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Richard and Annie Seemel Richard Speer Jack Wakeland Michael Spiegel Marc Acito Gwenn Seemel David Vanadia Yann Troudet portrait painting Christine Hoekenga Gabe Flores Josh Arseneau Jon Mitchell Lois Curtin Nancy Bryant Andy Bryant Ann Kohnstamm Brigitte Splingart Rich and Christina Wallace Kristan Seemel Louis Nobilet chihuahua portrait

In 2006, I did something that I hadn’t done in a long time: I participated in a couple of group shows. I poked fun at some curators with my contributions to the Portland Art Centers’ Boredom: I Learned It By Watching You, and I explored my relationship with my partner in Scott Wayne Indiana’s inCLOVER.

That second theme was something that I had on my mind in 2006. By the time inCLOVER opened, I had already made my sweetheart the accidental focus of my conceptual series, Mutually Beneficial.

Seeing Gwenn’s other work, I already knew how accurately she captures her subjects. She works in a brushy, gestural style, exposing the anatomical structure beneath the skin, which seems to reveal a layer of vulnerability and truth. This made me nervous. If the painting captured the real me, and no one liked it, does that mean no one likes the real me?

     — - Marc Acito -- - full story