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rod gonzales, 1948-2012

Just heard week or so ago that Rod was seriously ill and in the hospital.  Hoped he’d recover, but he didn’t and passed away Friday.

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Recent photo of Gonzales, courtesy Gonzales family.

I was introduced to him in 2010 and vaguely aware of him before then.  He was a prolific sketcher, painter and sculpture artist; a hockey fan; a devotee of Shannyn Moore and left-wing politics.  Most of his work I saw was poster-like, stream of consciousness type renderings that might look a little crude at offhand glance, but there’s a lot of depth in them, even as he’s unapologetic and tackles subjects head-on.   His written comments, some more coherent and linear; others a frenetic, choppy mixture of rapid-fire fragments were poetic themselves.

He had a family and they have lived for several years in Mt. View.  His hometown is Point Richmond, CA.

Rod’s son is an artist who has exhibited silkscreens and graffiti murals at the now-defunct MTS Gallery.  His son’s screen prints use high contrast, multi-colored separations and are a sophisticated approach for a young artist.  He will evolve into someone noteworthy, I predict.

Rod’s own art deserved a lot wider exposure than it received.  Since all I know about the man is what’s written above, I’m not sure if he desired to be published and exhibited or not.  He should have been doing covers for the Anchorage Press, had a solo gallery exhibition; or enjoyed half of Duke Russell’s acclaim and commissions by now.  Maybe this can be partially corrected posthumously, depending on his family’s wishes.

I’ll try to update this post later, as I learn more about him from people who knew him better.

Keep telling them the score, Rod, wherever you are now!

gonzales winkle

Congressman Don Young gets the treatment.

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Former AK Gov. Palin enjoys her New Money.

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Cover of graphic novel of the Oilpocalypse.

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‘scholastic art and writing’ at MTS

Here are a few images from the excellent primary/secondary student show, at MTS Gallery this month.

This will be one of the last shows at this location of MTS.  The building at 3142 Mt. View Dr., a former trailer manufacturing and parts sales facility has been used as a gallery, artist studios and the offices of the Anchorage Community Land Trust since 2006 but is scheduled to be torn down this spring.  Hopefully MTS will reappear soon at a different Mt. View location.  More on that story as it develops…

'Metro' by Deanna Strait

'Sole Searching' by Dorian Granger

'Ares' by Brooke Morgan

'Self Portrait' by Jessie Marman

'Family Freaks' by Christian Teston

'Brick In the Wall' by Devin Ball

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‘pop 11’ closes at MTS Gallery

A few people came by for the final day of Pop 11 at MTS.  The exhibition of Alaskan pop art was a part of the Pop 11 citywide mult-venue exhibit about Andy Warhol and the ’60s pop art revolution.


Multimedia installation by Nemo.


Mural on west wall by [l–r] Nemo, Esker, Alamander and Bisco, painted directly on the gallery wall.


Installation by Gariett Burtner.


Multiple works by Ferald and Kel explore homelessness.


Short film by Michael Walsh.

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‘the iconagones’ and ‘girls girls girls’ at MTS

Stephen Gray and Lisa Gray explore innocence, adolescent anxiety and the fate of pop culture sirens in this exhibit of painterly digital work.  Now through Sept. 11th at MTS Gallery, 3142 Mt. View Dr., Sat. and Sun. noon to 4; Wed. and Thurs. 5 to 8 pm.

"Miss 100% Pure", by Lisa Gray. Jayne Mansfield, polishing her super-clean image.

"Amelia Earhart", by Lisa Gray.

"Moonshine Mary", by Stephen Gray.

MTS Gallery is in its fifth season bringing fine art, performance and special events and its parent organization, Trailer Art Center is a key part of the revitalization and arts/cultural initiatives of the Mt. View neighborhood.

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art zine F covers gerstenfeld, street art

The May 2010 issue of F has two excellent articles about Mt. View.

A feature article about local octogenarian and self-described “Mt. View relic” Sol Gerstenfeld.  There’s a little bit about me in the piece, as well — I gave them the story tip.  She does a pretty good job breaking down Sol’s persona, without going too deeply into his philosophy and various endeavors and advocacy work. 

Sol can be a tough case, but he’s also a valuable asset in our neighborhood.  When the neighbors were discussing whether or not they wanted to be annexed by Anchorage in 1954, Sol was probably in the room and can still recall what was said.  He doesn’t focus on the past, though, like a lot of people his age — because it tends to steal energy from current projects.

F also has a story about the Mt. View street art project — how it was funded and planned; the selection process; a bit about the selected artists and installations; and thoughts on the likely impact after the pieces are installed in four or five locations along the length of Mt. View Dr.

Despite ten years of solid work on revitalization and renewal, Mt. View still has a serious image problem [partially deserved; mostly not].  The transformative effects the presence of artists and art making can have are beginning to show.

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KN goodrich solo exhibit ‘the maze is a myth’

Goodrich’s show is a transformative installation covering complex life themes in a mythological framework, including statements about the MTS Gallery itself.  On dispaly now through May 15, Sat. and Sun. noon to 4:00; Wed. and Thurs. 5:00-8:00 PM; at 3142 Mt. View Dr.



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artists need mt view faces for installation

Artists Steph Kese and Erin Pollock are looking for Mt. Viewers who will consent to being immortalized on a public art piece. 

The pair produced the acclaimed 367 lbs. of wax exhibit at MTS Gallery last July.  This latest project will be a permanent installation, one of five new pieces selected last fall, for various Mt. View locations.

Email Kese and Pollock to volunteer.
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‘mark this’ fiber art exhibit at MTS

A group show by Alaskan members of the Surface Design Association opened Feb. 19th at MTS Gallery, 3142 Mt. View Dr.  The exhibit will be open for public viewing Sat. and Sun. noon to 4:00, and Wed. 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

'Colors Unfurled, aka If Betsy Ross Had My Stash', by Maria Shell.

'Fossil Fish In the Sand', by Mary Hertert.

'Peaks and Pops', by Wendy Smith-Wood.

'River With Poppies', by Ree Nancarrow.

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scholastic award 2010 at MTS

Images of work in the current exhibit at MTS — by secondary students around Alaska.
On display through Feb. 11th, Sat. and Sun. noon to 4:00 and Wed. 5:00-8:00 PM — 3142 Mountain View Dr.

"The Bird" by Tristan Grimes -- digital art.

"Plane Crash" by Leslie Ekert -- photograph, silver print.

"Eye to Eye" by Rachel Olsen -- scratchboard.

"Rhino" by Lauren Hedge -- ceramics.

"Betwixt" by Tegan White Nesbitt -- painting, acrylics.

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‘clay 4 ways’ at MTS

Another great exhbition from Mt. View’s own MTS Gallery.  The work of Steve Godfrey, Denise Heimel, Gina Holloman and Carla Potter is featured in this ceramics show.  The exhibit closes today.

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