Ladies and Gentlemen, please join us for a series of very special events featuring live, spontaneous collaboration between diverse artists. Unifying the Arts in the 21st Century, enabling others to find empowerment through creative expresssion...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

new Portland greeting cards printed, scored, folded by hand. not as eco as i'd like. not yet. this is the trial run for Portland Places: http://ping.fm/cdW1r to debut at Last Thursday May 27th 1603 NE Albertahttp://ping.fm/KhwyD
today: on an adventure to the deep southeast for publishing consultation, gallery visiting, sketch site scouting, and a fabric pickup. it's a glorious day to be alive in sunny Stumptown!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

An InterStitial Art Show

!!April Last Thursday!! 4.30.09
A Pure NOW
AbZtraKt Synergy Event

Live Art Happening

A 2 block long art exhibition installation and collaborative, interactive performance
sandwiched between 2 galleries : at :

EnterBeing Spiritual Community Center
1603 NE Alberta Street
The Fuel Cafe
1452 NE Alberta Street

According to Wikipedia, Interstitial Art is a term first coined in the 1990s, and increasingly popularized in the early 2000s, that refers to any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, thus making the work difficult to easily categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline.

The concept of interstitiality

The word interstitial means "between spaces," and is commonly used to denote "in-betweenness" in several different cultural contexts. Architects refer to the leftover gaps between building walls as "interstitial space," being neither inside any room nor outside the building. Medical doctors have used the term for hundreds of years to refer to a space within the human body that lies in between blood vessels and organs, or in between individual cells. Television station programmers refer to any short piece of content that is neither a show nor a commercial, but is sandwiched between them, as "an interstitial."

  1. Mandala by Adriane Enns: visit her website The Creative Instinct

  2. in·ter·stice \in-ˈtər-stəs\
    a: a space that intervenes between things ; especially : one between closely spaced things <interstices of a wall>

  3. b: a gap or break in something generally continuous interstices of society>
  4. 2: a short space of time between events

The Interstitial Arts Foundation is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in between categories and genres — art that crosses borders.
"These paintings will not last.

They will fade.
They will curl.
They will eat themselves.
They will not make a good investment.
They are beautiful.

All are mixed media on cereal boxes."

~Painted collage and words by Alex Myers

Fluxus—a name taken from a Latin word meaning "to flow"—is an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. They have been active in Neo-Dada noise music and visual art as well as literature, urban planning, architecture, and design. Fluxus is often described as intermedia, a term coined by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins in a famous 1966 essay.

Read more about the Fluxus Movement at Wikipedia

Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919, collage of pasted papers, 90x144 cm, Staatliche Museum, Berlin.

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922.[1] The movement primarily involved visual arts, literaturepoetry, art manifestoes, art theorytheatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-warart through anti-art cultural works. Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. The movement influenced later styles like the avant-garde and downtown musicsurrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, pop art, Fluxus and punk rock.

Read more at wikipedia

Saturday, February 28, 2009

February Last THursday!!

Special Thanks to
Chad Settlemeier
for these pictures from Last Thursday,
our first live painting jam in 2+ years!!
Click on his name above to see a Flicker Slide Show:::

Sunday, February 1, 2009


~Past Performances~

At TRIBE Theater with Jeremy Silas; 2005

At the Pala Lounge; 2006

Shawn Christopher at Alberta Art Hop 2006

Christopher + Silas

Making a Mess at the Art Hop

Sunday, February 3, 2008

This is Happening....

Purely New NOW ARTThe AbZtraKt Synergy Collective Attempts to Bring Physical Awareness to Eternal Time, Cycling through the Seasons and the Stars. The Present Fantastic Moment of Life might be Raised Above the Framed Painting~ the Individual Can become Empowered and Inspired to Create and Step Out of the Box of Sameness. Children Can Be encouraged to Participate in their own lives, taking Action to Raise their own Awareness of the Magic Moment. Chance Alchemical Operations of Happening-Event Spectacles Will Empower the Community to Participate in its own Growth and Power to Change and Continue to Change and Transform, Deconstruct and Rebuild, Dialogue, Fracture, Disintegrate, Reunite, Enfold, Unfold, Remain Retold, Re-Re-Re-Learn the Element of Guerilla Theater and Fantastic
Bombastic Street Mayhem Shock of Transcendant Light Emanating Trans-Lucent-Trance-Dimensional Dimentia Obsession Direction Inclusion.

Consider Yourselves Updated Versions of Previously ReinCarnated Auxiliary Systems.

You are Participating in the FLUXFLEXperimental experiential updating of Modulations Required in the 21st Century to Harmonize in Graceful Simplistic Rivers of Computerized Time Signature DNA Pattern Woven Womblike Wistfully Un-Wasting Wonderfully. Ladies and Gentlemen,
AbZtraKt SyNeRgY Happens.........

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Improvisation #31 by Wassily Kandinsky, 1913

What is Abstract Art?

>A 20th century deconstruction of form
and the dissolution of Representation,
beyond the physical into the spiritual,
deepening humanity's ability to express emotion
through pure color and form.......
What does the term abstract mean?
1)conceived apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances
an abstract idea
2)expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object or instance.
as justice, poverty, and speed
3)theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science
4)difficult to understand; abstruse
5)pertaining to the visual arts:
a>pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized geomentric forms, esp. with reference to their relationship to each other
b>pertaining to the nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century.........................
What iz AbZtraKt ART?

}>21st century visionary-reactionary
New Romantic Actionary Expressionism
yes, yes, yes. Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso changed everything.
But there's so much more.
The Dadaists did everything.
But there's so much they never had access to.
All of the great early 20th century movements
and now it is time to do something
here in the 21st century,
we have computers,
global communication through
digital waves, radio, tv computer
turntables, electroeverything.
airplanes, terrorists, bankrupt empires.
here in America we have the Patriot Act
and an unjust war.
People throwaway everything
altho there's SOME recycling going on
we must become
to make art that is relevant
our time, this epoch.
from inner need and outer poverty
comes the desperate urge
to invent and concoct
revolutionary artistic techniques
transmuting trash into high art
that maybe no one will comprehend till
we who are Actionaries
die and then the confused masses
can lay flowers on our forgotten graves....
nothing matters

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thoughts on 21st CENTURY ART

The achievement of the dance-art of the future will make the art of spiritual harmony possible; the true stage-composition.
The composition of the future will consist of:

1)Musical movement
2)Pictorial movement
3)Physical movement

Properly combined, a spiritual harmony will manifest////

Constructive Effort in the Creative Arts:
1)simple composition-regulated to the obvious, simple form-MELODIC
2)complex composition-various forms possessed of a strong inner value-SYMPHONIC

1>direct impression of an outward nature-
pure artistic form

2>unconscious, spontaneous, improv of inner character,
non-material nature

3>slowly formed inner feeling, coming to utterance after a long maturing [COMPOSITION]

Inspired by Concerning the Spiritual in Art
by Wassily Kandinsky{1914}

An Abztrakt Synergy Show History

~February Last Thursday
~Street Performances All Over Portland
~Alberta Street Fair; Portland OR
~Urban Art Festival Fundraiser; Tacoma, WA
~Hell's Kitchen Club; Tacoma, WA
~Seattle Art Museum
~Pike Place Market; Seattle, WA
~The Last Supper Club; Seattle, WA
~First Night: New Year's Eve; Tacoma, WA
~Kulture Lab Event; Tacoma, WA
~Enterbeing Community Center; Portland, OR
~Alberta Art Hop; Portland, OR
~MetaPoeisis Art and Music Festival; Portland, OR
~SOAK!! Oregon Burning Man Regional Gathering
~STRUT! with Kaosmosis at the Wonder; Portland, OR
~Village Building Convergence with City Repair; Portland, OR
~Alberta Art Hop!!; Portland, OR
~Pala Lounge; Portland, OR
~Fez Ballroom; Portland, OR
~Corazon D'Amour with Kaosmosis at the Wonder; Portland
~Many, Many Last Thursdays
~Alberta Art Hop
~Concrete the Studio and Gallery; Portland
~Tribe Theater and Gallery; Portland
~Fuel Cafe; Portland

Pure New Now Art