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Thursday 02.12.09

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It's not easy staying green


Curators Justin Bland and Mia Nolting are seeking submissions for a June 2009 exhibition at PNCA, Keep Oregon Green. The theme is "work related to Oregon's natural landscape," and half of the profits from sales will go to the Keep Oregon Green Association. Submissions are due by March 31. Read all about it here.

*Update: some valid concerns have been raised about Keep Oregon Green as more timber oriented organization in the comments. PORT doesnt take a stance but artists should look at the composition of KOG's board to more accurately determine if the goals of the organization are in line with the artist's views. Obviously, the timber companies have a huge role in the management of natural resources so the "Green" issue isn't merely black and white.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 12, 2009 at 10:13 | Comments (2)


Ecologically-minded artists beware: the Keep Oregon Green Association is a wildfire prevention group supported by the worst of the worst of the NW timber industry. Their board of trustees includes executives from Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser, and Roseburg Forest Products, as well as their flunkies from the ODF and BLM.
I hate to politicize a friendly group show curated by well-meaning PNCA students, but wildfires are actually a major issue in the West. Decades of Smokey the Bear propaganda and billions of tax dollars spent on suppression have created a giant tinderbox of sick forests. The only solution, says the timber industry, is to log it.
KOGA seems innocuous enough: yes rural landowners should make defensible space around their homes, and yes they should plant fire-resistant (native) plants, but no, KOGA does not deserve donations from emerging artists. Wildfire is vital for forest health. It protects forests from insect infestation and disease, and leads to heterogeneous habitat instead of the Doug fir tree farms we see all too much of.
If you want to keep Oregon green, your efforts would be better spent fighting suburban sprawl, the creation of logging roads, or tax subsidies for the same companies that denuded our beautiful landscape in the first place. Let's see a benefit show for grassroots activism instead!

Posted by: inexile [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 13, 2009 09:37 AM

Perhaps artists submitting for the show should be certain any work displayed is marked as not for sale.

Posted by: lastwater [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2009 02:41 PM

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