...Elroy Artspace at The Original Dinerant presents a September First Thursday opening reception and month-long exhibition of Chris Haberman's fine art in "The Nifty Fifties"
Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter, muralist, curator and musician - native to Portland, Oregon. Aside from painting, he is an award-winning writer and has published poetry, journalism and fiction - and is a lifetime member to the Academy of American Poets.
Almost all of Cris Haberman's artwork is created recycled objects, found material from the streets and alleyways of his hometown - A discarded cabinet door or table top quickly becomes the backdrop for an integrated puzzle-poem of figures and text, focusing on subjects like people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.
Mayor Sam Adams has said (and EVERYone knows) that “Chris is the hardest working artist in Portland.” Chris' first curatorship was a 2007 show for Adams in Portlands City Hall. He has also shown with Juxtapoz Magazine and state-wide arts fair “Oregon Art Annual” and is a frequent contributor to local artwalks, school fairs and open studio tours. Chris was a feature artist for Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting and was awarded “Portland Artist of the Year” for Barfly Magazine.
Besides making art, Chris is also a fervent freelance curator and arts advocate, coordinating hundreds of Portland art exhibits with regional artists since 2001, founding first a non-profit (Portland City Art) and then Chris Haberman Presents and The People's Art of Portland (with fellow artist/curator Jason Brown).
Chris happily lives and works in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, with his very supportive family, and his wonderful Alabamian girlfriend and their two dogs...