Friday, September 2, 2011

The Nike Graphic Studio Art Show @ Compound Gallery In Portland, Oregon = The Fresh AIRS Fund.

"Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon, will be hosting the Nike Graphic Studio Art Show starting tomorrow, September 1st. The exhibition is inspired by Nike‘s long and rich history of innovation in design, and will feature pieces in various media created by a select group of Nike designers. Proceeds from the show will go directly to relief efforts in Japan, with Nike Foundation matching that donation amount. The show will kick off tomorrow evening with an opening reception scheduled from 7 to 10 pm with the artists in attendance.

Compound Gallery

107 NW 5th Avenue | Map
Portland, OR 97209

Exhibition Dates: September 1st, 2011 – September 30th, 2011"

Information Courtesy Of: Freshnessmag.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: At its core art is the only true universal language. And that language - not stymied by clumsy mistranslation - has the unique ability to speak to each of our hearts and minds and make material our wildest dreams. Word to Diego Rivera!

Contemporarily speaking, and particularly for young forward thinking fashionistas fresh out of flight school, sneakers are art. Enthusiasts marvel over and passionately discuss the finer points of kicks construction, debate the importance of certain models and excoriate "variants" (NOTE: That more or less means "fakes" for those poor, poor few of Y.O.U. unfamiliar with the online all things "Swoosh" related mecca that is the NikeTalk message board ... lol). I mean, have Y.O.U. ever seen the cue in front of a sneaker store when a super limited edition pair of Dunks drops? SMH. That shit could rival the lines seen @ the MET last month for the closing of the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" retrospective show my nigga! LOL. Shit is most definitely real. As such, it makes perfect sense that the once and future king of athletic footwear, Nike, would commission the brilliant Nike Graphic Studio Art Show @ the Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon (NOTE: Yup, where Phil Knight started it ALL!).

The just launched installation is an amazing assemblage of repurposed props that have been cleverly appropriated as art paying fanatical pop-culture homage to the legendary Nike brand. There's also an in-gallery store as well that I knooooooow is chock-full of all kinds of exclusive goodness. And that all of the proceeds from the door will be matched by the Nike Foundation and go directly to earthquake relief efforts in Japan only makes this already dope show that much better! See, art AND sneakerheads DO have heart afterall ... lol. Good shit!

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