Portland as Fuck
February 7, 2013 to March 3, 2013
Featuring Ryan Berkley, Ryan Bubnis, Michael Buchino, Keith Carter, Alex Chiu, Jeremy Okai Davis, Tripper Dungan, Morgaine Faye, Meg Hunt, Fawn Gehweiler, Trish Grantham, Micheal Illick, JesseHectic, Ian Karmel, Tim Karpinski, Josh Keyes, Nicole Lavelle, BT Livermore, Steve Mathews, David Neevel, Bethany Ng, Jennifer Parks, Jack Pollock, Jeff Proctor, Wilder Schmaltz , Scrappers, Jeff Sheridan, Bwana Spoons, Brett Superstar, Brent Wick, David Wien, Lloyd Winter, Brooke Weeber and more!
Opening Reception Thursday February 7th, 7 - 10 pm
Curated by Molly Georgetta & Scrappers
Opening Reception Thursday February 7th, 7 - 10 pm
Curated by Molly Georgetta & Scrappers
I would describe my art as strange and nonsensical. I create fantasy landscapes using cartoon characters. There isn’t too much meaning behind it all, but it’s given me a platform to connect with others. I’ve met some of the most amazing and inspiring people through my journey as an artist. Creating artwork has given be a sense of purpose and identity. I’d like to think that what I create will help me understand more about myself and the world around me. I hope that others may be moved by that exploration as well. I currently live in Portland, Oregon. I work as a teacher and coffee barista. I live in a two bedroom apartment with my wife, A’misa Chiu. I like weirdo art, burritos, zines, punk music, and kung fu movies.
I am a Portland, OR based illustrator who is influenced by animals and patterns. I work mostly in pen and ink but is known to create a collage or two. My inspiration comes from skateboarding, motorcycling and hikes in the Cascade Range.
Hi, my name is Brett Superstar. I live here in Portland Oregon and I love it here. I moved here in 2000 after finishing school in Columbus Ohio. I studied Illustration and Painting and have been neck deep in art ever since I moved here. Either doing character design work for Bent Image Lab or hanging shows around town, I am always busy making art. My work has a wide rang of style from animals, people, to anthropomorphic rabbits. Most of my work is acrylic on wood, but some times branches out to needle felting and some sculptural elements.
Brooke Weeber is a Portland-based illustrator who brings whimsical, nature-based scenes to life. Her complex pieces combine animals with instruments, ribbons with clouds and always feature her iconic subtle color palate and playful aesthetic. Brooke finds her inspiration from various natural landscapes as well as Greek and Native American culture. She started drawing when she was a young thing, but started focusing on it in high school and later in college. After receiving her BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 2003, Brooke flew her native Northwest for the big city, where she focused on her other passion - professional baking. She received a degree in Professional Pastry Baking at the French Culinary Institute of New York in 2005 and worked as a high-end cake decorator immediately. Craving more trees and more drawing space, Brooke packed up her apartment and re-rooted herself in Portland in 2009. She's been cranking out pieces ever since and has had shows locally at Mississippi Studios, the Farm, and Tribute Gallery. She's pleased as punch to be on her bike, thinking of pictures and what kind of cake to make for her next friend's birthday.
BT Livermore was born in Minnesota, and like all Minnesotans, is covered head to toe with a downy layer of fur with which to keep warm during the winter. In 2005, he decided to trade in six months of snow for six months of rain and now lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon. His work is usually heavy on typography, tongue-in-cheek humor, with recurrent themes of “kind capitalism.” It has also been described as "a modern take on a drug-crazed, 1930s brain" and "vaudeville awesome." He also co-runs the moustache wax company, Man's Face Stuff.
Bwana Spoons is an artist all the way thru the brain and into the guts. he is a painter,illustrator,and toy maker. Bwana has his works featured on just about anything imaginable, from cars, to strollers, to shoes. His artwork has been featured around the globe from his current hometown of Portland, to San Francisco, Los Angles, New York, to Japan, Spain, London, Paris, and a few parts in between. His favorite form of art these days is the installation working with wood and painting large scale murals. When Bwana isn't doing any of this you can find him running his gallery, Grass Hut Art Market or tinkering away in his self made studio in Portland Oregon. The client list for Bwana Spoons includes- Adidas, Converse, Dakine, Dekline, Foundation, Gargamel, Hurley, Laika, Nike, Smart Car, Super 7, TAG, Vans, Warner Bros. and a small army of others.
"David Neevel is a conceptual artist in Portland Oregon, and his feelings remain strong. David's work often involves words. David is hoping that not feeling so depressed lately won't hinder his art."
David Wien is 32 years of age. Born in Vermont and living in Portland Oregon for the past 8 years, David was a partner at Together Gallery from 2007 to 2010. He likes to spend his time painting and woodcarving and skateboarding and giving thanks and praises.
My name is Fawn. I am an Art / Creative Director, Fashion / Editorial Illustrator, Apparel / Textile / Surface Designer, Occasional Painter, Cat Fancier, Commune Kid, and Consummate Collector of Late 60s and Early 70s Teen Girl Ephemera. I was born in Miami by way of Jamaica, raised off the grid in a Hawaiian rainforest, and currently live and work in Portland, Oregon, sharing a ramshackle 1920s bungalow with a lovely partner in crime, two feral Persian kittens, and 79 temperamental houseplants. My artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, appears regularly in various art and design publications, and was once described by The Face magazine as "the visual equivalent of candyfloss peppered with broken glass, delicious yet dangerous".
Ian Karmel is a Portland comedian whose style zig-zags between the eclectic and the universal, appealing both to crowds who own homes in the suburbs, and crowds just staying with their parents in the suburbs until they figure some things out. Coming from an improv background, including time with The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade, Ian entered the world of stand-up with a unique perspective that helped him win the 2011 Funniest Person in Portland, 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition and has given him the opportunity to perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Austin’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, Portland’s Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club, Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, Seattle’s Comedy Underground and Los Angeles’ Comedy Store. In addition to stand-up, Karmel has appeared on television, playing a character in IFC’s sketch show Portlandia and as a post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers
Like Submariner, Jack Pollock is at war with the surface world, and his unique illustrations bear eloquent witness to this constant struggle.
Jeff Proctor is originally from New Hampshire and went to school for graphic design and painting at Maine College of Art. He then worked at JDK Design Studio and Rogues Gallery. In 2006 He moved to Oregon to work for Nike Skateboarding. Proctor went freelance in 2008 while shifting his focus to illustration and has done work for clients including Nike, Burton Snowboards, Manik Skateboards, Anon, Nixon, Zoo York, Gatorade, The Black Keys, and Mogwai.
Jeff Sheridan is an artist and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. Jeff studied fine art at the University of South Florida. His work focuses on consumer culture and environmentalism viewed through a lens of ancient traditions and science. His drawings and paintings have been featured on the set of Portlandia Season 3,and shown throughout galleries in Portland, most recently at Disjecta's 6th Annual Art Auction. He also works as a freelance cartoonist for various publications and organizations including ORLO and The Bear Deluxe, and The Portland Mercury
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.
Jeremy Okai Davis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 14th 1979. He moved to Portland, Oregon in January 2007 in hopes of new inspiration. He attended The University of North Carolina in Charlotte and received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Graphic Design. His work is a reflection of his life and concerns, sometimes taking a pop spin in a direct response to the media he is fed, albeit willingly, and at other times, a more intimate portrait based approach. Jeremy Okai Davis’s color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal.
Jessica Raddatz, aka. "JesseHectic", grew up in the Pacific NW and currently lives and works in Portland. The "Rambo Tambo" series was born out of a project meant to reconnect with peoplethrough the dying art form of the hand written letter. It grew into a movement to start an all girl all tambourine band named "Rambo Tambo." Growing exponentially in size, the band will roguely bomb venues with a flash tambourine mob of women. Look out for a future "surprise" performance in a city near you.
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.
I live in Portland, OR. Currently working at Wieden + Kennedy. I was born and raised in the rugged mountains, desolate plains and lush valleys of Idaho. I am: a teacher turned designer, believer in collaboration, designery illustrationist, graphic wizard, the fourth Lloyd in a long line of Lloyds, lover of album art and rock posters, skateboarder, punk, a hands-on hand-made enthusiast, a father – husband and still a teacher in many ways.
Hi! My name is Meg. I'm a self-professed jack of all trades, but currently work as an illustrator. My goal is to fill the world with my creations, and make people happy in the process. I want to explore and try new things; it's my goal to branch out beyond editorial and into the living breathing world we inhabit. One day I would like to illustrate gift cards and childrens' books and stationery and textiles and packaging and oh, all sorts of things. What do you say?
Michael Buchino is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon, and the blog moderator for AIGA Portland.
Hailing from the Bay Area, I currently reside in Portland, Oregon, and I hold a BFA in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art. I work as a production assistant for Bent Image Lab creating storyboards, set designs, props, and puppets for stop-motion productions.
Nicole Lavelle is a person living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her preferred mediums are words, ink and vegetables. www.makingstuffanddoingthings.com -and- www.w-o-r-d-u-p.biz
I'm a comics inspired gentleman surrounded by toys and Chewbacca masks. I like drawing sharks and animals and creatures and daredevils and superheroes. Sometimes I combine all of them - sometimes they are on their own - it really depends on my mood.
Ryan Bubnis’ clean yet chaotic style has been described as “urban folk.” Through his paintings, installations and design work, he comments on themes relating to the human condition. Vibrant, abstracted shapes and faces radiate joy and optimism while they float in and out of rich, multi-layered realms. Working intuitively he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, spray paint, acrylics, cel vinyl, sandpaper, pencil and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, graffiti, Saturday morning cartoons and outsider art from a variety of cultures. Born in California in 1975, he received his BFA in illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art where he now teaches a professional practices course to undergraduate students. His work has been shown extensively throughout the US, UK, Taiwan and Canada. He has been featured in publications such as Nintendo Power, Clout, Vapors and Juxtapoz magazines. Some of his clients include Kidrobot, Nike, Imperial Motion, Aleph Zero, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Seattle Weekly, Hasbro, Threadless, Uncommon and 20th Century Fox. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Born on Vancouver Island B.C., raised in Burbank California, schooled in Pasadena+Humboldt+PSU+Wieden+Kennedy12, day jobbing as the art director of the Portland Mercury, home studio artist living in the Sunnyside of Portland. Would rather be surfing with his little boy Camper.
my name is steve mathews, i live in portland, oregon. i like to paint, raise my kids, and ride silly toys on concrete and in the water.
“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”
Some say that good art has to communicates a story or emotion. My art is happy, curious, at times surreal, psychedelic, and always cartoony. I'm inspired by escapisms such as animals, music, food, and vintage toys. I don't always want to convey a clear story more than I want to inspire a story or touch on the outskirts of a condition. My most ambitious goal as an art maker is to create a situation where the viewers brain shuts down for a second, a blissful moment of reboot where the brain is trying to figure out what the hell is going on but knowing full well it's just nonsense.
I am a painter in Portland Oregon. I have shown all over the Country as well as Japan. I have painted for: Adidas, Brooks Shoes, Starbucks, School of Visual Arts NY, Visa, and Target. All of my paintings are originals and very unique, all the paper backgrounds are vintage and one of a kind. I love collecting vintage paper, bird watching, and playing with my puppy Pablo and kittens Arlo and Georgia!
Wilder was born in Portland, and so was his baby. His work often portrays outdated notions of mutable concepts like clean living, delinquent or dangerous behavior, good citizenship and masculinity/femininity. He holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a cofounder of Flight 64 Press, a nonprofit printmaking studio. His illustrations have appeared in places like Grantland Quarterly, The Portland Mercury, on bottles of liquor and the front of books and albums.