Sunday, December 26, 2010

Blake Shell on KBOO

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In keeping with the current theme at Art Focus of the personalities behind art spaces - I am having Blake Shell join me this coming Tuesday. She is the curator at the Archer Gallery at Clark College and an artist in her own right. Currently the Archer Gallery has work up by Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Happel Christian. On the 11th of January, the Archer joins a group of community college galleries exhibiting Perimeter: We Live Here Now. These exhibitions feature works by artists from outside the USA who now live here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jennifer Stoots on KBOO

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Lately Art Focus has been looking at people who operate art spaces, many of them alternative. But what about those who operate sans space? People who make things happen unattached to real estate? Jennifer Stoots is a prime example. She is a photography specialist, advising clients and collectors, appraising artworks, curating exhibitions, writing and lecturing. She also represents artists, including Stu Levy (photo above), who has a show up at Augen Gallery right now. Jennifer will be my guest this coming Tuesday, the 21st of December.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tiffany Ruth and Chelsea Rose on KBOO

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Art Focus continues its series on local art spaces. Lately I'm consumed with pop-up galleries which are taking advantage of all the vacant real estate. Tiffany Ruth has a regular gallery in NW Portland called T. Ruth Artspace which is showing Chelsea Rose this month (see image above). Those two will be on the radio with me tomorrow. Tiffany Ruth is also masterminding pop-up galleries in the NW Thurman area, with an artwalk every third Thursday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

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As I am rather underemployed, I am collaging for gifts for X. I'll be posting the results over the month.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gabe Flores and Gary Wiseman on KBOO

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Artists are taking over shuttered storefronts, transforming them into exhibition spaces. The top floor of Pioneer Place, once a hopeful shopping mall, was empty. Now we have Place, a group of galleries featuring installation and work from PNCA students. Gabe Flores and Gary Wiseman are curators behind the project and they will be my guests this Tuesday on Art Focus.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Big 100 at the Goodfoot

I just got back from “The Big 100” benefit show at The Goodfoot. This is an annual event curated by Chris Haberman, all-around artist, curator, advocate. The walls at the Goodfoot exhibit works all the same small size, nicely framed, every piece 50 bucks. The works benefit Cascade Aids Project, plus there’s a food collection for the Oregon Food Bank right at the door.

Benefits revolving around art bring a mixed bag of feelings to many in the art community here. I do participate by donating work - this year it was at Disjecta; previous years, different organizations. Organizations who help those at risk will always receive help from artists, who often also live at risk.

When I first moved back here (it’s been 13 years now), I was stunned at how much art could be had for next to nothing. Perhaps part of the problem was how closely we all share the same fishbowl. Collectors and artists alike, high and low, all travel in very few degrees of separation. There’s an opinion here that some of these events keep the price of art way down. I do know collectors who will buy nowhere else when certain auctions happen. God forbid you have a show during that month! Some artists are also wary of giving to causes who do not bother to step out of their world, who do not even visit the exhibitions they wish to profit from.

That’s not the case at all at this Big 100 show. The big grid of art reveals just about every kind of medium and style - nonetheless you get only a small piece of real estate from any artist’s production. It’s a taste. It can never replace a bigger work….

- But it might entice you to check them out! I swear, I saw so many beautiful pieces at this show, I couldn’t single just a few out for this blog, thus only this paltry installation shot. People literally had shopping bags full of art. They would lay out their pieces and discuss the merits of their collecting with whoever was walking by. And in this mix, you found emerging and well known artists. I walked out star-struck and inspired.