Author: Chris Pero

It is the 50th anniversary for the Portland Trailblazers and we were asked to switch out the photos in the players hallway at the Moda Center,   Working with the Arakawa cable system gives us this opportunity to switch out artwork and continue the timeless presentation.

Portland Trailblazers 50th Anniversary

All hung up


This project was in conjunction with Studio Kale_Art.  The artwork is by Eugene, Oregon artist Jenny Gray. Being placed outside the fitness room and  being almost life size was appropriate.  Artwork was printed on canvas and framed in a float frame.

A view from the fitness room

Daimler Trucks North America Opens New Corporate Headquarters
PORTLAND, OR — April 19, 2016 — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) marked a milestone in its corporate history today with the grand opening celebration of its new nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in North Portland, Oregon. City and State officials, as well as various community leaders, were on hand at the event to celebrate the company’s commitment to helping Portland grow, as it has done for over 70 years since the company’s founding in the Northwest. Read the full press release here: Daimler Trucks North America Opens New Corporate Headquarters

Perodesign installed and acted as project manager for 400+ reproductions of Daimler Trucks photographs!

Laura Bender of Site Painters recently completed this motion-filled work on commission for a client of Pero Design. We spoke to Laura about her process and insight on the commission process.

How do you begin/prefer to begin the process of a commission?

I’ve been doing commissioned work for a number of years. I first meet with the client, consultant or interior designer and we discuss the theme and what they are looking for. Recently, for Chris Pero, we explored figurative work for a project. Both my abstract and figurative work is often based on painted paper collages. Ultimately its directed by the client. For instance, a hospital might want something playful for pediatrics, while a restaurant might want something more sophisticated. My work (with my husband, John Early) is often described as lively and fresh, so people seek us out for those qualities. The color palate can be adjusted by the client; I try not to duplicate their exact colors but to enrich the color experience.

What is your process for reviews and revisions?

Of course clients like to see where the project is going. With our experience and close listening to the client we are usually able to nail it with only minor tweaks. Our portfolio helps the client see our range and our drawings and mock ups are clear and descriptive. 

Do you prefer to paint directly to surface or on a mobile medium?

I like working on a hard surface, usually stable wood panels — even in the studio we tend to do hard surfaces.

How easy is it to hear and apply the feedback of non-artists on a commissioned work?

Once again, a client comes to us because they already like the style. Requests for changes are usually easy to fulfill. Working with Chris on this recent project has been great. The work develops especially smoothly with a sensitive consultant or interior designer on a project. They can keep everyone in touch and on the same page with project timeline, expectations and budget. Whether through a consultant or directly with the client, communication makes all the difference in a successful experience for everyone.

What was your most exciting success this past year?

We got to do a really interesting body of work for Dallas Children’s Hospital. The installation included murals for the lobbies and the treatment rooms. We also did cut-out panels of animals. The murals started as collages done in our studio , scanned, and enlarged four times the size of the original and printed on acrylic panels in Texas.. It was an elaborate project, and very fulfilling and well facilitated by a local art consultant.

How has your work changed in the past 5 years, 10 years?

We used to do a lot more on-site work directly on the walls. I’m not sure if it’s the market or us presenting installable options. Most projects can’t schedule much on site painting time. Also I feel we are now more fully able to integrate all of our strengths as artists into our designs.

Embarking upon a commissioned piece of art for your company should be an exciting adventure, one that brings leaders in your organization together and helps to illuminate shared goals, visions and aspirations. This process can often uncover latent ideas about your company history, culture and future visions. It can also be fraught with subjective opinion, conflicting ideas about process, budget and more.

Utilizing a professional art consultant can help your group to identify the proper artist in addition to establishing a clear budget, process and timeline. The consultant will also help stakeholders to manage expectations, coordinate reviews with the artist as the work is in process and correctly mount, frame and install your new artwork. Finally, your consultant can help you enhance your original concept by engaging with all key stakeholders, including the artist, and facilitating the sharing of ideas, resulting in a more cohesive and successful outcome.

With that being said, there are still some best practices your group should consider before undertaking the commission.

  1. Be clear about the aims of the commission and what you hope to achieve by it. Consult widely with the members of your organization who will be in regular visual contact with the final piece of art, or whose customers will be in regular visual contact with the final piece of art.
  2. Decide what decision makers will be key stakeholders in the process and aim to keep the group small and focused. Art is a difficult thing to decide on by committee. Art and individuals preference on art is a subjective experience. Identify and define the selection process to be used and who will participate in the process. It is essential that all those who will be in a position to say “yes” to the final design are involved from the outse, from the drawing up of the brief through to the final selection. It should be a manageable group, which has the ability to remain involved throughout the whole process.
  3. Honor the revision timeline. Along the way with the process of commissions there is a point where a request for more revisions is too late. So the stakeholders involved have to be available for the designated revision opportunities.

Good communication and a cohesive decision making group can help to make the commission experience, along with a good consultant, smooth and successful, culminating in a work of art to be proud of for the lifespan of your company or organization.

I recently got a call from my long-time client, the Blazers, to come and take a look at some things they were thinking about doing in their newly remodeled practice space in Tualatin. They had some items—Blazers art— of an awkward shape and size their facilities folks weren’t comfortable with mounting on the wall. Bill Branch, assistant general manager, has a really creative mind in addition to being just an all-out nice human being. He wanted to make an artistic display of some out-of-commission basket balls in his office as well as re-hang some photographs I had mounted for them on bamboo a couple of years ago.

I love the idea of using the everyday objects of your work environment and re-imagining them as stand-on-their-own art or visual pieces. It really brings the space into holistic focus. But, as you know, not everyone knows how to hang a three dimensional object in a way that looks fresh and unfettered. It just so happens I had the perfect hardware to float the balls off the wall (it’s called Invisi Ball – doesn’t that just figure?).

I brought along my best installer to do this, as well as mount a large Blazer’s insignia cut from a thin sheet of plexi layered with metal. The facility guys were really worried about this one! Next up for the Blazers is a do-over of their family room. This needs to be a comfortable space for spouses and kids to hang out while they wait for their players. Stay tuned!

Here I am again tricking out another dental clinic!  I love thinking of the blissful journey patients will take as their eyes are filled with sweeping photographic landscapes of our great Northwest—soothing artwork.

Dental Care Today provides dental services for both adults and children. They’ve just bought a large property for a new clinic in Hillsboro. They’ve gone with local, self-taught, photographer, Alan Leahy who captures epic scenery around Oregon and Washington.

There are over 50 pieces to be picked and hung in the space of various sizes, including some focal pieces on acrylic at the entry points. Pero Design is choosing lots of blue skin and images with good depth to help patients keep their minds engaged while the dentists make their teeth shine.

For the pediatric wing, fun pictures of exotic animals and their funky teeth should give a good giggle and help spark conversation over proper dental care. Here’s the blank canvas of the art consultant!