Yes there are other landlords who get it like Brian Wannamaker and Al Solheim but If I were to nominate anyone for the reinstated Oregon Governors’ art awards Ken Unkeles (owner of the NC Seed building and others) would be my top pick. June 30th is the deadline. Frankly I’d like to see these awards avoid the typical roll call of higher profile patronage names and also include those who have had a less heralded catalytic role in Portland’s very robust cultural ecosystem. Artists simply need spaces to work and show and Unkeles’ approach as you can see just from some of the artists below has had an impact… essentially creating the equivalent of a cultural coral reef.
North Coast See Building
Bonnie Croissant is doing interesting things with macrame
Nathaniel Thayer Moss is one of Portland’s best painters and has worked with the excellent Meow Wolf folks in Santa Fe
Chelsea Moss is doing interesting things with muppet-like early sci-fi sculpture
Emily Nachison often blends fantasy and glass
Eli Coplan is doing interesting hacks of somewhat recent technology to create some original abstract/specimens.
The award winning Cynthia Lahti
Lauren Carrera’s The Nuclear Family: Ascent of Man… Installation at Museo Du Profundo Mundo… might be an overly long title but I enjoy a good museum diorama in a vitrine.
and the seedlings respond in good nature
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