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Ben Davis

In this interview, Ben Davis, radical art critic and author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, talks with C4AA co-founder Stephen Duncombe about his “constructively critical” view of art’s role in activism. Davis discusses some of the trends he sees in contemporary political art and considers the realistic scope of art’s impact on change.

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CoCA Presents a Slice of  Four Decades of Seattle’s Art History

Center on Contemporary Art Presents a Slice of Four Decades of Seattle’s Art History in the CoCA Digital Archives

SEATTLE January 16, 2018 – Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is delighted to introduce the CoCA Digital Archives (CDA), the public portal to the history of one of the Pacific Northwest’s longest-running and most colorful arts organizations. The CDA presents over 30 exhibitions curated from the CoCA Archives Project, the physical collection of materials spanning the organization’s four-decade history. Featured exhibits include James Turrell’s inaugural 1982 “Four Lights Installation,” the infamous 1990 Survival Research Laboratories performance, and the ground-breaking 2013 “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe: Flameworking on the Brink of Legalization.”

Boxes of postcards, videotapes, documents and ephemera were rediscovered in 2013 when the Henry Art Gallery approached CoCA for information for Turrell’s retrospective. In 2015, with grant funding from

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New Member Melody Blore to Show at South Stage Cellars

New member Melody Blore to show at South Stage Cellars.

Welcome to Our New Member, Melody Blore

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome our newest member, painter Melody Blore. Please take a moment to visit her listing and follow the links to explore her online presence.

Melody Blore leads a quirky and colorful not-so-still life. She and her husband Darrell retired to Jacksonville, Oregon from Southern California in 2010. On a whim, she opened A French Bouteaque four months later. What began as a Parisian-style tearoom soon evolved into a source for those with “Tea Party Spirit.” It claimed to be “imagined and created by a Fancy Nancy / funky Martha Stewart kinda gal…A creative cottage full of imagination and magical experiences.”

When she closed, customers asked, “what will you do now?” She said she would paint. Her whimsical works reflect all her bouteaque embodied—a spirit of celebration. Melody paints in acrylic with a happy color

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Help Amanda Go To Graduate School with Sotheby's!!

Amanda Hoevet in London

The daughter of SOAR member Kathleen Hoevet is raising money for her graduate studies at Sotheby’s in London to get her Master’s degree in Contemporary, appeals for help to take advantage of the exclusive program she has already been accepted to.

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January-February Art Exhibit + More News from Rogue Gallery!

Main Gallery

The Rogue Gallery is proud to host the artwork of the contemporary art group AMBUS. The nine artists that comprise AMBUS will be exhibiting two dimensional and three dimensional work of a variety of mediums in the main gallery from January 10th through February 14th. Artists include Darla Baack, Susan Burnes, Dianne Jean Erickson, Frieda Golding, Janet E. Higgins, Kris Hoppe, Nancy Jo Mullen, Nancy Pagani, and Alice Stambaugh. Among the works exhibited will be encaustics, sculptures, mixed media pieces, and works in fiber.


Having exhibited throughout the northwest, each of these artists is accomplished in the visual arts. Their work demonstrates a beauty, liveliness, and elegance in contemporary art. The theme of this exhibit is the subject of background/foreground and positive/negative, in life as well as art. With nine very different artists working in different mediums, the expression of this theme will be evocative and engaging

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A little oasis of wisdom

A brief piece of writing like this feels like a blessing. You could unpack an eccentric little Nicholson Baker-sized diatribe about art by extrapolating on the insights from this little column in the New York Times. At the very least, I’m going to work on a long post this weekend, based my reactions to it. […]

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Artists Demonstrate the Process of Innovation Everyday

While working on the 2010 01SJ Biennial I was involved in commissioning 46 new artworks, so I was able to witness firsthand the creativity, risk-taking, and innovation that come into play as an artist is realizing a new work. Innovation is a process. It (whatever “it” is) always starts with an idea. The idea alone […]

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Amber Martinez!

Orange Bird on Damask, original acrylic on canvas by Amber Martinez

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is pleased to welcome contemporary artist Amber Martinez to the Visual Artists directory! Amber is a Southern Oregon artist who has painted on walls from Oregon to Cambodia. She believes in affordable, accessible art and enjoys creating large, bold paintings in contemporary styles, as well as classic portraits, landscapes and drawings…

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Sandi Whetzel!

Wine Jewels, by Sandi Whetzel

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is happy to welcome contemporary artist Sandi Whetzel to the Visual Artists directory! Sandi is a contemporary fine artist inspired by the intriguing, graceful shapes she finds tucked away in nature. “I hope my art warms the spirit and inspires people to pursue their dreams. Art which does this for us helps make our working and living environments more of a sanctuary in stressful times. I consider my work to be most successful when people express how my paintings make them feel.”

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Interesting Article about Japanese Contemporary Art

Tokyo Art: reposted from “Art With a Needle”, blog post on September 29, 2010

The Mori Art Museum, located on top of a 54-story office/retail/residential/hotel tower in Tokyo, is one of the very few places in Japan to see contemporary art.  It has been open only since 2003 and does not have a permanent collection, but functions as a Kunsthalle to present revolving exhibits.  The show I saw last month was super!

Yoshioka Tokujin, according to the artist statement, likes “recreating indeterminate phenomena, such as light, snow, storms and wind, which do not have a distinct shape or color.”  To recreate snow, for instance, he built a room out of clear plastic and filled it halfway with feathers, then uses two electric fans to blow them about.  The fan comes on for 35 seconds, then goes off for a couple of minutes while the feathers gently settle into drifts.

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