The body—especially the female body—has long occupied a contentious role within art historical discourse. For We Never Belonged to You, painter Elizabeth Malaska calls upon this familiar dichotomy of subject/object in order to both question and confuse the power of the viewer’s gaze.
The artist plus the director of Nationale May Barruel will join us.
Storm Tharp will be our guest on Art Focus. His exhibition Holding a Peach is at PDX Contemporary Art for the month of September. The show incorporates painting, sculpture, fabric design and much more.
In March Centrifuge, a group show curated by Chroma, opens at the Art Institute of Portland. Centrifuge explores links between art and architecture. We had the curators Jennifer Porter and Martha Wallulis, plus Caitlin Moore from the Art Institute of Portland on the radio about the upcoming exhibition.
The next exhibition at the White Box will be COLLECT FOUR: Scenes From Portland’s BleedingEdge. This show includes four artists and is curated by Jesse Hayward. He is the subject in this interview.
Hayward claims: "The artists in this show are all, first and foremost, collectors. Ben collects moments. Jason collects motif. Midori collects abstractions while Matt collects simplicities. They are earnest. They emphasize the clean and clear display of their artwork. These are not artists who confuse, misdirect or rely on trickery for effect. These are artists who sample first and filter later. Their early careers run parallel as well. All studied art and show regularly in town. Most participate in art collectives. They are roughly the same age and live in the same part of town. So in this show, we are truly watching different aspects of the same attitude, a very Portland attitude."
The show includes:Matthew Green, Midori Hirose, Jason Traeger and Benjamin Young. It opens today with a reception on the 5th.
In keeping with the current theme at Art Focus of the personalities behind art spaces - I am having Blake Shell join me this coming Tuesday. She is the curator at the Archer Gallery at Clark College and an artist in her own right. Currently the Archer Gallery has work up by Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Happel Christian. On the 11th of January, the Archer joins a group of community college galleries exhibiting Perimeter: We Live Here Now. These exhibitions feature works by artists from outside the USA who now live here.
Lately Art Focus has been looking at people who operate art spaces, many of them alternative. But what about those who operate sans space? People who make things happen unattached to real estate? Jennifer Stoots is a prime example. She is a photography specialist, advising clients and collectors, appraising artworks, curating exhibitions, writing and lecturing. She also represents artists, including Stu Levy, who has a show up at Augen Gallery right now.
Art Focus continues its series on local art spaces. Lately we're consumed with pop-up galleries which are taking advantage of all the vacant real estate. Tiffany Ruth has a regular art space in NW Portland called T. Ruth Artspace which is showing Chelsea Rose this month (see image). Chelsea does incredible body painting and her partner, Danny Rodriguez, works on the photo documentation. All three joined us at KBOO. Tiffany Ruth is also masterminding pop-up galleries in the NW Thurman area, with an artwalk every third Thursday.