June 1, 2015
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
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DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE, sequential paintings by GRACE PASSEROTTI

Sequential Art Gallery presents “DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE”, an exhibit of brand new work by GRACE PASSEROTTI. The exhibit opens this Thursday, June 4th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

Passerotti began “Dear Skin”, her first foray into long-form sequential art, as a webcomic about five years ago. She wrote and illustrated 150 pages of the black & white tale before taking an unplanned hiatus from the story. But she remained passionate about the concepts & ideas she was exploring in the story; So much so that she had the words “Dear Skin” tattooed on her chest. When exploring ideas about what to exhibit for her gallery show, Passerotti decided on a rather ambitious revisit of “Dear Skin”. Not content with her original pages from the story, Passerotti has completed the first 30-page chapter in full color gouache paintings for her show. Additionally, she will be publishing the comic online following the opening night for the exhibit: dearskincomic.com

Passerotti is a freelance artist living in Portland, Oregon, having relocated here with art school friends from Ohio. With a year of art school under her belt, she continues her self-guided art education, currently focusing on figure drawing and working with gouache. Passerotti is extremely prolific, often completing a painting from concept to finished piece within a day, which she often documents using social media. In addition to continuing “Dear Skin”, Passerotti is looking forward to studying oil painting and three-dimensional mediums. You can see more of her work at gracepasserotti.com and on Instagram: @gracepasserotti.

DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE will be on display throughout the month of June, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Saturday, June 27th.

May 6, 2015
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
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GIRLFIEND – Digital Art Installation by the PANDER BROTHERS

Sequential Art Gallery presents “GIRLFIEND”, a new digital art installation by the PANDER BROTHERS. Join Portland’s sibling creative duo for a multimedia presentation of their creative process and behind-the-scenes look at their latest graphic novel, “Girlfiend”, and watch the creation of limited-edition prints by Jacob and Arnold Pander, screen-captured on the Cintiq digital tablet for projection that evening and available to purchase on the gallery walls. The brothers will also be on hand to sign copies of “Girlfiend” that will be available at the event! The exhibit opens this Thursday, May 7th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

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After a decade away from the comics medium to pursue film and media projects, Portland’s Pander Brothers return to their storytelling roots with the new turbo-charged vampire crime thriller, “Girlfiend”, from Dark Horse Comics—now in bookstores nationally. A meaty 280-pages, the graphic novel represents their first major comic book work since “Batman: City of Light” in 2004 and fourth graphic novel in a career that includes ten series and 15 stand-alone issues for such major publishers as Marvel, DC Comics, Image and Dark Horse Comics. Since its debut at the Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle last month, Girlfiend is being buzzed as their best work yet— quite a compliment considering their groundbreaking art in “Grendel: Devil’s Legacy”, terrifying “Exquisite Corpse” series and revolutionary epic “Triple X”.

During their hiatus from comics, the Pander Brothers have been making movies. “Selfless,” their 2009 psychological thriller about identity theft, premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con. Called “stylish, smart and compelling” by the Oregonian, the film took top honors, including “Best Feature” at the BendFilm Festival, and was nominated for the “Red Star” award sponsored by Heineken for “new visions” in filmmaking. Last fall, their 16-minute narrative, “Subtext,” told entirely through texting, debuted at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest. James Wegg of Rotten Tomatoes has written about “Subtext”: ‘The ever-inventive Pander Brothers have teamed up with cinematographer Kevin Pham, bringing to amusing life a love-triangle-in-progress employing text messages to drive the action and reaction towards a most indecent proposal.” Rarely idle, Jacob and Arnold can usually be found working on multiple projects simultaneously— from directing and producing music videos and commercials to penning scripts and raising financing. They get their best ideas, they say, during road trips together between Oregon and LA.

GIRLFIEND will be on display throughout the month of May, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Saturday, May 30th.

 

April 1, 2015
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
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Humble Beginnings, a retrospective exhibit by Matthew Clark

Sequential Art Gallery presents MATTHEW CLARK’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, a retrospective exhibit featuring a large selection of his earliest work in the comic book industry, and will be Clark’s seventh show with Sequential Art. The exhibit opens this Thursday, April 2nd, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

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HUMBLE BEGINNINGS partially chronicles Clark’s path through the comic book industry since he started working as a professional artist in 1999. The collection includes original comic pages from DC, Marvel, and Image, and features widely recognized icons to indie characters with cult followings. Clark had recently rediscovered much of his earlier pages, and felt compelled to exhibit his evolution as an artist as he is preparing to launch a variety of new projects, including a Batman: Arkham Knights comic tie-in.

Clark is a native Oregonian, based in Portland since moving here from Eugene almost 20 years ago. He is a self-taught artist, always striving to evolve by adapting his style to better suit the stories he illustrates. He presently lives in the Everett Station Lofts, where he spends the bulk of his time drawing, catching up on podcasts, and taking Mass Effect breaks. You can see more of his work online at www.MatthewClarkArtist.com.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS will be on display throughout the month of April, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Monday, April 27th.