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Friday 09.29.06

Have an affair or be square

The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel Art Fair starts tonight. Be there or be square. The quibblers and naysayers said it would never last but here it is. Will it be be overfull of massively derivative, follow like sheep, self-conscious doodle works on paper that aren't even good enough to be on the cover of the Mercury? Sure, it wouldn't be an art fair if it didn't but it can't possibly have as many as last year. There are much better things on hand as well.

$100 gets you into the posh 6-9 PM opening but $10 gets you in at 9:00 PM tonight (PORT will be covering). Saturday and Sunday are nice if you want to browse and schmooze more casually...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 29, 2006 at 0:12 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.28.06

Sean Healy: Supernormal at Elizabeth Leach

Sean Healy, Gumdrops, 2006, Courtesy Elizabeth Leach Gallery

In his solo show at Elizabeth Leach, Sean Healy continues to mine nostalgic content, this time turning his gaze towards the high school hallways, musty gyms and hushed libraries of adolescence. Recalling a prototypical high school ecosystem, the works in Supernormal serve as varied tributes to what seems to be an exclusively male cast of bullies, nerds, smokers and other misfits. Here, Healy describes, memorializes and subverts the workings of the social systems that play out within high school walls.

The varied and primarily sculptural work in Supernormal will seem familiar to anyone who saw Healy's last show at Elizabeth Leach's former downtown space. Healy uses everything from seductively colored, semitransparent resin casts of everyday objects to a series of awkwardly cropped photographic portraits. Even when Healy delves into iconography like aluminum cutouts of cartoonish animals or uses unapologetically sentimental vintage '70s wallpaper, he retains a level of detachment and tastefulness through his formal sensibilities....

Posted by Katherine Bovee on September 28, 2006 at 12:19 | Comments (1)


Wednesday 09.27.06

Round Up

Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1503–1507
oil on poplar, 30 x 21 in
Musée du Louvre

I keep thinking about that small, tiny conversation that took place a couple of months ago here about gender equality in the local Art world and wonder, since it’s in the air in bloglandia, if it might be time to bring it up again.

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 27, 2006 at 22:34 | Comments (19)



Proposals for the upcoming exhibition season at the Portland Art Center are due Saturday September 30. Submissions are being accepted for both the Main Gallery and the Light and Sound Gallery. Also note, there was a typo on the original Call to Artists. Make sure your packet is sent to PO BOX 6802 Portland, OR 97228.
For submission guidelines and floor plans, click here.

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 27, 2006 at 16:34 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.26.06

Round Table and Big Building

Ulrika Andersson

Both of our friendly neighborhood NPOs have interesting events for you to enjoy this week...(more)

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 26, 2006 at 19:42 | Comments (1)


Some-thing for everyone?

Bruce Nauman, Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain (1983), Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection

Here are some things to take in:

Richard Polsky discusses being an art broker and knowing where the bodies are on Artnet. Although he thinks Murakami's prices are out of whack he misses the point that Murakami is probably the most important artist of the last 15 years and his importance goes deeply into graphic design in a way a pure art market person might not get.

Matt McCormick loves Portland, nice to have you back MM. I think a lot of us have similar moments after traveling a lot.

Brian Libby looks at Brad Cloepfil's design for UMMA here. I think Cloepfil is great but his museums and gallery spaces often annoy me a little in their floaty non-corporeal use of natural light (it can and does work but it requires intervention to keep the space from muting a show's thunder). I prefer Ando's galleries... maybe SAM's addition will turn that view around.

I also really enjoyed David Cohen's take on Bruce Nauman and the other artists who use neon words (with diminished effect). I agree, Ive seen a lot of prank art with neon and most of it is forgettable. Only Joseph Kosuth and Jason Rhoades seem to do it with any worthwhile effect, for most others it's an easy way to make C+ grade hack conceptual art (every city has 2 or 3 of em and they are interchangable). Rhoades' solution works because his scenic route style absurdity rivals Nauman's anti-scenery. Kosuth makes it work because of its incredible bluntness rivals Nauman's blunt obfuscation. Still, Nauman is the man because of his relentless, pitiless existentialism and I can't wait for his travelling neon show at the Henry in 2007.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 26, 2006 at 12:04 | Comments (3)


Monday 09.25.06

What's with that big new gallery at 916 NW Hoyt?

That new (yet unopened) gallery at 916 NW Hoyt, Quality Pictures, just went live with their website. It will be months before the space opens but they are having a room at the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, which opens on Friday. The weather is looking divine this year so this would be a good time to hop on jet blue if you aren't fortunate enough to live nearby.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 25, 2006 at 9:52 | Comments (2)


Sunday 09.24.06

Using Global Media-Workshop Run By Matthew Stadler

Hurry! Hurry! 3 Spots Left!

Monday evenings, starting October 2, from 6:30-9:30 Matthew Stadler will be teaching a workshop entitled Using Global Media.

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 24, 2006 at 19:56 | Comments (0)


Saturday 09.23.06

Vanessa Renwick's Portrait #2: Trojan at 2006 Oregon Biennial


The strongest work of art at the 2006 Oregon Biennial, Vanessa Renwick's short film, Portrait #2: Trojan, deserves some attention. It is special because unlike a lot of the works here it seems whole and fully realized in its self-contained encapsulation of a nuclear power plant's last day. Yes, it is an architectural snuff flick, but its implications go way beyond a 7 second news clip or...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 23, 2006 at 13:51 | Comments (3)


Huyghe Opens at Portland Art Museum

Pierre Huyghe, This is not a time for dreaming, 2004, Live puppet play and super 16mm film, transferred to DigiBeta. 24 minutes, color, sound, Photo: Michael Vahrenwald

Today, Pierre Huyghe's video, This is not a time for dreaming, quietly opens at the Portland Art Museum. Huyghe is perhaps most famous for his 1999 collaboration with fellow Frenchman Philippe Parreno, No Ghost Just a Shell, in which they purchased rights to an anime character and allowed her to have a brief existence through a series of collaborations with other artists before symbolically putting her to rest.

In This is not a time for dreaming, Huyghe revisits themes of unstable histories, reality vs. fiction, Modernist dreams and utopianism. Huyghe's video was commissioned in 2004 by Harvard University in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Carpenter Center, the sole building completed by Le Corbusier in the United States (and, interestingly, named after Harvard donors from Southern Oregon). Staged as a marionette show, Huyghe's film relays the history of the building and the process that Le Corbusier undertook in building the Carpenter Center, while documenting his own experiences in making this video.

Through December 31st · Portland Art Museum · 1219 SW Park Ave · 503.226.0973
Admission: $10 General, Free for members

Posted by Katherine Bovee on September 23, 2006 at 11:37 | Comments (1)


Friday 09.22.06

Brenden Clenaghen's Endless Parade at Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery

Detail of Clenaghen's "Swing low"

Upon entering Brenden Clenaghen's "Endless Parade", still on view for another week at the Pulliam Deffenbaugh gallery, one is met with a glittering menagerie of paradox. Clenaghen's pieces appear to be objects of decadence, and upon first impression, one might dismiss them as such. Exquisitely crafted, the eye hungrily inhales each piece's silky, almost skin like surface, the sex of its fine design. The painted, dripping objects are... (more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on September 22, 2006 at 9:49 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 09.20.06

Round Up

Image of a termite mound courtesy of the Collective or
other Institution Emergence as found on Wikipedia

continued from last week…….

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 20, 2006 at 22:03 | Comments (0)


A resurgence in the Everett Station Lofts


With so many artists and a lot of new spaces popping up in unexpected locales there is a wild-westness and an equally pervasive camaraderie to the Portland art scene. Over the years the Everett Station Lofts have been the most important breeding ground and networking... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 20, 2006 at 12:08 | Comments (5)


Tuesday 09.19.06

Embroidery and the Prairie

Terry Evans

The Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery has a great show opening this week. New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily boasts an impressive roster of artists including a personal fav, the crafty and conceptual Hildur Bjarnadóttir. ...(more)

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 19, 2006 at 15:03 | Comments (0)


Monday 09.18.06

Warhol Documentary


The NW Film center is screening Ric Burns' Andy Warhol Documentary tomorrow night. It clocks in at 4 hours with Laurie Anderson as the narrator and then there is the wry casting of Jeff Koons as the voice of Andy Warhol... kinda like casting one of the members of Oasis in a Beatles documentary. Should be interesting in a tragic Warholian sort of way. Here is a link to what the Village Voice said.

6:30 PM, September 19th
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW Park Ave.
Admission Prices: $7.00 General, $6.00 Members, Students, Seniors

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 18, 2006 at 15:18 | Comments (5)


Print That: A Studio Visit with Rae and Mark Mahaffey

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Rae and Mark Mahaffey have been a persistent, if quiet, backbone of the Portland art scene for 14 years and will be the subject in a show of 14 international and local artists at PAM's Gilkey Center on Sept 30th. The 14 artists have been culled from a list including heavyweights like Hans Haacke, Dana Schutz, Tony Fitzpatrick and local legend, Gregory Grennon.

Master printmaker Mark Mahaffey & masterful pattern artist Rae Mahaffey ... (more)

- All photos by Sarah Henderson unless otherwise noted -

Posted by Sarah Henderson on September 18, 2006 at 0:00 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.15.06

Reviewing the week

It has been a good week of reviews. More than occasionally, both random and not so random people stop me and unload a rant about the state of art criticism in Portland and the world in general. Agreed, art criticism isn't in some golden age but I dont think it is in the same imminent crisis others ascribe to it either.

This week, besides my own abomination (blithely doing things that would have made my 600 level, critical writing prof get "all paperchase and Housemanesque" on me 13 years ago) we had some nice reviews. Instead of focusing on personalities or being reactionary towards the success, fame or "newfangledness"of an artist they took subject matter and the overall effect into account. An exciting development considering that and the fact there were 4 serious reviews published this week. Too bad I count about 25 shows worthy of reviews this hyperactive month.

First off was Richard Speer's review of Brendan Clenaghen's show. Short, eloquent, on topic and yes it's a great show that definitely shows that sometimes Portland artists are superior to anything similar nationally. Pulliam Deffenbaugh has really improved as a gallery since moving into the new space and with the addition of Matthew Picton (just this week) alongside Clenaghen, Linda Hutchins and Laurie Reid there is a reason they might just be the most reviewed gallery in Portland.

Then John Motely (whose role seems to be one of the last bastions of non-tabloid twaddle at the Mercury) penned this evocative bit on Sutapa Biswas at Reed. Reading it, I was reminded how frequently video shows receive one-dimensional reviews that simply provide a travelogue account of the experience or simply a one line description. Instead, this was a layered and at length.

Last but not least, David "Death" Row published this relevant thing on Tad Savinar. True, if I were to go "Snark hunting" with any local writer DK would have to be at the top of the guest list but I agree with his focus on gentrification as a major civic issue in Portland and Tad's show. Besides, it makes sense that the pithy Savinar would get the attention of a purveyor of snark. Dont misconstrue this, snark can be a good thing, obsequious pleasantness is so dull and generally favors mediocrity.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 15, 2006 at 11:00 | Comments (4)


Wednesday 09.13.06

Round Up


Here and there Portland artists are donating their work to fund organizations that benefit the arts communities in Portland and beyond. There’s a conundrum in that, which is neither here nor there, but the beneficiary in this case is you. Where else would you have the opportunity to buy a t-shirt designed by Miranda July with a picture of you both against the word PEACE? Or have the opportunity to buy a work from a current Oregon Biennial artist for 100 smackers?

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 13, 2006 at 22:26 | Comments (4)


Alice Wheeler and Jesse Hayward at Chambers

Alice Wheeler's "Girl With Bowie Shirt" (2006)

Two conjoined shows ponder the effects of color, complexity and the charm of clarity this month at Chambers Gallery. Although unaware of one another up until this point the two artists couldn't have been better paired. Both are acquaintances of mine to varying degrees and I just couldn't ignore this pairing of decadent aesthetes. Wheeler is a fully developed monster and a great litmus test and foil for the younger Hayward... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 13, 2006 at 0:00 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.12.06

Answering Burning Magnesium Questions: Sutapa Biswas Tonight

Still from Biswas' Birdsong 2004

Join Sutapa Biswas tonight for a lecture and opening reception at Reed's Cooley Gallery. I was particularly taken with her bird paintings at Elizabeth Leach and a night filled with some rationalization for filming burning magnesium origami creatures sounds wonderful too.

Lecture at 6:30 p.m., September 12th @ 314 Elliot Hall on the Reed College campus

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 12, 2006 at 10:16 | Comments (0)


Two Talks

Margie Livingston

Two noteworthy artist talks coming up...
This week the Portland Art Museum hosts yet another installment of the Biennial Artists Speak lecture series. This week's line-up includes K.C. Madsen, Bill Will, and Lucinda Parker. Like the other Biennial talks, this will too be worth fitting in, even if you have been TBA-ing all week long.
Biennial Artists Speak • Portland Art Museum
Thursday Sept. 14 • 6-7p
1219 SW Park Ave. • Portland, OR
Free with museum admission

And after you have gotten your fill of TBA, head over the river to the gorgeous Archer Gallery to check out the first show of the season. Seattle artist Margie Livingston will have a exhibition of new paintings and will also be giving a talk about her work. Livingston's work was featured in the 2004 NW Biennial and in "Exploded View", a nice group show at Soil where she exhibited a 3D version of her heavily marked surfaces. An artist reception follows the talk.
Margie Livingston • Artist Lecture and Opening Reception
Wednesday Sept. 20 • 2:30p
Archer Gallery • Clark College
Penguin Student Union Building
Ft. Vancouver Way • Vancouver, WA

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 12, 2006 at 10:11 | Comments (0)


Two must reads

As Melia pointed out in the comments earlier, Jerry Saltz does his version of a reality check regarding art (probably as a work up to his next Babylon article, due out soon). Does art change the world? Well any action creates some change of course but leadership matters more of course. Thus a better question is...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 12, 2006 at 0:54 | Comments (0)


Sunday 09.10.06

Brad Adkins Will Take You On A Walk

Legend has it that the powerful personality, Brad Adkins, can convince people to drive backwards along busy thoroughfares while listening to the devil’s music. Everyday during TBA Mr. Adkins has been chartering a tour of sorts based on mundane events and the paranormal. There are 7 tours left and then it’s over. Catch the ride at 2pm daily at PICA headquarters through the 17th.

Brad Adkins • Oh Yeah OK
Daily, 2pm through Sept 17
TBA Central Box Office • 224 NW 13th Ave
503.224.7422 • Free

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 10, 2006 at 20:16 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.08.06

Not your ordinary parking lot experience


What the hell is going on with that BMW and an electronically wheezing and buzzing portable construction site office around the corner from Harell Fletcher's awesome The American War for TBA? It is Taeglichdigital, a German artist group consisting of Benne Ender and Jan Northoff. It's part of TBA but there is little info on it except here.

The installation is called,"The Bio Feedback Machine & The Temple of a Higher Something." This text from their website should clarify nothing for you:

is a universal responding SUPERviolent aPPERATURE.
It feedsback not only the human spirit and energy,
it is built to capture and transform a variety of...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 08, 2006 at 17:51 | Comments (0)


What the A is going on with your free time?

Jessica Jackson Hutchins' Iceland Collage

OK seeing everything this weekend is next to impossible but if you arent going to Laurie Anderson tonight try this opening on for size. Besides it is right across from PICA's "The Works" at AudioCinema.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins The War Never Left at Small A Projects. Landscape and human connections are the theme (is it just me or is that the general theme of 2005-2006?).
Opening September 8, 6 to 9p • Through October 7th
Small A Projects 1430 se 3rd • 503.234.7993

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 08, 2006 at 10:24 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 09.06.06

Time Based Art Festival 2006 - Institute: Workshops, Chats, Lectures

What follows is a complete listing of all workshops, Guest Lectures, and Chats concerning the Visual Arts during the TBA festival:

Time Based Art Festival 2006 - Institute: Workshops, Chats, Lectures September 7 - 17, 2006

Visit PICA's website for all the details.

Visual Arts Workshop

Isaac Peterson: Visual Art Criticism
Thursday, Sept 7, 2pm Ecotrust
Friday, Sept 8, 2pm Ecotrust
PNCA Art History Professor Isaac Peterson gives a 2-day crash course on looking at and writing about contemporary visual art. Workshop includes a visit to TBA's visual art exhibitions. Must attend both days. Bring laptop if you have one (wireless is great) be ready to look, discuss and write!


Mark Russell on The Bridge
Monday, Sept 11, 6pm, Weiden + Kennedy Atrium
Russell will talk about his own experiences of the history of performance and its future.

James Yarker on Why Be a Professional Artist? (Workshop match: Stan's Cafe)
Friday, Sept 8, 3pm, PNCA
Why do you want to be an artist? Why do you want to do it professionally? Why do you want to do it now? With a wry sense of humor and almost fifteen years of experience as a professional artist, James Yarker offers up a compendium of strategies and practical advice for the incipient artist.

(read more for all visual art events......)

Posted by Isaac Peterson on September 06, 2006 at 15:19 | Comments (0)


TBA-David Eckard and the Corberry Press

Fortunate days are ahead for the cheap and lazy. Tomorrow kicks off an amazing month of art in Portland-no need to buy airfare, it’s all coming to us. PICA’s TBA Festival provides an incredible opportunity to bask in the efforts of interesting, thoughtful and engaging work. Wallow and take your fill – some of it only lasts ten days....(more)

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 06, 2006 at 11:36 | Comments (0)


Calls for Artists

Lots of very interesting artists opportunities out there right now. Some free, some not, but all worth considering...(more)

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 06, 2006 at 10:30 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.05.06

First Thursday September 2006

Sean Healy: Test Protector, cast pencils at Elizabeth Leach

Sean Healy identifies with the social studies of high school bullies and the bullied in his new work at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Supernormal involves castings of rubber bands, pencils, and an extensive use of chewing gum.
Opening September 7, 6 to 9p • Through Sept 30
Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Ave • 503.224.0521

With City In A Box, Tad Savinar documents the small challenges that make up the complexities of our cities. Savinar uses bronze, digital prints, etched glass and other media to explore aspects of city life.
Opening September 5, from 6 to 8p •Through Sept 30
PDX Gallery 925 NW Flanders St • 503.222.0063...(more)

Posted by Nicky Kriara on September 05, 2006 at 10:04 | Comments (6)


Go Git Yer Grants

Tonight in PICA's Resource Room, Sean Elwood (Creative Capital) and Kelly Cooper (MAP Fund) offer a grant information session on their respective funding initiatives for visual and performing and new genre artists. The Creative Capital Foundation is a national nonprofit that "supports projects that have the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact, that transcend discipline boundaries and tell us something new about ourselves, our communities, and the moment in which we live." The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund supports new works in all disciplines and traditions of the performing arts. Their aim, "...is to assist artists who are exploring and challenging the dynamics of contemporary live performance. In contrast to the preservation of existing repertoire, MAP supports those creating the art of our own time."
This talk is free and open to the public. So, if you like grant money (and who doesn't), you'd be silly to miss this.
Tuesday, September 5th • 7p
PICA • 224 NW 13th, 3rd Floor

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on September 05, 2006 at 0:01 | Comments (1)


Monday 09.04.06

Jesse Hayward at the Oregon Biennial

detail of Jesse Hayward's Large Pod Project at the Oregon Biennial

Color accretes so much that it takes on a sense of independent vitality. It seems mobile, gooey, infectively burgeoning.

Hayward dissimulates art as the product of work or craft. The impetus of the painting/ sculpture/ installation hybrid seems an internal quality of the object itself. Rather than seem a product "completed" by the artist, the objects seem totally self generative, the natural fungal decay of art materials left too long in a dark damp store-room. The objects give the feeling of neglect or abandon, highlighted by the empty stretcher frames stacked together: the by products of unfinished studio labor.

The frames accrete color without the presence of the surface: Hayward skips a step, short-circuiting the "correct" studio process and moving immediately from stretcher to paint. The paint provides its own surface, adhering to everything parasitically, like barnacles. The color has its own will, finally freed from the sublimation of the complex goals of painting: communication, illusionism, expression. Instead the color grows according to a biologically programmed will, according to the evolutionary principle: "It doesn't need to be perfect, reasonable or mean anything, it just needs to be able to indefinitely reproduce." Despite the immediate repulsion of this inexorable, non-rational, biological will, the color itself is exuberant, riotous, ecstatic...(more)

Posted by Isaac Peterson on September 04, 2006 at 1:19 | Comments (2)


Saturday 09.02.06

Free Day at Portland Art Museum

Marcy Adzich's "The Divide" from the Oregon Biennial

Top your holiday weekend off with a free trip to the Portland Art Museum. The museum will be open free of charge Monday September 4, from 10-5pm. Still not sure what to think of the Jesse Hayward piece? Well here's your chance to give it another look. Along with the Oregon Biennial, exhibits include Through Rustling Grasses: Nature in the Japanese Print and the must see Richard Rezac work. Throughout the day museum docents will be leading free tours of several of the exhibits.

Free Day • Portland Art Museum
Monday September 4 • 10a-5p
1219 SW Park Ave • Portland, OR

Posted by Jenene Nagy on September 02, 2006 at 10:12 | Comments (0)


James and Joey Lavadour at PDX

James Lavadour,Usual and Accustomed, 2006, Courtesy PDX Contemporary Art

In the current show at PDX Contemporary Art, the bold expressionist strokes of James Lavadour's new series of landscape paintings are sharply contrasted by the precise craftsmanship of Joey Lavadour's hand-woven baskets. While both artists are deeply influenced by their experiences growing up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Eastern Oregon, their work stems from different regional traditions.

Although James Lavadour is a self-taught painter, his work resides within a lineage of Northwest painters who look to the colors and forms of the region's lush landscape for inspiration. Sun Spots continues James Lavadour's continually evolving tribute to the landscape of Eastern Oregon. This new body of work retains the bold, spontaneous strokes that characterize Lavadour's work, but develops a heightened level of depth. The romanticisms of Lavadour's landscapes are conveyed less through his repeated reference to grand mountainous landscapes than through the ways in which these landscapes are altered. Ghostly architectural forms delineated by smoky washes loom in the foreground of works like Border Camp. In a large grid of nine paintings, panels marked by their unnaturally saturated color interrupt the earthier tones of alternating panels. In Wall, fiery bursts of intense color threaten to consume the entire frame. Lavadour's landscapes are activated through forces of constructing and destroying, mirroring the process of repeated layering and removing of paint that he uses to build the rich surfaces of his work.

Joey Lavadour revives centuries-old traditional basket-weaving techniques that nearly died out until a handful of artists began to learn and, more importantly, to teach this tradition within the past two decades. Originally created as bags to store goods and objects, Lavadour replaces traditional materials like reeds and leather with brightly colored yarn, accentuating the rigid geometrical patterns that decorate the surfaces. In both Joey Lavadour's baskets and James Lavadour's paintings, one becomes accutely aware of the surface, as both artists simultaneously ground their work by emphasizing these surfaces while inserting instability--Joey through the illusion of shifting surfaces that come from his bold patterns and colors, James through adept paint handling.

Joey Lavadour, (left) Migration, 2006, Courtesy PDX Contemporary Art

Posted by Katherine Bovee on September 02, 2006 at 9:23 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.01.06

Weekly Web Roundup


Summer is ending and everyone’s excited about the coming Fall exhibitions. Opportunities abound throughout September for thoughtful and intelligent visual and performative culture in Portland. With everyone’s eyes to the immediate future, here are some tidbits from around the web pertinent to the roundup....(more)

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 01, 2006 at 21:34 | Comments (0)


First Friday September 2006

Greg Turco at Newspace

Yes it's one of those wierd inversions when First Friday comes before First Thursday. Of course it isn't the end of the world, it's just the beginning of September

Rachel Shapiro & Greg Turco • The View From here
Newspace is the most consistent 1st Friday stop and this duo of photographers only adds to the tradition.
Newspace Photography • 1632 se 10th portland, or 97214, 503 963-1935...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 01, 2006 at 13:56 | Comments (0)

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