Gallery GoGo goes to Seattle!
Stay Tuft and Felicia Murray, both Fiber Artists in residence at Gallery GoGo contributed to the Soft Touch Exhibit.
And in the bottom level was Gallery GoGo's Exhibit
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The traveling typist was on site the final night of the exhibit writing free poems, you provide one inspirational word.
I was exhibiting my favorite prints of dumpsterscapes, gnomes, mushrooms and flamingos and other neighborhood finds framed as fridge magnets. I also had copies of the food cart zine there as well.
A little change of pace here these are film photographs I took at Squids Art Show that happened Jan, 7 2023. Squid showed a selection of his skating boarding photographs taken in Portland Oregon over the last two years. I love Squids dedication to his photography and commitment to his passions. Everyone can do things once but the continued practice driven by passion alone is something much more impressive. Squid makes time to coordinate with other skateboarders to photograph them at least once a week. As we watch late stage capitalism crush passion and intuition its truly something special to carve out time for passion.
This show also included a variety of other. talented Portland artists who love skateboarding. Photographer Ari Landon exhibited his film photographs of skateboarders and tabled a variety of prints and the coolest film test strip bookmarks. Also Tabling was Joe Brook, Ocelocuauhtli Ollin and Little Hen. Music was by, and Donavan Diaz exhibited his painted skateboard decks.
It was a great turn out and a beautiful celebration of art, community and skateboarding. ❤️
I love that this show was hosted at Gallery GoGo. The gallery is a re-imagining of space. located in the mall in downtown Portland it was originally a fancy dress store. Azure, the gallery owner, has re-impinged and creatively transformed the space. My favorite example is the dressing rooms turned immersive mini galleries. This kind of re-imagining is so important as we see people going out and using mall spaces less and less. I love the spirit behind spacing these spaces and its this same spirit I see in skateboarding. Skate boarders see mundane pieces of construction and imagine so much more. I love walk with squid when he tiny gasps and grabs his phone to take a picture of a ramp or piece of abandon concrete. I see something mundane, he sees a challenge, a trick, a photograph. How special to see things differently, to re-imagine, to bring life back to forgotten spaces.
I love being a freelance photographer. I absolutely love it. This event is one prime example of why. I think i was asked to be around to photograph this event the night before. All the sudden the next day I am "sitting" front row to a Hayley Johnsen concert at Gallery GoGo, inside the Pioneer Place Mall. A mall concert by a powerhouse women artist, yes please!
Hayley was launching her new eyeshadow, a perky violet-y purple inspired by her new album. Goner. This eyeshadow is a collab with the iconic Event Cosmetics, who were on site doing makeovers. Lastly, Topo Chico provided sparkling mineral water and the art on the walls is by Stay Tuft and Levant Art.