A little while ago nemo participated in our friend Thor of SeeSee Motorcycles’ colaboration with Bell and various artist’s around the portland area. The helmets turned out amazing and the show was awesome. Check out our studio shots of all 21 helmets and the behind the scenes with the artists, video by Jess Gibson.
All on Hell For Leather
What do you think of when someone says Portland Oregon. Well, thanks to the popular show Portlandia you are probably dead on with any Portlandia influenced image that comes to mind…but when you are here in Portland there are 3 things for certain….1. you cannot walk a Portland block without (literally) running into a designer 2. 99.9% of the people you talk to will be heavily over caffeinated and have a tattoo 3. You will become privy to at least 5 art shows you should visit, within in your first 15 mins here.
So in the true spirit of Portland Oregon, Jason Sturgill, the mastermind behind Art is Forever created a nice sandwich comprised of art, designers, the Portland art museum and tattoos. Thanks to my cellmate here at nemo, Jess Gibson, we have some visual stimulation, in the form of video of this tasty design nerd sandwich.
You can read more about this project at juxtapoz.
Mr. Jeff Proctor has a solo show opening First Thursday, August 4th at Breeze Block Gallery. Come on down and support him!
If you want to see more of his work, check out is website.
Mark your calendars! This should be an awesome show.
It’s art opening season, and Nemo Design is coming in hot with our first show of 2011: Accomplished snow and skateboard artists RYNO and Quincy Quigg. You’ve seen their work on Lib Tech boards, Volcom gear, and in the pages of Thrasher magazine. Complementing the aesthetic, Seattle-based musical guests Wildildlife will dispense their heavy, heavy space rock sound.
This is pretty amazing. Pete Eckert began going blind while he was in art school, something i could only imagine feeling totally detrimental to any young artist. But amazingly, Eckert persevered. Gaining inspiration from his loss of sight, he picked up his camera again and eventually began creating deeply conceptual photographs. With his guide dog Clancy, Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City. Watch this short video to take a look into Pete’s world.
Hopefully many of you know about TED talks. If not, you have some serious video watching to do. This years winner is a French photographer named JR.
JR broke barriers with his enlightening portraits of rival citizens shown in a humorous and often reassuring way, plastering the billboard sized images in the most affected and torn apart areas around the world. Starting the project in his native France, he quickly realized the power the images had. After this discovery, his team decided to move in to the middle east despite risk of arrest, brutality, or even death. Check out the video below to see JR’s amazing journey.
the team at Swanson studio take you behind the scenes of the making of their art show!
I feel inspired!
finally finished the recap from the one motorcycle show!
Today at W+K in Portland!
go check out ray’s work and drink a beer. if you ride a motorcycle you will get priority parking right in front of w+k where they will apparently be blocking off the street for a hotrod/motorcycle gathering.
It goes from 4pm-9:30pm and then the party moves to Beauty Bar, where there will be a few more of Ray’s prints, a badass metal DJ, and of course the beer will be flowing.
starts at 5:00 pm and goes late.
come check out 50+ original motorcycles and inspired art.
movie shorts and installations.
more info theonemotorcycleshow.com
see you there!
THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR
Nemo Design presents The Birth of Big Air, a 60-minute documentary film featuring BMX legend Mat Hoffman in his pursuit to go higher on a bicycle than anyone ever thought possible. The Birth of Big Air chronicles Hoffman’s influence on BMX: the physical and emotional strains of riding at his level, and how he continued to question conventional thinking, ultimately leading him to set a World Record.
Our special guest, Mat Hoffman, will join us for the event. Nemo’s creative director Mark Lewman is a longtime friend of Hoffman. Together, Lewman and Hoffman executive produced The Birth of Big Air for Dickhouse Entertainment with Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville. The project is part of ESPN Films 30 For 30 series, featuring epic stories of sport told by contemporary filmmakers.
A $5 donation gets visitors into the screening. All proceeds, including a raffle for Hoffman bicycles and products, will benefit Mike Vincent. Mike Vincent is a BMX rider who suffered brain injuries and loss of vision after being struck by a car in 2008.
The film screening takes place Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7:30 pm at Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont Street in Portland, OR.
*sidenote: We are looking for photographers to document this event for us. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We had an amazing kick-off to Chris Brunkhart’s tour for his new photo book “how many dreams in the dark?” Check out the video!
The Red Bull Illume image quest (the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography competition) just went down in Dublin last night. 4,773 photographers from 112 countries, 22,764 submitted photos, all showcasing their love and dedication to action sports. After nearly 6 months of sifting through photos, the 50 finalists were unveiled on August 31 at a spectacular ceremony in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. And at the end of the night, central California’s surf-photographer-extraordinaire Chris Burkard and his image of Pete Mendia riding refracting waves in Chile walked away with the grand prize: a Leica S2 camera worth €30.000 (roughly $38,000!)
Red Bull will also be releasing the Illume Photobook 2010, a record of their quest. The top 250 images have been published in high-quality hardback and will be available soon for purchase for fans of these stunning, breathtaking images.
To check out all the other insane finalist images, head over to Red Bull Illume
Yesterday evening i received a wonderful surprise….a Mr Seth Neefus, he was making his rounds promoting his new traveling art exhibit Free Life Center. Which launches this Wednesday – May 26th – 8PM at the Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison – Portland, OR – 97214. Entry is $5 – All proceeds benefit Free Life Center’s west coast tour.
For just 5 bones you are sure to be entertained with enchanting musical performances by Inside Voices, E.B. Harris & the Afterlife Revival, Pioneer, Tasche de la Rocha, Weaver, & The Old Friend Band. I’m sure I will see you there!
Heres some more info on the tour and exhibit:
The time has finally come for us to hit the road with Free Life Center. Its an exciting time. We have almost three months of
exhibitions planned, that will take us from Vancouver B.C to San Diego with stops all along the way. Its sure to be an amazing journey.
And so it is with complete joy that we invite you and all your friends to the Free Life Center launch party. This magic send off will include the unveiling of the Free Life Center structure, exhibited for the first time in its fully realized form, complete with art, video, color, sound, and love.
The night also marks the release of Free Life Journal – Entry two -Building, a new publication documenting the construction of the structure. Produced in collaboration with the independent publishing house Container Corps.
Our April First Friday show was a hit. Tyler Kolhoff showed his fantastic photography and the installation collaboration with Justin Gorman was incredible, as well. Special thanks go out to musical guests Guidance Counselor and Breakfast Mountain. Here is a sneak peak into Exhibit A. Come by for more…
Jan. 08, 2010
Nemo welcomes the Jeff Anderson Memorial show “I Am Snowboarding” to Portland! Over 500 friends came to view the art and listen to DJ JOELSKOOL and snowboard legends, Jamie Lynn’s band, Kandi Coded.
Snowboarding being the youngest of the core sports (surf, skate,snow) the maturation of the art has prgressed in this show to strat to play along side the older siblings. Mark Gonzales has grown from a pro skateboarder to being a contemporary artist. Snowboarding artist are getting there. Mike Parillo‘s sophistication with his strokes, Michael Jager has been part of the XBox brand building, and Kevin Zacher has branched out of snowboarding to having commercial success as a photographer. I look forward to where Ryno, Lenhardt and Haynes will take their craft.
Jeff”s be gone for 7 years now and many of the folks in the space never had the pleasure of meeting him. The early memorials of Jeff were with close family and friends. What is so interesting is how the positive energy of that groups love and sincere missing their friend has resonated for years and even into other countries. “Newsweek” writer Ken Auchincloss calls this “event grief,” in which “emotion is the glue that fastens people to an event played out in the papers or on television. Emotions of this sort hardly count as feelings at all; they’re a form of participation. They’re like screams at a pop concert, which don’t signify love or even admiration but just exuberance at being part of the show.” In our often-isolating society, joining others to mourn for a stranger helps people feel connected, part of a larger community and a simple reason for being.
There was a honest sense of community that resonated in the studio, in a small way, bonded the group, just for a few hours. Carpe diem.
Please Join us this Friday the 8th from 6-10 pm for the I AM SNOWBOARDING event. It is a benefit for the Jeff L. Anderson Memorial Fund and the Brothers Skate Park. LOTS of art and prizes. Art work by: Jeff Anderson, Trevor Graves, Mike Parillo, Jamie Lynn, Mark Gonzales, RYN o, Adam Haynes, Jeff Curtes, Ben Brough, Michael Jager, Danny Zapalac, Blotto, Shem Roose, Cheyenne Eliis, Jared Eberhardt and more
Reflecting China: Gendered Visions from the Diaspora
Nemo Design is proud to present the work of acclaimed photographers Shen Wei and Jane Tam in Reflecting China: Gendered Visions from the Diaspora. Reflecting China combines work from Shen Wei’s Chinese Sentiment Series with Jane Tam’s Foreigners in Paradise Series. The result is a collection of work that explores issues of Chinese identity, gender, diaspora, cultural memory, imagined communities, longing and belonging. Both artists have been internationally recognized for their work. Shen is the recipient of many awards and was named as one of fifteen in the “new generation of photo pioneers” by American Photo magazine in 2007 as well as, one of the PDN’s “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” in 2008. Jane Tam was awarded with the Emerging Photographer Award at the Pingyao Photography Festival in China.
Please join us for the opening reception Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6-10pm at Nemo HQ 1875 Se Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214. The show will run through November 23, 2009 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.