Sunday, September 28, 2008

Studio Visit with Matthew Haggett

Matthew Haggett, who is represented by Butters Gallery, has a new studio. He showed it off during the Portland Art Open this weekend. Matthew makes dense and colorful pattern paintings using computer-generated vinyl stencils, encaustic and paint. As a sideline, he makes wall spheres for Blik - they call the pieces “wall graphics for the commitment phobic” (more info here and here). We went over his process and the gorgeous results in this short video.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ann Shiogi at 12 x 16

Yesterday I visited with Ann Shiogi at her show at 12 x 16. We both used to show at Alysia Duckler and it had been awhile since I had seen her work. The paintings are thick and cake-like, plus she had these rubbings from Old Town up. Here’s the video.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ethan Jackson at NAAU

Yesterday I visited Orbis Viridis Obscurus by Ethan Jackson at the New American Art Union. What a gorgeous show. Ethan also has exhibitions up right now at Gallery Homeland and 1313 West Burnside Studios.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Michael Knutson at Blackfish

Michael Knutson has a beautiful show up at Blackfish Gallery right now. This is the kind of show that makes me glad I’m using video these days instead of just audio. We did short interview yesterday.

Also check out this new fabulous interview with Michael on Geoform.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Actually, I'm Gertrude Stein

“There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers.” – A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

When Hemingway writes of Gertrude Stein, he sounds like he’s finally getting a word in edgewise and has to do it through a memoir. Approaching the end of A Moveable Feast was almost painful, as I relished every page, but a commentary on that book is perhaps best left for another time….

The election depresses me. When I visit other art blogs and read casual or not so casual political pitching, I don’t like it, so I’ve kept my mouth shut. But everyday the news seems to be worse and worse, especially as regards to how women are playing on this field.

For distraction and comparison, I check out Mad Men and Perry Mason. In an AMC promotional video (courtesy TV Squad), the cast and creators of Mad Men tell us that all women (and their men) of the early 60s saw women as either Jackie or Marilyn. You wanted to be either one or the other, this was the sum total of your aspirations.

Then a cute poll was shelled out: Who do you want to be?

- I am Jackie.
- I am Marilyn
- Actually, I’m Gertrude Stein.

And shitdamn, if Gertrude Stein isn’t hands-down winning! It was the best news I had this morning. Turns out we really don’t want to be the Whore or the Madonna but a great writer and tastemaker. Maybe not a great looker, but that’s who we want to be. And a woman to give Hemingway a hard time.

As of September 2, 10:20AM:
For the women: are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?
Actually, I'm Gertrude Stein