January 11, 2012
Plastic tube art, front yard, SE Belmont St.

Plastic tube art, front yard, SE Belmont St.

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Filed under: art plastic belmont 
December 31, 2011
Gas meter art decal on side of building just off NE Alberta St.
The whole rest of this wall had been painted over carelessly with white paint, presumably to cover up some large graffiti (and there was fresh large graffiti on that coat of white paint, go figure), but this little maybe foot and a half square had been left alone so that the fake gas meter could remain visible.
It was striking from across the street, where it wasn’t immediately clear that the meter was fake but the lack of depth at that distance was just enough to register as wrong to my brain.  Nice little bit of banal surrealism.

Gas meter art decal on side of building just off NE Alberta St.

The whole rest of this wall had been painted over carelessly with white paint, presumably to cover up some large graffiti (and there was fresh large graffiti on that coat of white paint, go figure), but this little maybe foot and a half square had been left alone so that the fake gas meter could remain visible.

It was striking from across the street, where it wasn’t immediately clear that the meter was fake but the lack of depth at that distance was just enough to register as wrong to my brain.  Nice little bit of banal surrealism.

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Filed under: art decal graffiti alberta 
Diptych 2 of 2, Nyan Cat window sticker, NE Alberta St.

Diptych 2 of 2, Nyan Cat window sticker, NE Alberta St.

Diptych 1 of 2, Nyan Cat window sticker, NE Alberta St.

Diptych 1 of 2, Nyan Cat window sticker, NE Alberta St.

Illustrated Portland landmark playing cards, including Union Station GO BY TRAIN sign, Bagdad Theater, Roy Lichtenstein installation at the Portland Art Museum, and Cinema 21, studio/gallery on NE Alberta St.
I had a dream that night that I ran into the person who made these, and he was all “I made these cards” and I told him that I had totally seen those earlier in the day, man.  TRUE DULL DREAM STORY.

Illustrated Portland landmark playing cards, including Union Station GO BY TRAIN sign, Bagdad Theater, Roy Lichtenstein installation at the Portland Art Museum, and Cinema 21, studio/gallery on NE Alberta St.

I had a dream that night that I ran into the person who made these, and he was all “I made these cards” and I told him that I had totally seen those earlier in the day, man.  TRUE DULL DREAM STORY.

Robot head detail from autobody shop mural, NE Alberta St.

Robot head detail from autobody shop mural, NE Alberta St.

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Filed under: robot face art mural autobody alberta 
December 30, 2011
Straining hummingbird carrying tiny cat with strewn luggage left behind, below hand grasping vine, mural detail with string lights, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.
The Grilled Cheese Grill is just plain great.  Basic foodcart functionality is there: tasty grilled cheese, nice variety of sandwiches at reasonable prices, prepared reasonably quickly.  But then there’s a schoolbus, remodeled inside with schoolbus booth seats around tables on one side and a bar of stools on the other.  Heated (nice on a cold rainy day like yesterday), intercom for calling in your order when it’s ready, good music piped in.
All the table surfaces are decorated with photo collages of school portraits from who knows where — the photos span decades, some of them strings of yearly updates of the same kid.  Makes for entertaining tablegazing.
But there’s also a fantastic pop-surreal mural across the whole roof of the bus, a sprawling thing full of rambling weirdness and little surprises.

Straining hummingbird carrying tiny cat with strewn luggage left behind, below hand grasping vine, mural detail with string lights, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.

The Grilled Cheese Grill is just plain great.  Basic foodcart functionality is there: tasty grilled cheese, nice variety of sandwiches at reasonable prices, prepared reasonably quickly.  But then there’s a schoolbus, remodeled inside with schoolbus booth seats around tables on one side and a bar of stools on the other.  Heated (nice on a cold rainy day like yesterday), intercom for calling in your order when it’s ready, good music piped in.

All the table surfaces are decorated with photo collages of school portraits from who knows where — the photos span decades, some of them strings of yearly updates of the same kid.  Makes for entertaining tablegazing.

But there’s also a fantastic pop-surreal mural across the whole roof of the bus, a sprawling thing full of rambling weirdness and little surprises.

School portrait tableaux, table surface, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.

School portrait tableaux, table surface, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.

Face full of eyes with pompadour, mural detail, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.

Face full of eyes with pompadour, mural detail, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.

December 26, 2011
Snowman decoration, mixed media, construction paper and marker and ribbon scarf, with snowflake decorations, parents’ house, Christmas Day.

Snowman decoration, mixed media, construction paper and marker and ribbon scarf, with snowflake decorations, parents’ house, Christmas Day.