Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brenda Mallory on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Brenda Mallory has a big installation down Concourse A at the PDX Airport right now. The piece is called the Mechanics of Hither and Yon. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 31st.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Todd Tubutis of Blue Sky

I had fun with Todd Tubutis of Blue Sky today at KBOO. We talked about the current Robert Frank show  and other exhibitions at the gallery, plus his own path to Blue Sky.

Listen to the interview here.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Romantic

I've lived in my house for over 8 years, but in some ways it seems like only yesterday that I moved in - until I started getting ready to leave it. For now I can fully assess what happened here.

I made half of Vive Chrome, all of Take Off, all of the Richter Scale and Drape in this house. That’s over 75 paintings.

But what the house really provided was my first truly designated collage studio space. My long collage table never saw a cup of coffee or glass of wine, as in so many art tables of the past. All it held was a big, perfect paper cutter and my work. This studio made all of the Judd Montages, all of the Targets and of course, the Anonymous Women - plus other side projects like Joe is Home Now and friends turning 50. Altogether that’s at least 120 photomontages since I’ve lived here.

And now I’m going. One of the big parts of any move is not just what you sell but what you give away. The past 2 days I’ve been giving away art school paintings to those who will use the stretchers for scruffy projects or for students, this kind of thing. The paintings themselves must go and the whole thing has been a little strange.

That’s not because I think the paintings are good. What I miss is not the work but the person who made them - and “miss” may not be the right word. What I see is the Romantic who made them, who went to the Art Students League, that old building with all that history, where I climbed up to the roof and felt like King of the World. I had dreams of paint so vivid I couldn’t sleep at night. And even though I went to the Met every week to absorb and romance the best of the best, I still had no idea what I was taking on. There’s a lot I could observe about the actual paintings, the subject matter, where they came from but what strikes me most is none of that. It's my relationship with painting itself which feels very different.

Yet that is not the case with collage. Perhaps this is because the vintage aspect of the work never went away. Or the ease and ownership aspect of what I'm doing. I’m still tight emotionally with what I cut and paste - maybe more so than ever. Lately I am cutting from the late 60s and early 70s and that’s not really vintage to me. That’s my girlhood; it’s a Romantic and tender time.

I feel very lucky that it’s all made out of paper. None of those have to be tossed away. The piece above is from about 1982.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Saatchi Collage Showdown Continues

Thanks to everyone who voted for my collage in the Saatchi Collage Showdown. It made it to the next round of judging! There were 1960 submissions and now it is down to 300.

I've made a lot of work I've yet to post here. Above is Anonymous Woman No. 26. This piece was very exciting piece for me to put together. I have loved gold forever - in clothes, in makeup, in paint, in leaf, in fashion, in Byzantine anything. But this woman in particular felt very familiar. She reminds me of my mom in the early 1960s. And I think I've had tops just like this one. I enjoyed combining it with the illuminated manuscript, in general an anonymous art form and where you don't expect to find the Babe.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anonymous Woman No. 34

These are intense times. There is a house is to be sold, garage sales in the freezing clime to be had and now, colds to be endured. I was all gangbusters but am now in bed with Barbara Pym, someone you can count on. Strange that through all the chaos, I could still make these Anonymous Women.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Todd Tubutis of Blue Sky on KBOO

PLEASE NOTE! Due to illness this interview has been rescheduled for the 24th.

I am looking forward to having Todd Tubutis, the Executive Director of Blue Sky Gallery, as my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 17th. We will cover the current Robert Frank show, Painkiller. From the PR: 

Painkiller is an original exhibition of 48 Polaroid images by groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank taken from the 1970s through the present. Blue Sky closely collaborated with Frank in selecting photographs to be reproduced in a special series of enlarged prints for this show. Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography, Frank has redefined the aesthetic of both the still and the moving image via his pictures and films. Blue Sky is proud to present Frank’s work again in Portland, having first shown his photographs in 1981.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Robert Tomlinson on KBOO

Robert Tomlinson will be my guest on Art Focus this week, on January 10th. He currently has a show of mixed media drawings at the Guardino Gallery. He also curated recently the Globe Show at 23 Sandy. I first met him a few years ago when he curated my Lonely Metropolitans into a show in Centralia. Robert does so many things; a half hour will barely scratch the surface.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Saatchi Showdown

I am in the Collage Saatchi Showdown. If you can, please vote for my work. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Group Show at Augen

This month Augen Gallery hosts a group show of gallery artists. It opens tomorrow and I have two pieces in it. These particular pieces reveal a little of how I arrive at something. I made them at the same time (2011) and out of the same original image in Life Magazine – a big photo of Garbo. For the Target, I used only a slice of her famous and perfect visage. Then of course I had the leftovers and they stayed on my work table. The great thing about the Anonymous Women is that I may need only bits and pieces to suggest what I wish. I can now see how specific my Targets were – they needed to be recognizable, they had to tell certain stories. I liked all of that and am in fact still making them, but the Anonymous Women not only celebrate the woman, they celebrate the cut. Everything is new.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

America in Color

Forwarded to me from Charlie Finch, amazing images from another era. .... some of the first color photographs. You can practically touch and smell from them. I see my grandparents in some of them too.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Avenues for Youth on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Local homeless youth are collaborating with artists and businesses to beautify our town, via New Avenues for Youth.

From the PR: "Billions and Billions of People collaborative art Installation is transforming a construction site into a work of art. With the vision and support from a premier real estate development company, TMT Development, thirty local homeless youth served by New Avenues for Youth had the unique opportunity to work alongside an internationally famed artist, earn a paycheck and feel connected to the city they call home."

That artist would be Chris Johanson. He's going to join me (via phone) - plus the Associate Executive Director Sean Suib and two of the youth participants  - on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 3rd of January.