ABOUT

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Portland is my town. It’s where I have chosen to make a life. When I came to Portland seventeen years ago I never imagined that I would meet so many talented people, run my own art gallery, or be making books, but that’s what’s so special about this place. Reinventing yourself is possible here. Nobody cares where you came from; all that matters is what you do once you arrive. In this way, Portland is a catalyst and it rewards courage and independence. I doubt that any of this would be possible anywhere other than Portland.
In accordance with this city, I don’t run my gallery in a typical fashion.  I have never been a top 40 person so why would I choose artists in that way.  I am looking to challenge the famous or established artist, not just be another stop on their nationwide tour of galleries.
Most importantly, I want to find new artists and cultivate their abilities and move them along toward a career.  Hellion is a long term relationship gallery based in reality.  Hopefully you see a different side of a familiar artist or discover a new one through my completely selfish curation.
Thanks
Matt Wagner

This video from Creative Mornings that I did in 2013 explains more about Hellion than I could type.

“Hellion -ヘリオン-“はトラブルメーカーという意味です。成長するためには、人はときにトラブルを起こさないといけない。日本語にもこれに似た言葉があります。“高木は風に憎まる(出る杭は打たれる)”もし、トラブルを起こしたら、もし目立ったら、突き倒されたり、批判されたりするでしょう。そんなアーティストがぼくは好きで、そんな作品こそが僕が探し求めているものです。ゴールはシンプルです。埋もれているアーティストを世界中から見つけ出し、世に知らせること。アーティストとアートが好きな人を結ぶこと。アーティストに成長してもらい、やりがいを感じてもらうこと。僕はコンパウンドギャラリーの前はMoshi Moshiギャラリーで働いていました。そこで世界中からのいろんなアーティストたちをたくさん見つけることができました。

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Through my diverse connections with the creative community in Japan, San Diego and Portland, I am able to organize events and recommend artists with confidence and quality.  Please contact me for more information about consulting.

Here is a list of some of the companies I have worked with.
TRAVEL PORTLAND
NIKE
ACE HOTEL
UPPER PLAYGROUND PDX
DELTA AIRLINES
MOUNTAIN DEW
SCION
JUPITER HOTEL
TED X
DIG ME OUT (japan)
AMP KOENJI HIGH (japan)

Some of the artists I have worked with.
BLAINE FONTANA
ZACH JOHNSEN
JOSH CLAY
AJ FOSIK
AMY RUPPEL
BRIAN ELLIOT
JSHEA
MARTIN ONTIVEROS
MHAK
OEIL
SHOHEI
IMAONE
TENGA
QUESTA
JUN INOUE
KAZ
MAKIKO SUGAWA
KANA OHTSUKI
TERIYAKI
NISHI
CHO CHAN
SAYAKA
IPPEI GYOUBU
SHIORI KAWAMOTO
REI MOCHIZUKI
TAKA SUDO
AMAMIYA HOGUSA
AI OHKAWARA
SAYUKA BLOODSTONE
EIMI
ORIGINALSTYLE
HR-FM
AKI MIYAJIMA
NIGAMUSHI
HIKARI SHIMODA