Art Focus

Art Focus features interviews with artists, curators, gallerists, writers and other art people. Page back through KBOO's schedule to find all the podcasts.

Ellen Lesperance was Eva Lake's guest on August 19th. Lespernace will show at Adams and Ollman in September. This was the final show for Lake, who leaves KBOO.

James Lavadour was Eva Lake's guest on August 5th. He has a show up at PDX Contemporry this month.

Elise Wagner was Eva Lake's guest on July 8th. She had a show at Butters Gallery.

Theresa Weil is doing a project called "Because She Cares," paintings of leaders in the non profit world. She was our guest in July 1, 2014.

Eva Lake  interviewed Sean Healy on June 17th. He currently has a show at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Lisa Kaser and Grace Weston were our guests on April 8th. They had a show called Unfamiliar Faces at Waterstone Gallery.

Check below for audiofiles and information on all our past guests.

 

Episode Archive

Interview with Don Pyle of Trouble in the Camera Club

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Don Pyle about Trouble in the Camera Club Photo Exhibit at PMOMA Oct 3rd
Don Pyle is a Toronto musician, producer, artist and author. 

His book Trouble In The Camera Club, published by ECW Press in 2011, documents his photographs and experiences of the birth of punk in Toronto from 1976 - 1980. Erin Yanke interviews him about his punk rock past and present, the queer culture of his youth, and Donna Summer, as well as his photographs and his art show that will be at the Portland Museum of Modern Art from Sept 30 - Oct 5.

In his Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow, which will take place at Mississippi Records on October 3, 2014 at 8pm, Don Pyle gives a guided tour through photographs from his book Trouble In The Camera Club and more, looking at details in the background, things going on outside the frame and blurry asides.

Art Focus on 09/16/14

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Eva Lake interviews artists, curators, critics and other art people.

Joseph Gallivan interviews Kristan Kennedy about PICA's TBA14

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Joseph Gallivan interviews Kristan Kennedy about PICA's TBA14
On Tuesday Sept 9, 2013, at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews Kristan Kennedy, the Visual Art Curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Kennedy will talk about the 2014 Time-Based Art festival which runs September 11 to 21st. 
 
From the press release:

Joseph Gallivan interviews Brian Rogers, the Executive Director of the Oregon Arts Commission

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Joseph Gallivan interviews Brian Rogers, the Executive Director of the Oregon Arts Commission
On Tuesday September 2,, 2014,  at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews Brian Rogers, the Executive Director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Brian will talk about what the Commission does, the importance of the arts in job creation, and being a painter and a fan of The Clash.
 
From the Statesman Journal:
 
The Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust hired Brian Rogers as their new executive director Tuesday after lengthy interviews from all three finalists.

Joseph Gallivan interview rock poster artist Emek

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Joseph Gallivan interview rock poster artist Emek
On Tuesday August 26 at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews the poster artist Emek.
Emek (who goes by one name) will talk about his drawing and printing methods, his move from LA to Blue Lake, and his love of music.   
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
 

Ellen Lesperance

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Ellen Lesperance

Ellen Lesperance will be Eva Lake's guest. Lesperance has a show coming up in September at Adams and Ollman. This will be the last show with Lake as the host. Joseph Gallivan will continue with Art Focus. You can keep up with Lake at her site Lovelake. Many thanks!

Joseph Gallivan interviews Nicola Lopez about her new show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Joseph Gallivan interviews Nicola Lopez about her new show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  On Tuesday August 12, 2014, at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews the visual artist Nicola López.
López's work looks at the built environment and traces themes of collapse and regeneration. She  will talk about her current show of collages, prints and videos called FORECASTING an IMPOSSIBLY POSSIBLE TOMORROW, which is at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery until September 27 2014.
 
From the press release:
 

James Lavadour

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
James Lavadour


James Lavadour opens a show at PDX this month. He is Eva Lake's guest this week.

Art Focus on 07/29/14

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Eva Lake interviews artists, curators, critics and other art people.

Joseph Gallivan interviews Jacob and Arnold Pander about their joint show Fabrication / Corrosion.

Program: 
Art Focus
Air date: 
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Joseph Gallivan interviews Jacob and Arnold Pander about their joint show Fabrication / Corrosion
On July 22  at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews Jacob and Arnold Pander about their joint show Fabrication / Corrosion.

The Pander brothers will talk about painting, photography, painting on velvet, printing photos on metal, and celebrity culture with a small c.

The show runs from until September 14th, 2014 at the  Mark Woolley Gallery 700 SW 5th Ave., Suite 4110, Portland, Oregon 97204, in Pioneer Place Mall downtown.
 
From the press release:
PANDER BROTHERS
FABRICATION/CORROSION
JULY 19th - SEPTEMBER 14th, 2014
Mark Woolly Gallery

Audio

Wid Chambers

program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/08/2010

Wid Chambers has a show at Chambers @ 916. It is an installation of both painting and sculpture in one. the shapes are organic and colorful and are based on drawings then taken through a computer program.

Andrea Schwartz-Feit on "Seeing Without Knowing"

program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Thu, 06/03/2010

Andrea Schwartz-Feit had a show at Butters Gallery in May called “Seeing Without Knowing.” She uses encaustic to make images which are geometric and organic at the same time. They also jump back forth between abstraction and representation. Sometimes she has a dash of Klimt, especially when we see a shimmer (which I imagine to be gold leaf). I’ve never seen a jpg which really captured the luminosity of her paintings.

  • Length: 29:22 minutes (26.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Judy Cooke

program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/01/2010

This month brings Judy Cooke to the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Many artists these days say they are exploring the space between sculpture and painting, but Cooke has been doing that for years. This particular show, called In Touch, examines the ideas of the Russian Constructivists.

Leiv Fagereng

program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 05/25/2010

Leiv Fagereng talks about his show at Froelick Gallery, Bittersweetsweet.

Plein Air Smackdown at Open Engagement

program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 05/11/2010

From May 14th through the 17th Portland will host Open Engagement: Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse. This conference says it will challenge our traditional ideas of what art is and does. It will present artists, projects and events which will mediate the contemporary frameworks of art as service, as social space, as activism, as interactions, and as relationships.

One of the events is Plein Air Smackdown (see poster above), the brainstorm of Mark R. Smith who teaches at PCC. Painting students from PCC, PSU and OCAC will have a painting competition of sorts. Susan Harlan, Michelle Ross and Vicki Lynn Wilson will be my guests on Art Focus to talk about that event and the conference as a whole. I get to referee the Smackdown with Jeff Jahn and am really looking forward to it.

Gabriel Liston talks about "Take That and Stand By For Trouble"

Categories:
program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 04/27/2010

Gabriel Liston has moved his studio into the New American Art Union, producing an exhibition called Take That and Stand By for Trouble. We can watch the progress on a work and also check out his diaries from at least several years. These journals appear to be old children's books. He has ripped out the innards, replacing them with his art life. Art life, meaning not just nice drawings and ideas but all the money and struggle bits.

  • Title: Gabriel Liston
  • Genre: Unknown
  • Length: 28:54 minutes (39.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Victor Maldonado

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program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 04/20/2010

Victor Maldonado has a beautiful exhibition up at Froelick, all green paintings. This installation is comprised of panels in size of all the TV screens he has ever lived with. Maldonado addresses cross cultural identity and traffic via the monochrome.

Richard Speer, art critic, essayist, novelist and biographer of "Matt Lamb: The Art of Success"

Categories:
program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 04/13/2010
Guest-host Tom Cramer speaks with Richard Speer, art writer at the Willamette Week.
Richard Speer is the author of the biography Matt Lamb:  The Art of Success (John Wiley & Sons), short fiction, and a forthcoming novel.

As contributing critic for ARTnews he has reviewed shows in New York, San Francisco, Palm Desert, Santa Fe, Miami, Saint Petersburg, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, covering artists such as Sam Gilliam, Roger Ballen, and Janet Malcolm.  Since 2002 he has been visual arts critic at Portland, Oregon's Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly,Willamette Week.  He has authored catalogue essays about Jun Kaneko, Eva Hild, Henry Hillman, Jr., Joe Thurston, and other notable contemporary artists. 

Rick Scott: hand-crafted signs and logos

Categories:
program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Fri, 04/09/2010

Guest host Tom Cramer interviews Rick Scott, who specializes in hand-crafting signs and logos for the Portland Oregon area. He is knowledgable about mural and car painting techniques and is an expert handmade sign painter. Signs are one of our most ubiquitous art forms.

James Lavadour

Categories:
program: 
Art Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/30/2010

In April PDX Contemporary Art presents Geographies of the Same Stone: for TT by the painter James Lavadour. Here Lavadour talks about his process in painting.

  • Title: James Lavadour
  • Genre: Unknown
  • Length: 28:23 minutes (38.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

 

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