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more show & tell..

i have a few more shots from the chambers opening to share..thanks to somavenus & chuckvideo for supplying the evidence..

that would be me, chatting paul fujita up, the other solo exhibiting artist. he takes old discarded skateboards and rebuilds them into wonderful constructions that almost look painterly to me. chuck and i just might have to break the piggy bank and add his work to our collection. he really knows his stuff, and if you're anywhere near portland you should check it out..

me and soma...nearly peeing ourselves from all the excitement?

my new Lj buddy rpeate and Lj love chuckvideo..and you can see my first review for the show, courtesy of rpeate (see below-thanks robert!)

l: friends ole, lizole and rpeate r: paul fujita in front of his work

me and paul..talking with our hands

above and below: me and soma chatting up sika stanton, (just out of view, but you can see her in the last photo here) she's also an artist and chambers' directorial assistant.

wid chambers (artist and owner of chambers) and me

me, soma, and paul


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Dec. 10th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
I like I like!

Those all came out great my dear, and I especially like the images of you and Soma.
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
hee heeeee...like you said, 'you can NEVER take too many photos.'
i should've given everyone a disposal like a wedding reception...curses!
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
This is great! I wanted a picture of Chuck and me, and didn't know there was one! Yay!
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
My post is friends locked, so here's the relevant portion!

Last night, I saw the work of "Baby Smith", nom d'art of chuckvideo's paramour Becky. And I was equally impressed by her abstract visions. Becky takes paper products ranging from book pages and covers to wallpaper (correct me if I'm wrong, Becky) and arranges them in beautiful abstract designs that are subtle but cheerful. She uses bright, primary colors in works that make one feel good from the overall psychological effect of the color. But it's more than that. As I said to her last night, I sometimes draw abstractly, so I appreciate that her materials are not simply thrown together on a board or canvas. There is sense, logic, design, and aesthetic harmony there. Everything is arranged to create a cohesive whole, and it works. It is obvious that she really knows what she's doing, and that nothing is random.

Her use of letters and numerals is very sparing--one or two per piece. In one case, a blue letter "S" makes the piece stand out powerfully. It's hard to explain, but the letter becomes more aesthetic than linguistic. By removing letters from their normal context, she reminds us of their shapes and designs.

Another artist on exhibit at the same gallery works at a shop that either makes or fixes skateboards, and creates works from discarded skateboard pieces that would otherwise only be thrown away, adding silkscreen designs. The range of colors and textures from the pieces, and his designs, results in works that look to me like velour pillows!

I was THRILLED last night to view the works by these artists. Why? As I said to Becky and Chuck, this represents to me a giant leap forward in our society's intellectual level. Here we have not only the art that takes "something from nothing", as Becky put it, and creates beauty from garbage in some cases (the ultimate recycling!), but the celebration of that art in a public space! A gallery is celebrating and exhibiting that rearrangement of the mundane into new patterns. This is something that is very new in human history, I cannot but believe. When before have we celebrated the transformation of the old into the new, the beautiful? I equated it to Michelangelo taking new forms out of marble.

It's amazing. You must see it. Treat yourself to a collage exhibit sometime. I'm late to the game, but I love it.

Kudos to the Collagistes!
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
thanks robert!! and i'm glad we nabbed a picture of you and the chuckster..
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Me too!

And because EVERYONE'S DOING IT, I'm going to post some of my pictures from the opening as well. Tonight. Soon.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
you WERE quite the photog that night...gssshh, gssshh, gsssssshhh!!!
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Ha, ha, ha! That's great! I've never seen anyone write the sound effect of a camera winder successfully before! I got it. :)

Hey, waht was Soma's name again--Melanie? She told me, but I forget.
Dec. 11th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
y'yah...somavenus is a.k.a. melanie.
such is life in the virtual world...do ANY of us go by ONE name? ;D
Dec. 11th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I've always been dull, never had an alias. :)

Pictures posted in my journal.
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Looks like fun! I saw some of the web cam shots during the show. That was such a cool idea.
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
yea!! i'm glad you caught the cam...i expect chuck and i'll be going remote more often...LOOK OUT L.A.....you're on CANDiD CAMERA!!!!
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
damn, nice outfit!
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
hee heeee...thanks!
though, i'm wondering whether the sock bulge was too much?
(i kid....at least for now!)
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Rock-on my sister!
I am so sad I couldn't come to your opening. You know I was there in my heart and soul. It looks like it was a smash hit and that write up-oh my god. I will try and watch the interview if I can figure out how. BTW I really liked the suit:) Pammy
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Rock-on my sister!
YOU WERE there with me pammy, and always will be...something tells me you'd love portland, though..it's very 'iowa city,' believe it or not. liberal, comfy, walkable and void of plasteek people!
Dec. 11th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for showing these. I like the way your art looks with the wooden frames. It really makes them pop out! I like the stuffed sock idea too. ;-)
Dec. 11th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
hey thanks..
i think the collages would just fall flat without a little puff up, yah? it's my way of gussing 'em up a bit..without watering 'em down.

(note to self: buy some super thick socks, heavy on the thread count...cuz, every inch counts!)
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