happy holidays from 12!

we were going to do this at sears, but we got snowed out of taking the MAX train to the mall. so we got some fake brick and did it ourselves. sooper cheesy. sooper awesome.


art in december

this month marked my return to the gallery circuit. i guess i really only missed last month's shows, but it seemed like forever since i was surrounded by art and my old art buddies. it's been really all work for me lately, but i was glad to go on a little art binge.

together gallery's december show was called "family quilt". all the artwork was squares and there were lots of colorful, gorgeous pieces in the show. they hung it salon style to look like a great big quilt. there were tons of people there hanging out, both inside and out. super glad to see them doing well - such great guys who run it.

this was one of my favorites. i couldn't get over all the mixing she must've done!

loved this tiny sculpture piece with the teeny little birds

together gallery's pinski, evan b. harris, and ayumi from APAK

at grass hut gallery they had a show with the gallery's founding artists: bwana spoons, scrappers, APAK, martin ontiveros, and le merde. i've always loved the fun work that they have over at grass hut and it was great to see all the grass huttians showing their artwork together.

papa scrappers with baby camper

gimongous "killer" vinyl!!!

love this bwana/APAK collab piece.

more vinyl!

scrappers made this crazy hamster wheel of wonder. i jumped into it and it quickly became the hamster wheel of terror.

it doesn't look like it, but i'm running and trying not to fall on my face.

my friend sohaila adela was having a show the same night down the street at rock n' rose. unfortunately, i didn't get many pictures. sohaila is originally from seattle and i've shown her work quite a bit. she moved to portland this past summer and we're lucky to have her.

huzzah! <3


pie off

we had the annual pie competition at w+k right before thanksgiving. finally got the chance to upload the photos. simone and i were a pie baking team and we submitted two pies into the pumpkin + nut category. there were 8 categories: apple, specialty apple, cream, chocolate, berry + fruit, cheesecake, sweet potato, and pumpkin + nut. there were a total of 84 pies in the competition! our category was the largest with 21 pies.

.our candied ginger pecan pie.

.just plain pecan pie.

.the competition.

.judging - i think we had 7 judges.

we ended up placing 3rd with the candied ginger pecan pie (though the judge announcing the results said that we should've gotten 2nd! ^_^)

patrick from 12 won 1st in the specialty apple category with his apple cranberry strudel with cream cheese crust. woohoo!


...mew mew mew...

i keep on waiting until i have some good pictures on my camera to blog. (-_-) we've been busy in 12 with some new projects and a bunch of little ones that keep popping up. but excuses aside, this is what i did for part of last month:

met some lady elephants...

and an elephant bibi.

made a drawing and plush of my friend brian's robot friend as seen in this video:

had a scavenger hunt with our class and all the 12s before us.

made an outfit out of 1 yard of material in 10 minutes and had a cheeseball photoshoot. other scavenger hunt challenges included: getting a positive pregnancy test, a cup of hair, and running naked through the neighborhood. unfortunately, i was unable to get any of those things... though i was in a good group and my group-mates did. :)

in addition to the silly fun stuff, we also finished wordstock and now i'm working on the case study for it. we also have portland jazz festival coming up and a few other things it's too soon to talk about. work work work. but i'm super excited that it's december now! i'll be home in two weeks! (^_^)


choe, flores, pardee, & fish

photo from eyesuckink.blogspot.com

sorry i've been so busy (and lazy) that i need to hijack someone else's blog, but it looks like i missed some awesome, awesome times in SF this past weekend. david choe, sam flores, alex pardee, & jeremy fish did some live painting together in conjunction with the YouTube LIVE concert. the foursome painted a huge wish cube. you can read more about it here on alex pardee's blog.



wordstock TV

in 12, i've been working on a campaign for Wordstock - the Pacific Northwest's largest book festival happening this weekend. we've been designing and producing everything for them from print ads, store takeovers, and TV to posters, schedules, buttons, website, viral videos, and special events. here is the TV spot we made and also the longer viral video. these were for a not-for-profit, so it was super low budget, but i'm really proud of what we did with it!


drawn to vote

i'm probably doing this too late, but i wanted to mention something 12 and i are working on for the election. we're having people draw their reasons for voting on their ballot envelopes (if you're voting in oregon or absentee) and send us a photo or scan of it.

election night we'll have an art show of the envelopes and a viewing party to watch the votes come in at Backspace Gallery & Cafe in portland's chinatown. the current election has been so much about the "who" people are voting for, we wanted to take a step back to focus on why. what do people care about, love, or fight for?

if you'd like to participate, go over to www.drawntovote.com for more info and to submit your image. if you've already voted, we have templates that you can print out and draw on for the show - just shoot me an email!




been a little behind on updating or writing about art things in general. i'm sure most of you have already seen this, but here it is again, banksy's village pet store and charcoal grill installation:


laika art

this weekend i went to the opening of "after hours", an art show featuring the artwork of the creatives over at laika animation house. 12 went to laika to do an animation camp about a month ago and we've also been doing a little work for their new movie Coraline.

the show was really lovely and the variety of work was really refreshing. there were paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation, textile, film, and of course also some animation. they even had some live performances and it was a very well attended opening.

unfortunately i forgot my camera, so no eye candy (-__-)
- but the show is open until october 19, so go by the space in the goldsmith building (where portland art center used to be) and take a gander.



today we had a real live cheetah visit us at the office. the cheetah conservation fund founder dr. laurie marker came and did a little talk about the danger that cheetahs are currently in in africa and about the programs they've been doing with african farmers to prevent the needless killing of the few cheetahs left (only about 10,000).

you can read more about the cheetah conservation fund here.

it was awesome to see the world's fastest animal (70mph) right in our atrium. he was purring into the mic and eating meat snacks and modeling for us on the table.



make something

recently 12 imparted on our first big group art project. we made an art installation of the phrase "make something" in taxidermy, marbles, and a few other mediums. each letter was unique and we all worked on each letter together.

even attila helped.

the giantest plush i've made so far (g). his name is gary.

when you squeeze him, he says "i'm not a baby"

after a 19-hour day of work, we decided we would call it quits at 5am and finish it the next day.

(m)tools on pegboard, (a)neon, (k)enamel pins, (e)dart board, (s)fox, (o)wheel of fortune-esque spinner, (m)piece of wall with working outlet, (e)leather glove fingers, (t)cashmoney, (h)polaroids of us working on installation, (i)marbles, (n)hole, (g)plush monster



cute overload

working tonight and took a detour to cuteoverload.com for a little bit. couldn't stop saying "ooooo!" and "ah! hee hee"

here's a video of a cat playing red light green light with the camera:



here are some recent capers with 12:
[american veterans' bingo hall in NE portland]

[hiking trip in the columbia gorge with 12]

[watching thousands of swifts at wallace park]