Earth, Air, Fire, Water: The four elements of nature. Each plays a critical role in our ability to enjoy healthy lifestyles and to connect with the outdoors. Yet each year, our forests get smaller, our water more polluted, our salmon less abundant, our air less pure. We wonder why our hills are less snowy, our highways and beaches more crowded, and forest fires rage out of control. As our planet continues to warm and fill, many of us remain unsure about what we can do to help protect what’s left of our old-growth forests and our native plants and animals, and to preserve our quality of life.
Local Pacific Northwest artists Lori LaBissoniere, Janessa Bork, and Jo Lundberg teamed up to share their interpretation of the elements in various states of need at evo Portland. As the three share a love of snowboarding and connecting with nature, they created these works of art to inspire an awakening. Many of us spend every spare moment playing outdoors, yet little time thinking about the fragility of the glaciers, the woods, the atmosphere, and the water we need to make our adventures possible. Yet we can no longer ignore what is happening. It’s time, now more than ever, to be active and aware. The essential element behind saving our Earth is hope.
Organizations like The Sierra Club protect millions of acres of wilderness and help pass legislation like the Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Act. Ten percent of all art sales from this show went directly to Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter.
Stormy Weather/Plein Air
Thoughts on a Grey Day- A series I created as part of the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, with work, including 'Shore Break' and 'Shorties' supporting the dark mood of the show.
The Plein Air Arts Festival- An entertaining weekend creating work out in the elements. Much to my surprise, 'At Rest, To Rust' received an Honorable Mention and an ad in Southwest Arts Magazine!
At Rest, To Rust received an honorable mention at the festival. It is currently for sale at Archimedes Gallery.
"Postmodernity is said to be a culture of fragmentary sensations, eclectic nostalgia, disposable simulacra, and promiscuous superficiality, in which the traditionally valued qualities of depth, coherence, meaning, originality, and authenticity are evacuated or dissolved amid the random swirl of empty signals." Jean Beaudrillard
In collaboration with my pal Jo Lundberg, this project was immortalized at evo Seattle, featuring a fresh body of work that explored the convergence between natural and manmade realms.
Through the combination of fluid and crystallized forms, attention is called towards our dissolving relationships with nature and spirituality as we move further into the postmodern world. Transitioning through this age of chaos, confusion and forecasts of catastrophic climate change, we are challenged to invert our mindset from Me to We, to put the pieces of our broken world back together, prioritizing meaning, through interconnectivity and authenticy.
Dirksen Derby Broken Board
This is a collection of snowboards and poster designs created for the past four Dirksen Derby broken board art auctions. The Dirksen Derby is a snowboard rally race that takes place every December at Mt. Bachelor. The proceeds for the auction, kick-off party and race are split between the Tyler Eklund Fund and Oregon Adaptive Sports.
Dirksen Derby logo design by Adam Haynes
Ode to Bali board, 2015
2015 board design
Boards at the 2015 Kick-off Party
2014 Kick-off Party poster design
2014 board design
2104 Kick-off Party boards
2013 Kick-off Party poster design
2103 board design, auctioned off by Josh Dirksen!!
2012 board design
Crystal Castles is a body of work in progress. Inspired by winter landscapes and the current glacial meltdown, this series speaks of the connections between humanity and the natural world. Through serene simplicity, my aim is to connect the viewer with their own spiritual experiences in the arms of a winter dream.
This collection of work aimed to represent past spiritual beliefs lost at sea- a floating sea of consciousness in the search for buried treasures. The show was displayed at Velvet in Bend, Oregon.
Pow Wow was formed as a group show to honor local Bend artists for their connection with nature and creativity. Deeply impacted after attending a friend's pow wow near the Oregon Coast a few months prior, I questioned how different life would be if we all lived off nature, respected our elders, and congregated in teepees during winter storms.
Featured Bend artists Adam Haynes, Jo Lundberg and Sarah Viles (Homeslice Jewelry) and I displayed work at Poethouse Art, as 9191, a snowboard film created by local Bendite, Jake Price, played on the big screen. It was an honor to show my work amongst these artists and share my work with the Bend community that I deeply respect because of their connection with the outdoors and strong sense of communal living. Central Oregon is truly a special place.
This is a collection of boards I have submitted to PUSH, an annual skate deck art auction fundraiser benefiting The Division Street Skate Park in Bend, Oregon.
Cause & Effect
Brough on by the oil spill fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico, this body of work was dedicated to the state of our oceans, highlighting issues such as overfishing, long-lining, radiation, oil spills and pollution. The show was featured at the former Poethouse Art in Bend, Oregon.