Friday, September 16, 2022

Life goes on :: September 2022



I am excited and delighted to share some new work alongside a spectacular crew of great poets, storytellers, and performers on Friday, September 23 at Wild Rose 🌹 Many thanks to @kmasullivan and @yesyesbooks πŸ’—

And here are some paintings in progress:






Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Updated Photography 12/15/21

I have updated my photography page on here πŸ“ΈπŸ’–

Lots of lovely digital and analog moments: poets, dancers, performers, and audiences, plus some street photos, friends, moments, etc. Click the Photography tab above, or the photo below of my lovely friend and wonderful poet Emily Kendal Frey.

As it happens, Emily has published a new book called Lovability, out now on Fonograf, which I highly recommend you purchase! 


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

New work in progress 12/14/21

 

New work in progress -- building a flower garden view with wood and paint (December 2021)


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Monday, November 8, 2021

Nostalgia -- a long lost Money Painting

My friend, Will, was recently at an event in Oakland, California and sent me this photo. This is a painting I made 15 years ago when I lived in Isla Vista, California. It was part of a series called Money Paintings. I am astonished that this work still exists, and very curious to find out what it's been up to for the last decade and a half. 

Looking at this, I remember my complete and total love of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work and life I was inspired by, but didn't fully understand. At this time in my life, I spent hours upon hours in my studio, high as a cloud drinking 40s of Olde English, painting, writing, and making music into the night. I'd go tagging through the neighborhood and pick up a breakfast burrito, my only meal of the day, on the way home. Crash, sleep until early afternoon, wake up, start over. What a time.




Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Return of the Full Life Radical Radio Show!

Hello friends,

For the past 13 years I have been working at Full Life, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Portland, Oregon. As you can imagine, the past two years have been a real challenge for our community due to the pandemic. Our main space is closed and we have not been able to provide in-person supports, but thankfully we have found creative ways to keep our community connected. For the past year and a half, I have been on Zoom with groups of our clients for 5-6 hours a day enjoying all kinds of adventures. I am very thankful that I get to spend time hanging out with my friends from Full Life everyday, running a variety of online classes and activities, as well as facilitating a social space for friends to chat and joke around. 

One of the projects we are currently very excited about is the return of the Full Life Radical Radio Show on Freeform Portland, a nonprofit, independent, community-driven radio station broadcasting live at KFFP-LP 90.3 FM, KFFD-LP 98.3 FM & KYQT 101.5 FM in the Portland metropolitan area and at their online audio stream. Our show is on the air every two weeks on Monday from 4-6pm PST. Our premier episode was Monday, Oct 11, 2021. You can listen to past episodes on the Full Life Radical Radio Show Mixcloud page.

Here are some great photos of DJs rocking out in shows' original iteration over ten years ago in the Radio23 studio:


I hope you can tune in and rock out with us sometime! If you have an messages for the Full Life Radical Radio All Stars, or any song requests or suggestions, please feel free to email me at robgray@fulllife.com and I will pass them onto the squad!

Sending love, always

Rob aka DJ SILLYROBGRAY