I say, “YOWZA, Portland Art Museum”
I love going to cities where you don’t expect to go look at art and then find inspiring work being done. Checking out local galleries to see if I could swoop any new work here, I came across a Museum flyer with Mike Kelly’s last series I hadn’t seen yet, and very much longed to experience. They also had a great collection with pieces on display by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, and Marcel Du Champ. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make heads or tails of the selection even though they were cool pieces. Kelly’s was hard to find, hidden away in a back corner with no security on the floor. I was shocked but felt relieved I could spend a good amount of time with it. Seen last at Gagosian and inspired by Superman’s hometown it was decadent, janky, deliciously savage, industrial low-fi at its best. Sucked into its candy glow, I was beside myself at the access. Thank you!