NOVEMBER 6TH - NOVEMBER 30TH 2015
One Grand Gallery presents B.I.B 999 from the collection of Toronto-based graphic artist Allister Lee. From Vintage glass barrel Magic Markers and elusive El Markos, to bootleg Super Sharpies and metal-jacket Sakuras, a historical and international spectrum of black marker design is displayed through a combination of curated physical specimens and 1:1 scale archival illustration. A selection of black-marker-inspired Black Is Beautiful / B.I.B printed matter and exclusive product is available for purchase. Allister continues to maintain a collection and documentation of black markers via the Black Is Beautiful project, and produces intermittent art exhibitions and various independent printed matter and product under the Allister Lee / Black Is Beautiful / Chinatown World Tour umbrella.
OCTOBER 2ND - OCTOBER 30TH 2015
Simplexity, a solo exhibition from Portland-based illustrator, features artist and educator Ryan Bubnis. This series of new paintings, drawings and ceramics is bold, graphic and whimsical in approach, Bubnis’ current work focuses on the simplification of shape and form. The title of the exhibition refers to his process: "I’ve pared-down and simplified my imagery with an emphasis on shape-based art making.” That being said, Bubnis spends countless hours researching, sketching, drawing and problem solving.
“Simplicity is complexity resolved.” –Constantin Brancusi
SEPTEMBER 11TH - SEPTEMBER 25TH 2015
A satirical foreshadowing of a cataclysmic decline in human nature, Zach Egge's new work addresses the worst aspects of interpersonal communication and the unforeseen impacts of technology. It is an exploration into the impacts of surveillance in our digital police state.
An interactive installation built with a vast array of different mediums that are conceptually intricate and design driven, Egge's solo exhibition guarantees to engage and captivate the viewer in a way that will re-establish the pressure to conform.
AUGUST 7TH - AUGUST 28TH 2015
For the month of August, One Grand hosted Ferris Plock's army of pizza creations - from the googly-eyed to the monster truck-driving, cannibalistic slices. They promise to confuse, entertain and even make you a little hungry.
Plock's imagination lends his creations a tangible humanity, as if he befriends each character that he draws. Often highly abstracted, they create an enticing narrative imbued with personality and humor.
JULY 10TH - JULY 25TH 2015
In collaboration with The PDX Project, one of the four awardees of the precious Portland Airport Carpet, One Grand paid homage to the late, great PDX carpet. Twenty innovative artists with no restrictions or specifications gave their views on this piece of Portland legend. Inspired by the carpet itself, airport culture, or the death of the carpet: If this carpet could talk, what would it say?
The design has become a symbol, a hashtag, an aesthetic all its own, and its absence will be felt by strangers visiting and locals coming home alike. Keep the memory alive and grab your own piece of history at The PDX Project store!
JUNE 5TH - JUNE 28TH 2015
Listen04's God Bless America took us on a journey into the absurd, obscene and offensive to see what provokes people and gets their blood to boil.
1000 individual and original drawings paper the walls. It is hilarious. It is cringe-worthy. It overloads the senses. It is freedom of expression in fine form.
MAY 1ST - MAY 30TH 2015
Third Parties showcases Craig Redman’s portraiture and comments on privacy in a media-saturated world. Redman grapples with how much of one's identity can be erased before a person's true self is masked or freshly created. The uniformly sized portraits of his friends and acquaintances represent a mini society that is then partially obscured with oversized graphic shapes, alluding to the question of how much of our personalities are abstracted and how much is revealed.
Redman addresses the current state of our online culture by lifting the mask of online anonymity. It's fundamentally a matter of authenticity and the power of the individual to shape one's own history. Enter the matrix and explore the boundaries of identity in cyberspace.
APRIL 3RD - APRIL 24TH 2015
Counterfeit Universe is about the copy of a copy. It is about belief in surface, attitudes towards brands, our relation to objects, and a deep personal affection towards the mundane. Mario Gallucci’s work looks at the human condition as it relates to surrounding objects. His process, a combination of photography, sculptural pattern-making, and recreation on a 1:1 scale, allows his sculptural photographs to operate in a liminal space between existence and representation. This casts even the mundane in a new light, questions their significance, symbology, value, and the relational affect on the human condition.
MARCH 6TH - MARCH 28TH 2015
Ashley Anson asks the question “What makes a painting have male or female attributes?” Her paintings combine the traditionally male dominated practice of painting, with the inherently feminine mediums of embroidery and textiles.
The violent and disturbing scenes of Hometown Heroes on floral fabrics with embroidered blood and bodily fluids create an interesting juxtaposition of stereotypical male/female visual quest. This imagery shines a deceptively innocuous light on society and walks the line between startling realism and witty hyperbole.
FEBRUARY 6TH - FEBRUARY 28TH 2015
Photographer Kyle Thompson’s style of haunting self-portraiture is affected by his independent disposition and an eye for the desolate landscapes that define the archetypal American backdrop.
Ghost Town continues this trend, all while challenging the organic nature of the medium. Thompson’s manipulation of dynamic, otherworldly scenery strikes an eerie tone. One Grand Gallery invites you to to find a piece of your departed self in the ghost towns of Kyle Thompson’s wandering eye.
PORTLAND IS BURNING
JANUARY 2ND - JANUARY 30TH 2015
One Grand Gallery is excited to present, for the month of January, "artist in residence" Yué Wu. Born in China to a family of artists and raised in Paris, Yué has made his mark in the fields of animation, creative direction and art. He plays with animations for corporate brands while doing art and drawings. This month, he will be experimenting with unconventional canvases and tools - from hand-drawn animations to wall-sized installations - in order to capture the pure reaction of an artists’ initial sketch. The first inspiration. The idea catching fire.
DECEMBER 5TH - DECEMBER 31ST 2014
One Grand Gallery is proud to present for the month of December, Magic Gardens: Last Call, exhibiting classic strip club posters from over 50 artists in commemoration of the Magic Gardens closure on December 31st, 2014. Opening in the 1960’s as a lesbian club, the Gardens soon became a Chinatown staple as a pool hall, strip club and bar.
SEPTEMBER 5TH - SEPTEMBER 27TH 2014
AT GALLERY 2312 IN SEATTLE OCTOBER 4TH - OCTOBER 25TH 2014
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Biggie's iconic album, One Grand Gallery presents Ready to Die: A Group Show. Whether it is an illustration of the iconic painterly Coogi sweater the rapper was so well known for wearing or the “money-green leather sofa” he rapped about, Biggie and the Ready to Die album offer an unlimited source of creative inspiration and artistic license. The album presents hardship and struggle among humor and poetic symbolism, all testaments to the genuine talent that Biggie possessed that was as relevant in 1994 as it is in 2014.
AUGUST 8TH - AUGUST 29TH 2014
Artist James Arizumi presents a multi-faceted body of work that revolves around the advice that "you should never take life too seriously". Using fine art media, high design, and humor as its vehicles, Relax & Rolex dispatches ideas surrounding social economic status, authoritarian angst, symbolism, freedom, beauty and the dawn of the digitally distracted. Arizumi challenges the viewer to relax and see the lightness, humor and irony in the complexities of our daily routines.
JULY 2ND - JULY 25TH 2014
AT GALLERY 2312 IN SEATTLE AUGUST 2ND - SEPTEMBER 24TH 2014
In observation of Independence Day, and as a celebration of the history and design of the symbol that has come to represent The United States, One Grand Gallery presents a group exhibition interpreting The American Flag as its subject matter. The exhibit consists of 64 original flag interpretations from 64 different artists, each of whom has considered what our flag has come to mean to them, and also what they would want it to represent.
UNBOUND: ARTIFACTS OF THE GEMIRA COMMISSION
JUNE 6TH - JUNE 27TH 2014
The Reign of the Gemira Commission and their revolutionary counterparts, The Thousand Miracles, aren't known to many, but the stories live on through their artifacts...
The Pressure is a Portland-based creative studio founded by Adam R. Garcia in 2012 and now also consists of designer Anton Pearson and filmmaker Ryan J. Bush. The studio works on a range of work, from identity and product design to illustration, lettering, video direction and art projects.
MAY 2nd - MAY 30th 2014
Expertly combining physical space with colorful dimension and depth, Trygve Faste creates 3D canvases that emit a sense of speed and functionality through line, angle and palette. One Grand Gallery is proud to present his solo exhibit, Illusive Structures, exhibiting during the month of May.
A full-time faculty member at the University of Oregon in the Product Design Program, Faste received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and later received degrees in computer science as well as studio art. His multi-dimensional canvases have been described as reflecting futuristic design, high-speed motor crafts, even graffiti. Faste's method of creating ranges from pencil sketches and paper models to computer design, laser wood cutting and airbrushing to create one-of-a-kind, hand painted structures like none you've ever seen.
APRIL 4TH - APRIL 26TH 2014
One Grand Gallery and TEDxPortland present PERFECT // Art Show & Auction. What would "perfect" look like to you? This is a glimpse of what the idea of perfection looks like and why, in a collaborative exhibit. We have reached out to artists from around the world who have offered their interpretation of perfection in poster, sculpture, installation, acrylic and many other art forms. Featured artists include Aaron Draplin, Greg Lamarche, Jim Riswold. PERFECT will offer a microscopic yet powerful view into what the struggle between being human and being perfect means in a world that often asks for both.
MARCH 7TH - MARCH 28TH 2014
In this solo exhibition, Portland-based artist Adam Friedman uses precision and realistic detail to render the power and mystery of the outdoors. Friedman engages the challenging contradictions presented when painting nature by depicting seascapes and grand horizon lines inside of man-made compartments, spilling out of constructed vessels and breaking through glass cases. Humans, both as scientists and artists, view the outdoors as something to dissect and compartmentalize, but Friedman reminds us that there will always be something beyond the realm of our understanding.
JANUARY 10TH - FEBRUARY 7TH 2014
The personal artworks of Nike Footwear Design Director, Nathan VanHook, present the simplicity of basic paint strokes evolved into complex processes of color and form. In this solo exhibition the artist also playfully connects the action of his brushwork with the idea of bringing pleasure, i.e., Stroking It. Some pieces exhibit how the artist has stroked over the faces of supermodels from his adolescence. With large canvases, found wood pieces, acrylics and various other mediums, VanHook successfully presents the methods of his making through thousands of painted strokes.
NOVEMBER 15th - DECEMBER 15th 2013
One Grand Gallery is excited to bring Aaron Axelrod to PDX to leave a trace of his paranormal excrement, otherwise known as ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is defined as the elusive substance believed to emanate from the body of a spiritualistic medium during communication with the dead. Inspired by the idea of immaterial substance, Aaron wants to match energies with Portland by leaving behind his spiritual residue in installation form all over our gallery walls.
Axelrod has collaborated with companies like TOMS, Vans, and MySpace, as well as creating work for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and murals for Coachella and Google.
MAY 31ST - JULY 28TH 2013
The Longest Line, created by The HMM Collective, is a sensational and over- the-top exhibit featuring the longest line EVER and is designed to challenge its audience on their opinions of social drug taking.
Drugs and their identities vary between individuals, cultures, and jurisdiction, and can be justified for religious, recreational, or medical reasons. The positive and negative argument of drug-use depends on the way they are used or misused. The Longest Line challenges those borders by starting a conversation of euphoria versus evil, use versus misuse, and recreational versus pharmaceutical.
FEBRUARY 1ST - MARCH 1ST 2013
One Grand Gallery presents the opening of The Years, the latest series by local illustrator Jordan Domont. Using the Chinese zodiac as inspiration, Domont employs his signature technique of chance and patience in layering vibrant hues of translucent inks on Mylar to form striking portraits of each symbolic animal within the 12-year cycle. In palettes and gestures that suggest energy and celebration, the collection evokes a contemporary take on the ephemeral while remaining tied to process, technique and tradition.
RAYMOND PETTIBON: THE PUNK YEARS, 1978-1986
DECEMBER 7th 2012 - JANUARY 25th 2013
Best known for his graphic work with Black Flag and SST Records, Pettibon has become a renowned name in the contemporary art world. Culling over 200 designs created during his formative years in the Los Angeles underground punk scene, the exhibit strives to showcase Pettibon’s early work and provide a context for the seminal artist’s influential and iconic illustrative style.
Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86 is the first in ICI’s Exhibitions in a Box series. Circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, this exhibition has been curated by David Platzker. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.
SEPTEMBER 7th - OCTOBER 5th 2012
Friday, Sep 7th, began the ritual as Neck Face manifests in its human form to conjure up thy minions in the name of his latest atrocity exhibition of desecrated delights. One Grand Gallery in Portland, Oregon will be the ceremonial site as Nasty Neck transforms this once-cheerful space into a pop-up flea market of ghoulish intent. A Deal with the Devil has been made and there’s no turning back.
This new solo installation highlights the root of all evil with a marketplace of the macabre that only Neck Face could envision. The enigmatic Neck’s nightmarish economy comes to life in a place where mankind’s darkest desires are entertained and exploited for just the right price. You’ve already been sold.
A faceless artist rooted in graffiti yet eschewing typical hip-hop leanings in favor of a more sinister death metal approach, Neck grinds up your atypical pop culture references with horrorshow sensibilities and the slyest of humor before regurgitating it onto canvas with his trademark scrawl. As his mischievous mythos continues to expand, so does his scope as deadly metal masks and twisted sculptures now align with his painted output to create installations of the blackest heart. With a flair for the flaming unfortunate and demonic, the artist’s serial scribbling never fails to leave an impression as you’re left without a clue to wonder where he’ll strike next.
At Neck’s request, enjoy the potions freely and consume many of the limited and one-of-a-kind items being made available for the first time ever outside the Gates of Hell. The accused has claimed this to be the last installation of its kind for quite some time as his sinister services will be required elsewhere. The Devil always collects.
TEDxPortland PRESENTS UNCHARTED TERRITORY
MARCH 24 - APRIL 20 2012
Twenty-one local artists donated their time, treasure and talent in support of the first-ever TEDxPortland art show inspired by the theme 'Uncharted Territory'. All pieces in the exhibit were part of a silent auction benefitting Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) with every penny matched by the Nike Foundation. The exhibit and silent auction moved to the Armory on April 21, 2012 for TEDxPortland event atttendees to see and place final bids.
Thank you to all the artists for their generous donations:
Adam Garcia, Jason Sturgill, Berto Legendary, Joel Colley, Klutch, Upendo Taylor, Brad Simon, Eugene Serebrennikov, Christopher Degaetano, Colin Strandberg, Ryan Bubnis, Tom O'Toole, Todd Lown, Mike Hyp, Jesse Brown, Aithan Shapira, Dan Gluibizzi, Ah Ha!, Robb Harskamp, Gavin Davison, Ryan Caruthers