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Interview with Luke Bouvrie

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How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am basically an everything-that’s-art promoter. I run small business called Reverse Retro. We bring new and innovative art to Alaska in the form of performance art events and musical concerts. We publish a magazine, release records, book tours in Alaska and abroad, screen films and do other various art related activities.

What is your current role with MTS Gallery?

Gallery Committee Member. The MTS Gallery and Reverse Retro also work together on performance art events like Zebbler, Universe/Juice Team, and the upcoming Powdered Wigs event.

How did you first become involved with the MTS and the Trailer Art Center?
A friend suggested we work with a man named Bruce Farnsworth, a key player in the development of the Gallery and the Trailer Art Center, to bring art to Alaska. We started talking about two years ago and have since developed a close working relationship on several performance art events. In some projects, The MTS gallery has almost become our umbrella organization enabling us to obtain the necessary resources to bring some amazing artists to the state of Alaska.

What do you like most about being a part of the MTS Gallery and the Trailer Art Center?
I mostly enjoy the sense of community and the feeling that there are other people out there working towards the same goal. I feel as though the art scene in Alaska is spread too thin or almost fragmented at times. We need to come together to achieve our main goals and the MTS Gallery/Trailer Art Center is doing just that. It is fun and exhilarating to be a part of such a movement towards cohesion in the Alaskan art community.

Have you had any work shown at the gallery and/or been involved in any performances?
I have never shown any work or actually performed at the Gallery but I have organized two performance art events in the past and I am currently working on a third for October first Friday.

Can you name one show that you have seen (either visual or performance art or both) at MTS Gallery that really made an impact on you? What did you like most about the show? I enjoyed most of the events that I attended at the gallery. They all had some sort of impact on me, but two in particular stuck out: a performance art piece call Detracted and the recent abstract painting show. Both events were very powerful in their own ways and I guess what appealed to me about them were their subtle yet strong undertones of feeling and emotion from the artist.

How do you hope the Trailer Art Center will grow and expand in the next 5 years?

I can only hope for the best! The Trailer Art Center board is working very hard to fulfill their vision. I am not so sure the TAC plan will be realized in only five years, but I would be ecstatic if we were at least a little closer to gaining control of the Gallery building.

What is Reverse Retro? What is your role with Reverse Retro? How did it get started and how do you see it evolving in Anchorage?

I am a partner in the company along with two other friends. We all take on different projects and see them through start to finish, enlisting the other partners help on the event nights and for promotion. We decided to start Reverse Retro because we love Alaska yet found that it can be culturally secluded from the rest of the world at times. This is our main inspiration for bringing artists to Alaska. Many artists are very excited to come and explore the state as well, so it works both ways. We get awesome art and give people experiences they have only dreamed about. It is a win-win situation and very rewarding in that respect.

What do you do for work? What are your hobbies? I heard you fly small planes… is this true?
I just graduated from UAA last spring and have been working in a small aircraft mechanic shop. I am currently searching for a job that is more related to my degree in Management. I have many hobbies most of which center around being outdoors in Alaska. Flying small planes is one of them. I also enjoy skiing, climbing, gold mining, biking, etc., basically anything outdoors.

What show are you most excited about to see/be involved in at the MTS Gallery this year?
I am most excited for the upcoming Powdered Wigs show. This performance is a favorite among many of the artists we have brought up in the past making it long overdue in Anchorage.

Are you a Mountain View resident? How long have you lived in Alaska and where did you grow up? Do you have children?
I am a resident of Girdwood. I have lived here all of my seven years in Alaska. I was born and raised in Boston, MA and moved up here to be in the most remote, wild and incredible landscape in the world! I am unmarried and have no children.

If you had a vision for a transportation solution in the greater Anchorage area, what would it be?
An underground subway like in Boston. HA! I really have no idea. The busses are obviously inefficient and the city layout presents a huge challenge for public transportation. I say more bike trails.

Tell me about the upcoming Powdered Wigs show at MTS Gallery on October 3rd. What kind of music do they perform and what can I expect when I go there?
Powdered Wigs is representative of a new style of music emerging around the world. This style encompasses many different types of genres yet holds to a central theme of artistic expression. Rather than traditional types of music, Powdered Wigs evokes emotion and passion much like an abstract painting; his over-the-top awkward/emotional songs are constructed of baroque opera and pop music samples, rich noise soundscapes and broken sequences and beats. His performances are filled with triumphant and pathetic gestures as he sings his songs or wrestles/caresses with his keyboards. The result is a presentation that challenges our ideas of beauty and suggests multiple meanings and narratives.

Why is it important to bring music up to Alaska?
We need Diversity!!

Is it difficult to find venues for your shows? If so, why do you think that is?

It has been in the past and still is to some extent. Some Alaskans can be very close-minded to new music or art they haven’t heard of. I think we all have experienced this and know why these social barriers exist in certain segments of our population. This is changing more and more for the better. I’d like to mention Doug and Calvin, owners of the Kodiak Bar, as examples of this positive change. Since they opened the bar a couple of years ago, the place has become the premier venue for new and innovative music in Alaska. This is not because their main goal was to achieve this designation but simply because they were accepting and open-minded.

How long has Powdered Wigs been a band and where do they come from? Are they coming to Alaska just for this show?

Powdered Wigs has been around for a few years. The band is originally from Houston but now resides in San Diego. They come to Alaska solely for this performance and workshop.

What kind of workshop are they going to lead on October 4th? Why would I want to attend and what could I learn?
The workshop is about constructing songs from contrasting materials. You would want to come because this is a very new art form that you would otherwise never be exposed to. Powdered Wigs’ music is constructed of disparate materials: 16th century opera, 21st century emo music and screeching noise from the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone distortion petal, to name a few. In this lecture he will discuss how to build cohesive narratives using such contrasting materials. Looking at larger emotional content connections, we find that the similarities are greater than the differences.

How do you promote Reverse Retro and how can we find out more information about Reverse Retro and you?
We primarily promote through newspapers, flyers and various online platforms. The best way to get current information on our events is visit us on the web at

http://www.reverseretro.com or http://www.myspace.com/reverse_retro

Thanks to Luke for this interview!

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Written by mtsgallery

September 30, 2008 at 3:24 am

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  1. Hey Luke, it’s Keith Megson. Great interview, good luck with Reverse Retro, I hope things work out!

    Keith Megson

    November 9, 2009 at 2:56 am

  2. Hey Luke, Keith Megson here, best of luck with Reverse Retro. It sounds really rad.

    Keith Megson

    November 9, 2009 at 3:04 am


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