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 on 05/22/12

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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Jennifer Strayer on the photography and life of Marion Wood Kolisch

Jennifer Strayer is our guest on Art Focus - she is the curator of Culture Captured: The Photography of Marion Wood Kolisch at the Oregon Historical Society. 

Art Focus on 05/08/12

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Liz Cohn

Liz Cohn has Playing with a Full Deck up at 12 x 16 Gallery in Sellwood. The artist collaborated with other artists via the mail to create a big installation of collaged playing cards. 

Art Focus on 05/01/12

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Tue, 05/01/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Gigi Rosenberg

Gigi Rosenberg is our guest. Her new book The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing is out. We will go over what it takes to write a successful grant for the visual artist!

Art Focus on 04/24/12

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Tue, 04/24/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Gathering of the Guilds 2012

Guest host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with ceramic artist Kim Murton of the Oregon Potters Association and metal scuptor Greg Wilbur of the Creative Metal Arts Guild about the Gathering of the Guilds which is happening May 4th, 5th and 6th at the Oregon Convention Center.

Art Focus on 04/17/12

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Tue, 04/17/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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20th anniversary of the WE SPEAK MURAL PROJECT

Linda Sawaya, Seidel Standingelk and Carol Matsuyoshi, local artists and activists involved in events surrounding the 20th anniversary of the WE SPEAK MURAL PROJECT, talk about the history of the project and the current installation of mural panels in the Columbia Gorge. 

In 1991 the first Gulf War instigated the creation of an organization in Portland called ALANA: Asians, Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans for Peace and Justice. in 1992 ALANA organized a mural project called WE SPEAK presenting a minority view of the Columbus Quincentenary being celebrated that year across the nation.

Art Focus on 04/10/12

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Tue, 04/10/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Crystal Schenk and Cris Moss

 Crystal Schenk has a show at Linfield Gallery right now. The curator for the gallery is Cris Moss. Both will be our guests on Art Focus.

Art Focus on 04/03/12

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Tue, 04/03/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Namita Wiggers on Betty Feves

Namita Wiggers curated the current exhibition of Betty Feves at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. We will talk about that show.

Art Focus on 03/27/12

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Tue, 03/27/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Bruce Guenther on Mark Rothko

Bruce Guenther of the Portland Art Museum will be our guest. We'll talk about the Rothko show at the museum.

Art Focus on 03/20/12

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Tue, 03/20/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Prudence Roberts

Our guest on Art Focus will be Prudence Roberts, who curated Disjecta's Portland 2012 Biennial. The Biennial is held all over town, including at The Art Gym, Disjecta, PDX Across the Hall and the Helzer Gallery at PCC Rock Creek.

Art Focus on 03/13/12

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Crow's Shadow Institute

 Crow's Shadow Institute in Pendleton will be our guest! This means Co-Founder James Lavadour, Master Printer Frank Janzen and Interim Director Melissa Bob will join us.

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Maria T. D. Inocencio

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Tue, 10/27/2009

Maria T. D. Inocencio talks about a public art project for Innovative Housing.

Ryan Pierce

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Tue, 10/20/2009

Ryan Pierce has a show up at Elizabeth Leach called Written from Exile. The work addresses a post-industrial world.

Portland 2010 + the Oregon Cultural Trust

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Tue, 10/06/2009

The Oregon Cultural Trust has given a grant to Disjecta to produce the (now rather homeless) Oregon Biennial. It will be called Portland 2010. I had Cynthia Kirk from the Trust, Bryan Suereth from Disjecta and Cris Moss the curator as my guests on Art Focus at KBOO. Kirk also spoke about "A Day of Culture" coming up on the 8th.

Tom Cramer

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Tue, 09/29/2009

Tom Cramer has a new show opening at Laura Russo this week. He will be my guest tomorrow on Art Focus. His exhibitions keep pushing forward into new territory and this one in particular has a big variety of approaches. Some seems Byzantine; his silver and gold is better than ever. One work is like an oil slick, reminiscent of Arts and Crafts and Tiffany. There are loads of Art Nouveauish sexy loops and plantlike shapes. He's doing this all-over wood burning thing too which is subtle from afar and intense close up. There are a few pieces which are really 60s - in that optimistic, almost fabric/fashion Marimekko way. I love it all. It seems to me that wood is his arena, he really owns it and finds new ways to work with it.

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Mark Menjivar

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Tue, 09/22/2009

Mark Menjivar has a show opening on the 23rd at Ampersand Vintage. The show is called You are What You Eat. The photographs examine the interiors of refrigerators of homes across the country. Mark is a part of the slow food movement.

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Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner and the Oregon Painting Society

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Tue, 09/08/2009

For PICA's TBA festival we have an interview with Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner and the Oregon Painting Society on. Guests include: Woolly Mammoth--Rikki Rothenberg and Kathleen Keogh and Oregon Painting Society--Matt Carlson, Jason Traeger and Liam Drain.

The Works 2009

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Tue, 09/01/2009

Here is an interview with two artists: Fawn Krieger and Jesse Hayward, recorded during the construction of their respective installations at Time Based Arts Festival site for "The Works". For TBA '09, PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts) gained access to the defunct Washington High School. Using the old theater and two complete floors, artists set up a variety of installations in former classroom spaces. The artists interviewd here are only two of about a dozen different installations. Though TBA '09 events are over, the galleries are open at Washington High School through October. Visit PICA.ORG for more details.

Fawn Krieger is a New York based artist and was invited for residency to produce the installation interviewed in this piece. She calls it "National Park" and you can learn more about it and see photos at www.fawnkrieger.com.

Jesse Hayward is based in Portland and produces interactive installations that often speak to the playfulness of art and craft. You can also learn more about his work at www.jessehayward.com.

Also, notice an original short piece of Musique Concrete in between the interviews. I produced this on behalf of Fawn, who provided the audio samples.

Interview with the Curators of Time Based Arts 2009

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Tue, 09/01/2009

Two days before the big opening reception for Time Based Arts Festival 2009, the "big three" curators of TBA joined guest host of Art Focus, Sean Ongley, for a special program discussing the event. Erin Boberg and Kristan Kennedy were live in the studio, while guest artistic director Cathy Edwards joined us from New Haven by telephone. Special guest and TBA '08 performer, Mike Daisey also joined us by phone.

Gavin Shettler

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Mon, 08/24/2009

Pictured above is a fresh-faced Gavin Shettler, a few years before the Portland Art Center and his current gig at Milepost Five. He’s now a wiser, maybe more pragmatic director of dreams. We talked about the recent show The Manor of Art at Milepost Five.
 

Michelle Ramin and Jason Doize

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Mon, 08/17/2009

This week on Art Focus my guest will be Michelle Ramin, who has a show up at Falsefront called Need it/Got it - along with the director of Falsefront, Jason Doizé. Falsefront is a curious space – in a neighborhood full of homes, it looks like it must have been a storefront at one time. Inside it looks like a regular gallery (which I confess to liking). The exhibition has a closing party this week.

 

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