Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ArC: Stephen Scott Smith at Breeze Block, Portland

ArC: Stephen Scott Smith at Breeze Block, Portland


ArC: Stevphen Scott Smith at Breeze Block, Portland

Stephen represents everything I love about Art and artists
He is bold, right in your face, energetic, has an opinion, he is not shy to share controversial subject matter and his concepts are excecutated with depth and style. They look sophisticated and shocking at the same time and make me want a piece of it.

I met Steven a couple of years ago at one of the last Mark Woolley openings on Russell Street and Mark is still representing him at least here in Portland.

Steven lives now in Los Angles

more info at


Friday, November 12, 2010

ArC features Alex Rauch

"Barriere donnee"
Alex Rauch

ArC features Alex Rauch

up&coming charming and talented Alex Rauch surprises with each new project.
This time its a homage to Duchamp executed with finesse and a twinkle. I think the big master would have been proud but go and see for yourself.

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ArC: Arnold Kemp at PDX Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland

ArC: Arnold Kemp at PDX Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland

Arnold Kemp continues to surprise with his infatuation with black. Simple forms/shapes become a stark reminder that we are sleep walking through life in a what he calls " DayDream Nation". What will it take to wake us from this holographic surreality. I can only guess and I guess that my guess is as good as yours.


Friday, October 29, 2010

ArC : "Land Escapes" photography by Richard Schemmerer

ArC : "Land Escapes" photography by Richard Schemmerer

We are creatures that are earth bound, that are trying to find an escape from the land. We are most secure on solid ground but constantly strive to find an alternative as if we are trying to escape from ourselves made most part from water. We even trying of conquering Space while we are tight down by graffiti. There is nothing wrong with dreaming if we don’t forget the beauty of the land.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ArC: Micheal Knudson at Black Fish Gallery, Portland


Translucent Fields & Cubic Knots

October 5-30, 2010

at Blackfish Gallery

Michael Knutson's Art is always awe inspiring and proofs that underlying all the chaos is a geometric structure that holds it all together.

In a similar vein Michael's work holds our attention long enough for us to be able to appreciate the wonderment he attempts to capture in his Paintings.

more info at


Monday, October 25, 2010

ArC: Interview with Jacques Flechemuller about his show at PDX Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland

Interview with Jacques Flechemuller
about his Life and his show at PDX Contemporary Art Gallery

"Beyond the Fence"

Interview with Jacques Flechemuller

Hi Jacques thanks for doing this

What and who inspired you to become an artist and what is the role of the artist in contemporary society?

I was 14 years old, in Paris, when I saw an exhibition of troubling "sculptures" by the famous french artist Jean Dubuffet. Immediately, i thought that spending my life doing "that kind of thing" was surely more interresting than working in a factory.

What do think about Portland as a city for artists?

Years ago, I felt in love with Jane Beebe, the director of PDX gallery in Portland. We became family and showing my work there is a precious occasion to see her and her husband, Spencer Beebe, who is the brother I always dreamed of playing and fishing with.

What do think about New York City and do you think it is essential for an artist today to live in one of the big Art Mecca’s?

NYC is the only big city I really love. I can tell you billions of great stories that enriched my life in NY. Forget even Paris! But saying that, we have to keep in mind that in some desertic place in the world, there is a little guy all alone who can produce extraordinary sounds with a simple piece of reed with few holes in it.
We also spend 6 months a year in France, mainly because of the high quality of the Côtes du Rhône wine and the delicatesse of its cheeses.

A life can be like a journey what were your early years like if you would compare them to a trip?

I never ever considered making a living with my paintings. So, in order to pay for that curious habit, I "worked" in tons of odd jobs: magician in a small circus, gagman in a contemporary dance company, chef on a barge/restaurant in Paris (I had no idea how to cook!) etc... etc... all these jobs helped me to become who I am today. I never thought that I was loosing my time doing all that. Painting house walls was already "painting". I feel blessed to have done all these things. What fun, I had !

How has your art practice changed over time and how is it similar?

A week after I moved to NY, my work changed completely. Sometimes, when I look at what I produced before, I want to disappear under a carpet.

What comes first the painting or the title?

The painting comes first. The tittle is often just something I invent in order to remember the piece. Sometimes it is also a play like some kind of funny poetry that goes with the painting or against it.

Do you work from memory or photograph?


"Thank you God for protecting my art dealer." Was one of your most memorable titles are you still standing behind that statement?

In Marseilles, in the South of France, there is a famous church " Notre Dame de la garde" in which the walls are covered with EX VOTO, semi religious popular paintings thanking saints for protecting sailors, helping cure illnesses, etc. I wanted to pay hommage to these unknown " artists". That was the beginning of that particular work.

What role does God play in your life?

Absolutely nothing. Once the french poet JACQUES PREVERT wrote a little thing, it's like a little limerick for kids:" God is a little man without a tail, who smokes his pipe near his fireplace."
I couldn't agreed more. In a critical moment, a cigarette is a more efficent aide than the bible.

Do you feel like you have two Souls a European and an American one?

Yes . Often I feel my ass is split between two chairs. That sounds very uncomfortable but I think that comfort is our worse enemy ..

What does pushing the envelope mean to you?

Working in a post office?

How does humor inform your daily life and how does it fit into modern life?

Humor is a very important function in Art. (I love when my wife stands in front of my work, laughing !) Art is often so serious, pretending to deliver important messages. For messages, there are messengers. I prefer stupid stories. The more stupid they are, the better i feel.

I saw the word “Porn” pop up on your blog in context to fly fishing. What are the similarities and what need does your blog satisfy for you?

The whole sentence is " PORN TO FISH". It was invented by my dear friend Cyril KAMIR, with whom I created the blog mainly because we where kicked out of the other Fly fishing sites for being too " irreverent".

With our blog, we have total freedom to write all the silly stories we want without censorship. I LOVE to write stories, a kind of "recreation" for working in my studio for long hours.

What do think about Art critics in regard to your personal work and in general?

Usually, I don't care about critics, especially the bad ones. Of course I love the good ones. It's so rare. But as Annie Plumb, my first NY Art dealer said: " Any ink is good ink!" Besides, Art critics have to make a living, pay for the education of their kids and pay the bills for their new washing machine.

What’s next for you after the PDX Contemporary Art show?

A show in the Essen Art fair, Germany.

Then, back in my studio with new stupid stories with paint all over them.

Thanks Jacques for doing this

Thank you

Richard Schemmerer

please see his marvelous show at


or learn more about him



or on his blog



ArC: Nina Katchadourian at PNCA's Phillip Feldmann gallery

Lots of thoughts go into Book titles. They have they own lure and mostly they are intended to get us interrested in buying the book.

Nina Katchdourians' installation at PNCA is smart funny poignant and eductional. It has also a local twist because it includes an asortment of books from the shelves of local luminarie's Lisa Radon and Tim DuRoche.

more info at

www.Nina Katchadourian.com