Monday, December 31, 2012

Golden Spot Award Print Exhibition

I wrote extensively about my time at Crow's Shadow here in this blog (the link provides info on the work and the writing). My printmaking residency was a Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award. Six artists participated in this residency - Pat Boas, Storm Tharp, Arnold J. Kemp, Susan Murrell, Jenene Nagy and myself. All of our works will show at PDX Contemporary Art for a couple of weeks, opening this coming First Thursday, January 3, 2013, 6 - 8PM. Hope to see you there if you're in Portland.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Tree

The holidays often give me a special reason to collage. Entire series have begun with a gift effort, such as the Anonymous Women. I have a few women friends who have really helped me with this year and with this time of year in particular. This tree is for them. Thank you so much.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Glenn Clevenger on KBOO

Looking forward to interviewing Glenn Clevenger this coming Tuesday (the 18th) on Art Focus. He has a new show at Pulliam, one in which the paintings have definitely changed. Plus he has these great boxes on view.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Binder Full of Collages at frosch and portmann

Tomorrow night is the opening for A Binder Full of Collages, a group show at frosch and portmann. I am in the show, as is friend and super-curator and great artist James Gallagher. Please stop by if you are in the LES!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Molly Vidor and Nell Warren on KBOO

Warlock by Molly Vidor

This coming Tuesday Joseph Gallivan will guest host Art Focus, interviewing Nell Warren and Molly Vidor, who are showing at PDX. The show is called Black Dove/Sky Forms.

Perhaps some of you will remember Joseph Gallivan as an art writer for the Portland Tribune. In the past I've had other guest hosts but I am particularly excited this time out, as it is hoped that he will become my co-host and truly be a part of Art Focus and KBOO. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Fabulous Genius

Anonymous Woman No. 57 looks different to me, not quite like the rest. She looks like a man in drag. She is melded with a Shiva, masculine, almost brawny. She hit a nerve with me as soon as she was manifested, looking a bit like some contemporary male artists and performers who use makeup/drag/my stuff dammit to establish their boundary-breaking mode.

Often s/he will appear as a promotional photograph - clearly a man wearing a shitload of face paint, sometimes not all that differently to all the women I have made up throughout the years. - But when they do it, of course it is so much more serious, edgy,  pushing something, questioning something, about something, clearly they're The Genius.

When I made up women to look like Kim Kardasian or Joan Collins, layering on the false eyelashes and lip gloss, they were seen as surfaces, merely containers to be dismissed. I know the routine well; have created and lived it, both audience and participant. Gloriously artificial females are often the empty object and go no further. I can't define if I was bugged or just confused but it irritated me that a guy can take that armor and get art world street cred and we could not. Why is it that when she does it, she has no content, whereas when he does it, he has a dissertation. Maybe what I am pitching here is The Fabulous Genius, lashes, bleached hair et al, a God, not just a Goddess.