Friday, May 30, 2008

Big Panel

Mhak painting the biggest piece for the show, 4'x8'.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Skylight art project

We found this skylight at the rebuilding center.

Getting started.



Sunday, May 25, 2008

New work from MHAK

Mhak decorated IMO's box.

New art for the show.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Thursday 4:14 p.m. Compound Gallery

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Limited Edition Bag from SAG and MHAK

Mhak and Sag have made a limited edition bag that will be available this fall. We have one for the upcoming Fractal Edge show at Compound. The outside of this bag was customized by MHAK.

There will be a small selection of SAG bags available at the Fractal Edge show.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More Mhak

It's rare that MHAK gets to paint outside.
Lesson one. Paint will dry fast in the sun.
New work for the show coming along nicely.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

OBAMA 08 - Feels so good

This is not an art related post. I apologize. I feel like I witnessed a historical moment today. Presidential candidate Barack Obama held a rally in Portland today. I was lucky enough to attend. I stood 20 or 30 feet from quite possibly the first African American president of the United States. It felt good. Oregon will be a deciding factor in a history making presidential race. It feels good. Over 70,000 Oregonians came to see him speak. His message seems simple. Don't lie to the people. Represent the people. Make a better America. It feels very good.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

MHAK in America

MHAK from Tokyo is visiting Portland. He is painting his upcoming show at my home. We have been gathering art supplies, bike hunting and searching for interesting things to paint.

Samurai bento for lunch.New fixed gear bike.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Compound Summer T-Shirt Contest

It is supposed to be 92 degrees this weekend in Portland. This calls for a summertime contest.


Can't wait to see the designs.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Gentlemen, Thieves and Art

Compound was broken into last night. The youngsters threw a city trash can lid through one of the front windows around 3 or 4 in the morning. They took hats and t-shirts. Obviously they are forming an after school baseball team. I breathed a sigh of relief that the art was not touched. An elderly woman brought a couple hats back this afternoon. She said two kids with a handfull of clothes dropped the hats as they passed her on the sidewalk. She now will be given the keys to the city for her good deed. She actually gave the police a really accurate description of the two people. We have been closed all day today. The last of the broken glass has been escorted to the dumpster. Back to the art........ Gentlemen of Spring is up now. The Willamette Week has a small review of Dennis Browns work in last weeks issue. Mari Kubota is now confirmed to be joining Oksana Badrak and Marie Blanco "Mijn Schatje" for our November show. Mari told me yesterday that "her baby will be coming out in June".

thats it for now

Monday, May 5, 2008

Japan 2008

Hello. Welcome to the first HI-Q-RT blog. I will attempt to keep this space up to date with information about what is happening at Compound Gallery and other art related news.

I just returned from Japan. I interviewed artists for the gallery, met artists that I have previously worked with, attended some great art shows, found new products for Compound and visited family. Japan is my home away from home. I never get tired of it's culture and people. I met some incredible people, saw some amazing art and ate fantastic food. Here is a brief run down of the trip.
Friday April 11 was the opening of the Digmeout show at the Sony building in Ginza. Good times meeting the new class of 2008.

Taniguchi san.Beth, Muneo, artist and Furitani of digmeout.
Spent some time with the SAG crew. Great bags. Nice folks.

U-ta from SAG got creamed on his birthday.

SAG is one of the sponsors for Fractal Edge. Compounds June show with MHAK and OEIL from Tokyo.

Attended a few live paint events.

Oeil at Office.

Questa, Mhak and Oeil at Kicks Lab.

Jon Jon green at saloon.

Visited with Norman at Suspereal.

Suspereal is also a sponsor of the Fractal Edge show in June.

His apparel line is super nice. Check it out.

Friends and artists.

Artists Imaone and Tenga.

Photographer Joji.

Fujie, DJ Arashi, Ogi, Devon and Taniguchi heading out to the clubs.

Artist Meg aka Trip. It is impossible to snap a picture of her without the goofy face.

Keito from Naughty. Another sponsor for Fractal Edge.

artist Ina Takayuki. DJ practice in the a.m.

Artist Mari Kubota. 8 and a half months pregnant and texting on the subway in Osaka.

Few many after party with medicom, mad barbarians, rolito and devil robots. Few Many is an awesome store and mini gallery in Shinjuku.

Yosuke from grandbase and is an amazing arts website.

Artist kaz at our favorite sushi place in Nakameguro.

Artist Oeil.

Artist MHAK.
Artist Lucky Boy.

I miss Japan, but I am glad to be home.