"Visual Crap - The Poster Work of Voodoo Catbox: A retrospective look at the works of Gary Houston"
RECEPTION: Saturday, November 20 – December 6. Gallery hours are Thursday- Sunday, NOON-6pm.
Celebrating beloved Portland artist Gary Houston, and his long and amazing career of hundreds of original pieces, screen prints and music posters. Houston will be pulling works from his massive archive (The Houston Library), to showcase original drawings, art prints and his spanning career of notable screen printed music posters.
The World According to Gary Houston:
Portland based Gary Houston, is well known as the “Blues Fest” poster artist of Portland and for his illustration company, Voodoo Catbox. Houston’s posters are hand made using traditional methods i.e. scratch board illustration or hand cut rubylith, and then hand pulled. Since 1995, Houston has humbly operated under the moniker of Voodoo Catbox, a well known entity in the poster industry. But he is most well known as the signature artist for the Portland Blues Festival, which his unique scratch-board style has become the timeless branding of the festival since 2001. Houston calls the work he does as: hands-on, physical, creative and romantic. “It’s leaving a little bit of history,” Houston told Oregon Music News in 2009. Besides the Waterfront Blue Festival, Houston has done work locally for: Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Portland Art Museum, Crystal Ballroom (with Northwest acts like Mel Brown, The Decemberists, Robert Cray, The Dandy Warhols, Sallie Ford and Death Cab For Cutie). “Inspired by the music and musicians themselves as well as Northwest Native American art, Houston's work often contains a message and humor, but it wouldn't be rock and roll without eagles and skulls and flaming guitars,” writes Vortex magazine of Houston’s body of work.And Houston has always been a notable artist of his craft, locally and nationally, doing visual works for such national acts as: Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Moon Alice, Steve Martin, Little Feat, Los Lobos, The Grateful Dead, Social Distortion, David Byrne, The Black Crowes, Wilco, and many many others.