This is the first in a series of posts profiling the artists and performers taking part in Works 2012. We are highlighting a different artist every few days, so please visit again to learn about the groups and individuals we have the pleasure of showcasing this year.
A Portland native, Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter, muralist, curator and musician. Aside from painting, he has published poetry, journalism and fiction; being awarded the Tom Doulis Fiction award, the Wilma Morrison award for excellence in journalism and is a lifetime member to the Academy of American Poets.
All of Chris Haberman’s artwork is created on found (post-consumer materials) objects, given or “found” on the streets and alleyways of Portland, OR, a discarded cabinet door or table top quickly becomes the backdrop for a integrated puzzle of human figures. The multitude of “folk art” images pushed together with words, objects and figures reflects the complexity of our modern life of people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.
Chris is also a fervent freelance curator, and has coordinated hundreds of Portland art exhibits with regional artists. This is the second year Intown has partnered with Chris and his gallery, People’s Art of Portland, for Works.