The Goodfoot will have an art opening Thurs April 25th from 5-12.* The show will be up until May 27th. *"Working Classics" by artists Chris Haberman and resident artist and Goodfoot curator Jason Brown.
"Working classics" is the reworking of classic paintings, many with working class themes and origins, interpreted into personal styles of the artist. Chris Haberman and Jason Brown are known for many years of collaborative art and curatorial projects.* They continued on with the collaborations creating 15 new collaborative works, along with a 40 ft 3d mural for the show. This They are also business partners in a gallery in Pioneer Square Mall, the Peoples art of Portland, that opened in November, 2010.
collaboration piece by Chris Haberman and Jason Brown inspired by Picasso's Guernica
Chris Haberman is a working artist and curator native to Portland, Oregon. All of his artwork is created from recycled objects, found material from the streets and alleyways of his hometown. A discarded cabinet door or table top quickly becomes the backdrop for an integrated puzzle-poem of figures and text, focusing on subjects like people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.* Mayor Sam Adams has said that “Chris is the hardest working artist in Portland.” Chris’ first curatorship was a show for Adams in City Hall of Portland, Oregon, (Portland Pride, 2007).
Jason was a prolific painter at one time and is long-time curator of The Goodfoot (since 2000).* Brown writes, “Painting is my vessel of communication. Art becomes a social and personal dialectic for me aimed at resolving inner and public conflict while simultaneously celebrating humanity. Through irony, humor, bold and subtle imagery I convey my vision on to others. I place my characters in settings where the rooftops of society have been cut off, and their idiosyncrasies become their vulnerabilities. By utilizing perspective I place my characters into a realm that seems comfortable and inviting, but contains certain disjointed qualities. My characters explode out of their setting while remaining stoic, as though they are unaffected by their environment. (A petty thief that steals the tip of a waitress left on the bar by a previous patron - the meat market patrons with their robust, crazed egos manipulating the masses with their decedent carnage). Some have suggested that my work has a masculine perspective, but I certainly do not represent or embody the masculine viewpoint. Ultimately, I paint individuals transfixed by their struggle, at times framing the daily lives of "Martyred Saints", "Super humans" that have routines and transgressions just as anyone else. (The musician who forgets he is mortal for a brief second and the lightning bolt of god touches his forehead, knighting this saint a forbearer of humanity - the husband who goes into a strip bar for directions, and is coincidentally spotted by his wife.) I am intrigued by the situational moments that could be explained, but the individual finds himself trapped by the circumstances. Through observation and perspective I make an earnest attempt at painting the honesty of humanity.”*