Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Michael Krajewski at HOFP 9/3
City Paper recently sat down with one of Columbiaâ€™s most progressive and buzz worthy artists, Michael Krajewski. His show â€œFraughtâ€ opens September 3 at HoFP Gallery.
By Paul Blake
COLUMBIA CITY PAPER: Laura Brownâ€™s Artist Basement is often credited for â€œdiscoveringâ€ you. Do you wish the community embraced her private local gallery the way it supports a tax payer funded venture like 701 Gallery? Needless to say, the community should support 701, but I thought I would pose the question to an artist who has had successful shows at both.
MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI: I think the Artist Basement was embraced by the community. We had many successful shows there. And, I see many familiar faces supporting 701. 701 is a whole different creature than Artists Basement. The renovation of that building is incredible and I think it is a huge boost for Olympia and the arts community. 701 Gallery has allowed me to do incredibly groundbreaking shows like the first live painting on a nude woman.
CCP: If you ever get thousands of dollars in grants or hospitality tax money, will you consider buying a $50 ad in [Columbia] City Paper? I mean, this is like your fourth interview in the past five years.
MK: I have painted news boxes for Columbia City Paper, one of which has been stolen from the corner of Main and Gervais. I havenâ€™t seen any money from them. ...Donâ€™t you guys owe me a couple hundred bucks?
CCP: Er, moving right along: I read that you have donated art for a variety of charities including Adopt a Pet and Sistercare, among others. I assume you are a starving artist, so what inspires you to support these kinds of entities?
MK: Is this an investigative report or are we here to talk about my upcoming shows?
CCP: Word on the street is that you will be featured in the September issue of SKIRT magazine. Iâ€™m sure the ladies will be excited about that?
MK: Donâ€™t get too excited ladies; I still have only one lady on my mind, although she recently moved away from Columbia.
CCP: [Mimics sound of cracking whip.]
MK: [Stares back silently. Not amused.]
CCP: ...So tell me about your upcoming shows.
MK: I have a solo show at the HOFP Gallery on September 3rd. It will all be my newest works. There will also be a video installation done by Jason Stroud, starring Bonnie Boiter-Jolley. I will also be showing in November on Main St. for their First Thursday at F.O.M. [Frame of Mind].
CCP: It seems all the good people leave Columbia. Does the fact that you are still around speak to the quality of your work?
MK: Well, you guys are still around.