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Thursday 07.31.08

Natzlers at MoCC

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Gertrude and Otto Natzler, "pioneers in modern ceramics," have been collaborating for almost forty years. They came to California in 1938 after fleeing from Austria during WWII, and have since produced over 25,000 works out of their LA studio. MoCC presents The Ceramics of Gertrud and Otto Natzler, a retrospective and tribute. If you missed the members-only preview, come by MoCC next week during First Thursday.

Exhibition • August 2, 2008 - January 25, 2009
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 31, 2008 at 10:27 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.30.08

First Friday Picks August 2008

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


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


Tuesday 07.29.08

Famous Faces

Andy Warhol, "Marilyn" (1981)

The Maryhill Museum of Art is exhibiting Andy Warhol and Other Famous Faces. The show features an impressive collection of Warhol's pop icon portraits. It also traces his influence on pop and contemporary art, including portraits by Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Takashi Murakami, Robert Rauschenberg, and many more. It's worth the trek - the museum is open 7 days a week, including all holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through November 15.

Exhibition • July 19 - November 15
Maryhill Museum • 35 Maryhill Museum Drive Goldendale, Washington • 509.773.3733

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 29, 2008 at 12:09 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.28.08

Opportunity is knocking

Oscar Tuazon, winner of 2007 Betty Bowen award, "Coming Soon" (2002)

The Seattle Art Museum is seeking applicants for its 30th annual Betty Bowen award. The award is a large, unrestricted cash grant to any single artist working in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. The award is in the spirit of Bowen's declaration, "There is still a young genius among us who has been overlooked!" The jury includes a rotating board of local artists, so even just applying is an excellent chance to increase exposure of your work and receive critique from your peers. The deadline is August 15, learn more here.

Several more opportunities behind the cut.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 28, 2008 at 12:50 | Comments (0)


Monday Links: Artvergnugen?

The New York Times Sunday Book Review did its thing on Erin Hogan's book, "SPIRAL JETTA A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West. " It is a cute title that in its own irreverence reifies a certain reverence for these often not so roadside attractions. I got a kick out of Vanderbilt's review and the book itself is probably targeted for the overeducated who haven't spent much time alone in a car and suspect they are missing something of the American experience (they are).... it's no wonder the Jetty is replaced by the Jetta. Artvergugen?

Holland Cotter takes on the expected onslaught of summer group shows. The funny thing about Portland is we have a lot of good solo shows in the summer. We get a lot of Bay Area and New York tourists during July and August so it's worth putting on good solo shows.

BS Houston has had it with Red Bull. How does this compare to BMW's art cars?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 28, 2008 at 10:43 | Comments (1)


Friday 07.25.08


PNCA's PDXplore#2 on July 22nd 2008

In case you missed it like me, here is a transcription of last Tuesday's PDXplore discussion at PNCA. Ahh the question is... will Portland grow a pair or simply take a prophylactic approach to the coming population surge? Eunuch is eunuch... no more complacency ok? Portland isn't defined by Portland's past... it can only direct those redefining outside forces.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 25, 2008 at 13:25 | Comments (2)


Photolucida Portfolio Walk

Alexis Pike, "Red Chairs, Bliss, Idaho"

Photolucida promotes dialog and development in the photography community through annual spring Portfolio Review sessions between photographers and reviewers. This year, they've added a summer review session, and this weekend you can check out the work of participating photographers in the Portfolio Walk. Half the photographers will present from 6-7:30, and the other half will present from 7:30-9. In addition to the portfolios, the winners of Photolucida's first Oregon Awards (M. Bruce Hall, Alexis Pike, and Sika Stanton) will be exhibiting their work.

Portfolio Walk • 6-9pm • July 26
Art Institute of Portland • NW Davis & 11th • 2nd Floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 25, 2008 at 8:45 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.24.08

Brian Borrello: gallery talk Saturday

Brian Borrello installation view

Brian Borrello will talk about his wonderful current exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture, Ars Brevis, Vita Longa Saturday, July 26, 11:30 at Pulliam Deffenbaugh.

A quintessential Portlander, I often run into him in coffee shops. He is also the author of some of the most successful public art in the city, like his Max train yellow-line stops.

Here's his statement,"My work is an interpretation of the relationship between nature and man's place in its continuum. I look for the evidence of the becoming, the existence and the death of the living being - the marks and residual signs of the activity of life."

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 24, 2008 at 14:52 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.23.08

The Power of Place

This post is a bit of an experiment but I have been thinking a lot about the way a photo can tell a story a about specific time and place. The photograph becomes an embodiement of an idea that is sometimes separate from the work itself. This essay is a study about the way that certain photos become more than just about the visual records of experience that exist in the worlds of art and architecture.

At the same time, I would like to add that the photograph undermines any emphasis on any geographical location outside of the field of view of the camera. Images are one of the few things that available to everyone because all you need to have is a camera and access to the internet. The reason that I chose these images in the post is that they all convey a story. They seem to be closer to conveying an idea about a person or work rather simply documenting an experience. The ideas in these photographs seem to me to be essentially about place.

A camera is extremely specific, it can only record what is in its field of view. If it is outside the field of view of the lens, it wouldn't be recorded. For me, that means that a camera is essentially about a specific place at a specific moment. The great thing is that that place can be anywhere now and availible to anyone. Everybody has the opportunity to participate. In a world that is becoming increasingly universal, there is still something compelling about the specific. The camera also separates the viewer from the event. The image can be used to convey a specific idea which might be different than the experience of the actual event.

This post is probably closer to a slide lecture that happens to be on the internet rather than a normal post. There are plenty of artists with a few architects and architecture thrown in. It is worth noting that a piece of architecture is not easily relocated. Unless people make the effort to visit it, it will only exist for most people as an image. For me that is important lesson for artists. Within the confines of a camera you can create your own world that may or may not have anything to do with where you live on the planet. The camera is a great equalizer.

As I was doing research for this post I was surprised that artists and architects have been using images this way since the very beginning.


A self portrait of Brancusi in his studio. The idea behind the photo is the integration of a man and his work. In this photograph he is completely subordinate to his work, his figure barely fills up a third of the image. It is a photograph about the juxtaposition about his sculpture Bird in Space and himself. The rest of the studio comes into focus through our periperal vision and the long exposure also gives the studio an otherworldly light. He is literally one with his work. More...

Posted by Arcy Douglass on July 23, 2008 at 12:10 | Comments (8)


Monday 07.21.08

Meet Cat Clifford

Cat Clifford

Cat Clifford, one of the recipients of the recent Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, will be speaking as part of the NW Film Center's Northwest Tracking series. She'll discuss, and screen excerpts from, her influences, from Joan Jonas' Wind (1968) to The Wizard of Oz.

Artist lecture • 6pm • July 24 • $7
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park AVE

Also, for you early birds: Happening today: Interested in learning more about Portland's alternative art venues? Rererato is chatting with Cyrus Smith on KPSU this afternoon. They'll be talking about the art space, Rererato the movie, Rererato TV, and more...

Rererato on the air! • NOON - 1pm • July 21
KPSU • 1450 AM or streaming on their website

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 21, 2008 at 11:19 | Comments (0)


Monday Links

Guernica suffered a lot of wear and tear during it's travels... but this time the condition report has a political angle. IMHO, Guernica and Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner are the two most successful pieces of political art ever.

Powerslice enjoys some cool things.

Edward Winkleman is clamping down on his comments... in the past his site has had some of the most lively debates about art in his comment section, but lately its gone south. It's true, moderating comments is a drain on time but there is an interesting dynamic to having reader feedback; it often reveals more facets to the story. About this time last year I was seriously considering removing comments altogether from PORT but after a period of clamping down I think people have gotten the gist... strong opinions are fine but no personal attacks.

Last but not least mayor elect and current transpo comish Sam Adam's liked my post on a better bridge design. A lot of other people did too.

My post was simple common sense from an aesthetictician, with the added power of some decent pictures. Even the Oregonian's editorial board has started to play catch up (Calatrava is good but we need something more radical like Hadid, UN Studio etc., Calatrava has already peaked and less likely to reinvent the bridge for the 21st century... he already reinvented it for the late 20th.). Actually what the O really needs is an architecture critic. Hire Brian Libby, simply using him freelance isn't enough, it's the difference between a personal body guard and a rent a cop... for the O to do it's job during this major design upheaval in Portland it needs someone who would take a bullet. Randy Gragg did heroic things like insist on a design competition for the Tram. BTW that's exactly what we need for the I-5 bridge, scrape together a couple of hundred grand and invite Hadid, UN Studio, Foster, Cloepfil, Toyo Ito and Monolab etc. The ideas and buzz it will generate will be more than worth it, giving the finalist and all of us a much better bridge. If an architect from outside the area is chosen no big deal, most big jobs have a local firm partnered as well.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 21, 2008 at 10:59 | Comments (12)


Saturday 07.19.08

Rearranging at PAM: Newman, Murakami, Dunham etc.

Barnett Newman's Canto #7, full set on display now

The Portland Art Museum has shuffled more than a little bit around with some very distinguished guests including Barnett Newman and Andy Warhol (a more sweeping rehang of the nearly 3 year old Jubitz Center for Contemporary Art should be expected an a year or two). Also, There's the new Marc Dombrosky show at Apex (I found it underwhelming; crafty sewing + human desperation has been done with more legitimacy and personal investment by Tracey Emin). Check it out though, it's kinda fun to sharpen one's teeth on (BTW what's with all the attention paid to weak examples of Seattle art at PAM lately?). That said the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and the awesome Ed Ruscha show are absolutely worth a trip, even from out of state.

Besides the programming you gotta check out:

A complete set of Barnett Newman's 18 Cantos 1963-64. These are no ordinary prints, this is a complete set of the most important prints in the last 108 years. Simply sublime, they are fittingly are on display in the Greenberg room of the Jubitz Center beneath the Calder.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard's P's and Q's is a compelling addition to PAM's strong sculpture collection (nice that PAM has made a point of collecting from artists in its two solo show exhibition series).

There is also a tiny Andy Warhol shadow painting on the third floor of the Jubitz center.

Other things worth ferreting out:...(much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 19, 2008 at 14:20 | Comments (0)


Friday 07.18.08

Disjecta: Rematerializing?


It's Disjecta, again... and again... and again. Long time Portlanders are probably pretty familiar with this promotional routine, and have already formed their opinions. For those of you who don't know the history, PORT takes a look back and a look forward after the jump. (More.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 18, 2008 at 8:45 | Comments (15)


Wednesday 07.16.08

Experience into Art: Robert Rauschenberg's The Lotus Series at Blue Sky Gallery

Robert Rauschenberg
Lotus V, 2008
Pigmented Ink-jet and hand painted photo-gravure on Somerset velvet
45.75 in. x 60 in. x 1.75 in.
Print edition by ULAE

Rauschenberg was a great photographer.

The first works he sold to the Museum of Modern Art in New York were photographs. The surprising thing is that even though he could capture whatever he wanted in front of a camera, it was never enough. Perhaps it was not real enough because the life and energy that would swirl around him seemed much richer and more complex than a single image from a camera. He needed something more, something different. He found that by collaging images along with the artifacts of a life he was able to create something richer, something as vibrant as the experiences he was trying to translate. Just as the image on the camera will be exposed onto a negative, at least it used to be before digital cameras, Rauschenberg wanted to insert himself into the process, to let all of the energy and experience to be exposed onto himself before being translated to the work. These new prints are extremely complex and bring together a lot of themes that Rauschenberg spent a lifetime developing. All of this comes together in a show of his last prints called The Lotus Series at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

When we are looking at The Lotus Series, like most of Rauschenberg's work, we never see a photograph in isolation. Even though Rauschenberg was an excellent photographer, at some level he must have felt that a single image would not be real enough. It would not be able to convey all of the life and energy that he saw spinning around him. The single image was too fixed, too stable, too much about one-point perspective. By contrast, he wanted to convey what it felt like to be alive. He was not trying to make art with the prints, but he was trying to show you the art that surrounds us everyday. Almost anything can be art; you just have to look at it in a certain way. Rauschenberg was opening himself to the world around him, trying to be open to the potential for art latent in his every experience. More...

Robert Rauschenberg
Lotus II, 2008
Pigmented Ink-jet and hand painted photo-gravure on Somerset velvet
45.75 in. x 60 in. x 1.75 in.
Print edition by ULAE

Posted by Arcy Douglass on July 16, 2008 at 12:24 | Comments (2)


AiR: Promenade

From Promenade, photo by Yalcin Erhan

Bill Will, July South Waterfront Artist in Residence, has collaborated with AiR director Linda Johnson on an "an unrepeatable episodic performance event." Featuring dance and lighting against Will's installation "set," they have prepared "a thoroughly orchestrated and singular event in which every gesture and offering, explicit to nuanced, is performative." The event is free, all ages, and picnics are encouraged.

Live Performance • Gathering an hour before sunset • July 19
South Waterfront Neighborhood Park • SW Moody & Curry

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 16, 2008 at 12:20 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 07.15.08

Talking Points

Melody Owen, "useless, incorruptible, secret"

In addition to her current show at Liz Leach, Melody Owen is exhibiting useless, incorruptible, secret at Caseworks in Reed's Library. She'll be lecturing on her work this week at Reed College.

Artist talk • 7pm • July 17
Reed College Theater • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • 503.777.7251

We're notorious around Portland for our struggles with money management. This weekend: Come to Newspace for It's Not About the Money, But Let's Talk About it Anyway, a lecture by Erik Schneider of Quality Pictures. The talk explores the photography marketplace, and from the perspective of both artists and collectors.

Fiscal Lecture • 11am-1pm • July 20
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th AVE • 503.963.1935

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 15, 2008 at 11:55 | Comments (0)


Public art + publicity

I'll have a pretty complicated review for you later today (*I lied, but its coming soon). Till then here are some links:

Tyler Green is excited about Fritz Haeg, we are too and he will be showing at Reed this Fall. His talk at PSU was one of the highlights year last year, he's a major artist. (Aside) during undergrad I had a nasty habit of planting delicious swiss chard in my alma mater's many flower beds... let's just say the food service on campus did not provide a lot of things I found edible!

Jerry Saltz is Jeff Koon's greatest advocate (besides Koons himself). Jerry takes a look at his retrospective here. Ill be seeing this show for myself in a bit.

The Expanded Field discusses Public Art in LA. We have 2% for art up here... but we are a long way from being Chicago, which IMHO has the best collection of recent public art on earth. How good? the last time I was there my more vocally inspiring GF and I spontaneously broke into a version of the Everly Brothers "All I have to do is Dream" replacing that lyric with "Bean"... the nickname for Anish Kapoor's incredible Cloud Gate sculpture. No other public art has even a remote chance of provoking public song! (thankfully)...

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 15, 2008 at 10:31 | Comments (6)


Monday 07.14.08

Pearl Installations

Pearl District "Art Boxes"

Orlo is a non-profit organization that uses a creative arts approach to environmental issues. They publish Bear Deluxe, an environmental magazine, and have launched a new project in the Pearl and Alphabet districts. Artboxes are boxes containing Bear Deluxe magazine that have been decorated by local artists, including Chris Haberman, Jennifer Mercede, Lukas Ketner, Jason Lockett, and Annette and Joe Thurston. ("Read more" for locations.)

Also currently installed in the Pearl District: The RACC presents an installation by Scott Sonniksen. Falling Light, which is incorporated into the structure of the MachineWorks building, is constructed of concrete blocks coated with colored epoxy glaze, installed in such a way that it creates a surface that subtly reflects light. The installation looks at the interplay of light created by dense downtown building, and the use of red is "a nod to the many historic brick buildings that once populated this district."

Downtown installation • Through July 25
MachineWorks • 1455 NW Northrup

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 14, 2008 at 11:39 | Comments (0)


Friday 07.11.08

Community Building


First, a party: MoCC is hosting their second annual Craft PDX Block Party this weekend. The free event features demonstrations by local craft artists, live music, lectures in MoCC's "Lab," and lots of kid-friendly activities. Last year's was a lot of fun, so make sure to come down and celebrate the beginning of MoCC's second year in the DeSoto building.

Block Party • 11am-6pm • July 13
Museum of Contemporary Craft • North Park Blocks, NW 8th & Davis • 503.223.2654


Next, some discourse: Bridges are a big deal in this city. Just as the Willamette defines our geographical (and in some ways cultural) boundaries, its bridges, as well as that "little" one to the north, define much of our city's urban landscape. PORT has long advocated for creative, aesthetic bridge design: See our bridge design contest, and recent coverage of the urgent need to build a beautiful and "green" new I-5 bridge. This Monday, Portland Spaces magazine invites you to learn more about the proposed bridge from OMSI to OHSU. It will be the first new bridge across the Willamette in "a generation," and play an important cultural role in connecting our two major science institutions. OHSU Provost Lesley Hallick and OMSI President Nancy Stueber will be presenting their proposals for the bridge, and how this relates to both institutions' future expansion plans. This is part of the magazine's "Bright Lights Discussion Series."

Bridge lecture • Doors at 5:30, Talk at 6pm • July 14
Portland Spaces Magazine Hosted by Jimmy Mak's • 221 NW 10th AVE

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 11, 2008 at 11:15 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.10.08

Listen Up

Gregory Grenon, "Unspeakable Hair"

Husband and wife team Mary Josephson and Gregory Grenon are exhibiting (individually) at Laura Russo this month. In Full Length Feature, painter Josephson has expanded her media to deepen her exploration of narrative and storytelling traditions. Grenson's Unspeakable Hair is a survey of lithographs and prints that take an "incredibly honest" look at the human form and character. They'll both be presenting lectures on their work this weekend.

Artist talk • 11am • July 12
Laura Russo Gallery • 805 NW 21st AVE • 503.225.2754

Cat Clifford, "Two Chairs"

The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards will be on view at PAM through September 14. They're hosting a unique event in for the exhibition: An open to the public celebration, featuring the exhibition, live music, light refreshments, and a no-host bar. The best part? It's free! But space is limited, so reserve your ticket ASAP.

Exhibition celebration • 6-9pm • July 25
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park AVE • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 10, 2008 at 10:42 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.09.08

Second Friday Picks July 2008

Many eastside galleries skipped their openings last weekend due to the 4th of July, so here's our Friday artwalk picks, part II.

Taylor Deupree

Newspace is showing their annual juried exhibition, curated this year by accomplished Portland artist TJ Norris. He describes the chosen photographs as an exploration of the "essence and fragility" of the "selective and concealed moment in time."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • July 11
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th AVE • 503.963.1935


Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 09, 2008 at 15:37 | Comments (0)


Portland City Council insists on building the right bridge for I-5

Mayor elect and current transpo commish, Sam Adams, has just released a statement on the I-5 bridge that calls for much of what I called for several weeks ago here by insisting that the bridge;

"Inspire a green, 'postcard-worthy' design. This should be the world's most environmentally friendly bridge in design, construction, and operations. Any bridge is an icon, and this one must aesthetically enhance the world-class grandeur of the Columbia River and Mount Hood. And it must be sensitive to its neighbors by helping knit together the two halves of Hayden Island and downtown Vancouver."

Right on! As I wrote a few weeks ago there is only one way to achieve those goals, hire a world class architect to design the I-5 bridge. Design competition anyone? A competition and successful design would go a long way in convincing more world class design, technology and green industries that Portland isn't all talk... resulting in more jobs and a healthier planet strategy we can export.

Sam's office also states, "The approval today only moves the bridge project proposal from one phase of evaluation to the next. It establishes the assumption for the next phase of study that the existing bridge will be replaced with no more travel lanes than exist today and that it must include an expansion of lightrail." Read more on Sam's blog.

It's time for bridge city to show the world a new kind of bridge. Isolationists who would do nothing (aka turn Oregon into a fortress) miss the fact that this is a golden opportunity to do the right thing for once (with major federal $$ prioritized as one of 6 corridors of the future, meaning it doesn't keep us from getting other funding for other projects). Time to be progressive about the challenges ahead folks, not provincially anachronistic. Cars and more people will be around in 100 years (hopefully running on cold fusion, hydrogen or the hot air generated by art critics)... so underbuilding something that will outlive us isn't an intelligent option.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 09, 2008 at 12:29 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 07.08.08

A few bits

Ok Im finishing up a review y'all are gonna enjoy (or at least enjoy hating)... till then:

Jerry Saltz on Eliasson's waterfalls, still Portland as a city has probably the best collection of waterfalls in the US (30 minutes away on I 84).

Regina Hackett had a nice lil interview with Christopher Rauschenberg. I particularly liked the question about dance... because for those who are paying attention, Chris is absolutely the most awesome dancer in Portland. At Elizabeth Leach's 25th anniversary party I remember him just opening a massive can of dance whupass as a crowd of artists and curators stood watching from the shadows contemplating just how terribly unfunky we were by comparison. Yeah, that's right he dances like Travolta and sounds just like his dad.

Archidose visits an awesome garden design, with a nice nod to beehives.

John Buchanan continues to astound San Francisco critics , in the worst way. Tyler Green has caught the scent as well.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 08, 2008 at 11:03 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.07.08

Rose Bond at NW Film Center

Rose Bond, installation

The NW Film Center presents an evening with media and installation artist Rose Bond. They'll screen stories and images from several of her installation pieces, including her recent ELECTRO-FLUX, originally created as a multi-channel public installation for the Platform Animation Festival. Bond's work "explor(es) the intersection of high art and low art, film and architecture, and interior/exterior installation."

Screening • 7:30pm • July 10
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park AVE

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 07, 2008 at 13:57 | Comments (0)


Duty bound links

Edward Winkleman took on the question of beauty, craft and its "antipode of convenience" in the constellation of artistic intent, conceptualism. There is no right answer and for my money the best possible outcome is the one where the philosophy and execution are capable of simultaneously undermining and reinforcing one another. When something leans too heavilly on craft or conceptual formula it is just dead to me, a spent force. Something has to be at risk for it to be intellectually/experientially salient. Simply putting a marble in some cream cheese in the center of a room or a giant gold dildo that shines like the sun isn't enough.... I want an aesthetic and intellectual program to be presented in a way that I can both come back to and or forget when I'm viewing. Still, the end result can't be too didactic or controlling of the viewer in making its gestalt. Perhaps, the follow through is the most important part of visual art and at a certain point the artist fades as the work remains?

Pipilotti Rist at FACT

Adrian Searle's podcast on Pipilotti Rist's Gravity Be My Friend at FACT (Liverpool) shows just why she does video installation art and sound better than almost everyone... though this is kinda Verner Panton-y.

Also, yes I am hard on the schlub... so when DK Row writes a nice piece on Robert Rauschenberg's final works (on view at Bluesky) I feel duty bound to point it out. If you are gonna be tough it helps to be fair too. I actually like defending him... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 07, 2008 at 11:57 | Comments (6)


Friday 07.04.08

Calling Designers


Portland Spaces magazine is launching their first Root Awards: Design From the Ground Up. There are 20+ awards for professional designers in architecture, design/build, interiors, landscape, and more. Submissions are due July 14, and you can learn more about the professional awards here.

The second component to the awards invites viewers/readers to submit photographs of their favorite moments of "Design on the Street." Select images will be used for a photo collage in their Nov/Dec issue. The deadline for photo submissions is August 15, and more info on those can be found here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 04, 2008 at 11:47 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.03.08

First Weekend Picks July 2008

Since Friday is 4th of July, many east side galleries are postponing their openings for a week (keep an eye out for those picks next week). Here's a sampling of galleries that are rocking it for the holiday weekend:


Grasshut is having an all day party to celebrate Fireworks, The Americans, a group show featuring around 40 artists and their take on Americana. Hot dogs, lemonade, beer, and fireworks will accompany the art to make you truly feel proud of your Independence.

Opening reception • Noon • July 4
Grass Hut Gallery • 811 E Burnside • 503.445-9924


Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 03, 2008 at 11:35 | Comments (0)


Swan Song for Tilt

Today, Tennessee, by 2006 Oregon Biennial artist Benjamin Buswell opens as the final exhibition at the Tilt gallery in the Everett Station Lofts. PORT was the first to tell you this would be a place to watch 2.5 years ago and it has really held up. Regardless whether any particular show was a success or fell flat, the trek to Tilt was always rewarding because of the surprise and professionalism that could be counted on.

Tilt has had a comparatively long run at "the lofts" for the husband and wife team of Jenene Nagy and Josh Smith who have another project, TILT Export, which will do independent curation while focusing more on their personal studio time. Jenene is also curator for PSU's Autzen gallery and was PORT's business manager for 2007.

Typically these alt space live/work Everett Station Loft galleries last only a year and at 2.5 years it's a good run for Tilt...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 03, 2008 at 11:00 | Comments (1)


Wednesday 07.02.08

Let's Talk About Portland

Installation view of scale photo of Portland metro, 1ft = 1 mile

PDXplore: Designing Portland opens tomorrow at PNCA. The project invites members of the local design and architecture community to reimagine Portland and construct a model of its growth in the next few years. It's being launched with a talk next week by five local designers and architects; Rudy Barton, Carol Mayer-Reed, Michael McCulloch, Richard Potestio, and William Tripp. As Brian Libby points out, Portland's at a crucial moment of development, and it's essential to get the community involved in the discussion of where - and how - to go from here.

Designer talk • 6-9pm • July 8
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson St. • 503.226.4391

There will be a second panel discussion later in the month, In the Round: Collective Leadership, featuring five local leaders: Sam Adams (mayor elect of Portland), David Bragdon (president of Metro), Tom Hughes (mayor of Hillsboro), Gil Kelley (Director of Planning, Portland), and Alice Rouyere (Executive manager, Gresham). It's a golden opportunity to actually bring design and city leadership together to confront the issues at hand.

Leader Roundtable • 6-9pm • July 22
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson St. • 503.226.4391


In a somewhat bewildering move, there's another interesting talk on the future of art and Portland's fabric conflicting with the first PDXplore talk. Milepost 5 is hosting a panel discussion on the future of living and working for artists in Portland...(more)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 02, 2008 at 10:50 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 07.01.08

First Thursday Picks July 2008

Robert Rauschenberg

Blue Sky Gallery will be honoring Robert Rauschenberg this month with an exhibition of some of his recent photographs. The prints originate from a trip to China in 1985 as part of the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Exchange. Many of the images had remained unused until 2008, when he collaborated with Bill Goldston to create this series of 12 prints. It is a rare opportunity to see some of the work that was in process when this great artist died earlier this year.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • July 3
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th AVE • 503.225.0210


Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 01, 2008 at 12:04 | Comments (0)

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