For contemporary art fans in this town, the last two weekends have been filled with the Portland 2010 Biennial. Disjecta is producing this secession of art events with help from a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Art Focus on KBOO already broke the initial story of how Disjecta received monies from the trust to make a city-wide contemporary art show happen, with Cris Moss at the helm as curator. Moss talked about the exhibitions.
Timothy Scott Dalbow has an interesting show up at the New American Art Union called “I Don’t Know Anyone in Paris.” The artist moved into the space, using it as his studio, painting mostly at night. On the opening night, there was only a big white, bare canvas, a couple of rockers lined up as if they were to view the ocean, some small ink drawings and signs of preparation and anticipation. The ongoing process of creating a big painting while viewers come and go over a period of six weeks is the show.
This week's broadcast is around the exhibition Proof: Art : Women : Science at Beppu Wiarda . My guests include the curator Lorna Nakell, the art historian Elizabeth Bilyeu and gallerist Gail Beppu. Throughout this month the gallery is presenting discussions every Sunday afternoon around women, art and science.
The guest is Bruce Guenther, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum. Bruce Guenther curated the current exhibition, DISQUIETED, which shows through May 16th. Artists have always reflected and reacted to the world around them—and contemporary art, through its form or content, often disturbs as much as it provides solace. In DISQUIETED, a roster of renowned contemporary artists explore our social condition and respond to the most compelling issues of the day, challenging our preconceptions and exposing our vulnerability in turbulent times. Kathleen Stephenson guest hosts.
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Art Focus presents a look at two current exhibitions in Portland dealing with protest and social change, Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now at PNCA and Gestures of Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The guests are Namita Wiggers, Curator at Museum of Contemporary Craft; Mack McFarland, Curator at PNCA; and Dara Greenwald, Signs of Change Co-Curator. Kathleen Stephenson guest-hosts.
Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, is showing at PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 NW Johnson St through March 19th. The show features hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. It surveys the creative work of dozens of regional, national, and international social movements, such as civil rights and black power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women's rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and for social change in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organizations. www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php
Gestures of Resistance shows at the Museum of Contemporary Craft at 724 NW Davis St until June 26, 2010. The exhibit focuses on craft actions in contemporary practice: works that use craft to agitate for change. Through a series of seven artist residencies, open conversations and a study center, the exhibition is a timely examination of what it means to create, to have personal agency, and to counter drives towards productivity and consumption through craft. Focusing on action, process and dialogue, the exhibition unfolds over its five-month tenure. For a complete list of visiting artists and open-residency dates please visit www.MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org.
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Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, president of the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Joyce Campbell, co-chair of the event Art on the Vine were our guests for Art Focus. We talked about the auction, the history of the college and how craft thrives in the Pacific Northwest.
- Title: Bonnie Laing-Malcomson and Joyce Campbell of Art on the Vine of OCAC
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My guest this week on Art Focus was Corey Smith. I've caught his shows here and there and now he's at Worksound, showing !Obsolete Dreams, all mixed media pieces. Smith is an Oregon artist who moved to Los Angeles - a lot of the work riffs on the deterioration of the California Dream (and our country in general). The flag here is made of remotes.
- Title: Corey Smith talks about Obsolete Dreams at Worksound
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Felicity Fenton and Michael T. Hensley have formed Soul Recovery Systems, a project which helps us get rid of our inner trash. They talk about their videos, photo documentation and examples of this work.
Linda Tesner, curator of Lewis and Clark's Hoffman Gallery, talks about "What is a Trade?" This is a show by Donald Fels who collaborated with Indian sign painters to address globalization in India. The xhibition has large scale paintings, intense with color and graphics.
Christopher Rauschenberg talks about his new show of Paris flea markets at Elizabeth Leach, his work re-photographing Atget, the Portland Grid Project, Photolucida and more.