PDX: Art Reception

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Where there is BLUEMAN, there is life… Thank you to everyone who came to my art opening in the beginning of December and who wished me well. I am happy with the turn-out and the conversations which have been generated by my work. The physical arrangement of the pieces is even better than my conception of it. Thank you to Billy and Emily for helping me hang the show.

The Blueman has had quite the impact. At first, I worried this entity would overshadow the rest of my pieces; but has served to enhance and cohere the show in great un-imagined turns. The addition of the BLUE-MAN-I-FESTO, (see my earlier Artword blog entry) posted underneath his form on the wall, has been an excellent starting point of explanation and exploration for people. Overheard: conversations about childhood, the environment, spirits coming to others in their dreams, creatures in the ocean, growing older, nostalgia and the ultimate complementary question in an artists’ life, “What is ART?”.

A big thank you must go out to Anja, the owner of Miss Zumstein for hosting my artwork and lovely reception, complete with snacks! I really appreciate the support of all my friends and neighbors. Most of the work you see here is for sale, (some sold). Please leave a comment for me if you are interested in purchasing. Any photo you see on my website, film or digital, can be enlarged to your specifications, matted, custom framed etc. Feel free to inquire. A humble thanks, again.


December 2015 Art Show: PDX


‘An Exploration of the Fifth Season…’   by Spencer Fisher  …Photographs and Wall Sculptures

If anyone happens to be in Portland-town any time during the month of December, I will be showing some new work at Miss Zumstein Bakery and Coffee Shop (5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218). The opening reception is SATURDAY, December 5th, from 4-6, whereby we will celebrate with drinks, snacks and the much anticipated unveiling of the BLUEMAN SUIT. Some of the work I have posted about in the last few months will be included in this show, but much of it is new. Let’s see what more we can learn…

The following is my artist statement for this upcoming show. Thank you to all who have made this possible.

What is the ‘Fifth Season’?

The Fifth Season is at once the actual time signature of my second round of being in Portland and an addendum season to the four we are used to. In that regard, the Fifth Season is described as our emotional season, or our response to the peaks and valleys of our existence, through time. This can mean taking shelter during turbulence, or it can mean opening up to difficulties and seeking learning, acceptance and atonement—as an agreement of being human: I will be curious, move forward with respect and allow change.

As humans and artists, we all have the capacity to create lightening at any given time, even from dormancy. As a seed pushes up with seemingly no agenda except to live and fulfill a cirque of energy, I am trying to achieve this.

I have found a stride of work I am continually fascinated with. Photography, drawing, painting, making sculptures, sewing and music—all investigations really—these help me create relevance and remind me to value the gifts of each day. My methodology includes using essences of travel, dreams, studying relationships and found objects. My art then offers this vehicle for thought exploration and different ways of paying attention.

The Fifth Season also offers a chance at intimacy, if we let it. As humans, we have a lot of investigating to do of our place on Earth—our place in the galaxy. We have issues with object relationships and how we relate to one another. How we deal with our trash, for example, or ‘invasive’ species, ocean and river pollution, or war, says a lot about our willingness to evolve, ignore or control. My nature is to continually try to make things better along the way, but sometimes it is necessary only to breathe and to listen.

Definition of Season:

  1. one of the four periods of the year (spring,summer, autumn, and winter), beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, but geographically at different dates in different climates.
  2. a period of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather, temperature, etc.: the rainy season.
  3. a period of the year when something is best or available: the oyster season.
  4. any period or time: in the season of my youth.

Sneak Peak of “The Blue-Man Suit”

This is what you get when you follow your dreams…

An ambassador spirit from the ocean, The Blue-Man manifests himself in our dreams to remind us to take care of the creatures we may not understand. A message, no less than a plea, for us to take care of the home we all have come from and will return again someday.

Stay tuned for more art like this coming in December, with an official invitation to my show.

A New Autumnal Ride: Introducing ‘Virgil’

In pursuit of yet another handy-man-type skill, I have been apprenticing as a bicycle mechanic this year. One of the perks of this work, besides learning non-stop, is free bike parts! My shop graciously gifted me the frame (by Virtue) and many top-notch components. It is the nicest bike I have owned in over 20 years. Smooth, easy to handle, comfortable and ready for bike-camping! If a break in the weather comes again, I shall be on my way to los bosques.

Cheers to alternative transport. Now, I just have to fix up the bike trailer my roommate dragged home for me.

Dream Leap

This woman in my dream was contemplating jumping. Was the pool empty or full? What would be worse for a woman made out of paper? I was interviewing her. Did she conspire with the other judges to throw the poetry contest? A lot was at stake, including a new poet’s career… Sculptures like this and other art soon to come with an official posting/invite to my show in Portland, Oregon in December. Stay tuned…

Fetching Tea: A Story Song

I am very pleased to post a rough draft of the lyrics to my latest song. It is about the subtleties of traditional hospitality, seeing old family friends and of respective senses. I like to write songs as if I am painting them–this song felt especially so. The colors I worked together, create a sad, but sweet nostalgia for good people who have known us our whole lives. In the wake of my 40th birthday, I am feeling very full of gratitude for the people, creatures and love in my life. Cheers.

Fetching tea pine-needle gruit strawberry thyme.

I’m so glad you came while I hung my dream-catcher. You

Travelled such a long way on the eve

Of thank you cards.

Grew the hospitality through watered seeds.

Something you said helped to pay

It forward,

Saving brushings of our haircuts for mountain elders.

Holding history slow in strands of osha

Root and other menders,

Kinder folks i’ve ever known to meet us where we’ve up and…

Higher air heals the lungs and…

Dries the tongue.

No better blowing earth than home.

Happy Anniversary Painting for Billy

It is the one year anniversary of my marriage to Billy von Raven. To help celebrate and show my love and appreciation, I painted a watercolor for him. It is two butterflies rising up through a myriad of color blooms. I am jazzed about this piece because of its occasion, but also because I have been experimenting more with using wax to create shapes–exploring negative space–adding breath and light to my work. Thank you to my wonderful family and community for their support of our love. Many more years to come!

P.S. See more of our story on our blog, CoupleoHuckleberries.

PDX: Painting for Billy (8.5x11" watercolor and wax on paper, glued tissue paper 2015)