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Friday, September 26, 2008

Big 'Ole October Opening at Portland's Premiere Wine Bar!

New Work DeJerk is heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere! And we are SO excited to share it with YOU!

You know, it was only a year ago that Tiago held his first solo show at Space Monkey, a wonderful-yet-tiny coffee shop all the way out in the Felony Flats area of southeast Portland. Now, a sweet 13 months later, the brand new Work DeJerk is returning to the southeast, and is bigger and better than ever!

This Friday, October 3rd, come on down to Vino Vixens (2929 SE Powell Blvd) and witness Tiago's art occupying the largest space it's ever graced! Bring as many people as you like, because this place is HUGE and the party is F-R-E-E! Music, dancing, schmoozing, and general tom-foolery begin at 8pm and last 'till 2am. There's also pool, darts and, for those of you
who don't like socializing but still want to be seen at an opening DeJerk, there's a whole room dedicated to Nintendo 64!

Don't miss this chance to be present for a historical moment in the career DeJerk, and to meet the parents DeJerk, who are visiting all the way from Curitiba, Brazil!

We can't wait to see you there, folks! And just in case you wanted more info on the show, here's the press release:

The Work DeJerk: A Solo Stencil Art Exhibit

In a city saturated by art school aspirations, seasonal scenesters, and hipster couture, the work of an anarchist-clown turned renegade street artist is never done. On Friday, October 1st, The Work DeJerk: A Solo Stencil Art Exhibit will premiere at Southeast Portland’s coolest wine bar – Vino Vixens. The exhibit will showcase the tragic-comedy of a popular culture hell-bent on digitally documenting and projecting that which it could otherwise be fully experiencing. Beginning at 8:00pm and lasting till 2:00am, the event is free to the public, and will feature several local musical acts of various styles, including ambient, techno, and beatbox.

Determined to expose fun for what it can be, and art for what it really is, internationally acclaimed stencil-artist Tiago DeJerk’s latest work responds colorfully to those who would rather witness an engaging experience through a digital lens or screen, than directly participate in it. Hailed as, “The greatest bicycle artist in the world,” by Amy Walker, Director of Art for Momentum Magazine, Tiago DeJerk is no stranger to creating and documenting fun and diversion for art’s sake. Otherwise known around town as Pinga de Clown, the funny foreigner in Portland’s favorite now-defunct Alberta Street Clown House troupe, Tiago has been participating in direct-action fun campaigns throughout Stumptown for over 4 years.

As a cyclist, freak-bike builder, and long-time Zoobomber, Tiago’s art has, until now, predominately reflected the Northwest’s D.I.Y. cycling community and its influences through highly detailed, ornate, and oddly photo-realistic reproductions and portraits. Previous work from this Brazilian-born harlequin has been featured in Russell Howze’s scene-busting book Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community and Art as well as in live installation form at this year’s World Towards Carfree Cities Conference. From October to January, however, The Work DeJerk will highlight the full spectrum of Tiago’s insight and artistic capabilities, and will beg the question of which is more important: remembering the image, or creating the inspiration?


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Friday, September 12, 2008

The Newest News

It was a superbly sordid, Sprockette saturated, splendid and schmoozy smash! Tiago sold two paintings at the opening to a young man who has, in his own words, been waiting to buy from DeJerks for months! Months! Now we're getting somewhere, people.

If you missed it, don't fret, because the work DeJerk, as well as the work of Jonathan Maus and Sarah Eastmand, will be up at BreezeBlock Gallery until the last Thursday in October! Also, if one show of brand-spanking new work doesn't satisfy your DeJerk desires, you can head on over to Blue Sky Wellness Studio on Mississippi Ave. to see the portraits DeJerk amidst a calming, restorative and anything but jerky atmosphere. When you stop in, say "Hi!" to me, Drica, as I'm usually there managing the goings-ons like I manage DeJerk.

Speaking of portraits, we're gearing up for two big shows this fall of - yet again - brand new work DeJerk. In the meantime, however, we'll be focusing on offering personalized commissioned portraits for the upcoming holiday seasons. What better way to say, "I love you, but someone else can tell you better on my behalf," than by commissioning a fine art representation of yourself, or your loved ones? (The question happens to be rhetorical, but if an answer were necessary, it'd be, "None!")Portrait commissions differ in price based on size, the intricacy of the image, and the date of desired completion. However, you have the word DeJerk that, as always, our art will remain accessible and affordable!

So thanks, again, to those that came to our two recent openings. Things are really starting to take off for us, but it is always such a heart-warming pleasure to see our familiar fans DeJerk at all of our biggest events! And to those of you who weren't there, you better be gearing up for the October 3rd premier at Vino Vixens. It's going to be the largest space that the work DeJerk has occupied, and the opening is going to be killer! More info to come, and, until then, keep on loving and please, for the love of all things DeJerk-y, please keep on being ridiculous!

Love, love, silly love,

Drica DeJerk