August: Taring Padi and Justseeds
We Agree: A Crisis in Common

Prints by Taring Padi (top) and Justseeds (bottom) shine a light on the impacts of proposed LNG pipelines

On display were two large blockprints, one made by the Portland-based members of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative, and the other by members of Taring Padi, an artist cooperative from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The two prints, each measuring three feet by nine feet, are bold, graphic depictions of the impact of the Natural gas industry and its satellites on the landscape and peoples of both sides of the Pacific. Other artworks by Justseeds and Taring Padi were also on display. Go here to see the images taken from the opening at Sea Change.

About the Artists

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.

Taring Padi is self-described as an “independent non-profit cultural community based on the concept of people’s culture.” They arose in Indonesia in 1998 in the midst of major social uprising and political reformation when the corrupt Indonesian dictator President Surharto was forced out of office by a popular people’s movement.

The men and women of Taring Padi have survived slanderous accusations, government repression, and fundamentalist violence in order to stand up against capitalist and imperialist oppression. In an effort to educate and inspire fellow Indonesians and the world, they use the power of art as a cultural tool. Their large woodcut prints communicate directly to their local community, but their message speaks to us all, tackling issues of human rights, corruption, global warming, women’s liberation, land use and food security. Twenty-eight of these iconic and powerful prints are currently held in the International Archive of Social History in the Netherlands.

Taring Padi working on their No LNG print on location in Indonesia

Justseeds working on their Anti-LNG print on location in Portland

Justseeds working on their Anti-LNG print on location in Portland

members of Taring Padi activate art as a form of creative resistance

From Roger Peet of Justseeds

“We’re working with BARK to organize showings of these prints along the route of the proposed Palomar Pipeline, an atrocious boondoggle planned to transship Liquefied Natural Gas from the Oregon coast to the trunk line of the Madras Pipeline on the other side of the Cascade mountains. The proposed developments include terminals for the re-gasification of the highly pressurized gas, numerous river crossings (including some sub-surface and underground passages) as well as massively invasive new construction in zones of late-successional reserve that folks in the NW fought long to preserve in the face of industrial forestry. The LNG projects propose roads in newly roadless areas, habitat destruction in zones of primary habitat, and economic contempt in areas of economic depression. In Indonesia, natural gas extraction has caused massive environmental devastation, including the deluging of numerous villages on Java’s north coast by a still-active mud volcano triggered by exploratory drilling for gas. The mining and deforestation that provide essential infrastructure for this kind of industrial development are other factors that Taring Padi focussed on in their half of the work. The three members of Justseeds who live in Portland (Alec Dunn, Roger Peet and Pete Yahnke) developed the idea for this project in the spring of 2009 and soon had BARK organizer Amy Harwood on board. Roger had visited Indonesia once previously and had developed a relationship with the Taring Padi cooperative, specifically with members Ucup and Tony. Amy had also visited the Taring Padi folks in Indonesia and participated in collaborative art activities with them. Together we came up with the idea for this project: two prints about the impact of LNG development on both sides of the Pacific, from the extractive beginning to the combustible end, with the intent to document all the destruction in between. Taring Padi were in from the get-go, sketches flew over the internet, and their image began to take shape. We toured sites slated for destruction by the pipeline plans: a family-owned horse-rehabilitation center, a small organic farm, a pioneering permaculture project, and a family-owned vintner., to get ideas and to learn the stories of the people who stood to lose everything. Roger travelled to Indonesia in March of 2010 to visit with Taring Padi and participate in the printing (which he did, and also had the chance to produce a smaller collaborative print with TP members Ucup and Djoedy) and to bring the completed prints back to the US. In the rainy early spring months Roger, Pete, and Icky pored over the Taring Padi print and began to drw and carve their half of the project in a north Portland garage. Eventually they invited several groups of friends over to help print the block in the manner of Taring Padi: Ink the block, roll out a sheet of canvas, cover with newsprint, turn on the music and stomp the ink into the print. The prints debuted at a rally at the Northwest Natural shareholders meeting, drawing some surprised recognition from ardent opponents of the LNG projects who found themselves depicted in the big print.”

July 2010: Alicia Escott
Last night, again, you were in my dream…

Lifesize drawing of the California Brown Pelican on a Barney's New  York garment bag

Alicia Escott is an artist, curator, and activist living and working in San Francisco. Her work deals with loss on a personal as well as social level. Escott’s delicate drawings have been widely shown in galleries, — where facilities exist — they have been recycled, and have been littered throughout the country.

At SEA Change, Alicia displayed her large drawings in various states of decay, arranged to resemble a plastic landscape or ecosystem.

Alicia Escott, Bear Relocation Project
Alicia Escott, Bear Relocation Project

“My recent work engages the materials of packaging to address the processes of commercial mediation as well as the experience of both personal and social loss. My practice exposes the very real problems inherent in the widespread use of plastic (a virtually permanent material) to make disposable packaging — as a metaphor to address larger social paradigms: the mediation of our relationship with nature, the pre-packaged representation of freedom and of wilderness and the impossibility understanding the consumer systems in which we are implicated daily.

Where facilities exist, I have intentionally recycled some of the plastic drawings, letting go of the idea of permanence in my work. This action begins to unpack and problamatize the term recyclable— a term fraught with social misunderstanding. Though visually the work operates simply, directly and playfully; through the titles I seek to complicate and convolute the most common understanding of many terms like “recyclable”, qualifiers of contemporary consumer behaviors, terms which — for good or bad— have been packaged for us and which we understand only partially at best. Through the titles I hope to leave the viewer with both an overwhelmed sense of unease and a desire to learn more.

Though I spend a lot of time rendering these drawings, I intentionally draw on biodegradable plastics that may deteriorate within years, or will recycle the drawings made on petroleum-based plastics (which won’t). Through the delicate slow fading of my drawings, or through instigating a more immediate repurposing or demise, I begin to challenge the viewers concepts of permanence, value and loss. By redrawing the fading or decomposing drawings trompe l’oeil style as a way of archiving the work before it is lost, the project takes on a task of futility and sadness.

A single broken heart can define an entire life. We have a hard time accepting the impermanence of the world around us. We have countless love songs about this space of irreconcilable damage in our personal relationships when, try though we might, our efforts at reconciliation are futile. My relationship to my environment is like so many sad love songs. To reclaim a piece of plastic through hours of attentive labor is a futile gesture: the Grizzly bears that brand California are long, long gone, thought they exist in the packaged concept of a place.”

— Alicia Escott, California, 2009

Alicia Escott - Documentation of the further hybridization of a  cutbow trout (Oncorhynchus clarki x mykiss)
Alicia Escott – Documentation of the further hybridization of a cutbow trout (Oncorhynchus clarki x mykiss)

“Escott’s research-heavy practice involves faithful representations of mediated imagery on semi-transparent plastic surfaces, connecting plastic to the commodification of the “natural” by demonstrating Roland Barthes’ statement that “the whole world can be plasticized…even life itself.” Escott uses plastic as a loaded surface for her drawings in order to not only critique environmentally destructive behaviors but also to chart the circulation of matter, images and ideologies.”

—Mathew Alexander Post, 2009



Skillshare and Upcycle with City Repair

Next Reware: Sometime in July! Stay tuned or email

We’ve all heard of the “three Rs” that have been spread to promote a less-wasteful lifestyle—reuse, reduce, recycle. While this trinity of trash has been seared into mainstream consciousness, consumer culture is still preaching the mantra “BUY BUY BUY! CONSUME MORE MORE MORE!” But the days of trash and disposability are long gone! City Repair introduces the City ReWare Upcycle Market, a place where the whole community can gather to celebrate and cultivate a post-consumption culture of thrifting, reducing, reusing, recycling and upcycling!

Reware at SEA Change in March

Upcyling is the transformation of products of crippled functionality into products of higher quality and artistic value. Come be a thread in the fabric with which we can design a new paradigm and turn trash into treasures!

Come enjoy an afternoon of skill share, art, music, food & drink! Bring items with high artistic and/or functional potential to be transformed and upcycled. Learn from our artistic crafters how to creatively transform otherwise would-be-wasted materials into stylized crafts.

This event is in the DIY spirit, so any participate can also teach and share to catalyze us into the post-consumer culture!

This event is also zero-waste, so make sure to bike, walk, or transit yourselves over!



June 2010: The 350 Solutions Revolution

An exhibit about the upcoming, participatory bike trip organized by SEA Change Co-Curators Katherine Ball and Alec Neal

Join the 350 Solutions Revolution! A bicycle journey across America telling the story of local communities’ working to solve the climate crisis.

Starting August 10, 2010, we will bike from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. Along the way, we will film a documentary of local communities’ solutions to the climate crisis. On November 19, we will meet with senators in D.C. to share the homegrown solutions with them. Next, we’ll take a train to Florida and sail to Cancun, Mexico for the United Nations Climate Change Conference happening November 29 – December 10, 2010.

Everyone is welcome to join! You are invited to ride for a day or the whole way.

route map

Bicycle Rainbow


May 2010: Making Space by Project Grow

Project Grow is a collective of artists and farmers who work together in a shared studio and chemical free farm in Portland Oregon. The Project Grow team is roughly 23 mentally diverse people, plus the many friends and volunteers that work and play with them.

Making Space is a residency at Sea Change, where Project Grow artists are re-envisioning and directing the making of a temporary satellite Project Grow program in the gallery. This satellite project includes spontaneous programming as well as the physical transformation of the gallery space. Volunteers, staff and visitors are invited to participate as artist assistants.

For more information about Project Grow, please visit or read more about the exhibit here:

A Few Words from Project Grow:

Making Space at Sea Change Gallery…

We will leave our new gallery space on Thompson and Williams to liberate unrealized ideas, pursue incessant dreams, and get to know you at Sea Change (Key Chain according to Zach, Ski Chain according to Steven) Gallery. With the support of friends and volunteers, the artists and farmers will use the space in any way they dream. We are giddy with anticipation. You are invited to collaborate, participate, engage, and enjoy from May 3 to May 17.

Don’t miss the opening of The Grudge, a remake initiated, cast by, directed by,and starring our very own starlet extraordinaire, Chanel Conklin on First Thursday, May 6th, 6 pm to 9 pm. Thanks Shannon Shea for diving into Chanel’s beautiful (and often beautifully terrifying) fantasy to join her on this adventure.

Letter from the boss…

What will I do at Sea Change? Oh boy. That I don’t know! Let me think for a minute.
Rosary. Colors. Mint. Um. Red. Oh shoot. Don’t put that in it! [Leans close]
Can type something in?

Jacclerijlerer pastied]wier masiertsied jjjjjjjjjjjjjjljierx 78

Oooh, ok.
Shoot I had it on the tip of my tongue!

Archery! …Fairy! …Good! …Special! …Space! … My idea is make this place little big bigger, lot bigger. And everything. Have it fixed like the office. Little bit more bigger. Out towards the other room. And everything! And it’s gong to be growing so big and white. That’s my goal.

And have everything going my way. And everything.

From the farm…


New works

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March 2010: Apathy Rehabilitation Place by City Repair

SEA Change's March Exhibit: Apathy Rehabilitation Place by City Repair

Apathy Rehabilitation Place by City Repair

When the world seems sour and as if ‘Hope’ was a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago, it can become a wildly radical act to enjoy one’s life, to celebrate, seek inspiration and to laugh.
Let it be known, that The City Repair Project is inviting you to play.
From March 4th to the 28th SEA Change shall officially become
The Apathy Rehabilitation Place.

Schedule of Treatments

Thursday, March 4th: 6:00 – 9:00

Grand Opening and Puppet Show: Entitled ‘The Crossroads Dance.’ Allow the magic and music of puppetry to tell the Creation Story of City Repair, tickle your imagination and suspend your beliefs. Donations welcome.

Friday, March 5th, 6:30 – 8:30

Public Social University: The latest in a series of public education forums, we will explore the ideas of Village, Utilizing Vacant Space, Housing and Community. How do all of these topics combine to create a more connected future world? Free!

Sunday March 7th, 12:00 – 2:00 and 2:30 – 6:30

Past Project Storytelling: From 12 – 2. A Storytelling afternoon with communities and individuals who have participated in past City Repair and VBC projects. A time to walk our talk! Tea and Crumpets included. Everyone welcome! Free! Reware Market: From 2:30 – 6:30 Yet another Super Crazy, Wonderously Productive Upcycle Market! Bring your would-be-junk art materials, your selves and expect to learn fantastic upcycle crafts. Free!

Friday March 12th, 3:30 – 6:00 and 6:30 – 8:30

Social Isolation Workshop: from 3:30 to 6:00 Come with an open heart and arms! We will discuss the issues of social isolation in the world around us and in our lives and how we might begin to change. Free!

Build Your Own Awesome Sheet Fort: The Workshop! (BYOASFW!) From 6:30 to 8:30 Immerse yourself in the ancient art of pillow and sheet fort building while exploring the interaction between the ways we set up shelter and how that shapes who we are in community. All ages are welcome. Please bring one bed sheet per person and any pillows or other items or snacks to make your fort super deluxe. Free!

Saturday March 13th, 6:00 – 9:00

Keepin’ It Real New Year’s Celebration: Let’s write the story of the Real New Year’s. Free: food, music, seeds! Bring your finest yellow attire and expect to share your wishful thinking and to exorcise your apathy. Free!

Saturday March 20th, 1:00 – 4:00

Radical Deconstruction Of Apathy Playshops: Our modern lives tilt us towards a propensity for apathy that grows from our individually reinforced sense of disengagement, disempowerment and lack of emotional nourishment. Radical Deconstruction of Apathy (RDA) is a series of playshops that will survey the concepts of connection and community seeking the medicine that will help us heal our apathetic inclinations and in doing so, open our eyes to the world of being fully alive. Free!

Friday March 26th, 1:00 – 4:00

Worm Composting Workshop and Plant Share: Jumpstart your garden and worm your way into a sustainable spring. We’ll be sharing with you the composting wonders of wiggly red worms. Bring plants to share! Free!

Saturday March 27th, 6:00 – 8:00

Imagination Reclamation ~ Coming to Our Senses: Join us in conversation to create worlds of creativity together that we could never find on our own? Improv music and sensory reclamation, all to be broadcast on Radio 23 the following week! Free!


Creatively inspiring system change not climate change!

The Beehive Collective
December 2009

full archive: beehiveexhibit

The Beehive’s mission is to cross-pollinate the grassroots, by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.

Their large scale drawings measure explore the intersection of social justice and environmental issues.


Profane Relics by Ryan Burns

July 2009: Profane Relics: An Ossuary of the Congo Mineral Wars

Artist: Ryan Burns

This installation examines the price paid for high-tech gadgetry.  Inside an immense 12 foot crate, artifacts and waste of cultural disarticulation and total war lie with the crude hand-tools of small pit mining; traces of the bushmeat trade jumbled together with discarded high-tech ephemera—smartphones and laptops. Western society’s lust for Congolese coltan has fueled the deadliest war since WWII.

Full archive:


Comparative Recession by Jaclyn Kampmeier

Comparative Recession by Jaclyn Kampmeier

May 2009: Grassroots Cartography: Gaining perspective on the world we share

How can maps help us understand, shape, and gain perspective on the world we live in? The exhibit’s cartographic interpretations and visual conversations seek to:

  • effectively quantify the positive and negative effects we have on the world
  • depict the health of our world today in reference in to the past and future
  • emphasize the subjective nature of map making
  • connect communities
  • democratize our ability to shape the world we live in

Full archive:

Artists: Katherine Ball, Alec Neal, Matt Warren, Jaclyn Kampmeier, Howard Silverman, Andrew Fuller, Rick Potestio, Jane Tsong, elin O’Hara slavick, Tyler Nishitani, Barbara Gerke, Marc Moscato, David Banis and Hunter Shobe


City Repair Tea Horse by Mark Lakeman

April 2009: Designing the Future: Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape, Transportation, and Social System Design

Designing the Future featured architectural plans for coexisting with the environment, building community and transitioning from oil to sustainability. SEA Change Gallery was “wallpapered” with design plans for natural playgrounds, graywater systems, neighborhood energy utilities and more.

Full Archive:


* Mark Lakeman of Communitecture and City Repair
* Tryon Life Community Farm –
* Ed Carpenter, Public Artist –
* Northwest Neighborhood Energy –
* Planet Earth Playscapes –
* POTESTIO STUDIO: architecture+urban –
* Recode –
* Transition PDX –
* Trimet –
* Cascadia Commons –
* Living Gardens –
* Alec Neal –
* MotiveSpace –
* Sebastian Collet –
* Macdonald Environmental Planning –
* Energym



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