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Talking Artscape, murals, and moving on with BOPA's Gary Kachadourian

Frank Klein
Gary Kachadourian says he does some of his best thinking--and drawing--on the bus.
"Trash Container," one of Kachadourian's series of life-size prints he draws on paper then enlarges to mammoth scale.
A detail of "Motors Installation," a collection of doodle drawings Kachadourian has been creating since he was in junior high school.
Frank Klein

By Tim Hill | Posted 8/12/2009

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CP: There's been some pretty fun stuff in recent years. You had a doodle-book thing a few years before that, collecting doodles?

GK: Oh, it was actually a show of notebook pages. We had [artists] pull out single pages from their notebooks, and we had around 160 people locally and nationally. Last year, we had one that had around 180 artists overall [doing] drawings with a pen--any form of commercially available pen. You always try to do a show that pulls together a lot of different artists and reveals some kind of working process. Because you have this huge public that's coming that isn't really heavily art-invested, so they don't have tons and tons of history of what's being made at this given moment, so when you give them a show that's like all these different people making their pen drawings, they actually can go, "Oh, wait a minute--this is actually a route to this other stuff I see." You try to find shows like that that kinda reveal stuff, and then you try stuff that's like the weird interface installation, in-your-face shows, 'cause those really do well also.

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