Ace Hotel Portland is happy to host a night of art and revelry at The Cleaners this Sunday January 19, and all for an awfully good cause. Stereo Sound Agency’s Arthur Lindsey has put together a robust roster of local and national art luminaries for a silent auction to benefit Camp Starlight — a summer sleep-away camp for children of the Pacific Northwest affected by HIV/AIDS.
By day, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham run Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture — turning inspiration sparked from the convergence of their myriad global influences (she was born in Italy to German parents, schooled in France, and educated in Britain, where the pair met before moving east in 1988) into building-sized testaments to their creative prowess. They just so happen to have designed our new happy place in Tokyo, Daikanyama T-Site, pictured here. By night, Astrid and Mark foster the global movement known as Pecha Kucha. This isn’t the duo’s first stroke of brilliance — Klein-Dytham designs some of the prettiest buildings we’ve seen anywhere, globally inspired but deeply rooted in the minimalist ethos and diverse natural surroundings of life in Japan. They also run an event space, SuperDeluxe, where they invite young designers to think, drink, collaborate, make noise, eat food, share big ideas, and network their little hearts out — and where, way back in 2003, Pecha Kucha was born.
In the hands of the 99% of us for whom public speaking isn’t a life calling, having to present an idea — no matter how jaw-droppingly awesome it actually is — to a room full of people is a particular kind of hell. And watching someone else bury their own great idea under rambling departures from the point and yawn-inducing over-explanations is just as bad — unless you’re hard-pressed for a nap, probably worse. But Klein and Dytham hit the sweet spot, challenging presenters to distill a message into 20 slides, showing each for 20 seconds. In six minutes and forty seconds, you can really only do so much damage — and as it turns out, it’s led to some of the most powerful and profoundly moving storytelling sessions we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. Tonight, The Cleaners acts as the Portland headquarters of Pecha Kucha Global Night, alongside about 100 other cities hosting similar events. Starting at 7pm, it’s free and open to the public — true to spirit.
The Dishwasher Project is an intimate portrayal and tribute to the men and women behind Portland’s celebrated culinary scene. The paintings seek to honor the individual, their lives in the back of the house, and humanize the grueling work of keeping the restaurant service moving. Our hope for this project is to plant a question in the minds of patrons of these restaurants with rock-star-status chefs who, truly, are only as good as their team. We took the most unsavory of these positions, the individuals who see the aftermath of a meal and live in the steam, soap and waste of an otherwise glorious experience. We hope to give a face and history to the hands that hold our dishes. We are humbled to have their stories to share, and hope that the next time you spend a Sunday afternoon indulging in a five-star brunch, you’ll consider the people for which there is no James Beard Award, but should garner your esteem.
Natalie Sept began this project in 2010 during her time at Papa Haydn restaurant where she was a pastry tech, and began to take notice of the dishwashers who often times where coming from another job and leaving to the next after their time washing dishes. Israel Bayer joined Natalie in 2012 and began taking photographs for the project. You can view it tonight for a one-night-only show in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland.
Pictured here in order are Efrain, Katrine, Maestro and George.
We at Atelier Ace have a new neighbor in Portland’s Chinatown — Table of Contents, the mercantile of our dreams and a close friend to our other neighbors and old friends Studio J, the brainchild of Janet and John Jay. We recently raised a glass to TOC’s grand opening and then waltzed around the corner for an afterparty and feast at Studio J, with decorations by Janet and Hazel Cox and a lot of good friends in attendance. The very talented Johnny Le took photos.
Table of Contents just launched a new web shop, and they’re celebrating with a quick winter sale through Saturday. They’re also on the impressive roster of booksellers and presses at this weekend’s Publication Fair hosted by Publication Studio in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland. Now is the time to indulge thyself with handsome books, objects and sweaters…
It’s called The Mush Fair and it’s a real thing happening in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland this Sunday and Monday. Bring stories of your own — we welcome you as you are, on the hood of any car or in a fairy-riddled mushroom cave afar — and learn something about how mushrooms grow, function and live their little lives. Presented by Oregon Mushroom Stories and PICA, and this footnote is from Nopmire.
The third annual WE MAKE one-night-only collective art show blows through the Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland like a hell train filled with blazing saddles, smoking guns, young bucks, gnarly design, film buffs, rough riders and wildcats tomorrow night.
Exhibiting artists this year include Dani Guralnick, Katie McHugh, Sam Tudyk, Chelsea Guidry, Chris Lael Larson, Curtis Pachunka, Brad Simon and Mark Shepherd.
Keg, food and good company are free to all those over 21. See you there.
Alison and Trevor got married in a forest near Portland, then came back to Ace to party with their friends and family in The Cleaners. We like all the handmade ephemera that looks like it was pulled out of an old journal, and we like how in love they are.
Our good friend and photographer Hope Reynolds of Folk Studios stopped by The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland to capture You Are the Chosen One — a collaborative quilting project on display all month in Portland, OR — in its final stages of construction. The YATCO ladies used the space as a fishbowl work studio for two days as they finished what has been months in the making, and Hope caught some of the grand finale sparks of late summer magic in the air.