Friday, January 29, 2010


New Drapes Duo

Recently I received an email from a friend asking me if I was still painting. I am still painting but I am an artist who does more than one thing. Nonetheless the painting is like the slow food movement these days. The panels are 30 inches square with very thin, hand painted stripes. They may appear as diptychs like they are above or I might install a long line like I did with The Richter Scale.
The paintings are more enclosed, more dark than light - which perhaps suits a mood, not very coincidental. They play more on fabric than the previous pieces and are like silk damask. The work is basically an investigation of the last 3 pieces I made at the tail end of Richter Scale.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Linda Tesner on KBOO

At the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark is "What is a Trade?" Artist Donald Fels collaborated with Indian sign painters to create an exhibition of large scale paintings about trade in India. The panels have all the intense colors and graphics we expect from sign painters. This particular art form is dying out as computers and inkject printing are taking over. Every piece tells a different story. Curator Linda Tesner will be my guest on KBOO tomorrow to talk about the show.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Christopher Rauschenberg on KBOO

Christopher Rauschenberg has a new show of photographs up at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery called Paris Flea Markets. Sometimes the artist assemblages and montages to create his works but these are single image pieces. He'll be my guest on Art Focus this Tuesday, the 19th.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

fontanelle closing

I am sad to hear that Fontanelle will be closing at the end of the month. That gallery provided fodder for KBOO more than once - with coverage of their Lesbian Art Show, the Queer Gaze and Mark Warren Jacques' Big Beautiful Color (see image above). Something tells me this is not the last of Leslie Miller, who curated good shows with a savvy zest and spunk. Fontanelle completely erased the ghosts of galleries past from that space too, something I can attest to as not being easy. As to Big Beautiful Color, Mark made signs for this exhibition, as if we were all either in protest or revolution. I still have one in my studio, reminding me as I paint.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Joe Sacco on KBOO

Joe Sacco will be my guest on Art Focus on the 12th. He has a new book out! A sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places, FOOTNOTES IN GAZA (Metropolitan Books/December 22, 2009), the highly anticipated new work, recounts fifty years of history across hundreds of pages of absorbing panels. Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. His last work, Safe Area Gorazde, won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000; his much lauded Palestine received the American Book Award.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Storm and Bean on Daily Serving

I've just learned that Bean Gilsdorf will write for Daily Serving. Her first piece is an interview with Portland artist Storm Tharp (work above), who is headed to the Whitney Biennial this year. Storm was my first interview subject when I took over Art Focus at KBOO over a year ago. Congrats to both.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

a Kenneth Noland fan

People say my montages and paintings don't seem to have much in common. But in Kenneth Noland, who just left us, they do. ...I've cut his paintings in reproduction many times and worshipped him as painter too. And his more recent work is right up there, like this painting above from 2000. Maybe five years ago a target graced an ArtNews cover - I couldn't believe how fresh it was, stunning, completely inspiring. I kept it for a long time and cut it. The Portland Art Museum has a nice assortment of Noland via the Clement Greenberg collection, although most of them are before he hit his stride as a colorist.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Laura Russell on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.
Tomorrow on Art Focus my guest is Laura Russell, who founded and directs 23 Sandy. The current show is a group exhibition called The Assignment. The Assignment is a Juried Exhibition of artist books organized in conjunction with the College Book Art Association. There will be a closing reception on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The CBAA meeting attendees, many of whom will be featured in the show will be here for the closing reception. Also during the closing reception, one book will be awarded the “Purchase Prize” and will be purchased and donated to the John Wilson Special Collection Room at the Multnomah County Library in Portland. In addition, the CBAA will give cash awards and several honorary awards.
The above piece is by Karen Kunc.