Wednesday, January 14, 2009

cary doucette on KBOO

Tomorrow I am interviewing cary doucette (work above) on Art Focus on KBOO. He has a show up at 12 x 16 called parts and pieces. He is showing alongside Jerry Walker (work below), who graduated from the museum school in 1969, showed in several Oregon Biennials and at the Fountain Gallery too. He passed away at the age of 42. The work and its resurface has an interesting story which we'll cover in the interview.

It's curious to me how artists disappear, especially if they had a such a strong career or personality earlier on. Sometimes it just takes a wrong (or at least fateful) turn for everything to change and fall through the cracks. And it's just as extraordinary a turn when someone years later resurfaces. These works were all carefully packed and stored away for years unseen. And by a turn of events, things said to the right person at just the right time, we could now have a conversation about this work. While Walker left us, his work did not.
The show made me think about the people I've known over the years, people who made good work and had such interesting ideas - just gone, fallen off the planet. I've looked for them and can't find them. But this show revealed to me that you never know. Cary posted some short videos of both exhibitions here.

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