NemoHQ Presents: Undertow: Testing The Waters
Artwork by Undertow
Portland, Ore – May 18, 2010 – NemoHQ is proud to present the work of local artists, Undertow in “Testing The Waters,” curated by NEMO opening Friday, June 4, 2010 6-10 pm. The show will run through Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at NemoHQ – 1875 SE Belmont Street in Portland, OR.
“Testing The Waters” is the debut art show for three best friends and former college classmates who share the same passion for art, design, and ground beef tacos. Since moving to Portland a little over two years ago, all three artists have collaborated to create an art collective that serves as a creative outlet for their graphic style and subject matter. That art collective became Undertow: three aquatic-based creatures that are visual representations of each artist’s personalities and interests. The art and design in “Testing The Waters” features not only the experiences, inspirations, and commentary of the artists, but also a collaboration with the Jordan Brand to give back to a local charity. 100% of the proceeds for select pieces will be matched by the Jordan Brand and donated to St. Mary’s Boys Home.
About Toyhippo: Undertow’s only freshwater creature is Toyhippo. The art surrounding Toyhippo is mostly drawn from life experiences and encounters. His expression reveals his quirky, silly, and sometimes perplexed personality. Although colorful and friendly, he also tends to get rather handsy after a couple long islands, especially in the company of lady wildebeests.
Ohb is Undertow’s deepest lurking and most mysterious creature. His art is centered around not only his secretive nature, but includes a fusion with other inspirational and iconic land creatures (humans). Ohb can be a little too intense at times, but everyone seems to get along with him fine as long as he washes his tentacles after emitting ink. He does have a bit of a temper. We are helping him work on that.
Finally, Undertow’s rarest creature is Whalington. The subject of Whalington’s art is his scarce and endangered condition, which often displays threats to his well-being, as he is the only one left of his kind. Though he appears aloof, he is merely a sensitive chap who just needs a little encouragement. Frankly, we could all do without his passive aggressiveness. Don’t mention the overbite as confidence is already an issue here.