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Tuesday 07.03.07

« New Venue: Rock's Box opens on the 4th of July, be there | Main | First Friday Picks July 2007 »

First Thursday Picks July 2007

Gabriel Manca at Froelick
Gabriel Manca, "To Rise or Raise in the Air in Apparent Defiance of Gravity"

For their final show in their 2nd AVE space, Froelick presents Gabriel Manca's New Work. In his return to Froelick, Manca is exhibiting a series of new work featuring collage, found objects, and repurposed commercial art. He uses subtractive techniques to create surreal landscapes out of reused mass-market lithographs and encaustic wax.

Opening reception • 5-8:30pm • July 5
Froelick Gallery • 817 SW 2nd • 503.222.1142

Bryan E. Schellinger makes his Portland debut

Quality Pictures presents Bryan E. Schellinger's New Works, his premier solo exhibition in Portland. Schellinger's highly formal, layered paintings take their influence from the minimalist and op art movements of the 60s and 70s, returning to the notion that the process of painting, rather than the product, is an end unto itself. The opening reception will feature ice sculptures, introducing an element of immediacy.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • July 5
Quality Pictures Contemporary Art • 916 NW Hoyt • 503.227.5060

Deborah Oropallo at Pulliam Deffenbaugh
Deborah Oropallo, "Guise: Napoleon"

Pulliam Deffenbaugh presents Deborah Oropallo's Guise, New Prints. Guise began as a series of paintings called Kink, for which Oropallo borrowed images from the Internet of men in "the formal portraiture male power stance with elaborate costume." For Guise, Oropallo made a series of pigment prints layering images of contemporary women in seductive costume with 17th and 18th century male portraits from Kink. The effect produces a lush, and sometimes humorous, commentary on gender, power, and sexuality.

Opening reception • 5:30-8pm • July 5
Pulliam Deffenbaugh • 929 NW Flanders • 503.228.6665

Roxanne Jackson at the Portland Art Center
Roxanne Jackson

This month the Portland Art Center is getting ambitious: Five new shows are opening on First Thursday. Roxanne Jackson, John Mace, and Matthew Mitros will be featured in the Main Gallery, Jim Haynes is in the Light & Sound Gallery, and Portland Modern's latest exhibition is in the Open Space Comm Gallery.

PORT is especially excited about Roxanne Jackson's Lost Wisdom and Portland Modern's Environmentalists. Jackson's disturbingly beautiful animals looked exquisite at Sugar Gallery last September, and we have high hopes for the work she's presenting at PAC. Her haunting sculptures are not to be missed.

Portland Modern is presenting a group show curated by Victor Maldonado in conjunction with the release of their fifth issue. Featuring ten local artists working in a wide variety of media, Environmentalists explores the artistic discourse created when works "compete and complement" in dialog with the surrounding space. There will be an artist reception on July 12 from 5-7pm.

What remains to be seen is how well PAC can pull off five separate shows simultaneously. When does more art become too much art? Will each show simply be crowded and eclipsed by the next, or will they effectively highlight each exhibition?

Opening reception • 6-10pm • July 5
Portland Art Center • 32 NW 5th Ave • 503.236.3322

Maps at Beppu Wiarda
Maps at Beppu Wiarda

For the month of July, Beppu Wiarda presents It's All About Maps, a group show curated by Leo Michelson. The exhibition explores the physical properties of maps, and what it means to map physical and conceptual space.

Opening Reception • 6-9pm • July 5
Beppu Wiarda • 319 NW 9th Ave • 503.241.6460

Wes Mills at PDX Contemporary
Wes Mills, "Untitled"

Continuing their pen and paper theme from June, PDX Contemporary presents Wes Mills' Drawings - new works on paper. The gallery describes his spare, subtle compositions as "the breath of a drawing." Mills uses a light touch to balance the tension of intersections, and the theme of authenticity that runs through his work. Drawings is running concurrently with Mills' Apex show at PAM.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • July 5
PDX Contemporary • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063

Jun Kaneko at Bullseye
Jun Kaneko, "Translucent Angle"

Bullseye is featuring the ongoing solo exhibition of Jun Kaneko's New Glass (through August 18). Kaneko's kilnformed glass works have emerged from a three year collaboration with the Bullseye Gallery. More well known for ceramics, Kaneko has taken his penchant for large, bold forms into glass, creating an exciting and monumental body of work.

Opening Reception • 5-8pm • July 5
Bullseye Gallery • 300 NW 13th Ave • 503.227.0008

Paige Saez at Stumptown
Paige Saez

Paige Saez presents God is a Number at Stumptown. Saez utilizes vinyl, paint, sequins, and thread to create a series of bright collages that reference QR codes.

Opening Reception • 6-8pm • July 5
Stumptown • 128 SW 3rd • 503.295.6144

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 03, 2007 at 12:11 | Comments (3)


I am anxious to see Oropallo's work in the flesh. I fear they may just all read as one-liners, but something about them seems a little smarter than that.

Also, David Eckard and Julia Stoops are having a Preview to their new shows at Mark Woolley on Thursday, with the opening reception on Friday. Just looking at the photographs on Woolley's site, David's work is looking very sharp.

Posted by: Calvin Ross Carl [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 12:30 PM

Yes Eckard at Woolley is on our first friday must see list.

Oropallo's work is really interesting and looks great... interesting in context with Kehinde Wiley and Rembrandt as well.

Schellinger's show is a major introduction... we have a few process abstraction artists but most are just the decent overly fussy variety that sand the hell out of their work (every city has a couple of those). Schellinger has something really special. It's so good it doesnt look fussy at all.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 01:22 PM

Well, hopefully Oropallo creates a commenting riot like the Wiley and Rembrandt discussion did. Her work definitely looks exciting enough to create some good ole critical discussions.

Sorry about jumping the gun on the Eckard posting then. Is anyone considering writing about his show?

Posted by: Calvin Ross Carl [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 03:34 PM

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