MAS Attack 6

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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!)

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You can see Lindsay’s piece, Stay Gold, in the far top right!

Check out the Picard Pick Art Facebook page for more photos from the event. IMG_0099 Oh, we also had fun at LACMA.IMG_0021 IMG_0068
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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.

In the Studio – David Keller

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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.

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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.

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In the Studio – Stumptown Creative

Stumptown Creative is a small startup art leasing company that focusing on original local art.  We joined founders, Kendra Larson and Christopher Buckingham on an art tour at Totem Steel, one of their art rental clients.

DuplexSC-5-1Duplex: There’s a lot of work here! I love taking tours of corporate art collections. Did Totem have any special requests when they started renting?
Stumptown Creative: They did a studio visit and, the people in the individual office spaces, each had their own ideas. It depends on the goals of the businesses. Knowing your client and knowing what their goals are is something we’re learning as we go.

D: It’s really exciting to see businesses that care about having artwork in their spaces. Duplex is concerned about building a community around supporting artists and what they do, and usually that involves collecting in the gallery role, but this is so very complementary.
SC: Businesses that care about their image, you know when you walk into a space if they have artwork on the wall. You already get an idea of their style. It makes an impression.

DuplexSC-1D: Tell us about the history of Stumptown Creative.
SC: We have been active in the arts for a long time – we ran a space in Madison together. We really filled a niche there. The city needed to have an all-ages alternative art space. Moving back here, we realized that wasn’t really needed in Portland. We spent a few years trying to figure out what was needed. I really think that that is not only supporting artists through art rental, but also supporting businesses by bringing the arts to them.Michael Read More «In the Studio – Stumptown Creative»

David Keller

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Please join us for the opening of American Raw by David Keller.

In late summer of 2012, David Keller 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.

Moving to Brooklyn, New York and hundreds of portraits later, David is bringing his project back to Portland for the month of August.

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