These are people's homes!!!not canvases for privileged hippie's art projects!! just because they're homeless people in transition doesn't mean their community should look like a rainbow gathering.In what gorgeous portland neighborhoods do you see mural covered houses? put a mural on a community wall.it's gracious of the residents to indulge nutso artists. -erin o'dell firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS A RELEVANT REPORT BY MATT STANGEL-A FABULOUS WRITER CONCERNING ART IN PORTLAND. THE HOUSING REMINDS ME OF "ARTIST'S VILLAGE" IN NEW ORLEANS-THE HOUSING
PROJECT DEVELOPED BY HARRY CONICK JR AND OTHER MUSICIANS IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE
HURRICANE KATRINA. MAINTAINING THE RESIDENTS DIGNITY IS A KEY FACTOR. MORE POWER TO THEM IF BEAUTIFUL ART WORK CAN BE CREATED AND DISPLAYED AMIDST SOCIAL
DISASTER. KEEP WRITING AND REPORTING MATT. WE LOVE YOU!
Beautiful art! I appreciate the good intentions. I do worry that painting the houses with various "themes" may contradict the idea of having a dignified point of transition for people. Too many murals could create an amusement park feel. The art is beautiful but I think simple, basic coats of paint would more effectively project dignity.
If my observation was without merit it seems that someone besides the subject of the photo might try to set me straight.
I just suspect that Dignity residents didn't seek to have an article written about your project. Was their privacy a consideration? If you can honestly say that there wasn't some intent to publicly pat yourselves on the back for your good deeds as well as get a thrill out of being quoted and photographed, then my hat is off to you. I enjoy volunteering, but you won't be reading about it in a newspaper article anytime soon. Dignity, folks.
I'm all for constructive criticism, just annoyed when people make judgments based on preconceived notions. Feel free to join us at Dignity Village some day if you're curious whether your cynicism has any bearing. Taylor- email@example.com
Must people advertise their community work? As if these artists can't get paint & assistance w/o having an article written about what they're doing. Reminds me of celebs who take a camera crew to Africa to show EVERYONE how much they care about poor people. It kind of sucks the purity out of it & smacks of self-promotion. I'm all for social activism, just annoyed when people use it as a means to get attention. "Hey everybody, look at me! I'm helping homeless people!"
I saw this show and felt the same way -- the tension in the "weather-gnawed" wood piece is serious. Just looking at it made my neck hurt.
Good job all around, Appendix.
I love this short and sweet description of this work. I think you're spot-on. I've seen Ryckebosch's stuff in other coffee shops and a few galleries around town, and now it looks like he's been picked up by Cinders gallery, which is awesome. Thanks for calling attention to this awesome artist.
You can find a taste of what you'll see at the Manor of Art here:
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Hey Jake, I think the point is that THEY DON"T HAVE ANY FUCKING MONEY TO PAY OFF A PR PIECE! Also, why are you so bitter?
It's a fucking fantastic show! I'm usually not that impressed by group shows in Portland, but it's been really eye opening. Yes I have a room there, no I'm not saying which one. I am not part of Milepost 5 :)
Try to enjoy this phenomenal event!
God, you sure are funny. You didn't answer the question though and your article still reads like a shitty PR puff-piece.
Here is the list of demands I gave Shettler:
1. A boy with a lady for an arm.
3. The Hindenburg.
4. The Dead Sea scrolls, autographed by Larry Byrd and the Wu-tang Clan.
5. A dance troupe who follow me around, interpreting all of my actions into pop-lock routines (wearing T-shirts which read "Stangel's Shape Makers").
6. Future Internet.
7. A genetically engineered mixture of perma-kitten and unicorn (the rainbow fur model), which I plan on bringing to the office next week as an offering to the editor gods.
Shettler met all of my demands, so I whipped up the above "PR piece." You should see what Stangel's Shape Makers are doing right now.
While I have no problem with the Milepost 5 project, I was just wondering how much you all were paid for this PR piece, excuse me, I mean, article.
I'm looking forward to the "Birth of Hypno" installation by Hypnokomix. I think it's going to be a mind melter!
As a small business, we are fortunate to have worked hard and run a successful gallery for the last three years. Even in the best economic times, something has to pay the rent, and for us sometimes that's art supplies. We enjoy selling spray paint to mural and gallery artists but do not make that the forefront of our goals or reputation as a gallery. We are thankful to have talented artists for our monthly art shows and be involved in and supported by our local community. -Paige Prendergast, owner and curator
the breeze block gallery and the artists are all a big joke, all the breeze block gallery does is sell expensive spray paint to high school kids, they don't promote art, let alone sell or curate art around the city.
wish there were more spots in portland like the belmont garage..........its refreshing to see great mural work revolving on those walls...........but the article is letting folks know where to
find great mural work all around town.........lets not miss the point.............this is a positive write -up........its nice to see someone writing about these kind of murals and the style of art they represent...............
Thanks for the quick response. I will speak with Ashley and get back to you.
For the record, the garage is not curated by a handful of people as Paige suggests. Ashley Montague is the man behind the curtain and has been for many years. Its too bad he did not get any credit.
This is correct - Ashley gave permission for Paige to curate and bring these artists to the wall. Ashley Montague has been the main curator of this wall for 9+ years as cravedog said above.
@Cravedog-- When I asked Paige about the Belmont Garage and the current pieces on display, she wrote the following in an email response:
"The Belmont Garage is privately owned and curated by a handful of people in town. I curated the two walls you are referring to. Raskoe and Suer are close friends of mine and Breeze Block artists as well - long history with two these guys, lots of shows and murals at Breeze Block."
Maybe Ashley and Paige worked together on it?
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