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Guardino Gallery Presents Artist Talk

Saturday, August 12 at 2pm
Guardino Gallery
2939 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211

Join me for this artist talk! I’ll discuss my show, the process I use to create these paintings, and my exploration of the boundaries and markings that I focused on in this collection. Everything from the Mexico-US border to the lines of a hopscotch game inspired this collection of work.

Also, the annual Alberta Street Fair is the same day. There will be plenty to do!

Artists Shannon Weber Woven Forms & Assemblage and Chi Meredith will speak as well.

Thanks for the photo Cyndy Hamilton Hardy!

More info at www.michaelkurz.com

Announcing my Last Thursday show this Summer, July 27th, at Gaurdino Gallery

Save the date in your busy Summer to come see my Last Thursday show on Alberta Street.

6-9pm, July 27th at Guardino Gallery
2939 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211

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Twenty years ago Donna Guardino (pictured below) helped pioneer the first Last Thursday on Alberta—an art event she has helped keep alive year-round ever since. It’s an honor to show with her this July-Aug.

Donna Gaurdino

Donna Guardino, Owner of Guardino Gallery and pioneer in Alberta Street’s Last Thursday.

About the show: In this collection of all new work, Borders, Michael Kurz investigates boundaries and markings that divide one space from another. “Within this theme, I am interested in exploring when one thing becomes something else, for example how a line on the ground can determine where we can and cannot park and then another line on the ground determines our citizenship.” Kurz explains that his interest in this theme started as a reaction to the border wall proposal in US presidential politics, but he expanded the concept during a flight from Mexico to the US. “I got an aerial view of the land below and I saw this patchwork of farms, residential areas, commercial areas and then I also saw how oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges cut through all of these distinct lines that humans make. It made me want to scrutinize what a border is.” Kurz explores borders of different types from large scale, physical barriers to lines that compartmentalize elements of our daily life. He applies his painterly sense of exploration and improvisation to the work, meandering between abstract and representational painting. A sense of wonder and discovery drive the artist to experiment continuously. “I hope that this work is engaging and multifaceted. This is a new approach for me as an artist to add some provocation to the aesthetic beauty I like to achieve in painting.”

Gaurdino Gallery on Alberta St.

What’s Your Day Job?

My filmmaker friend, Seth Douglas, featured me and my art in a short documentary about people who follow their passion every day for work. I’m joined on screen by a choir director, comics writer, and drummer/photographer—pretty cool, huh? We filmed a year or two ago and seeing it again has got me thinking. Although it has taken a lot of persistence and patience for me to get where I’m at now, this documentary and my cameo reminds me that my day job is in fact my dream job. When the going gets tough, I often forget that. So it’s nice to get that reminder.

The film is called Other Work.  I think it’s a great short documentary and hopefully it will end up in the Hollywood Theater’s PDX project at the airport.

June art show. Save the date!

I have been busy working on a new show for this summer. I hope you can join me at the opening reception on Wednesday, June 8th. Save the date and pass on the word. I can’t wait to see you there!

Opening reception:
Wednesday, June 8th, 2017 / 5:00-8pm
Eastbank Commerce Center
1001 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR

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Painting Takes Flight at Aviary on Alberta

What a privilege to exhibit Stretch at Aviary, a wonderful restaurant and bar on Alberta.

Stretch
Latex Paint, Mixed Media, Panel
29.5 x 21.5 inches
$800

Visit Aviary at 1733 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211.

Coffee, Chocolate, Paint!

Excited to have my largest of paintings, Slide, hanging above the bar at Cup & Bar (also Ranger Chocolate and Trailhead Coffee)!

Slide
Latex Paint, Mixed Media, Cloth
82.5 x 37.875 inches
$3000

Visit Cup & Bar at 118 NE MLK, Portland OR 97232

Waves of the year: Some finished Commissions

This year, I finished two large painting commissions: the Hardy Commission this Fall and the Hall Commission this month. These projects were exciting and the commissioners and I are happy about how they turned out. To start your own commission with me, read more information here. These works are an extension of my art and your taste. We work together to make a painting you will enjoy in your life.

Art Show Extension–through Dec 19th

Time-Will-Speak-Collage

My current solo art show, Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak., has been extended through December 19th. If you didn’t get a chance to come to the opening last month, you can still view my paintings and drawings in person weekdays 9-5pm at City Club of Portland and Cafe Voila 901 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205.

View my work online at www.michaelkurz.com.

Thanks to those of you who have visited my show. The opening night was a great success and I appreciate the support.

Save the date: First Thursday in September

Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak.

First Thursday, September 4th
5-9pm

Save the date for my art opening hosted by two neighboring spaces in downtown Portland: City Club and Cafe Viola. Come stop by to see new paintings and drawings and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages from the cafe.

First Thursday September:
City Club and Cafe Viola
901 SW Washington St.

Portland, OR 97205

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The Race is On for the Summer

Midway through the summer and the season keeps buzzing with activity.

This summer I got to spend three weeks (across two trips) in a small ski town near Aspen. There, at 8,200 feet of elevation and surrounded by a dramatic, lush valley of snow-melt-fed grass, cotton woods, and aspen trees, I took workshops at the renown Anderson Ranch Art Center. Faculty, students, and staff hail from all over the world to retreat at this beautiful place to focus nearly 24/7 on art making.

Of the millions of incredible things about the Ranch, the people stand out by far. I learned from some world class faculty: Brooklyn painter David Hornung—a master of color and composition, Craig Drennen—a brilliantly provocative painter, and for the price of one, Ryan Burghard and Ben Buswell—captivating artists from Portland. I met furniture and wood artist Andy Buck and his beautiful family (they used to live in Portland), furniture designer Wendell Castle, photographer Amy Arbus (yes, Diane’s daughter), inspiring kite artists Melanie Walker and George Peters, incredibly talented and thought provoking artist Jenene Nagy (also used to live in Portland!), sculpture and video artist Heidi Schwegler, super gracious Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms, and many more brilliant and creative staff, interns, and students.

These people are great. Some of them even mud wrestle.

Even though the Anderson Ranch has dominated a bit of my summer so far, I have three commissions in the works, and I’m planning a First Thursday show for September. Stay tuned.

 

New Commission: Geogeny

I’ve been busy painting up here in Mosier. The weather has been incredible. We got what felt like 60mph winds thursday and all through the night. Then Friday the wind calmed and we had some dramatic sun breaks. But the whole time it’s been cold and the paint is taking a long time to dry.  I’ve started taking some of the painting’s out to the driveway to let the Columbia Gorge wind do it’s job drying things up.

Before coming up here, I built and stretched a canvas for a commissioned piece. Yesterday, I started the piece. This is a snapshot of its beginning. I’m very happy with the painting–the digital pics are adequate, but please know that the tone and color isn’t very accurate. Art is, of course, much better in person than through the lens of a smart phone, but I love being able to share it so easily.

The name Geogeny comes from the study of the earth’s formation, particularly the crust. And I’m working to build up this painting so that it depicts that liquid formation of rocks and lava flow that eventually became the earth that we now know.

[UPDATE: See Geogeny in its finished form here.]

Geogeny in progress - commission for John

Tree Sketch

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New Plane Painting

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Airplane. Acrylic on wood panel. 8″x8″x1.5″

Made this today.