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Friday, April 25, 2014

Flora and Fauna Forevermore

Posted by Jenna Lechner on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

APAKs
  • APAK's "Harmonious Kingdom," on display at Hellion Gallery.

This Saturday is your last chance to catch a great show in town—The Tall Trees of Portland, on display at Hellion Gallery (19 NW 5th Ave #208, Saturday 12-5pm). It’s a nice mixture of fantastical flora and fauna. Some might be sick of this style featuring “creatures your roommate’s last band was named after,” however this work is the cream of the crop of this Portland-y style. In the mix are a number of local artists, many who have graced the fine pages of this publication: AJ Fosik, Ryan Bubnis, Souther Salazar, and MORE!

Also worth checking out: a really lovely book with the same title (flip through it at Powell's or Hellion Gallery). It’s all put together by Matt Wagner, the curator at Hellion Gallery. It’s published by Overcup Press. It’s a collection of artist’s work who are featured in this show—it's like a coffee-table art book, but also includes questionaires and peeks inside the studios of the artists, which makes it a little more fun. It catches the pulse of the art in the city right now; I imagine that, in 20 years, this book will serve as a perfect time capsule of the art in our city right now.

Hellion Gallery also presented a show in Tokyo this month—featuring AJ Fosik in collaboration with 13 Tokyo artists, called Beast from a Foreign Land; for pics of that, check out Hellion Gallery's Instagram stream. In the meantime, hit the jump for more snaps from The Tall Trees of Portland show and book.

A questionaire with artist Souther Salazar, featured in The Tall Trees of Portland
  • A questionaire with artist Souther Salazar, featured in The Tall Trees of Portland
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AJ Fosiks studio, featured in The Tall Trees of Portland
  • AJ Fosik's studio, featured in The Tall Trees of Portland

Jon MacNairs Fierce Bouquet.
  • Jon MacNair's "Fierce Bouquet."

Peter Gronquists untitled taxidermy n guns.
  • Peter Gronquist's untitled taxidermy 'n' guns.

Insane detail in the polymer clay work of Meredith Ditmar, titled Dropping In.
  • Insane detail in the polymer clay work of Meredith Ditmar, titled "Dropping In."

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