Brad Klausen, Brin Levinson, Jesse Reno & Kendra Binney art show @ Peoples
*Peoples Art of Portland, Po Boy Art/Jason Brown, and Chris Haberman presents…
"Prints and the Revolution”*
*Reception: Saturday, November 16th. 5-9pm.*
Show runs November 16th – December 8.*
Peoples Art Gallery OPEN – Thurs-Sunday, NOON-6pm. The Peoples Art of Portland
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• Featuring rock poster and art prints by Brad Klausen
• Also featuring various prints and embellished works by Portland based artists Brin Levinson, Jesse Reno, and Kendra Binney
*This month at the Peoples Art of Portland is a celebration of printed works (specially reproduced images of original works) by 3 of Portland’s best, and a special feature selection of works by acclaimed music/print artist, Brad Klausen. * Reno, Binney and Levinson are some of Portland’s brightest stars, highly collected and loved – although they make original work all the time, they also produce prints of their sought works. Just in time for Christmas, these 4 original artists provide a great selection of affordable prints for the holidays.
Feature/Poster artist: People’s Gallery features a nationally recognized poster artist each month. This month’s artist is the widely known Brad Klausen, exhibiting recent posters, art prints, and original drawings from this highly celebrated print artist, who is best known for his work done with the band Pearl Jam. *
Washington state based Brad Klausen is an illustrator and graphic designer who makes screen printed posters for different bands. For 9 years, from 1999 until 2008, Brad was the in-house graphic designer and created everything graphically for the band Pearl Jam. In 2008 he ventured out on his own and started his one man design shop, Artillery Design, where he continues to make posters for bands like Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, The Black Keys and many others. *His extensive design process was documented in 2010, in a book, From A Basement In Seattle, with a special introduction by his close friends Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. *In Klausen’s words, he describes the art form of a great poster, “A great gig poster has some element of weirdness to it…not a lot, but something that’s a little off, something you’d only see on a rock poster. *The gig poster world has a long history of interestingly bizarre subject matter, tweaked perspectives and random associations that you’d never think you’d see combined. Again, something that when you look at it, you can’t for the life of you figure out how they came up with the concept because its truly original. “
Brin Levinson, Jesse Reno and Kendra Binney
Portland based painter Brin Levinson’s world of lonely animals meet desolate landscapes is most special to his fans in Portland, because many of his landscapes depicted are places in Portland. *From scenes of water towers, to Portland’s bridges, Levinson’s work has grown through the years, from surrealistic landscapes of buildings to his current vision: *highly-skilled oil paintings of semi-post-apocalyptic “12 Monkeys” landscape of animals and abandoned buildings. In his own words: “The animal world and the human world have been decidedly separated by people. It's safer for us this way. *My imagery often takes place at the point where the human and animal habitats overlap. I try to create imagery that is balanced on the edge of real and surreal, like a dream. Graffiti crawls over the surfaces of the urban landscape the way ivy takes over the forest. In the world of my paintings a roaming buffalo may gather the ornaments of the city like a migrating whale collects barnacles. There are always new cracks in the pavement and new life sprouting out of them. Nature taking the urban landscape back is a beautiful and hopeful vision.” **
Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter based in Portland, Oregon. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and painting and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed over 3000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as France and Mexico, even being accepted as permanent collection in a museum in France. *Jesse's work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, dpi and Somerset Studio just to name a few. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 ft mural as a reminder to the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.*
In the latest series of paintings by Reno, his totem animals and aboriginal figures reverberate memories of people who once lived as one with nature. Marked by symbols, these figures seek their dreams in the growth of trees and the passing of spirits. They learn to transcend the boundaries of the rational world evolving into a collage of what they have become and encountered. Reno’s prints for the show will be a varied collections of paintings, drawings and embellished prints. * In the words of the artist, “… I have found understanding through seemingly random shapes, colors, and markings. I find myself writing words before I understand their meaning, trusting I will be wise enough to understand them in time… to find something new we must move without bounds. There are no hard questions for truth.”
Binney was raised in a small mountain town with no shoe stores. Most of her time was spent barefoot treading through the miniscule world of spiders, snakes and all things hiding in the grass. She transfers this closeness with the small and obscure into her paintings. Through scenes of dripping landscapes and insecure, vulnerable characters, she illustrates a world draped in memories, remorse, and fragile realities. Seen through pastel washes and shiny candy coatings of resins, her works evoke both nostalgia and contempt. They are at once gentle and cruel, sweet and unsettling.
“I’m often struck by the importance of small insignificant things , the perpetuity of their impermanence, and my inability to hold onto any of it. The world can be completely absurd, despairing, and fiercely cruel. I find it completely endearing regardless. “
Though her paintings have traveled around the world, Kendra herself spends her days all alone in a small studio in Portland, Oregon. There she paints, daydreams, and paints some more.
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Special thanks to David Welker for designing this years Art of Musical Maintenance 10 poster. This years line up of poster artists!!!
Alan Hynes, Ben Wilson, Billy Perkins, Brad Klausen, Brian Methe, Carisa Lu Von Gasser, Chris Haberman, Chris Shaw, Chuck Sperry, Craig Horky, Dan Stiles, David D' Andrea, David Welker, DKNG studio, EMEK, Frank Kozik, Furturtle, Gary Houston, Gigart, GUYBURWELL, James Flames, Jay Ryan, Jeff Wood, John Howard, John Vogl, Justin Hampton, Justin Helton, Justin Santora, Let’s Go! Lil’ Tuffy, Marq Spusta Mirjam Dijkema, Nate Duval, Powerslide Design, T-Bone & Aljax, Todd Slater, Tyler Stout, Uncle Charlie, Zoltron