Monday, June 30, 2008

Tidbits & Summer fun

The summer is in full swing here in Portland. It seems when the sun finally comes out here, it opens the whole shebang wide open. Here are some tidbits from this last weekend..

I attended a crazy party in the southeast of Portland on friday night... of course we ended up on the roof. This picture here kinda sums up the energy of summer.

A number of bands played at the party with the culmination of this one orchestra that played serbian gypsy music. I have to say, I wasn't totally excited about seeing them, but after they played a couple songs i was blown away by how awesome they were. It was so different from what I normally listen too, but hey, that's why I moved out here to begin with.. to experience new shit. Here is a snippet of what transpired musically... it reminded me of old kitchens and traveling the countryside by wagontrain.

From there, I was off and running..

And here we go..

Friday, June 27, 2008

Portland Mural Show

This saturday, I'm going to be live painting at the closing of the Portland Mural Show. Anybody in the downtown or surrounding Portland area should come through and see 30+ artists all painting their own door donated by the Portland Re-Use Center. Plus, the closing of the Portland Mural Show. Aside from the art there will be bands, DJs, bbqing, and beer. Plus, it is supposed to be beautiful.. so come on through!

Olympic Mills Commerce Center
107 SE Washington St. at SE 2nd Ave.

House Party

My brother, Blake, my roommate Alison, and myself threw a house warming party last saturday to break in our house. We had some old and some new friends come over and some we didn't even know. Alison's ex-boyfriend's band, The Fasttakers came and played and they were rockin! My friend from Boston, a one mr. Rob Heppler (formerly of the Weekly Drop) came thru.. He is better at blogging than me so you should check out his take on the night here. Also, an unexpected guest, my friend Syd from New York ended up being in town and she came thru too.. fun! As usual the party eventually dwindled to a core of drunk individuals doing stupid things.. and yes that group included me.

The Fasttakers played around 11pm and I'm sure completely pissed off the neighbors. Luck would have it that by the time the cops actually came to quiet us down, the band has already stopped playing.

Ryan & Pete.. Ryan is one of the owners of said house we were partying at. He didn't mind.
Of course Pete brought over his Trike and it injured people.. In fact Pete just told me the other day he got another Trike identical to this one.. we are psyched!

Alison makes this totally redneck punch made with cheap vodka pink lemonade and Pabst beer. The white-trashiness is only accentuated by the fact that we served it in a mop bucket.
Paris mysteriously made a late night appearance.

Alison's mannequins became the stage for many a stupid moments.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tank Theory Artist Section Update!

We have just updated our Artist Section over at Tank Theory with in-depth profiles for the artists on our site. We have worked with many of these talented people and others are represented because we are huge fans of their work. Check out new additions such as Nishi, Marion Bolognesi and Alberto Seveso.. or just revisit some of your favorites. All around some serious work being included so enjoy!

Un Named Rottens Show Opening

My good friend Daniel St. George will be exhibiting work at the newly opened Factory Fresh gallery on June 28th! Anyone in Brooklyn should make it a point to check it out.

New works by Beau Velasco, Daniel St. George, and Jeremiah Maddock
June 28 – July 21, 2008
Reception: Saturday, June 28th from 6-11pm

Un Named Rottens is a collaborative exhibition featuring new works from New York-based artists Beau Velasco, Daniel St. George 2nd, and Jeremiah Maddock. Un Named Rottens will showcase works that look at the primal side of the human psyche and its relation to us in the modern society. The three artists share similar views on how they view the world, as well as a dark, humorous, and, at times, cryptic visual narrative.

Factory Fresh, located at 1053 Flushing Avenue (corner of Vandervoort Place)
Via subway: Take the “L” train to the “Morgan” stop.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

First Thursday

I went out on a mission by bike with some friends to downtown Portland for some art and stimulation.. It was first thursday last week, when pretty much all the galleries and artist studios open their doors to the public for a chance to see what has been happening.. strangely enough, it seems the navy was also in town that night. Not only did we see battle ships that I can't imagine how got in the city, but the coast guard was also out in full force, cruising up and down the Willamette River in heavily armed boats.. It was kind of scary actually, like marshal law had set in.. this of course was compounded by the fact that drunken sailors were everywhere..

To protect drunken sailors.. or the beginning of marshal law?

Check out the sky in this picture.. This is pretty much how the weather has been here for the last 2 weeks.

We checked out the thesis work of some artists enrolled at PNCA.. in particular, this miniature medieval set really stood out for me. It was amazing down to the last little morsel of food on the table.

Then to Compound Gallery for another opening featuring 2 Tokyo artists, Mahk & Oeil.

I don't know this girl, but I really like this photo..

Then, sailors or no sailors, cheezin for the rest of the night..