This was our first show by invitation of ROCKSBOX in Portland. Pat Rock had been a friend of some of the members for a while, and he’d been keeping tabs on our work. The space and the spirit of the gallery turned out to be a natural fit for Paintallica, and the beginning of an ongoing relationship.
Our two field trips preceding this show were surfing and Casa Diablo – a popular strip club on the outskirts of Portland. The strip club had a large influence on the subject matter of the work and conversation for the remainder of the week. Our chainsawing skills were getting good enough here to carve out a sculpture of Stephen Hawking, and for an opening night performance where we carved Osama Bin Laden’s head on the top of a giant turd. The first space in ROCKSBOX housed a range of sculptures, some of which were rigged to motors for movement such as the Seahorse Ai Wei Wei fucking a walnut. The middle gallery featured lots of drawing and painting on the wall, and the last gallery was home to our first blacklight room.
This was the first show that included our own tattoo artist Boomer Boomhower, whose work also doubled as a performance, particularly when he tattooed several of our members asses.