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Wednesday 10.31.07

Showing This Weekend

from left: Robert (Bob) Alexander, John Reed, Wallace Berman, Unknown Female and Walter Hopps at Ferus Gallery LA 1959

The NW Film Center will be screening Morgan Neville's Cool School. The documentary explores the rising influence of the west coast - more specifically, Los Angeles - on the American art scene after the 1950s. Featured figures include Walter Hopps and Irving Blum, John Altoon and Billy Al Bengston, Frank Gehry, and Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell.

NW Film Center | Whitsell Auditorium
Screening Friday, November 2 & Saturday November 3 at 7 & 9pm, and Sunday, November 4 at 5 & 7pm.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 31, 2007 at 15:57 | Comments (0)


William Kentridge at Lewis and Clark College


The cultural heavy hitter of Portland's fall visual arts season isn't at PAM, Reed or PNCA.... it's William Kentridge at Lewis and Clark College. I've been aware of Kentridge forever but have never been able to take in a large exhibition of his work, which though rooted in 90's identity politics seems to remain very valid today... showing the way for current hotshots like Raymond Pettibon, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, Cecily Brown and even Germans like Daniel Richter and Neo Rauch's psychedelic/contemplative figuration. The fact that Kentridge does it all mostly with charcoal is impressive and pretty much outclasses all but Pettibon and Richter as a preeminent existential figurative artist.

Here's what L&C has to say:

Wiliam Kentridge: WEIGHING...and WANTING is a solo exhibition of the internationally recognized South African artist William Kentridge in charcoal drawings and video projection. In the film, Soho Eckstein Johannesburg, one of the recurring characters who inhabit Kentridge’s work, looks inward, with MRI scans of his brain representing a conceptual terrain of loss, regret, and reconstruction. The landscape drawings are those of the derelict mining areas outside of Johannesburg.

A truly interdisciplinary artist with a background in political science, philosophy, theater, and fine art, Kentridge funnels the conceptual and aesthetic concerns of these disciplines into his installations, which combine the projected and drawn image.

November 1 – December 16, 2007
Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. November 1, Curator's Talk, 5 p.m.
Hugh M. Davies Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

This exhibition is made possible by Davies, whom I got to meet in San Diego a few weeks ago. Thank you!

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 31, 2007 at 12:40 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 10.30.07

First Thursday Picks November 2007

Oliver Boberg at Quality Pictures
Oliver Boberg, "Seite 5 / Page 5"

Quality Pictures has scored the first Northwest exhibition of German artist Oliver Boberg. He will be showing large-format photographs from his Seiten/Pages series in their west gallery, as well as films from his Nacht-Orte / Night Sites series in their rear project space. Boberg draws inspiration from comic book traditions in his use of multiple-image layouts that explore how the very meaning of an image is altered by its relationship to other imagery. Boberg forces the viewer to draw connections between the images in each piece, creating an alternate reality through his careful construction of object, scene, and perspective.

Don't miss his lunchtime lecture at noon on Friday, November 2 at the Weiden + Kennedy building. This lecture is a free PICA event.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 1
Quality Pictures Contemporary Art • 916 NW Hoyt • 503.227.5060


Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 30, 2007 at 12:17 | Comments (11)



There's no holiday like Halloween for the creatively (and creepily) inclined. Rererato invites you to come celebrate in style amongst the Spaghetti, with four bands, loads of candy, and no cover.

Rererato | Wednesday, October 31, 7pm-late | 5135 NE 42nd AVE | info@rererato.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 30, 2007 at 8:19 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.29.07

Radical gardener Fritz Haeg at PSU Lecture Series

Fritz Haeg's Edible Estates project for Tate Modern

Ok there are tons of lectures in Portland but the one tonight at PSU looks like a keeper. Fritz Haeg recently completed a vegetable garden for Tate Modern and generally I'm impressed with his desire to push art students to think outside of traditional studio practices and the gallery system. Besides he has a genuine manifesto attacking my least favorite western tradition, the front lawn. I love the idea of radical gardening, and practiced a bit of it as an undergrad at Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy (planting swiss chard in the flowerbeds). Also, it looks like Haeg has as show tentatively scheduled for October 2008 at Reed's Cooly gallery too (sorry Stephanie I just can't stop paying attention, this is another winner.. and this just HAS to happen).

5th Ave Cinema | Monday, October 29th, 7:30pm | 510 SW Hall St.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 29, 2007 at 12:30 | Comments (2)


Kurt Weiser's Eden Revisited opens at Museum of Contemporary Craft

Kurt Weiser's Eden Revisited at Museum of Contemporary Craft
Kurt Weiser, from "Eden Revisited"

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is showing a retrospective of Kurt Weiser's ceramics since the 1970s. Weiser builds and paints traditional vessels to build elaborate and beautiful narratives. This is the first stop for Eden Revisited on its national tour.

Museum of Contemporary Craft | October 31 - January 6 | 724 NW Davis St. | 503.223.2564

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 29, 2007 at 12:11 | Comments (0)


Friday 10.26.07

Last Chance Shows

There are a large # of good shows that have gotten reviews that will be coming down soon.

Here's a list and most (except where noted) end Saturday October 27th;

Scott Peterman, Fryes Leap (2002) C-print

Charles A. Hartmann Fine Art though new is probably the tightest curated gallery space in Portland and his show of Scott Peterman's ice houses is a stunner. A very well received exhibition Brian Libby wrote on it for the O as did Chas Bowie at the Mercury. The work is haunting, desolate, funny, perfectly executed and sublime.

Just blocks away Jesse Rose Vala's show at Motel is a similarly ultra tight effort. PORT's Amy Bernstein reviewed it here... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 26, 2007 at 13:42 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.25.07

Drawn of the Dead: Jessie Rose Vala at Motel Gallery

"My Sinews Take No Rest" 2007 Jessie Rose Vala

For those of you with a penchant for the undead and the inner workings of their lost souls, head to Motel, and quickly, to see the remnants of Jessie Rose Vala's solo show "The Torturous Veil" which goes down this weekend. These large scale graphite pieces are delicate emanations of flesh and symbol, vivid and rotten, and rich with a contemporary mythology. These large drawings defy our age in a way, ...(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on October 25, 2007 at 20:49 | Comments (2)



Spaghetti at Rererato

Spaghetti: A Rhinestone Studded Suburban Dream and the Plastic Afterlife Rodeo Show opens this weekend at Rererato. The Western themed group show and performance features a wide range of local and national artists and their multitudinous media, as well as special performances by the Plastic Afterlife Rodeo Show.

Opening reception: Rererato | Saturday, October 27, 7-10pm | 5135 NE 42nd AVE | info@rererato.com

slideluck potshow in nyc
Slideluck Potshow NYC

It's happening tonight: Satisfy your belly and your eyes, and come down to the Portland Slideluck Potshow. The concept is that everyone brings something delicious to eat & drink, and once libations have been consumed, you're treated to a slideshow of local and international artists. Check out their website for details.

The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel | Thursday, October 25, Potluck 7pm, Slideshow 9pm | 403 SW 10th | 503.546.8520

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 25, 2007 at 12:06 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.24.07

Wearing different hats and Portland hype?


Here's an interesting article about Wilhelm Schurmann on Art Facts (Salvatore Reda pointed it out to me). In particular I like how Schurmann confounds those who try to categorize his activities and it reminds me of all those shortsighted people who seem to complain about how disciplines like curator, artist, collector, critic, historian, gallerist, philanthropists or board member are blurred together. We live in a true era of pluralism so all of this boundary blurring shouldn't come as...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 24, 2007 at 16:53 | Comments (16)


Ongoing Installations

Noah Nakell's Lightship at the Portland Building
Noah Nakell, "Lightship"

Noah Nakell's installation Lightship is on view through November 9th at the Portland Building. As you approach the space, the viewer faces with a window mostly covered by a blind. Peering through the gap, one sees a night time scene featuring ocean swells and a small home, and a simple domestic scene is visible through the windows of the home. Presented by the RACC, the project explores the way that screens and mediated experience are increasingly substituted for meaningful interaction in modern society.

Portland Building | 1120 SW 5th AVE | Open M-F, 7am-6pm

Mike Maxwell at Fifty24PDX
Mike Maxwell

Also ongoing through November: Upper Playground presents Mike Maxwell's Memories for Memoirs in associated with Fifty24PDX. Maxwell's paintings explore "human ancestry and learning about your past as a way to better understand ones self." He strives to present us with the notion that the past is an integral part of our selves, and our present.

Fifty24PDX | 23 NW 5th AVE | 503.548.4835 | Open W-Sat, 12-7pm

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 24, 2007 at 15:27 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.23.07

PNCA and Portland an opportunity for growth

Potential site for PNCA

After almost a week in California I'm back in Portland and I've been putting a lot of thought into PNCA potentially moving onto the North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway.

Clearly the Pacific Northwest College of Art is very interested in the property as they currently rent their space, which does nothing for their financial stability. Being denied the opportunity to build equity they are subjected to the market forces of condo development in the Pearl and the situation needs to be addressed soon...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 23, 2007 at 12:44 | Comments (3)


Monday 10.22.07

PORT in Art in America November 2007


Finally, an art magazine has addressed the varied world of art blogging and PORT was lucky enough to be included in a wide-ranging roundatable discussion put together by Peter Plagens. Besides myself, the cogent voices of gallerist Edward Winkleman, Seattle PI critic Regina Hackett, Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon of Philly as well as that art blogging machine Tyler Green are present (who once again had the scoop). It is a great article and I'm pretty proud of everyone involved as it presents a whole new world of cultural coverage to some who might not already be aware. I think it also dispells a lot of myths and persues the potential of the format. Most of the panelists seemed to go out of their way to point out other worthy sites as well... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 22, 2007 at 12:59 | Comments (1)


Robert Irwin's Primaries and Secondaries in San Diego


Robert Irwin's Primaries and Secondaries retrospective, which opened yesterday at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art may very well be the best show of 2007. More substance than flash, each of the mature works is a pragmatically transcendent experience and everything is nearly perfectly installed, he did after all have something to do with the development of the spaces he's using. Instead of the problems even a successful retrospective often produces, it seems as if no aesthetic and ideological compromises were made and no museum hype or baggage been put in front of the art. In fact, part of the reason Irwin is so good is because his work is not merely being accommodated by MCASD. Instead, he has developed an ethical, aesthetic, philosophical and spatial rapport with the institution. This connection spans decades and it makes both he and the institution look better. It also underscores how radical Irwin is... institutions don't merely take his work into account, they evolve to establish a more meaningful sonority, which is completely different than focusing on ticket sales.

Arcy Douglass will have an in depth review of the show shortly, till then enjoy these images: ...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 22, 2007 at 9:02 | Comments (0)


Holiday Spirit(s)

Zombie Walk before Portland Erotic Ball 2007

In the spirit of the season, we bring you Zombie Invasion 2007. The lovely people from DrunkenRampage.com, who brought you Plunderathon, are looking for the creepiest creatives in Portland to break out their best zombie gear and invade the 2007 Portland Erotic Ball. The ball is on Saturday, October 27th, and the invasion will be preceded by the ZombieWalk. Go over here for more details.

Rip City Gingerblaze 2007

Want to jump straight to Christmas, or just feeling a little more cookie than zombie? The Rip City Gingerblaze 2007, a citywide gingerbread house/candy sculpture contest and exhibit at PNCA, is looking for artists to produce imaginative and well crafted work that brings gingerbread "into the new millennium." Contact gingerblaze@pnca.edu for information about participation. The registration deadline is Monday November 5. Learn more at their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 22, 2007 at 8:55 | Comments (0)


Friday 10.19.07

Marko Lulic and Peter Kreider at Reed College

Work by Peter Kreider (fg) & Marko Lulic (bg)

Reed's Cooley Gallery has reopened with a new walnut floor and a strong two-person show featuring Marko Lulic and Peter Kreider...(more)

Posted by Ryan Pierce on October 19, 2007 at 9:24 | Comments (1)


Speaking Art

Tom Cramer speaks at Laura Russo Gallery
Tom Cramer, "Pipe Dreams"

Portland institution Tom Cramer is speaking this Saturday at the Laura Russo Gallery in conjunction with his exhibition, New Work. This is a rare opportunity to see the artist lecture about his work - you can get a preview with PORT's podcast of his introduction to these new paintings.

Laura Russo Gallery | Saturday, October 20, 11:30am | 805 NW 21st AVE | 503.226.2754

Check out more interesting artist conversations this weekend under the cut.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 19, 2007 at 9:01 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.18.07


Art Auction Benefit for Bitch Magazine

An art show and silent art auction are being held this weekend at the Ace Hotel to benefit Bitch Magazine, which recently relocated to Portland. Hosted by Marie Fleischmann, the event features the art of Hannah Stouffer, Eva Lake, Shannon Wheeler, Amy Ruppel, Nikki McClue, the Guerrilla Girls and more, as well as great local music and drinks. Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $45, and can be purchased at brown paper tickets.

The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel | Saturday, October 20th, 7pm | 403 SW 10th | 503.546.8520 | 21+

Also happening this weekend: The Crumpacker Family Library Art Book Sale at PAM! Need to bolster your art books, or just looking for that perfect coffee table adornment? Thousands of used and new art books and exhibition catalogs will be on sale this Sunday from noon to 5pm at the James F. & Marion L. Miller Gallery. Proceeds benefit PAM. Click here for more info.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 18, 2007 at 9:37 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.17.07

Camouflage at Portland Art Museum

(L to R) works by Philip Taaffe, Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin and Damien Hirst (photo by Dan McLaughlin)

The universe is stuck in a rut, be it the motion of the planets, the behavior of subatomic particles, the cycle of life & death or the ebb and flow of freeway traffic… everything tends to follow some predictable patterns.

Yet the patterns of life, be it the movements of the sun or the coordinated acrobatics of flocking birds are so pervasive that they often become invisible to us… unless something provokes a pause rendering them visible once again.

Art can achieve that perceptive pause.

How poetic is it then that this small show at the Portland Art Museum with major works (many on loan from the Broad Art Foundaion) exploring the use of pattern in Post WWII art is called Camouflage?

Damien Hirst's The Kingdom of The Father gets Scout Niblett's undivided attention

With works by Agnes Martin, Christopher Wool, Philip Taaffe, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol it is small but heavy hitting sampler of a major trend in postwar art...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 17, 2007 at 9:30 | Comments (0)


Film Screenings

NW Film Center screenings
From "A Walk Into the Sea"

As part of their special screenings series, the NW Film Center is showing a double feature this weekend: director James Crump's Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe will be accompanied by director Esther Robinson's A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Andy Warhol Factory. Both films place their often infamous subjects within a fascinating cultural context, exploring the social world that made these artists difficult - and great. The films will be screened October 19-21 at various times - visit their website to learn more.

Crypto-Zoetropical Pursuit

Last month Carl Diehl put out a call for the crypto-zoetropical, and this weekend he'll be screening the results. Come down to Rererato this Friday, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the "infamous Bigfoot filmstrip," to see the showcasing of Diehl's collected film project, accompanied by live experimental music and performance. The show is $4, and begins at 7pm, Friday, October 19th, 5135 NE 42nd AVE.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 17, 2007 at 9:00 | Comments (2)


Tuesday 10.16.07

Kojo Griffin at Quality Pictures

Kojo Griffin at Quality Pictures Contemporary Art
Kojo Griffin, "Death of an archetype: the trajic mullato in Barrack Obama"

Kojo Griffin's An Acausal Connecting Principle is opening this week at Quality Pictures. These paintings break away from his former, more cartoony style to create a more traditionally painterly body of work flush with darkly humorous references to contemporary pop-culture and politics. Griffin, a participant in the 2000 Whiteny Biennial and the 2006 Seville Biennial, is a major coup for Quality Pictures, and not to be missed.

Opening Reception • 6-9pm • October 18
Quality Pictures Contemporary Art • 916 NW Hoyt • 503.227.5060

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 16, 2007 at 11:02 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.15.07

Van Gogh for PAM

Allright, by now most everyone should know the Portland Art Museum has received a major gift of a Vincent van Gogh painting, The Ox-Cart (1884) from Roseburg's Fred and Frances Sohn.

Frankly, such a generous gift is the only way such a painting by van Gogh could enter the museum's collection and it's worth many millions (in today's market 5-10 is my conservative guess, but that's rational thinking, at auction it maybe could have hit approached 15 or more). The Rijksmuseum has the other version of this work, which features a red ox instead of the black one here. Basically the money doesn't matter, it is the fact that its an important piece for the premier public collection in the state... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 15, 2007 at 17:48 | Comments (0)


Monday Night Lecture Series: McCollum

Allan McCollum, "Natural Copies From the Coal Mines of Central Utah"

Allan McCollum is speaking tonight for PSU's Monday night lecture series. McCollum's work is deeply engaged with shape and form, and how that affects the identity of objects and individuals. In 2005, he began the Shapes Project, which seeks to create a unique shape for every individual in the world, aiming for the peak population in the mid-21st century.

5th Ave Cinema | Monday, October 15th, 7:30pm | 510 SW Hall St.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 15, 2007 at 10:46 | Comments (0)


Friday 10.12.07

Wendy Huhn Lecture

Wendy Huhn at the Museum of Contemporary Craft
Wendy Huhn, "Work"

Mixed-media textile artist Wendy Huhn will be lecturing this weekend on her work. Huhn was one of the participating artists in the Museum of Contemporary Craft's CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions exhibition, which closed a few weeks ago.

Museum of Contemporary Craft | Sunday, October 14, 2pm | 724 NW Davis St. | 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 12, 2007 at 11:55 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.11.07

Striving to be fresh and radical?

Jerry Saltz is the kind of critic who cares about his art scene, he doesn't just exploit it and his latest piece on the health of New York's scene is an interesting read. He doesn't just present the situation as pure doom though, he points out some bright spots and simply seems tired of the lack of radical ideas.... hardly a problem exclusive to New York. The piece also seems to wish for many of the things that Portland has (yet the Oregonian's coverage is a tad over obsessed with our liberating lack of money without pointing out its benefits... there is a middle ground of course). No New York's scene isn't dead and no Portland isn't the center of the universe but there are lessons to be learned from both. The secret is simply how to be fresh or even innovative, then get the credit for it? The words are so simple but the task is daunting.

Proposed pedestrian and light rail bridge as designed by ZGF

Also, what does everyone think of the ZGF design proposal for a new bridge over the Willamette that was in the Oregonian a bit ago? I think it is a decent design but top heavy, slightly unoriginal and a little inelegant, besides the nearby Marquam Bridge is a terrible design and the reason the Fremont Bridge is so good. The Marquam's bad design almost begs for something so good that that it is rendered invisible. Besides is "decent" really good enough for something that bridges OMSI with the South Waterfront and the Aerial Tram?... we have a design reputation to uphold and there needs to be a serious design competition. Why not invite Calatrava, Denton Corker Marshall, shop, and maybe Norman Foster to take a shot at this? Besides we have one of the best bridge collections in the the world, but it needs the highest quality addition. This just doesn't cut it.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 11, 2007 at 12:11 | Comments (6)


Wilson Benefit

Michael Wilson

Rake Art is holding a benefit for artist Michael Wilson, who lost both his studio and his home in the tragic Brophy studio fire two and a half weeks ago.


Rake will be serving a Cajun luncheon for $25/plate this Sunday to accompany a sale of Wilson's works. 100% of the proceeds go to Wilson's rebuilding fund. The RACC has also set up a rebuilding fund for Wilson - visit their news page for information on how to contribute (donations are tax deductible).

Rake Art Gallery | Sunday, October 14, 2pm | 325 NW 6th AVE | $25/plate

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 11, 2007 at 10:38 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.09.07

NAAU is the time for Couture

Back in June PORT brought you the scoop by announcing the New American Art Union's series of stipend shows, where each artist gets $7,000 for producing a show that transforms the gallery space and $1,000 for materials. Now called Couture, the plan was an unheard of act of bravura, laying a direct challenge to The Portland art Museum's Contemporary Northwest Art Awards (which should announce its 3-5 finalists in November). It also allowed a commercial gallery to behave more like a non commercial space. The Oregonian (probably not wanting to be so scooped again) has the list and promises a full article tomorrow.

The recipients are:

Rose McCormick (whose current show at NAAU is a bit of breakthrough, her Wolf in the Henhouse is superb)
Ty Ennis
Jim Lommasson
Jacqueline Ehlis
TJ Norris
Stephen Slappe
Vanessa Renwick
Laura Fritz
Ethan Jackson
The Video Gentlemen: Carl Diehl, Jesse England and Mack McFarland

Overall, the list is heavy with perceptual experience artists like Ehlis, Jackson, Fritz, McFarland and Diehl. While Renwick and Slappe tend to create narrative tableaus with their video installation work. McCormick, Ennis and Lommasson are more traditional to their medias which are painting, drawing and photography respectively. Norris, McCormick and Lommasson are represented by NAAU but if this last year's group shows and this list are any indication, the gallery wont look anything like a sales gallery.

Now all that matters is how the actual shows deliver.

*Update: The Oregonian has published their digestion of the decisions and I'll refrain from discussing too many of their factual distortions but one has to be challenged... Renwick, Lommasson, Fritz and Ehlis are hardly the greenhorns David Row portrays them as. When Row states...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 09, 2007 at 11:56 | Comments (0)


Bruce Conkle in New York, opens Oct 12th

Conkle's The La La Zone Expedition, Haze Gallery (2004)

It isn't news that a Portland artist is having a New York solo show, Dan May and Harrell Fletcher (among others) have done so recently. The difference is the way the gallery, Jack The Pelican Presents, is promoting Bruce Conkle's show... as part of a visual arts renaissance in PDX. Old news to us of course, but it's nice they noticed. We probably have have as many artists as Williamsburg but it's different because Portland's scene is lifestyle and value driven (eco sustainable & measuring man by something other than man)... not money or fame driven. Portland is the US city where America's "conscience" seems to be most active and well developed.

The gallery is also right that Conkle (who spent years in the late 80's working for Leo Castelli etc.) is awfully good. Conkle's 2004 exhibit at Haze gallery, The La La Zone Expedition, is one of the best solo shows I've seen anywhere in the last 10 years and it managed to address genocide, exploration, conquest and ecology. It did so in a way a that a lot of Brooklyn artists can't do without a stunting sense of a city slicker gone camping irony. Conkle, being half Swiss, half Portlander and probably half goblin... has no problems presenting the ridiculousness of Western Civilization's ecological, militaristic and humanistic dilemmas. One of Conkle's existential snowmen in a freezer got a bit of attention in Miami last year even.

Here is part of what the gallery press release is saying: "Bruce Conkle... De facto king of the Pacific NW eco art geeks and self-styled 'misfit at the crossroads,' he creates 'Lament for Middle Kingdom Earth,' a quirky eco-absurd installation that restages contemporary ideas about nature and community in a pre-modern world of fairytale landscape."

Conkle, like a lot of Portland's best artists is not represented in Portland and we tend to see his work in numerous group shows where he has been woodshedding his ideas. Here's an interview we did years ago. All I can say is, Bruce you better make us look good!

Opening reception • 7-10pm • October 12
Jack The Pelican Presents • 487 Driggs Ave. (at 9th), Brooklyn New York • 718.782.0183

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 09, 2007 at 9:45 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.08.07

Filling Those Autumn Days: Update

From TaCo's Woolworth Windows project

The Tacoma Art Museum is looking for artists for their Woolworth Windows project to "create installations that will activate the window spaces." The installations take up over 100 feet of window space in downtown Tacoma, and will stay up for 3 months, including two cycles of Tacoma's Third Thursday art walks. The application deadline for the 2008 season is midnight, November 1, 2007. Click here for a description of the project, and application instructions.

The Portland Art Center is soliciting submissions for their 2007 holiday exhibition/fundraiser, PDX Panels. The concept is simple: Grab a 24"x24" panel from PAC before October 14, put almost anything you want on it, and drop it off by December 1st. PAC will display the panels from December 6 - 22, with 75% of sales going to benefit the gallery, and 25% to the artists. Click here for more details.
Update, 10-13: Due to overwhelming interest, they added 100 more panels, available until they run out, so if you thought you missed your chance, go get 'em!

Ever wanted to be on TV? First Tuesdays, a local cable talk show, wants to give you your 15 minutes of fame. For no cost (other than an investment of your time), First Tuesdays will help you promote your latest project, exhibit, performance, etc. The program provides a forum for discourse on local art, as well as a chance to broadcast your display or performance. For more information, please contact first-tuesdays@metroeast.org, or 503-667-8848 ext. 300. You may view the producers online at www.MetroEast.org.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 08, 2007 at 11:20 | Comments (2)


Saturday 10.06.07

Last Weekend for Wes Mills

Wes Mill's Duchamp (1999)

Just a remider to everyone, it's the last weekend for Wes Mills' Apex show at PAM. Here is Arcy's excellent review. A subtle show but one of the most rewarding exhibitions Ive seen since moving here 8.5 years ago...you just shouldn't miss it. It even plays well with the Ursula von Rydingsvard show.

Yeah, there is a new Chuck Close print show at PAM too that I'm not very excited about.... he was Mr. early 90's and by that time was pretty much coasting on a reputation he had cemented in the late 70's. Still, if you are there why not see it too?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 06, 2007 at 9:42 | Comments (6)


Thursday 10.04.07

An Afternoon with Mary Henry

Mary Henry- Metaphor, Acrylic on canvas 1995.
Image courtesy of PDX Contemporary Art Portland, Oregon

I wasn't sure what I was expecting as I drove up to Seattle with my wife on an early on a Saturday morning in June. I knew that I was traveling to meet with one of the great painters of the Northwest, Mary Henry. I was familiar with her paintings with their beautiful colors and meticulous craft. The paintings have such a remarkable clarity that they ring with a distinctive tone, not unlike hitting a bell at a Japanese temple. Perfect, complete and clear. More...

Posted by Arcy Douglass on October 04, 2007 at 12:10 | Comments (0)


First Friday Picks October 2007

Paul Yurkovich at Newspace
Paul Yurkovich

For the month of October, Newspace will feature the top three photographers from their 2006 National Juried Exhibition, which was juried by Christopher Rauschenberg and Jennifer Stoots. Although the artists are exhibiting separate shows, their images are united by an obsessive deconstruction of their environment. In his series The Garden, Todd Stewart attempts to share the wonder that he observes in his young children's experience of the natural world. With his rich, green imagery, Stewart invites the viewer to feel this same simple pleasure, as he attempts to explore the relationship between individual creativity and the "natural" process of creation. Paul Yurkovich's Along the Road takes us into the world of the American road trip. Rather than picture the "sights", Yurkovich seeks to capture the dreamlike roadside visions that rush past, lingering only as "sustained afterthoughts." Finally, Rishi Singal's Condition of Urbanity takes us back into the city, documenting his investigations into the forms and (dis)order with which we build our cities. From Western Europe to New Delhi to New York City, Singal has documented his patient exploration of the development of the modern urban world.

Opening Reception • 7-10pm • October 5
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th Ave. • 503.963.1935


Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 04, 2007 at 11:58 | Comments (0)


Around the web, now with more feedback

On The Cusp (from Indianapolis) gives Portland some feedback regardig my follow-up post regarding the Tribune's big arts special section last week. Yes, scene-wise I think OTC is right about us being ahead but Midwestern cities always seem to have better museums and more established non-profits. I'm glad he picked up on my "focus" argument it is crucial. I hope it catches on here more.... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 04, 2007 at 11:13 | Comments (0)


Tom Cramer at Laura Russo Gallery 2007

Solid as ever and always changing, Tom Cramer is a bit of a Portland institution (with all the murals, cars, gallery shows and set designs) and after writing reviews and an essay 2 years ago I felt Tom himself might be the best one to introduce his latest show at his new gallery, Laura Russo.

At this point in Tom's career a museum survey is about all the more he needs, the work is still jaw dropping, still selling like hotcakes to collectors (for more than before) and still evolving. As an artist he's shown no signs of running out of steam and he's an important bridge between the old Portland art scene (Milton Wilson, Clifford Gleason, C.S. Price) and the newest version streaming in from all parts of the globe.

That said, just another review or yet another chat with Tom interview seemed less interesting than this little introduction to what is different and new in his latest work.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 04, 2007 at 0:33 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.03.07


Jacqueline Will in DRAWN at Archer Gallery at Clark College
Jacqueline Will, "Evacuation 63b"

The first exhibition of the academic year at Clark College's Archer Gallery opens tonight. DRAWN: Explorations in Line is an investigation into the tradition of drawing and its potential for expansion through technology. The show features work by Northwest artists Cat Clifford, Heidi Preuss Grew, Robert Hanson, Linda Hutchins, Naomi Shigeta, Keith Tilford, Samantha Wall, and Jacqueline Will.

Archer Gallery | Wednesday, October 3, 4-6pm | Penguin Union Building, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA | 360.992.2246

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 03, 2007 at 10:40 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.02.07

First Thursday Picks October 2007

Tom Cramer at the Laura Russo Gallery
Tom Cramer, "Aviary"

This month, Portland's unofficial Artist Laureate is exhibiting his latest work at the Laura Russo Gallery. By holding on to what he understands as traditional creative values, "art driven by emotional content," Tom Cramer has become a bridge between Oregon's historical artists and Portland's young, hyper-new contemporary art scene. Cramer's current work blends painting and wood carving, building beautiful, labor-intensive reliefs that reflect the influence of his travels to India, Egypt, and Europe.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • October 4
Laura Russo Gallery • 805 NW 21st Ave. • 503.226.2754


Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 02, 2007 at 12:34 | Comments (13)


Las Vegas Diaspora & Dave Hickey's Homecoming Dance

work by Jacqueline Ehlis on view @ Las Vegas Diaspora

This past weekend, Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland opened at the Las Vegas Art Museum. Curated by Dave Hickey. It is pretty much the first show he's curated since the groundbreaking Beau Monde: Towards a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2001 and a follow-up on some of his top students like Yek, Tim Bavington, Rev Ethan Acres, Curtis Fairman and Portland's own Jacqueline Ehlis. All of whom are personal favs and many of whom Ive curated into shows over the years. Ehlis is one of the few girls in a guy heavy group and may be the Agnes Martin ascetic wth a wierd almost Martha Graham physicality of the group. She routinely does work that makes LA's best related attempts look soft (she's up at 5:00 AM in the studio). Bavington and Philip Argent are in MOMA's collection., Acres, Yek and Fairman etc. have been widely shown.

Hickey's students are only part of his legacy. Beau Monde's basic premise was that visual pleasure (and the viewer's experience) was still important to art, DUH... but back then POMO theorists had their heads so far up their council-of-trent-like asses, somebody had to remind them. Hickey's ideas though widely debated at the time have been pretty much adopted and run with by in shows like, Paul Schimmel's Ecstacy show at MOCA, Olafur Eliasson at the Tate...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 02, 2007 at 11:56 | Comments (1)


Monday 10.01.07

Monday Night Lecture Series

Corin Hewitt, from "Toad in a Hole (Portland, OR)"

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2007-2008 PSU Monday Night Lecture Series. The first lecture is by Corin Hewitt, who's also currently exhibiting at Small A Projects. Hewitt's credentials include participation in a group show at the Whitney, and a place in their permanent collection, as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. His work addresses memory and the interplay between loss and replacement (an admittedly ubiquitous subject these days), through photography, performance, and the use of cheap, ephemeral materials.

5th Ave Cinema | Monday, October 1st, 7:30pm | 510 SW Hall St.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 01, 2007 at 10:41 | Comments (0)

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