Chris Haberman, Jason Brown, Sam Arneson, Matt Scholsky
Archived: April 24th - May 22nd, 2011
The Goodfoot will have an art opening, Last Thurs, April 28th from 5-12. The show will be up until May 24th. The show this month is titled ” Wild World” artists are Chris Haberman, Jason Brown, Sam Arneson and Matt Schlosky.
Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter and musician native to the Portland area. He has shown artwork around town for the last 8 years. Aside from painting, He 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 my 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, object and figures reflect the complexity of modern life. The images created are “folk-art’ in nature, a spontaneous layering of bright color and art material (paint, glue, charcoal, ink pen, oil stick, lipstick etc. ) reflecting people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.”
Jason Brown is the resident artist of the Goodfoot, along with curating the art shows there for the last 10 years. “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, sex 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.”
Sam Arneson spent his childhood. Making art from a natural place, one that questions life and exsistance. Where did we come from and where are we going? The answers seem to be everywhere and nowhere. We define ourselves based on an ever changing understanding of our past as we try to navigate an increasingly uncertain future. Sam Arneson’s paintings take a fantastical look at our alternative present and our possible pasts in the spirit of oral tradition. One painting gives way to another. The exploration of an idea reveals an unexpected connection. When looking at a a hunted pig, we see ourselves. Just as a myth is an inaccurate account of human history it is somehow infused with universal truths. When painting Sam is mining for those same universal truths leaving behind images that will serve as springboards for the creation of new worlds.
Matt Schlosky was born and raised in Rochester, NY. In December of 2005. He received a BFA in Industrial design from The Columbus College of art and Design. After graduation Matt decided that painting was where his heart was, and that the design world wasn’t for him. So Matt spent a year in the bay area painting and doing shows until July of 2008 when he landed in Portland. My artwork is inspired by comics, video games, graffiti, music, society, nature, ancient cultures, and the people I have met…. It sounds corny, but I believe in my heart this is what I was supposed to do. Since I was a child I have constantly been creating, it’s been my mediation. I remember hours would pass and my conscious mind would slip away as I worked.