Portland's art scene just keeps getting more (and better) alternative spaces, here were a few of the openings from 1st Thursday and First Friday. Needless to say The Everett Station Lofts have really become an interesting enclave once again after their previous heyday in 2003. It also reminds me why it's ridiculous to try to contain all of this activity under one roof (it can't be done)... Portland is better off with 30 interesting spaces rather than 1 large ponderous space that tries to be everything to everyone.
Igloo Gallery @ the Everett Station Lofts, First Thursday April 3rd:
Igloo, though tiny has turned into one one of the most energetic new spaces in Portland. In general the Everett Station lofts make the Pearl ditrict look tame... all you have to do is cross NW Broadway to catch these spaces which are open much later.
The Life Opening @ Everett Station Lofts on First Thursday April 3rd:
Fighting through the crowds in front of The Life... it's often much worse but I got here pretty late.
PIP gallery @ Everett Station Lofts on First Thursday April 3rd:
Marshall Roemen's Pulse show seemed to be selling well and for sometimes impressive prices. The work had some strong moments reminding me sometimes of Steve DiBenedetto meeting up with Julie Mehretu.
Worksound's Intensions show was a cool rambling affair combining fashion, installation, video, sound art and the awesome improv drumming of Tim DuRoche. Favorites were Allan Bailey's video projection personage and Philip Kruse and Alex Smith's sound art installation (both at the end of the clip).