Monday, June 30, 2008

Eva Lake






















Eva Lake

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Eva Lake works in both photomontage and paintings. She shows her work at Augen Gallery here in Portland, most recently with Richter Scale in December 2007. Eva hosted a weekly art talk podcast called "the Art World" in 2007. Before that, she produced "Artstar Radio" at KPSU for five years. You can find her continuing youtube interview program, and recent writing endeavors at her blog, which she actively maintains as a public diary.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Matt Green


Matt Green

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Matthew Green was born in Olympia Washington. Green received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University in 2007.His current work is involved in creating democratic visual experiences via music, zines, and performance. Green Has shown primarily in the northwest. This year he curated a group show entitled, “Animal Magnetism” at Igloo gallery in Portland Oregon. In 2006 he was included in New American Art Union’s group show, “Do No Harm V.S Step Up” which was curated by Jacqueline Ehlis. Green is currently pursuing a masters of visual studies at Pacific Northwest College of art in Portland Oregon.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes


Harrell Fletcher

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Jen Delos Reyes

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Harrell Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for over fifteen years. His work has been shown at SF MoMA, the de Young Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, The Wrong Gallery, and Smackmellon in NYC, DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show in Houston, TX, PICA in Portland, OR, CoCA and The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA, Signal in Malmo, Sweden, Domain de Kerguehennec in France, and The Royal College of Art in London. Fletcher exhibits in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Jack Hanley Gallery, in NYC with Christine Burgin Gallery, in London with Laura Bartlett Gallery, and Paris with Gallery In Situ. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher has work in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMoMA, The Berkeley Art Museum, The De Young Museum, and The FRAC Brittany, France. In 2002 Fletcher started Learning To Love You More, an ongoing participatory website with Miranda July. A book version LTLYM was published in 2007 by Prestel. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. His exhibition The American War originated in 2005 at ArtPace in San Antonio, TX, and traveled to Solvent Space in Richmond, VA, White Columns in NYC, The Center For Advanced Visual Studies MIT in Boston, MA, PICA in Portland, OR, and LAXART in Los Angeles among other locations. Fletcher is a Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.


Jennifer Delos Reyes is an artist originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Her theoretical and studio research interests include: relational aesthetics, group work, interactive media and artists' social roles. She has exhibited videos, installations, and site-specific participatory work across North America and Europe. In 2006 she completed an intensive workshop, Come Together: Art and Social Engagement, at The Kitchen in New York. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Masters Grant. Jennifer has recently mounted her MFA exhibition, a conference on socially engaged art practices titled Open Engagement: Art After Aesthetic Distance. In the fall of 2008 she will begin teaching in the Social Practice Program with Harrell Fletcher at Portland State University.

Monday, June 9, 2008

John Malpede


John Malpede

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

John Malpede is a director, actor, activist, and writer. In 1985, Malpede founded and continues to direct the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), the first performance group in the nation comprised primarily of homeless and formerly homeless people. LAPD's mission is to create performances that connect lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty. “A nationally acclaimed theater radical and social visionary, Malpede has been confounding audience expectations for two decades,” said Linda Eisenstein in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this year. Directed by Malpede, LAPD is current touring Agents & Assets, a performance that addresses the consequences of the U.S. government’s escalating war on drugs and the misuse of U.S. intelligence agencies by the executive branch of the government. Agents & Assets has been produced in Los Angeles, Detroit, and at the Cleveland Public Theater.

A frequent collaborator with dancers, poets, artists, architects, and other directors, he has recently been featured in The Passion series by artist Bill Viola and as Antonin Artaud in director Peter Sellars’ productions of For An End to the Judgment of God. Originally produced for the Vienna Festival in June 2002, the piece has toured six European cities and was produced in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT) in 2004.“Malpede creates a magnetic image of rational insanity that demands—and rewards—rapt, close attention,” says critic Robert Hurwitt in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Also in 2004, as part of a citywide retrospective exhibition of Creative Time’s renowned public sculptures, Malpede’s 1984 collaboration with visual artist Erika Rothenberg and architect Laurie Hawkinson—The Freedom of Expression National Monument—was re-installed in Foley Square, downtown New York.

Beginning in 2001, Malpede began researching and constructing RFK in EKY, a recreation of Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 swing through Eastern Kentucky. Directed by Malpede and performed in September 2004 in five counties of eastern Kentucky, RFK in EKY recreated Kennedy’s original “war on poverty” tour over the course of a four-day event that included in-depth discussion of historic and current events, public and performance art, and social policy. RFK in EKY was produced by Appalshop and developed with a host of community partners. This monumental, real-time documentary-style performance project drew national and international attention to the strengths and needs of present-day Appalachia and its people, while revealing startling historical parallels to present-day political realities.

Malpede has taught at UCLA Dept. Dance / World Arts and Cultures; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; the Amsterdam School for Advanced Research in Theater and Dance (DasArts); and California College of the Arts. His individual artist fellowships include grants from New York State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and California Arts Council. He has received Dance Theater Workshop's Bessie Creation Award; San Francisco Art Institute's Adeline Kent Award; and a Theater LA Ovation Award, as well as numerous government and foundation project grants. He has performed throughout the United States in solo performances including Inappropriate Laughing Responses, Generic Performance, Pre-existing Conditions, and GET.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Amy Yoes


Amy Yoes

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Amy Yoes has been interested in ornament and architectural space for many years. Her recent projects have become more three dimensional and have involved animation and light. Her work has been exhibited in L.I.C., NYC, Socrates Sculpture Park; 50,000 Beds, a project by Chris Doyle on view at Artspace, New Haven, CT; the Islip Museum’s Carriage House, Islip, NY; and Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York, NY. She created a wall drawing, Sightseers Folklore, for Wave Hill’s exhibition Out of Bounds in 2005. Her work has been exhibited at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfiled Hills, MI; Hollins University, Roanoke, VA; and The Peppermil Fireside Lounge, Las Vegas, NV. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.