This summer, I created a 10 by 38 foot mural of Kirk Reeves, the street performer who died in 2012. The project is on NE Grand at Lloyd in Portland, Oregon, and it was featured on KOIN and KGW as well as in The Oregonian, on this episode of OPB’s State of Wonder, and in a video which filmmaker Ifanyi Bell created for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
“You’re not a proper patron of Portland’s arts scene until you’ve...had your portrait painted by Gwenn Seemel.”
At the beginning of 2014, I talked with the Creative Insurgents crew about art marketing, copyright, and the creative life. You can catch the interview here.
“[Crime Against Nature is] beautiful and weird and quirky and is guaranteed to spark conversation. ...When I got my print version of the book I also knew it belonged on the coffee table as much as in the classroom.”
“Seemel’s book [Crime Against Nature] covers it all and reminds us that if you’re inclined to look to nature for answers regarding what is ‘normal,’ ‘natural,’ or even ‘moral,’ it’s clear that nature passes no judgement.”
“The glimpses that Seemel has illustrated of the real wildness of the natural world [in Crime Against Nature] are fascinating.”
“The issues at play [in Crime Against Nature] are hefty and potentially uncomfortable, but the book itself is light, playful, and pleasantly un-preachy.”
“My hat is off to Gwenn Seemel for embodying so well the ideals of the free culture movement!”
In 2012, artist and curator Gabe Flores interviewed me for CubFluffer about some of the ways that I am privileged. The video of our chat is here.
“Artist Gwenn Seemel’s post ‘How I make sure my art doesn’t get ripped off on the Internet’ is a wonderfully calm, sensible, and practical approach to living as a 21st century artist in an age where reproduction is a given.”
“[While] the recession has left plenty of bruises, Seemel said it could result in more thought-provoking work.”
In 2010, my work was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat. The segment was filmed in September 2008 and it features Apple Pie as well as part of the interview behind these two portraits.