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
Monday, November 18, 2013
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Listen to the discussion here.
On November 19th I will talk to Prudence Roberts, Sue Taylor, Elizabeth Bilyeu and Marie Sivak RE: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's visit and lecture which is at ~ 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus. Smith’s talk “My Life as a Cultural Arts Worker” will address not only her artistic process, but also the complex political and cultural symbols as well as narrative elements she weaves into her paintings, prints and other works. We will discuss the lecture but also the inception and development of PCC's Portland Women in Art Lecture Series.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Art Gym curator Terri Hopkins retires in January 2014 after 33 years directing the gallery. Under her leadership, The Art Gym has become a regionally renowned gallery showcasing contemporary Northwest artists. Since its founding in 1980, The Art Gym has shown the work of more than 500 artists, produced more than 65 exhibition catalogs and sponsored numerous artist roundtables and public forums. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, September 10th. We will talk about her long history as a curator.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The longer I live and the more I write, I realize that the true product of my existence is the diary. The Real Diary, the one I have written since 1969, now amounting to 155 notebooks. And so I have begun a Tumblr which addresses this fact.
I am not sure how much of all the actual entries I will post. The first five years might not make it as I am such a lousy writer as a teen. But I did draw some fun teenage concerns - clothes, drugs, music and boys - they are described both visually and literally, so I may just scan and upload images.
Something interesting, something heavy is the essential material quality of them all. We can stuff life into something teeny-tiny if we manifest digitally. These notebooks do not operate in that way. They bear the stains of the times.
Today I posted the above image, Diary No. 108, written between August and November in 2001. The smoke was photographed from across a river. I pasted just the edge of the horror.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Listen to the interview here.
The Portland Art Museum is currently presenting a snug and smart exhibition by Sherrie Levine. I loved this show and look forward to talking to curator Bruce Guenther about it. He will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 27th.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
A friend observed that while as a rule he tended to move forward to what was in front of him, I was more circular, reflective and in process of the past. Not a moral judgment, he says. I should say not. The past is not even past, I am more convinced than ever. I need room to reflect and savor what happened.
Perhaps this is rooted in a childhood in the country. I lived on a dirt road which met another dirt road. You come across someone or something on a dirt road, it matters. It could be monumental, processed over days and night, in your imagination, whether it is a toad, a snake, a waterfall, a boy.
I would always
say: “Everything matters here.” But maybe the opposite was true. New York
And all throughout my childhood, I learned about art. Art was and is experiential, a part of the reflective process and way of life. Art is not an object. Great art you can experience time and time again with new responses and information coming your way. I used to think that museums in great cities provided the ultimate lesson in what art provides, but I've changed my mind on that. In my case, I could get it out of a book or a magazine out in the middle of nowhere and did for years.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Torso No. 1
In my most recent series, I explored the Anonymous Woman via her face. But from the start, her body was in the back of mind, especially what we call “The Torso.”
The Torso is of course a term in art history, referring to a partial body cast, the coveted middle section. Often she has no arms, no head and no legs.
“The Torso” was also what a lover would call me – meant as a compliment of course. Yet I was aware that just as I had to push for my intellect to be a focus in the relationship, I was also easily regarded as one who had no head, much less a mind, just a glorious set of curves, a vessel with potential point of entry.
This vessel isn't just a set of curves or an art historical term in my own life - it is a complicated relationship with fashion, body politics, what we learn from our mothers and a girl-to-woman passage. It is cultural as well as personal. While I hadn't planned on reviewing celebrity in the collectively owned female form (like I did with the Targets), it actually became a launch pad. That’s all, a launch pad, but I am really excited about what will happen next.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A woman in a very structured bra, arching over the water in full moonlight. There is a bit of a personal narrative as most bras feel uncomfortable now, my body rejecting a bit the harnessing it embraced most of its life.
She looks elegant but that's all constructed. None of it is "natural" - that natural girl is buried way deep within and who knows, including herself, just exactly who or what that is. Everything we see, the pose, the bra, the lips, eyes, hair, it's all a fabrication, suspended over a seascape of dreams, mystical props, a mysterious setting. Yet what could she have to do with all that? Nothing? Women built for speed only speed to certain places.
More on The Torso later.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Heidi Kirkpatrick will be my guest this coming Tuesday, June 18, on Art Focus. The work is photo-based, whether it is her own or found and she does straight prints plus boxes, constructions and all kinds of assemblage. Perhaps I first met her at the Modern Goddess exhibition at Alysia Duckler Gallery 13 years ago, which I think may have been a pivotal show for her. It's been a pleasure to follow her work.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
I hadn't really planned on writing about anything so heavy as a mother, so this will be brief. Happy Mother's Day. When I first met my half sister, the shrink at the age of 30 (it's complicated), I told her about a friend who said "You're hung up on your mother." (We share a mother.) To which she replied Everyone is hung up on their mother.
Hmmm. Is that true? Mine did not want me (and tells me so) yet she gave me the essential path to who I am and what I love today: Art, which a capital A. She had a gallery with 3 other women during the 1960s (see us above) in Jacksonville, Oregon. Those were blissful days. I made my first paintings there. In a few days I am going back and we'll remember.
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