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August September 2017

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The Oregon summer still has some days to it, but with teaching artists reaching for their syllabi, it tends to feel like the end of the vacation. A fair time for a bit of reflection, and a peek at the future. In this issue, Grace Kook-Anderson, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum, asks if Portland's arts field might follow the paths of San Francisco or Los Angeles. Of the current moment: Converge 45 launches exhibitions throughout the city, guided by Guest Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds. The effort pairs giants of their fields Catherine Opie and [...]


Converge 45 2017 YOU IN MIND

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Chris Doyle projects Presto! at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center  // Lita Albuquerque and Robbie C. Williamson's 20/20 Accelerando at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center // Chris Johanson installation for YOU IN MIND (PNCA) // KSMoCA International Art Fair // Ellen Lesperance reading from her novel Peace Camps, Portland Art Museum, Crumpacker Family Library. Converge 45, 2017. Exhibitions at PNCA, Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, Cooley Gallery, Reed College; Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Arts and Craft; Littman Gallery, PSU; KSMoCA at King Elementary; the Portland Art Museum, and the public realm. Guest Artistic Director: Kristy Edmunds Converge 45 presents its second year [...]


Which Way, Portland? by Grace Kook-Anderson

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Which Way, Portland? by Grace Kook-Anderson Originally published August 2017 In The Lure of the Local, Lucy Lippard defines place as "the locus of desire.”[1] That locus for me has been Portland, my husband’s birthplace, ever since I was introduced to the city when we began dating fourteen years ago. It is a place I imagined raising our child, with family, grounding my feet into the mossy Northwest soil. Our move here in January 2015 was a leap of faith. Now as a relative newcomer, a curator and writer, I cannot help but compare Portland's art community with those of [...]


Artists of Oregon 1972 • Portland Art Museum (1)

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Artists of Oregon, March 9 - April 2, 1972. Exhibition brochure. Portland, Oregon: Portland Art Museum, 1972. An exhibition of 162 Oregon artists, selected by Rose Slivka, editor of Craft Horizons. Courtesy of Monograph Bookwerks. Artist credit: Lillian A. Bell, Bonnie Bronson, Louis Bunce, Mary Davis, Shirley Gittelsohn, Sally Haley, George Johanson, Mel Katz, Michihiro Kosuge, LaVerne Krause, Nancy Lindburg, Jack McLarty, Tom Morandi, Henk Pander, Orleonok Pitkin, Jack Portland, Ken Shores, Bruce West (View PDF 10MB)


“Busy Bodies: MK Guth’s ‘This Fable Is Intended for You: A Work Energy Principle: Final’ at Elizabeth Leach Gallery” by Patrick Collier

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"Busy Bodies: MK Guth's 'This Fable Is Intended for You: A Work Energy Principle: Final' at Elizabeth Leach Gallery" by Patrick Collier Originally published by Oregon ArtsWatch August 9, 2016 It’s a bit sad, really, writing this review for MK Guth’s This Fable Is Intended for You: A Work Energy Principle: Final at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. I know I’ve missed something significant—something prior to the making of the sculptures presented. After all, it is Final, and indeed the last iteration of a body of work, the bulk of which exists only as documentation. It also seems to be the last [...]


Interview with Jessica Jackson Hutchins by Amy Bernstein

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Jessica Jackson Hutchins in her Studio, Portland, 2010   Interview with Jessica Jackson Hutchins Amy Bernstein Originally published by PORT September 24, 2010 Jessica Jackson Hutchins' work is a mined animal. Its disparate elements are found and forged from the mud of surrounding detritus and soliloquy. Her work culls from a playful existentialism: Kafka telling a rare joke. It is raw and irreverent and does not adhere to trend or pomp but instead concentrates on a vibrant subterranean mythology. Hutchins is the conduit through which these things are born. They are seismic musings of the absurd and profound, informed by [...]


“James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint”

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Dobkins, Rebecca and James Lavadour. James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint. Brochure. Salem, Oregon: Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, 2008.   Courtesy of Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Rebecca Dobkins, and James Lavadour. Artist Credit: James Lavadour Exhibition: James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint (View PDF 263KB)