Since 2010 Hellion Gallery has introduced a bold mix of both established and undiscovered artists to collectors from around the world. Their mission is to foster new talent and to challenge seasoned artists with new directions and environments.
Hellion Gallery was founded and curated by Matt Wagner. After years of curating and producing shows in Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City, Portland, and San Diego, Matt channeled that experience into three published books about international artists and their cities. Having also curated art events at museums in Portland, Oregon USA and Oaxaca Mexico, as well as bringing artists from all over the globe to Portland for the “Forest for the trees” mural festival he founded and still produces, Matt has established himself as an international curator with an eye for the unconventional.
Behind the curation of the installation on the Treeline Stage & the new Galaxy ArtYard:
“I designed the fence structures to be reminiscent of Japanese medieval flags. I wanted to incorporate Mexican imagery into the design for a couple reasons. One was to show a small world concept and how many different cultural designs blend with completely different cultural elements even from different time periods. Second reason is the current state of politics. All of my work for Pickathon this year is 100% Mexican. It’s become the focus of all of my curation since last year. Show Mexicans in a much more honest light.”
Find Matt’s installations at the Treeline Stage, and the new Galaxy ArtYard.