Heads up Northwest! If — in the words of Far East Movement — you “got a fetish for these kicks…Air Forces, Air Maxes, even had a a pair of Vans…K-Swisses, Chuck Taylors, can’t forget the Timberlands….gotta have it, I’m a fiend….” then you may have heard of 8th Generation/LG’s: custom-made, hand-painted Vans, Chucks, and other fly kixxx.
Drawing on multiple experiences to infuse Coast Salish designs with an urban and occasionally comix-y flavor, artist/activist Louie Gong has seen what started as an experiment with a Sharpie strike a chord and generate overwhelming demand not only from the Native community, but sneaker freaks worldwide.
Gong’s art will be on display Thursday November 5th through Saturday November 7th — including shoes, prints, and hand-made cedar skate decks — as part of the First Expressions exhibit and 7th Annual American Indian Film Festival. Other featured artists include good folks design genius Victor Pascual, filmmaker Tracy Rector, and photographer Clarita Begay. Cuzin Matt will even be traveling all the way from our Neighbour to the North to serenade ya’ll with some croons ‘n’ tunes.
The documentary UNRESERVED: The Work of Louie Gong will also premiere as part of the Film Festival.
Friday November 6th:
Artist Reception with refreshments at 5 pm
UNRESERVED Screening at 7 pm
Carlson Theatre, Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue WA
Go pick yourself up a print & a pair and sing along…