It's been a big two weeks for Quality Pictures. 79 days to opening day! Gallery construction started last week and
although I was in Atlanta,
a little birdie told me that the demolition is complete and the walls have been
framed. I’ll be back in PDX on 9/19…and on
the 20th paper goes up on the windows, so if you want to take a
peek…I suppose you better do it now.
By the way, lighting is super expensive! Ouch!
Our debutante ball, the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel is
shaping up to be the best year ever. QP
will be featuring work by all the artists exhibiting at the gallery in the
first season including never-before-seen paintings on paper by Kojo Griffin in
his rapidly-maturing new style.
....And that person who writes
the nasty comments thought that he was rid of me (I'm planning on being an
irritant to you for many years to come by the way...it seems like you need something to do anyway).
I'm actually in Amarillo today, but I was in Atlanta a few days ago
and managed to make the rounds. It was great to see Brian Holcomb who I
hadn't seen in months...he's been in Connecticut getting all Frenchified.
Of course, a few shameless plugs for my friends:
A soon-to-be-friend (and friend of QP artist Elizabeth Huey) has a show
that opened yesterday at Garage
Projects. Patrick Brennan's show is entitled "in the end we like it here
just fine". Here's a excerpt from his statement:
base of my work is to replace real life imagery with my own invented
language. This is so that landscapes, figures, and stories take on a new
and original identity. Most importantly I want to develop a relationship
with the viewer. I want them to read the work as a sort of invitation
into my anxieties, desires, and fears. I am very aware of my surroundings
and want to reconstruct this awareness. I have been focused on how I deal
with where I live. I am rarely comfortable and am always investigating
why that is. I work from a combination of found images/objects, photographs
from my travels, fashion, and symbols. Whether it’s a painting, drawing,
sculpture or time based work I want to engage the viewer in questions that are
not so easily answered. There is a space between our memory and our
imagination. I want the work to be about that space."
And a few samples:
Over at Marcia Wood, Katherine
Taylor continues her ongoing themes in her new body of work. The
more-articulated drawings add a new dimension to the work in that they become a
bit about memory as well.
And at Jackson Fine Art,
I was really excited about Sanna Kannisto's sciency and forensic images
of insects, repitles and plants. The lighting (right out of a autopsy
exam room) is what makes them work.
Jason Fulford, publisher of J&L books, all-around cool guy and most importantly a Quality Pictures artist is having a private sale with Jack Spade this weekend in NYC.
Here's the dirt:
We've taken over a beautiful old empty orange townhouse on the east side
of Manhattan. In addition to J&L books and prints, there will also be
Jack Spade clothing and bags, original Buckminster Fuller serigraphs,
bicycles, cookbooks, houseplants, a tarot card reader and drinks by Peroni.
Okay maybe not quite 100...but I screwed up my math and I've been looking forward to this post for weeks! Each weekend (until our opening on Thursday December 7th), I plan on giving my readers an update as to how things are going. This week I'm pleased to share with you our nearly-final floor plan that will include two galleries and a video lounge (the framing/work room has been modified to accommodate video). For you architecture nuts, Liz Hedrick's detailed drawings are here. Construction starts Tuesday, and out contractor Gary Ecko is the right guy to get the job done. One more tidbit for you: Check out the business card samples that King Bee Design is working up for me here. Saaaaawwwweeeeeeetttt! More news next week!