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