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CHRISTIANROGERS2On view July 2nd – August 1st, 2014
Closing reception Sunday, July 27th (4 – 6 pm)

Having a multifaceted approach to developing and making abstract images, Christian Rogers’ work is a visual response to the information he consumes daily via print, media and web. These reflections often manifest themselves into casualist-like, post-modern abstractions made from collaged Zerox prints, paint, glue and cardboard. Closer examination reveals works that are anything but informal and happenstantial. Like his life, Rogers’ art is a byproduct of mass digital consumption, critical observation, long reflection and a little bit of deception. ALL WAYS GO is his second solo exhibition at Stumptown’s Downtown location.

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Born and raised in North Portland, Christian Rogers continues to live and work in Portland. He received his BFA from Western Oregon University in 2010 and will be attending Hunter College for his MFA in the fall.

For more information, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Downtown)
128 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-6pm/S-S: 7am-6pm
503-295-6144

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On view June 30th – July 31st
Opening Reception 4 – 6pm Sunday, July 20th 

In the Absence of A Bowl of Peaches

Why do I paint these weary, yet determined, men whose countenance hint familiarity with the dark and red of life? What would be so wrong with at least one panting of a nice bowl of peaches?

I truly don’t know the answer. All I can tell you is my wife’s theory. And she has a history of being right.

I don’t choose what I paint. The conscious, thinking, calculating “I” doesn’t make that decision. “I” don’t choose how the work is done, what tools are used, or whether a painting has green hair or a blue nose. All of those decisions are made in some way that I cannot write about because I don’t understand how they happen. Except for this: “I” decide when the painter puts down his tools.

The work is done when the intimation of a soul, however imperfect of form, is looking out at me from the easel. Then I say “stop,” scratch my name in the wet paint, and pour an Irish.

If, at some point down the road, a viewer comes along and senses in my work a trace of a suggestion of a human presence, then I will be satisfied. For he or she will have seen what I saw.

And now the theory:
For the last ten years, or so, of my career as a lawyer, most of my clients were men of my generation who had been sexually abused as children. They were bruised and tenacious men. I was often the first person that they trusted with their story. Together, we confronted the responsible institutions – often churches that had knowingly allowed pedophile clergy to stalk young boys. My clients were part of the team that forced the Archdioceses of Portland into a settlement that acknowledged the harm it and its priests had done to my clients – and to countless other children.

My wife, who sustained my soul through this work, thinks that that experience is expressed in my art and that these anonymous guys are my guys. At least, that is her theory. – DS

 

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Breathing Exercises
New artwork by Joseph Jo Jo Dancer McVetty

On view June 4th – August 4th

Jo Jo dancer is an artist an illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. He loves his wife and 3 children.

Artist’s Statement:

1.  Breathe in through your base chakra to your solar (666) chakra.

2.  Hold your breath as long as you can, comfortably, and focus on your 6th chakra/pineal gland.  You should feel a bit of pressure on the 6th chakra.

3.  Exhale, and repeat for as many rounds as is comfortable.

What this does:  This breathing exercise connects the two all important pineal gland/6th chakra (female aspect) to the 666 solar chakra (male aspect).  A powerful energy link must be established between these two chakras in order to perform the Magnum Opus.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Division Stumptown
4525 SE Division Street

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On view May 30th – June 29th
Opening Reception Sunday, June 8th
 4 – 6pm

“The things that stand out the most are:  I have a little boy who is three. He is the cutest human on the planet. I live with him, my partner and her teenaged daughter. They are cute too, and also scary. I work, to pay some bills, with fruit and vegetables at New Seasons Market. And I work in my basement studio, to keep a tenuous grasp on my sanity, on some artwork.  I like being in the woods and with friends and eating sweet things. I don’t get enough sleep at all. I’m so happy it’s summertime. I like movies and sometimes stay awake to finish them. I like to listen to books, which brings me to…

This show came to mind while I was on a science fiction binge. It really stood out to me that both classic and current authors nearly always write up a dystopian future. Whether environmental or world war or technologically driven (usually a combination), the end of our society was always down. Yes, it’s easy to imagine, with our environmental disregard and hand computers and general lack of empathy.  But, what if the strongest and best version of us is what wins out?  I wanted to imagine an end to all this as a path to something sweeter. Maybe our future is utopian. Maybe we are better than we think… And if so, this is where I imagine we make our new home, these spaceships.”

- Nicholas Schaefer (aka Cin Shepherd)

PS: Proceeds from this show go to Eden Carr’s “Carpe Diem Education” trip to India.

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Belmont Stumptown
3356 SE Belmont Street

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On view May 28th – July 1st

For House of Sound, his first solo photography exhibition at Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Downtown space, Chris Bennett spent time in record stores, vintage stereo repair shops, vintage retail shops and people’s houses, photographing and having conversations about why they listen to music the way they do. From Portland to Seattle, New York and Berlin, Germany, the love, passion and obsession for music and listening is a common thread that runs through all of the people and shops, connecting us all together to the moment we first felt the sound.

Artist’s Statement:

When I was 10, a family friend who lived down the street gave me my first record, KISS Alive II (gatefold double vinyl no less!). The memory of that record being given to me, and the first time I listened to it on my mom’s record player, will always be with me. The album was already well loved, the years of playing coming out in pops and crackles when I placed the needle on the record. As the opening song, Detroit Rock City, began, I opened the gatefold to see a full panoramic image of a giant stage, pyrotechnic flames and sparks erupting behind the swaggering figures of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. I envisioned myself there, right up at that stage and felt the heat and the rush of the loud music.

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Chris Bennett is a photographer and photo educator living in Portland, Oregon. Bennett is the founder and Director of Newspace Center for Photography. He is currently pursuing his MFA at the Hartford Art School.

For more information, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com

A Film About Coffee // Theatrical Trailer from Avocados and Coconuts on Vimeo.

We’re pleased to announce the Portland premiere of A Film About Coffee, Thursday May 29th at the Laurelhurst Theater. The film features Stumptown and our Direct Trade relationship with producers in Rwanda. We’re really excited to be a part of an exceptionally produced film.

We’ll be serving Huye Mountain samples prior to the event in the lobby. Doors are at 6pm, show begins at 7pm. There will be a short Q&A following the movie.

We hope to see you there!

Purchase advanced tickets here

LAURELHURST THEATER
THURSDAY, MAY 29th

Doors at 6pm, Show at 7pm