Every city or town is formed, in part, by the industries which develop it. People create
a community and sense of place based on shared goals and experiences. Over time
these features develop a history, a legacy, and a heritage.
Kenton is no exception. The story of Kenton mirrors that of the entire Northwest
through it’s connection with ports, timber, and agriculture. A unique combination of
location and industry has crafted the story of Kenton. The people of Kenton have lived
and guided its path. This heritage is still with us today in the feeling of community, the
sense of history, the architecture, and the routes we take through our day.
Recently Figure Plant joined forces with the good folks over at the Northwood Apartments to create this 8′ x 20′ art piece for their lobby, celebrating Kenton’s History.
Probably my largest wall art to date. It was a pleasure to work with Mary Hanlon of the Northwood and, as always, the Figure Plant team. Here’s the project description on FigurePlant.com.
Historic images provided by
Old Oregon, The Art of Historic Photos
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon State University Libraries
University of Oregon Libraries
Middle Tennessee State University’s Walker Library
Special thanks to
Alta Mitchoff’s History of the Kenton Neighborhood
Portland State University
Historic Kenton, and the Kenton Neighborhood Association
PDX History, and our neighbors and friends for telling the story of Kenton’s history.
I recently had the honor of putting together the cover art for Sarah Moon’s latest album, available here!
“Sarah Moon’s second album leaves her blues roots behind, blossoming into a Rock/Americana sound that is both pleasing to the heart and soul.”
Photography by Catticut Palich & Wade Saathoff.
An illustration I made for the Winter 2016 issue of Colorado Summit Magazine, about how "a serious shortage of worker housing turns apartment hunting into a joke."
Check out the article here!
Two versions of an entirely mechanical vending machine; one which rotates the product in front of a hinged opening (above), and another which added a bellows-powered nozzle that could be aimed at a particular bag of chips and blow it down to the drawer below. It was super fun working with Figure Plant on the design, and then illustrating it in this style.
A lot of intense design work went into the making of Sunset Overdrive for Xbox, making it that much more satisfying to recreate these digital weapons in the real world. Not only did Figure Plant have to match the look of the game, each piece had to be functional! With names like TNTeddy, Hack N Slay, Pyro Geyser, and the Roman Candle Gun you can imagine the kind of fun challenges we were up against. Here’s a few shots from the studio.
When you regularly convert vehicles and build custom mechanical objects, you end up with an assortment of interesting spare parts, making Figure Plant the perfect place to put these weapons together!
This was a great project even before there was fire and hilarious destruction, which is to say that the shoot was awesomely entertaining. You can see the completed weapons and blow shit up with them in Walter’s Workshop! Here’s a behind the scenes video from our partner’s in crime over at Kamp Grizzly:
Here’s a look at the game:
Art Director Kate Madden assigned a series of cartoon Sasquatch illustrations, a variety of more realistic animal illustrations, and a full page map of the Mount St. Helens area. It was a lot of fun to work in different styles, and then to see them come together in such an interesting and good looking feature!
Squatch takes part in a variety of outdoor activities, navigating the area, observing and photgraphing the unique landscape, and teaching us about it’s history.
Animals populate the map and field guide. You can find out what these critters are up to here: Life Goes On: Mount St. Helen’s Flora and Fauna.
If you don’t get your hands on the magazine, read the full story here: The Essential Guide to Mount St. Helens
Now that the 2014 event is creeping ever closer with more meetings, events, camp planning and the like; it’s time for the third and final post on 2013’s Burn.
Here’s a look at my honorarium art project “Matahari Riset.” Made possible with a grant from Burning Man, and the help and patience of my partner and many dear friends. Thanks to Additive Workshop and Figure Plant for the generous use of their fabrication facilities.
It didn’t take long for him to go native. If you happened to get your picture taken with him please do let me know; I’d love to see them!
Take a look at all of the 2014 Honorarium Art Installations!
The art of Burning Man has always been one of my main motivations for returning to the desert year after year. Here’s a few of the pieces that made me glad I was there in 2013.
Claude the Dragon by Gabe Zanotto, Jim Bowers“A 22′ long incredible work of recycled art! Everything (including) the kitchen sink went into creating Claude over his 20 year existence.”
The Art Department erupted in cheers when Claude the Dragon and his crew arrived; in part because they had planned on being there days earlier (having had their share of hang-ups and breakdowns along the way), and because we already knew that Claude was rad. I had the honor of showing these fine folks to their site. As I led the way to Claude’s new home, Gabe was at the wheel of a dying truck with Claude on his trailer, flanked on each side by his smiling family, creators, and friends. Looking back from my cart it was somewhere between a parade and a bomber squadron. Their happiness was so contagious I made sure to visit them through-out the week, bringing friends to meet the crew and see Claude’s intricate detail. It was beautiful to see them so glad to share their art with this weird new audience in this most surreal place. I’m confident that their entire crew was transformed by their experience, and that Gabe got better schwag than you or I.
Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane
“Truth is Beauty is the second sculpture in a three-part series featuring singer/dancer Deja Solis, the first of which was Bliss Dance (2010)… These sculptures featuring women safe in the present to express themselves, are meant to help raise consciousness around violence against women, begin a healing process to make room for women’s voices, and ultimately result in a balance of energy that will allow women and men to thrive.”
Check out The Bliss Project for more on their amazing work.
Coyote by bryan tedrick
“Coyote is a steel sculpture standing 25′ tall by 24′ wide. The head is kinetic and can rotate 360 degrees.”
Early one pre-event morning I had the pleasure of climbing into the rotating head of this beautiful piece. It came highly recommended by the DPW who had just climbed down. A fellow Honorarium artist happened by and chatted about her project, the difficulties of running a piece from London, and her favorites so far. It was the kind of quite morning I remember from my first year at the event; filled with direct experiences with other people, their art, and the desert. I’m glad I fit it in before my work started.
Part of having a cool day job means crossing paths with interesting people. James Watt and Martin Dickie own BrewDog, the UK’s fastest growing brewery, and star in a show featuring the duo “adventure-brewing” in America’s favorite beer towns. Esquire TV‘s “Brew Dogs” came to Portland to brew while rafting on the Willamette River. Figure Plant was happy to give them a hand with their rig.
Here’s a teaser from the full episode. It’s worth a watch for the accents alone.
Season 1, Episode 6