Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Brophy on KBOO

This Tuesday my guest on Art Focus will be Michael Brophy, who has a show opening at Laura Russo. There are big oil paintings and small square gouaches. Brophy's house + studio were destroyed in a fire - some of the work is about that.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jeff in Venice, etc.

A book I unfortunately can’t finish – not being able to reach the headset of Mann, Amis, Ginsburg or half of the other fellows this reviewer ties the book to. Maybe I could have related more if my trip to Venice was as Bellini-and-blow fueled as the narrator’s, who supposedly is a hero in a dumbass antihero’s costume. The reviewers say he is bored with his drug antics but at the age of 45, I’d say he is pretty damn lucky his heart hasn’t given out. I lost patience around the time the dude was shocked that his love interest said a smart thing, to which he replied (loosely quoted): “What are you doing talking like that, working in the art world?” “I know,” she tells him, “I am going to leave and become a hedge fund manager.”

But then we only know her by her mane, her smell, the turn of her ankle and sandals, nice dresses and underwear. As a Californian object she was so sweetly drawn that shit it was a shocker when she had something intelligent to say. He hardly knows her when before we all know it, they’re on to the ol’ 69. Acrobatic but so easy. Maybe I’m just jealous – why wasn’t my Venice Biennale like that?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

the Lesbian Art Show on KBOO

Today I visited the Lesbian Art Show at Fontanelle, which features Dada-inspired collages, painting and installation by Azsa West and Mary McAllister. I loved this show - it pays smart homage to herstory of the 20th century with a very contemporary feel. There's even a booth where you can enclose yourself with the Well of Loneliness and a shot of whiskey. I was able to snag a spot on KBOO for this show by hosting Friday's Radiozine - that's tomorrow at 11AM.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Diane Durston on KBOO

Today on Art Focus Diane Durston will join me. She is the curator for the Japanese Garden here in Portland. She put together the beautiful Parallel Worlds exhibition, which compares ceremonial robes and textiles between the Ainu of Hokkaido and the Native American artists of the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Arvie Smith on KBOO

Tomorrow my guest on Art Focus is Arvie Smith, who has a show up at Beppu Wiarda. He says the show is about the election of Obama, but I see a lot more than that in these paintings and will have to ask him about it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Eric Vines of Sitka on KBOO

Listen to the interview.

Between W+K and KBOO, I was going a little crazy. But now W+K Radio is going “grey” and reinventing itself over the summer and I am back to one radio show a week.

Tomorrow I will have Eric Vines with me on Art Focus – he’s the Executive Director for the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. While I have been a part of their gigantic annual group show at the forestry center and have seen their extensive newspapers all over town, I’ve never fully grasped what Sitka does. So tomorrow we’ll find out.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

artist book from 1984

One thing John Brodie and I talked about in his interview were artist books – books in the Store and also, his own book making. I do not make books now but there was a time when I made many. I can’t say that every page was a great piece, but taken as a whole they were good.

Recently I heard from an artist I knew well in the 80s, Ginny Lloyd. She was cleaning out her closet: would I like back the book I made for her in 1984? Of course I would, since she’s asking. The name of the book was Darling, as you see above. That photobooth is Ginny and in fact the book was filled with pictures of her.

- And filled with collage, painting, colored and lead pencil drawings and all kinds of stuff. Above you see Bryan Ferry with some keys. What he’s got to do with Patti Smith’s Babelogue next door, I don’t know, but at some point I just start filling in pages randomly. Clearly I am still in the throes of New Romanticism.

You can tell that I have now started my career in fashion and makeup by then - I was a makeup artist living on Sutter Street in San Francisco.

This was also the initial time I was interested in the target as regards women but had not made any kind of substantial statement yet. It’s like I visited the idea but did not commit. When I started the recent Target Photomontages, I was building on the casual work of 25 years ago. That's Veruschka below, one of my favorite models.

The image below is from an even earlier time, 1980.