Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Local Victory

Drawings & Installation by

Rebecca Shelly


Thanks to everyone who performed at the opening on First Friday!
I encourage all of you to check out music by these generous and talented artists!
DJ TRY MY CABBAGE, BRIGHT RED PAPER, SONJA MYKLEBUST, and ARIANA LENARSKY

ABOUT THE SHOW

In a radical stylistic departure from her previous abstract paintings Portland State University MFA candidate Rebecca Shelly will be filling the gallery with beautiful illustrative drawings & related installations. These pieces are originally inspired by a WWII era government propaganda campaign to encourage Americans to plant food gardens, which they called, “Victory Gardens”, as a way of supporting the war effort. Shelly has taken the Victory Garden and adapted it to address a different yet equally grave set of problems facing us today: rising food costs, mono-cropping, pesticide use, loss of genetic diversity in food stocks and reliance on fossil fuels to transport foods hundreds if not thousands of miles from the farm to the store; Shelly sees the modern-day Victory Garden as a small, yet potent way to meaningfully address these issues, but also as catalyst for relationships, a place to re-connect people with their local community and truly create a sense of place.

The drawings stylistically echo the didactic tone of propaganda posters from the 40′s, with text and enthusiastic slogans incorporated into intimate posters of parents teaching children or at work in the garden; many of the images reference Shelly’s own life experience, as a child growing up with parents who gardened, as well as tending her own organic garden today.

AND……
In order to make the work MORE available to the general public and in keeping with the propaganda roots of this project, the artist will be releasing accessibly priced limited-edition posters of some of the work in the show- a great gift idea!

Links:
Rebecca Shelly:
website
art blog
resume
Local Victory blog (read this!!)

More images and information coming soon!

Selected Pieces

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Rebecca Shelly
Rebecca Shelly
Victory Happens in the Garden
Victory Happens in the Garden
A Simple Action
A Simple Action
Local Victory Email invite
Local Victory Email invite
Local Victory Poster
Local Victory Poster