The Incorporated is a clothing brand, but more than that, we are a group of kids that are deadset on never growing up. Born in Seattle and now located in Portland, the northwest is our home, and its trees, forests, lakes, rivers and streets are our playgrounds. Having grown up in the 90's, we remember our Saturday morning heroes—the Payton vs. Drexler showdowns, Griffey Jr.'s backwards hat, 2pac's bandana, Biggie's shades, Tony Hawk's 900 and Nirvana's torn up clothes—and these memories inspire everything we do still today. So we take all of these elements and use them to create not only our clothes, but videos, music, art, photography and anything else we feel like making. We were lucky enough to be invited by EYES+EDGE to write a weekly post about the stuff we like, and we are super excited to share our story with you.
So welcome to The Incorporated's 15 cents, where we chronicle our journey to make a dollar out of just a dime and a nickel.
This weekend, we went to check out "The Longest Line," an exhibit at One Grand Gallery on Burnside. Created by The HMM Collective, the show was meant to "challenge its audience on their opinions of social drug taking" by "starting a conversation of euphoria versus evil, use versus misuse, and recreational versus pharmaceutical."
The key piece was a line of "cocaine" that ran the length of the gallery, giving the exhibit its name, "The Longest Line." (I'm pretty sure it wasn't real, or else the party would have gone much later.) There was a giant credit card and the largest rolled dollar bill I had ever seen, for anyone with the nose big enough to take a go at the world record line. There were also plenty of baggies of Lucy, Molly, Mary Jane and Charlie, providing a good mix of substances for perusing. My favorite pieces were the t-shirts emblazoned with images of our favorite celebrity users like Charlie Sheen and Bobby Brown.
As the clock wound down (there was a running video of a clock made of lines of coke with people taking one each minute), I enjoyed the end of the free beer and getting not 1, but 2 cup-fulls of the giant line dumped on me (which would have been a much bigger deal if it was really coke). "The Longest Line" was another great showing from One Grand, and we're already looking forward to their next show.
"The Longest Line" runs from May 31st to June 28th and the gallery is open Wed-Sun from 11am-6pm. Go check it out and support great local art!
One Grand Gallery1000 E. Burnside St.Portland, OR 97214