The weather has relented (for now), time to get out of the house...
Indoor Wildernesses is a serendipitous thematic art walk of 4 shows, 3 galleries
on 1 corner...
all explore a common theme: nature inside the gallery environment,
all achieve very different ends
When: January 24th 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Corner of NW 5th and Couch @ Motel,
Organism & the
Portland Art Center
The presence of the outdoors and wilderness motifs in particular
are everywhere in contemporary art so when four shows all appeared on the same
corner in Portland's Chinatown it seemed like serendipity was knocking. Why not
explore four very different shows to greater highlight their intersecting but
very divergent content, goals, motifs and effects?
Also, please forgive the self promotion but it is an excellent chance to get out and visit one of the Portland art
scene's most rewarding corners. The fours shows present divergent motifs such
as the charged psychological cave environment, life changing encounters with
wild deer, man made materials in the woods and ecology in North Portland.
Shows and discussion times:
Counts: "The Cavernous Reflection" @ Motel
, Emily and gallerist
Jennifer Armbrust will discuss the psychological fantasyscapes that take place
in the cave-like installation. Made from drawings this grotto recalls Victorian
fairytales, detective stories and theatrical settings. It also has resonance
with Plato's cave and psychological self-examination. The Portland based Counts
showed at the Mark Moore Gallery last year and was a graduate of CCAC (BFA 1999).
Show ends January 27th. 7:30PM Jarrett
Mitchell: "The Dawn Of The Birth Of The Battle Of Right To Life vs. The
Law Of Death" @ Organism
107 NW 5th (4th floor) Curator Jeff Jahn will
discuss the installation which uses dramatic encounters with wild deer to explore
how wildlife and human nature define the narrow borders between life & death
and the polarizing effects of this distinction upon today's politics. An up and
coming international artist, Mitchell has been favorably reviewed in Frieze
(September 2006), shown in major galleries like Deitch Projects and is a 2002
MFA grad of CCAC. In its second month this show ends January 28th
Perkin & Anne Thompson: "Second Skin" @ Portland Art Center
35 NW 5th Ave. Consisting of 6,000 earplugs
11,000 cigarette butts
pried open beer cans
1,000 pounds of clay
16 animal hides
tread, rose petals, human hair, fake fur, cross cut fir, pond liner, antlers,
.Second Skin explores the idea of "materials" natural
and unnatural. Where do they originate, and where do they end up? What happens
to tires when they fall apart? Second Skin does not attempt to be "pro"
or "anti" anything; it merely raises questions to ponder, while providing
a surreal campsite foray. JD Perkins is represented by the Laura Russo Gallery
(show runs through February)
Also at PAC:
THE OTHER PORTLAND Art & Ecology in the 5th Quadrant
. Organized and
curated by Rhoda London, she will lead a discussion about art and ecology in
North Portland with several of the artists. The show features Peg Butler, Cecillia
Cannon, Clare Carpenter, Jedidiah Chavez, James Jack, Laura Foster, Courtney
Frisse, Susan Harlan, TJ Norris & Abi Spring, Liz Obert & Mike Suri.
Sponsored and organized by Art on the Peninsula, and North Portland Neighborhood
Services. The artists have responded to and identified environmental issues
in North Portland, with particular interest in the Smith and Bybee Lakes and
the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Some of the conservation issues are: wetlands,
invasive species both plant and animal, illegal dumping, soil and water contamination,
pollution: air, sound, water and more, as well as the unique landscape on the
Peninsula. (Show runs through February)
Organized by Organism
in conjunction with Motel
and the Portland Art Center
Indoor Wildernesses germinated when J.D. Perkin suggested doing a thematic art
walk while visiting Jarrett Mitchell's show.
This turned out great, on a nice night... a fun, well attended event that was centered on exhibition content. For such a short notice thing to come off so well... it speaks volumes of why Portland is such an exciting art city.
Thanks to everyone
Yes, thank you Jeff for organizing this event. It proved to be a very nice evening and provided a forum for THE OTHER PORTLAND artists to discuss their work. Thank you and thanks to all who came out. It was lovely.