BY CREATING A SPACE FOR ART, PEOPLE CAN REMINISCE AND APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE AND CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED BY ITS RAW BEAUTY.
For over a decade (2005-2015), the ruins of the Taylor Electric Supply Company at 240 SE Clay served as Portland's most famous space to engage with street art and graffiti – a true showcase for some of the best local, regional, national, and international art.
The Taylor Electric Project is an on-going interactive art event happen at this old graffiti site, which has now been re-developed into the Clay Creative Offices. This public engagement platform is being managed by the Portland Street Art Alliance, with the support of the property owner, tenents, and the art community. PSAA is slowly transforming the new space into a sanctuary for artistic creativity once again.
The project goals are to document the history of this unique art sanctuary, promote dialogue and build community capacity, reinvigorate the space with vibrant murals by some of the best street artists in the Pacific Northwest. The central focus of this project is to create art, and spaces for public learning and dialogue. With these discussions, we hope to facilitate dynamic and positive dialogue between the street art communities and other community groups like academics, neighborhood leaders, activists, developers, and business owners. The broader goals of these discussions are to educate and build new relationships between diverse communities to help increase mutual understanding, cooperation, and alliances. The street art community, while sometimes praised for their bold and colorful interventions, is often under-represented in local politics and misunderstood by the media and larger community. With these engagements, we hope to dispel some of these myths and prejudices and promote active community involvement.
PAINTING AT THE NEW TAYLOR ELECTRIC
While Taylor Electric used to be an open "free wall," PSAA is now working with the property owners to manage new rotating art and permanent murals at the site.
In the Winter of 2017, PSAA started organizing rotating painting inside the parking garage at Clay Creative. All of the garage work is being done on a volunteer basis by PSAA and mainly local artists wanting to build their portfolios, or experiment with new designs and painting techiques. If you're an artist and interested in getting on the list for future rounds of paitning, please email PSAA examples of your artwork.
In the Summer of 2018, PSAA will commission some of the best street artists on the West Coast to paint the old remaining exterior walls. These murals will completely transforming this space into a free open-air street art gallery for the city. Outdoor muralists are being arranged by invite-only.
Working in partnership with Kilian Pacific and Simple Bank, PSAA is commissioning a few local artists to paint large-scale murals inside the new Clay Creative office space. One of our core missions is to support local working artists in building their professional portfolios.
In late Summer 2018, PSAA will host a public event to celebrate this new space for art in Portland. The event will consist of live painting, interactive art installations, artist talks, panel discussions, live music, dancing, food carts, local beer and spirits.
With this multi-facitated project, PSAA hopes to facilitate dynamic and positive dialogue between the street art communities and the larger public.
FRESH ART, happening now!
Photos by: @tomasalfredo @pamgood2 @pdxeveryday
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WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
If you are interested in participating or volunteering your time to make this project happen please contact us. PSAA is currently looking for event coordinators, web developers, graphic designers, videographers, DJs, art show coordinators, foodies, and more. Email PSAA to inquiry about opportunities. PSAA will be putting out a separate call to artists and photo submissions.