Posts Tagged ‘gallery’

fecal face opening tonight!

February 23, 2008

no, it’s not as dirty as it sounds… fecal face is one of the best art blogs around. they cover the art scene in san francisco, nyc and la. tonight is the grand opening of their gallery, Fecal Face Dot Gallery in sf. the show is titled Welcome Home and features work from Kill Pixie, Jay Howell, Kyle Ranson, Jeremy Fish, Kelsey Brookes, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Tara Foley and Maya Hayuk.


work by maya hayuk

hopefully someday they’ll have a portland section on their blog. in the meantime we’ll keep reading about the great things happening in sf, nyc, and la. and if you’re in sf tonight go check out their show! details are here.


jun seo hahm

February 15, 2008

even though valentine’s day was officially yesterday, i think it is always appropriate to celebrate love. here’s an interpretation of love from local artist jun seo hahm:


lost + found

February 11, 2008

the opening of lost + found last saturday was a huge success! we had a great turn out and got to show some really wonderful art.

we made some improvements to the space since the last show and i think it really feels finished now. i even have a beautiful custom made desk by DJL studio to sit at!

here a few photos. we’re still sorting through them, so i’m sure we’ll post more as the week goes on…

before the doors opened:






and a few shots during the evening:





vincent looking satisfied at the end of a great night.

perfect bound

February 11, 2008


hi, cassie here. today perfect bound included me in their Registry Bliss series! go here to read it. i’m flattered…

thanks so much perfect bound!

creative thursday

February 8, 2008


a happy gathering

creative thursday paints sweet pictures full of cute animals.

about creative thursday:

What started out as one day a week, Thursdays, set aside to be a bit more creative while working a 9 to 5 job….Creative Thursday, has become a full time business featuring the art of Marisa Haedike, or as I like to call it a dream come true.

Passionate about following your heart and your dreams, while living creatively – my hope is that even a little bit of this passion comes through in my art and encourages you to go and live your dreams.

come check out her work in person tomorrow night!


February 8, 2008


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!

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.


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.


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


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


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


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.