a peek at the new Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery
released this nifty architect's rendering of their new space set to open in September.
It's a busy renovation time and no less than five galleries are moving into better gallery spaces in Portland during the next year (some as property owners). Three of them, including P-D, will be doing
so in mere months. Portland is upgrading en masse.
Elizabeth Leach started the trend last year. Of note, the P-D space will not be carpeted as their current space is. I confess complete snobbery when it comes
to gallery floors and there is no greater faux pax than carpet. I had a dream
once where MoMA was covered in thick shag
even the outdoor sculpture court.
I think it's part of the reason I dislike Matthew Barney, he is a carpet monger!
It was the first thing I noticed at his Walker installation last May. Still, I
liked Nan Curtis' shag carpet wear pattern piece at the Northwest Biennial in the Tacoma Art Museum last year.
Also, I just got back from the Vintage
Vandals & Zach Kircher
show at Savage Art Resources. Both were good
shows worth the trip, it was a packed house too. In fact, it was a great Portland
moment with a combination of West Hill's super-patrons with the Weiden & Kennedy
hipster crowd. I love it. The Vintage
show was comprised of sometimes extremely entertaining additions
to pre-existing kitsch paintings from Goodwill. Distinguished mostly through
visual puns the group reminded me of college poetry slams where the winning
poets would always be the funniest. Driscoll Reid's Untitled
There is talent here but the two best were Drsicoll Reid's Untitled
and Evan Harris' Song of Sirens
. Charming and foreboding this is good cheap
art for hipsters who like to entertain visually but the better work was Kircher's in the other gallery.
Somewhere between Norbert Bisky and Neo Rauch with a Roy Lichtenstein sense of humor Kircher has been at this style longer than those two living art stars have been stars and deserves a closer look. He would fit in well at Bellwether in Chelsea.
Which reminds me, the excellent Portland artist Paul
Green is in a group show "Idols of Perversity" at Bellwether
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