Joel Jonientz, "Self Portrait as a Girl"
In preparation for their big move
, Froelick Gallery presents Road Show: A Juried Exhibit on Motoring Culture
. This summer Froelick is moving into a space at NW Davis & Broadway built in 1914 as a DeSoto Auto dealership. For their last hurrah in their old building, Froelick is exhibiting a spirited group show that explores the themes of car travel and the open road.
Opening reception • 5-8:30pm • June 7Froelick Gallery
• 817 SW 2nd • 503.222.1142
PDX Contemporary presents Brad Cloepfil's DRAWING | MAKING: Projects of Allied Works Architecture, 1997-2007
. The exhibition is both a retrospective of Brad Cloepfil's architectural drawing, featuring studies of "potential and realized buildings," and an exploration of the last decade of Allied Works Architecture projects.
Opening reception • 6-8pm • June 7PDX Contemporary
• 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063
Elizabeth Huey, "Chronophobia"
Opening this month at Quality Pictures is the painting of Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Huey. Huey's curious, dream-like landscapes invite comparisons with her Pop Surrealist contemporaries, while retaining a soft, painterly subtlety that sets her apart. Also at Quality Pictures: The photography of Stuart Hawkins, which will remain on exhibition through the end of June.
Opening Reception • 6-9pm • June 7Quality Pictures Contemporary Art
• 916 NW Hoyt • 503.227.5060
Chris Ashley, "Jukebox"
This month, Chambers Fine Art is exhibiting the work of Chris Ashley. WYSIWYG
is a series of inkjet prints of HTML drawings, all of which are "drawn" entirely with HTML code. The drawings are made up of hand-coded tables with colored columns and rows, and are part of a daily journal project on Ashley's weblog
Opening Reception • 5:30-8:30pm • June 7Chambers Fine Art Gallery
• 207 SW Pine St., #102 • 503.227.9398
Anna Fidler, "Skyhawk and Vision"
Pulliam Deffenbaugh is exhibiting the paper compositions of Anna Fidler. Mistique: New Works on Paper
presents a series of magical landscapes made with layers of hand cut and hand-made papers on painted and drawn surfaces. The elegant shapes and flowing lines draw from Fidler's experience as a musician and composer. Here is a review from the previous show
Opening Reception • 5:30-8pm • June 7Pulliam Deffenbaugh
• 929 NW Flanders • 503.228.6665
This month, New York-based artist Alison Owen has built a site-specific installation at Tilt. Her subtle work melds with the environment, hiding behind corners and blurring the line between installation and space.
Opening Reception • 6-9pm • June 7Tilt Gallery & Project Space
• 625 NW Everett #106 • 908.616.5477
The Cloepfil show is really interesting and this is the most convincing thing from Fidler to date (Ive always liked what she's done but it never seemed wholly formed, this show seems to have gelled).
The Le show at Liz Leach is still up and still really satisfying.
Huey is cracking me up... I have a weakness for bavarian half-timbered farm houses.
Portland really has a great spate of June shows.
The Brad Cloepfil show was great. The drawings and models range from throwaway sketchbook gestures to austere and fine-tuned 'pieces.' Viewing these little windows into his creative process from inside a building he designed made the show resonate deeply. I was pleasantly surprised that none of the work was for sale...that seemed a somehow radical move for a commercial space, and it made me buy Cloepfil's statement that none of the drawings or models were intended to be finished artwork, even though they were clearly displayed that way.
The Elizabeth Huey show was interesting but they reproduce better- up close they have a sloppiness that undermines the use of detail. But those colors are gloriously horrid- 70's rugs turned into landscapes.
'Road Show,' although featuring some good artists, is an overhung nightmare, the latest in an annual tradition of what seem to be barely-considered themes...like "Hey, how about a show about dogs or bananas or jumprope?" Almost nothing in the show deviated from a direct interpretation of the theme. Boring.