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Tuesday 05.30.06

1st Thursday June 2006

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Ellen George's Pulse at PDX Contemporary Art

The Portland Art Center celebrates its official grand opening of it's newly renovated space in Old Town. Event includes installation by Barry Johnson, paintings on steel by Jeff Fontaine video and sound installation curated by Jason Frank and Andy Brown, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition.......

Posted by Nicky Kriara on May 30, 2006 at 22:45 | Comments (3)

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Fletcher in the city

Local boy, Harrell Fletcher received a nice review from Jerry Saltz for his recent show at White Columns, read it on Artnet here. I think Harrell started down this path with his scar project. I'm also glad that Thomas Hirschhorn is wearing thin with other critics like Saltz as well.... for the longest time he seemed like the only artist critical of current events and I dug it, now he's becoming a parody. That's the danger of political art and I still miss Leon Golub, nobody did it better.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 30, 2006 at 22:38 | Comments (4)

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Monday 05.29.06

The School of Panamerican Unrest

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Pablo Helguera's The School of Panamerican Unrest may sound like another artist-proposed, utopian vision for the future. And in many ways it is, although the Mexican-born, New York-based artist is trying to do much more than just revel in the impossible scope of his project. Housed in a mobile yellow structure resembling a one-room school house, the main component of the project is "a nomadic forum or think-tank that will cross the hemisphere by land, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego." Recognizing a greater potential for cross-cultural for communication between the nations that comprise the Americas, Helguera's SPU will host forums, panels, discussions, performances, screenings and collaborations between May and September 2006.

Perhaps it has something to do with his recent 7-year stint heading up programs at the Guggenheim, but Helguera has pieced together what promises to be a truly engaging lineup of activities that will actually create dialog amongst English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. The itinerary includes Portland, where Helguera and his yellow schoolhouse will be stationed May 30 through June 1 for a panel discussion, first Wednesday and First Thurday receptions and a performance by Helguera entitled Panamerican Fiction. After the schoolhouse departs for Alberta, Canada and a couple dozen other destinations throughout North, Central and South America, the artist will continue to send ephemera and other documentation to be displayed at PNCA's Feldman Gallery through July.

The topic of Helguera's panels and discussions changes with each location. On Tuesday evening, Helguera—along with a panel that includes Red 76's Sam Gould, Harrell Fletcher, and Ian Greenfield (Lightbox Studios and the Oregon Bus Project—will engage in a panel discussion on The Portland Liberty Bell: Questions on Civil Disobedience. "On Nov. 21, 1970, a powerful bomb exploded behind Portland's City Hall, and arguably destroyed the State's bronze replica of the Liberty Bell. A urban myth that the Portland Liberty Bell was destroyed has never been fully dispelled, along with the open mystery of who carried out this and other terrorist acts—although it was largely suspected of students and civilian activists. This discussion explores that historic moment in Portland and the US and will include a discussion civil life and unresolved social or political conflict."

Supported by PICA, PNCA, and RACC.

Panel Discussion • Tuesday, May 30th • 7p

Gallery Preview • Wednesday, May 31st • 6–8p

First Thursday Opening • Thursday, June 1st • 6–9p

Panamerican FictionPerformance • Thursday, June 1st • 6:30p

All events take place at:
Feldman Gallery • PNCA •1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

Posted by Katherine Bovee on May 29, 2006 at 18:40 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 05.27.06

Roxy Paine's PMU

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Roxy Paine PMU (Painting Manufacture Unit) 1999-2000.
Aluminum, stainless steel, computer, electronics, motors, pump, valves, acrylic, Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Function finds little room in contemporary art, a realm where dysfunction, tension and absurdity operate best. While Roxy Paine's automatic art-making machine—the Painting Manufacture Unit, or PMU on view through Sunday at the Portland Art Museum—could easily fall prey to the cynicism inherent the task of automating the creative process, its functionality saves it from merely becoming an exercise in pure critique...

Through Sunday, May 28th
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park Avenue • 503.226.2811

Posted by Katherine Bovee on May 27, 2006 at 22:45 | Comments (2)

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Last Weekend for you to PMU

Just a reminder Sunday May 28th is the last day to see Roxy Paine's excellent PMU exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 27, 2006 at 12:06 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 05.25.06

Last Thursday? Oh Yes.

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Dave McKenzie @ Small A Projects

OK, I'm not going to lie to you, Last Thursday, the artwalk claimed by NE Alberta and co., doesn't usually "tickle my fancy" as it were. But, tonight there are a couple events worth a look-see...

On Alberta, the productive and prolific Morgan Currie has spearheaded a Public Media Works project, The Vision Vessel. Tonight marks the kick-off for the first of over 18 installations of the Vessel throughout Portland over the course of the next 3 months. So, what is it? "The Vision Vessel is a multi-media recording booth where you can offer your ideas about the City of Portland as it grows and changes in the 21st century. Through text, voice recordings, and photographs, the Vessel creates a living archive of Portlander's insights, while offering a fresh, practical and innovative approach to urban civic engagement." That's right, wander into this mobile data machine, give your 2 cents and your input will be qualitatively analyzed and considered in public policy decision making. Beats the hell out of a town meeting, if you ask me.
Thursday, May 25 • 5pm until late
Vision Vessel • Alberta Co-op parking lot, at the intersection of 15th and NE Alberta.

In Southeast, Small A Projects celebrates the opening of its video library with a screening of selections curated by Alex Felton and Kevin Abell. The Small A video library currently holds approximately 50 titles by 17 artists with new arrivals added each week. Tonight's screening includes works by Dave McKenzie, Alyse Emdur, Alex Felton, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, and Rachell Sumpter among others.
Video Library Grand Opening
Thursday, May 25 • 7 to 9p
Small A Projects (loading dock) • 1430 SE Third

Black Market Culture, a 17 month-old online art emporium showcasing the work of emerging artists (with street culture and urban-style leanings), presents an in-the-flesh exhibition at the Goodfoot. Tonight's show features work by Jesse Reno (currently showing at Zeitgeist), Lyla Emery Reno, Doug Boehm, Charlie Alan Kraft, Aimee Whatley, Mike Albury, Jason Brown, Keith Rosson, Kendra Binney, Justin Rock, Ashley Montague, Klutch, WP762, Tyler Kline, Cathie Joy Young, Lori Olds, Chris Haberman, Charlotte Foust, Zach Egge, Daniel Damocles Wall, Michael Fields and more. Grab a beer and a game of pool while you're there, and then there's a usually a kickin' soul-music dance party downstairs as the night wears on...
Thursday May 25th, 2006
Black Market Culture Group Showcase @ the Goodfoot • 2845 SE Stark • Tel. 503.239.9292

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 25, 2006 at 0:11

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Wednesday 05.24.06

May Gallery Roundup

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Paul Sutinen's "Mt. Hood Piece" at 9 Gallery

There were a # of good shows in Portland this month but Linda Hutchins takes the prize...(more)...

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 24, 2006 at 0:45 | Comments (9)

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Malia Jensen (part 3) Representation/ Simulation/ Decay

Jensen finds a bracing and playful sense of liberation in decay. She suggests the possibility that decay is, though entropic, also a dynamic transformative force, one capable of breaking down simulation and revealing a more truthful experience.

But Jensen's decay exists in Nature Studies as a not-yet-resolved descent. We see objects in intermediate states, not settled wholly into scattered, fragmented detritus, but on their way there.

And it is the intermediate states of decay which are the most anguished. In these states we see things completely changing form, becoming unrecognizable, leaving the boundaries of our descriptive abilities.

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In her trash bag with rats, Jensen adopts the imagery of decay outright. This sculpture operates similarly to the photographs; it exists in a decayed state between simulation and representation. As a representation, it is cleverly made and compelling. It immediately triggers a visual joke. It's funny to see a bag full of trash with rats crawling over it in the gallery...(more)

Posted by Isaac Peterson on May 24, 2006 at 0:11 | Comments (3)

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Sunday 05.21.06

Thinking about the next I-5 bridge

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The soon to open Ravenel Bridge in Charleston South Carolina

Well, even though I'm ensconced in a foofy hotel somewhere in the Midwest I'm still thinking about my home in Portland Oregon. What do I think about most? Well it isn't the aerial tram or even the art scene, it's the eventual design for the new I-5 bridge across the mighty Columbia River.

For me bridges are the most interesting of architectural projects and although the finished bridge is 10 years away I suspect it will be a cable stayed design like Sir Norman Foster's Millau Viaduct. Why? because it will allow for great views, completely unlike the current truss bridge. The latest cable stayed bridge design to catch my eye is the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston South Carolina. It's fine but I'm unimpressed with how anonymous the cable stayed designs like; the Ravenel, Millau or the Sunshine Skyway bridge in Tampa Florida tend to be. Frankly, I love the fact that Portland's excellent Fremont Bridge design (and PORT's logo inspiration) came from the massive public outcry that the less than stellar Marquam Bridge design produced, let's demand something innovative and distinctive again. Still, our project will be much more demanding as rail will need to be incorporated as well? ...2 decks with a bottom one for rail freight?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 21, 2006 at 22:59 | Comments (1)

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Friday 05.19.06

This Weekend

Diesel Fuel Prints, the world's largest publisher of screen printed rock art posters, housed right here in Portland, marks their 15th year in business with the opening of a retail store and gallery. Tonight they will be having a Grand Opening party at their new facility featuring new paintings by Klutch. Andy Stern started Diesel Fuel in 1991 and since then it has grown into the largest and one of the most respected names in silk-screened art print shops. Portland-based artist Klutch (the curator of the Vinyl Killers series seen at Zeitgeist), a street/stencil/skateboard artist, has been continually creating visual mischief since his involvement in the early 1980's punk and skateboard scenes. See what he's up to tonight with a new series and collaborative mural.
Grand Opening Party • Friday, May 19th • 6 to 9p
Diesel Fuel Prints • 726 SE 10th Avenue

On Sunday, as part of the Portland Art Museum's Critical Voices lecture series, Modern art scholar and curator Anne Rorimer presents "Context as Content: Installation Art in the '60s and '70s". The talk will cover the work of internationally recognized artists of the Conceptual period, whose projects have laid the groundwork for installation art as practiced worldwide today.
Free for Museum members or included with Museum admission, call 503.226.0973
Sunday, May 21 • 2:00 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park Avenue

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 19, 2006 at 13:03 | Comments (0)

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The next wave

Ok, now everyone is moving to Portland and this new wave seems to have some art business savvy, it isn't just artists anymore. Lately, there has been a mass exodus from Brooklyn too (this is more than the already steady stream we have experienced for the last 6 years).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 19, 2006 at 8:49 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 05.18.06

Horia Boboia's Spring Collection opens tonight at Chambers

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Apparently Horia Boboia's "The Spring Collection" has arrived... with so much fashion activity in Portland the sophisticated PSU prof channels a meme and to top it off this latest show just drips with Max Ernst cool. I can't be there since I'm traveling, but you've got no excuse. Judging from the window a few days ago it looks like Chambers Gallery's best show to date. Boboia always looked good at Tracy Savage's spaces but never this good.

Opens tonight Thursday, May 18 2006 5:50 - 8:30pm
Also Featuring New Works by Guy Martelet
at Chambers: 207 SW Pine Street No. 102 Portland, Or. 97204

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 18, 2006 at 9:29 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.16.06

The Flow

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Suitcase Curators Teruo Kurosaki and John Calvelli with moderator Paola Antonelli

From the day-long symposium on Tokyo design held during the last week of April to the exhibition of design objects currently on view in the Feldman Gallery, PNCA's exploration of trends in Japanese design and culture has set out to equip Portland's creative types with a new vocabulary and understanding that will provide fodder for their own practice. The association of Japan with cheap industrial fabrication and electronics has been overshadowed in the past few years by a reverence for Japanese culture, which has proliferated in both the United States and Europe in everything from art (Muarakami, Nara, Aoshima) to fashion (BAPE, Murakami for Louis Vuitton), music (Puffy Amiyumi) and style (designer toys). The Tokyo Flow symposium was not so much an attempt to rigidly define these trends as an opportunity to expose Portland audiences to these currents, identifying the ways of thinking and cultural context that inform Japanese design.

A great deal of the work being exported from Japan has made an impact not because of its uniqueness or originality, but because it freely aggregates styles and influences—some have made comparisons to sampling in music—in a way that epitomizes modern urban experience. Other work captures the kind of minimal sereneness that derive from a rich aesthetic tradition. Combine that with the religious, cultural and historical forces that are also at play—and which perhaps still hold a certain exoticism for Western audiences—and it comes as no surprise that Japan has had such a pervasive influence on everything from pop culture to design.

Taking a cue from the five "suitcase curators" who culled objects for Tokyo Object Flow, what follows is a sampling of what the symposium and the exhibition offered to Portland audiences...

Posted by Katherine Bovee on May 16, 2006 at 9:30 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 05.14.06

Malia Jensen at Elizabeth Leach Part 2

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Malia Jensen's Haystack series appropriates, dissects and reconstructs Monet's dull paintings. Her photographs trick and antagonize with an agile sense of mischief. The photographs represent a single, immediate act, that of clicking the shutter. No thought is given to formal principles of composition, no attempt is made to make the subject more interesting.

It is the immediacy of Jensen's photographs which resonate with the simplistic impressionist credo. Do not think what is before you, simply apprehend it. This is exactly what Jensen is doing in this series. The difficulty here is that with a camera, Monet's credo becomes ludicrous, redundant...(more)

Posted by Isaac Peterson on May 14, 2006 at 21:54 | Comments (8)

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Saturday 05.13.06

Take Mom to Weimar

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Max Pechstein, Self-portrait with Pipe, 1921. Woodcut. Portland Art Museum, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund. (c) 2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

PAM's low key From Anxiety to Ecstasy: Themes in German Expressionist Prints is probably the single most satisfying museum show in the Pacific Northwest right now (I've gone 4 times). It features all of the big names like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, George Grosz etc. In fact, it's the best show I've ever seen at PAM in terms of depth and intellectual relevance. Early 20th century Germany was a heady melange of decadence, hedonism, industrialization, self expression, politics and an eventual fascist backlash. These expressionist artists defined existentialism before the term existed and unlike most prints, stand as some of the most important artistic accomplishments in any era. Look, Hitler hated this stuff and if your idea of cosmopolitanism is drinking something with Cointreau in it, get your lame intellectual credentials down to PAM to check this out. Yes expressionism was about internal angst but it was also about developing a culture of tolerance and general social engagement.

On Sunday May 14th at 2:00PM there will be a lecture on the art and society of the early decades of 20th-century Germany by distinguished author and University of Oregon professor Sherwin Simmons. For tickets, call 503-226-0973. Bring Mom.

Location: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium
Fee: Members: Free. Non-members: Included with Museum admission.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 13, 2006 at 16:12 | Comments (2)

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Friday 05.12.06

PM4

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Tonight, Portland Modern (gallery in print) celebrates the release of issue no. 4 with a party. Curated by Kristan Kennedy of PICA and Matthew Stadler of Clear Cut Press (+ more), the theme of the latest issue is "Saturation", expored through the work of Roberta Aylward, Amber Bell, Michael Boyle, David Corbett, Alexander Felton, Anna Fidler, Caleb Freese & Justin Gorman, Sarah Gottesdiener, Liz Haley, Levi Hanes, Mary Henry, Philip Iosca, Eva Lake, Jonathan Leach, Isaac Lin , Marne Lucas , Rae Mahaffey, Jeannie Manville, Chelsea Mosher, Daniel Peterson, Shawn Records, Spirit Quest (Khaela Maricich & Melissa Dyne), Amy Steel, and Casey Watson.

Drop by the white-on-white euro-sexy Apotheke tonight to grab one of the first copies (and a drink or two). Tunes by DJ Stay in School.
Friday, May 12 • 9p to 2a
Apotheke • 1314 NW Glisan, Suite 2A (Upstairs)

P.S., If you can't make it to the party, you can pick up a copy Saturday at the PM viewing room (1715 NW Lovejoy, 12 to 6p) or at Radius Studio (2515 SE 22nd Ave at Division, 11a to 5p).

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 12, 2006 at 12:37 | Comments (9)

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Thursday 05.11.06

Malia Jensen at Elizabeth Leach (part 1)

Malia Jensen's drawings offer the same conundrum as New Yorker cartoons. Are they funny? Am I missing something? Is the humor over my head?

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Like New Yorker cartoons, Jensen's drawings offer multiple possibilities for interpretation and leave the viewer floundering in the space between language and image, trying lamely to connect the two, unsure whether to laugh or not.

Jensen's cartoons are drawn with a light, casual touch, nonchalantly dismissive of notions of formal mastery in the medium of drawing. They emulate the accessibility of sunday comics or greeting cards.

Jensen appropriates commercial forms that democratize high art practice by producing skill-less renderings which deflate the elitism of the medium. Having set up an innocuous, democratic field in which to operate, Jensen proceeds to throw metaphysical fire-bombs. We look to the word balloon for justification...(more)

Posted by Isaac Peterson on May 11, 2006 at 19:43 | Comments (0)

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So Awesome/Weird

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Tonight at Reed is HAVOC IN SUBURBIA, an evening of gelastic puppetry and psychic geography. It's hard to say what absurdity will ensue but the image on the press release is so awesome/weird that I want to be there. The evening begins with the ubiquitous Matthew Stadler and Jon Raymond reciting their original collaboration, 23 Propositions on the West Hills. But then comes the real goods... MONKEY WREAKS HAVOC IN SUBURBIA, a theatrical exploration of the photographs of Gregory Crewdson inspired by the 16th Century Chinese novel The Journey to the West. After the puppet show the evening descends into "suburban twilight ecstasy" with the punk-posse band SHOW ME THE PINK. Beer and and snacks will be on hand. OK, so I wish this was just a weird puppet show and not necessarily a performance exploring Crewdson's work (I can't even imagine who dreamed up such an esoteric concept), but nonetheless, it looks pretty amazing. Rumor is Crewdson even posed for his own puppet-likeness. FYI, MONKEY WREAKS HAVOC IN SUBURBIA is suitable for children and they are invited to attend. I'm so there!
Thursday, May 11 • 6:30pm
Student Union at Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 11, 2006 at 8:42 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 05.10.06

An afternoon with Paul Fujita of Zeitgeist Gallery

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Zeitgeist founder and artist, Paul Fujita, spent time with PORT during his last days of living at his gallery, Zeitgeist, in the Everett Station Lofts. At 7 years in this location it's likely the longest lived gallery space in the artist run lofts long history as a cultural incubator. We talk about his life, engagement, skating and art. Next to preparing for a couple of large solo shows into 2007, he's moving into a house with his fiancee and seeking to push himself as an artist possibly more than ever. His unpretentiousness and interest in working with accessible materials such as broken skateboards, acrylic gel and... (this is the first in a series of photoblogs, click below for more)

Posted by Sarah Henderson on May 10, 2006 at 23:54 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.09.06

some things

PORT will have lots of pictures and critical content coming at you shortly but until then, here are some things to sink your teeth into on the rest of the web:

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Detail of a Matthew Picton

Matthew Picton (who is in the upcoming 2006 Oregon Biennial) received a good review for his show at Howard House from the Seattle Weekly. Even Jim Demetre likes him better than Maya Lin, which isn't quite fair to Lin. Being the most sucessful public landscape artist on the planet (aka Lin) requires that there be less emphasis on detailed visual fascination and conceptual rigor than Picton's work does (as an indoor gallery artist). Public art succeeds when its visual clarity allows the context of history and landscape to assert itself over the visual or even conceptual content. Another note, I pointed a serious Portland collector to Picton's Seattle gallery because he has lacked representation in Portland since September, hint... Also why do most of the more nationally known/experienced artists living in Oregon not have Portland galleries?

Along similar lines to both Picton and Lin there is this story in the NYT's. In it Josiah McElheny tries to meld modernist design and the early moments of the universe into a single object. By combining two parallel universes into one space the worlds of aesthetic history and astrophysics take on an uneasy visual vibration. This synchretic melding of science and aesthetics is a big part of the trope that McElheny, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Picton are pursuing. No this genre isn't touchy feelly, its clinical but it is a major emerging trend in the 21st century, artists reclaiming science as an aesthetic yet systematic force.

Last but not least, noted Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick now has a great looking blog and he's into ghost towns (I love them too). Oregon has a large # of ghost towns.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 09, 2006 at 21:29 | Comments (8)

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Sunday 05.07.06

The "School of Nan" Curtis era comes to an end at PNCA

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For months, those in the know have suspected that Nan Curtis might be altering her relationship with PNCA as director and curator of the Feldman Gallery as well as the chair of the sculpture department. Now it's official and it has been announced to faculty and students that she will be stepping down in those roles to pursue her own art. Savvy, sharp and capable of willing important exhibitions into reality, she will be greatly missed. Nan has been THE life force of PNCA's exhibitions program culminating with her Troca Brasil show last fall, it featured Ernesto Neto and Laura Lima's tarted up chickens. Other highlights of her curatorial tenure have been Charles Goldman and Heidi Cody's pop alphabets.

Who might replace her? One obvious choice is PNCA alumnus and sometimes curatorial collaborator Cris Moss. Maybe PNCA will search for outside talent?

Back to Curtis, her effects on students have been equally important and I once referred to it as the School of Nan. Please feel free to leave comments here. Let's wish her success on her new focus as well as remind her of all the positive impact she has had on the Portland's contemporary art community. Nan Curtis has been and will continue to be one its foremost pioneers.

*Update, we broke the story yesterday but the O chimes in today... with the additional (much whispered about) and very important announcement that PNCA will inaugurate a MFA program in 2007. Finally, this city with over 10,000+ artists will have 2 MFA programs (Portland State has the other). Portland is growing up and Nan has laid a great deal of the groundwork, take a bow.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 07, 2006 at 18:21 | Comments (5)

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Saturday 05.06.06

Extra Sansory Perception

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San Keller, Memosan

Next Monday's PSU lecture will not only make your day, but will make your whole week, kicking off a 4-day long workshop/action with visiting artist San Keller. The work of this Swiss artist is smart and funny, with a thoroughly European sensibility. He works with the codes of the public space as well as of the exhibition space, very much in the vein of work by Jeppe Hein, a German artist whose work I saw for the first time on my last visit to Paris...
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While here in Portland, Keller will initiate Make My Day, a project in which participants propose, realize and document a project in collaboration with Keller. More details are forthcoming about the workshop, but Keller is looking for participants to propose concepts. All interested parties should show up to Monday night's lecture. [JUST IN: Keller will be at Valentines from 2 - 8pm on Tuesday, May 9. During this time, the public is invited to submit proposals. Keller will choose 16 proposals for a continuous action that will take place over a 48 hour period between Tuesday, May 9 at 8 pm and Thursday, May 11 at 8 pm. Individuals will get a three hour period of time and activities can include just about anything, including the mundane (eating, sleeping, travelling, you get the idea)] Keller will present documentation of the resulting project at Valentines on Friday at 2 pm.

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Lecture • Monday, May 8th • 7 p
PSU 5th Avenue Cinema • 510 SW Hall St. Room 92 (on the corner of 5th & Hall)
Sponsored in part by PICA, PNCA, and Reed College

Proposal/Selection • Tuesday, May 9th • 2 - 8 p
Valentines • 232 SW Ankeny • 503.248.1600

Public talk/presentation • Friday, May 12th • 2 p
Valentines • 232 SW Ankeny • 503.248.1600

Posted by Katherine Bovee on May 06, 2006 at 10:45 | Comments (0)

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Friday 05.05.06

p:ear blossoms vs. TADA

Tomorrow night is a match of the dueling fundraisers: p:ear blossoms and PICA's TADA. Lisa Radon gives a thorough run-down of the blunder on Ultra and points out the scheduling pickle that Portland's art patrons have been placed in with two major benefits double-booked. Whatever floats your boat, it seems you can't go wrong. Just pick one, at least, for goodness sake.

p:ear blossoms
Saturday May 6, 2006
Wieden + Kennedy Atrium • 224 NW 13th Ave • 6 to 9p
More info at pearmentor.org or call 503.228.6677

TADA
Saturday May 6, 2006
AudioCinema • 226 SE Madison
6p • Patron Dinner hosted by AC Dickson
10p • PICA Birthday Party with entertainment by Fleshtone and Copy
$10 members, $15 general at the door (Two Free Drink Tickets with admission)
More info at pica.org or call 503.242.1419

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 05, 2006 at 12:47 | Comments (1)

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Wednesday 05.03.06

1st Friday May 2006

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Zoe Crosher's LAX Best Western at Small A Projects

Out the Window (LAX) • Zoe Crosher • photography
This LA based artist is getting international attention for her studies of transitional situations. Her latest series explores images taken from hotel rooms by the LAX airport.
small A projects • 1430 se third avenue portland, or 97214 • 503.234.7993
Opening Reception May 5, 6-9p. Artist talk, 8p. Show ends May 27.

group show • mixed media
Paintings, illustrations and silk-screened images by Kelly Lynn Jones, Josh Cochran, Matt Haber, Allison Cole, Kelley McCarthy.
Renowned • 811 east burnside suite 111 portland, or 97214 • 503.445.9924
Opening Reception May 5, 6 -9:30p. Show ends May 31.

click below for more.....

Posted by Nicky Kriara on May 03, 2006 at 21:07 | Comments (1)

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Another Arts Building? In the Pearl?

Tonight is the first of two public meetings about the fate of the Centennial Mills building on the edge of the Pearl. Patricia Gardner is pushing to rehabilitate this aging edifice into a giant arts building. Come by the forum tonight to learn more and give feedback.
Centennial Mills Framework Plan Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 3rd • 6:30 to 9:30p
PDC Conference Room • 222 NW 5th Ave

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on May 03, 2006 at 9:35 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.02.06

1st Thursday May 2006

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Torrent (detail) by Linda Hutchins at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

Line Drawing • Linda Hutchins
Using India ink, Hutchins' images "record a meditative practice involving the arc of the arm, the gesture of the hand, and the path of the gaze." The results reflect land, water, hair and other natural formations.
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery.....

Group Show
Zeitgeist is celebrating its nine-year anniversary this month, which is pretty good for any gallery and damn near eternal for the Everett Station Loft spaces--which tend to change hands pretty quickly. Owner and curator Paul Fujita opened this month's show to past exhibitioners ...(there is more)....

Posted by Nicky Kriara on May 02, 2006 at 20:54 | Comments (5)

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There is more stuff... always more stuff

Art of Geography has produced a pretty darn good map of the Pearl District, an invaluable online tool for those who want to know where to look at art and dine out in the Pearl District. That's pretty much Portland in a nutshell: lots of galleries and even more fine dining for the hoard of food-ees here. Maybe throw in a few thousand coffee shops, tons of small fashion boutiques and some great book stores... then you've got Portland.

Also, the latest Visual Codec is out.

Then there is this article on group critiques that MAN pointed out. All young Portland artists should read it.

Last but not least, TJ Norris takes on the the dark art of curating and his upcoming curatorial effort this June at Guestroom Gallery looks real good too. I remember being irked years ago when Randy Gragg told me I was the only independent seriously interested in curation in town. Both annoyed and flattered my counter was instantly, "but what about TJ." There were others too like, Matt Fleck, Muriel Bartol and Michael Oman-Reagan, Jacqueline Ehlis... even the ever mysterious Todd Johnson. Now there is a whole new crop of youngsters like Jenene Nagy, Josh Arseneau, Jesse Hayward and Mark Brandau... not to mention all the new gallerists who necessarily must take on that role.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 02, 2006 at 19:03 | Comments (1)

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Monday 05.01.06

Kathryn Van Dyke at PSU

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Painter Kathryn Van Dyke will lecture tonight as part of PSU's Monday night lecture series. First seen in Portland at the Bay Area Bazaar show, Van Dyke has recently joined Pulliam Deffenbaugh's stable of artists. Her work was seen alongside Yoshi Kitai and Sian Oblak in last month's Introductions show.

Monday, May 1 • 7 p
PSU 5th Avenue Cinema • 510 SW Hall St. Room 92 (on the corner of 5th & Hall)
Sponsored in part by PICA, PNCA, and Reed College

Posted by Katherine Bovee on May 01, 2006 at 8:59 | Comments (0)

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