You already know Lindsay as my partner in art and fun, but now you can get to know her as our September artist in the gallery. Megan and I had the pleasure of turning the tables on her by interviewing Lindsay in her home studio.
Duplex: Tell us about this body and how is it different than your previous work?
Lindsay Jordan Kretchun: This was inspired by a Chaucer poem, The Legend of Good Women. It goes through nine different fabled or historic, depending on what your definition of history might be, tales of women in Greek and Roman mythology. You’ve got characters such as Cleopatra, being the most well known, to Medea and Thisbe for example. Each one is a complicated and complex story of love, betrayal and often death.
It is a departure in the way that I work because of the clear narratives behind it. My figures are similar in that they were feral, disappearing bodies on paper. I think of these as more illustrative, since they contain elements from the specific narrative. This is also due to that fact that I’ve done more illustration work, I am playing between what I do during the day and what I do to make paintings. They blend, they are getting more graphic, getting more line and there is more drawing involved. But the familiar female figure is still there in their playful sexual, manic, or in rapture state. I love making drawings of women in euphoria, as in the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, in transverberation or religious ecstasy. Sometimes they come in the form of characters from myth, showgirls or as child wildlings.
This weekend we made the drive to L.A. to check out MAS Attack which is put on by ARTRA Curatorial. An all volunteer organization that features emerging artists in large scale art events. MAS Attack 6, which was at the Torrence Art Museum, included work by my other half, Lindsay Jordan Kretchun, our first artist to show in the gallery, Rachel Warkentin, and 198 other artists from all over the country. (Plus Emily Counts and Max Presneill – both who we are exited to work with in an upcoming group show!)
Check out the Picard Pick Art Facebook page for more photos from the event. Oh, we also had fun at LACMA.
Coming up in January we will host a Los Angeles /Portland exchange of sorts. Three artists from L.A. (Roni Feldman, Max Presneill, and Jay Erker) and three from Portland (Rachel Warkentin, Emily Counts, and Erin McCarty). But coming up even sooner, Duplex will show Lindsay’s work in September! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on both of the shows.
We are so excited we got a chance chat with our August artist, David Keller, about his upcoming show, The Free Portrait Project. In late summer of 2012, David was shooting a roll of black and white film when he ran out of subjects to photograph. Wanting to finish the roll to see his images, he came up with a plan. David quickly rushed to a friend’s studio in downtown Portland, Oregon armed with a slab of cardboard and a sharpie. He constructed a sign that read, “Free Portraits” and sat on the street corner. Over the next few days, he sat on street corners around town taking portraits of complete strangers, in exchange for only their name.
Duplex: Tell us a little bit about your background, where are you from?
David Keller: I was born in Virginia, raised in Oregon, and now I live in New York. I’ve spent most of my life in Portland. I went to Portland State and got a business degree, and spend about a year after college working in Portland. It’s a creative place, and inspired me to do more personal projects. Definitely part of how this all came to fruition.
D: Taking a portrait of a stranger can be a very specific experience, (awkward, intimate, exciting) have you learned anything about the nature of this interaction especially compelling?
DK: I’ve learned so much about approaching strangers and talking to them (sorry mom!) For me, it’s a total rush to ask someone if I can take his or her picture. Likewise, this project began when I sat on the side of the street holding a cardboard sign for free portraits. It is equally as satisfying to see the people that stop to read your sign and take you seriously. It’s genuine, and I like that.