Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Field Trip

Today we will be visiting the Trillium Charter School in North Portland.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Dear Alex,

I would like to employ your assistance.
I'm having trouble getting started.

Will you help me approach food cart owners to see what their slow hours are? I want to start recording some interviews, taking some pictures, identifying some interest and working with the people who seem most into the idea of having a publication that gathers words and images from Portland State food carts.

And another question for everyone: if everyone (and every newspaper or publication) in the city is suddenly into foodcarts (or if I've just noticed that people have always been interested) does that make my project less interesting? Am I regurgitating something that's already been done?

Thanks dudes.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


I live down by Johnson Creek and I sit out on the shore to do a lot of my painting. Its actually my residency. I get most of my ideas gazing into the creek.

Friday, April 25, 2008

week long "spring focus" at PNCA

If anyone is interested in seeing the proposals for theses or defense of semester long thesis projects at my school please come by (there is usually free food at lunch time)
My friend Ryan made a newspaper and his presentation should be pretty interesting. He is going to be in the MFA program next fall.  (Thursday 4pm rm 204)  There are some other great artists as well.  Email me if you are curious or want recommendations

1241 NW Johnson 


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Visiting the Village Free School

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One element of this class is traveling to alternative educational centers around Portland, learn about the different models, and somehow incorporate a pedagogical element into our own residency projects. Last week we visited the Village Free School in SE Portland. In the picture above, Paul is telling us that the school operates on three overlapping principles: freedom, democracy, and community. Here, the school maintains a noncercive education; anything the students do, they choose to do. There is no standard curriculum, instead, the staff helps the students find their passions and develop those as naturally as possible. Also, the students have an equal vote with the staff and the parents in deciding any rules and decisions for those school. This model was interesting to say the least and we have had many conversations since then about ideals and if there is value in learning something you don't want to learn.

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Pictures from Village Free School

We visited the Village Free School last Wednesday. Here are some pictures. Thank you Paul & Chris for being lovely hosts.

Some more interesting sites
We talked quite a bit about Summerhill, here's the web

High Tech High

I saw a report on High Tech High that I thought may be of interest regarding our exploration of alternative education models. The high school is part of the San Diego public school system. It is for students interested in technology, they are admitted by lottery because there is so much interest and too few spots. I think you can find a short video of interview I saw on PBS if you follow the link above.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fellow artists and creative companeros, this is a creative opportunity for us to collaborate with out art and thoughts. Have at it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

open house

635 N Fargo st
610 505 5539
fri 5-9
be there or be somewhere else
you have no choice
all my love

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our field trip to the Village Free School

We will be meeting at the school at 2:00. If you need to take public transportation you can do this:

-From SW 4th and Lincoln (near the art building)
-Get on bus #17 at 1:18pm.
-Exit at SE Holgate and 62nd
-Walk to SE Foster and 63rd
-Board bus #14 at 1:50ish
-Exit at SE Foster and 86th

-Walk to 5747 SE 87th Ave.

Monday, April 14, 2008

bunny colored rainbows.

Here's the commercial my picture of choice was taken from. It's for the SONY "bravia", which appears to be some badical television.

And here's a picture to show scale:

Also, the website is rather entertaining, so click this if you feel so inclined.

LASTLY---for those of you who enjoyed and or cant get it out of your head, the song we listened to today is called "Ce Jeu" by YELLE.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Well, its a beautiful day in the Peoples Republic of Sellwood! Stella is seen in this picture! Its the oldest beer in the world started in the 11th century. I am doing research into the impact of beer on socialism in a communal sense, looking out over the Willamette on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Helen Gordon Child Development Center

off the subject

If you are intrested in propoganda about our government, you should check out I think you'll find it very interesting. It is a movie that you can actually watch on line, sharing hidden information about our government, 911, and other stuff. I'm not big into politics, but I think this does reinforce/remind us of our innate desire for justice if nothing else. I bought the movie and it should be arriving soon. If anyone is interested in watching it together or anything about it... I would love to share.

touching people

We didn't really get a chance to talk about Justin's excersise...But, I was thinking about how interesting it is when others (or myself) do something that breaks the rules of the social "norms". Personally, I think it usually seems acceptable if the person is sincere (and ofcourse, the action isn't offensive). There is a definite difference though, when someone does something out of the "norm" and there intentions arn't sincere. This is when I find it harder to accept and or do myself. I tried to find a way to be sincere in touching these people even though I was going out of my way to do it because of our instructions. I appriciate the push out of the comfort zone, however.

Friday, April 4, 2008

just for grins

i just stumbled upon some hilarious posts under the best-of-craigslist heading, have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A New Term

It's a new term and we have a new class. Please stay posted for updates.