Earlier this year, I was invited to participate in the PDX-CSA program. The spirit of it is why I agreed: it offers affordably-priced original artwork at the concept stage, meant to encourage aspiring and nascent art collectors to invest (their reward being not only the finished art, but following along as the artists create the work), while offering artists a measure of financial security for their project yet preserving their creative autonomy (unlike most private commissions).
The individual projects are all priced at $175 or less, while “pairings” (related yet independent work by two simpatico artists) offer the opportunity to purchase two projects at a small (around 10%) discount: an instant collection.
I proposed small gouache pantings, in the manner of the Polygons series, focused around Portland’s Forest Park. $175 is probably the least anyone will ever pay for one of my original paintings, making the individual buy a great deal – and the pairing with Alyson Provax even better. I’ve long admired her work, and I’m thrilled by the chance to share ideas, influences, and hikes through our famed city wilderness.
The annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference is happening right here in Portland, Oregon from March 31 through April 2, 2016. Even if you aren’t a member of SGCI and aren’t officially attending the conference, many events are free and open to the public – including a few exhibitions I’m involved with: two as exhibitor and one as curator.
Iteration includes work by ten PNCA professors, staff and alumni. Mastery/Emergence features work by PAN members and Emerging Printmakers Residency graduates. The exhibition I curated at Upfor, Variable States: Prints Now, considers the intersection of printmaking and technology through work by eight artists from all over the United States.
Iteration: printmaking pop-up
March 31 – April 2, 2016
Reception March 31, 6:00–8:00pm
Hand-Eye Supply: 427 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
Mastery/Emergence: PAN Members & Emerging Printmakers
March 30 – June 1, 2016
Reception April 1, 5:00–8:00pm
ECOpdx: 2289 N Interstate, Portland, OR
Variable States: Prints Now
March 3 – April 9, 2016
SGCI NW Gallery Walk: March 31, 6:00–8:00pm
Artist talk: Brenna Murphy & Alyson Provax
Saturday, April 2 at 2:00pm
Upfor: 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR
I will mediate the conversation between Brenna Murphy and Alyson Provax, centered around the co-evolution of printmaking and digital media, and how that relates to their respective practices. Murphy, working primarily in digital media, uses 2D and 3D printing and computer-aided design to manifest her ideas. Provax works in letterpress, silkscreen and etching; she recently began using these techniques to create animated gifs and digital video works.
Magnetic North is the creative home for some of my favorite makers in Portland. If you’re in the area, you should absolutely go check it out. They have a little shop where you can purchase art and goods mere feet from where they were produced. How cool is that?
FRIDAY AUGUST 24TH – starting at 6PM
KYLE DURRIE OF POWER AND LIGHT PRESS @ MAGNETIC NORTH
5120 NE 42nd Ave in Portland, Oregon
★ LETTERPRESS PRINTING DEMOS ★ ART SHOW ★ BEER ★ SNACKS
This print was conceived for a print exchange organized by the proprietor of Santa Lucia Press here in Portland, Oregon. The theme was “V.S.”, and could be interpreted as verses or versus. Many of the folk tales I’ve been reading are about a common man’s wits against the wiles of a supernatural being, whether god, the devil or a culturally-specific creature that occupies a morally ambiguous (and therefore much more human) place. One story, about a peasant man and Death (Smrt in Czech), caught my interest; it’s a gentler tale than many of the stories I’ve read recently.
Many–let’s say most–of my prints begin with stories. This edition is no different, so let me share the story with you. I have my own way of telling it, but since this blog is full of writing and not speaking, I will share the story as I first read it in that magical old fairy tale book that I stumbled across at Powell’s back in November.
You can read the text in a digitized book form HERE, or in plain text form after the jump. I broke the text in a few places, for ease of reading.