Chris Haberman & Derek Olsen

Archived: March 29th - April 24th, 2007

This month’s artists are Chris Haberman and Derek Olsen. There will be around 100 painting in this show, between each artists pieces and the collaboration work they did together.

Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter and musician native to the Portland area. He has shown artwork around town for the last 6 years. Aside from painting, he has published poetry, journalism and fiction; being awarded the Tom Doulis Fiction award, the Wilma Morrison award for excellence in journalism and is a member to the Academy of American Poets.

All of Chris’ artwork is created on found (post consumer materials) objects, given or “found” on the streets and alleyways of Portland, OR., a discarded cabinet door, a table top or the occasional battered street sign quickly becomes the backdrop for a integrated puzzle of human figures. The multitude of images pushed together with words, objects and figures reflects the complexity of our modern life. The images created are “folk-art” in nature, a spontaneous layering of bright color and art material (paint, glue, charcoal, ink, oil stick, lipstick, etc. ) reflecting people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.

Derek Olsen is a Portland resident. Within these paintings Derek has drawn from the things that have inspired him throughout the years. From japanese prints, graffiti , tattoos and his own twisted view of the world around us. Each piece is meant to provide the viewer with a story. Where one finds joy the next may see sorrow, one persons love is another’s broken heart , so is life. Derek has tried to fill paper with movement and emotion, if he has been successful you will find your own stories.


Chris Haberman, Derek Olsen, Hunter Armstrong