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Comment Archives: stories: Visual Art

Re: “Writing on the Walls

People are really pissed off about Blaine Fontana's mural on Alberta Street that says, "You are confined only by the walls you build yourself." I hear people saying it is tone deaf to the displacement of the former Black community there. And it is as BIG AS A WALL.

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by lisaloving on 09/10/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Art Walkin': Last Thursday

In 10 years they'll have finished scrubbing every speck of beautiful, essential, working-class imperfection from the face of this town and there will be no reason left to live here. The town of my birth and upbringing, completely bleached into over-priced yuppie inaccessibility and corporate subservience.

Fuck this cyberpunk future.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Katherine Athena Purkapile on 06/05/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Twin Piqued

it was good tv. Never went anywhere. Nothing ever happened. Awesome.

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 04/03/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Art Walkin': First Thursday

Hey, thanks for mentioning us in your article, we threw this show together in 3 months on top of us all having full time jobs and Arax being a student from Armenia!!..cheers, hope you enjoyed it?! For more info on the show, go here (-Ben Adams)...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ben Adams on 03/13/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Invoicing the Internet

I've had to go to battle with Buzzfeed over my photographs from time to time. They are positively recalcitrant. My goal is to never click on Buzzfeed links, and I've been quite successful. I wish Buzzfeed could take their prodigious talent and work on some way to profit share with content creators.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mick Orlosky on 12/04/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “"It Goes Until I Do"

So glad that Vance is getting some love for this amazing project!!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mark Evans on 11/27/2013 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Art Spotlight

The spiky, 3-legged pots shown in the photo are by Carolyn Hazel Drake, #27 on the Portland Open Studios tour. She expertly explains the many different techniques she uses on her wares and offers wonderful wall pieces and stunning jewelry as well.

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Posted by Sara Swink on 10/16/2013 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Art Spotlight

It is sooooo much fun. Every studio is different, every artist wants to welcome you. Go, Have fun.

Posted by Bonnie Meltzer on 10/16/2013 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Art Walkin', TBA Edition

A few things.

Lucy Raven and Rebecca Gates installation / performance Room Tone: Variation is open all day, and most active at 1pm and 10:30 pm during the performances, these are clearly listed at the entry of the gallery and on all of the exhibition's printed ephemera located the check in desk at Conway, and they are current on our web site - unfortunately we had not set performance times at the time of printing the TBA guide something that often happens because we have to send initial marketing publications to print so much in advance of the new and commissioned works making.

Andrew Ritchey's Secret Society is open and "closed" at the artists discretion it is aptly named Secret Society... even when the room is closed there is something on display. You only need to look at the door. A sculpture of sorts hangs there, minimal but still present, still something to regard and consider, still art. Post-Festival Ritchey will host four different film screenings over five days of rare 16mm films made by Chick Strand, George Kuchar and others... all of info is on our website and on material available at the Conway venue, and is also on the sign in front of Ritchey's gallery.

The abstract strategy games presented as sculptures in Alex Dolan's exhibition are called TAMSK, they are not Chinese Checkers. The exhibition title is Cycle, Sun, Limit which is printed at the entrance of his gallery. "Puzzles as sculpture" is a paragraph intro in our marketing copy from the TBA Guide and was never put forward as his exhibition title.

Craycroft's exhibition was the result of a summer long series of workshops. These workshops were also a result of the exhibition and were performative, generative works of art in and of themselves. Many of the artworks WERE made by children. You are right. You had to be there. Many of the artists on the festival, in the Visual Art and Performance program are asserting that the lecture, that the workshop or that the conversation can be or should be considered art works (or working art). These things are happening in the moment and indeed ephemeral , but, they are absolutely legit. I choose to listen to artists definition of what an artwork is. It is their form, they can shape it, they should name it. This is one of the core tenants of the group of Visual Art projects included in this years festival. The projects happen or don't happen in many locations across the city and on the world wide web. Not one location is more important than the others. Not one form is more important than another. Visual Art "action" is not what I am after this year, it is not about spectacle. The work is quiet and deliberate. There may not be a show - there may only be showing up. I thank you whole heartedly for showing up !

I don't think I would ever use the word accessible, something which you point out a word that makes me cringe and recoil. Accessible roads sure, accessible art, NO THANK YOU. I don't believe art or this art is for everyone. It takes some work, it is about reciprocity, engagement, inquiry, workshop as exhibition, experiment as result, it is about moving around the city, it is about seeking out information and community. Sometimes this is obscure and challenging, sometimes it is totally inclusive and embracing. Sometimes it involves climbing the stairs.

- Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Curator, PICA

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kristan Kennedy on 09/21/2013 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Back Off, Playa

This whole article and all the comments (this one too) are all a shit show.

If your defense of Burning Man is "you're unable to judge it because you're not there"; then what right do we have to judge Nazis?

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Graham on 09/10/2013 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Back Off, Playa

I don't think anyone would disagree that Portland is full of god damned hippies too. I don't understand that argument.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Chapa Cikala on 09/06/2013 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Back Off, Playa

Dammit, don't give away our secrets! You're doing it wrong! Let people keep thinking Burning Man is lame, Black Rock City is already at critical mass.

Mundies of Portland! Stay away from Burning Man, everything you heard is true! It's all stinky white dreadlocks and nasty porta-potties and lots and lots of undercover cops.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by sueno on 09/06/2013 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Back Off, Playa

The comparison to Reed & TBA is spot on. Well played.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Sven Bonnichsen on 09/05/2013 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Back Off, Playa

Thank you, Anne. This needed to be said.

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Posted by Trisha on 09/04/2013 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Mural Blitz

This seems like an awesome project.

Interestingly, Clear Channel appears to be a sponsor of Forest for the Trees. Maybe some small measure of amends?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cary Clarke on 08/29/2013 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Heavy Art

Agreed, the art is pukeworthy and what the article extrapolates from it is total college-paper-due-by-midnight intellectual chaff. Makes the art world seem both unapproachable and unappealing

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by papier on 08/21/2013 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Heavy Art

Art bitch steals chunks of earth from planet; then calls it her own art as if she actually made it. Fuck her.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by chicostix on 08/20/2013 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Why Design Contests Are Bad for Artists

^^That's what she said!

Posted by St_Onan_Drools on 08/01/2013 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Why Design Contests Are Bad for Artists

When you 'click to enlarge' it actually comes up smaller...

Posted by papier on 08/01/2013 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Art Walkin': Last Thursday

I still have never gone to this crappy event and I still will never go.
The best art walks are by invitation only.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by chicostix on 07/11/2013 at 1:41 AM

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