INTERVIEW : HELMY MEMBRENO / ACE HOTEL PORTLAND
This is Helmy. He is a cornerstone of Ace Portland, having been here from before the start. You’ll see his face at the front desk, on our website, on postcards, on our blog, and you might ask yourself, who is this man of mystery? Well, now you can find out. We wanted to ask him about the art show he’s curating with Azsa West at The Cleaners Sunday night, Everything Matters All the Time — who’s involved, what inspired the theme of the night, and what the wide world holds for him now.
Helmy, how long have you been working at Ace Hotel Portland?
I’ve been working for the Ace in Portland since right before they opened in January of 2007 as a front desk agent and later as a supervisor.
What’s the inspiration behind “Everything Matters All the Time”?
Azsa had approached me about doing a solo show in the cleaners and in our meetings, she kept returning to the idea of sacredness. She was asking what is important to us and how do we show honesty through art work. “What is sacred to you?” was the initial question. She showed me some rad drawings of what she was feeling and I, of course, said yes.
It went from a solo show to a group show because of the limited nature of the event, i.e. art up for only one night is a daunting task. We asked the artists what was important to them and to be as transparent as possible. I’ve seen some pieces already and there is some rad shit.
How come you’re not showing art in the show? Not fair….
Uuuhhhh…well, since I like throwing parties and hosting events, I will say that the event is my contribution. Seriously though, I am a big proponent of community and art. There is an art to collaboration and art happenings. It matters to me to contribute to my community and to involve as many parts of it that are willing. Azsa, Publication Studio, Container Corps, Ace Hotel, Sam Korman (Car Hole Gallery), all the artists, and the musicians made this happen. I’m lucky to be in a position to bring all these folk together and make something good happen.
Tell us about the adventures you have planned for the next year.
I leave for Honduras in less than a month for the winter. I was born there so I am going spend some time with the fam. I’ll probably work here and there but mostly, I will be taking it very easy.
Helmy by Jacob Ripper
Check out Everything Matters in My What a Busy Week in the Portland Mercury.