Something seems to have sparked a trend and suddenly, everything's popping up
galleries. Perhaps it's the dense concentration of artists begging for exposure,
or the tepid Portland economy that makes it more enticing to create your
own job than work for someone else, or maybe it's just something in the water.
Whatever the cause, the result is four new galleries (two traditional, two hybrids)
opening in two weeks.
Paul Middendorf has defected from Disjecta
and, for the moment at least, moved his Manifest
projects to the back burner to team up with artist Paige Saez as
co-director of Gallery Homeland. Infiltrating the less commercial Southeast
quadrant of the city, Homeland has taken up quarters on the corner of 34th &
Belmont, a stone's throw from coffee, cocktails and bourgeois groceries. Exhibiting
young local favorites and importing trans-nationals, Homeland aims to "encourage
emerging and challenging concepts in visual and performing arts." Their
first show opens next Friday (competing with the
new CMCA wing
) with three Portlanders, Zak Margolis, Charles Moss and Amy
Steele. There will be live music with the artists and directors in attendance.
Opening Reception • September 29th • 7p
Gallery Homeland • 926 SE 34th Ave • Tel. 503.819.9656
Around the corner from Homeland is the Missing Link, delivering all things Japanese/toy/collectible
to the East side of the river. Occupying the former Spoink! space, ML houses
art shows in the back quarter and opened to a packed house last week with an
exhibition by S.F. yeti-loving graff artist Bigfoot. Shows will rotate bi-monthly,
at least in the beginning, with a line-up of skate/graff/design leaning artists.
Expect some young fresh fellows to roll through this informal space, with price
tags built for the creative class.
3314 SE Belmont • Tel. 503.235.0032
As we reported last week, Laurel Gitlen is gearing up for the launch of her
new space, small A projects
and now has a website
. She has also added a screening of Heavy Metal
to her housewarming on October 7th. Rat your hair, rip off
your sleeves and grab a nice cold MGD for a night of all things Rockin'.
Gallery opens September 30th • Reception October 7th
small A projects
• 1430 SE Third • Tel. 503.234.7993
Next we traverse Burnside to the other side of the river where we find what
may or may not qualify as a gallery. Housed in one of Portland's sexiest
buildings, where Wieden + Kennedy
elbows, B Street Gallery is actually a facade for the showroom of the under-construction
. The gallery
will last two years, until the condos are up and the showroom is closed. According
to the website, they will feature work by "local and emerging artists celebrating
everything about Burnside"?! Yes, indeed, those are their words. Have these
people driven on Burnside recently? I am interested to see what about Burnside
these artists will be exalting... the homeless sleeping on the sidewalk, the
prostitutes, the crack heads, the traffic, that Volvo dealership, the fact that
you can't ever make a left turn? Any old how, there's currently new artwork
hanging by some of the Zeitgeist
fellas: Paul Fujita, Keith
and Mike McGovern. Hopefully they had some better ideas than I did.
Open to the public October 1st
B Street Gallery
202 NW 13th Ave • Tel. 503.241.1926