Face Making

Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

An opportunity often comes in the form of an unexpected opening.

2008 . 03 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

This is what I tell myself. This is what I have to tell myself, or I wouldn’t go to openings for shows with my work! 

I’m not the most socially adept person: I’ll be the first to admit it! Parties of the social variety tend to make me nervous, and parties with a professional purpose are even less appealing. I do much better with just a few people. 

But, as much as openings make the shy person in me close right up, I know they’re good for me. I can watch how people respond to my work and even engage with them about it. If part of art is communicating, then there’s nothing like an opening to gauge how well my work is working.

Kirk Reeves and Randy Leonard

At the opening of Keep Portland Weird at City Hall last night, Commissioner Randy Leonard and performer Kirk Reeves with their portraits. 

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel being interviewed by Chloe Houser and Darcy Zettler

photo by David

Last night, I learned (or rather, had it reinforced) that television may not be my most natural medium. PDX49 did a segment about Keep Portland Weird for the news—happy day for art and culture getting local television coverage! But when Darcy and Chloe interviewed me, it became obvious that I’d left what little charm I do possess at home. Then again, I suppose it was alright since the theme of the evening was “keeping it weird.”

Gwenn Seemel's portrait subjects

photo by David

Almost everyone in this photo has something in common. They’re my friends and I’ve painted their portraits—though usually I painted them first, and then we became friends. I’m lucky that way. Many painters can be isolated by their work, but the opposite is true for me. My work helps me to meet lots of lovely people. On the far left is Ryan from my 2006 series, Mutually Beneficial. Next to him is my dear friend Frances. Mary Anne is in the rainbow fleece, and I met her through Swollen. I’ve painted myself a few times, and it might have even helped me to get friendlier with me. The woman standing between Mary Anne and myself is the only one who hasn’t graced my canvas with her face, but I’ll get to her yet! 

I like to think that, one day, I’ll throw a party for all my subjects, and just about everyone (in the whole world) will be there. Oddly enough, I think that’s the kind of party I’d actually like to go to.

- Graduation
- Nine different kinds of apple pie…
- Politics for art’s sake

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(3) Comments / Commentaires: An opportunity often comes in the form of an unexpected opening.

-- Robert D'Agostino -- 2009 . 05 . 21 --

Your portrait work is exceptional

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-- Michelle -- 2009 . 05 . 21 --


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-- Deb -- 2009 . 05 . 21 --

Yes, you need to get Katie’s face on canvas soon!!!!  I’m guessing you were just fine on the TVinterview…I’d love to come to the party you throw for all your subjects!!!
So pencil me in that photo, won’t you even if I wasn’t actually there???  Deb

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