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The Idea Board 3 & Vans Off the Wall
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:55
I recently was lucky enough to head up to Portland, OR (thanks to Vans) to check out the The Vans Off the Wall Gallery Show, which opened at the Breeze Block GalleryFriday July 15, 2011. It was one of several art show Vans has curated featuring some artists that they work with. Artists Jay Howell, Tim Kerr and Russ Pope were in attendance as well. So I headed up to meet up with them, and also got to stop by to check out The Idea Board Show 3 which opened at the Together Gallery with works by Jay Howell, Mark Warren Jacques, Benjamin Edmiston, David Wien, Casey Grey, Timothy Karpinski, and Doodles.

Photographs & Text by Michael C. Hsiung

The Idea Board 3
June 30th - July 24th, 2011
New work and installation by: Jay Howell, Mark Warren Jacques, Benjamin Edmiston, David Wien, Casey Grey, Timothy Karpinski, and Doodles Together Gallery
2916 NE Alberta St. Suite A
Portland, OR 97211
www.togethergallery.com
All works available here.

The Vans Off the Wall Fall Release Gallery Show
featuring Jay Howell, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, and Marco Zamora.
July 15th, 2011, 7 - 10 PM
Breeze Block Gallery
323 NW 6th
Portland, OR 97209
featuring live music by Sun Foot (Ron Burns, Chris Johanson, Brian Mumford)
All works available here.

So this is my second go-around re-typing this post, so sorry if I forget anything. (totally got deleted first time around f*$#k!) Here's the flyer for The Vans Off the Wall Gallery Show that I was headed up to Portland, OR for. I was really excited to check out Portland since I've never been. Also, a good reason to visit some friends and see a lot of the places I work with.

I headed up Thursday morning and met up with my friend and illustrator Brooke Weeber who was putting me up for a few nights while I was in Portland

Here's some of her works on paper - mermaids, bears, and muscle men! We were meant to be art buddies!

We biked around town, and she gave me a nice ol' tour of Portland. I followed Brooke around to some local stores that sell her posters and cards.

I always hear Portland is raining, but that night it was nice enough to have some IPA's and a bonfire.

Okay, so the next day I checked in with Mr. Jay Howell who was up at the Mark Spencer. We hi-fived and then decided on some breakfast. Egg, bacon, and hotdogs. . . yeah I had one too.

Jay and I had some time to kill before the opening that night. We were going to meet up with his buddy and artist Tim Karpinski as well as stop by a place I was doing a project with called Pinball Publishing. It was a nice day, and we figured how bad would it be to walk there?

It was on the other side of the bridge, where I actually just came from. haha. Again, clear sunny skies. I even got a sunglasses burn.

Jay is bigger than any cab they have in Portland. Maybe we should have gotten on at that point.

Somewhere along our "death march" through Portland Jay spotted this sweet machine.

Can-a-bliss. Get it, hu hu huh hahah.

Finally decided to catch a cab, who dropped us off on "Grand" street, which is great and all, but it sucks when you're headed to "Grant street. Death march continues; we stop off at a Goodwill to buy Vitamin water. Hey man, we were dehyrdrated. haha. Oh yeah, I should have bought this book.

Jay and I had some time to catch up on our death march to Pinball Publishing. Here's Jay's new tattoo by Paul Urich who Jay tattooed in return. Jay told me he gave him a dolphin that said "fun boy." haha. Sounds like a rad tattoo actually, especially if Jay gave it to you. There's some photos of it on Ruth's blog.

With our Vitamin waters out and our bladders on full, thankfully we finally reach Pinball Publishing. It turns out that Francois of Pinball Publishing and Jay are old buddies from SF. I had recently became aware of Pinball threw a project I'm working on with them that involves illustration short stories. I'm doing "To Build A Fire" by Jack London.

Francois and Jay jibber-jabbering it up.

Tour of the Pinball Publishing space.

Francois showing us one chapman book they're putting out. Looks it was Rip Van Winkle

After our tour of Pinball, we caught a cab over to Alberta street where Tim Karpinski's Together Gallery is. Jay was currently in the show The Idea Board 3, so we wanted to drop by and check it out.

Damn, see how much faster a cab is! We arrive at Together Gallery.

Jay and his works that were in The Idea Board show.

Jay touching some of his works. haha.

Artist Timothy Karpinski and Jay Howell enjoying peace.

Jay's works from the show.

A piece by Timothy Karpinski.

Works by Doodles. Remember that interview Ryan De La Hoz did? - Read theinterview.

I like the swords and poses on this piece by David Wien

Some nice works by Benjamin Edmiston.

A wall of works by Jennifer Parks.

Jay checking out this extremely detailed and sweet piece by Mark Warren Jacques

If you get a chance to visit Portland, then you gotta stop by Together. It's a rad space with a front room, studios in back, and a patio as well. Check out those Jay Howell skate decks. This is a caption -- Check it out - zinespotting time. WHOSE GOING EMPTY OUT THE CATBOX??? by Mel Kadel & Travis Millard, The Last ChanceKids by Pacolli and a zine by Mildred.

Tim took us to the back room to check out the studio spaces. Together Studios.

Tim shows us the studio spaces and work area.

Some boards that Tim put out with Jay's handywork on it.

We hung out in the back, where we had some much needed beer time.

Jay's amazing bottle opener! King Shit of Fuck Mountain. haha.

We cruised over the alley to check out this piece.

Where we ran into artist Tim Kerr and Beth who were also in the alley taking photos.

Jay showing Tim the show inside the Together Gallery

Jay outside checking out Tim's nice ride. Jay looks giant towering over it though.

Before heading out to Tim's house, where they were skating and hanging out before the show, Jay and I sneak in next door to check out Ampersand. They've got readings there, releases and a nice collection of books.

We arrive at Tim's pad, and we follow him to the ramp. It's just behind this white van he says. I've heard that one before.

His backyard area is amazing. . . seriously sweet. One side back house, motorcycle, and boat.

Other side - skate ramp and folks drinking. My kinda of place.

Jay chills out and checks out the skate session in progress

Tim and his financee.

Tim skating the Jay Howell art deck.

Skate session in progress.

Doubles.

She was killing it too.

Radio.

Beer Barrel.

Just happened to be filming the music when this happened.

Tim showed us this camper shell thing he's renting out to visiting folks. Wake up and skate the ramp. Not a bad deal.

Or you could stay here.

After skating the ramp, Mark chills out on the phone with a beer on a motorcycle.

They told me I should go check out the inside of the house. I heard Tim had a mean owl collection.

I think Tim said he had a piece from almost every show he had at the gallery. . . but who knows I was sort of drunk. I remember seeing this Ryan De La Hoz amongst many others.

His owl collection definitely might rival or shame my unicorn collection.

Jay and I got ready to head out for the opening . . . I wrote the address on this dude's arm so they wouldn't forget. I should have written it on the beer. Anyhow, I recall hopping in a cab, stopping at a bar, getting in a cab, stopping to get a pork sandwich, getting back in, and then getting out

We saw the Breeze Block Gallery sandwich board, and we knew we were on the right track.

Some folks from the gallery.

I think Jay was pretty excited to be there.

The Vans Off the Wall Gallery Show at Breeze Block Gallery. During the opening Sun Foot would open.

Owner Paige Prendergast fixes a few more things before the opening.

We grab some beers in back with these dudes.

Arthur Lindsey and Jay Howell getting close.

Paige and Jay before the show.

Folks start rolling in.

Artist Russ Pope who also came up for the show chats with some buddies.

Works by Tim Kerr.

Works by Marco Zamora.

Bobby, Lea Anne, a friend, and Portland artist Cole Gerst aka Option G, who I actually had one of my first shows with in like 2007.

Tim Kerr and Noah catching up.

Jay in front of his pieces in the show.

Space Eggs hahah.

Shout out to Fudge and Travis in this Jay piece.

Starting to get packed.

Jay and Russ.

My friend Yoni in the red hat against the wall. I knew him many lives ago in San Jose and ran into him at the show.

Works by Rich Jacobs.

Paige's "gallerinas" having a good time.

Sun Foot consisting of Ron Burns, Chris Johanson, Brian Mumford.

Chris Johanson chatting outside and passing out some flyers to another upcoming show.

Jay and Francois from Pinball Publishing and his lady Hanna.

Photographer Tatiana Wils and Justin Wills cofounder of Society6, a really cool site that makes prints, shirts, and etc, who I got to meet for the first time. Super awesome people.

Shady dealings in the back room. Ha-ha. Tim Kerr is getting Chris to color in a piece he made.

Don't change a thing dude

Jay drew a piece and traded it

Paige Powell and Paige Prendergast of Breeze Block Gallery

Artist Mark Warren and his lady.

Jay Howell, Tim Karpinski, Noah and Brent.

I went to snap a photo of Jay's wall drawing, and he jumped in.

Arthur Lindsey, Noah, Russ Pope, and buddy.

Also we ran into Nieve and Daryll Peirce. I had first met Daryll when we got a booth at the Alternative Press Expo in SF. It was good to see them in Portland.

Tim Kerr had a book available at the opening.

Chris J. and Arthur. Dead eyes. haha.

Arthur put Russ to work by having him sign a stack of posters from the show Arthur curated called Mercury 7 and the New 9.

They had some shirts in back available. I should have grabbed one. Jay Howell collaborative shirt with Vans.

This guy was blading by with some SLAYER flyers or something, and he was heading inside

where he slayed Chris Johanson who holds the SLAYER flyer.

Then we all went out and I don't remember much. Here's a photo I have of Tim driving away in a cab.

Jay let me crash on the floor.

We woke up the next day, not feeling too bad. Check out time was sooner than we thought . . . so we hustled out. Jay's all ready to go. He's got his name embroidered on his bag. Lucky guy.

We met up with my old SJ buddy Brian who came up from Seattle. We took him to have some eggs, bacon hotdog breakfast and then for some beers by Voodoo Donut. Then we headed back to Breeze Block, so Jay could get some interweb action and grab his sunglasses.

Jay gave us one of his rad books! Pages From Books, Vol. 1 which you can get at Needles & Pens. You guys are lucky.

We're traveling a little bit back in time. We ran into Tim and Beth before they were headed out.

Jay flew out later, and I headed to pig roast.

I think I was feeling not so good . . . here's a photo of me trying to get the next person exiting out of the "Honey Bucket" with Andrea, Brian and Jeff.

Oh yeah Brian got one of Jay's shirts off of Jesse's unpianobooks.com.

Here's a photo I found from my camera of Jeff jumping off a swing on our way home from the bar.

Words and photos: Michael Hsiung

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"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the city’s shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesn’t end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.


John Felix Arnold @BRIC House, Brooklyn

In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.


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