Interlocking Forms - by Don Wilson, 1977

Interlocking Forms - by Don Wilson, 1977

These reddish plywood boxes hold Interlocking Forms, 1977, by Don Wilson. It’s a fairly immovable sculpture set in front of the Portland Building on SW 6th Avenue, and it’s been there since about 1977.

As the sculptures begin to return to the Transit Mall after a couple of years in storage, it’s a good time to revisit these works and figure out if they have relevance in our current century.

I appreciate they left breathing holes.

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.