Curated by Ryan Suther
Hall Gallery

Blow Hole
Metallic C-Prints 2004 diptych Self Portraits
16 x 24" each

These two images shot on Baldwin Beach, Maui, Hawaii, began an extensive series of self portraits using Sharpie knuckle tattoos and aluminum foil teeth. The study for Blow Hole became the starting point for the image used in Full Metal Window.

ML at Hall Gallery reception

5D Gets Poly Dimensional

Close your eyes, and imagine a night of all-star musicians performing in an environment created by over 15 hip visual artists. Now open them and witness 5D, an installation whose opening night promises one of the most dense and entertaining arts events of the year. The 5D environment is provided by pieces from artists like Slim Moon and Marne Lucas, and the result is creative, bizarre, and sometimes funny. For instance, Todd Johnson's piece, which involves an Impala and handmade "gangster goblets" (gaudy, jewel encrusted cups for blinging Gs). Other oddities include Bruce Conkle's large Nordic battle hammers, fashioned out of aluminum foil, and a "homemade carnival ride" created by Michael Bland modeled on a Russian flight simulator. Hilariously, Cynthia Star's piece depicts an old man riding a Rascal, using the time-honored medium of papier-mâché. Curator Ryan Suther constructed a wall installation based on the experience of having found the body of a young woman under a bridge. As if that's not intriguing enough, opening night will be DJ'd by Selector Dub Narcotic (aka Calvin Johnson), and features performances by the Wrangler Brutes, Glass Candy, and Hustler White--an amazing show in its own right. You convinced or what? Hall Gallery, 630 SE 3rd, installation through August 15th, Saturdays, 1-3 pm
MARJORIE SKINNER, Portland Mercury, July 8, 2004.