Friday, July 25, 2014

"The Unsettlement" by Richard Schemmerer

"The Unsettlement"

a digital exhibit in virtual cyber space

by Richard Schemmerer

Driftwood like we skim the surface of life with using only a fraction of our minds capacity at any given moment. All seems settled save secure until the tiniest little ripple splits the curtain ever so slightly open and exposes the chaos underneath the form the calculating mathematics of chance and randomness in between the solid.
what we are is not who we are it screams in riddles and in commands. once in awhile mind debris floats to the surface to make clear we are not the master in the human house. once in awhile a brilliant idea gets hold of us and enslaves us to show we are not the creator of the self but just a transmitter.

There are days when the illusion dissolves and we falter in the onslaught of truth other times we rise to the occasion and blend in with existence harmonize with its rhythms or just plainly let it rip all apart to start anew.

The future is not ours the past has run off with someone else and the present doesn't give a hoot about each single one of us. how do we cope with such realization how do we take the next step with the same innocence as we did the first one not knowing that falling was guarantied.

The unsettlement of a human life can have the most effective impact on ones life when it is embraced not as road block to some imagined stardom paradise nirwanical utopian heaven knows empirical super powered being ness. To unsettled and to be stable in it is the high wire act that we are expected to build up to and grow into.

It's like taking scissors to ones life's moments of clarity and confusion alike and meld them back together over and over until all variations are played out and only the player is left awaiting with gusto the next challenge being willed into existence.

copyright by Richard Schemmerer

Photographer David Pace at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland

Sur La Route

Tame doesn't mean lame and beautiful doesn't mean not deep. It doesn't always have to be decay and ruin porn to impress an audience seems to be the message in this exhibit. The People look happy and content and are captured in glowing light as they go on through their daily life. There is pride emanating from them that could teach as about the meaning of life. Sometimes is just splendid just to be who and where you are and it's not about the place you live in but about the mind set you entertain.

at Blue Sky Gallery

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Shirley Tse at Phillip Feldman Gallery, PNCA Portland

Skill in art is underrated. Expertise is neglected so often but not in this case. Fields of perception collapse like card houses build from pipe dreams. What is real what is invented and who pulls the strings on our trousers.

Art that doesn't confuse you doesn't educated seems to be the motto. Sanity is just another cliff to jump of from. Messages arrive with a drum role to ring in the next avalanche of ideas that coalesce into a rhythmic cosmic hum.

You are the remedy but you are also the disease is the invisible tattoo on everyone's forehead. Welcome to the past that has become your future to be cleaned up after.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jesse Hayward at Swiggert Commons, PNCA

There is so much art that is hard to like and so many art concepts that are irrelevant to ones life but nevertheless we are addicted to imagery of all sorts and obsessed with making sense out of them. Some artists don't seem to care and exist in there own private Art Idaho.

In this his most recent outing Jesse Hayward encourage audience participation to create their own tableaus out of painted and cut up flecks of canvas. The over all impression is that not many showed interest and the few who did had no sense of what a painting should look like.

My suspicion is that this was all part of the plan by the artist. He is the one who laughs last I guess while we are forced to stare at it in disbelieve for better or worst or until the art gods do us apart.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hallie Ford recipients at PICA, Portland Institude for Contemporary Art

Hallie Ford recipients

Attention danger zone art pushing brain boundaries beyond the identified comfort zone. Enter at your own risk dangerous art weather zone ahead. Expect delays in thinking.

Sometimes we say interesting and mean meh. These artists truly produce interesting work in the true sense of the word like in fascinating, enthralling and intriguingly inspiring.

Congratulations to the Hallie Ford Fellows! Tannaz Farsi, Geraldine Ondrizek and Storm Tharp.Their work is on view at PICA

Saturday 28 11-4pm

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sense of the word like in fascinating.

Ellen George & Jerry Mayer at Nine Gallery at Blue Sky, Portland

Ancient droning calls up memories of our prehistoric roots. Nature seems to be calling with its utmost primitive sound like the first sound created by a being. What is capture in this exhibit is the aching of the bones of life to return to the soil it rose from for whatever reason.