first friday wrap up

Hello, Vincent here – the other half of Genuine Imitation with a First Friday wrap up. Well, it was another rainy day here in the city of puddles – and cold too – which is never good for art shows. But a couple galleries were open for those brave enough to fair the weather.

At Redux was Seattle’s Art Ghost. I got to talk with Eric and Liz for a few minutes and found out that they had just arrived from a nice rainy 3 hour drive down south for their first ever show in Portland. Seems odd to me that more Seattle folks don’t come down to Portland to show their works – and vice versa for that matter. Maybe after a successful showing here, they’ll be excited to do it again.

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Regardless, the art that was up was wonderfully delightful – from robots and space ships to magical beasts. They start with previously painted works – I’m guessing that they pick them up from thrift stores and yard sales. They then take these pieces and add their own little part to it – it is almost as if the original painter had drawn the background for them to tell their story on. In some ways, I feel bad for the people who originally painted the pieces – they obviously put their heart into it and for whatever reason, it just wasn’t what the world wanted. But what’s nice is that the lovely folks of Art Ghost saw a story in that piece and wanted to tell it – lifting it from it’s dusty grave and giving it a new life.

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Anyway, we chatted for a few minutes about robots and unicorns and all things magical and eventually the conversation veered from art into a discussion about my strange fascination with magic. What can I say, I like seeing it – but I hate when someone approaches me and tries their witchery on me.. like when you’re eating! What’s up with that?! I mean, I’ve got a mouthful of food and you want me to pick a card? Uh uh… the funny truth is, I’ve never had a magician do that – but I have seen it on TV and that is enough to make me feel uncomfortable. Regardless, I think we all agreed that people who performed for others while they are dining are just kinda strange. Anyone else remember that guy at Cafe Lena who would play accordion on Sundays.. *shivers*

Go check out Art Ghost at Redux before they disappear…

The only other show that i got to see was over at Grass Hut with Martin Ontiveros – Rock and Roll Fantasy.

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As usual, Martin did not disappoint. There were some great paintings, hand made plush monsters and the release of the Ojo Rojo toys by Gargamel & Friends. Martin told me that this show really celebrated the two things he loves most in this world – metal and mystical monsters – and to that I say … that’s awesome!

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check out the full line-up of goodies on Grass Hut’s blog

Anyway, that’s all from me. We will be heading down to our old stomping grounds Old Town this Thursday for another fun night of art and mayhem… and don’t forget our next show “Lost & Found” this Saturday the 9th in St. Johns – until then my friends, enjoy the snow!

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