Sunday, March 29, 2009

Chris Haberman on KBOO

Chris Haberman seems to be everywhere. He curates Olympic Mills and helped Ben Pink with the Love Show. Now Ben is showing him at the Launch Pad in April. He’ll also be my guest this week on Art Focus.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mel Katz at Laura Russo

The present exhibition of Mel Katz at Laura Russo was like a linear blast of spring air to me, light, slim, angular, positive, colorful. Just what we need during this g r e y time. His sculptures are also drawing and painting – he’s does all three in one thing. We made this short video today.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Vanessa Renwick on KBOO

At the New American Art Union is an installation by Vanessa Renwick called House of Sound. The exhibition is a part of the "Couture" series at the gallery, which awarded stipends and six-week long exhibitions. The installation comprises of: 2 channel audio, 35mm film to video, plexiglass, metal, candles, couches, lamps, speakers, rug, record stand, a turntable and a record collection the viewer is encouraged to play - if, that is, they care to stop listening to the fairly freewheeling and happy audio of the video, an oral history about the House of Sound. The audio is a real contrast to the footage (still above). Renwick creates haunting art out of documentary film, works which are often site-specific and interactive. She is also known as the founder of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. She’ll be my guest for Art Focus this coming Tuesday.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Brooklyn DIY + KB

James Kalm has a report on the showing of Brooklyn DIY at MOMA. You get to see bits of the film in this video and one of the artists featured is Ken Butler, (ex) Portland artist and dear friend. It’s so great to see him. I remember when he first moved to his huge loft in Williamsburg, sometime in the late 80s. He tells the story in the film of arriving and his car was set on fire the first night: welcome to the neighborhood! I've got several montages of his, including the one above, which dates from the 70s.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Montage

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Some say collage, some say montage. They are not the same. When someone says I am a collage artist, it never feels right. Something about collage feels very 3D and maybe even about junk. Nothing wrong with any of that, but it’s not what I do.

Of course I had my diversions – most artists do. But the very first cut and paste projects I ever did were indeed montages – assembling photographic images to make a new one. Once overseas, like any farm girl from Oregon, I went crazy over the basic debris at my feet and truly collaged then: train tickets, posters, handbills, it all looked good. Especially after I had seen the Dada and Surrealism Reviewed at the Hayward in 1978. It took me a few years but I did lose the chunkiness and go back to strictly montage.

I noticed that Mark Andres used the word and asked him why: he liked the idea of 1 + 1 = 3, of something new altogether. And perhaps more seamless as it joins the same media. “The viewer is an active participant in terms of what that 3rd thing is.” He also helped me to get why collage never quite did it for me: “Collage explains the materials and somewhat the mentality, but montage explains the experience of the viewer.”

Andres also referred to montage in how it relates to film, the mounting of image after image and how this has all filtered into his own painting. The reference to film makes sense for me too but obviously in different ways.

Bits of press have filtered in from art fairs and the presence of new “collage,” which increasingly is a catch-all term for many things which are strictly not. We also saw some excellent work at Elizabeth Leach here in PDX in the form of Michael Lazarus. I also enjoyed the article in the new Art Forum by Charlie White on the collage impulse of today – Cut and Paste.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mark Andres on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

I met Mark Andres when I had my show at PCC Rock Creek, where he is the Art Department Faculty Chair. Now he is having a show called Painting in Time at Augen Desoto. Mark will be my guest on KBOO’s Art Focus this next week. Please remember our new timeslot: Tuesdays at 11:30AM.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

studio visit with Elise Wagner

The other day I visited Elise Wagner in her studio. We made this video, which covers works in progress for an upcoming exhibition in Boston at the Chase Gallery. The video also gives a great view of what it’s like to work with encaustic. She actually makes her own paints, Wagner Encaustics.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lewis and Clark symposium

I heard about the Lewis and Clark annual symposium on gender through Andrea Schwartz-Feit. The symposium features many speakers, panels and exhibitions. Two of my Targets will be in an art show in Stamm in the Templeton Campus Center, plus I’m on the “Artist Talk Back” panel tomorrow at 1PM.

These Targets are of Yvette Mimieux, who played one of the adventurous co-eds in Where the Boys Are. I saw this film over and over again as a little girl. In the story, the girls go to Ft. Lauderdale for Spring Break to party and find “love.” No one ever actually says in the film what happens to Yvette Mimieux. Today you would call it date rape.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Alicia McDaid on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Last night was the reception for Alicia McDaid's show at the MK Gallery, Pain is Fear Leaving Your Body. The title reminds me of some new age slogan for those dealing with chronic pain, but the show itself is a fun play on comedic identity with a little sleaze and fantasy, and is intimately poignant. On the video the artist dances in various sporty-spandex outfits to the soundtrack from Cabaret. I couldn't help but be struck at how she is mining some of the same territory I am in my current body of work, but through different generational eyes and mediums. I loved her face paint, her freedom with her fantasies and her staking the claim that it's all Art.

The artist is also my guest this week on KBOO! Please remember that our new timeslot is Tuesdays at 11:30AM. But if you miss it, interviews are now uploaded on our website.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Guest of Cindy Sherman

Thursday 14 August 1980

Here is an artist who lives in the Goodman building named Paul H-O, a painter. He is about 26 and really good. I mean he’s got the technical down. I saw Leger. Paints with a brush, rarely masks or stencils. Brilliant colors and lines. Some Pop influence too I would say. A nice person but doesn’t give me enough credit; well, maybe he’ll begin to. He had on a Malevich button. I mentioned how I liked it and he asked me if I knew who it was - ! The nerve! Then he ended up saying “Smart gal.” Some fucking nerve.

And such was how and when I first met Paul Hasegawa-Overacker. I was having my first one-person show in San Francisco, in a building with big storefronts, filled with crazy artists. He was one of them. When I recently found this diary entry and shared it with him in an email, he replied:

What could I do? I thought you were hot, but you seemed (and were) completely uninterested in me as a guy, it was all business. You were kind of outrageous. I clearly knew I wasn't in your league so I was dismissive… I still have a lot of fucking nerve. Thanks for that incredible piece of your diary…..

Oh what we could write about being out of someone’s league and friendship construed as “business” (since we’re not interested in having sex) - but no matter. 29 years later I still know Paul H-O. And his film, Guest of Cindy Sherman, is playing on Thursday at the NW Film Center. I’ve heard some of the twists and turns and giddy ups and downs. I also know it’s not exactly the film he wished to make because, as he once explained, people have “life rights” – and Sherman exercised some of hers. Still, I’m looking forward to it. Trailers can be seen here and here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nika Blasser at Beppu Wiarda

Yesterday I checked out Nika Blasser’s show at Beppu Wiarda, featuring small works of fairly monochromatic paint and ink washes, organic forms and drips. I didn’t know it was a one day only event, so I’m glad we were able to make a short video of the show.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ben Pink on KBOO


Listen to the interview here.

This week Art Focus begins its new timeslot - Tuesdays at 11:30AM. Our guest is Ben Pink, who runs the Launch Pad Gallery. We will talk about the Love Show and other ventures.

Pied-à-Terre

Yesterday I checked out a new space in town called Pied-à-Terre. Before it ever opened, Tracy Helgeson had emailed me, telling me to watch for the space. She and Pied-à-Terre’s founder McIntyre Parker had met through a residency somewhere back east. He came out here from NY and has now opened this space in his own apartment.

I was immediately curious and a tad envious. Looking back on my life in New York City, it’s one thing I didn’t do and should have tried, having had a great little apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, maybe perfect for such a venture. The little bitty fact that it was an illegal sublet kept me from exploring public options, but maybe it should not have.

One evening Gary Azon took me to high-rise on Washington Square, where indeed someone hosted an exhibition right in their living room. The show made an impression on me. Maybe it all only happened for that one evening, but that was all it really needed to be. It was a packed room, a discussion about art in someone’s home.

I didn’t even have a living room – just one long room which filtered out into a negligible, never used kitchen. The long room was painted a cold white and one of the walls was all (painted) brick. It looked out into the courtyard and the stained glass window of a church. It was my sanctuary for ten years; I’m not sure I could have held on so long without the lack of fanfare so needed to maintain illegal ventures. It was a building full of actors, being on West 56th Street – my super was a soap opera star, another tenant you can still see on Law and Order from time to time. At least one we lost to AIDS.

Pied-à-Terre looks out towards the west, a simple room nearly square in shape. I just loved the space and loved the work even more. It held two beautiful small paintings by Daniel Payavis. Each one was perfectly contained, well made, looking at the past but also right in the present.