On the first Thursday of every month, the streets of the Pearl District in Portland are busy with people wandering from gallery to gallery enjoying a great diversity of artwork from around the world. Last week we joined the party by hosting a reception and celebrating the work of Kate Bingaman-Burt in Liquid Space PDX, our experimental gallery.

More, More, More: The art of Kate Bingaman-Burt.

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The show features new works together with eight years of “Obsessive Consumption,” a collection of drawings that Kate Bingaman-Burt made over the course of eight years. Kate started her Daily Purchase Drawings as a way to contemplate ideas about consumption and to be more mindful of what she was buying (her massive credit card debt was another catalyst). After eight years she decided it was time to end the series and start something new. After 8 years, she had compiled 2,922 unique and often startling drawings. Her artwork has been featured in books, magazines, galleries as well as the popular NPR show Marketplace. Kate’s work has grown from its purely artistic origins and expanded into commercial illustration for clients such as IDEO, Chipotle, The Gap, and Car2Go. The show will remain up through the end of the year and Kate will have a number of special events over the next few months. Details below.

An inspiring show and a great reception party!

The reception officially began at 6:00pm, however, before we even opened our doors, people were lining the sidewalk admiring the windows (which Kate had covered with marker drawings of the many brands she purchased over the history of Obsessive Consumption) and the colorful display inside the gallery. Once the party was underway there were easily over a hundred people browsing through piles of drawings, posters, and zines. Kate was on hand to provide insights into her work and to draw objects that people had stolen as part of her newest project—Stolen Object Confessionals. In collaboration with Liquid, Kate also produced a show catalog printed on newsprint that literally includes every drawing from her 8-year Obsessive Consumption series. The catalog is free and includes a pull out poster featuring the identities of all the brands in the series. If you missed the opening, please stop by to pick up your free catalog.

We’re extending the experience!

We are enjoying our collaboration with Kate and are extending the show in a variety of unique and engaging ways between now and the end of December 2014. We hope that you can join us for one (or all) of these fun events below. They are all participatory and allow for direct interaction and collaboration with Kate.

Songs About Money, Emotions & Objects: Listening Party
Tuesday, October 7 from 4:00-7:00pm
In conjunction with Liquid Agency’s Open House and Design Week Portland
Three custom mixtapes containing songs about money, emotions and objects will be available for listening and purchasing. Bring your favorite songs about these topics to share.

Free Box Commemoration Station
Friday, November 7 from 12:00-6:00pm
Bring in one item and the story of the item to give away. Kate will draw it and we will gather all of the items into one big free box in front of Liquid. A zine will be made out of the collected objects and drawings.

Drawing Desires
Friday, November 21 from 2:00-8:00pm
What are you wants & needs? Have you ever stolen anything? This is the time to fess up. Anything embarrassing that you have always wanted? Spill it. Tell Kate what you want and what you have taken and help make a zine about it.
*Free Box Commemoration Station zine will be released

Prized Possessions
Friday, December 5 from 2:00-8:00pm
Let’s talk & draw about the stuff you can’t part with. Yep, a zine will be made.
*Drawing Desires zine will be released

Everything Must Go: Studio Sale
Friday, December 12 from 2:00-8:00pm
Saturday, December 13 from 9:00-4:00pm
Along with artwork, Kate will also be selling art supplies and other sundry studio goods. It’s the Holidays! Huzzah!
*Prized Possessions zine will be released

About Kate.

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Kate Bingaman-Burt’s work orbits around the objects in our lives: the things we buy, the things we discard, and the collectivity and social interaction that can arise from cycles of consumption. Via illustrations, daily documentation, publications, events, and large-scale participatory projects, Kate’s work invites a dialogue about contemporary forms of exchange.

Kate has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published in 2010 and her second book, What Did I Buy Today? in 2013 (both Princeton Architectural Press). She lives in Portland, Oregon, where, along with being an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University, she also makes piles of work about consumerism: zines! pillows! dresses! drawings! paper chains! photos! Starting in 2002, she photographed everything she purchased (finished in 2004). In 2004, she started drawing all of her credit card statements until they were paid off (finished in 2010). From 2006–2014, she drew something she purchased everyday. She also wants to draw your passwords, mix tapes, stolen goods, and yard sale signs. Ongoing photo projects include documenting sad, discarded thrift store crafts and Portland free boxes. She will also take a picture of the back of your head if you sit in front of her on the bus. Along with being an educator and illustrator, she frequently travels to speak and to conduct workshops at a variety of universities and organizations. Her work is represented by Jen Bekman in NYC.

Helpful Links
Facebook photos from the event
View Kate’s website