Old Town becomes New Chinatown
‘Generative Erasure: a Painting’, Brief by Professor Perry Kulper
Generative Erasure: A Painting will get involved with digital means of production. We’re looking for conversations that broaden our understanding about the means by which architects produce work—and the varied ethics, values, operating procedures and effects of said means for working. There are no prescribed results, just the expectation for an intense, probative, and pleasurable investment in your work. Our objectives for Generative Erasure include: acquiring a deeper understanding of producing, generating something, primarily, through erasure; utilizing a painting / image as a site for representational and spatial work; and getting off-leash, wandering through the forest, perhaps discovering other gravities en route.
I chose Dark Pond by Kooning because that is how I see Old Town today, DARK. The streets are empty except for the homeless and very few tourists and/or residents. For ten weeks, I walked, photograph and videotaped Old Town. It is a homeless heaven right now (Winter 2021).
My erasure is about dreaming of a New Chinatown (Old Town is the historic district current name). I have learned a lot about the history of Asians in America this week due to a mass shooting in Atlanta where six Asian women were killed. I have also learned, via a Channel 8 News Report, that the Asians left Portland Chinatown because they did not feel safe. As the area emerges from a dark pond to a bright Lantern, I hope Portland encourages the celebration of all cultures and help the homeless find their light.