This is My Day Job
Website: Hellion Gallery, Overcup Press
Matt Wagner sets himself apart from most art gallery owners by focusing on cultivating new artists rather than attracting established names. This discussion will draw on his distinct perspective and experience, and the unique, hands-on way he actively engages with artists in the creative process. He describes his gallery, Hellion, as a “long term relationship gallery based in reality”.
For this event at Hand Eye Supply’s Curiosity Club, Wagner will discuss the DIY ethos that has propelled the growth of Hellion Gallery and his experiences working with independent artists on an international level. Using pages from both of his books and other imagery, he’ll provide examples of how artists can create a sustainable career path, and how he encourages everyone to become patrons in the artist community. He’ll also use photos from the past gallery events to illustrate how he collaborates with artists. For Wagner, he believes a career in art is “a marathon, not the 20 yard dash”. A master storyteller, he is sure to engage and educate the audience by inspiring new ways of thinking, eliciting laughter, and leaving attendees with food for thought.
Matt Wagner is an art director, author, and owner and curator of Hellion Gallery in Portland, OR. With over a decade of experience curating art shows in Tokyo, Portland, and San Diego, Wagner’s eye for quality work has earned him an international following. His latest book, The Tall Trees of Portland, explores the working artists and art scene of Portland, Oregon. His first book, The Tall Trees of Tokyo, focuses on Japanese artists in his adopted home of Tokyo