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Powerful illustrations by Oregon artist Meg Adamson

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Wednesday 18 September 2013

I found out about Meg Adamson’s work through my time at Breeze Block Gallery. Her compositions are intense arrays of flora and fauna; a delicate world full of fierce creatures and powerful myths. Fantastic stuff.

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Bold figurative work by Portland artist Eatcho

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Friday 13 September 2013

Eatcho was the one of the first artists I heard about when I moved to Portland. Homie can draw. His intricate drawings reveal a dark and fantastic sense of humor as well as a hand very adept at drawing both absurd imagery and bold figurative work. I am always left wanting more.

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Jewelry made from recycled skateboards

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By Conrad Crespin in New Fashion on Thursday 12 September 2013

MapleXO makes jewelry and products using recycled skateboards. Don’t you wish you thought of that? The company breathes life into dead boards on a daily basis. Yup, recycling at its best.

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Free tattoos inspired by visits to the Portland Art Museum

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By Conrad Crespin in New Illustration on Thursday 12 September 2013

Jason Sturgill perfectly encapsulates what is RIGHT about the Portland art scene right now: excessively accessible, exclusively inclusive. Sturgill has a background in advertising, design and various curatorial practices. He is the type of person that makes shit happen. His project Art Is Forever is something that should exist in every art museum in the […]

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Portland based tattoo artist Aron Dubois

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Thursday 12 September 2013

Aron Dubois is an artist I found out about through Breeze Block Gallery. He was a part of a group show there in the summer of 2012. The paintings he submitted for the show were outstanding, but what he is really known for is tattoos. Looking at his past work, you can see why.

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Collage art by Conrad Crespin

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Lately, I have found myself back playing with collage. There is something so simple and intuitive that comes with collage. Process becomes such a huge aspect of collage work, and in that way, it becomes a very cathartic activity to sit down and start cutting and gluing. Collage also flirts with one of my biggest […]

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Breeze Block Gallery: a staple of contemporary art in Portland

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 5 August 2013

Breeze Block Gallery has a special place in my heart. Now approaching its seventh year in existence, the gallery is a staple of the new contemporary art movement in Portland. And the owner, Paige Prendergast, is veritable tour de force. She knows everyone, and accomplishes more on her lunch break than you did in all […]

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Playful sculptures by Will Bryant

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 5 August 2013

Will Bryant is super nice guy. That’s what I have heard anyway. His work is playful, and funny, and super laidback. Usually pigeonholed as a illustrator or graphic designer, this is a man of many talents. Recently completing his MFA in Studio Practice over at Portland State, his new work consists of building colourful sculptures […]

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Calligraphic works by Nicole Lavelle

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 5 August 2013

I have a huge crush on Nicole Lavelle. Huge. Not only is she more talented and inventive than me, she is also extremely adorable. Her calligraphic works evoke the deep romantic in me and make me want to escape to small town America to eat apple pie whilst the Pretenders play on an old jukebox. […]

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New paintings by Chris Valkov

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 26 November 2012

Chris Valkov is an artist here in Portland making unique work with the precision of a computer. Employing One Shot enamel as his medium, his meticulous arrangements take on a super clean look. Something about the work seems to be familiar yet completely fresh.

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Tattoos by Aron Dubois

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Friday 19 October 2012

Aron Dubois is an artist I found out about through Breeze Block Gallery. He was a part of a group show there in the summer of 2012. The paintings he submitted for the show were outstanding but what he is really known for is his tattoos. Looking at his past work, I can see why.

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New art by Meg Adamson

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Thursday 18 October 2012

I found out about Meg Adamson’s work through my time at Breeze Block Gallery. Her compositions are intense arrays of flora and fauna. A delicate world full of fierce creatures and powerful myths. Fantastic stuff.

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Recycled skateboard jewelry by MapleXO

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By Conrad Crespin in New Design on Thursday 18 October 2012

MapleXO makes jewelry and products using recycled skateboards. Don’t you wish you thought of that? The company breathes life into dead boards on a daily basis. Recycling at its best.

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Art is Forever: a video and art project by Jason Sturgill

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By Conrad Crespin in Video on Tuesday 9 October 2012

Jason Sturgill perfectly encapsulates what is RIGHT about the Portland art scene right now: excessively accessible, exclusively inclusive. Sturgill has a background in advertising, design and various curatorial practices. He is the type of person that makes shit happen. His project, ART IS FOREVE,R is something that should exist in every art museum in the […]

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New art by Portland-based Conrad Crespin

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 8 October 2012

Most of the work I have been doing lately has focused on pattern and geometric forms. I’m also really interested in repurposing imagery. I feel really fortunate to be creating and existing at this point and time. Art is way for me to show my appreciation.

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