Wednesday, September 20, 2017
ART Instincts an exploration in abstraction
The process is the medium. The artist is the creator of the opportunity for the viewer to engage with the invisible made perceivable. Ken Spurlock is the receiver, the channel and the maker. Our instinct is to dismiss Art as frivolous expression, a first world luxury but Art really rises out of the belly of poverty that is starved for more than intellectual gimmicks. Who am I to write such things, invent them as if I knew what art is suppose to do to us, for us, within us and outside, in the world around us. At Least I can throw out these questions just like abstract artists throw paint on a canvas to make us contemplate the reason for our existence.
So yes, Ken Spurlock is in each one of us, the sleeping giant that really never sleeps but just pretends because in reality he is the one that creates it. A reality like out of thin air or polluted air or just gaseous air. Anything that makes the imagine tangible.
Art is not only splitting our brains but also the essence of existence around us as we invent and reinvent it with every single thought we string together like a chain reaction.
Ken Spurlock is Malkovich, is the brain that captured imagination for us to filter our reflection through it because we are the passion we put into it, into the viewing of life through Art.
We are life's animators. As artist Ken faces his fears not with defensive mechanisms but with creative tools to show us that the base instincts don't have to be linked to brut actions but can be elevated to sooth us with creamy strokes of color that lead us back to the root of beauty which births itself out of the chaos into form and symbols we can recognize and translate.
Art Instincts is such a project that presents the viewer with raw expressions contained in perceivable formats. The magical is not hidden but exposed because magic is not what we can explain but that which is unconceivable to the mind but hopefully not to the heart.
No we can not be Ken Spurlock or enter into his mind but by looking at his Art we can peek behind the veil of his consciousness and yes buy a piece and take it home with us.
Yes Ken Spurlock's Art is for sale.
Open House 2:30 to 6:00 pm the art show continues with lite refreshments and another chance to meet the artist.
8805 NE 14th St, Vancouver, WA 98664-6400, United States
ART Instincts is curated by Richard Schmemmerer
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
As Modernism is new again and so is formalism we can rejoice because the art wheel keeps charging forward in retrograde. Yes this a movement that brings as color and simplicity combined with intelligence and decorative pomp. I meant plomp but spell check disagreed and so might you by claiming it's an old hat. No I rebut and let you into the secret world of secrets namely that everything is pulled out of the same hat just at different time periods and as we that is us hopefully change with the aging process we get fresh impulses from similar seeming visuals.
What I am saying is with to many words that the art of self reflection is mirrored in the things we think we know already but judged as if.
New modernism is after all a new way to present us with a style that broke rules and was once radical and now is a trope to get us into a nostalgic mode because we have forgotten how good the world was when the sheer power of color could still inspire awe in us.
Math Bass, Pat Boas, Chris Gander,
Chris Johanson, Samuel Levi Jones,
Joanna Pousette-Dart and Amanda Wojick
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Friday, September 1, 2017
Their is always something to find in the PDX art triangle and one little gem is WILLCALL Art Gallery,
see for yourself and support the local art community.
WILLCALL is presenting the art of Timothy Page
625 NW Everett Street
Studio 108 (between Broadway and 6th)
Portland, OR 97209
Telephone: (503) 764-9994
Through the Lens of Desire
Kris Sanford at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
Desire is often misunderstood and interpreted as a sexual notion but mostly we desire to be nurtured and loved for who we are not what we are.
As a group, gay people if that is a word, have been left out of the normal daily interaction that constitute a save protective environment for lovers. Marginalized as humans we had to hide our love and create secret social clubs as an outlet for communication with like.
Public display of gay love is still frowned at but the new generation of gays are not afraid anymore to claim their right to present their love as a gift to the world rather then a perversion.
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