Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson joins me on Art Focus this week. She is the new curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum and has recently announced the finalists and winners of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. As everyone knows, this show replaced the Oregon Biennial. That show never made everyone happy and neither has this one. I'm looking forward to hearing Laing-Malcolmson "make the case" for her selection.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Anonymous Woman No. 14

In painting I do pattern. I like endlessness and the idea of an experience that seems uniform from corner to corner – and is not.

Some of that is just the reward for continuing to look in decorative facades, the lovely and dangerous marriage of surface and substance. It happened in painting and is now explored in Anonymous Women. She’s the wallpaper, she’s the d├ęcor. She’s also a little creepy because her blending in is never fully achieved, she’s too singular for that. Someone also suggested camouflage, just as animals use in the natural world. Yes, and I’d add that it’s camo like humans use in wartime too.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Centrifuge/Chroma on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

In March Centrifuge, a group show curated by Chroma, opens at the Art Institute of Portland. Centrifuge explores links between art and architecture. I’ll have the curators Jennifer Porter and Martha Wallulis, plus Caitlin Moore from the Art Institute of Portland on the radio this coming to Tuesday to talk about the upcoming exhibition.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Changes in Art Writing at the Oregonian

Listen to the interview here.

Art criticism is a subject I covered from time to time in my old online diary. So much so that after awhile, D.K. Row rarely looked my way in a crowded room. I never felt particularly comfortable or happy about that. So it was with a strange baited breath that I made the phone call to David at the Oregonian: Are you indeed leaving? And if so, is anyone writing about art there?

Hence, my reason for the panel of art critics on KBOO tomorrow.

It is official: D.K. Row is no longer The Art Critic. But he’s not leaving. He’ll write about philanthropy, amongst other things (which still peaks my interest, in ways I’ll detail in a future post) at the paper. But as to who will be writing and how they will do it, he couldn’t say.

So it’s possible there will no longer be this major voice at the Oregonian. Whatever sparing I do with an art critic, I find this to be sad (if it’s true). Some say it’s all up to the Internet and blogs now, but for me that’s not the case. Not yet anyway.

The authority of the paper is something we rile against, talk to and around. That authority may have dimmed in some ways – but I don’t think that we found a replacement, at least not here in this town. And I want to say publicly that while I had my frictions with the O, D.K. Row in particular did so much for Lovelake and for so many artists who matter to me. And I now realize that nobody has got to do anything. We can talk about reporting the news, blah blah, but writers do choose the news.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Art Critics on KBOO

A little birdy told me that change is in the air when it comes to art criticism here. So we decided to have a panel of art writers come on KBOO to talk about art criticism in Portland (and beyond, I would imagine). This Tuesday my guests will be Lisa Radon of Ultrapdx, Jeff Jahn of PORT, Barry Johnson (who wrote and edited for years at the O) and Brian Libby of Portland Architecture.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Elephant Magazine

The new issue of Elephant Magazine is out and it has a great series of interview-based profiles called The Art of Collage by Ana Ibarra. Seventeen artists from all over the world are featured and I'm one. Five of my montages are reproduced in color, with Target No. 10 (Susan) and Target No. 1 (Liza) receiving full pages. They all look so juicy there, truly well done. Unfortunately you can't find it in Portland, but NYC has a lot of resources, including St. Mark's Bookshop. The piece is called The Best is Yet to Come - my own quote and I believe it, grateful to still be here, making work.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


My relationship with beauty was always complex, but I’m much more aware of it now. I’m on the inside and the outside at the same time. As a makeup artist I create the beauty, the polish, the shine and accompanying verbiage.

But with feet securely rooted in other worlds like the art world, I look from the outside. Age has something to do with it too. People like to pshaw that, but I never have. Age is a factor in the landscape, for the bad or for the best, the more of it you have. “It’s doesn’t matter,” some like to say, but those who say this generally don’t have a lot.

And even though I’ve worked in the beauty industry, I don’t have the malaise – or is it paranoia? – associated with aging. It’s a challenge, Baby, but it’s not a disease. Everything has its time. I see beauty in all the ages. Surface and substance are one; the complexities don’t scare me.

I feel like I am circling around some issues here without being able to nail it, but what I really wanted to get at was not just beauty in woman but also beauty in art. I always needed it and I still think it’s no easy thing to arrive at. Ideas can be cheap compared to fostering a platform of beauty. “It’s dangerous,” my art colleague told me - and I think she's right.
All of these are from my new Anonymous Women.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Cutters" in Cork, Ireland

Curator and artist James Gallagher has organized another “Cutters” show, this time in Cork, Ireland at the West Cork Arts Centre. He placed my work in the first Cutters show, which was at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn.

There are 53 collage artists in the Cork show and we’re from all over the world. What Gallagher is doing is really exciting (and a lot of hard work). There was buzz all over that Cinders show and we can expect the same with this one. The reception is tonight, if you happen to be in Cork! This show has three of my smaller Targets, shown here.