'In Heaven There is No Beer'
Beer-can collage on wood with Damask, cranberry cowhide and bottle caps
Inspired by Modigliani and the existential pleasures of beer drinking.
In heaven there is no beer.
That's why we drink it here (Right Here!)
When we're gone from here,
all our friends will be drinking all our beer!
This 'painting' will hang at the Portland Center for Performing Arts until the end of the year.
"NEW BROW is a defining term (from Europe of course) to redefine art of the "outsider" or "low brow" nature, for the next generation. These terms, outsider and low brow, have been terms to define art that is “outside the norm” or made by artists that were “uneducated” in the art world. In Portland, we feel that these “new brow” artists are the best juxtaposition to the gallery world, as much a part of it as they are separate. This "fine art" made in these areas today by both self-taught and trained artists in many genres (comic realms, poster art, tattooing, paintings, and fine art) is very much a skilled effort, and the idea of NEW BROW is a celebration of fine art and outsider art as a union. It’s not entirely defined by the art style, but rather by the community at large and the artist’s individual life balanced within their art making. To us, this defines Portland. From age 20 to 70, these artists are united in our town. Still within the realm of "edgy", these fine artists rest on the edge of the pop and fine art that defines our world and these are some of Portland's best, and definitely some of our favorites in the city."
--- Chris Haberman and Jason Brown, curators,
Peoples Art of Portland Gallery