An Ounce of Power
September 6, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Featuring Andrew Barksdale, Keith Carter, Matthew Courtway, Audrey Desler, Fred DiMeglio, Adam Garcia, Justin Hawkins, Lonny Hurley, Beth Kerschen, Chris Lael Larson, Tara Murino-Brault, Rob-O, Jennifer Parks, Chad Rea, Karen B Sawyer, Lee Schulz, Ryan Jacob Smith, Jason Sturgill and more!
Opening Reception September 6th 7 - 10 pm
Curated by Molly Georgetta
Opening Reception September 6th 7 - 10 pm
Curated by Molly Georgetta
This show isn't about political parties or patriotic declarations, it's about caring. This year is an important year - it's an election year. It's easy to forget about the greater good when you live in a place like Portland, where the bike lanes are friendly and the coffee is designer. But it's important to remember that there are things that are more important than art, music, and easy living in the Pacific Northwest. You have an ounce of power - you might as well use it.
A volunteer from The Bus Project will be at the Opening Reception September 6th to register people to vote.
Adam R Garcia is The Pressure. Art Direction, Design, Illustration, Lettering, , The Dark Arts, Moebius Strips, Electrically Boogalooing, Prognostication, Motivational Speaking, "BRANDING," Etymology& Spelling Bees. PDX via PHILA via MPLS<3 /////+++++//////<3
Andrew Barksdale, aka DROID, is an artist currently residing in Portland, OR specializing in screen printing. With roots on the East Coast, he has completed a manifest destiny of sorts by slowly migrating across the U.S. (including a stint overseas in the U.K.) to end up in his current location. Influenced heavily by rock and roll music, skateboarding, and anything weird, his posters have been featured in shows across the U.S. and Europe.
Raised by a pack of wolves in the back-40, Audrey now spends her days screenprinting, speeding through traffic on her bike, and trying to sit still. A huge proponent of all things sustainable, she often finds herself digging cool shit out of dumpsters and giving them second lives. When she's not dreaming about a more beautiful world, or explaining something through interpretive dance, she's most likely drawing with strangers at bars.
Berto Legendary H is an independent designer and artist based in Portland, OR. After attending Parsons School of Design in New York City he decided to move to Los Angeles where he has shown in galleries and build his network of clientele. He has been featured in Computer Arts Projects and numerous blogs about his art and typography. Berto also does mens fashion design and has been acclaimed by Vivienne Westwood and many others. He is known for setting trends, progressive designs and mixing of fabric textures.
Beth Kerschen is a multi-disciplinary artist using photography and printmaking to express a unique vision. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Colorado College with a focus on photography, photo illustration, and printmaking. After college, she moved to Boston and worked for Polaroid; expanding her extensive photographic and digital imaging knowledge. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer with several creative firms in Boston; eventually moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008. The move to Portland was part of a career shift back to photography, photo illustration, and printmaking. She uses a unique blend of photography and printmaking to create her images.
Chad Rea is the chief instigator behind ecopop, a social innovations collaborative that merges ecology and pop culture to create brands, art, and activism–or brand artivism, as he like to call it. Print collaborations for "An Ounce of Power" include Karolina Pyrcik (www.karolinapyrcik.de) and nemo design (nemodesign.com).
Chloë Miller is a designer, letterer, illustrator and letterpress printer. When not at the computer or press, she can be found riding her bicycle, going on picnics and reading in bed. She is inspired by old type books, vintage linens, Scandinavian summers, Talking Heads & the Pacific Northwest.
Chris Lael Larson is an multi-disciplinary artist, musician and graphic designer who lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA. His current motion work coalesces hand-sequenced digital stills, stop-motion, hand-drawn animation, motion graphics and sound collage—flowing layers of color, shape and texture together into surreal meditations on physical and emotional landscapes. Stylistically, this work draws from abstract painting, collage and contemporary photography traditions. Chris is the founding member of Deelay Ceelay, a collaborative video/music performance duo (with percussionist Delaney Kelly). Having toured extensively from 2003-2010, Chris has screen/performed works in over 30 cities across the US, Japan and Europe. An accomplished graphic designer, he has created projects for such notable clients as Nike, Sony, Electronic Arts, Coke, Target and Old Spice. Chris received his ba in photography from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was awarded the Irwin Scholarship for the Visual Arts.
I’m a culture worker with a background in advertising, design and various curatorial practices. Having worked for Wieden+Kennedy, Dark Horse Comics, Laika, and Nike along with running my own online art gallery has heavily influenced my current art practice which centers around connecting community through the intersection of art and local business. I’m currently participating in the MFA program in Art and Social Practice as well as teaching graphic design at Portland State University.
Jennifer Parks is a comic artist, illustrator, and Co-member of the Pony Club Gallery. Her world is filled with ghosts, charcoal, and ornamental gatherings. Her work without compromise tells the tale of that world in intensely rendered darkness. Jennifer was most recently featured in the comic anthology Study Group 12 with a tale of spirits that lurk someplace between your dreams and your window.
A passionate designer and fair weather artist from Portland, Justin Hawkins has worked as graphic designer for more than 10 years. With experience at creative Pacific Northwest companies such as Nike, Weiden & Kennedy and Peetkegler, Justin thrives on working with others to make interesting projects or products come to life. On a mission to discover his passion in life, Justin developed a keen interest in business, branding and marketing. After three years of researching and brainstorming projects that might be worth quitting his job over, he stumbled into the opportunity to co-found Churchkey Can Co. With the endless opportunities for collaboration and connecting with the community, it was the perfect fit.
Keith was born in 1978 in Tacoma, WA. He went to Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He received his BA in Fine Art. He later went to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. He left a year before completion of his BFA to accept a job at Seattle design firm Ames Bros. He worked there for 2 years. He currently lives in Portland, OR. He spends most of his time painting pictures of animals and people.
Lee Schulz began his career in art and design at the California Institute of the Arts, where he earned an MFA. Since 2007, he has been running his own studio, Yes Please, in partnership with artist and filmmaker Anouck Iyer. He has been fortunate enough to work for many of the world's top brands developing a project portfolio that ranges from ad campaigns, to limited edition packaging, apparel and product graphics, bespoke patterning systems, custom commercial fonts and gobs and gobs of motion graphics. Regular clients such as Nike, Target, Old Spice, Coca Cola, Starbucks, Showtime, IFC, and FX Networks keep the future looking bright. Additionally, his work has garnered recognition both nationally and internationally through publishing and gallery shows, and several of his posters and type designs are lucky enough to live in the permanent collection of the Museum für Gestalting in Zurich.
WASHINGTON-->ALASKA-->TEXAS-->VIRGINIA-->MISSISSIPPI-->TEXAS-->GEORGIA-->OHIO-->NEW YORK-->MISSISSIPPI-->OREGON. Some where in there ranch hand, sailor, security at an airport, husband, worked at a rock magazine, home depot, fell off a cliff, went to the bottom of the world, screenprinter, designer. Not in that order. Dood I’m a designer born to procrastinate.
My current work is primarily monotype, prints that are jewel-like in their intensity of color and directly-conveyed emotion. Occasionally I embellish them by screenprinting, drawing or collaging on them. I enjoy monotypes for both their painterly qualities and their spontaneity of execution. I'm a big fan of painting, don't get me wrong, but for me the process of creating a painting seems too open-ended, dragging on forever and losing it's immediacy. My monotypes exist in the moment they were created and reflect the world as I experienced it then. For me they are an easy path to remembering a place, a thought, a moment in time.
Michael Buchino is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon, and the blog moderator for AIGA Portland.
Rob-o studied illustration at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and then studied graphics at Hussian School of Art. While in school, Rob-o was freelancing in New York’s booming record and fashion industry. Being a child of the 80’s, he grew-up in the golden area of East Coast Graffiti. Surviving quite a few style battles, Rob-o quickly learned at a young age to always keep your skills sharp. To this day, Rob-o uses that same energy in a 20yr old professional career and in his grass roots art. Rob-o also likes to refer to himself as a Life Designer. He enjoys pulling inspiration from what’s around him everyday. Being in the present fashion trade, he has an overwhelming desire to bring back the craft men side of the industry and present it on every gallery wall around the world. To do that, he creates TesT studios, a platform where he can challenge himself and the profession. Not just with his talent, but with his subject matter. Rob-o’s passion is to interpret the unspoken stories of Black America’s dignified past. For him, these stories in their bare essence is about self endurance, solidarity, pride, undying passion and love. Some things all humans can relate too.
Rory Sparks is the founder of Em Space Book Arts Center, where artists have access to studio space and equipment on a membership basis for their book arts practice. She produces her own work out of the studio, and specializes in letterpress printing and limited edition books for artists and photographers. She also teaches at various institutions including Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Em Space.
Ryan Jacob Smith lives in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys collecting old science books and ephemera from thrift stores, skateboarding and buying records. He was raised in Orange County where he passed his early days rock collecting, bmx riding, skating and cub scouting. He graduated, with honors, from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (2001). His narrative work explores themes ranging from the earth and its environment to consciousness, the human body, survival and hurt and healing. Incorporating the traditions of illustration, painting, and collage, his work is a mingling of intention and improvisation. His innovative pieces bear the marks of their own history; fragments, mistakes and unconscious marks are incorporated into the composition such that each work represents an honest account of its own development. Combining acrylics, spray paint, silk-screen and graphite, Ryan's work is as much informed by the street culture of his youth as his formal fine art training.
Tara Murino-Brault was born and raised in Chicago. She received her BFA in Graphic Design at The University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA in printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Currently, she is an artist and educator who resides in the Portland Oregon area. She currently teaches a variety of classes at Portland Community College and is mom to a five-year-old named Gus. Her favorite mediums are all forms of printmaking, carving, and painting in gouache and acrylic. Her favorite dessert is cupcakes.