browningtonforest

February 8, 2008

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i’ve got something to say

this print from browningtonforest captures the love theme of our show lost + found perfectly!

about browningtonforest:

JB Louie is the artist behind Browningtonforest. She left her career as a textile designer to work exclusively on her own artwork. She creates paintings and prints, as well as handcrafted products featuring her artwork.

“I’ve always found awe and magic within the forest. I spent most of my free childhood hours roaming the forest behind my house, right outside of Harriman State Park in NY.
These days I spend most of my time in my studio in a little tree filled corner of Los Angeles, CA.

May your life be filled with Peace and Love!”

in addition to prints she also sent us some pins, mirrors and other treats!

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ubiki

February 7, 2008

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escort

ubiki has contributed some prints to our upcoming show. he lives in las vegas and this is his first art show!

more lilymoon!

February 7, 2008

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lilymoon also sent us some mirrors and pins with her illustrations on them and they came in the cutest packages ever! they’re almost too pretty to open and i had to share them with you.

lilymoon

February 7, 2008

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the perils of a polkadot princess

lilymoon has sent us some gorgeous prints all the way from her home in cyprus! we’re very excited to have some of her work in our show, lost + found, opening saturday february 9th.

she says:

I enjoy:
1. Watching people smile
2. Painting
3. Making paper boats out of sweet wrappers

come check out more of her work in person this saturday!

first friday wrap up

February 2, 2008

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!

ashley g

February 1, 2008

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knitty, knitty

ashley g is another artist contributing to lost + found next weekend.

here’s what she has to say about her art:

“I’m 26 years old. I have loved arts, crafts, creatures, and nature my entire life. I enjoy focusing on portraiture and capturing a brief moment in time. My artwork tends to be simple, but with a sophisticated or stark color palette. I believe great emotion can be conveyed in a simple gesture or look. The characters I create, whether monsters or little girls, are simple, humorous, empathetic, and a little bit pathetic.

I strongly believe in what you’re happiest doing at five is what you will be happiest doing your entire life. Growing up, I endlessly drew and embroidered onto washcloths that my grandma gave me little creatures and animals that I desperately wanted to live in the woods of my backyard. In my mind these creatures had tiny, magnificent, ornate lairs in the trunks of old trees (which I also drew, along with maps of how to get there). And although these creatures were elusive and shy, they always decided to befriend me. Over the years, my creatures have become decidedly more design-driven, put a part of me is still just drawing little friends to have.”

chris brindley

February 1, 2008

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fawn robotic

continuing with the installments on artists in our upcoming show, today i thought i’d share a little bit about chris brindely.

from his bio:

“I’m 24 years old and I’ve been drawing since I can remember. For as long as I can remember it has made me content. I’m a firm believer that once you’ve found something you love you hold onto it. You nourish your relationship with it and allow it to grow with you, as you grow.

In 2005 I graduated from the Maryland institute college of art, with a BFA in illustration.

I have an enormous amount of things in my head and feel its necessary to share them with others. I don’t like using reference, and I prefer to use my memory of things to guide what I make. I’m interested in the division between the idea of something and the actual thing. I’ve got kind of a weird process I use to generate new things from combining the ideas of other things. I spend way too much time in my head.”

ashley armbruster

January 31, 2008

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ashley is showing in our next show, lost + found.

ashley’s artist statement for lost + found:
From the creatures you meet, to the things that you eat, from the loves that you’ve lost, to the treasures you’ve found, what good is love without a little loss? My work emphasizes the importance of things we hold dear like our hearts, our trinkets and our friends, both human and not.

trish grantham’s house

January 28, 2008

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trish grantham, one of our favorite artists, has a sneak peek of her house on one of my favorite sites, design sponge, today!

i thought i’d share some of the gorgeous photos with all of you.

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click here for the full post and more photos at design sponge. you should check it out. it’s worth it!!

kara burke

January 26, 2008

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kara burke is one of the artists showing in our next show, lost + found, in two weeks.

from her bio:

“My young days were great. Riding mattresses down the staircase, constructing my very own pterodactyl costume out of green felt, getting to be the “block” in my elementary school’s christmas performance and of course being pulled in a sled in the middle of the summer (thank you Louie). It’s the small moments throughout life that really mean something big. Those are the memories that will always remain stuck.

I grew up in the suburban midwest, where the best pop is known as Vernors and the lakes really are great. I later moved east, to a small town just outside of Boston. By small, I mean tiny. Daily activities involved braking for wild turkeys, roller-skating on gravel and waiting for those very consistent snow days.

As soon as high-school ended, I decided to venture west, the bay area is what we like to call it. I received my BA & BFA in illustration from the University of San Francisco & California College of the Arts. This is where I stopped drawing from just real life and began creating images derived from my childhood. I admit it, some of them were dreams.

I find enjoyment in unveiling the simple moments in life. You could also say that this is my way of holding onto my youth. In that case, I don’t think I’ll ever age, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.”