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VGS: Beyond the blog and gallery space, how else do you define Duplex?
L: The idea of Duplex really came into being in December of last year. We went from just starting the blog and daydreaming about having a gallery space to it [the gallery] becoming reality pretty quickly- Much more quickly than we expected. So it’s been ever-changing. Now that the blog is established and the gallery too, we’re looking at more possibilities to get out there, not just going to events but in the capacity of creation and helping others create too.
J: We started this to help us meet our own ends, in being creative and connecting to community, but we have this great platform we can use to help others do that too.
VGS: What is your focus with the gallery space?
J: We focus on emerging artists. Our artists haven’t been represented by other galleries. We don’t limit medium, our only limitations come down to space. Otherwise we love installations, sculpture, photography, painting, and illustration. We want to be able to show everything.
L: And even if we can’t show them, we love to make the connection because you never know when we might be able to accommodate their work later or maybe connect them with a venue that can accommodate their work.
J: We can also feature artists on our blog even if it doesn’t necessarily fit into the gallery, so it’s nice to have the blog format to work with too. We want to support artists and love having various ways to do that. Emerging artists are definitely our niche though.
If you happen to be in San Francisco this week, stop by one of my favorite places, the Walter and McBean Gallery on SFAI’s campus to check out the very end of Energy That is All Around. The show features key players in the Mission school, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri. You can read a little bit more about the history and a deeper debate about this group of Bay Area artists over at the Daily Serving.
I hope everyone enjoyed their week, Josh and I hid away in the coast. You can see my over sharing on Instagram, but here are a few shots of some mini projects that popped up. Plus some fern spores because I felt so lucky to have spotted them.
We recently had the pleasure of visiting December artist Andrew Myers at his studio in Corvallis. His work has been showcased in Art in America, Portlandart.net, and Creative Quarterly. Myers is also part of the viewing program at the Drawing Center in New York. Myers currently teaches drawing at Oregon State University and the OSU/University of New Mexico Rome program in Rome, Italy. Stop by the gallery Thursday, December 5th to see Andrew’s work in person. Duplex: What inspired this body of work? What is the story behind the Where-Wolf? Andrew Myers: This piece is inspired by the story of OR-7, a grey wolf that traveled from NE Oregon across the state to S. Oregon and into N. California. He went in search of a mate to start his own pack. Wolves have not been spotted west of the Cascades in over 80 years. This story of futility and hope was very interesting to me and being from NE Oregon myself and now in western Oregon I felt a lot of connections. Still being single at my age with most of my friends married and having families made me think about OR-7′s story even more and led me to explore ideas of “home” and “place” and what they mean. I’ve always had a great love for animals and wildlife and stories of exploration. D: How does your teaching schedule affect your art making? AM: Depends on the term and the work load but I do find time in between teaching for studio work. Teaching art can be quite inspiring but also draining. Approaching studio work just like another job is the best way for me to stay productive. Its hard work.Read More «In the Studio – Andrew Myers»
From My Modern Met: Using custom built glass containers with two separate chambers, participants can exhale into the smaller compartment as bees buzz about in the larger section. The bees, who naturally have an extraordinary sense of smell, are trained to track certain scents that are indicative of specific diseases. As a result, the bees would rush into the smaller chamber of the glass device, if they detected the presence of the specific disease they were trained to identify.
I also just want an interactive bowl of immortal bees for my coffee table.
Soares also uses insects in her project Am I Attractive? A clear sphere where people can test to see if they smelled attractive to mosquitoes or not. Perfect for camping season.
I’ve been guilty of making the occasional self deprecating joke about the value of my education, but when Google autofills my “art degrees” search with an “are useless” it can be irksome. I might have relived that conversation with a friend’s dad during my first summer home that went something like:
“What are you studying in college, Lindsay?”
“Art, I’m really liking it!”
“Oh, that’s too bad. You were always so good at math.”
For those of us who went through the higher educational system and came out the other side with art degrees in hand, this little article from the Wall Street Journal might offer some positive perspective on the reality of how artists are not only making a living (gasp!), but are actually happy with their life choices. Though they do point out that many cobble together multiple jobs and find paths we didn’t know we would take, I think the main point in the article is “Arts graduates are resilient and resourceful.” So we’re not starving!
(Thank you to Facebook and whoever posted this, it probably brought me a little self assurance, at least more than a box of corgi puppies on Buzzfeed- although that was pretty good too)
Billions of dollars’ worth of art goes missing every year, according to the F.B.I., but thefts of high-profile paintings are both infrequent and widely reported. While an open-market sale of works taken in such circumstances is impossible, there continues to be demand for the product, because the rightful owner — a collector, a museum, an insurer — wants the art back. That desire, however nebulous, is what is truly being traded when noteworthy artworks are exchanged on the black market. As long as there is a belief among criminals in the enduring willingness of parties from the legitimate art world to retrieve their property, a stolen painting has currency.
Gold has been popping up in my mind an awful lot lately. Maybe it’s a lack of sun? Gold promises some sort of shiny warmth. Abigail McNamara, an artist showing in our gallery late 2014, just sent over her current work for us to peek at. Her email spurred this glittery list of things which I have been collecting front the internet for sometime.
To create the piece, Wright utilized meticulous techniques, including some similar to Renaissance fresco painters. He first drew on paper and transferred the images to the wall by rubbing chalk through holes in the pages. He then painted over the image and covered it with gold leaf. Within the space, light reflecting off of the metallic paint created a piece that was ever-changing based on movement and various points of view. -My Modern Met