Monday, January 26, 2009

Michael Brophy


Michael Brophy

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

A life-long resident of Portland, Michael Brophy's paintings explore the evolution of the northwest landscape with sublime large-scale canvasses and murals, referencing historical and environmental elements that question our surroundings and our relationship to nature. Brophy approaches painting as a form of storytelling, providing contemporary currents on the continuing saga of the Northwest.

Brophy graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1985. He shows his work extensively in the Pacific Northwest including a 2005 retrospective titled "The romantic vision of Michael Brophy," which was exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. His work is in collections at the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum, among many others. Brophy's commissioned murals can be seen at Portland's City Hall and at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in Wasco, OR.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Calvin Johnson


Calvin Johnson

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Based in Olympia, Wash., Calvin's work in underground culture started as a teenage fan volunteering at the local community radio station, KAOS-FM. He moved on to writing for fanzines, organizing music and film events, playing music in various ill-fated bands. Calvin established K, a locally oriented media outlet, in 1982.

In 1993 Calvin founded Dub Narcotic, a recording studio, in which he has documented the work of the Somehow Is and Never Was, such as Mirah, the Blow, Versus, Built to Spill, Fitz of Depression, Make-Up and Little Wings. It has also been the incubator of many Calvin experiments in collaboration and self-expression, such as Beat Happening, Halo Benders and Dub Narcotic Sound System.

This interview took Place at the Dub Narcotic, December 30th, 2009.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Daneil Bozhkov


Daniel Bozhov

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Daniel Bozhkov studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria where he was trained in the traditional painting techniques of fresco, egg tempera and oil painting, then moving to the United States to persue a graduate degree at Hunter College in New York City. Bozhkov’s interdisciplinary, interactive, and multi-faceted projects have been described as “positive subversions,” often addressing cultural issues with a bit of absurdity and play.

He teaches at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Columbia University, Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design. Bozhkov was a recipient of the 2007 Chuck Close Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome, among many other awards and accomplishments. Bozkhov produces and exhibits his work internationally, and is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Lucky Dragons


Lucky Dragons

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

"Lucky Dragons" means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name. Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don't know why. There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances--with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of thousands of people. At the heart of it all is playing together--building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technological presence.

They keep a busy schedule of performances and visits and festivals and workshops and things, in the present, and in the past: the 2008 Whitney Biennial, NY's PS1, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle, Los Angeles' The Smell, NY's The Kitchen, The Smithsonian Institute's Hirshorn Museum, Cooper Union, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, etc. Lucky dragons live in Los Angeles California and have recorded 19 albums which are all available for downloading.

Lucky Dragons' sister projects include "Sumi Ink Club" a weekly collaborative drawing society, and "Glaciers of Nice" a small press and internet community.