Ralph Pugay

Art Focus interviews Ralph Pugay

Earlier this week, KBOO aired an interview with Ralph Pugay on Art Talk, a radio program hosted by Joseph Gallivan. In the interview, “Pugay talks about the semiotics of his imagery, his learning the CMYK screen printing process, and his use of gestures relating to swimming and ecstatic dance when using ink on paper.” The episode is now available online.

Pugay’s solo exhibition, A Spiritual Guide to Brute Force, is on view in our main gallery through December 22, 2018.

Ralph Pugay collaborates to present Portland Tropical Garden

In a new project on the edge of Director Park, Ralph Pugay takes on the role of director for Portland Tropical Gardens, created in collaboration with MFA students from PSU's Art and Social Practice program. The project builds on Pugay's interest in finding creative ways to address what is commonly called Seasonal Affective Disorder, first manifested in the 2016 project S.A.D. Park, created in collaboration with Ariana Jacob for a Houseguest Residency.

Pugay and his students recently spoke to April Baer about Portland Tropical Garden:

Pugay, who’s best known for his witty, affecting paintings centering on emotional and cultural propriety, has become part of the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University. It’s a home for all kinds of projects that make our interactions with each other the subject and object of artists’ work.

Portland Parks Bureau came to the college to find out if artists would be interested in using some of the bureau’s temporarily vacant spaces.

So Pugay and four of his students filled the building with plants, but also with activities designed to soothe depression, loneliness and other modern conditions.
— April Baer for KOUW
Source: http/kuoworg/post/portland-tropical-garden...

Gallery artist Ralph Pugay awarded Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency


More good news: the Joan Mitchell Foundation recently announced that Ralph Pugay was selected for their 2018 Artist-in-Residence program in New Orleans. Congratulations, Ralph! A selection of his works are on view in our office for another week - come take a look.

Read Joan Mitchell Foundation's announcement here.

View available works by Ralph Pugay here.

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