If there ever was a month that art ruled Portland, September would have to
be it. The galleries are packed with top-notch exhibitions, independent curators
are creating site-specific exhibitions, TBA
takes over the 9th through the 18th and the Affair
at the Jupiter Hotel
kicks off on the 30th. For those who share Seaplane's
"vision of fashion as art", there's even the
next week offering a heady roster of exclusive studio and runway
shows. You almost can't go wrong, no matter where you end up. We recommend the
for a comprehensive listing of all gallery exhibitions but here's a
few picks for First Thursday:
Inertia 2005 at Gallery 500
Gallery 500 presents Inertia 2005
, an exhibition juried by our own
Jeff Jahn featuring 13 of the freshest emerging artists from across the nation.
Expect giant chickens, Wal-Mart receipts, vinyl upholstery, and "the dangerous
intersection of knitting and power tools". From what I've seen so far,
this should be a good 'un.
Opening Reception • 6p to midnight
420 SW Washington, Suite 500 • Tel. 503.223.3951
PNCA presents Troca Brasil
. Read Isaac's
from yesterday for an overview of the exhibition with preliminary photos.
Opening Reception • 6 to 9p
• 1241 NW Johnson
St • Tel. 503.226.4391
Pulliam Deffenbaugh presents Bay Area Bazaar
, a massive group show
of 50 curated by Laurie Reed. "Reid has assembled a group based on friendship
and time spent working together—either as students, colleagues or theatre/writing
cohorts." The result is an impressive collection of work from some of SF's
Opening Reception • 5:30 to 8:30p
• 522 NW 12th Ave. Portland • Tel. 503.228.6665
Carson Ellis at Motel
Motel presents Works in Pen and Ink
. This solo exhibition includes pen and ink drawings on paper featuring
Ellis' signature illustrative style. With a new collection of work anchored
by two larger, more ambitious pieces, Ellis continues her obsession with uncommon
characters and the scenery of Russia and Ireland. A superb showing by one of
Portland's finest up-and-comers.
Opening Reception • 6:30 to 9:30p
• On NW
Couch Street, between 5th & 6th Aves • Tel. 503.222.6699
Chambers opens their second exhibition with work by two abstract painters, Sidney
Rowe and Agnes Field. Sidney Rowe is a painter who also works through performance,
often craftings her works live in front of an audience. Tonight she creates
a new piece LIVE at 7pm as part of the exhibition. Also showing is painter/curator
Agnes Field with a body of work exploring the local topographies around her
studio in Astoria, Oregon.
Opening Reception • 5:30 to 8:30p
Chambers • 207 SW Pine, No.102 • Tel. 503.939.2255.
The Alysia Duckler Gallery opens a photography exhibition by Berlin-based artist,
Stefanie Schneider. There is something distinctly Deutsch
portaits with their overexposed lighting, a color palette of tertiaries,
and skin-tight vinyl catsuits; a sort of Barbarella meets Thelma and Louise.
Opening Reception • 6 to 8p
• 1236 N.W. Hoyt Street • Tel. 503.223.7595
At Froelick, Stephen O’Donnell presents Galeri des Modes
, two series of work on portraiture and the male form. The first
is a series of acrylic paintings that allude to the quest of ancient Greek sculptors
to carve the perfect physique. The second series uses ink and watercolor to
explore dress, costume and this history of fashion.
Opening Reception • 5 to 8:30p
817 SW Second Avenue • Tel. 503.222.1142
Sidney Rowe at Chambers