BT Livermore: Quality Remains

Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017

BT Livermore: Quality Remains

The concept behind “Quality Remains” started simply enough, with the basic idea of finding a way to combine two of my professional pursuits, sign painting and printmaking. Butte, Montana is full of fantastic ghost signs from the first half of the 20th Century, seemingly more concentrated, and in better condition than signs of the same era in other cities. These signs still speak to passersby, even after the advertised business has closed, perhaps a half a century ago or longer. Some are but a whisper of their former self, but the words are still there, if you look just right, still clinging to their brick, wood, and stucco canvases. The title of the show comes from a painting I made in 2013 which contained the same phrase. Much of my work relies heavily on wordplay, and I'm intrigued that the word "remains" can act as both a verb and a noun within the context of the collection.

I wanted to create an alternate life for the buildings pictured. The imagery created for each is not really a sign, but not necessarily a mural either, simply a message. The screenprinting process allowed me to further veer from true reality: all prints are 3 or 4 colors, but none are printed in the standard, CMYK process. Building colors are bent slightly outside the norm, cloudless skies are reduced to flat, vivid blue hues. In some cases, it seems as though the words on a building could have been imagined by the building itself; a message to reach out to the always-moving world around it, as it remains anchored to its foundation.

Lastly, this show allowed me an opportunity to re-explore Portland, after moving away in September 2016. The buildings were all photographed during a quick visit in June 2017. Specific buildings may be instantly recognizable by those who live or work nearby, but my hope for the set as a whole was to make the world these buildings live in to be fairly place-less, to avoid the trap of making an obvious, self-referential, Portland collection.

BT Livermore: Quality Remains
The concept behind “Quality Remains” started simply enough, with the basic idea of finding a way to combine two of my professional pursuits, sign painting and printmaking. Butte, Montana is full of fantastic ghost signs from the first half of the 20th Century, seemingly more concentrated, and in better condition than signs of the same era in other cities. These signs still speak to passersby, even after the advertised business has closed, perhaps a half a century ago or longer. Some are but a whisper of their former self, but the words are still there, if you look just right, still clinging to their brick, wood, and stucco canvases. The title of the show comes from a painting I made in 2013 which contained the same phrase. Much of my work relies heavily on wordplay, and I'm intrigued that the word "remains" can act as both a verb and a noun within the context of the collection. I wanted to create an alternate life for the buildings pictured. The imagery created for each is not really a sign, but not necessarily a mural either, simply a message. The screenprinting process allowed me to further veer from true reality: all prints are 3 or 4 colors, but none are printed in the standard, CMYK process. Building colors are bent slightly outside the norm, cloudless skies are reduced to flat, vivid blue hues. In some cases, it seems as though the words on a building could have been imagined by the building itself; a message to reach out to the always-moving world around it, as it remains anchored to its foundation. Lastly, this show allowed me an opportunity to re-explore Portland, after moving away in September 2016. The buildings were all photographed during a quick visit in June 2017. Specific buildings may be instantly recognizable by those who live or work nearby, but my hope for the set as a whole was to make the world these buildings live in to be fairly place-less, to avoid the trap of making an obvious, self-referential, Portland collection.
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One Grand Gallery
Portland
OR
2017-09-01T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
2017-09-30T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
Dang
BT Livermore

Dang

Screenprint

16 x 20 in

Quality Remains
BT Livermore

Quality Remains

20 x 16 in

Try
BT Livermore

Try

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

Get Cookin'
BT Livermore

Get Cookin'

Screenprint

16 x 20 in

Say it Ain't So
BT Livermore

Say it Ain't So

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

What's the Big Idea
BT Livermore

What's the Big Idea

Screenprint

16 x 20 in

Hold Me Close
BT Livermore

Hold Me Close

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

Strong Maybe
BT Livermore

Strong Maybe

Screenprint

16 x 20 in

With All You've Got
BT Livermore

With All You've Got

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

Never Idle
BT Livermore

Never Idle

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

Tell Me Your Story
BT Livermore

Tell Me Your Story

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

Your Neighborhood Could Use a New Neighbor
BT Livermore

Your Neighborhood Could Use a New Neighbor

Screenprint

20 x 16 in

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