Monday, January 31, 2011
The next exhibition at the White Box will be COLLECT FOUR: Scenes From Portland’s Bleeding Edge. This show includes four artists and is curated by Jesse Hayward.
Hayward claims: "The artists in this show are all, first and foremost, collectors. Ben collects moments. Jason collects motif. Midori collects abstractions while Matt collects simplicities. They are earnest. They emphasize the clean and clear display of their artwork. These are not artists who confuse, misdirect or rely on trickery for effect. These are artists who sample first and filter later. Their early careers run parallel as well. All studied art and show regularly in town. Most participate in art collectives. They are roughly the same age and live in the same part of town. So in this show, we are truly watching different aspects of the same attitude, a very Portland attitude."
The show includes:Matthew Green, Midori Hirose, Jason Traeger and Benjamin Young. It opens today with a reception on the 5th. Jesse will talk about the show on Art Focus tomorrow.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
One of my favorite Oregon painters is not in this town. Steven LaRose lives in Ashland and whenever I visit the home turf, I try to see him too. These pics are from yesterday. He also blogged about the visit (– and we also made a fun studio visit video a couple of years back).
His current works stands up to all that “unadventurous” painting Wes Freese and some of us were swooning over at Sharon Butler and Facebook (in reference to a Holland Cotter review). There’s also kind of an Asian thing to his painting that I can’t quite put my finger on, a fluidity and sureness. He’s really good at flowers, nature, can paint anything really. He even gave me a nifty pencil drawing of a tree.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Timothy Buckwalter has curated a very interesting three-part exhibition at the National Institute for Art and Disabilities in Richmond, CA. Life in the World to Come: Twist and Crawl features work by artists and work by individuals with disabilities. Of course some artists are both, always were. There are a few artists in this series I recognize - such as Chris Ashley (who I showed at Chambers) and Sharon Butler, who writes Two Coats of Paint. I’ll be in the exhibition in the spring. The reception for the artists is this afternoon.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Even so, I collected images of beauties unknown, models and the like, many from previous eras, before models became famous. I couldn’t resist collecting their faces, even as I declared I couldn't use them. It was perhaps a delicious return to girlhood, but it wasn’t just that.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I remember when I first moved to New York in 1986. A band of Portland ex-pats marched me down to the Lower East Side. We hung out at The Hat, read our poems and showed our art at ABCNoRio and gawked in homage at Mary Adams The Dress, a storefront of nothing but. Her venture of the most elegant in dresses in a not-so-elegant part of town really impressed me.
Talk about commitment. Plus Mary was a homegirl, went to the U of O, was one of us.
Even if you go to her website today, you might see words like “Bits and Pieces” and think, oh, she’s showing separates here. But no, it’s all about the dress, the dress, the dress. She never veered nor swayed.
Mary Adams has a new book called The Party Dress which actually shows you, step by step, how to make something like what she makes. AND she’s town, making an appearance at Powell’s today! She’ll also be my guest on Art Focus this Tuesday, the 18th. Her dresses truly are works of art.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Listen to the interview here.
I’ve described Ben Pink previously as “The Godfather,” because his reach was so wide and varied. You could say the same about Chris Haberman. Ben runs Launchpad and Chris has curated more shows that I could list. Launchpad right now is hosting a collaborative exhibition of Chris with Scott Chase called The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (see image above).
As Chris tells the story, he met a “laborer” – that would be Scot - who, to his great surprise, could draw, could paint, had more than a passing art bent. And he didn’t care about “the art world,” he just wanted to make his work.
Actually, I am not so surprised. As someone who ran in the non-art world while still very much an artist, I have met countless creatives who in some way could draw or manifest images - and without much prompting, have their own style. I’m not saying they have the grit to have 30 years of one person exhibitions, but artists come in all shapes and sizes and many are not in the art world packaging.
Friday, January 7, 2011
PORT has published its Best of 2010 list and I’m on there twice. It’s the "Break Out" arena which has me highly amused. At 20, you may anticipate shifting the world. In your 50s, you’re generally not breaking out of anything but the last midlife crisis. 2010 was the banner best-of-times, worst-of-times year. Sometimes my deal made with the devil to live as an artist felt very tested. I’m underemployed (like half of Portland) and from day to day, can’t predict anything. But I do know that what I wanted, all of my life, what I lusted after, what seemed like a big pipe dream, is still possible, is still new.
Monday, January 3, 2011
This coming Tuesday my guests on Art Focus will be Anna Solcaniova King and Graylan King, who own and direct Anka Gallery. Anka is a big space at the Everett Station Lofts. They are able to present several shows at once, most of them of emerging artists. Anka came to my attention through the artist Lawrence Morrell, who joins the Monday night drinking club occasionally.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Here's to 2011, wherever the road may take you.
I started 2010 going in 2 very different directions. The year held my favorite exhibition ever, but it also seemed very possible that I would take a major right turn. Right turn in every way - corporate, managerial, almost Gestapo. It meant all kinds of things to my body, mind and time but I felt I had little choice.
Then overnight that option was gone. While I reeled and revamped mentally, I looked at my cut and paste table. The simplicity was a balm - 2 + 2 equals a million. It became my major resource for December and suddenly everything that was old was new again.