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Here’s an enlargement for George Rivera at Additive Workshop.  The artist’s maquette was scanned and digital artists touched up the resulting digital file, and carved in foam on by a flat-bed CAD and a seven-axis robotic arm.  Sculptors assembled the foam blocks and hand carved the surface before brushing on a layer of oil clay.  Every square inch of the clay surface was gone over by hand; adding texture  and sharpening details.  The piece was then molded, and cast in bronze.

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Portland’s creative class has a strong affinity for all things DIY, and zine culture is no exception.  For the last 13 years the Independent Publishing Resource Center has been helping artists and writers of all kinds put indie ink to paper in Portland’s SW.  This month the IPRC starts a new chapter; crossing the river and growing into its new space in southeast Portland.

To help them celebrate, and for a chance to say goodbye to the old space, folks are gathering at Sizzle Pie (west), March 14th from 7pm – 10pm.  The event will also serve as the release party for the appropriately themed Stumptown Underground #21, Memory & the Past.

The art of dang is proud to be included in this historic anthology with this ink and digital piece, “time.”  Check out what the kids are up to at the IPRC and Stumptown Underground!

If you’d like to keep an eye on the art here in Portland Oregon, Greg P. of Hungry Eyeball has done some of the leg work for you.  Shows populate an art events calendar next to a selection of local artists and a list of Portland Galleries.

You’ll find a particular appetite on this “visual art buffet”; one that prefers aerosol over oil, and a humourous character over a stuffy still life.  There’s still a full meal here with enough variety to satisfy.  So grab a plate and head down the line, you may find a new favorite.

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Here’s a Haiku about getting ready to live in a temporary city in the middle of the Nevada desert:

you can smell the dust
on your hands and all over
packing up the car

The last time I found myself in that situation I was pleased to have already contributed some dang art to Burning Man 2011.

Black Rock City’s “Least Best” Newspaper The Shroom asked me to work up DJ Passive Aggressive for the two on-playa issues:


My partner and I had fun painting two side panels and a stair riser for Portland’s ThunderBridge; one of 22 regional collaborations for Burning Man’s Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE), and with all of them burning together, one of the largest fires I have ever seen.

 photo by suzie starr

thunderbridgeI volunteered with the ARTery department, mostly as field-ops (kind of like Placement for art).  Before the event they took submissions for logo design’s and the ARTery staff selected these dang designs for the team and for the 2011 event:
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Last but not least, it was an honor to design Black Rock Spatial Delivery’s shwag for the “Rites of Passage” theme:

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I’m happy to have provided some dang art to so many of my favorite people and groups that have been throwing down in the desert for years.  Thanks to the Portland C.O.R.E. crew for doing most of the work and letting me steal three panels for thier bridge.  Thanks to ARTery for the excuse to chat up artists and for letting the new guy draw their logo.  Thanks to The Shroom for my first published comic strip. Thanks to BRSD for being the best camp on the playa, and huge thanks to k8 for all of her patience, help and visual expertise.