becoming Blackfish" exhibition. Members Stephan Soihl, Barbara Black and Paul Missal (who will show in the back room) will be my guests on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 31st.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mary Chomenko Hinckley on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Mary Chomenko Hinckley has a show up at Augen Gallery right now, titled Gates of Venice and Beyond: Studies in Pattern and Color. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 17th.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Art History

Cutting into my old ancient art history text from 1976 has given me great joy and satisfaction.
Someone told me that Janson never allowed one female artist in his histories of art while he still lived. 

Can anyone confirm that? If so, no wonder I am having fun rewriting art history. These collages are tiny and are hopefully a prototype for another body of work on a larger scale.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christine D'Arcy + the Oregon Arts Commission

I've been following the news of the firing of Christine D'Arcy from the Oregon Arts Commission.

There is an emphasis on the inner workings and mystification of bureaucracies. I know nothing about that and even the reporters seem to find little of conclusive nature.

But I am rather surprised that artists themselves haven't made any public statements one way or another. So I shall: D'Arcy made a huge impact in my life, in my career as an artist. Of course I'll never know if she was actually in the room when the big "YES" was made towards my projects. I can only observe that the OAC gave me support at very critical junctures in my career. They helped my work get to New York and Art Basel. That's a big circle too - not just about us getting to know elsewhere, but about elsewhere getting to know us.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jim Riswold on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Jim Riswold will be my guest on Art Focus this next Tuesday, December 3rd. His last show at Augen was called Art For Oncologists.