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Re: “The Art-cession

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!

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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

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IN THE BASEMENT AFTER 9PM . . .

LIVE AMBIENT ELECTRONIC BY THE HEIGHT OF 63
(http://www.myspace.com/theheightof63)

OSTENSIBLE SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST ADRIAN ORANGE
(http://www.myspace.com/adrianorangeandherb…)

DJ HG WALLS SPINS RARE SOUL/FUNK/GIRL-POP/ROCK 45s
(http://www.myspace.com/frontmachine)

BYOB OR DONATE TO DRINK AT OUR BASEMENT BENEFIT BAR
(cheap beer, wine, and well-drinks for those 21+)

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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!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:

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/

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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.

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LAST WORDS:

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!

Sincerely,

Wynde Dyer

P.S. Call 503-954-1735 if you get lost trying to find us.

Posted by Wee House Garage Gallery on 01/06/2010 at 11:24 AM

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