Monday, March 30, 2009


This year's FATE Conference (that's Foundations in Art: Theory + Education to us layfolk) is shaping up to be quite the event for art education professionals. Plazm will be hosting a table at the Crystal Ballroom in the Benson Hotel April 4th and 5th.

The keynote speaker on April 3rd, Okwui Enwezor, is not one to be missed! His biography is about 30 pages long, so let's just say he is a key curator, educator, and writer in today's contemporary art world. He is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at the San Francisco Art Institute.

If you can make it, be sure to see his keynote address:

7:00pm, April 3
First Congregational Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Ave.
Portland, Oregon
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Christina Seely's Lux Project Opens in Seattle

Christina Seely's Lux, titled after the system unit for measuring illumination, presents photographic portraits of cities within the most brightly illuminated regions on the NASA map of the night earth. This project is inspired by the disconnect between the immense beauty produced by human-made light and the complexity of what this light represents. Lux, focuses on cities in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. These economically and politically powerful regions not only have the greatest impact on the night sky but this brightness reflects a dominant cumulative impact on the planet. Collectively they emit approximately 45% of the world's CO2 and (along with China) act as the top consumers of electricity, energy and resources. For most of human history, light has signified hope and progress. In Christina's project, light also paradoxically denotes regression or transgression -- an index of the complex negative human impacts on the health and future of the planet.

Lux opens April 2 at the Photography Center Northwest with an informal artist reception and talk and continues through April 27.

Informal Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, April 2, 5-8 PM

900 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Mon. 12pm-7pm, Tues. 11am-5pm, Wed.- Fri. 12pm-7pm

I interviewed Christina recently for Plazm magazine. You can see images from nine of the Lux cities as well as read the interview here.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Designer/artist/inspiration Jeff Hamada's Boooooom! has been a go to sight for me for a while. Today he gave us a shout out. Go check out his site and work for a little retina pick-me-up.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Notes to Self

Friend of Plazm (and issue #14 cover designer) Rick Valicenti has created a new body of nearly 600 works using only sumi ink, a syringe, foam brush and paper. You can view lots of these on his web site and for a limited time, purchase them here.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Psychedelia Hits Denver

Over 300 objects including Victor Moscoso's poster "Chambers Brothers, Matrix, San Francisco" (1967), pictured above, are on view in "The Psychedelic Experience." It opens Saturday at the Denver Art Museum and runs through July 21.

For more details: Denver Art Museum

A nice preview here in the Denver Post.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Plazm In New York

Josh is giving a talk, free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SXSW Female to Male Ration Breakdown

Can be found here. Not shocking, but still disappointing. The Rock Camp is still so needed. They are looking for volunteers for their upcoming summer sessions. Check it out. They take male volunteers too: you get to answer the phones.
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Animation on the Streets of Buenos Aires

Check it out.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

This Thursday at Worksound

Thursday, March 19th, 7:00PM

820 SE Alder St. Portland, OR
Cost: $5 suggested donation

with music provided by Eric Adrian Lee

About the readers:
RAUAN KLASSNIK was born in Johannesburg, South Africa (the deep South) and now spends most of his time in Mexico. His first book, Holy Land, was released April 2008 from Black Ocean. His Chapbook, Ringing, came out March 2009 from Kitchen Press. Another chapbook, Dreaming, is due out this summer from Scantily Clad Press. Rauan is a shy, quiet soul. Rauan likes the afternoons.


ARIANA REINES is the author of The Cow (Alberta Prize, Fencebooks: 2006) and Coeur de Lion (mal-o-mar: 2007). Two translations will appear in 2009: My Heart Laid Bare by Charles Baudelaire (mal-o-mar) and Little Black Book: Days and Nights of a Revolutionary Whore by Grisélidis Réal (semiotext(e)). 'TELEPHONE', her first play, just ended a sold-out run at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York.

While you are there, check out the solid show still up, "White Noise", Curated by Jhordan Dalh. Pictured below, a piece by Corey Smith.
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Eyeone & Patrick Martinez : New Works

New show of work by LA's most well-mannered evildoers, Eyeone & Patrick Martinez.

(Shot of new zine of old stuff above.)

Saturday, March 21, 2009 : 7-10 PM

Tradition / 2895 Agoura Road / Westlake Village, CA 91361

(805) 497-4717 /

Show runs through April 19, 2009 /
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Ride 2 Live

From May 31st through June 6th, graphic designer Sean Deyoe of The Royal Academy of Nuts + Bolts will be riding his bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of AIDS/Lifecycle 8. But going those 545 miles is the easy part. As a participant, Sean has committed to raising $3000 for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

The Center provides an array of important services to the Los Angeles community, including low or no-cost medical treatment for those struggling with HIV infection; access to free medication; developing multi-language educational materials and training for other community-based organizations; as well as testing, counseling, education, and advocacy.

With the economy in its current state, it is much more difficult for one to give, but, unfortunately, these hard times have also meant that the Center has seen its state funding significantly cut -- at exactly the time when its services are more and more in demand, since so many people are either losing their health care or having their benefits greatly reduced.

To donate or for more information, go to:

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Friday, March 13, 2009


Plazm friend/worker/all around talent Jason Kinney has just made some AMAZING hand-screened/dyed scarves/works of art and is putting them up for sale here. Check them out, and buy one for someone you love.(like me!)
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Freedom on the Fence Screening

Freedom on the Fence is a documentary project about the history of Polish posters and their significance to the social, political and cultural life of Poland. Examining the period from WWII through the fall of Communism, Freedom on the Fence captures the paradox of how this unique art form flourished within a Communist regime.

Andrea Marks, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Graphic Design program at Oregon State University (OSU), will discuss and present her film Freedom on the Fence. A sampling of posters from the film project will also be available for viewing at the event.

Whether you are a designer or are simply interested in art/design history, cultural history, or politics, you will want to be at The Cleaners on March 19th. Seating is limited, you can reserve your spot at the AIGA Portland web site.

Event Details

Thursday, March 19, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland
403 SW 10th Avenue and Stark
Portland, Oregon 97205

The documentary contains interviews with older and younger generations of poster artists, examples of past and current poster work, historic and current film footage of where and how the poster is viewed, and commentaries from both American and Polish scholars and artists on the significance of the Polish poster as a cultural icon. More information + the film trailer can be found on Freedom on the Fence web site.
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Chas Bowie Lecture

Need something else interesting and free to do next week? Next Wednesday, Chas Bowie will present a lecture at PNCA.

In Gloomy Skies Make Great Softboxes, Portland art critic Chas Bowie surveys the state of contemporary Northwest photography, assessing the work of many regional artists who are actively cultivating new photographic idioms and avenues of exploration.

The Pacific Northwest has a longstanding and multi-faceted engagement with photography, as evidenced in part by the legacy of Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery; Seattle’s acclaimed Monsen Collection; and Vancouver BC’s concentration of noted “photoconceptualists.” These disparate traditions are not only well-documented, but markedly at odds with one another, rendering any Northwest photography “scene” more compartmentalized than unified.

As the demographic makeup of the Northwest shifts, however, so too does the application of photography in the fine arts. Gloomy Skies Make Great Softboxes demonstrates how emerging artists such as Isaac Layman (Seattle), Andrew O’Brien (Eugene), and Holly Andres (Portland) are transcending regional aesthetic trends and moving toward an increasingly progressive and critical mode of image-making. "One Day I Will Learn How to Build Things", by Fred Muram. 2008. Courtesy the artist and Howard House, Seattle. "Bookcase" by Isaac Layman. 2006. Courtesy the artist and Lawrimore Project, Seattle.
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Monday, March 9, 2009

You Should Have Seen This

A link list of the most notorious web phenomena of the past few years.

p.s. thanks ellen!
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And the Winners Are...

2D Design:
1st: Patrick Hennessey
2nd: Tom O'Toole

3D Design:
1st: James Owen
2nd: Dominic Cardoso

Motion Design:
1st: Stephen Fitzgerald
2nd: Carlos Maya

And here's the winning animation.
Stephen Fitzgerald from Cut&Paste on Vimeo.

The rest of the work produced at the event can be found here. Now I gotta practice up my wacom tablet skills for next year.
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Lesque "One Year"

Lesque, Japan's top indie skateboard company, just dropped their latest video, "One Year". The DVD features a number of really beautifully-filmed vignettes introducing each of the four pros on the team.

Highly recommended.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009


First Friday in Portland sees Grass Hut having a four artist melee.
Each with their own unique vision, and yet somehow the lines cross quite
well between each of the artists. This will def be a how do they do that
show, with techniques and styles that will baffle ordinary humans, and
entrance the connoisseur to bring the eyeball within inches of the artists

Curio-logicals starring Colin Johnson, Kristin Cammermeyer, Dan May, and
Elizabeth Haidle. Kristin is flying over from the east, and Elizabeth will
be traversing from the coast to be here in person for the opening!

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Line & Unlined

Rob G. on The Limey.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lecture at Oregon State, Pratt

Josh Berger, founder and creative director of Plazm, will be lecturing at Oregon State University @ Owen, room 106, 6:30 pm on March 5. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A second lecture will be held at Pratt on March 26th. More details to follow.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Salmon Pageantry ~ Walt Curtis & Carl Hanni

We published an extensive interview by Carl Hanni with Portland's own Walt Curtis back in Plazm issue #3. Carl talks with Walt about his works, growing up gay in Oregon, and Portland poets. We have posted the full article along with a few of Walt's drawings in the magazine section of our web site.

In 1985 Gus Van Sant adapted one of Walt's stories—Mala Noche—to his first film. Gus discusses this process in the interview. Mala Noche was recently given a fine reissue on DVD with extras by Criterion Collection. As Gus's body of work has grown, so has the importance of this film and the story. Given Gus's recent Oscar nominations for Milk, we thought this might be a nice time to bring this article back to the fore.
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Cut and Paste This Weekend.

It's tomorrow! At the Portland Art Museum, doors at 7. Josh was a judge in 07.
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