Tiny Collectibles

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Last month, while waiting for client feedback, I found myself with a tiny spot of free time, so for fun I made a handful of these Animal Battle Bow + Arrows.  I listed them in my shop and they were gone in the blink of an eye.

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I’ve had so many people ask for them I decided to list this tiny collectible again – just in time for ye olde holidays.

Each piece is handmade – sculpted, sanded, painted, ribbon-ed – and of course made with lots of love.  I suggest hanging the Battle Bow by your work desk or near your slumbering head as a reminder to aim high, aim true.

Find it here – I’ll be shipping through next week!

Tomorrow we’ll be making our way to the coast to share a lovely meal with my extended family (following a pre-Thanksgiving dinner of delicious tacos with my pops).  Where ever you may be, have a wonderful holiday.

xo

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Mr. Fox

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This weekend, the fifth annual Bad Dads exhibit opens at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco.  The gallery will be brimming with Wes Anderson-themed art while patrons don their best getups inspired by Anderson’s distinctive films.  For those of you who are Wes obsessed, there’s no better place to be.

Being a fan myself,  it’s a no-brainer that I choose to sculpt a piece based on Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Plus, duh, I’m a lover of Roald Dahl.  And double triple duh, I love motorcycles, AND wolves.  I was all over this.

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(skips a thousand steps)

And voila!

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The show opens tomorrow night (Halloween, y’all) and runs through November.  Event info here!

Thanks to Spoke Art for once again having me in the show!

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MFNW // Album Art

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In other news of things that have come and passed, I created a sculpture for Portland’s MusicFestNW in August.  Hellion Gallery curated a show featuring re-designed album covers for all the performing artists, and had an on-site pop-up gallery called The Tall Trees of Portland Art Pavilion (yeah, that’s a mouthful).  The band I chose was Future Islands, featuring the gyrating antics of this fella:

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I love this band and Samuel’s gyrations, so it was with great pleasure that I sculpted a little Sea Otter just for them.

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Thanks to MFNW and Hellion Gallery for having me, as usual I was in great company.  Check out the lineup and the artwork here or see coverage of the Tall Trees of Portland event over at Empty Kingdom.

xo

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Forest For The Trees

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This was the second year for Forest For The Trees, a non-profit mural project that brings together local and international artists in the beautiful city of Portland.  Last summer I requested to be considered in the next lineup, and just a few weeks after wrapping up my solo show I got my wish.

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Twenty artists from Portland and around the globe gathered for one week to descend upon the city and paint some walls.  We were each assigned a wall offered up by building owners and given free reign.  My wall, on a new restaurant in NE Portland, was going to be Animal Battle, naturally!

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Since it was my first mural, I was given one of the smaller walls.  Many of the other artists had multiple stories to cover and scissor lifts or scaffolding to climb.  From my perch on the ground floor, I was greeted by many neighbors and families that live in the area who were delighted to see some public art in the making.

Working much larger was a bit daunting.  I wasn’t sure if my painting techniques would transfer well with latex paint and a stubbly vertical surface, but as it turns out, that wall was much like a giant piece of watercolor paper.

And five days later, I won this battle.

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My wall was just one of MANY fantastic murals that went up all over the city.  Here are just a few I’ve visited so far:

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Collab with Brendan Monroe + Souther Salazar

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…and many, many more, including:

// Mary Iverson, Paige Wright, The Lost Cause, Zach Yarrington, Faith47, Curiot, Gage Hamilton, Blakely Dadson, J. Shea, Ogi \\

For the full lineup and artist links, map to the murals, and more information on the project, visit:

// www.forestsforthetreesnw.com \\

And a great recap + images of all the murals in progress over at Empty Kingdom.

I’d like to give a giant thank you to Gage Hamilton and Matt Wagner/Hellion Gallery for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who kept us fed, watered, sheltered, and taken care of.  Special thanks to the fellas at BTU Brasserie for letting me paint some animals on their wall.  You guys rule.

Painting the mural was fun, but connecting with fellow artists in this community was even better.  Proud to be part of a project that positively contributes to my city through art.

X’s + O’s x Infinite

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The Armies Gather // Opening Night

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I’m welcoming myself back here after a long radio silence.  Since my last post the opening night for my exhibition has come and gone, and what a dreamy night it was.  So many familiar faces, kind words, and all those little animals I’ve been working on since January are finally out in the wild.

Below is just a snippet of the world I installed at Hellion Gallery; for images of the entire body of work, please visit my portfolio site.

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I worked with gallery owner Matt Wagner to create these custom shelves for my army to stand on.  There was a lot of painting, drilling, and cursing.

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On opening night there were a zillion meetings with different artists, stranger friends, and internet pals, but of course I only have like 3 photos to show for it even though I was lugging a giant camera around.  If you were there, thank you for coming up to say hi!

And now here are a few of our friends:

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Want to see more?  Go here or here.  For those of you interested in adopting one of these creatures, please visit the gallery’s site here.  As of now I’ll soon be saying my bittersweet goodbyes to many of these soldiers.

Since opening night, these little dudes have been getting lots of love.

Boris has become the koala-about-town, making his debut splash as cover model for the Portland Mercury:

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And these folks loved Juniper so much they dressed up their dog just like her.  It’s a spittin’ image:

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There’s still plenty on the horizon for Animal Battle yet.  If you’re in Portland, the show is up at Hellion Gallery through August 30th!

A big thank you from me to you for following along on this adventure so far.  You guys are the best.

xoxo

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Coastal Escape

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One of the many charms of living in Portland is that to escape the city you need not go far before you’re surrounded by green forests, mountain views, or standing at land’s edge watching the ocean caress the beach.

While I enjoy long days of uninterrupted work, to keep my sanity sometimes I just need a hit of nature.  Jake and I spent one fine Sunday lingering at my favorite spot on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach, eating ice cream, strolling quiet paths in mossy forests, sitting in warm sun with a blustery sea breeze.  Summer is indeed here.

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In our meandering we also paid a visit to family in Seaside before heading a bit south to Short Sands, where I stumbled upon such an idyllic scene it made my heart ache. If I have any retirement plans, surely they would include a bit of coastal plein air painting.

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That daydream is over, and I’m back to work in my studio.  I just received a stack of these Animal Battle promo stickers from the gallery – the opening quickly approaches!

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Snippets and Previews

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All the leetle details are coming together for the small army slowly building in my studio.  Last week I visited the bright and sunny studio of my friend Brooke Weeber to photograph the body of work so far – it’s promo time for the gallery.

In the coming weeks I’ll be wrapping up the last of the work, but in the meantime, here’s a little teaser video of the show to come!

 

The Armies Gather // Teaser from Maryanna Hoggatt on Vimeo.

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Laika Interview

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The internet has been giving me lots of love lately.

It should be no surprise that I’m a big fan of stop-motion/animation studio Laika.  When their commercial house division contacted me for an interview feature, it was a no brainer.  Check out my latest interview with Laika here.

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My little narwhal was famous for a day on Tumblr.  It was pretty cool seeing her floating on the home page.  If she ever got to meet you in person, Tumblr, she’d give you a gentle horn tap in thanks.

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Yep, STILL chugging along in the studio!  The time is nearly here when I can finally share my work (August August August).  To say I’m excited is a vast understatement.

See ya soon, world.

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Hey kids.

If you follow me on Insta or Twitter or anywhere else, really, you’d know that despite my long bouts of blog silence, I’ve been steadily churning out work in my studio.

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Until the big reveal at Hellion Gallery in August, I’m only sharing glimpses for now.  To tantalize you.  And to communicate with the outside world, as these days, I ain’t getting out much.  It’s like a radio signal I send to space that bounces back to Earth and shows up on your phone, and you confirm my transmission was received with a little ” ♥︎ “.  We are in the future.

Anyway, for more up-to-the-minute updates, you can find me under @Leetlewolf in most places.  Or you can wait here for sporadic photo bursts, like this one.  It’s your world, man.

Cheerio.

xo

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Battle Bear

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OH HAI.  How are you guys?  Long time no blog.

Been busily sculpting and even managed to cram in an island getaway, but back in the studio now to continue the frenzy.

I just dabbed the finishing touches on this piece last evening.  Inspired by Japanese pop-punk band N’Shukugawa Boys, this album art was created for a group show called 12inch OTAKU.  Curated by Hellion Gallery, the show will open this month in Tokyo at the legendary Hatos Bar.  Not only do I wish I could fulfill my dream of visiting Tokyo by attending the opening, I want to eat all dat delicious BBQ!  Oh man.

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If you’re in Tokyo, go for the show, stay for the ribs.  Then send me a picture to make me jealous.

xo

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