My second book, “The Tall Trees of Portland” will be released next month along with a group show featuring all the artists in the book on April 3rd. This past Thursday night in the gallery we gathered everyone from the book together for a private party and signing event. Spectacular night to say the least. So much talent in one room. I admire and respect every single one of these folks. Thanks to Overcup books for publishing my books in a time when nobody gives a shit about books. Big thank you to Sizzle Pie and Gigantic Brewing Company for supporting the arts with the best pizza and beer in Portland. Thanks to my new gallery assistant Lauren for taking photos all night.
Part 1 of our 2 part show this month featuring AJ Fosik, Jshea, Souther Salazar, Troy Coulterman, Michael Alm and Yosakay Yamamoto opened last night.
Part 1 featured sculpture work from each artist at Hellion Gallery. For part 2, I will be curating the Antler Gallery space. This part will feature 2d companion pieces to the sculpture work from each artist.
Hellion Opening Reception – February 13th at 6pm (show closes on 3/1)
Antler Opening Reception – February 27th at 6pm (show closes on 3/29)
On May 9th, Hellion collaborator Gigantic Brewing celebrates it’s first anniversary with the release of Massive. Massive is a limited edition barley wine style ale featuring label artwork from AJ Fosik. Only 150 cases of this beer were made. I have a feeling it will go quick.
Check out the video and photos from Massive being bottled.
Thank you, thank you to everyone that came out on a cold January night to support the gallery. Check out the available artwork from Troy Coulterman and the opening receptions photos.
Hellion is only 2 years old and I am amazed at how my little hidden gallery has grown. 2012 was an amazing year that included shows in Tokyo, San Diego and Portland; the release of my first book “The Tall Trees of Tokyo and consulting on the first ever Japanese food festival in Portland. I am truly grateful for all support and kindness. I look forward to 2013 and all the crazy shit that awaits!
Had a chance to visit my pal AJ’s studio last week. He is in the midst of completing a body of work for his “Lamplighter to the promised land” show at Guerrero gallery in San Francisco that opens November 10th. Aj with assistance from his wife Kristi were elbow deep in the grindstone of creating these artifacts from some lost pyramid tribe of North America. It was fascinating in the same way that watching a tv show with some rare surgical procedure being performed fascinates me. I got to see the guts. The guts are glorious. Layers of glued plywood shaped with a band saw into beautiful bull horns, individual wood scales tacked on the body with the skill of a northwest roofer, faces and mouths exploding in wooden geometry. Simple and complex Beautiful beasts. The lucky folks in San Francisco will get to see the finished pieces in person next month. You lucky, lucky bastards.