Reason to live/hang in the PacNW: @swiftswift is having an artshow at @stumptowncoffee in PDX _right now_. #shartshow
Between writing and recording his own solo records , touring intercontinentally playing keyboards with The Shins , and producing records with musicians like songwriter Damien Jurado and Portland’s dreamy up-and-comers Pure Bathing Culture at his studio National Freedom, Richard Swift is a busy human. Swift’s show Mt. Mountain opens at the Division cafe today , revealing inky black and white paintings, whose surfaces are often emblazoned with scribbled text and a dark sense of humor. Swift lists influences like Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac, Bo Diddley and Captain Beefheart and outsider artists Bill Traylor and Royal Robertson. His artist statement reveals a bit of insight into his process: And only his humor, his vinyl collection, his libations and his canvas — whatever his canvas may be — are there to keep him from crossing that oh-so-thin and fragile line into madness. I...