Oooooo! I hope it keeps its roots and doesn't just become another modernized hipsterdom of something once fantastic.
Wow, what beautiful work (I just checked out her website – great range, yes some for kids but most just amazing)!! Kind of a lame article though . . . Portland showing off its provincial side; I know we are all supposed to love Pdx and all things local, but there is life outside of Portland too. Someone doing well in other places should be a good thing, and true artists are also allowed to want to make some cash to live – the starving artist thing is pretentious and unrealistic. Cut a local artist some slack.
I have seen his work in Chicago and it is amazingly neat.
Shameless! Using a blog comment for you press release.
Especially on this story it's almost like saying "Through my name in the failed gallery pile too!"
This article!!! Creative and enlightening
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Possibly the most well-formatted blog comment ever.
Wee House Garage Gallery cordially invites you and yours to our inaugural event—an evening of art, music, drink and dance—to kick off our first-ever art show!
WHO: AMANDA LUNA & JASON GRAF
WHAT: 100 PAPER PIECES UNDER $100 RECEPTION + POST-RECEPTION CELEBRATION
WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH, FROM 6PM-ISH TO 1 AM-ISH
WHERE: WEE GARAGE GALLERY, 3816 SE LAFAYETTE CT., PORTLAND, OR. 97202
WEAR: WARM WONDERFUL--ITS COLD, UNTIL YOU DANCE
WHY: TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS / UNCONVENTIONAL ART VENUES
IN THE BASEMENT AFTER 9PM . . .
LIVE AMBIENT ELECTRONIC BY THE HEIGHT OF 63
OSTENSIBLE SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST ADRIAN ORANGE
DJ HG WALLS SPINS RARE SOUL/FUNK/GIRL-POP/ROCK 45s
BYOB OR DONATE TO DRINK AT OUR BASEMENT BENEFIT BAR
(cheap beer, wine, and well-drinks for those 21+)
Stop by to see our new space--we built these walls!--and bring some cash and/or non-bouncing checks to take yourself home some accessibly-priced art!
Platonic partners in art, music and domestic life, emerging artists Amanda Luna and Jason Graf are testaments to the importance of collaboration, communication and community often absent in the wonderful world of visual art. Utilizing a one-hand-washes-the-other dyadic dynamic in their daily practice, “As Is” takes us on a journey through the mundane and magical lives of these promising, young up-and-comers.
While Luna and Graf dabble in and around certain pop-art memes—puppies, kittens, fantasy creatures, fantasy lands, superheroes, supernatural experiences—their work maintains a refreshing authenticity through the breadth of mediums and matters under exploration. Simply said, these artists will paint anything, on anything, with anything.
Graf’s assortment of visual treasures range from Sumi-ink landscapes of foreign fjords, to acrylic abstractions of real and imagined people and places, to pen and pencil sketches of Hooters girls, guns, and car crashes—all images miles and miles away from his perhaps-more-moving-than-the-real-deal iteration of, “The Girl with the Pearl Earring.”
Luna is no less eclectic in the loving attention her studies turn towards everyday objects, and creatures of personal or cultural relevance. Whether it’s a telephone, a can of Mexican beer, a cubist representation of her studio/home, a shaman swan, or a tentacle-blob-Java-the-Hut-ish monster, the result is a kaleidoscope of colors and tender eloquence.
“As Is” is a loosely-curated retrospective titled to speak to the accessibly-priced—if sometimes tattered and torn—work Luna and Graf have for the past five years accumulated in accordion files, stacks of loose-leaf paper on the floor, or on their studio walls. “As Is” aims to expose their intentionally anti-archival visions to a wider audience, all the while clearing way for the future of what will be. And what will be will be grand.
Amanda Luna's Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amandaluna/
Jason Graf's Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggrraaff/
WEE GARAGE GALLERY MISSION:
An intentional studio and accidental gallery/venue (thanks, Portland Mercury, for outing us: http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/th…), the Wee House Garage Gallery exists to:
A. Give exposure to and generate revenue for promising emerging artists
B. Provide a collaborative studio space for creatives of all process and product orientations
C. Cross-pollinate often insular musical, visual, social, professional spheres
D. Keep art accessible in times good and bad, for all people happy and sad
Or something like that.
Hope to see you here, if not this time, at some point in the not too distant future. In the mean time, take care, be well, and please pass this event along to others who may be interested!
P.S. Call 503-954-1735 if you get lost trying to find us.
Mary Frey and Reiner Riedler can be viewed through Sunday January 3rd
Oh,ha! as if you haven't ever engaged in some stumptown slurping and judging. but, ya, i was hater-ish, sorry. still don't think a "camo" theme & others are elastic, etc. Good thing is, after all this discussion, i am dying to see this project in person and maybe help. for one thing, klutch's art is rad (did some research) and he seems rad and sincere (gotta meet this punk!), so if he's into it i'm open. erin o'dell -firstname.lastname@example.org
I say way to actually do something, rather then just sit in font of laptops drinking Stumptown and judging. I don't think Dignity Village getting any sort of press/funding could ever be a bad thing. If I read right, they have a choice to not have their home painted.
PS: "How often do underprivileged people name a kid Taylor?" -erino
Really? Get a life and quit being a hater.
Looking good! It's nice to see people do something positive with their time, rather than insult people's names and question their motivations.
So the art+article was your idea. ok, but i wonder: is the outside of YOUR home covered in murals?! or your close friends?! it's sort of condescending to think it's neat to make homeless people's places look cartoonish. And how is a "camo" theme or a "hippie bus" theme etc. either elastic, or related to portland history (as Dr Leonard advises)?
As far as your being privileged hippies-I may be wrong-but how often do underprivileged people name a kid Taylor?!! And who but hippies say stuff like "points of solidarity"? Barf! but it's sweet how you defended that lady's foto-op. you seem alright klutch. i'm skeptical but i will visit DV if you're there :) erin o'dell -main email:email@example.com
Criticism is healthy and welcomed but not very useful when it is without any base in reality. We would love for all of you to take a trip out to Dignity Village, meet the residents, and if you see some way that you would like to help then get involved. If anyone has ideas or input on how to improve the mural project or just want to join in then please contact us.
Just to set the record straight:
Taylor didnt even know about the photo until after it was published. I sent it in because Matt asked for a pic for the article.
The Dignity Village residents were consulted and if you reread the article you will notice that they are the focus of this piece, not the art.
Yes, they do welcome the attention and appreciate Matt helping them to increase awareness of what they are doing. There was just a great interview with some of them on OPB radio this morning.
Privileged or hippie are two words that couldn't be more inaccurate when describing us.
It is so easy to be an internet expert and voice your opinion to the world without having any investment in your words. Researching the facts and getting to know the issues and people involved takes much more work but required if you want your opinion to have any credibility or effectiveness. The upside of all of this is that it is great to see people discussing DV since this and a permit article are the only mentions of DV on this site.
These are people's homes!!!not canvases for privileged hippie's art projects!! just because they're homeless people in transition doesn't mean their community should look like a rainbow gathering.In what gorgeous portland neighborhoods do you see mural covered houses? put a mural on a community wall.it's gracious of the residents to indulge nutso artists. -erin o'dell firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS A RELEVANT REPORT BY MATT STANGEL-A FABULOUS WRITER CONCERNING ART IN PORTLAND. THE HOUSING REMINDS ME OF "ARTIST'S VILLAGE" IN NEW ORLEANS-THE HOUSING
PROJECT DEVELOPED BY HARRY CONICK JR AND OTHER MUSICIANS IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE
HURRICANE KATRINA. MAINTAINING THE RESIDENTS DIGNITY IS A KEY FACTOR. MORE POWER TO THEM IF BEAUTIFUL ART WORK CAN BE CREATED AND DISPLAYED AMIDST SOCIAL
DISASTER. KEEP WRITING AND REPORTING MATT. WE LOVE YOU!
Beautiful art! I appreciate the good intentions. I do worry that painting the houses with various "themes" may contradict the idea of having a dignified point of transition for people. Too many murals could create an amusement park feel. The art is beautiful but I think simple, basic coats of paint would more effectively project dignity.
If my observation was without merit it seems that someone besides the subject of the photo might try to set me straight.
I just suspect that Dignity residents didn't seek to have an article written about your project. Was their privacy a consideration? If you can honestly say that there wasn't some intent to publicly pat yourselves on the back for your good deeds as well as get a thrill out of being quoted and photographed, then my hat is off to you. I enjoy volunteering, but you won't be reading about it in a newspaper article anytime soon. Dignity, folks.
I'm all for constructive criticism, just annoyed when people make judgments based on preconceived notions. Feel free to join us at Dignity Village some day if you're curious whether your cynicism has any bearing. Taylor- email@example.com
Must people advertise their community work? As if these artists can't get paint & assistance w/o having an article written about what they're doing. Reminds me of celebs who take a camera crew to Africa to show EVERYONE how much they care about poor people. It kind of sucks the purity out of it & smacks of self-promotion. I'm all for social activism, just annoyed when people use it as a means to get attention. "Hey everybody, look at me! I'm helping homeless people!"
I saw this show and felt the same way -- the tension in the "weather-gnawed" wood piece is serious. Just looking at it made my neck hurt.
Good job all around, Appendix.
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