ABOUT THIS GUIDE

 

what is this?:

 

The Grapefruit Juice Artist Resource Guide is a free directory of venues, programs, organizations, and facilities for visual artists and audiences in Portland, Oregon.  This semi-annual zine is intended to promote engagement with Portland contemporary arts by offering vital information in a concise, easy-to-use package. It can help artists at all career stages and economic levels to connect with the community, and inspire audiences to find and support the arts initiatives that speak to them.  This is the fourth edition of the guide.

 

This guide was conceived, researched, and written by Martha Daghlian and printed by Container Corps. A digital version of this guide may be found at www.grapefruitjuiceartists.org. Printed copies may be found at the following locations:

*STAY TUNED FOR LOCATIONS!*

Please contact Martha with any questions, comments, or concerns at grapefruitjuiceartists@gmail.com

 

This edition of the Grapefruit Juice Artist Resource Guide was funded in part by a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.  

...

 

note from the editor/author/artist:

 

When I arrived in Portland from Vermont 10 years ago, it was difficult to navigate the landscape of arts institutions and spaces without a reliable source of information on the local scene. Over time, I attended courses at local art schools, worked in private and communal studios, led small arts nonprofits, and organized shows and events. This experience was part of my inspiration for Grapefruits art space, a collaboratively curated gallery and free community space I founded in 2016. Through that project I met many artists and arts professionals at various stages in their careers, and learned about the kind of information that is necessary to build a professional network in the arts.

 

The Grapefruit Juice Artist Resource Guide came from my own desire to make available to all aspiring artists this sort of information. Contrary to popular myth, becoming a successful fine artist requires hard work and engagement with a supportive community, and while there isn’t one set path for artists to follow as they develop their careers, lack of information can seriously impede one’s professional achievement.  Allowing more artists access to formerly privileged information will enrich Portland’s contemporary arts with a diversity of voices and views, and will help us grow in a healthy and equitable manner.

 

-martha

...

 

why is it called “Grapefruit Juice Artist Resource Guide”?

 

Because I was inspired in part by Yoko Ono’s spirit of action, optimism, and connection in her book, Grapefruit. In case you haven’t heard of it:

 

Grapefruit is a collection of instructions composed between 1953 and 1964 and bound together in the form of an artist’s book. The texts range from the possible to the improbable, often relying on the viewer’s imagination to complete the instruction. For example, Smell Piece II (1962 winter) asks the viewer to “Send a smell to the moon.” Whereas City Piece (1963 autumn) gives the more literal instruction: ‘Step in all the puddles in the city.” The idea that an open-ended instruction constituted an artwork was a radical notion at the time; it questioned the authority of the artist as the sole creator of a work and challenged the idea that a material art object was the necessary product of the creative process.

 

…she made Grapefruit small and pocket-sized so that it could be easily carried, and printed on inexpensive paper to keep the costs low and enable its distribution to a wide and diverse audience. The intention was to create a book that could be incorporated into one’s daily life and serve as a readily available source of creative inspiration, whose instructions could be enacted whenever, wherever, and by anyone.”

 

-Whitney Rose Graham, Happy (Belated) Birthday to Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit, moma.org, July 15 2015

Please stop by Grapefruits during open hours or by appointment to read our copy of Grapefruit : )