A fun interpretation of Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me”. 6,948 plays in three weeks. Not bad. TV Girl. From San Diego, CA.
Cargo is easily one of my favorite stores in Portland. Just a few blocks north of Burnside, the shop manages to bring in an eclectic variety of imported trinkets form all over the world—and I really mean all over the world. But seriously, where else would you be able to find felt-covered Mao Zedongs merchandised with Indonesian Boyscout patches and vintage Sanyo signs?
The Walking Dead prints ~ The Walking Dead
Western Spaghetti (Stop motion madness) ~ PES
The Bird is the Word Tour 2010 European demo Tour ~ Nike SB
KAWS at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin ~ The Art Collectors
Wings: Making the Field Notes 2010 Fall Edition ~ Hypebeast
Last Monday, Chris Johanson served as a guest lecturer for Portland State University’s ongoing MFA Lecture Series. Filling every seat at PSU’s Shattuck Hall-Annex, Johanson critiqued his work in a fashion that was quirky, witty and often times humorous—much like his dialogue in Aaron Rose’s Beautiful Losers. With past shows at New York’s Deitch Projects and the Whitney Biennial, it was an honor to be in his presence and hear him speak.
One of the points that he brought up during his lecture definitely found its way to stick with me as I got home. Johanson mentioned, that as an artist, you should find your community. In spite of the room being filled with aspiring PSU art students, I definitely feel that this longing of community resonates within everyone.
After living in Portland for about a month, I’m learning that finding this sense of community can be harder than you think—especially after uprooting yourself into a place where you don’t know a single person. I’m sure 12-hour work days (sometimes 19!) can make it tough, but starting over and meeting new people is challenging in itself.
On another note, Portland is an awesome city. It’s not perfect, but the people here are generally friendly. The fact that there’s an inevitable sense of green-minded communitas is also pretty refreshing. California could use a few earthly lessons from the folks up here in Oregon. [apologies for the bazillion typos in the earlier version of this post!]