An Art Show About Depression
Neither Shane nor the gallery have the money to afford to pay for this, but he is compelled to share this very personal exhibit.
The exhibit, ‘From The Recliner: Between my feet and my heart. Portraits of people taken by a sad person with his furry best friend on his mind’, is a multimedia presentation including photos, video, audio, a sofa, a recliner, and a zine. It deals with depression, mental health, and the process of mourning.
This is no easy task, photo printing, framing,
moving furniture, and printing a zine for the show, all costs money - hard cold cash! That does not include the cost of editing audio and video, preparing everything, and the gallery/skate park's expenses of fliers, refreshments and staffing. Those costs exist too! And, the show is in just a few weeks - August 13th! We need your help to make this happen the way it needs to.
If we can raise money beyond what is needed for the exhibit costs, the overage will go to the Armory Gallery to help them grow and remain in existence. They are offering the best art in Astoria, the work in their exhibits is top-notch, real art, there’s not a crab or a bird in sight. It’s vital to our entire community that they stay around!
Thank you so much for supporting the arts!
About the artist: Shane Bugbee has been an underground icon for more than 30 years. In addition to his own art, writing and communications, he has risked life and limb to support fellow creatives - artists, writers, performers, in expressing themselves. Shane has published books and comics, organized festivals and events, and was a pioneer in podcasting, vlogging, and citizen journalism.
About the exhibit:
Art Installation at Armory Gallery Explores Depression, Despair, and Mental Health Repair
The installation, called ’From The Recliner: Between my feet and my heart, portraits of people taken by a sad person with his furry best friend on his mind’ is a multimedia exhibit by Shane Bugbee including photos, a sofa, a recliner, audio, and video.
It deals with a two year period of depression and mourning suffered following the death of the artist’s dog Cheyenne. Shortly after her passing, the artist moved his living room around, unconsciously blocking the corner where his furry friend once lay upon her cushion.
Then, just about eight weeks later, his wife was offered a full-time job. This left the artist completely and utterly alone. After more than 18 years of working side by side 24/7, she too was gone. Shane sunk deeper and deeper into depression.
Without realizing it Shane began to photograph visitors from his recliner, pointing his camera in the exact location where his beloved Cheyenne once lay. The photos represent a stream of humanity, all seated on an old blue and green sofa in the artist’s living room. Visitors from as far as Texas, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, as well as a number of local residents and Astorians, are photographed with and without their knowledge, framed between the feet of the artist who sits with his feet up in a recliner.
The sofa, the recliner, and Cheyenne’s cushion are part of the exhibit, in addition to select photographs, audio, video and other digital elements. The images and the story of the installation will be available in a Zine/Show Catalog that will be for sale during the opening.
Who: Conceptual Artist Shane Bugbee
Where: Armory Skatepark Gallery, Astoria Oregon
When: August 13th, 5-8pm
MORE SHOW INFO HERE:
art saves lives patch and pin set...
cover of the zine...
cover of the hardcover book, full color photos thruout...
Below you'll find a note posted to my (shane) facebook page. I thought you'd like to see that the funds you've given produced more than an art show, they produced tangible, real life results beyond this expression of myself.
I did this for myself, first... but it is sure as hell great to see others feel it... thank you all for helping with that.
we will do this one more time in astoria, this saturday... if you can share this gofundme, it might help pay off the moving truck we will need this sunday... thanx and thank you for helping to fund the arts and my art too!
Hi Shane. I was going to send you a private message but I thought maybe somebody else who came to your showing had the same experience and it is always good to know you are not alone. First, it was an amazing installation, both aesthetically and emotionally.
I am sorry I walked out and sat in the car. I really was hurting but I could not bring myself to sit in there with the emotions and thoughts that it brought out. We have many parallels in our life: depression, self medicating, hazey living, and the show brought mine to the forefront. But, I do not consider that a bad thing. I have been in the process (procrastinating) of doing some lifestyle changes that will hopefully not only help my over all health but my depression as well. I think your show will help me/did/is helping me to see the changes I need.
However, that is not what effected me the most. What did are the photos that had Amy in them. She looks so very sad and helpless to help. She looks frustrated and tired. It really made me think of what my life and how I am living it effect those close to me, especially my son and Theresa. I didn't like that feeling at all. Again, not a bad thing, I shouldn't like it, but I was not truly aware of it until last night at the show.
So, I went out to the car and I read your book cover to cover. I laughed and I cried. I cried for you, for Amy, but mostly for me and for my family. Thank you for helping me to see how my refusal to change my life is effecting those I love. Thank you for inviting me in to see that deepest part of your life. Thank you for bringing a light to my darkest part. Tomorrow I start a journey. The main journey was supposed to be to lose 100 pounds in a year. Now, it is a journey that I hope will have much more meaning than just weight.
Thank you, Shane.
— feeling determined.
Many people came and sat, and spent a good long time in the room with three audio tracks and two videos going, and a recliner, and a sofa, and an old pair of shoes, and 32 framed 8x10s, and one giant gold framed photo of Cheyenne propped on her cushions in the corner, and clear a box of empty marijuana packages from self medication attempts, and a bear head sculpture Shane made during the dark time of depression, and another bear sculpture made from a bear cookie jar.
Some people moved slowly around the room, spending time in each corner and with each element of the installation. Others plopped right down in the recliner, put their feet up and devoured one of the stacks of Hershey bars on the table, following the instructions on the wall. People turned the box of empty weed packages reading the gold leaf lettering on the outside, Shane’s words of despair and regret, and the surprisingly dark lyrics of a Cheech & Chong song about getting high.
A few people cried, many more were moved, some smiled about the funner elements of the installation such as the chocolate bars and the giant jar of peanut butter next to them, or the bottle of whiskey welcoming swigs.
There was something for everyone, for everyone who wanted to come and experience it, everyone who ventured into the small white room on the back side of the Armory building across from the famed Bowpicker Fish & Chips. Already today, Shane has received public and private messages of thanks for bringing forth such a vital work with bravery and shamelessness.
For Shane it is also a huge success, it was already on Friday night when we set it all up for a test run, and he sat in the chair and watched the two videos and listened to the audio, and set up the sculptures, and we just sat in the room and took it in. He said, “This is it, this is what was going on in my brain! This is it!” He said he didn’t even care about unveiling it to the public, just accomplishing it was good enough, just getting it out of his head and making into a physical manifestation.
To all of you who helped to fund this project, thank you! Thank you so much for helping fund the arts and thank you for helping to fund THIS art! Shane needed to do this so much.
This has been an emotional period for Shane and for myself, it is so wonderful to see his face so light and his eyes so clear today, a weight has been lifted from his back. He has smiled almost all day today! His darkness has been sent away and his brightness has returned, not just for himself and this accomplishment but for what it does mean to others. The sharing of communal pain all real humans experience at some point, for what sharing it has brought in in people, for the strength that grew from weakness, and joy from pain. Thank You!
They are full color with a heavy-weight color cover, and include the photo series in Shane’s installation ‘From The Recliner: Between my feet and my heart. Portraits of people taken by a sad person with his furry best friend on his mind’, plus his writings which have been recorded and are incorporated as an audio track in the installation. The books are 8.5 x 11” and 64 pages.
All of the books will be signed and numbered, the soft covers are a series of 30. These will include a photo of Shane from the show, and an empty recreational marijuana container with his name on it. It represents what he used to self medicate before he found real help and began to feel better.
The hardcovers have also arrived, and they are full color with a beautiful full color hard cover. There are only 9 hardcovers and each is signed and numbered, they will also include the extras mentioned above.
A quick look on Amazon shows the value of Shane’s work goes up, up, up, so don’t miss out , and of course, the installation happens Saturday, August 13th at the Astoria Armory Skatepark Gallery from 5-8 pm.