Saturday, February 4, 2012

Behind the scenes of Portlandia

Local artists create  “bad art” for Season 2 of Portlandia

Results to be auctioned to benefit local charities.  

Portland, OR- January 19, 2012
Portlandia Season 2, Episode 5, “Cops Redesigned”,  aired on February 3rd. It featured a sketch called “Good Walls Bad Art” spoofing the cliche art that is often shown in coffee shops and other such public venues.  Featuring themes like flying coffee cups, and kitties hanging from tree branches, this is the type of work that many arts connoisseurs love to hate.  

Portlandia Production Designer, Tyler Robinson, enlisted the help of local art consultant, Bridget Larrabee, aka “Art Scout,” to organize a task force of local artists and challenge them to create “bad art” to share on national TV. The experience proved both challenging and rewarding for professional painters and photographers that were involved: Anna Magruder, Shawn Demarest, Andrew Ferguson and Rebecca Shapario, Jolie Guillebeau, Jenn Feeney, Nicole Daughters, Erica Lee Sears.

Once filming was complete, a few original works were autographed by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and guest star, Sean Hayes. Fred and Carrie, who are large supporters of the Humane Society, requested that one of the cat-inspired pieces be donated to the Humane Society Auction “This piece of art gifted to us will go a long way towards saving many homeless pets in our community” - Barbara Baugnon. Another piece has been promised to KZME 107.1, a local arts-focused radio station. There are a few more works that are still available for donation. Please contact Bridget Larrabee for further information.
 Here is a selection of some of the 70+ paintings we came up with for the "bad art good walls" sketch for Season 2 of Portlandia

Here are 2 of the 5 pieces that were signed by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and guest star Sean Hayes.