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Quality is Contagious Article in Untitled

My article about “Quality is Contagious” at the Museum of Contemporary Craft is up on PNCA’s Untitled Magazine website. You probably won’t find John Economaki’s precision woodworking tools in your parent’s rusty tool shed. These beauties are works of art in and of themselves. But it’s odd to think that such creations might exist only […]

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Soundforge at Museum of Contemporary Craft

My first article for PNCA’s online Untitled Magazine is available! Happy birthday to me! It’s about a great audio installation at Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft. Click the screenshot below to read the article. Excerpt: Gabriel Craig has a deep interest in spreading the “gospel of craft.” Several of his projects have centered around sharing […]

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Jenna Robertson Studio Visit

I ran across Jenna Robertson’s collage art made from recycled sweaters at Albina Press SE and had to get my hands on one of her squid collages. I took the opportunity to talk to her a bit about her work as I was picking up my new piece from her beautiful, charming Portland bungalow. Jenna […]

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December First Thursday in Portland

Here are my favorites from last night’s First Thursday. It was cold outside and traffic was slow early on, though it looked like it was picking up as I was leaving. Maybe I smelled bad. There is some amazing art this month in Portland. Make sure you get out there. Kristen Miller at PDX Contemporary […]

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Evan B. Harris at Together Gallery

I’m editing an interview I did with Evan as we speak, but his show at the Together Gallery comes down September 20th so I wanted to post some pics of the show and encourage you to head down there before the end of the show. Evan B. Harris Fables and the Flourish Together Gallery 2916 […]

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Jamie Vasta at Patricia Sweetow

I was fist introduced to Jamie Vasta’s work last year at her solo show at Patricia Sweetow entitled: Mustn’t. I was completely blown away then and was so excited to see the new work. The latest show “kills” is also at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery from January 8th through February 14th, 2009. Initial responses – […]

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Scott Greene and Al Farrow at Catherine Clark

Scott Greene’s enormous paintings of body parts are dutifully rendered and shined to a full gloss. There are plenty of nods to Phillip Guston’s famous boots but the cartoonish, flat look of Guston has been replaced with a triumphant attempt at achieving renaissance style rendering and varnish. Judging from the sprawled legs and arms, it […]

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Giving It Away

Giving it away – Seeking Relief in a Money-mad World. Since the 1960s and the birth of minimalism, see land art and conceptualism, drugs artists have been involved in creating works never intended to be shown in a gallery/museum setting. In two manifestations of this idea: street art, and mail art, the artist simply gives […]

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Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have been working as a team since 1995. Their work takes many forms, see but is mainly exhibited as either video or sculptural installations. Using a blend of pathos and humor, sovaldi sale they investigate political subject matter such as social injustices of war, medical oppression, and problems with colonialization. […]

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Amy Sillman Lecture Notes SFAI 2007

Amy Sillman SFAI Lecture November 5th, 2007 Amy Sillman uses her own invented visual language to create abstract paintings that skirt on the edges of graceful calligraphic expression and noisy, gestural awkwardness. She appropriates some of the formal styles of abstract expressionism and neo-expressionism while leaving the ideological baggage behind. As she said “I’m making […]

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Amy Sillman lecture at SFAI tonight

Monday, case November 5 Amy Sillman Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow 7:30 pm in the SFAI Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street, illness San Francisco, CA Free and Open to the public From the SFAI website: Foregrounding color and the layering of color in her paintings, Amy Sillman achieves a striking balance of opposites: spontaneity against struggle, […]

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Krauss – The Originality of the Avante-Garde

Alanna Spence Contemporary Issues Seminar CCA Oct 2007 Rosalind Krauss, online “The Originality of the Avant-Garde, capsule ” 1981 Originality in art is fictional. Avant-garde never existed, not in modernist art and certainly not in postmodernist art. It’s ok though, we didn’t need these things anyway. Originality and repetition are seen constantly in modernist work. […]

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Hal Foster – The Expressive Fallacy

Hal Foster “The Expressive Fallacy” 1983 In his 1983 Art in America article, store Hal Foster tries to expose how expressionism cannot be a pure expression of the self. He does this by examining the works of contemporary artists who have chosen in their work to critique the authenticity of expressionistic art, In the first […]

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Clement Greenberg – Avante-Garde and Kitsch

Alanna Spence Contemporary Issues CCA Fall 2007 Clement Greenberg – Avant-Garde and Kitsch This article, ambulance written in 1939, seek attempts to describe the role of avante-garde artists and the emerging phenomenon of kitsch art, check which begins to gain momentum with the expansion of capitalism. Avant-garde artists begin to emerge during the scientific revolution […]

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Libby Black at Heather Marx Gallery

Libby Black: The Past is Never Where You Think You Left It Heather Marx Gallery | link September 6th – October 27th, 2007 I was first introduced to Libby’s work during spring semester 2007 at a lecture she gave at CCA. I absolutely loved the lecture. I thought her work was so funny, odd, and […]

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