Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pioneer Place

Listen to the interview here.

Pioneer Place is a shopping mall downtown which has transformed its third floor into a gallery spot. Place, Mark Woolley and Peoples are all there. They will be guests on Art Focus this week. Hopefully this means I will have directors Gabe Flores, Mark Woolley and Chris Haberman on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From Southern Oregon

Over the weekend I drove down to Southern Oregon. It was the first time in years that I stayed with my mom and it was really nice. What's different? Circumstances change people all the time. 

She's drifting, softening in a world of her own construct, where things are just not as intense. She's very much in the present. The small, passing details of the moment are the urgent matters she will relate. I learned some things about growing old there. Not getting old, but growing old. We get different things at different times of our lives. From afar I worried about her, assuming she was lonely or sad. Wrong – she likes her own company - she is where and who she wants to be - in her own world and in her own moment; there is nothing to be sad about.

And she is fairly comfortable in her aging skin. She has the simple things, embracing the sunshine and the trees and her animals. The big fight that can be life, the big ambition, it's over for her. She has accepted many things. Just being around that made me feel a little lighter.

I am still in the middle of ambition and relish it in fact. For most of my life I have had some sense that I carried my mothers’ battle and moved forward. She was an artist and a beautiful woman. There’s more than one reason why I use a vintage image.

After I saw her, I took an early morning walk in Lithia Park in Ashland, remembering all my childhood summers there. And I felt this sense of the future there too, in being old and actually, in liking it. Sensuality and physicality don’t close down; they just change is all. 

Soon I am leaving this house and losing this incredible collage studio. I am sure I will be provided for somehow but in the meantime, I work like the blazes. Every piece here is about a woman from Southern Oregon

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jennifer Strayer on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

At the Oregon Historical Society is a show called Culture Captured: The Photography of Marion Wood Kolisch (self portrait above). For thirty years Marion Wood Kolisch photographed many of the art movers and shakers in this town. You can trace some of our own local art history through this exhibition. The story of how curator Jennifer Strayer came to know the artist and then to curate this show is an interesting one too, a relationship built over time. I am looking forward to having her on Art Focus this coming Tuesday.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

No. 3

Thank you No. 3. Richard Hamilton, no less!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In Black and White

While I love color, I have had some good black and white moments this past year. The piece above is my version of Mt. Rushmore. In real life it is more square than rectangular, with a grander mountain range.

I think the piece below is probably due to all my time with The Twilight Zone.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

OAC and The Ford Family Foundation

Jeff Jahn of PORT recently updated a post about our art scene (via the WSJ), adding that RACC and the Oregon Arts Commission are behind the times as regards funding the relevant. There might have been a time I would agree with him - no doubt much could be said as to how cash is spent in this town. But today his piece inspired me to acknowledge what has been on my site for a few months now - that I was awarded grants from both the OAC and The Ford Family Foundation, all of which completely funded my New York show. While I am not fond of the word submit, this experience just might make me a believer. Thanks to these grants, The Judd Montages were framed - that's a first for me. I was able to go to the exhibition, meet collectors and hang with New York artists. The grants had everything to do with it. When the show comes down, I will take down the announcement. In the meantime, I just want to say thanks. You really made a difference.


This is the second year that I will contribute my makeup abilities to P:earblossoms, an annual fundraiser for P:ear Mentor, which helps homeless youth here in Portland. Last year the theme was "Transformation" - Jeffrey Kyle and I body-painted all kinds of trans-formative symbols on whatever flesh and bare skin came to us. This year the theme is about telling your story at the "Expression" bar. So Pauline Stine, a great makeup artist I knew from MAC, will join me this year to write words and stories as part of the body painting on those who attend the fundraiser tonight.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Return to Crow's Shadow

Off to gorgeous Pendleton today, to Crow's Shadow, where I will sign the prints were worked on last year. I know what is more fun, seeing the finished product or hanging at the Institute and the res beyond.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Liz Cohn on KBOO

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Liz Cohn has a collage show called Playing with a Full Deck, what is basically a mail art project up at 12 x 16 in Sellwood. Above you see an installation view. The artist collaborated with all kinds of other artists via the post to create this installation. She will be my guest on Art Focus tomorrow.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Anonymous Woman No. 45

There is a particular sculpture, a half-face or bust of a woman, perhaps Egyptian, that this piece reminds me of. I've stared at her a lifetime - my mom had books on Greek and Egyptian art - yet I cannot find the image now. I think the Met has her. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

On-Verge / I Spy

Thanks to Lynn Maliszewski and On-Verge for their recommendation.

Paul Solevad at Gallery at the Jupiter

Yesterday I helped install the next show at Gallery at the Jupiter. Here you see paintings by Paul Solevad. The gallery itself is full of light and shifting color - and the paintings are a match. I'll be there for the reception for the artist tonight, 6 - 9PM. Please stop by and say hello if you are also doing First Friday.