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Tuesday 01.09.07

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Two Great Shows Open

Anne Hirondelle

Two not to be missed shows open this week.

Namita Wiggers and the folks over at Contemporary Craft Museum and Gallery bring in the New Year with an installation by Portlander Hilary Pfeifer. Someone who had a quick sneak peek earlier today mentioned things are looking pretty exciting in the space, and I believe him so check it out...

Pfeifer's exhibit 's Warm, an installation comprised of over 1500 handcrafted objects, reads as a flowing mass of colorful, mixed media bugs. Breaking a bit from strictly traditional craft materials, this piece utilizes tool dip and flocking along with wood, giving the work another conceptual layer. Its nice to see her really push the making and final execution. When it was debuted at The Fuller Craft Museum in Boston I was nearly devastated we here on the west coast were going to miss out, but alas! here you go Portland. Enjoy.
Hilary Pfeifer @ CCMG
3934 SW Corbett Ave. • Portland, Or
Reception for the artist: Fri. Jan. 12 • 5:30-8p
Exhibition runs Jan. 12- Mar. 13, 2007

A great show with a funny title opens at the Archer Gallery, one of the best exhibition spaces in the area. Circle, Triangle, Square features the work of local artists such as Chris Gander and Rae Mahaffey alongside Josef Albers, Robert Mangold, and Frank Stella.
An excerpt from the press reads: "The Archer Gallery hosts an eclectic exhibition of artists using the simple geometric forms of circle, triangle, and square. Often overshadowed in the Northwest by figurative narrative work, the geometric form has a strong presence in regional art as well as a significant historical antecedent in the world art community."

Circle, Triangle, Square @ Archer Gallery
Penguin Student Union Building
Ft. Vancouver Way • Vancouver, WA
For directions: (360) 992-2246 or www.clark.edu
Reception for the artists: Wed. Jan. 10 • 4-7p
Exhibition runs: Jan. 9 - Feb. 4, 2007


Posted by Jenene Nagy on January 09, 2007 at 17:44 | Comments (3)


Thanks Jenene! You are so kind. I spent the day installing most of the show, and want to report that I actually think it's a better installation than at the Fuller. This is because the Oak Tree Gallery at CCMG is a very intimate space and the 's Warm is using all four walls and the ceiling, so it's truly living up to its name.

I also want to mention that the pieces are going to be sold as a benefit for CCMG's impending move to the Pearl District next spring. The installation will be fully intact on opening night, but we are allowing people to take pieces as they sell, and will replace them with vinyl silhouettes so that the feeling of the installation will remain. But each one of the over 1000 pieces is one-of-a-kind, so it will never be the same as opening night. This is the final show at CCMG and will also include installations by Elliza Au and Zen Parry.


Posted by: tooldiva [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2007 06:48 PM

Jenene -- and Hilary -- many thanks for the mention. Visit our website at www.contemporarycrafts.org for more information on Hilary, Zen (also from Portland), Eliza, Megan Heeres (North Window Project) and the Generations exhibition.

This exhibition cycle will surprise many -- we look forward to people coming to our final exhibition round at 3934 SW Corbett Ave.

Again - many thanks for the posting.


Posted by: Namita Wiggers [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2007 07:58 PM

You know this is a fantastic site when the actual artists will comment each other back and forth.

Posted by: Calvin Ross Carl [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 04:00 PM

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