Sunday, December 29, 2013

More My Art History

Becoming Blackish on KBOO

Blackfish Gallery turns 35 this year. Opening on December 31st is their "Becoming Blackfish" exhibition. Members Stephan Soihl, Barbara Black and Paul Missal (who will show in the back room) will be my guests on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 31st.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mary Chomenko Hinckley on KBOO

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Mary Chomenko Hinckley has a show up at Augen Gallery right now, titled Gates of Venice and Beyond: Studies in Pattern and Color. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 17th.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Art History

Cutting into my old ancient art history text from 1976 has given me great joy and satisfaction.
Someone told me that Janson never allowed one female artist in his histories of art while he still lived. 

Can anyone confirm that? If so, no wonder I am having fun rewriting art history. These collages are tiny and are hopefully a prototype for another body of work on a larger scale.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christine D'Arcy + the Oregon Arts Commission

I've been following the news of the firing of Christine D'Arcy from the Oregon Arts Commission.

There is an emphasis on the inner workings and mystification of bureaucracies. I know nothing about that and even the reporters seem to find little of conclusive nature.

But I am rather surprised that artists themselves haven't made any public statements one way or another. So I shall: D'Arcy made a huge impact in my life, in my career as an artist. Of course I'll never know if she was actually in the room when the big "YES" was made towards my projects. I can only observe that the OAC gave me support at very critical junctures in my career. They helped my work get to New York and Art Basel. That's a big circle too - not just about us getting to know elsewhere, but about elsewhere getting to know us.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jim Riswold on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Jim Riswold will be my guest on Art Focus this next Tuesday, December 3rd. His last show at Augen was called Art For Oncologists.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Women in Art Lecture Series

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Listen to the discussion here.

On November 19th I will talk to Prudence Roberts, Sue Taylor, Elizabeth Bilyeu and Marie Sivak RE: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's visit and lecture which is at ~ 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus. Smith’s talk “My Life as a Cultural Arts Worker” will address not only her artistic process, but also the complex political and cultural symbols as well as narrative elements she weaves into her paintings, prints and other works.  We will discuss the lecture but also the inception and development of PCC's Portland Women in Art Lecture Series. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Disjecta Auction

Target No. 54 (Liz and Debbie) will be offered at the Disjecta auction this Saturday night.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Darren Orange on KBOO

Darren Orange will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 5th. Orange is a painter from Astoria who is well known for his emotional and expressive work based in Oregon landscape, especially on the coast.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Diane Durston on KBOO

Tomorrow Diane Durston joins me on Art Focus at KBOO. She curated the new exhibition at Portland's Japanese Garden, A Distant View. The show includes ceramics by Sueharu Fukami and photographs by Jean Vollum.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Targets

And there's more to come. A small new series and lots of fun for me.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

James Gallagher on KBOO

James Gallagher has a new magazine out - Secret Behavior. He will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 24th. He is also a great artist and curator - we've shown together on both coasts.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Terri Hopkins on KBOO

Art Gym curator Terri Hopkins retires in January 2014 after 33 years directing the gallery. Under her leadership, The Art Gym has become a regionally renowned gallery showcasing contemporary Northwest artists. Since its founding in 1980, The Art Gym has shown the work of more than 500 artists, produced more than 65 exhibition catalogs and sponsored numerous artist roundtables and public forums. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, September 10th. We will talk about her long history as a curator.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Diary No. 1, 1969

 I am having so much fun posting to my diary Tumblr.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Real Diaries

The longer I live and the more I write, I realize that the true product of my existence is the diary. The Real Diary, the one I have written since 1969, now amounting to 155 notebooks. And so I have begun a Tumblr which addresses this fact.

I am not sure how much of all the actual entries I will post. The first five years might not make it as I am such a lousy writer as a teen. But I did draw some fun teenage concerns - clothes, drugs, music and boys - they are described both visually and literally, so I may just scan and upload images.

Something interesting, something heavy is the essential material quality of them all. We can stuff life into something teeny-tiny if we manifest digitally. These notebooks do not operate in that way. They bear the stains of the times.

Today I posted the above image, Diary No. 108, written between August and November in 2001. The smoke was photographed from across a river. I pasted just the edge of the horror.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bruce Guenther on KBOO

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The Portland Art Museum is currently presenting a snug and smart exhibition by Sherrie Levine. I loved this show and look forward to talking to curator Bruce Guenther about it. He will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 27th.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Vessel

The Torso No. 10

I could do an entire series called The Vessel. Admire the curves. Love the surface and project the inside as suits the moment. Fill her up. Empty at will. Start all over again.

The Torso No. 2

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hickory Mertsching on KBOO

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A year ago I wrote about Hickory Mertsching when he had a show at the Gallery @ The Jupiter. Now he has an exhibition at Beam and Anchor, a design space on Interstate. He will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Time Based Art

A friend observed that while as a rule he tended to move forward to what was in front of him, I was more circular, reflective and in process of the past. Not a moral judgment, he says. I should say not. The past is not even past, I am more convinced than ever. I need room to reflect and savor what happened.

Perhaps this is rooted in a childhood in the country. I lived on a dirt road which met another dirt road. You come across someone or something on a dirt road, it matters. It could be monumental, processed over days and night, in your imagination, whether it is a toad, a snake, a waterfall, a boy.

In New York I would always say: “Everything matters here.” But maybe the opposite was true.

And all throughout my childhood, I learned about art. Art was and is experiential, a part of the reflective process and way of life. Art is not an object. Great art you can experience time and time again with new responses and information coming your way.  I used to think that museums in great cities provided the ultimate lesson in what art provides, but I've changed my mind on that. In my case, I could get it out of a book or a magazine out in the middle of nowhere and did for years.

So this idea of visitation and re-visitation showed me what a time-based experience all great visual art (among other things) is. There is no finite to a great work of art, no static existence. In fact if you know it well enough, the exploration continues within your mind. And it will change, perform and evolve as you do, throughout a lifetime.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Torso

The Torso No. 1

In my most recent series, I explored the Anonymous Woman via her face. But from the start, her body was in the back of mind, especially what we call “The Torso.”

The Torso is of course a term in art history, referring to a partial body cast, the coveted middle section. Often she has no arms, no head and no legs. 

“The Torso” was also what a lover would call me – meant as a compliment of course. Yet I was aware that just as I had to push for my intellect to be a focus in the relationship, I was also easily regarded as one who had no head, much less a mind, just a glorious set of curves, a vessel with potential point of entry.

This vessel isn't just a set of curves or an art historical term in my own life - it is a complicated relationship with fashion, body politics, what we learn from our mothers and a girl-to-woman passage. It is cultural as well as personal. While I hadn't planned on reviewing celebrity in the collectively owned female form (like I did with the Targets), it actually became a launch pad. That’s all, a launch pad, but I am really excited about what will happen next.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Torso No. 3

A woman in a very structured bra, arching over the water in full moonlight. There is a bit of a personal narrative as most bras feel uncomfortable now, my body rejecting a bit the harnessing it embraced most of its life.

She looks elegant but that's all constructed. None of it is "natural" - that natural girl is buried way deep within and who knows, including herself, just exactly who or what that is. Everything we see, the pose, the bra, the lips, eyes, hair, it's all a fabrication, suspended over a seascape of dreams, mystical props, a mysterious setting. Yet what could she have to do with all that? Nothing? Women built for speed only speed to certain places.

More on The Torso later.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shawn Records on KBOO

Shawn Records has a show opening at Blue Sky this week, titled Flaming Energy Ball. He will be my Art Focus guest on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Heidi Kirkpatrick on KBOO

Heidi Kirkpatrick will be my guest this coming Tuesday, June 18, on Art Focus. The work is photo-based, whether it is her own or found and she does straight prints plus boxes, constructions and all kinds of assemblage. Perhaps I first met her at the Modern Goddess exhibition at Alysia Duckler Gallery 13 years ago, which I think may have been a pivotal show for her. It's been a pleasure to follow her work.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cynthia Lahti on KBOO

Cynthia Lahti will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday. She has a remarkable show at PDX right now.

Friday, May 24, 2013


VOLTA9 opens next month in Basel. I will show at the frosch and portmann booth with Julia Kuhl and Hooper Turner. I will link to various posts as they manifest (and I hope there's a bunch as I am staying here in Portland!).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sandra Roumagoux on KBOO

Sandy Roumagoux has a show up at Blackfish right now - she's my guest tomorrow on Art Focus.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

She was An Artist

I hadn't really planned on writing about anything so heavy as a mother, so this will be brief. Happy Mother's Day. When I first met my half sister, the shrink at the age of 30 (it's complicated), I told her about a friend who said "You're hung up on your mother." (We share a mother.) To which she replied Everyone is hung up on their mother.

Hmmm. Is that true? Mine did not want me (and tells me so) yet she gave me the essential path to who I am and what I love today: Art, which a capital A. She had a gallery with 3 other women during the 1960s (see us above) in Jacksonville, Oregon. Those were blissful days. I made my first paintings there. In a few days I am going back and we'll remember.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Golden Spot at Crossroads

Last night the Golden Spot print show opened in Baker City - at Crossroads, which is a Carnegie building. I have never been to Baker City and would like to go .... if anyone makes the exhibition, I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Patrick Collier on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

Tomorrow I have Patrick Collier on the radio with me. He has a show at Place right now. He also writes for Oregon Artswatch and other publications.

Friday, April 26, 2013

CAP Art Auction 2013

Boy and Girl by Gus Van Sant

Once again I am honored to be the Art Narrator of the CAP Art Auction, which is at the Memorial Coliseum tomorrow night. These are images from the live auction, including work from James Lavadour, Tom Cramer, Katherine Ace, Gus Van Sant and Sherry Wolf.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Brian Ferriso on KBOO

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I am looking forward to having Brian Ferriso on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He is the  Director of the Portland Art Museum. We are going to talk about art of course. Maybe spend some time down memory lane too, as we both studied at the Art Students League of New York.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Philip Iosca on KBOO

180 x 71 inches

Above is a gorgeous installation by Philip Iosca at Fourteen30 Contemporary. He will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, April 2.

This is my first interview in about a month. VOLTA was a sweeping event in my life, plus I now have a great day job. KBOO is fortunate to have Joseph Gallivan now contributing his radio skills to Art Focus. From now on we will share the show and alternate our days.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Art and Fashion

Thank you Art and Fashion.

So many shows I had years ago were not documented. It's a shame really because we were all more photograph-able then! So I am grateful for all the images and words now.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Thanks to Mark Rabiner for stopping by the booth an creating this great installation shot. Here comes the sun.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Booth 2.39

I love this fair and feel like Cinderella. Meeting artists, curators and collectors from all over the world. And I love how frosch&portmann installed my show with a big orange target!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Judd Montages at VOLTA NY

All of The Judd Montages came out of one magazine, left behind by the original tenant in an illegal sublet I had on West 56th. So the project in a way was finite; it could only come from one source. Altogether there were 17 pieces. This wall presents what remains of the collection, all at VOLTA NY, at booth 2.39.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Here is my new address - at 82 Mercer.

The Goods

Target No. 14

So glad to be back to Old New York.

Last night I met up with a family who were my neighbors when I first moved here, mid-1980s. They gave me shelter often and became my NYC family. I plunged into the working life with a vengeance and on someone's advice, began to study painting at the Art Students League of New York. I still collaged but hardly a soul knew it. Well, she's back.

My working life often involved the beautifying of the female, whether it was through paint or drapery. Over the years I became well aware of how the woman herself - me included - was merchandise. I was especially sensitive to it when I tried to get a leg up in the art world and was often placed back (gently or not so gently) into The Goods corner. The Target above touches on these issues. It was always one of my favorites and will show at VOLTA tomorrow.