PAIN TERO FLIGHT – A Curatorial Exploration of Thomas Kinkade w/ Theo Downes-Le Guin @ Upfor Gallery, PDX

Hey everyone! I’m so pleased to share more about my latest project with the delightful Theo Downes-Le Guin. If you’re in Portland anytime soon, come to our show!

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PAIN TERO FLIGHT

January 20 – February 27, 2016
First Thursday reception February 4, 6:00 to 8:00pm

THE WORK

For this group exhibition, co-curated with Alicia Eler, participating artists were asked to interrogate the art, business and public persona of American pastoral painter Thomas Kinkade, who died in 2012. Kinkade rigorously maintained that the popularity of his work highlights the elitism in contemporary art world power structures, a position that may be less tenable in light of the last decade’s growth in popularity of contemporary art experiences. At the same time, Kinkade’s oeuvre continues to raise questions about the agency of the artist in a period of market dominance; the meaning of uniqueness and authenticity in an era of multiples and appropriation; and the endurance of the Romantic ideal of the artist. Featuring work by Maria Bamford, Ray Anthony Barrett, Scott Marvel Cassidy, Rachel Lord, Jillian Mayer, Ralph Pugay, Jordan Rathus and Jeremy Couillard.

Read the full description here: http://www.upforgallery.com/pain-tero-flight

Press for the show from The Portland Mercuryhttp://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/that-capitalist-vision-of-thomas-kinkade/Content?oid=17577262