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david slader
art letter | no. 6, 2019 | april
reflections and gratitude
watched by ArtsWatch
Owen Carey and I owe special appreciation to Bob Hicks who brought his keen powers of observation and expression to an extensive review of InkBodySkinPaint+Fire in Oregon ArtsWatch. I was especially taken with this paragraph:
In their own ways, Carey and Slader’s work in InkBodySkinPaint+Fire is at once boldly declarative and mysteriously elusive: We see “what,” and get only glimpses of “why.” … I find this apt and comforting. The artist’s role is to explore the mysteries of life, not solve them. A little taste, a door opened, a new perception, a new possibility. That’s art. That’s life.
If we artists can open a door and begin to explore some of the mysteries of life, well then, we just might be worth keeping around.
the godfather (of a friendly sort)
Owen Carey, photographer
While we are on the subject of gratitude, the show would not have been InkBodySkinPaint+Fire without this guy, Owen Carey, who Bob Hicks rightly called "The godfather of theater photographers in Portland."

If you want a portrait of yourself or someone you love that looks “at and below the surface of self” (quoting again Mr. Hicks), then go see Owen. His images, like the one below, did far more than contribute the “ink” of the theme, they brought the vital human element. It’s not just art, it’s people and their passions, their history and their longings. And, to further enrich that experience, our guests and I got to meet several of Owen’s models. All strong, engaging personalities—just as Owen’s camera captured them.

Reach Owen at
Megan K, Owen Carey photographer
performers and poets
Of the over 400 visitors to Gallery 114 during InkBodySkinPaint+Fire, many were treated to the creativity of the performance artists of Risk/Reward, the vivid and intimate poetry of Street Roots vendors, and Rusty Tennant's deeply personal dramatic presentation of the thesis that Shakespeare was gay.

Thanks to all—and to the sponsors and supporters who so generously helped make each event possible.
the weekly
A forest of redbirds, by David Slader
Just as InkBody had wound down and I was beginning to come up for air (and mix metaphors), I opened Willamette Week and discovered that I and my painting, "A forest of redbirds around her song," had been selected as "Artist of the Week."

The painting was so happy, she was swimming right off the page.
Mary Jo Mann, Heather McGeachy - Gallery 114
And now, back to the present.

For May, two of Gallery 114's member-artists, Mary Jo Mann and Heather McGeachy, continue the gallery's exploration of timely and challenging themes through work that examines the intersection of nature and human experience. Each artist brings her own distinctive vision to the meeting of these two, often competing, worlds.

First Thursday Opening is May 2, 6-9:00 pm. Gallery 114 hours are Thursday-Sunday, noon-6:00 pm. 1100 NW Glisan across from Blick.
"The artist is 
the one who's
singing off key"
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