Jim Drain at The Moore Space
Two concurrent events are taking place Monday evening, competing for your attention. You can't go wrong!
First of all, school's back in session and Harrell Fletcher resumes his Monday night lecture series at PSU. This week Jim Drain—a Providence resident, RISD grad and ex-member of the now defunct collective Forcefield (working under the alias Gorgon Radeo)—will take the podium. Drain's work combines the hedonistic aesthetics of 60s psychedelic culture with a decidedly un-masculine craftiness in a way that Portlanders should appreciate. Recent projects include a major installation at Art Basel (where he also received the Baloise Art Prize), a solo show at Greene Naftali Gallery and Wiggin Village at The Moore Space, where he teamed up with fellow ex-Forcefield member, Ara Peterson to create a trippy utopian environment.
Monday, April 10th • 7p
PSU 5th Avenue Cinema • 510 SW Hall St. Room 92 (on the corner of 5th & Hall)
Meanwhile, one the other side of downtown Portland at Valentines, there will be an event to raise money for the films of Oakie Treadwell. Clips of Treadwell's films will be screened, including scenes from work-in-progress Maggots and Men, a historical drama with a mostly female cast that focuses on the Kronstadt rebellion in 1920s Russia, in which sailors staged a rebelled to protest against Bolshevik rule. The evening's lineup also includes music by Sarah Dougher and K Records musician Calvin Johnson as well as a lecture by Diana George on the films of Treadwell. But the highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the planned craft activity: building Tatlin's Monument to the Third International with marshamallows and drink straws. The event is presented by Jon Raymond, Stephanie Snyder, and Matthew Stadler.
Monday, April 10th • 7p • $5 suggested donation
Valentine's 232 • SW Ankeny St • 503.248.1600
Will Tatlin's monument be full size, not just a model?
Larry Rinder caught a lot of flack for the Forcefield thing in the 2002 Whitney Biennial but the man was right on there, they have been so influential it's almost become a sad parody.
Of course the irony of success for that collective is that it broke up the band. Sustained activity vs attrition through success is one of those nagging topics in the overheated art market right now.
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