Giving Thanks for 2015

On November 26, 2015, in Events, Photos, by Ben Marks


We have finally posted some of Loretta Baraona’s terrific photos from the Festival of Rock Posters in October. That show was just one of many things we have to be thankful for this year. We hope you feel the same way, and we hope you get to enjoy some time with family and friends as the year winds down to a close.


Your pals at TRPS


Gary Houston Dishes Visual Crap

On November 18, 2015, in Events, Posters, by Ben Marks
Gary Houston, 2015. Photo by Loretta Baraona

Gary Houston, 2015. Photo by Loretta Baraona

The other day I noticed a listing on Gary Houston’s website. It read “Visual Crap: The Poster Work of Voodoo Catbox” and promised an opening at People’s Art of Portland on Saturday, November 21, from 5 to 9.

Now we all know that Gary (seen here at TRPS Festival of Rock Posters in San Francisco last month) enjoys engaging in a bit of self-deprecation every now and then, but this characterization struck me as odd. After all, “crap” is definitely not how I would describe the artist’s work, although I suppose too much of anything can begin to look like crap, probably even more so if you’re the guy who produced the preemptively maligned visuals. To be sure, confronting the 300 or so prints from the last umpteen years that Gary has pulled for this exhibition may overwhelm, or even stupify, some attendees, but I still quibble with the word crap. I like this work too much, and must rise to defend it—if necessary from the artist himself!

On second thought, it’s his show, so I suppose he can call it whatever he likes. All I know is, I wish I was going to be in Portland in the next few weeks to enjoy this rare opportunity to see Gary’s ouevre, as the art-world-types might call it. If you’re planning to go, please send us some snapshots, but not any crappy ones. (Have a great opening, Gary!)


“Flatstock 48, Bayou,” 2015


Bill Ham at the Hall of Flowers

On October 31, 2015, in Events, Photos, by Ben Marks
Bill Ham & George Hunter

Bill Ham & George Hunter

TRPS pal Emi Ito just sent us a few photos she shot of artist Bill Ham visiting the 2015 Festival of Rock Posters on October 24. In case you have been living under a rock, Bill did most of the early light shows at the Avalon Ballroom, he’s an accomplished painter, and he recently produced a DVD of his Light Paintings, which he describes as Kinetic Abstract Expressionism. Pick up a copy of his DVD here, and enjoy Emi’s photos below.

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