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.
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.
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!
A little something from the archives.
ink and acrylic on wood
One of my favorite on-going Burning Man projects is the Virgin Letter Project. This year the lovely folks over at VLP asked me to hook up a logo, and here’s what we came up with. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and even happier to contribute to such a rad project. Participants, check them out.The 2013 event marked the third year of the Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE). Four circles, six projects each, representing eight countries, and culminating in one big fire. The art of dang is proud to have contributed the logo for Portland’s CORE project. The treehouse was awesome and burned something lovely. I’m glad to have been a part of it.
Stay tuned for more dang burning man stuff in parts II and III, where we’ll discuss the art of dang’s honorarium project, my role as an art department volunteer, and my experience as a participant in the 2013 event. More fun and photo’s to come…