My filmmaker friend, Seth Douglas, featured me and my art in a short documentary about people who follow their passion every day for work. I’m joined on screen by a choir director, comics writer, and drummer/photographer—pretty cool, huh? We filmed a year or two ago and seeing it again has got me thinking. Although it has taken a lot of persistence and patience for me to get where I’m at now, this documentary and my cameo reminds me that my day job is in fact my dream job. When the going gets tough, I often forget that. So it’s nice to get that reminder.
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I have been busy working on a new show for this summer. I hope you can join me at the opening reception on Wednesday, June 8th. Save the date and pass on the word. I can’t wait to see you there!
Wednesday, June 8th, 2017 / 5:00-8pm
Eastbank Commerce Center
1001 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR
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Latex Paint, Mixed Media, Panel
29.5 x 21.5 inches
Latex Paint, Mixed Media, Cloth
82.5 x 37.875 inches
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This year, I finished two large painting commissions: the Hardy Commission this Fall and the Hall Commission this month. These projects were exciting and the commissioners and I are happy about how they turned out. To start your own commission with me, read more information here. These works are an extension of my art and your taste. We work together to make a painting you will enjoy in your life.
My current solo art show, Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak., has been extended through December 19th. If you didn’t get a chance to come to the opening last month, you can still view my paintings and drawings in person weekdays 9-5pm at City Club of Portland and Cafe Voila 901 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205.
View my work online at www.michaelkurz.com.
Thanks to those of you who have visited my show. The opening night was a great success and I appreciate the support.
Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak.
First Thursday, September 4th
Save the date for my art opening hosted by two neighboring spaces in downtown Portland: City Club and Cafe Viola. Come stop by to see new paintings and drawings and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages from the cafe.
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Midway through the summer and the season keeps buzzing with activity.
This summer I got to spend three weeks (across two trips) in a small ski town near Aspen. There, at 8,200 feet of elevation and surrounded by a dramatic, lush valley of snow-melt-fed grass, cotton woods, and aspen trees, I took workshops at the renown Anderson Ranch Art Center. Faculty, students, and staff hail from all over the world to retreat at this beautiful place to focus nearly 24/7 on art making.
Of the millions of incredible things about the Ranch, the people stand out by far. I learned from some world class faculty: Brooklyn painter David Hornung—a master of color and composition, Craig Drennen—a brilliantly provocative painter, and for the price of one, Ryan Burghard and Ben Buswell—captivating artists from Portland. I met furniture and wood artist Andy Buck and his beautiful family (they used to live in Portland), furniture designer Wendell Castle, photographer Amy Arbus (yes, Diane’s daughter), inspiring kite artists Melanie Walker and George Peters, incredibly talented and thought provoking artist Jenene Nagy (also used to live in Portland!), sculpture and video artist Heidi Schwegler, super gracious Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms, and many more brilliant and creative staff, interns, and students.
These people are great. Some of them even mud wrestle.
Even though the Anderson Ranch has dominated a bit of my summer so far, I have three commissions in the works, and I’m planning a First Thursday show for September. Stay tuned.
I’ve been busy painting up here in Mosier. The weather has been incredible. We got what felt like 60mph winds thursday and all through the night. Then Friday the wind calmed and we had some dramatic sun breaks. But the whole time it’s been cold and the paint is taking a long time to dry. I’ve started taking some of the painting’s out to the driveway to let the Columbia Gorge wind do it’s job drying things up.
Before coming up here, I built and stretched a canvas for a commissioned piece. Yesterday, I started the piece. This is a snapshot of its beginning. I’m very happy with the painting–the digital pics are adequate, but please know that the tone and color isn’t very accurate. Art is, of course, much better in person than through the lens of a smart phone, but I love being able to share it so easily.
The name Geogeny comes from the study of the earth’s formation, particularly the crust. And I’m working to build up this painting so that it depicts that liquid formation of rocks and lava flow that eventually became the earth that we now know.
[UPDATE: See Geogeny in its finished form here.]