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.
So glad that Vance is getting some love for this amazing project!!!
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.
It is sooooo much fun. Every studio is different, every artist wants to welcome you. Go, Have fun.
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
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?
I don't think anyone would disagree that Portland is full of god damned hippies too. I don't understand that argument.
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.
The comparison to Reed & TBA is spot on. Well played.
Thank you, Anne. This needed to be said.
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?
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
Art bitch steals chunks of earth from planet; then calls it her own art as if she actually made it. Fuck her.
^^That's what she said!
When you 'click to enlarge' it actually comes up smaller...
I still have never gone to this crappy event and I still will never go.
The best art walks are by invitation only.
The LOVE bike would be better (still gaggingly sophomoric) if it were aflame. What would Duchamp say?
Ha! I don't have a studio there. I was on the list, as I arrived later to do sketching, on the spot, in my longtime friend, Judith Sturdevant's studio.
Thank goodness one's validity of vision does not depend upon how understood you are or how cute your punjabi slippers are. For the past twenty years, I have been inspired by her vision and intuitive nature.
You are always welcome at my studio. And it doesn't have to be First Friday. Can I set up a time for you?
Been there. Dont have to do it again. I was the best thats ever been. Then I burnt out.
Michael - that's interesting. i guess I haven't run across people who refuse to believe those stats. I far more often hear it phrased in a way that basically ignores the actual and historical presence of people of color in this city.
A sort of related point of clarification: One thing Intisar talked about a lot in the interview that I couldn't figure out how to fit into the piece was that, as someone who moved here from the South, a big part of the project is about figuring out what defines "black culture" in Portland. I couldn't quite find the pithy quote to sum that up (that's the problem with this no-context quotes format, which incidentally makes a lot more sense in print than on the web). While the quotes here focus a lot on how people of color are represented, an equally important part of it for her is better understanding the city and culture she's living in. Rereading the piece now, I don't think that really comes through.
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