PLEASE DOUZE (LILACS BLANCS DANS UN VASE DE CRISTAL)
2011 Ongoing
22 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches

If you find yourself in Austin in July-September def check out my mentor and all around amazing woman & friend Devon Dikeou's exhibition Please at AMOA-Arthouse

Please is an exhibition inspired by the last sixteen still lifes made by 19th-century modernist painter Edouard Manet at the end of his life. Painted while dying of syphilis, the flower paintings differ greatly in their subject matter as well as their humble sizes from Manet’s iconic portraits such as Olympia (1863) and The Bar at the Folies Bergere (1882). Often overlooked, these sixteen intimate paintings caused no scandals. For this project, Dikeou set out to meticulously recreate the flowers and vases depicted in the paintings, working extensively with glass blowers and florists to fabricate “sculptures” of the flowers in vases. She then photographed these bouquets and printed them to the exact dimensions of the original paintings. One of Dikeou’s artistic interventions comes in the form of uniformly selecting the background of her photographs and not matching them to Manet’s originals. On view in the exhibition are the sixteen photographs, ten exact replicas of the glass vases (though there are sixteen paintings, it appears that some vases make repeat appearances in Manet’s paintings), and jars filled with dried blooms from the bouquets. Deriving the title of her exhibition from an essay on Manet by art critic Peter Schjeldahl, Dikeou focused on the manner in which the author describes the painter as a man who simply wanted to please his viewers while simultaneously tackling subjects of wealth, remembrance, love, sex, death, and loss. Dikeou plays with the notion of pleasing her viewer as well, questioning the roles of the artist, collector, viewer, and perhaps most directly, the context of the work today.

Blake Andrews interviewed me. If you dislike artist statements but are into psych-trance, pandas and chance get to reading.

It’s coming together and I’m constantly adding new & deleting older work but I finally have a real live website. Check out what I’ve been working on this last year.

Installed my work at Place PDX…in the MALL y’all. (at PLACE)

Studio still life

I’m loving Robert Storr today…

"Really wise artists know how to make dramatic appearances and how to make dramatic disappearances."

Teresa Christiansen, from Trace Psychedelia

Check out her Eye-On-PDX interview with Blake Andrews here

In a nod to Sol Lewitt, Sentences on Professionalism and Likability:

1. When someone supports your work in any form, small or large, say thank you, and the sooner you do it, the better.

2. Despite crowd density, make eye contact at social events.

3. Avoid social climbing.

4. Never ask this question: “What was your name again?”

5. At art fairs, do not bother dealers; wrong time, wrong place. No exceptions.

6. Give a firm handshake and smile when you meet new people.

7. If you agree to participate in an exhibition or any opportunity afforded you, then follow through on your commitment. If for some reason you cannot, let the interested party know as soon as possible.

8. Avoid being difficult. There is nothing worst than working with a difficult person, no matter how talented and respected.

9. No style of pajamas is acceptable in public or at social events.

10. Be appreciative.

11. If you see someone you know, say hello, even if that person is pretending to not see you.

12. Look out for your artist friends.

13. Respect everyone, even the intern; you never know who will rise to power.

14. Do everything with grace. Just because someone is being a jerk does not mean you have to respond in kind.

15. If you are with an associate and you run into an acquaintance, always make an introduction. Otherwise, it is awkward for everyone.

16. Do not alienate people with unprofessional behavior. If you have no place to hang your hat, then how do you expect to show your work?

17. Stay in touch with the people who have supported your work in the past, especially in the early years. It is the right thing to do, and you never know when you will need their help in the future.

18. Be honest about what you want from people and your expectations.

19. Get it in writing.

20. Stay humble and hungry. To quote Sean Combs, “Treat every project like it was your first.

Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

This weekend in Portland…

Over two evenings, Curtis will perform the following compositions which were written expressly for him.

Friday, February 15, 8pm:
Naldjorlak (2005) by Éliane Radigue

Saturday, February 16, 8pm:
Slices for Cello and Pre-recorded Orchestra (2011) by Alvin Lucier
Untitled (2010) by Mieko Shiomi
Rice and Beans for Charles Curtis (2008) by Alison Knowles