Things are really humming in Portland these days so here is a little checkup of
interesting local art writing on the net; still it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Portland Public Sculpture
takes on the
single worst sited and clumsily executed public sculpture in PDX
. You know
that atrocity on the traffic triangle by Powell's books. Although, I think the
interactive element is OK-ish enough for silly public sculpture the base is
so clunky it must go. Sweet hell, I hate it.
In fact, I should to have a spiritualist summon the ghost of noted stainless
steel sculptor David Smith and suggest he haunt the sculptor. This belongs in
mall in Clackamas
or better yet as a manmade reef somewhere off the Florida
coast. I wonder, can anybody defend this thing?
In the Oregonian DK Row (a.k.a. Death Row) took on The
at the T.B.A. festival. I find the trend for participatory art that incorporates officious bureaucracy like The
Smith's "The Muster"
a bit disturbing. It's similar to Kafka's
The Trial (Orson Welles' film version is one of my favorites). Maybe someone
will eventually create a project called "The Man" and the artist will
keep everyone but the richest and whitest folk down
Also at the Oregonian, Harvest Henderson had a nice
piece on Mark Smith at Elizabeth Leach and some blowhard jerk curator's show
John Motley at The Mercury penned a nice review of Walid
at Reed College. Read PORT's review
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