Mel Katz Part 7: The T-shirt

This isn’t from my Mel Katz file, but from a box in my closet.

I think it was 1971 when Mel organized a group show at the Fountain Gallery called Crush. My memory is that it had something to do with recycling and the only work I remember from that show was a pile of cigarette butts by Louis Bunce.

Back then I was one of Mel’s advanced painting students and hung around with George Crary, a photographer, doing odd stuff around the PSU art department. Anyway, at the opening of Crush George snapped a pic of Mel and as George readied to take another Mel said, “One’s enough George.” George snapped. We made that pic into a t-shirt.

T shirt overall

We gathered t-shirts from fellow students and art department folks and screen printed the pic in green, just to give it a little extra icky factor. We kept it a secret until the day we all wore them to school including the department secretary and the model for Mel’s life drawing class.

T shirt closeup

Fun times! Here’s a pic, by Craig Hickman, of George Crary and me at about that time.

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Louis Bunce interview 1977

There’s a nice little show of works by Louis Bunce at the Laura Russo Gallery right now. 

The Portland Art Museum had a Louis Bunce retrospective in 1979. Time to do another one for those under 50 who missed that exhibition and have no idea who he was.

I had the good fortune to talk to Louis on many occasions. Here’s an interview from Willamette Week, September, 1977:

BUNCE WW 1977