Cash for Your Warhol: Hargo

Curator: Josh Silverman
date: April 24, 2013
Categories: Advertising, Environmental Design
Tags: signage, silkscreen, street, vernacular

I love the visual vernacular of street signage. From graffiti and propaganda to murals and installations, it’s these corners of communication that catch my eye with their authenticity. Whether one-off and site specific or characterized by an “Obey Giant”–like ubiquity, they are the detritus of design. I also collect tattered scraps of paper—incomplete homework assignments, shopping lists left behind in shopping baskets, urgent napkin poems. My heart goes out to these authentic artifacts, produced without a marketing department, created by the creator with a singular purpose. And I always try to envision the context in which each of these were created, the people who made them and their lives. 

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XOXO Poster: Jolby and Friends

Curator: Scribble Tone
date: November 23, 2012
Categories: Advertising, Illustration
Tags: Mind explosion, Portland, silkscreen, split fountain
We round off our week of posts with some local flair. This fall, Portland played host to the inaugural XOXO fest, organized by Andy McMillan and Andy Baio. While this “arts and technology festival celebrating disruptive creativity” didn’t exactly focus on Portland itself, it also couldn’t have been held anywhere else. 
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