March 5, 2014
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
Sequential Art Gallery presents LAUNCH!, an exhibit celebrating “Maiden Voyage”, Periscope Studio’s first successful Kickstarter campaign. The exhibit features art by Ron Randall (Trekker), Paul Guinan (Boilerplate), David Hahn (Erfworld), Natalie Nourigat (Home Is Where the Internet Is), Erika Moen (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), and Benjamin Dewey (The Tragedy Series). The exhibit opens this Thursday, March 6th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.
Back in November 2013, Periscope Studio launched it’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of six limited-edition full-color art books, each representing the work of Randall, Guinan, Hahn, Nourigat, Moen, and Dewey. The six artists included signed graphic novels, original comic pages, and personalized art. The fan response was overwhelming, and campaign was successfully funded by its mid-December deadline. The art books scheduled to be received this month, then sent out to reward backers.
Periscope Studio is a Portland-based collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists; the largest collective of its kind in the US. You can learn more about the studio’s history and upcoming projects at www.periscopestudio.com, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. But be advised: they are prone to antics and tomfoolery.
LAUNCH! will be on display throughout the month of March, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, and by appointment. LAUNCH! will close at the end of the month.
August 24, 2013
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
Sequential Art Gallery proudly presents “FIVE YEAR MISSION”, a collection of set pieces, costumes, props, and artwork from Atomic Arts‘ five-year run of Trek in the Park. The exhibit opens First Thursday, SEPTEMBER 5th with an opening reception from 6pm to 10pm.
Boldly going! by Merrick Monroe
For the past five years the Atomic Arts theater company have delighted Portland audiences with Trek in the Park, their interpretation of classic Star Trek episodes. Matching the “five year mission” described in the television show’s opening, the troupe planned a five-year run. But what they didn’t plan on was the rather passionate response from Trek fans both local and international. Since that first year, Trek in the Park has moved their performances of classic episodes from Woodlawn Park to Cathedral Park to accommodate ever-growing crowds, played sold-out shows at the Bagdad Theater, and done a live voice-over performance to “Spectre of the Gun” with music by Federale. Trek in the Park has been featured on NPR, CBS, and provided a backdrop to a sketch on the show “Portlandia”. It has become one of the city’s most beloved summer past times.
“Five Year Mission” showcases the evolution of Trek in the Park’s set and prop design, from Vulcan weapons made of duct tape and jump rope to a full scale replica of the K-7 bar. The exhibition includes set pieces by property masters Steven Schmucker and Mike Estes, costumes by Marge Rosko, promotional artwork by Alex Fernandez, and various props by Charlie Babbage, Geahk Burchill, and Benja Barker. For the opening reception, many of the cast and crew will be in attendance in full costume. Plus, the Captain’s Chair will be stationed outside the gallery for photo opportunities with the cast.
“FIVE YEAR MISSION” will be on display throughout the month of September, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. “FIVE YEAR MISSION” will close at the end of business on Saturday, September 28th.
June 26, 2013
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
ATTENTION: Due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on First Thursday, downtown area galleries will be hosting opening receptions on Wednesday, July 3rd instead.
Sequential Art Gallery presents “Nightmares Real & Imagined”, an installation of tintype photography by Seattle-based artists Libby Bulloff and Stephen Robinson. The exhibit opens on WEDNESDAY, JULY 3rd with an artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.
Using the medium of wet plate collodion on aluminum – commonly known as tintype photography – Bulloff and Robinson have created a series vignettes to investigate the horrific and humorous imagery found in nightmares. Drawing inspiration from the collective unconscious, the photographs contain familiar themes – fear, loss, death, pain – with the intent to evoke emotional response from the viewers, thus making their reaction a part of the installation.
Bulloff is a self-taught internationally exhibited photographer, designer, and editor. Her brightly colored portraits and food photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines. She recently finished an exhibition of retrofuturism at the Museum of Ideas and Innovations in Barcelona, Spain. Libby is a member of the ’57 Biscayne artist collective in Seattle, WA.
Robinson is a UI designer, metal fabricator and tintypist. Previously a graphic designer working for newspapers and non-profits, he moved to Seattle to put his designer’s eye and hands to work restoring vintage European and Italian cars, culminating in the rebuild of a 1965 Alfa Romeo which won the 2010 six-day Pan-America race in Mexico.
The “Nightmares Real & Imagined” exhibit will be on display throughout the month of July, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. “Nightmares…” will close at the end of business on Saturday, July 27th.