For the nearly 9 and a half years I've lived here The
Everett Station Lofts
have been the best incubators of local talent introducing
Portland to the likes of Jacqueline
, Laura Fritz
, Roxanne Jackson, Stephen Slappe and Stephanie Robison etc. Consequently, everytime I hear some all-talk no art background person declare how they are going to change Portland
I kinda chuckle because "the Lofts" (currently in resurgence mode with
, Sequential, Tilt
Pip and now Tractor and the soon
to open On gallery
) so routinely change the up and coming scene that
no one entity could hope to change the ever-changing. True even the best of these
galleries typically last only a year or two but they provide an important blueprint
to others aspiring to create live work spaces for Portland's scene
are located in Chinatown so it's all location location location + a little well
placed energy and some post art school knowledge = a formula for success (though there is a glass ceiling).
Crushed Orange A19-7 at Tractor Gallery
A great example is the inaugural exhibit at Tractor
in the Everett Station Lofts by Mackenzie Shubert and Charles Olson.
Titled Crushed Orange A19-7 it reminds me of Mark
. I particularly liked the reference to construction
sites, alluding to all the condos, construction cranes and the human hive's
generally busymaking building efforts. This is a good start in what has been
home to some of Portland's best galleries like Nil and Field. Ends June 28th,
watch this space.
Detail of Steven Funk's "Pilgrimage"
Another standout this month is Steven Funk's installation Pilgrimage at Tilt
(closes June 28). His Haight Ashbury meets Hieronymus Bosch like imagistic underworld is
populated by celebrities and demons who together create a riot of visual activity and metaphor.
You want Sonny and Cher? You want a Kraken? Well, they are all here as quasi
dark ages objects of veneration and ridicule. On view through June 28th. You
are definitely gonna see more of this guy
Shigeta at Augen Gallery
Also make certain to check out Naomi
Shigeta's new paintings at Augen Gallery
's Desoto location this month (which
closes today). In particular her series of white and blue paintings suggest
a field of icebergs or mountains in a Delft pottery color scheme. The other
paintings are more hit or miss as individual islands of visual delight
but as a deft installation just inches above the floor the white and blue paintings
signify a sense of poetic continuity and a coherent installation that anchors
"Every time I hear some all-talk no art background person declare how they are going to change Portland I kinda chuckle"
It seems to me you are the only person that matches this description. Most people I've meet just do what they do and don't worry about after their dead. In fact the only person I have ever heard say they are concerned with this is you JJ. So are you talking shit about yourself?
Art Background: Any quote can seem absurd when you take it out of it's context. I believe you may have misinterpreted some of what he was stating.
I am sure he will respond back to clarify.
Nice try AB, but the facts don't support this kind of playground level argument. Let's just debunk it for education's sake... thanks for the opportunity to address the misconception.
First off, I have a post graduate level art background enhanced by over 16 years of continuous professional level involvement with museums, galleries and publications. In fact, all of PORT's writers have serious art backgrounds.... true it isn't absolutely necessary (Peter Schjeldahl being the best example) but 99.9% of the time it really makes a huge difference.
Second, if you were paying attention you'd notice I never claim to be by trying to "change Portland." I lack that kind of arrogance/naivete and I consider such talk to be cheap... a bit like political grandstanding and PR posturing for a position that doesnt exist. Instead, I have simply pointed to the state of flux that Portland is in and given it some context relevant to the situation, while challenging it and sometimes taking action. Frankly, I'm amazed that any of it has worked at all... the odds are against it, yet here we are in a pretty vibrant art scene with increasing international relevance. Sure I prompt, but rather than just talk I have a track record of helping others reach their potential. Relevant criticism is a part of the mix in an interesting scene, strong exhibitions are another and because there is a lot of work to do I work to empower others.
Thus, you are focusing too much on me.
In the end I'm just one person connected to many who aggregately have already changed the city. Change isn't some thing that one person needs to declare... it's simply better to just do it (and it really helps to know something about what you hope to alter).
There are several who do fit the description that provoked you and for the record I have nothing in common with those types. I care about the work first, parties and PR bore me. All I want to see good shows and interesting art. Nothing more, nothing less.
Thanks for the opportunity to re-state the obvious.
(*note: because PORT is not a forum for ...or an inquisition for its staff this line of discussion ends here)