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Thursday 04.03.08

« 24 Hour Comics Drawpocalypse | Main | PSU MFA Exhibition Series »

First Friday Picks April 2008

Chris Held at Jace Gace
Chris Held, "Overstock," installation view

"o•ver•stock v: 1. vti to stock more of something than is necessary or desirable 2. vt to graze an area with more livestock than it can support n an excessively large supply of something."

Chris Held explores the quasi-religion built around the modern commodity in Overstock, on view this month at Jáce Gáce. Positing that in modern culture, products have replaced the promise of love and happiness that once came from religion, Held has created an immense shrine of boxed goods, topped with a microwave in place of a religious figure.

Opening reception • 6pm-midnight • April 4
Jáce Gáce • 2045 SE Belmont • 503.239.1887

hueppi at gallery homeland
Christoph Hueppi

This month, Gallery Homeland presents the work of Christoph Hueppi, their first international participant in the Aubrey Baer Residency Program. Swarm Intelligence was inspired by the artist's time in India, watching the patterns of ants swarming around anything edible. "Swarm intelligence" is the phrase used to describe the mechanism through which telecommunications networks handle data. Reflecting upon the relationship between the ants behavior and modern methods of communication, Hueppi created a body of work that "is the visualization of contemporary life."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 4
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryhomeland.org

Silverberg at 23 Sandy
Robbin Ami Silverberg, "titok (secret in Hungarian)"

23 Sandy presents Secrets and Lies, a national juried exhibition of handmade artist books. "Raw and revealing or coy and concealing," each book explores "our innermost secrets, lies, hopes, fears and wildest confessions." The show was juried by Gay Walker, special collections librarian at Reed College, and features purchase prize winner Alex Appella.

First Friday reception • 6-9pm • April 4
23 Sandy Gallery • 623 NE 23rd • 503.927.4409

Diptych Project at Brian Marki

Brian Marki Fine Art is representing the west coast in The Diptych Project: A Collaboration in Wax. Opening simultaneously in Portland, OR and Portland, ME, the project features collaborative work in encaustic media between International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and New England Wax (NEW).

There will also be a lecture on Saturday by participating artist Laura Kleinman.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 4
Artist talk • 3pm • April 5
Brian Marki Fine Art • 2236 NE Broadway • 503.249.5659

intensions at WORKSOUND.jpg

Showing this month at Worksound: Intensions, a group show featuring visuals by Max Kirchoff, Allan Bailey, Misia Pitkin, Shannon McClure, April Dawn, Ryan Dunn, Cain Hendricks, and Celso, and sound installations by Philip Kruse and Alex Smith. The opening also features live music late into the night.

Opening reception • 6pm, Music at 9pm • April 4
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 03, 2008 at 14:08 | Comments (1)


First friday is really starting to fill out as an edgier gallery crawl in comparison to 1st Thursday... even without NAAU and Small A having openings.

...with worksound, pushdot and newspace there are a lot more density of venues too. ( and what's with all of those combination words??? it's like the german language all of a sudden... worksound translated to german would be "Rauschenarbeit")

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2008 10:25 AM

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