This weekend we opened the show Boomshakalaka: A Celebration of the Portland Trail Blazers at Land Gallery. A few months ago, I put the call out to my favorite designers, photographers, illustrators, and makers in town to make new work around the subject of the Blazers. The show’s participants did just that, making original work for this show that knocked my socks off as well as the socks all of the people who showed up to witness firsthand the spectacle that we created.
“Never mind how dismal and injurious a season it’s been, Portland stands beside their Trail Blazers with a loyalty so great it can only truly be expressed in art.” —Portland Mercury
“Land Gallery mounts the invigoratingly entitled Boomshakalaka: A Show Celebrating the Portland Trail Blazers. Thirty artists, designers, illustrators and photographers contribute their unique takes—some serious, others irreverent—on the athletic and civic phenomenon the Blazers have become.” —Willamette Week
We even got a little holler in People Magazine. Haha, weird!
A HUGE THANKS goes out to the all of the show’s participants:
Susan Beal & Andrew Dickson
Ryan & Lucy Berkley
Jeremy Okai Davis Justin Flood
Always With Honor
Sarah Baugh Adam Moser OMFG Co. JS / BS
Aaron Rayburn Driscoll Reid Amy Ruppel Ben Vickery Ian Whitmore Lloyd Winter & Matthew Carroll
The Blazers themselves helped out the show by building up a 6 game winning streak and thereby being anointed by the New York Times as “the NBA’s hottest team” on the day of the Boomshakalaka opening. Thank you, BLAZERS. (and please stop trying to trade away Andre Miller).
Check out images of the work and the show’s opening at Pat Castaldo’s flickr set or Always With Honor’s flickr. I’ll have a flickr set of my own posted once I get back over to the gallery to get images of the work.
Boomshakalaka is up through March 13th at Land Gallery, stop by and see the show.