October 2008

Buckman Community by Joe Cotter

Buckman Community by Joe Cotter

A wonderful geographical mural of the Buckman neighborhood by Joe Cotter is underway at 12th and SE Morrison. This replaces another Buckman mural shown here.

These pics are from about two weeks ago. Work is ongoing. Joe was up on the scafolding yesterday adding the color.

EXTRA – Mural Underway at SE 12th and Morrison, Buckman Voice

Leland #1 - Lee Kelly & Bonnie Bronson

Leland #1 - Lee Kelly & Bonnie Bronson

This weathered Lee Kelly sculpture, made from Cor-ten steel and enameled steel is Leland #1, wedged in an unfindable public space between the three condo towers east of PSU. Made at the Leland Iron Works in Oregon City in 1975, now owned and not maintained by the City and RACC.

Mike Watt, Eddie Vedder & Company – Against the 70s

I asked him if he knew what time he had
He said he wasn’t sure, maybe a quarter past

I peered in his eyes as we stood in line just to have a look
But the pages I found looked like an unbound coloring book

It’s not reality, just someone else’s sentimentality…
It won’t work for you…

Baby boomers selling you rumors of their history
Forcing youth away from the truth of what’s real today

The kids of today should defend themselves against the 70’s

Stadium minds with stadium lies gotta make you laugh
Garbage vendors against true defenders of the craft

The kids of today should defend themselves against the 70’s
It’s not reality, just someone else’s sentimentality…
Look what it did to us…

(Speakin’ as a child of the 70’s)

Willamette Week, a good measure as any, lists about 41 art galleries in their calendar listings this week, October 22 2008.

How many will be remaining six months from now?

You guess is as good as mine. I don’t know what the natural attrition rate is, and this list below is a mix of institutions relatively unaffected by the ongoing financial fiasco, or businesses which have other revenues. My guess is 15 out of the 40 below will be closed by April 15, 2009.

For galleries dependent on the new rich with ample wall space, good times are over.

3d Center Of Art & Photography
Blackfish Gallery – NPO
Blue Sky Gallery
Bullseye Gallery
Charles A. Hartman
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Eyeful Gallery
Floating World Comics – other revenue
Laura Russo Gallery
Museum Of Contemporary Craft – NPO
Ogle Gallery
Oregon Jewish Museum – NPO
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center – NPO
Pacific Northwest College Of Art – NPO / other revenue
Pdx Gallery
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery
Quality Pictures
Tender Loving Empire
Vault Martini
Augen Gallery
Independent Publishing Resource Center – NPO / other revenue
Lewis & Clark College – academic
Littman Gallery – academic
Mark Woolley Gallery
Multnomah Arts Center – County-funded
Portland Art Museum – NPO / other revenue
Portland State University – academic
Leftbank Building
Rocksbox Gallery
Sandy Gallery
Cube Gallery
Cube Gallery
Fourteen30 Contemporary
Jace Gace
Launch Pad
Metalurges Gallery

Adidas = dreckAdidas = dreck

The commercial crap shown above is currently located at the Adidas America headquarters off N Greeley in Portland. Next stop will be a warehouse somewhere, then, I suspect, a landfill. They’re part of a dull-witted marketing campaign by the shoe corporation, The Left Right Project, which appropriates the verbose and vague language of the arts to appease their conscious; no doubt for their insipid pandering to minority teen culture.

EXTRA – United Students Against Sweatshops

Portland Dog Bowl

Portland Dog Bowl

This silly thing by William Wegman got a bunch of publicity when it was installed, the end of a push to generate excitement about the Pearl District in 2005.

It’s located in the North Park Blocks, between Davis and Everett Streets.  It is cute?  Is it a joke about the Simon Benson water fountains?  Did Wegman sketch it on a napkin over sushi with some enamored public arts administrator? Yeah, we get it.

Extraordinary claims need extraordinatry evidence.

This complicated collage of paper, magazine and print cut outs, paint and glue is affixed to the exterior concrete wall of the long abandoned Rich’s Deli at Lloyd Blvd and Grand Avenue. I don’t know who the artist is.

Dr. John McLoughlin by Adrian Voisin, 1933

Dr. John McLoughlin by Adrian Voisin, 1933

At the 99 E turnout at Willamette Falls in Oregon City is this bronze bust of Dr. John McLoughlin, chief factor, or superintendent of the British Hudson’s Bay Company which he founded at Ft. Vancouver in 1824.

The bust is by Adrian Voisin, a popular sculptor whose work was often seen in corporate board rooms in the 1930s and 1940s, and who died, I think in San Francisco, in 1979. The only other Voisin I know of in the area available to the public is at Jefferson High School in North Portland. They have two – a bust of Hopkin Jenkins, a longtime principal of the school, and a commemorative bas-relief in bronze of the journey of Lewis and Clark.

The sculpture is both in a terrible location and is badly damaged by the weather. Tourists stop to look at the falls and look at their maps, but the bust, which looks out onto the steam-belching paper mill, is easily missed. Driving, blink and you miss it.

Bronze develops a green patina when exposed to the air. The McLoughlin bust has, as you can see, gray, black and brown corrosion. The bust sits on a roughly sculpted boulder. The level eye line with the sculpture is about eight feet high, so the best view of the sculpture is standing on the cliff barrier (drop is only about 70 feet). With the advanced damage, and location, it’s hard to look at from any angle.

MAP – See a the location of this artwork

From a 2004 Oregon City Commission report –

The bust of Dr. John McLoughlin was a gift from the Oregon Congress of Parents and Teachers to the State of Oregon commemorating the deeds of its founder, Dr. John McLoughlin. It was dedicated on June 8, 1941 at its location in Oregon City. The bronze bust was mounted on a natural stone block and placed between the (Pacific) highway and Willamette River at the Falls Vista overlook. The bust of Dr. McLoughlin was sculpted by American artist Adrian Alexander Voisin who completed it in 1933 at a cost of $2,000.

For six years the Oregon Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) worked through it organizations with parents, teachers and children, using the slogan “Two Copper Pennies for a Big Bronze Bust” to raise the money for the statue. Parochial, public and private schools responded along with children’s organizations and PTA groups to contribute to this noble gift. Original plans called for placing the bust in the garden of the McLoughlin house but following its renovation in the late 1930’s, the McLoughlin Memorial Association suggested it be placed overlooking the Willamette River and Falls, as Dr. McLoughlin cherished it so much that even upon his death bed he asked to be carried to the window to “see the setting sun’s reflection upon the waters of the river.” The State Highway Commission, acting upon the suggestion of chairman, Mr. Henry F. Cabell, purchased the property upon which the statue now stands overlooking the Willamette Falls.

EXTRA – John McLoughlin, father of Oregon
EXTRA – John McLoughlin, from Wikipedia

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