our-humming-Remnants of a Dialogical Sky, Therese Murdza, Photo Therese Murzda

Getting to know Thérèse Murdza

I was invited to be part of a recent group show at the Ford Gallery. As I walked into the gallery in Southeast Portland to deliver my painting, I stopped cold. There, dominating the lobby, was this. . .

 

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Missgeburt, by Erik Geschke

Erik Geschke turns the concept of heroic sculpture on its head

With mouth agape, eyes closed and hands slack, Missgeburt rests his weary body against a wall in Clackamas Community College’s Alexander Gallery where I first noticed him dozing last month. Despite being almost twice life-size, he is anything but heroic.

 

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emily ginsburg, THUD metabolic

Forty-odd pound masses of wet clay bagged in plastic. Scrap discarded by factories, free to takers. Each different, yet each the same: damp metaphors for humanity. A gift from industry to the hands of ceramic artists, to be worked, folded, coiled, or spun into bowls, cups, vases.

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“All art is propaganda.” George Orwell

Political art is now “in.” In art schools. In galleries. In museum shows. In the homes of sophisticated collectors. And now, in seventeen venues throughout Portland as our city’s revived biennale, Converge 45, begins an ambitious run through December.

 

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Derek Franklin

My phone told me to turn right, then left. I drove down a quiet east-county street that couldn’t decide if it was rural or suburban. I glanced around, hoping to see something that looked like an art gallery.

 

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Beethoven, quotation marks

There are no quotation marks in the grammar of music or painting. But composers and painters quote from each other all the time. Sometimes they do it intentionally, but more often, the creations of others have been so absorbed into their artistic vocabulary that they can’t help themselves.

 

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Art galleries have distinct personalities. Some are refined, quiet, and classy, where the art is so carefully curated that risk has been eliminated, and there is nothing not to admire. . .

 

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the dream, mlk memorial, portland, oregon

I write this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. How can a sculptor memorialize a great person without sinking into cliche or banality?. . .

 

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lynn goldsmith, prince

Artists have the right to own what they create. But all art, to one degree or another, is derived from the creative work that came before and the visual influences of the prevailing culture. . .

 

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By Voxx Romana

Driving through Portland, I often pull over to look at street art, much of which strikes me as powerful creative expression or potent social commentary—or both. . .

 

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