Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the new communicators

The New Communicators is a series of events intented to inspire and educate on ways of communicating. Tonight is Show and Tell PDX: What Are You Doing to Change the World? and I'm a part of it.

The topic of the evening intrigued me - I remember coming across it about ten years ago when someone said it was impossible to do it, especially just one person. But I already knew that it wasn't true. Not that I was on top of any game ten years ago, but I knew that what happened in the punk era had a ripple no one could have ever predicted and that the little things, they all matter.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Maria T.D. Inocencio on KBOO

Maria T.D. Inocencio makes art around community. I've followed her from "the Tree," where she cut down the tree in her yard and shared it in an art show (through photos, collage, seedlings, stumps) at PSU to her present project, which is a mural for Innovative Housing. Inocencio also works with her partner Mark R. ; I documented their project on the South Waterfront here. She's my guest on Art Focus this week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cutters opening

The opening for Cutters at Cinders in Brooklyn was last Friday and of course I couldn't make it. Luckily ex-Portlander and fabulous photog Mark Rabiner was on the spot and took some pics for us. Looks like it was quite a crowd. You can see my pieces on the wall below. Arrested Motion also picked my work out; a big thanks! I should also mention here that Mark has been shooting some of Auto Ego for the New York Times, plus he documented a lot of us in the late 70s and early 80s here in Portland.

Ryan Pierce on KBOO

Tomorrow my guest on Art Focus will be Ryan Pierce, who has a show up at Elizabeth Leach. The exhibition is called Written from Exile and presents acrylic paintings which explore a post-industrial world.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cutters, an International Collage Show

A few years ago I showed at Guestroom, a Portland gallery, with James Gallagher of New York. It was a group show called Paperchase, curated by Jenny Strayer. I’m now thrilled to announce that I get to show with Gallagher again and this time he’s curating the show. Cutters, an international collage show, opening this Friday at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, comprises the work of over 30 artists from all over the world. The opening is Friday, the 16th. I can't go, so if anyone out there can make it, I'd love to hear a report.

The works range from Hort and Elroy, both based in Berlin, to Maxomatic in Barcelona, Valero Doval in London, Julien Pacaud of Le Mans, Andreas Banderas of Oslo, Ophelia Chong of Los Angeles and Kareem Rizk of Melbourne. There are artists from San Francisco, plenty from New York of course – I am the only one from the Pacific Northwest.

I decided to send two new pieces. Lately I’ve been working on a small series within the Targets on Jean Shrimpton (above; click on title to see larger image), who was my fashion idol when I was a kid. She was one of the first models to enter my consciousness and she was the face of Mod London. Her photos with David Bailey are fairly famous and for years – maybe decades – I’ve carried around the Harper’s Bazaar which held the big spread of her in all those formidable YSL landmarks, including the Mondrian dress.

I’ve also been slowly mining this one sad feature on MM which came out right after she died. It’s from a salacious movie magazine, the kind which relentlessly rode her hard while she was alive and but turned the page in sorrow upon her death. The above piece reminds me of a record cover, with the vinyl a part of the image. The sacrificial lamb with the man who loved her best.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

the Oregon Biennial + A Day of Culture

The Oregon Cultural Trust has given a grant to Disjecta to produce the (now rather homeless) Oregon Biennial. I will have Cynthia Kirk from the Trust, Bryan Suereth from Disjecta and Cris Moss the curator as my guests on Art Focus at KBOO. Kirk will also talk about "A Day of Culture" coming up on the 8th.

The Trust funds and promotes many essential things. When I first heard about the "Day of Culture," I was amused - my crowd gave a lifetime, not a day. Then I heard about the grant for the Biennial and got really interested. That exhibition and process started a big conversation every two years and it is missed. I'd like to put Cris Moss just a bit in the hot seat and find out just what he sees for this show.

Postscript: the show is called Portland 2010.