“What exactly do you DO?” I get this question all the time. My elevator speech stops at too many floors. I could list titles –author, writer, artist, arts advocate – but each one of those titles requires further explanation. So lately I just say I’m Art Oprah of Eugene, Oregon. That makes people laugh and they somehow get it. (No TV show yet.)
The Blackberry Curtain I interviewed 2 accomplished artists, Mollie Favour and Margaret Matson, to write a history of the amazing Blackberry Curtain. Installed in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in 1982, it is one of the rare hand-printed stage curtains in the world. The curtain’s creation is a story of grand art nuttiness and regional accomplishment. The curtain will be de-installed soon due to preservation issues. I’m facilitating the Artist Talk, “Curtain Call” on Saturday April 8.
Gray Space Project A group of talented Oregon artists invited me to write about and engage in Gray Space Project. This is a traveling 6’x6’ cube, a contained art “gallery”, with each artist taking a turn at installing what’s inside. Much more to come!
Art Advocacy Day How can we fight the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts? Check out all the resources here and try to show up in Salem on April 24th.
Odyssey of These Days This collaborative event was an evening of talent pushing talent, with paintings by Wesley Hurd and original music composed by Elliot Grasso. Take a look/listen here. I’m thankful I was present for the memorable, exemplary, and eloquent premiere. Eugene Contemporary Art published my catalogue essay here
Korean Translation of my book I’m emoji-happy to view the cover of the Korean translation of Art-Write!
Austin, TX A film company flew me to Austin for an on-camera interview last month. I can’t say much yet about the full-length documentary they’re working on, but it involves my storied past as a performance artist in San Francisco. Here’s a clue: