Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Norval Morrisseau's Magic Palette2010 Primitive Surrealist painting by Mitchell Poor inspired by Native Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. Radio emissions of Saturn were detected by the Cassini-Huygens mission and are not owned or produced by me. Use of the radio emissions in space are for educational purposes. 

 “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
                                       Lao Tzu 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The First Plane of Echolocation
Oil 2013

Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?

Joseph Campbell

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero Interviews Artist Mitchell Poor 
May 3, 2013

"Whenever I paint I feel like I fuse into nature" 
Mitchell Poor

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: When did you discover your talent in Painting?

Mitchell Poor: I was always an artist, drawing everywhere I went. when I was fourteen I was introduced to painting in school. It has been a reliable form of self discovery ever since then.

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Who inspired you? 

Mitchell Poor:  My grandmother was an artist, she worked with pastels in the basement . She enjoyed doing  portraits and landscapes. She was a persuasive influence.. suggesting off the wall techniques to me. Tricks like drawing things upside down and using a mirror to view your work.  My grandfather was a dentist and traded dental work for African masks and sculptures. His waiting room and office looked like an African Museum.

Lovers among Lilacs.
Marc Chagall
Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: What was the very first painting you fell in love with?

Mitchell Poor: The very first painting I sincerely fell in love with happen when I was 36. I was researching Marc Chagall and came across Lovers among Lilacs. It was the very first painting I could come back to. I wound not have expected the affair to last as long as it has.. it's an honest painting I can count on.  It reminds me of my younger days that are gone.   

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Explain in your own words the 'Chaos Theory' 

Mitchell Poor: I don't know..a mutation attacking an expectation.  

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: What is your process like when you start painting?

Mitchell Poor: It's similar to cracking eggs together to make an omelette. It's a mess with accidental backgrounds. I rely on my subconscious to produce certain results and fill in certain blanks as the painting is happening.
Visions in a Cave
Mitchell Poor

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: What are your energy colors? 

Mitchell Poor: That is always changing. The colors I care about deeply are impressions I see in ordinary activities. They get recorded and stored away. I'm always surprised where they come from. A spring flower, a fall afternoon ..a full moon in winter.. these colors have very potent effects on my feelings and memories.

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: What do you want people to know about your paintings?

Mitchell Poor: My paintings are visual poems, allegories and hallucinations. One women who bought a painting from me said my paintings were conscious because of the eyes. Who knows. The Northwest Coast Natives have a real cool visual tradition that has been a source of inspiration for me.

Bill Reid 
Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: I know you support Women Against Domestic Abuse. You gave me 14 paintings to donate to my choice of charity here in Honolulu..What do you think is the best artistic way to heal a women whose experienced domestic violence?

Mitchell Poor: I think there are a lot of different solutions.  Art therapy can be one avenue of finding meaning and self worth. We all want the feeling of being in love with life. Painting is like alchemy,  people who have lost confidence can regain a personal power by just painting an unfilled surface with color..and feel a sense of satisfaction.

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Who are major local Missoula Artist's you like and what do you learn from them?

 Mitchell Poor: The three Missoulan artists I really enjoy are Bill Ohrmann and Theo Ellesworth. Bill Ohrmann  is in his 90's and has been around the longest I find his narratives grotesque and sarcastic. Bill is not afraid to work with difficult feelings..sometimes by laughing at them.

Bill Ohrmann 
Ancient Genetic Research

Theo Ellsworth  work is extremely unusual and his talent very rare.  He has a very fruitful and patient  awareness with his own process. Theo's ability to concentrate on detail is remarkable. 

Theo Ellsworth
First Contact 
Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: I see a lot of female nudity incorporated in your paintings, what's behind this?

Mitchell Poor:  A women's body is a magnificent work of art, thick or thin. Nudity is a reminder of the truth, that nature doesn't care about our idea of nakedness.

 Venus of Willendorf

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Can you share your knowledge and experience in animism?

Mitchell Poor: When I was a kid I had  a recurring condition of Pareidolia , I saw networks of figures and faces camouflaged in every surface..to my child like mind, there appeared to be a plural agency of beings without any central authority concealed in patterns and objects . I learned later that this was a primitive or original religious experience of animism.  I don't consider the child like animistic experience as an abnormality.  I think the temporal lobes in the brain behave differently in children and traditional indigenous people. The best example of animism is the transit the Aborigines called dreamtime.

 Kakadu National Park

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Thoughts on Shamanism?

Mitchell Poor: To me, a shaman or totem minister represents a person who can use their will to direct nature(a healer). They appear to command events. They may have birth defects or have had a head injury that changed their ordinary perception. By tradition and ruling class, shaman priests induce meaningful coincidences by using hypnosis, theatrics or psychoactive chemicals. In reality they are an ordinary doctor..my interest in anthropology is probably really boring compared to James Churchward's confabulation of the past.

Sitka-Qwan Shaman
Arlene Chiqui Guerrero: Thoughts on Spirituality?

Mitchell Poor: I think the cosmos will go on with or without us. Life will live and change shape. Time will always continue. Space will always get smaller and bigger. There probably isn't anything to really worry about.  I don't have a connection with any religion, to me it's fraudulent. Making art is the best method for self discovery for me.    

Arlene Chiqui Guerrero is a graphic artist, entrepreneur and painter from Hawai'i
She owns and operates Chiqui's Surf Grill and is Vice President of  Kaimana Pacific, Inc. 

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