Posts Tagged ‘Railyard’

BOOK RELEASE / Benefit Art Show for SPECIAL DELIVERY – Saturday July 28th, 2012

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
New Special Delivery Portland 2011 Book Release Party.


Release Event for the SPECIAL DELIVERY Portland 2011 Book,
as well as an Art Show Benefiting the artists participating in this year’s SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 Mural Exhibit (which will open September 8th 2012).


Saturday July 28th, 2012 (Last Saturday) at 7pm


Famous Four Colors Gallery
1525 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612



Full Color, 64 Pages, $16
Special Delivery 2011 was a mural exhibit that filled a 6,000 square foot warehouse in South East Portland. It showcased over 40 artists who have put in a lot of work on the streets of Oakland, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area of California.

Read more about the book…


Many of the artists whom will be participating in this years Special Delivery Mural Exhibit (Optimist, GATS, Upfuk, Attica, Broke, Nart, Dead Eyes, etc.) will be showcasing prints and works on canvas at F4C Gallery (Famous Four Colors) for ONE NIGHT ONLY to raise funds for paint.

Read more about SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012…

Invite your friends to the Special Delivery Bay Area 2012 facebook event page…

Please don’t tag the venue or the immediate surroundings the night of the event.
Thank you to all the writers that always show respect and help us socially enforce this guideline so that we can keep getting invited back to throw awesome events for you guys.

SPECIAL DELIVERY 2011 Video – Portland, OR

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Special Delivery – Portland 2011 from Endless Canvas on Vimeo.

Special Delivery was a massive warehouse take over in Portland that featured prolific Bay Area graffiti artists like Swampy, Feral Child, GATS, Bella Ciao, Just Becauz, Dead Eyes, Attica, Pink Eyes, Political Gridlock, ATWA, Old Crow, Doodles, Coyote, Logo, GoreB, Nart, Cuss, Nina and more.

The show was held at the Railyard in Portland, OR July 2011.


Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

RAILYARD, PTV, Bella Ciao, BROKE ONE, BROKE, Graffiti, Street Art, East Bay, the yard,

Should Graffiti Removal Be a Priority for Portland?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Endless Canvas’s Special Delivery art show at the Railyard Gallery was in the Portland Mercury again today…
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“There goes the neighborhood: An outdoor “street art mural” in the controversial Railyard show.” – Sarah Mirk, Portland Mercury
Bella Ciao Graffiti Piece.


Here is what they wrote…

“I posted last week about a SE Portland warehouse gallery the Railyard that was evicted over concerns about a street art show attracting “prolific taggers” from California. Since then, KATU picked up the storyfor their Friday newscast and both over there and here on the blog, people have been discussing Portland’s approach to graffiti.

The city has been stepping up graffiti abatement in recent years, in part due to Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who runs the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and spends her free time removing graffiti while she waits for the MAX. But a few years before Fritz’s election, city council passed a law requiring stores to get ID for spray paint purchases and record every spray paint sale in massive logbooks. This year, the city spent $158,000 to created a new graffiti abatement position in the Portland police bureau (doubling the size of the police’s graffiti abatement team) and a graffiti removal volunteer coordinator job. The current city budget put $409,000 in one-time funds into graffiti removal, part of which pays for a summer youth crew to paint over graffiti around the city. At the time of the crackdown on the Railyard, the neighborhood around the gallery was under police watch as a graffiti “hot spot.”

Is all this investment worth it?

I had an interesting conversation this morning with PSU Professor Hunter Shobe, a geographer who studies street art. Graffiti enforcement is an issue that’s becoming more difficult in cities across the country. Some graffiti are tags connected to gang activity, some are political statements, and some art pretty pictures. But Portland’s approach to graffiti is similar to essentially every city in the United States: a zero tolerance policy. This is in part due to the broken windows theory that graffiti in any form creates an area that’s more ripe for other kinds of vandalism. Paid and volunteer graffiti abatement teams aim to paint over all graffiti in 24 hours, whether it’s shitty spray painted tags on murals or legitimately interesting art.

Portland’s crime mapping database doesn’t separate out “graffiti” from other vandalism crimes, but inner Southeast Portland (where the Railyard is located) has had 556 complaints of vandalism this year, the most of anywhere in the city.

Many cities in Europe (like Berlin) are more laid back about street art. The Legal Walls website for graffiti writers, for example, lists only 75 graffiti legal walls in the United States, but 816 around Europe. In the US, while graffiti is finding appreciation in the mainstream (you don’t get any more mainstream than street artist Shepard Fairey creating the iconic image of a presidential campaign) but it remains a crime.

“On the one hand there seems to be increased attention on trying to crack down on this, but you see increased acceptance of street art within the art world and more gallery shows,” says Shobe.

The controversy over whether the street art show at Railyard contributed to illegal graffiti in the citywide is similar to issues around the the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art recent high-profile street art show, which attracted 201,000 museum-goers but also led to an uptick in graffiti in the area, according to LA police. So there’s this interesting conflict: Inside a gallery, graffiti can be a modern art form worth the $10 ticket price. Outside, it’s vandalism and a blight on neighborhoods.”

Original source…
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Photos from the show…
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Graffiti Police Crack Down on Gallery for Hosting Street Art Show

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Article originally posted by the Portland Mercury Newspaper…
on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Special Delivery Art Show.

Fledgling Portland art gallery The Railyard planned a massive event for their July 4th show “Special Delivery.” Railyard curator Todd Durham invited over two dozen Bay Area artists to create “street art inspired” pieces for their warehouse gallery. But the show attracted some surprise guests: The Portland police.”Our officers became aware that this warehouse and those that rented it hosted prolific taggers from California to come to Portland. They tagged inside and outside the warehouse and our officers believed tagged at other locations around the City,” writes Portland police spokesman Lt. Robert King. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement and the police target graffiti because they believe it contributes to other, more serious, crimes in areas that look uncared for.

This week, the gallery and four other businesses that share its space in the old Hair of the Dog brewery on SE 23rd Avenue and Holgate were evicted over the graffiti issues. Durham says his landlord, the city’s two graffiti abatement officers, and a locksmith showed up Tuesday morning and told them their lease was moot.

While the police say the gallery’s artists are responsible for illegal graffiti in the neighborhood, the gallery owners say their intention was to reduce graffiti and that they were targeted simply for hosting a show devoted to street art.

They specifically kicked us out because they didn’t like our art,” says Durham. “There’s been graffiti on this building for 10 years. The cops think we’re trying to promote graffiti and that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to do.”

For Special Delivery, 25 artists created graffiti-style murals on panels, canvasses, and directly on the walls inside and outside of The Railyard building. Photos of the show are here and the July 4th opening attracted several hundred people. Durham and other people involved in the gallery say the show was supposed to be a kickoff for their initiative to turn the industrial area into a “mural district” where the city and business owners would sign off on letting people do street art murals on the old warehouses and factories.

But the event instead created a tense relationship with the police.

Serre Murphy runs Samo Lives Gallery on SE 39th and Gladstone and was hosting a show by one of the Special Delivery artists, Chris Moon, also on July 4th. Murphy says graffiti officer Anthony Zanetti showed up to the opening.

“He started yelling at me, telling me that I was responsible for graffiti around the Railyard. He said, ‘You know when you walk into a bar and you walk out and get a DUI? It’s the bar’s responsibility,'” says Murphy. The side of Murphy’s gallery is covered in a mural, which he admits he didn’t follow the proper city process to get approved because he wanted to change the image every few months. Murphy says Officer Zanetti said he would be fined $500 for that mural.

“We haven’t done any tagging. All we’ve done is beautiful artwork. Some people may not like it, but it’s beautiful artwork,” says Murphy, who is likely now planning to paint over the mural to stay out of trouble with the police.

After stopping by Samo Lives Gallery, Officer Zanetti proceeded to the Railyard and, with reportedly a half dozen other officers, began pulling over cars leaving the gallery and then phoned the gallery’s landlord.

The area around The Railyard is a rough industrial part of town, next to the train tracks. There is certainly plenty of graffiti in the area. But The Railyard and police disagree on whether new graffiti is the gallery’s fault.

Neighbor and furniture builder Brian Gualtieri says there has been graffiti on the former brewery for years. “I’ve been in the space eight years, we have sometimes gone up on the roof and scraped stuff off,” says Gualtieri. “The last time the landlord got graffiti removed was five years ago.”

Over the past month, the landlord and Durham have emailed back and forth about the paintings on the Railyard walls, but Durham thought they were in agreement until the officers and landlord arrived with an eviction notice.

The police can not discuss details over the number of officers on the scene or whether there have been any arrests of artists with a connection to the gallery because it’s an ongoing investigation, says Lt. King.

For now, Durham and friends are scrambling to move their gallery, two screenprinting studios, a construction company HQ, and a recording studio out of the building in a matter of days.