Art Focus

Art Focus features interviews with artists, curators, gallerists, writers and other art people. Page back through KBOO's schedule to find all the podcasts.

Elise Wagner will be Eva Lake's guest on July 8th. She has a show at Butters Gallery.

Theresa Weil is doing a project called "Because She Cares," paintings of leaders in the non profit world. She is our guest in July 1, 2014.

Eva Lake  interviewed Sean Healy on June 17th. He currently has a show at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Lisa Kaser and Grace Weston were our guests on April 8th. They had a show called Unfamiliar Faces at Waterstone Gallery.

Check below for audiofiles and information on all our past guests.

 

Episode Archive

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 07/14/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Alicia McDaid is guest host of Art Focus

Alicia McDaid, Portland artist and performer, will guest host this episode of Art Focus. When in NYC she interviewed Anthony Allen of the Paula Cooper Gallery about Sophie Calle. Listen to the interview here.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 07/07/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Michael Kenna talks about his photography

Listen to the interview here.

Michael Kenna has a show of photographs up at Charles Hartman Fine Art. In this interview he talks about the present show, his start in photography and how he learned to print.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Michael Brophy talks about his new work

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Michael Brophy has a new show up at the Laura Russo Gallery for the month of July. We talked about his new paintings; much of the work is about the big fire at his studio and home.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/23/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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the curator will talk about the show "Parallel Worlds"

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Diane Durston of the Japanese Garden will talk about the current exhibition Parallel Worlds, which explires and compares textles from Japan and the Pacific Northwest.

 

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/16/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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art focus covers the local visual art scene

 

 

Arvie Smith has a show up at Beppu Wiarda. He will talk about the paintings and also, how the election of Barack Obama influenced his work. Listen to the interview here.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/09/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Eric Vines will talk about the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

Art Focus had Eric Vines of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on. He talked about the various programs Sitka offers. Listen to the interview here.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 06/02/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Brodie talks about "Store for a Month"

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John Brodie has organized Store for a Month, which opens June 3rd. Brodie takes his concept from Claes Oldenburg’s “Store” of 1961, inviting artists to make works on the spot and sell them too. One of the works offered is the piece above, Cloud Painting 1 by Arcy Douglass. Over 60 artists are participating. John Brodie will join me on KBOO this Tuesday and tell us all about the store.

Art Focus

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 05/26/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Myles Haselhorst of Ampersand Vintage

 Listen to the interview here.

We'll talk to Myles Haselhorst who owns Ampersand Vintage on NE Alberta. Ampersand has books, art and emphemera. Their upcoming exhibition of mixed-media paintings (image above) is by Graham Fracha.

Art Focus

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Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 05/19/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Anne Grgrich will talk about her work and travels as an Outsider artist

 Listen to the interview here!

Anne Grgich is a self-taught artist working within the tradition of Outsider Art. She makes books and works in paint and assemblage. She has shown all over the world. Her work has been featured in Raw and many other magazines. Grgich has also curated Outsider Art exhibitions.

Art Focus

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 05/05/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Mark Wooley talks about his last show at his gallery

Listen to the interview here.

Our guest on Art Focus was Mark Woolley. He’s been in the news a lot because he is bringing his gallery to a close. He has one more show to mount in that space: I could have been a Collecta. We talked about his future plans and reminisce about his favorite shows.
 

Audio

Wid Chambers

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/08/2010

Wid Chambers has a show at Chambers @ 916. It is an installation of both painting and sculpture in one. the shapes are organic and colorful and are based on drawings then taken through a computer program.

Andrea Schwartz-Feit on "Seeing Without Knowing"

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Art Focus
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Thu, 06/03/2010

Andrea Schwartz-Feit had a show at Butters Gallery in May called “Seeing Without Knowing.” She uses encaustic to make images which are geometric and organic at the same time. They also jump back forth between abstraction and representation. Sometimes she has a dash of Klimt, especially when we see a shimmer (which I imagine to be gold leaf). I’ve never seen a jpg which really captured the luminosity of her paintings.

  • Length: 29:22 minutes (26.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Judy Cooke

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Art Focus
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Tue, 06/01/2010

This month brings Judy Cooke to the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Many artists these days say they are exploring the space between sculpture and painting, but Cooke has been doing that for years. This particular show, called In Touch, examines the ideas of the Russian Constructivists.

Leiv Fagereng

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Art Focus
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Tue, 05/25/2010

Leiv Fagereng talks about his show at Froelick Gallery, Bittersweetsweet.

Plein Air Smackdown at Open Engagement

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Art Focus
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Tue, 05/11/2010

From May 14th through the 17th Portland will host Open Engagement: Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse. This conference says it will challenge our traditional ideas of what art is and does. It will present artists, projects and events which will mediate the contemporary frameworks of art as service, as social space, as activism, as interactions, and as relationships.

One of the events is Plein Air Smackdown (see poster above), the brainstorm of Mark R. Smith who teaches at PCC. Painting students from PCC, PSU and OCAC will have a painting competition of sorts. Susan Harlan, Michelle Ross and Vicki Lynn Wilson will be my guests on Art Focus to talk about that event and the conference as a whole. I get to referee the Smackdown with Jeff Jahn and am really looking forward to it.

Gabriel Liston talks about "Take That and Stand By For Trouble"

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Art Focus
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Tue, 04/27/2010

Gabriel Liston has moved his studio into the New American Art Union, producing an exhibition called Take That and Stand By for Trouble. We can watch the progress on a work and also check out his diaries from at least several years. These journals appear to be old children's books. He has ripped out the innards, replacing them with his art life. Art life, meaning not just nice drawings and ideas but all the money and struggle bits.

  • Title: Gabriel Liston
  • Genre: Unknown
  • Length: 28:54 minutes (39.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Victor Maldonado

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Art Focus
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Tue, 04/20/2010

Victor Maldonado has a beautiful exhibition up at Froelick, all green paintings. This installation is comprised of panels in size of all the TV screens he has ever lived with. Maldonado addresses cross cultural identity and traffic via the monochrome.

Richard Speer, art critic, essayist, novelist and biographer of "Matt Lamb: The Art of Success"

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Art Focus
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Tue, 04/13/2010
Guest-host Tom Cramer speaks with Richard Speer, art writer at the Willamette Week.
Richard Speer is the author of the biography Matt Lamb:  The Art of Success (John Wiley & Sons), short fiction, and a forthcoming novel.

As contributing critic for ARTnews he has reviewed shows in New York, San Francisco, Palm Desert, Santa Fe, Miami, Saint Petersburg, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, covering artists such as Sam Gilliam, Roger Ballen, and Janet Malcolm.  Since 2002 he has been visual arts critic at Portland, Oregon's Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly,Willamette Week.  He has authored catalogue essays about Jun Kaneko, Eva Hild, Henry Hillman, Jr., Joe Thurston, and other notable contemporary artists. 

Rick Scott: hand-crafted signs and logos

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Art Focus
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Fri, 04/09/2010

Guest host Tom Cramer interviews Rick Scott, who specializes in hand-crafting signs and logos for the Portland Oregon area. He is knowledgable about mural and car painting techniques and is an expert handmade sign painter. Signs are one of our most ubiquitous art forms.

James Lavadour

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Art Focus
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Tue, 03/30/2010

In April PDX Contemporary Art presents Geographies of the Same Stone: for TT by the painter James Lavadour. Here Lavadour talks about his process in painting.

  • Title: James Lavadour
  • Genre: Unknown
  • Length: 28:23 minutes (38.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

 

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