We are taking a different tack this week: an unabashedly minimalistic approach, a photo essay, if you will. This will be a bit of a divergence from a focus solely on the artist and the studio. Mostly, because in more than a few studio spaces there was another living, breathing, very essential being…one who observed, protected, interacted with a loving keenness and remarkably attentive attitude. We, are of course, talking about the artist’s dog. And in one case, cat. From Spanky to Gretta, from Saga and Yarn to Jacques Louis, the dogs peered at me, barked at me, and sooner or later settled into a calm curiosity or a blaise indifference.
I hope you will enjoy a brief meeting of a canine companion and a short stroll through the studios of
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[Editor’s Note: University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ Sabina Poole visited 70 artist studios in 2014 to illustrate a new book published by The Ford Family Foundation with the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Connective Conversations: Inside Oregon Art, 2011-2014. You can read her introduction to this series here. On behalf of The Ford Family Foundation and the UO, Poole travelled around the state to photograph artists who had received studio visits from the curators and critics of the Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art 2011-2014, The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program for the years since the program’s inauguration in 2011. She travels light, only one camera, no lighting equipment, one lens. Her goal is to show these artists in their environment—authentic, uncontrived, at ease. Learn about the project,Connective Conversations Inside Oregon Art 2011-2014 and the release of the book October 2015.
And only because, the world can never have enough photos of cats…..