Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lorena Guillen Vaschetti and Norma Vaschetti on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

On August 28TH Art Focus will cover a show opening at Ampersand - an exhibition of photographs by Lorena Guillen Vaschetti & paintings by her mother, Norma Vaschetti, both of whom live & work in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lorena's recent body of work, Historia, memoria y silencios, investigates what truths from our past are revealed or hidden within photographic documents, in this case a series of family slides that were all but lost in 2009. Released as a lovely first monograph in early 2012, Historia, memoria y silencios was chosen as one of the best photobooks of the year by PDN & Photo EspaƱa 2012.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wild Studio

Just the idea of "The Studio" is sort of Romantic. Where it is, what it looks like, who gets to visit. When I had one in NW Portland, a small and separate room, I would write about "Life in the Studio," as if miracles and deep thoughts happened there.

But truth is - it was kind of tough. I felt the pressure as soon as I entered the room, as much as I idealized it. It was only after I turned my studio into Lovelake that it began to feel more right. A decade later, I have a much different idea about work and where and how it happens.

At present I work in a big house on the river. The studio is where the living room ought to be. But this is what real living feels like to me and what a real studio is too. I live with the work and the work is my living. It's also the meal, the wine, the various concoctions. There's just me, it, the dog and it's all one. There is no "Life in the Studio" because it is already everything, everywhere, not separate in any way. A united blur. You could say I have no real studio or that the studio is everywhere. The latter is the truth. I treasure the openness of the space, the erased edges. One great big room to make (relatively) small collages.

In many ways there could not be a better time to read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I am on my own, gone, ripped out, off and yet working on something very important. If you were to have told me a couple of years ago that I would be here, exactly here, I would have maybe scoffed, maybe swooned, maybe shuddered or all three. The threshold, looking back and forward at the same time. It feels raw though maybe that's not the right word. It's good to feel the things. It's good to make the things.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chris Bennett and Tricia Hoffman on KBOO

(Photo by Ray Bidegain, who is currently showing at Newspace)

Listen to the interview here.

Newspace is a center for photography in SE Portland. They've got a lot to talk about - a new gallery and entrance, complete with a 2ND digital lab just for scanning and printing, all manner of classes, critiques, summer camps, facilities and great exhibitions. They also have a new Director, Tricia Hoffman. She will join me on Art Focus, along with Executive Director Chris Bennett this next Tuesday, the 21ST.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

James Florschutz on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

At Augen Gallery are constructions and assemblages by James Florschutz. The work is made from "the detritus of our society." The work looks like shows I used to see at OK Harris - indeed, the artist showed there - so I am looking forward to not only hearing about the work, but also any recounts on Ivan Karp. Florschutz will be on my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Thanks to great painter Katherine Ace for shooting my Daytrip, which is at the Schneider Museum of Art right now. Ace was in Ashland for her own exhibition at Davis and Cline.

Monday, August 6, 2012