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Wednesday 07.30.08

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First Friday Picks August 2008

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Jesse Hayward's installation in progress

Jáce Gáce describes Hayward's character as one "in the spirit of throwing caution to the wind and letting the chips fall where they lay," and in The Nursed Meeting of Fallen Renewal he "has created a situation of controlled chaos." His work breaks boundaries and allows the viewer to reset them, building a "living installation that will inevitably change throughout the course of the month."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • August 1
Closing reception • 6-10pm • August 29
Jáce Gáce • 2045 SE Belmont • 503.239.1887


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Daniel Sharp

In spite of recent drunken clashes, Portland prides itself on being a bicycling city, on the forefront of a growing trend in American urban centers as gas becomes too expensive and people search for transportation alternatives. Daniel Sharp's exhibition Freedom Wheels documents his travels since 2003 through Europe and India... Where he noted that the rest of the world has already figured out this bike travel thing. His rich photographs document and celebrate the "freedom" culture of bike riding around the world.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 1
Pushdot Studio • 1021 SE Caruthers St. • 503.224.5925


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Ryan Zoghlin

Photographer Ryan Zoghlin is taking an entirely different look at (sub)urban living over at Newspace. N.I.M.B.Y. (Not In My Back Yard) explores the "eerie margin where suburban and industrial areas meet." As cities push both industry and low-income living further and further out, the two meet in a surreal, and sometimes disturbing, juxtaposition of cozy homes, airstrips, gardens, cooling towers, etc. The day after the opening, Zoghlin will present "a special workshop on his unique approach to photographing the urban landscape" in the morning (students are encouraged to bring cameras), and a lecture on his work in the evening.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • August 1
Photography workshop • 10am-1pm • August 2 • $55
Artist lecture • 6-8pm • August 2 • Free
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th AVE • 503.963.1935


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Worksound presents Face Value, a group exhibition to be taken at, well, face value. It features the painting of local artists Josh Arseneau, Anne Greenwood, and Doug Burns, as well as SF artists Aaron Terry and Rives Granade, the video work of Scott Porter, and an installation by Vanessa Calvert. Live music starts at 9pm.

Opening reception • 6pm • August 1
Worksound PDX • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com


Get out early this month and don't miss your last chance to check out Universal Grammar by the Thin Ice Collective at Gallery Homeland.

Exhibition hours • 12-6pm • Fri-Mon • Through August 8
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th AVE • info@galleryhomeland.org

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 30, 2008 at 9:50 | Comments (3)


Comments

Jesse has been practicing in public with this series for the past 8 ot 9 months and (so far) this time it really seems to work. It's a lot tighter and controlled than the Art Gym show and a lot less congested than the tilt show... overall it's looking really good.

Artists aren't born overnight and what has been so interesting is how Jesse has ivolved his Portland audience in his own education and development. This one looks like part of the payoff.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 31, 2008 09:18 AM

Yes, I told Jesse in a recent email that I love how his work has evolved over the years - I'm especially interested in whats on the wall in this photo, is that part of his installation?... can we get some more photos for those of us too far away to visit the show?... : )


Posted by: MOR [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2008 02:08 PM

That's right you two did meet... I curated you both into Symbiont/Synthetic in 2003.

Yes, the wall stuff is part of the installation and in a somewhat brilliant (Hans Arp-ish) move he simply put work where the lights from the previous show were aimed... thus the show is perfectly lit.

This show really does seem like the payoff for the last 9 months of experimenting in public.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2008 02:21 PM

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