Portland art blog + news + exhibition reviews + galleries + contemporary northwest art

recent entries

Again, 3 Wins Out as the Magic Number
Quick and dirty reviews April 2006
Just what Miami needed
Some things to chew on
Retinal Reverb
3 Is The Magic Number
Around the web
Talking With Ghosts: invisible.other at NAAU
Wid Chambers Opening, Thursday April 19th
Oh Valentine's!
Goodbye Oregon Biennial, Hello CNAA
PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series • Tonight: Walter Lee Projects Presents: A Night of YouTube

recent comments

Jane Beebe
Sam Marroquin
Event Horizon
Sam Marroquin
Sam Marroquin



Book Review
Calls for Artists
Design Review
Openings & Events
About PORT

regular contributors


Tori Abernathy
Amy Bernstein
Katherine Bovee
Emily Cappa
Patrick Collier
Arcy Douglass
Megan Driscoll
Jesse Hayward
Sarah Henderson
Jeff Jahn
Kelly Kutchko
Drew Lenihan
Victor Maldonado
Christopher Moon
Jascha Owens
Alex Rauch
Gary Wiseman



Guest Contributors
Past Contributors
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005

contact us


Contact us






powered by


Movable Type 3.16

This site is licensed under a


Creative Commons License


Monday 04.30.07

Again, 3 Wins Out as the Magic Number

Two new shows at the Museum that look quite interesting and another lecture at PSU.

Melinda Stone • PSU Monday Night Lecture Series
Mon • Mar 19 • 8:15p
510 SW Hall St • 5th Avenue • Cinema Room 92


A filmmaker, curator, and teacher, Melinda Stone has produced over twenty films and videos, as well as numerous outdoor cinematic productions. Stone has a deep affinity for the American West and road travel; the subjectivity of her work often extends from historic research and the mining of cultural conditions found immediately in the land. Stone’s whimsical sensibility and romanticism surface in her ongoing interest in amateur productions and experimental screening practices, which often incorporate live music and participatory sing-alongs.

Kehinde Wiley • Portland Art Museum
Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art
1219 SW Park Avenue • 503·226·2811
sun 12p – 5p, tues-sat 10a – 5p, til 8p th-fri
adults: $10, members: free


Kehinde Wiley
Entry of Paris of the Dauphin, 2005
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Kehinde Wiley Studio

This exhibition features six of Wiley's recent provocative paintings that illuminate complex art historical references and superb hyperreal technique. Drawn from private collections across the country, the paintings explore current issues of style, class, dignity, and prejudice in metaphorical terms and allegorically inspired portraits.
Curator: Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Drawn Line • Portland Art Museum
Helen Copeland Gallery and Adams Foundation Foyer
1219 SW Park Avenue • 503·226·2811
sun 12p – 5p, tues-sat 10a – 5p, til 8p th-fri
adults: $10, members: free


Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Elijah in the Desert Fed by Ravens
c. 1619-20. Portland Art Museum

This exhibition features some 65 European and American drawings from the Museum's permanent collection. The objects are organized according to three themes that are artists' favorites - the figure, the portrait, and the landscape. Ranging from the 18th century to the present, these works present a great variety of approaches to these subjects. From spontaneous sketches to highly finished sheets, these drawings give the viewer an opportunity to study the ways in which drawing mediums such as watercolor, wash, gouache, crayon, chalk, charcoal, and graphite can be handled.
Curatorial Team: Annette Dixon, Bruce Guenther, Marnie Stark, and Jennifer Gately

Posted by Melia Donovan on April 30, 2007 at 8:56 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.27.07

Quick and dirty reviews April 2006

There is a necessary but dirty art to reviewing shows without giving them the real space they deserve. Here are some shows who are on their last weekend and are worth checking out. Yes, with Photolucida this month there was a ton of Photography in Portland:

(L to R) Pettibon, Starn brothers, Tillmans & Warhol

Still Life: at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

It pains me that I don't have enough time to go on and on about this show but let's just say the combination of a Starn Twin's snowflake next to a Raymond Pettibon with a hand grenade made this one of the most inwardly seething still life shows I've ever encountered...(much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 27, 2007 at 13:34 | Comments (0)


Thursday 04.26.07

Just what Miami needed

Tyler has the scoop on the Aqua Art Miami art fair this year. It's the fair where one has traditionally found the most Portland and Seattle galleries and in general I always liked the feel, which was originally patterned on Portland's Affair at the Jupiter Hotel fair.

Now it looks Aqua is upgrading and I sense an art fair arms race, or is it a space race? It is true we here in the Northwest have a thing about space.

Nice Dirk, you found a way to make Miami more competitive... sheesh

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 26, 2007 at 20:38 | Comments (2)


Tuesday 04.24.07

Some things to chew on

A review of Ellsworth Kelly works in the Guardian. So abstraction isn't a big enough crowd pleaser at the Tate Modern? egad.

Roberta Smith spins a wonderful web of words on Sol LeWitt.

Brian Libby recaps the Street of Eames in Portland (aka design obsessed city rapidly trying to end years of bleh design... related: see new tram review).

Normally I'm annoyed with focusing on the party and not the art... and I hate Pabst (because I'm from Milwaukee Wisconsin and Pabst is the beer that made Milwaukee famous... and it's no longer made in Milwaukee etc) but I just plain feel like linking to ths PDXFF blog.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 24, 2007 at 22:45 | Comments (2)


Monday 04.23.07

Retinal Reverb

Passing Out Heart Game, Emily Bulfin & Tahni Holt

In case you missed it in Melia's post earlier, here's all the info on what looks to be one of the best group shows of the year...(more)

Posted by Jenene Nagy on April 23, 2007 at 19:49 | Comments (12)


3 Is The Magic Number


There’s a PSU lecture, a show opening without a public opening and an opening night party for the PDX Film Fest with a curated show of video, installation and sculpture.

Posted by Melia Donovan on April 23, 2007 at 8:27 | Comments (2)


Friday 04.20.07

Around the web

Jerry Saltz's latest article for NY Magazine proves why he's the most important art critic on the planet. That alone should be enough for you to check it out, but if you need more; he deals with the pacification of ideas and intent in the art world right now. Now don't get me wrong, all of the art of today isn't just some liberal guilt pressure valve for trustfunders but a lot of it is. Why?...because it lacks a radical impulse. Instead, a lot of today's art is based on ingratiating itself. When other critics simply ignore this problem Jerry gets at the issue, calling PS1's bluff.

Yes, I know I've been giving him a hard time lately but DK Row has picked up one of my old saws... why isn't PSU more serious about its art department? Right now, it's the only MFA program in the city and doesn't have a full time curator despite having several nice gallery spaces. PNCA will have a MFA starting this fall and there are (unconfirmed) rumblings that Reed is looking to start one as well. This puts pressure on PSU to become serious. Also, not to nag but the Oregonian should do more of this, PORT can't do everything and we really try to limit ourselves to art criticism instead of investigative art journalism.

The Willamette Week reviews a show at city hall. Note how mixing with artists has become a political move in Portland? Still, I've yet to see a single politician present anything convincing in regards to the city truly bettering the arts? Why not be like Vancouver BC which allowed the CAG to move to a new space by providing incentives to condo developers?

The Mercury reviewed Motel's latest show too.

Yes, someone on the forums at Artdish has noticed that there is a ton of photography in Portland with Photolucida this month. It's a nice overview that we dont do here. (PORT's focus is more on in depth reviews for individual shows).

Also, Ive added yet another update to the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards news as a followup.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 20, 2007 at 12:49 | Comments (15)


Wednesday 04.18.07

Talking With Ghosts: invisible.other at NAAU

Ted Apel's Potential Difference

TJ Norris, a local artist and curator, has put together a subtle but stimulating group show at the New American Art Union. The title of the show is invisible.other, and it seems like the work deals with the transient way that people inhabit spaces. Invisible.other is a fitting title for the show because most of the work details with a residual human presence in the people and things that we encounter and leave behind...(more)

Posted by Arcy Douglass on April 18, 2007 at 23:38 | Comments (0)


Wid Chambers Opening, Thursday April 19th


Mid-month openings always stick out, especially if you want to become social again.

Today is the first day of Wid Chambers latest show and Thursday April 19th will be the official opening night for what Wid is calling "Picking Up The Pieces" at his eponymous gallery. He's a kind of digital David Reed. I confess, I like to talk with Wid because he's the only art person I know here who can talk about electric guitars and Soldano amplifiers, etc. and his understanding of sound definitely resonates with his art. (What, you thought I only think about art?).

Opening April 19th: 5:30-8:30

Chambers Gallery
207 SW Pine St. # 102
(503) 227-9398

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 18, 2007 at 11:14 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 04.17.07

Oh Valentine's!


For those of you who are interested in making these chilly nights a little more lively, here's what is happening at Valentine's this week: (read more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on April 17, 2007 at 18:33 | Comments (0)


Monday 04.16.07

Goodbye Oregon Biennial, Hello CNAA

As I mentioned earlier, the Portland Art Museum has ended the Oregon Biennial and yes they are evolving it to cover more of the Pacific Northwest in keeping with its Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art. Last year, curator Jennifer Gately inaugurated the Apex program which has already produced nice if small shows by Roy McMakin and Chris Johanson. Though respectable, the final Oregon Biennial (also curated by Gately) seemed to be more of a recap or bookreport of a living scene that is simply too dynamic for any museum to handle en masse. Instead of leading, it was following with a fine "museum seal of approval" which is more of a kind of community tokenism that perpetuates a glass ceiling for artists here. As a reflection of higher standards in Portland it seemed like something had to change to really make the Museum relevant to the important discussions in contemporary art going on here. For those who saw the Oregon Biennial as their one hope, I hate to say it but it wasn't. Many who have been in them before saw the biennials as nice diversions but not central to their goals. Whereas something like a Turner Prize gives outsiders something they can really latch onto. Why not let some less authoritative organization take on the messy task of putting up a Portland Biennial?

Basically, less focused regional shows like Greater New York or the Oregon Biennial just became tools for galleries as a way to spotlight and accentuate a mass of artists thrown at a wall and waiting to see who sticks (There are reasons MoMA doesn't host GNY and PS1 does). In New York that's fine but in the Pacific Northwest (where we have many artists who are superior to similar East Coast or even California fare) it has resulted in missed opportunities, a lack of clear routes to national exposure and seen as an overall lack of cultural conviction.

The new format is way more focused and has evolved into something resembling the Turner Prize and SECA awards. Its called the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards or CNAA (phonetically it sounds like "nah" which I think is funny since this is a great deal more focused and hence exclusionary take on the show). Get used to it people. Note that the first word is "Contemporary" and the last is "Awards". To me that implies points will be given for contemporary relevance and excellence... it's infinitely more competitive, as it should be. It will effect how artists work in the studio as many will work on more ambitious projects that don't necessarily pay off in the galleries or many of the more rambling ad hoc group shows here. It encourages major statements.

Here are the important details:

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 16, 2007 at 14:01 | Comments (14)


Sunday 04.15.07

PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series • Tonight: Walter Lee Projects Presents: A Night of YouTube

Walter Lee Projects Presents: A Night of YouTube • PSU Monday Night Lecture Series
Mon • Mar 19 • 8:15p
510 SW Hall St • 5th Avenue Cinema Room 92

PSU MFA candidate and You Tube practitioner Walter Lee will host a night of You Tube selections and a discussion about web based platforms in relationship to contemporary art.

Posted by Melia Donovan on April 15, 2007 at 20:10 | Comments (0)


Saturday 04.14.07

The end of the Oregon Biennial and the beginning of something else

The Portland Art Museum is revamping its Biennial program and it looks like it will expand beyond Oregon. As luck would have it I'm in Vancouver BC right now and one thing is for certain, no Northwest Biennial could be taken seriously without inviting them too (Portland and Vancouver have the two most distinctive and bustling scenes but Seattle has something to offer too).

Ill have details on this development Monday but I've already brought up the need to make the Oregon Biennial more relevant and influential here... and since the Pacific Northwest is an international zone (Cascadia) with some impressive art, this just makes sense. Will it be some sort of fawning craft-driven art glass filled yard sale type show or something more focused, relevant and contemporary? Ill let you know on Monday when PAM gives details.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 14, 2007 at 10:55 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.13.07

Pooled Pathos: J. Bennett Fitts Quality Pictures

J. Bennett Fitts at Quality Pictures 2007

As a southerner, I grew up spending vast amounts of time in and around swimming pools. I spent entire seasons in swimming pools. In the summertime my bathing suit was a uniform and chlorine my scent of choice. Swimming pools in the southern summer were a place of respite from the merciless dragon Heat that triumphed and reigned in all spaces sans AC. These limpid wells gently rocked with... (more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on April 13, 2007 at 22:15 | Comments (1)


Thursday 04.12.07

Dan Cameron Talk April 15th for PAM's Critical Voices Series


Ok I'll be out of the country but if you are in Portland definitely catch Dan Cameron, Senior Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York at the Portland Art Museum, for a lecture entitled “Gone Global.” He is schedualed to discuss the differences and similarities in Asian and American Contemporary Art, based on his own global art experiences. Ask him about the Huang Yong Ping retrospective up at the Vancouver Art Gallery. We haven't seen much of the new contemporary Chinese art in Portland beyond the Cao Fei video I curated into this show in 2005. Still in many ways Portland is much closer to Asian cities than New York.

The museum text says, "The Intersection of Words and Experience will explore the fundamental changes in art-making concepts, theories and practices after 1960. With the speakers representing influential theorists, critics, curators, authors and professors, audiences will be introduced to diverse perspectives on the shape and direction of contemporary art today. Topics will center on how conceptual art and art making practices have changed the physical reality of the object and in turn our viewing experience."

To these eyes it seems like there is a more of an active engagement with history, now that the whole idea about the death of history has become even more silly than the death of painting. One trick with historicised Asian art is that most Americans have so little historical knowledge about their own country, let alone Chinese or Indonesian history. Then there is the whole bit about how Asian cities make even New York seem like a slow paced pokey place.

April 15th

2:00 @ Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium, $5 members - $10 nonmembers (These were better attended when the PAM lectures were free)

The Mercury also had a very short interview with Cameron

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 12, 2007 at 13:43 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.11.07

Printmaking, Pollock and Poetics: A Conversation With Terry Winters

Vermilion 2005

A Conversation With Terry Winters:

"I hope to be clear in describing the process, but the experience of making the painting isn't linear. The best things tend to come by surprise or emerge from the circumstances"...(more)

Posted by Arcy Douglass on April 11, 2007 at 11:52 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 04.10.07

Enter This

It's been a while, but here I am and with an artist and curatorial opportunity list!...(more)

Posted by Jenene Nagy on April 10, 2007 at 9:00 | Comments (0)


Monday 04.09.07

Sol LeWitt Remembered

Incomplete Open Cube (1974)

As many already know, Sol LeWitt (one of my very favorite artists) died yesterday. Michael Kimmelman's LeWitt obit in the NYT's says something about the man who would rather be about his work and Tyler Green has been keeping the flame as well.

*Update Jerry Saltz does the best job though.

Thankfully, there are many opportunities to see LeWitt's work in Portland too. There is a wide array of his print works on display at the Portland Art Museum for Jordan Schnitzer's Minimalism/Postminimalism prints show (it's gorgeous BTW). Also there is a really nice open cube (one of my favorite series of works ever, on display at the Jubitz Center. The Liz Leach Gallery already had a selection of his prints up before the sad news too.

Instead of blathering on about how I love his baroque process driven reductive art (his conceptualism wasn't so full of conceptual baggage... so it was more a form of systemic premeditation, which is more akin to engineering). I'll give you a bit from local artist Jesse Hayward, whose life was changed while working on a LeWitt project:

"Sol LeWitt brought to focus a process-driven abstraction with conceptual underpinning and installation sensibility. His work, minimalist and luxurious, collaborative and depersonalized, demonstrates the depths of abstract thinking as made real through the heights of public display. Helping execute LeWitt's WALL DRAWING #214 back in 1991 changed me as an artist. Many young artists worked on his projects. Many young artists were changed. This drawing was to be made of "unstraight" lines. As a highschooler, I felt I needed a little more direction and asked the artist to clarify what kind of "unstraight" line he had in mind. Was he thinking wildly frenetic or just plane wobbly?

I chuckle thinking now of that situation. He gave me nothing. An "unstraight" line is an "unstraight" line. For me, it was a moment of tremendous possibility, the horizons of my life explained through the generous conceits of a master artist.

LeWitt's lineage is strong and his influence deceptively pervasive. His ideas live on in Bernard Freize's predetermined process, Sue Williams' abstract logic and, to make the largest leap, the muralistic sensibility of Assume Astro Vivid Focus." -Jesse Hayward

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 09, 2007 at 19:55 | Comments (4)


PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series • Tonight: Bruce Conkle


Bruce Conkle • PSU Monday Night Lecture Series
Mon • Mar 19 • 8:15p
510 SW Hall St • 5th Avenue Cinema Room 92

Bruce Conkle loves snowmen, coconuts, fairy tales, Sasquatch and gingerbread. He is interested in creating work which uses art and humor to address contemporary attitudes toward nature and environmental concerns, including deforestation and global warming. His work often deals with escapism, artificial worlds and man's place in nature and frequently examines what he calls the "misfit quotient" at the crossroads.(pr)


"Because of a visiting artist's schedule change we will be doing something different for the PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series on April 16th (that's in a week). MFA Candidate Walter Lee, known for his Walter Lee Projects on YouTube such as this one, will host an open mic night of sorts in which audience members will be offered the opportunity to present work found on YouTube that they deem worthy of public attention on the big screen. To make the evening come together as fluidly as possible, Walter will take recommendations and create a playlist all week leading up to the presentation. To be included as a presenter please e-mail Walter as soon as possible at wfrancislee@gmail.com. There will be a Q and A after the screenings in which we hope to discuss the relevance of YouTube and other web based platforms in relation to contemporary art practice. As always the public is invited. Tell a friend."

Posted by Melia Donovan on April 09, 2007 at 6:01 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.06.07

First Friday Picks April 2007

Ted Apel's Potential Difference (detail)

At New American Art Union, curator TJ Norris offers invisible.other a subtle group show about subtleties that will probably be squished somewhat at the official opening tonight. Most of the work has a controlled whiteness or transparency about it that requires a calm quiet environment. Tighter and more curatorially controlled than most recent group shows in Portland city limits, it showcases the idea of liminality more than the various participants who are: Ted Apel, Daniel Barron, Richard Chartier (2002 Whitney Biennial), (PORT's own) Melia Donovan, Leif Elggren, Ty Ennis, Thomas Koner, Michael Paulus, Susan Robb, Steve Roden, Abi Spring and my favorite in this show, Laura Vandenburgh. Her work takes on a lot more intimacy without frames.
Opening reception • 7-10pm • April 6-29 4
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny Street • Tel.503.231.8294

Naomi Nowak's Bower

Pretty in Ink: featuring new work by Meg Hunt, Miniature Mouse and Naomi Nowak... it looks pretty and errrr kitschy (but in a well executed, maximum effect way).
Opening Reception • 6-9pm • April 6-29
Grass Hut • 811 East Burnside • 503.445.9924

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 06, 2007 at 9:26 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.04.07

PAM logo banished to the aybss of bad design

The New PAM logo... experiences the power of dissatisfaction

Savvy people are applauding Brian Ferriso's decision to can the gawd awful new logo for the museum.

I was the first to write about the issue but it wasn't a big secret, several trustees of the museum were not happy with it either and we had some funny kvetching sessions about it. Thankfully, Ferriso has a very sophisticated sense of design (among other things) and it's a good thing too because Portland's design industry is huge and we've been waiting for some up to date design action at Portland's top tier institutions, including the museum.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 04, 2007 at 11:38 | Comments (2)


First Thursday Picks April 2007

Wolfgang Tillmans' "Stripped" at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

Pulliam Deffenbaugh is putting a new spin on one of the tiredest group show concepts of all time, the Still Life. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a massive Willem Kalf fan and I'm completely excited about this more adventurous take featuring a very nice Wolfgang Tillmans along with an eclectic mix of Andy Warhol, Uta Barth, Thomas K. Conway, Morris Graves, Richard Hoyen , Isaac Layman, Laura Letinsky, McDermott & McGough, James Martin, Jeffry Mitchell, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon, David Rosenak and Jay Steensma. OK now that is one wild still life lineup.
Opening Reception - 6-8pm - April. 5-28
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery 929 NW Flanders Tel. 503.228.6665

Gregory Grenon's "Then You Turn Around" at Laura Russo Gallery

Gregory Grenon gets a lot of silly guff for being successful, attitudinal and edgy (not exactly a crime for an artist eh?). I think his best work speaks volumes about the awkward even "rough around the edges" moments between individuals. If anyone wonders where Chris Johanson fits into Portland's long standing figurative tradition just look at Grenon and Robert Colescott. Also showing is, Jack Portland. Frankly, he is lucky to be alive after a serious health crisis in Italy (he had great influence on younger artists like Tom Cramer and Jacqueline Ehlis and it's good to see him this month).
Opening Reception 6-9pm April 5-28
Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 503.225.2754


Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 04, 2007 at 11:01 | Comments (3)


Tuesday 04.03.07

Catching up

I'm remarkably recovered from last night's incredible event toasting Portland artists (what great vibes and turnout, thank you!), here is some stuff to catch up on:

Reed has announced the 2007 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship winner: Laura Ross Paul, congratulations! The award's ceremony is April 25 at Reed College.

Edward Winkleman has a post on the "Painting Deathwatch." Hilarious... personally, I like how Tal R. once described painting as a "zombie medium" that keeps marching on... of course it's dead. You can't kill it because it is already dead and the discussion is moot because the zombies are coming to get you! Oh you can try to fight them but that puts you into a B grade horror movie with a bunch of brain eating zombies. PORT will have an interview with one of the very best painters (a master zombie maker?) alive today, stay tuned.

Richard Polsky has a nice bit on the art market's evolution and the changing nature of dealer/client relationships.

Jerry Saltz is leaving The Village Voice, after two nominations for the Pulitzer with no bouquet of flowers... was he being taken for granted in the newsprint world? His new gig is at New York Magazine. Jerry is the most relevant art critic on the planet because he takes risks, is willing to get it wrong in order to get it right and he's relentless. Sure, he's said nice things about me but I suspect he was trying to get a lot of Portlanders goats as well...he was trying to out do Hickey and Schjeldhal and it's a mark of distinction that he really gets into the mechanics of the cities outside of New York when he visits them. His lecture in January 2004 for PICA (Stuart Horodner's last bit of programming) was the single best lecture weve had in the 8 years I've lived here. It emphasized one thing, to be a good critic you have to be decisive and driven in addition to being a comparative aesthetics ninja. Hats off Jerry, there are two types of critics, good ones that constantly engage/challenge the process and burnouts who use a lot of crutches.

Sol LeWitt Eight Squares c. 1980. Sol LeWitt, Eight Squares, c. 1980, Color screenprint, trial proof 8/10. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. © 2007 Sol LeWitt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

On Friday the O had a lot of coverage on Jordan Schnitzer's minimalist and postminimalist print show at the Portland Art Museum (Of course minimalism is a misnomer and fosters a lot of lazy rhetoric but eh it serves a starting point for discussing; hedonism, Epicurean ideals, material, systemic production and rules before the home computer became a reality, context and asceticism). The cover article on the show was fine, it's unrealistic to expect the O to be the New York Times and it is an OK primer for newbies. PORT readers might be bored with it though (treating minimalism is if isnt the omnipresent source of a lot of yuppie aesthetic porn [come on, you know which design mags] and treats it like some sort of underdog still proving itself). It's true a book and tour would have been nice, but it is not like that couldn't still happen (the timeline for a book by the opening would have been too tight though... also I wonder why no mention of the 6 page color publication???).

The better bit is DK Row's interview with Jordan Schnitzer, his blog version of the story has expanded content. Maybe some of my grousing might have had an effect??? though one article doesn't reverse a trend that has most of the Portland art world writing off our largest daily newspaper's coverage. At least it's a good step.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 03, 2007 at 11:21 | Comments (1)


Monday 04.02.07

PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series • Tonight: Susan Robb


Susan Robb • PSU Monday Night Lecture Series
Mon • Mar 19 • 8:15p
510 SW Hall St • 5th Avenue Cinema Room 92

Susan Robb received her MFA from the University of Washington and did her undergraduate work at Syracuse University. She was awarded in 2005 the Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, and has exhibited her work internationally. Susan Robb describes her recent work as an investigation of dysphoria brought on by a combined sense of dissatisfaction with culture and isolation from nature. Robb often looks to her environment for answers creating a strategic disordering of common elements that produce an ideological hybrid between flesh, nature and technology.(pr)

Robb currently has a piece in TJ Norris' show invisible.other at the New American Art Union. NAAU is open Thursday-Sunday 12-6. It officially opens on Friday.

Posted by Melia Donovan on April 02, 2007 at 7:55 | Comments (0)

s p o n s o r s
Site Design: Jennifer Armbrust   •   Site Development: Philippe Blanc & Katherine Bovee