GRAFT: Design Week Portland
6:00pm - 11:00pm
810 NW Marshall Street
Portland, OR 97209
presented by AIGA Portland
Featuring: Graffiti Fine Art Film Premiere & Graffiti Type Showcase
Graffiti Fine Art premiere
Doors open at 6:00PM
Film starts at 6:30PM
$15.00 for AIGA members, $20 for non-members
Graffiti Type Showcase
Showcase is from 8:30-11:00PM
FREE, as capacity allows
Join AIGA Portland for Design Week on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. for the Oregon premiere of Graffiti Fine Art, a short documentary film about 65 graffiti artists from 13 countries who descend upon São Paulo, Brazil for the Graffiti Fine Art Exhibition at the MuBE Museum.
Immediately following the film will be a Q&A session with the film’s director, Jared Levy, and a panel discussion of the impact of urban art and how it influences design thinking.
After the discussion, you won’t want to miss the spectacular Graffiti Type Showcase. This exhibition features 26 artists, designers, typographers, graffiti artists and illustrators from around the world who were tasked with reinterpreting and redefining the 26 letters of the alphabet, inspired by the innovation and energy of graffiti. All one-off prints will be available for sale the night of the event.
Jared Levy is an NYC native and Newhouse School graduate for journalism and documentary film. Jared produced, directed, shot and edited the award winning documentary entitled Graffiti Fine Art, which covers the underground art scene of São Paulo, Brazil after two years of research in the field. His documentary work also has taken him to the Amazon, Israel and throughout the United States, where he has covered topics ranging from art and culture to geopolitical conflict. Currently based in NYC, he now contributes to film/documentary/web-series projects for various creative collectives.
The English definition of hellion is a troublemaker, but Matt thinks that sometimes you need to make trouble in order to advance. The Japanese have a similar idea, illustrated in the quote “tall trees catch much wind”. If you cause trouble or stand out, you will get knocked down or criticized. These are the artists that Matt seeks to show at his gallery, Hellion. Previously the curator at Moshi Moshi and Compound Gallery, Matt was allowed the opportunity to discover a variety of amazing international artists.
Utilizing a broad mix of media and techniques, graffiti artists, muralist and curator of Backspace, Ashley Montague creates pieces that are cut from the richest of mental fabrics. Raised by artist parents, visions of the abstract and impressionistic were an everyday sight. Take that parental influence, mix in some aerosol, a keen sense of flow and motion, a heap of color, and what you have is a recipe for some tasty visual elixirs.
A graduate of Pratt Institute, Jack spent many years “writing” with graffiti artists in NYC. His passion for urban art flourished as a direct result. While designing for Ecko he learn the craft from Marc Ecko himself how to capitalize on his street art experience and apply it for commercial use. Recruited by Nike in 2010, Jack is a senior designer working with graffiti artists from all over the world on brand collaborations and special events.
Featured artists include: CERN ONE (featured in Graffiti Fine Art), Taka Sudo, Scrappers, Thomas Bradley, Mary Kate McDevit, Aaron Rayburn, Cory Say, Carolyn Sewell, Christopher Derek Bruno, Dana Woulfe, Stephen Holding, Will Miller, Jason Bacon, Rachel Caldwell, Mette Hornung Rankin, Zach Johnsen, Lotta Nieminen, Blaine Fontana, Roxanne Danner, Adam Garcia, Keegan Wenkman, Bethany Ng, Tom O’Toole, Alanna MacGowan and Cassie Klingler, Anne Ulku, and Dave Foster.
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