Portland artist and self-styled "war junkie" Joe Sacco has carved out a niche in the publishing world for his war reportage comics. For twenty years Sacco has plunged into global hot spots to bring back detailed graphic stories of civilian bystanders. His books include Safe Area Gorazde, Notes From a Defeatist, and Palestine, which won him an American Book Award and led to a Guggenheim Fellowship. His latest book Footnotes in Gaza takes us back to the Palestinian refugee camps to reveal first-hand accounts of a massacre that was officially suppressed for fifty years.
My guest this week on Art Focus was Corey Smith. I've caught his shows here and there and now he's at Worksound, showing !Obsolete Dreams, all mixed media pieces. Smith is an Oregon artist who moved to Los Angeles - a lot of the work riffs on the deterioration of the California Dream (and our country in general). The flag here is made of remotes.
Host Dmae Roberts features films from the The 33rd Portland International Film Festival with Bill Foster, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Center. They'll talk about a sampling of the films from more than 36 countries. Hear some clips and get some tips on which films to see. The festival runs February 11th-28th. Film convered in this interview: Hipster (Russia), Mid-August Lunch (Italy), Fish Tank (Great Britain), Home (Switzerland), Nobody To Watch Over Me (Japan), October Country (USA), Terribly Happy (Denmark), Girl On A Train (France), The Wedding Song (Tunisia), Abjani (Israel), The Art of the Steal (USA).