Today marks the first day of my efforts to get every Stumptowner to fall in love with Vik Muniz's work the way I have. A quick primer in the Washington Post...(thanks Dave) And a quick trip to see Vik's retrospective at the Seattle Art Museum As for shopping Quality Pictures has a Vik or two in our inventory.
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.
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!
Hello Portland and thanks for a great first-art-experience for me as a new resident of Stumptown. Scrap - The School and Community Reuse Action Project - is an organization (located right across the street from my new home) whose mission is to promote creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior
by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. It's one of those things that Portland seems to thrive on and it was a trip to take in Scrap's Iron Artist 2006. The party, uh event, centered around a timed three-hour “sculpt-off” where 10 teams of
“scrap artistsas” create sculptures from reused materials provided by
SCRAP and other local reuse organizations such as The ReBuilding
Center, Free Geek and the ReStore.
Here is the winner (left) and my favorite: All in all it was a pretty cool scene and something that could have never taken place in ATL. Folks, Bohemia is alive and well in PDX. Next up for me is the the Oregon Biennial - a huge deal in this state - where I'm looking forward to seeing the best Oregon has to offer. It will be interesting to see the work with no knowledge of the artists. Of course I'll have to throw in my two cents as to who I think is the best! Until then, a few more Iron Artist pix: