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.
Artists Jeff Klarin and Rebecca Johnson from Los Angeles design studio Bughouse have created some awesome sculptures which are individually hand-cast in cement and then color-stained to bring out the subtleties. Its funny that the title is Future Fossils, because as far as the world of photography in this new year of 2012 and the past 10 for that matter, the sculpted cameras are fossils of a photo generation past.
As someone who spends a lot of time in the studio with stylists and product I completely sympathies with the countless hours of folding and throwing, re-folding, creasing and bending to make this still life item feel as if it is moving naturally and perfectly at the same time. A weird way to think about fabric and other interesting textures but its the life of a product photographer and stylist. However difficult it is to make the product hang/fold perfectly, conceptualizing ways to show the product without being on a person or mannequin is the hardest part of the job. Hernan Paganini’s series for Catalogue Magazine takes an awesome and fresh approach to product as still life art. He approached each item as a piece of art itself, then built individual installations per item with colors and textures that reflect and compliment the individual piece resulting in a series both designers and photogrpahers can appreciate!
There are a few blogs i like to browse with my coffee in the morning, one in particular inspires me every morning, Design Sponge, there was a certain house under the sneak peek section that caught my eye last week. I didn’t have much time to read into it since my dog was pushing her head under my laptop and whining to go for a walk. But this morning i decided to check out the details of this fabulous place. As i began reading it became immediately apparent, this was Nemo’s friend Greg of clutch camera and Antler&Co! I love seeing the amazing creativity in the homes of those you work with on a daily.
Greg we love you and your insane ability to build cabins and make amazing art out of your homes! Oh and for supplying us with top notch service and photo equipment from Clutch!
With that said, check out Antler&Co for amazing wall hangings and if you are ever in the Portland area and need some rental gear, Clutch Camera is the place to contact! (Justin and Greg will never let you down!)
Always looking to make studio and lighting more fun, we were recently sent this wild little video. Watch these artists go nuts with day-glo-esque “fluoro” paint.
Eerily realistic paintings by this NY painter, draws both a connection to women in America, and disgust that our society greatly distorts our view on body image. With so much pressure on the way we look people become closet eaters, bringers, bulimic, and anorexic. I have never seen this junk food epidemic captured so strongly, after looking through her site you gain a strong connection to the woman in the paintings and feel for her and the comfort she gets from junk food. Take a deeper look at her work here. Disclaimer: this site contains nude content.
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.
Poster Boy is a New York City based street artist. By using a razor, Poster Boy slices up advertisements in the subway system to create completely original works of art. Due to the illegal nature of his work, Poster Boy remains anonymous. Well, anonymous until the recent events involving the young artist being sentenced to nearly a year in prison! Read more on the scorned judge who passed this rediculious verdict! Come on! I cant believe its a crime to make harmless art and have some fun with our surroundings by reconstructing the visual stimulants that are constantly forced upon us!
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…
A magazine containing the perfect mix of fashion, action, ocean, art, and music. Its a great entertainer for those of us girls who like to get out there in lineup next to the guys, then head home and blast our old records while picking out our favorite outfit.
They feature female riders from all walks of life, and never cease to present them with fashionable grace and ease. Making the natural beauty of these ladies glow with their great selection of photography.
The past few issues have featured nike 6.0 athletes Monyca Bryne-Wickey and Malia Manuel. Shot by our very own, Kari Rowe.
Check out more about the nike 6.0 surf team, and the digital version of foam magazine.
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
China Design Now opened this weekend at the PAM. I was lucky to see a preview of the show last week and it was incredible. Here is a little bit about it…
China Design Now is an immersive, multi-sensory exploration of the graphic design, fashion, interior design, and architecture emerging from China today. By focusing on the creative output of three distinctive cities, China Design Now presents a rapidly changing cultural landscape that is transforming China and our collective definition of urban life.
NEMO is super excited to be a part of this event through community programming. We have a fantastic surprise for November’s First Friday show. Save the date for November 4th. Check out more here… www.chinadesignnowportland.org
Landscapes aren’t always my thing, but these are incredible…
Way better than the crazy clownmobile that parades around Portland! These Pakistanis have some style!
I received my new copy of Aperture today and was struck by a series of photographs the presented from Rob Hornstra. The series precipitated from a an article the Dutch photographer read about Russia’s super rich. Horstra traveled to the peripheral towns untouched by such proseperity and explored the limited choices most people in Russia are facing. His rich work captures tensions between past and present amongst a crumbling nationalist landscape.
You may think I’m referring to Michael Jackson and our sick obsession with watching his downfall and death, but in fact I am talking about the first moonwalk, the OG moonwalk. The NY Times has a fantastic slideshow of David Burnett’s photography of the first shuttle launch to the moon. Rather than focus on the actual launch, Burnett covers what makes it a spectacle, the spectator. He turns his lens on the people watching the launch and succeeds in capturing a piece of history as interpreted by its participants. Interestingly, this act of turning the gaze upon spectator reveals certain power dynamics of the time, such as who was allowed to gaze and how. Burnett captures only white, middle class american subject and reveals that men capture the moment on camera. His snapshot of time carry so many interesting dynamics and touching scenes evocative of the moment, but it is also important to consider what is missing in these scenes that also tell a story.
A good friend of Nemo’s, Mr. Jonny Fenix, is a part time collaborator in the art collective Goldmine Shithouse. They get together once in a while and spend a week or two in a debaucherous art-making mode, then have an exhibit. Their latest exhibit, Russian Reduction, happened last week in SF and it sounds like it went very well. Enjoy the pictures and watch the making of Carny Hands.
Stapled and Torn showcases some of the most talented poster artists in the NW. Come by and check it out tomorrow Friday August 1st from 6pm-10pm at 1875 SE Belmont.
Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist whose work is absolutely amazing and disturbing. I guess I have a thing about disturbing work!
Here is some rad graffiti and wheat pasting art from NYC.
Wim Delvoye is an oddly fascinating fellow, from creating a machine that actually manufactures REAL POO (!), to other artistic ventures ranging from stained glass field goals to other works of “poop art“. The Belgian artist bought a pig farm in Beijing, China and has been churning out tattooed pigs. Wim’s tattoo art ranges from Disney characters to Louise Vuitton signature pattern to Russian prison tats. Buyers have the option of “adopting” their pig and watching it via web cam while it lives out its days getting tattoos, being fed sugar cubes by visitors and frolicking in a grassy meadow. Each pig receives individual care from appointed “moisturisers” to keep the tats in good condition up until they reach maturity, then they harvest said tattoos in a few ways. You can either have your pig taxedermied, you can get the raw hide to hang on a wall and If you want it real classy, you can get it stretched over canvas. PETA would have a field day with this guy! be sure to check out more here!
Oregon artist MK Guth will exhibit at the Whitney Biennial 2008, beginning on March 6th. Guth uses a variety of media to display her work. Her latest project, “Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping,” joins an increasingly participatory trend in the art world. Using the multiplicity of meaning behind braids, Guth weaves strips of fabric with messages people like you and me write to her, answering the question, “what is worth protecting?” One of the most interesting things about this project is the “meaning making” behind it. The responses to her question can be social, local, political, personal, or all the above. Her project’s meaning takes different shape each time a strip of cloth answering her question is added to the braid. Guth’s projects over the past few years have taken many manifestations of the braid, including these photos of her performing with the braids as extensions. I love the idea of using braids, there are so many cultural meanings to draw from the plait.
The lines between traditional photography and digital illustrations are being blurred. The work of Nick Veasey isn’t new but i stubbled upon it in the latest newletter from LeBook. The work is scientific and at the same time beautiful. the art work can only be created in the modern world.
777 JET IN HANGAR
You don’t just decide one day to X-ray a 777. Nick Veasey worked his way
up – soda cans, sneakers, city buses – until one day he found himself in a
Boeing assembly facility outside of Seattle, manning the controls of a Murrell
Spectale X-ray machine and taking the measure of what might be the largest
object ever to be X-rayed. Veasey placed the individual components of a
disassembled 777 into the X-ray machine, which was housed in a lead-lined
bank vault to protect the photographer from radiation. Following the weeklong
shoot, the final image required another six months of assembly in Photoshop.