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Friday 10.31.08

Exit Wounds

From lommassonpictures.com

Jim Lommasson's Exit Wounds is not about art. It's not about politics or journalism either. It's about raw human experience: The suffering, the triumphs, the fear, the pride, the visceral truths that confront every individual touched by the violence of war.


Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 31, 2008 at 10:22 | Comments (0)


Friday Links

Roberta Smith has an interesting piece on theanyspacewhatsoever show at the Guggenheim, rightly questioning why it is comprised of, "a group of the usual suspects," who seem to show up in blockbuster contemporary museum shows frequently. Looks like a fine show that we've seen many times before in London and even Portland way back in 2000. Maybe with "Change" being the active term in this election cycle the art world will be forced to find some new names in the Post-Bush era?

Also in the NYT's Holland Carter calls Miro an artistic "serial murder"... I don't buy that, he seems more like a satirist of human ideologies and habits... kind of the Steve Martin of Spanish modernists, it's definitely physical comedy with a flair for the philosophical. Miro's work could have easily said, "Wellllllll EXC-ccc-CCC-UUUUUSE MEEEEEEEEEEEE!" while wearing an arrow through the head hat while playing the banjo.

A lot of so called "balanced" journalists try to make it seem like the sky is falling (panic is good for selling dead trees... hmm?) so it's good that Tyler Green pops a few of the WSJ's doom balloons in his discussion of museum economics in these erratic financial times today. (I'll discuss local economics next week) To be sure some institutions are going to be challenged (especially SAM which partnered with Washington Mutual) but institutions like the Portland Art Museum saw this coming (and likewise so did most of their major patrons).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 31, 2008 at 10:10 | Comments (0)



Sherrie Wolf, "Courbet's Allegory"

The Art Gym at Marylhurst presents Homage, re-enactments, copies and tributes by Sherrie Wolf, Brad Adkins, Christopher Rauschenberg and Michelle Ross. Originally conceived when Wolf presented her full scale copy of Gustave Courbet's 1855 oil painting The Painter's Studio: Allegory of Seven Years of My Artistic and Moral Life, curator Terri Hopkins decided to seek out other artists who were exploring imitation and homage: Rauschenberg's Eugène Atget project, Adkins's visual performance re-enactments, and Ross's Small Wild Things. Hopkins suggests that these artists projects are inspired less by a Levine-like desire to question authenticity, then an interest in homage, re-creation, and experimentation. The show runs through December 7.

Preview reception • 3-5pm • November 2
Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43) Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243

Mammalian Diving Reflex, from "Accepting the Possibility That I May Ruin My Eyes

Next Monday's PMMNLS speaker is Darren O'Donnell, writer, director, social acupuncturist, designer and artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. MDR claims to "smash ideas together at high speeds to see what pops out, inadvertently producing ideal entertainment for the end of the world." Here's to hoping the world doesn't end on Tuesday, but just in case, go see this lecture.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • November 3
PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 31, 2008 at 10:09 | Comments (9)


Thursday 10.30.08


MK Guth's project at the Whitney Biennial

MK Guth is bringing her installation at the Whitney Biennial to PAM's APEX gallery. For Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping, Guth traveled across the country, asking community members "What's worth protecting?" Their answers were handwritten on red flannel ribbons, and incorporated into a continuous braid, referencing Rapunzel's epic braid. PAM writes that the project "poignantly embodies the diverse voices of America in today's complex times." Don't miss PORT's exclusive interview with the artist last January.

Exhibition • November 1, 2008 - March , 2009
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park AVE • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 30, 2008 at 11:35 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.29.08

North Coast Seed Building Open House


The North Coast Seed Building, one of Portland's many great artist work spaces, invites the community to join them "on the wrong side of the tracks" for an open house this weekend. The building is made up of three separate warehouses constructed over thirty years, beginning in 1911. Originally zoned only for industrial use, artists working in the space in the early 1990s were nearly evicted by the fire marshal. Due to the intervention of a sympathetic member of the City of Portland's Bureau of Buildings, an artist's work was reinterpreted as a manufacturing process, and the North Coast Seed Building became an officially sanctioned artist space. Artists currently working in the building include Cynthia Lahti and Jason Traeger.

Open House • 5-9pm • November 1
North Coast Seed Building • 2127 N. Albina AVE

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 29, 2008 at 10:05 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.28.08

Reading between the bridges

Bridge architect Miguel Rosales @ AiA Portland

Architect Miguel Rosales Urban Design Board presentation at AIA's Portland HQ's today was interesting... and it should be, it was about the new light rail and pedestrian bridge across the Willamette weve been following.

The meeting wasn't about revealing anything new about the design or process, it was more of a "read between the lines" moment and getting a measure of the architect and project. Here's a PDF that details where we are now and covers most of the presentation today.

What came out "between the lines" was this:

1st priority is following all of the federal guidelines... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 28, 2008 at 21:52 | Comments (1)


The End of Death and Taxes

History of Honey

In conjunction with the ongoing Beyond Green exhibition at L&C's Hoffman Gallery, PORT's own Ryan Pierce is exhibiting The End of Death and Taxes. The large-scale paintings depict humans rebuilding society after the end of industry. It is a utopian exploration of what it would mean to create a sustainable environment by "redrafting human society around the health of natural systems." The exhibition is on display on the first floor of the Miller Center for the Humanities.

Exhibition • Through December 7
Hoffman Gallery0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd. • 503.768.7687

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 28, 2008 at 14:15 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.27.08

Reed at Reed

David Reed, "#453," 1996-2000, Collection Neues Museum Nürnberg

Abstract painter (and Reed alumnus) David Reed is speaking this Wednesday at Reed College. The lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Cooley for David Reed: Lives of Paintings, on view through December 9.

Artist lecture • 7pm • October 29
Reed College Vollum Lecture Hall
Exhibition • October 29 - December 9
Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Hauser Memorial Library

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 27, 2008 at 10:46 | Comments (0)


Friday 10.24.08


Ursula von Rydingsvard, "Damski Czepek"

Ursula von Rydingsvard will launch this year's Visiting Artists & Scholars program at OSU. She came to PAM a year ago to speak on the occasion of the exhibition of Pod Pacha last year. von Rydingsvard is best known for her extraordinary monumental cedar sculptures and installations.

Reception • 6pm • November 6
Lecture • 7pm • November 6
OSU • 875 SW 26th St. Corvallis • C&E Auditorium LaSells

Matt McCormick, still from "Towlines"

Artist / filmmaker Matt McCormick will be next week's PMMNLS speaker. Locally and nationally acclaimed, McCormick is known for such films as The Subconcious Art of Graffiti Removal, Towlines, and The Problem With Machines (That Communicate). His playful films offer "witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 27
PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 24, 2008 at 9:50 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.23.08

Bridge Design Panel


Been following development of the new bridge with us? An urban design panel is convening next Tuesday to discuss the "process, design considerations, and the next step." Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail: A New Bridge Over the Willamette will feature international bridge designer Miguel Rosales, AIA, and TriMet Design Manager Sean Batty, ASLA. You can preview documents related to the planning process on TriMet's site.

Urban Design Panel • 12-1:30pm • October 28
AIA Portland • 401 NW 11th AVE • Main Conference Room

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 23, 2008 at 10:50 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.22.08

Todd Johnson at PNCA

Dangerous Territory at PNCA

Collectors tend to be a certain type of hermetic, detail-oriented person and those who collect weapons in a serious way are a very rare breed.

For example, those who collect guns and knives are particularly private, even gruffly territorial about their obsessions. They usually don't want the rest of the world know what they have... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 22, 2008 at 13:55 | Comments (0)


Politics & Community

For the month of November, the Utrecht supply store will be exhibiting political art. They've released a non-juried open call for any and all 2D art on a political theme. The work should be no more than 36"x48", and ready to hang. Bring up to two works to the store on November 1st, 2nd, or 3rd for the hanging. You can learn more about the project on their blog.

Local artist "Abe" is seeking contributions for his Neighborhood Diaries project. Got a memory, any memory, from the Buckman, Boise, Downtown, Northwest, and King/Vernon neighborhoods? Get in touch with him and share your story (anonymously if you prefer). He'll be putting the stories together into a podcast walking tour of Portland, told through the anecdotes of local residents instead of the traditional urban history. You can read all about the project here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 22, 2008 at 13:15 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.21.08

Tuesday Links

In a kind of victory for serious blogging, Christies just used PORT's interview with Ed Ruscha as reference material for a lot. You can read Arcy's Ruscha interview that was sourced, here.

Roberta Smith reported that the Frieze art fair has chilled, but the international art market hasn't been frozen solid yet.

Best Of in Seattle has a mighty fine art blog and likes pointy murals.

And this is just completely awesome.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 21, 2008 at 17:06 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.20.08

The Butterfly Effect

Melody Owen, "Giraffe"

Over the past decade, philanthropist Leslie Durst has been privately commissioning a different local artist each year to create a unique edition of twelve objects. The Butterfly Effect will showcase the works publicly for the first time. The visual effect may be somewhat hodge podge, but it should be an interesting chance to see a somewhat rare example of the role of modern patronage. Artists include Christine Bourdette, Inge Bruggeman, Rachel Denny, Kristy Edmunds, Eleanor Erskine, Sally Finch, Kay French, Jörg Jakoby, Melody Owen, and Jenny Rideout.

Exhibition • 12-6pm • October 21 - 25
PICA • Leftbank Building • 240 N Broadway

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 20, 2008 at 10:33 | Comments (2)


Friday 10.17.08

Vito Acconci at the Nevada Art Museum's Art + Environment Conference

Vito Acconci at the Nevada Art Museum's Art + Environment Conference, 2008

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Art + Environment Conference at the Nevada Art Museum, October 2-4, 2008. Guided by the comments of the Lead Moderator William L. Fox, who is also the Lead Strategist for the Art + Environment Intiative, it was three days of excellent and thought provoking presentations from artists, writers, curators and even a biologist. The intention of the conference had been to bring to together as many ideas and perspectives on the environment as possible to see how ideas from different disciplines might cross polinate. It was under these circumstances that I had the opportuntiy to speak to Mr. Acconci. The interview ranged from Marina Abramovic's recreations of Acconci's performance art and that of others from the 1970s and Acconci's perspective on his current architectural practice.

In your early work, how did you know that using the experience of your body would be enough to make art? You understood early on that you did not necessarily have to create a painting or a sculpture but that your body and your experience could be the raw material for a new kind of art experience.

Because of the time. It was the late '60s and early '70s and the common language of the time was one of finding oneself, as if the self was something to contemplate. It was as if, at the time, that the self was a kind of precious jewel to concentrate on. Also it was the time of face-to-face encounters and encounter groups with an emphasis on person-to-person relationships. There were a lot of books at the time about non-verbal language, you know, how do people sit facing each other or whatever. It was a time when a lot of authority figures were being toppled, demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which was probably the most important thing about the time. It was also the time when the first Feminist writings were beginning to emerge. It was a time when, I do not think that I could say all of us, but some of us started to think that there was something wrong about art. There is something wrong about museums. We would ask questions like why do museums have no windows or few windows? Is art as fragile as all of that? Probably the answer is yes but, in other words, a lot of us wanted to see if art could be a kind of encounter. Can art be a kind of interaction? I am still not sure, but it was something that we wanted to explore. (More...)

Vito Acconci
Follow Piece, 1969
(c)Vito Acconci 2008

Posted by Arcy Douglass on October 17, 2008 at 12:59 | Comments (1)


Goings On

Buster Simpson, "Incidence," installed at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Photo by Russell Johnson.

Next week's PMMNLS features Buster Simpson, a widely known environmental and site-specific artist. His public installations seek to actively engage the viewer and the surrounding environment, such as Incidence shown above, which responds to ambient atmospheric conditions of light and the reflections on the water. Simpson's work includes major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 20
PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212

logo ©Drive By Press

This Saturday, Drive By Press is holding a printing party at The Life, featuring their mobile print making studio. Come by, make your own print or t-shirt, and enjoy a Saturday night art party at the Everett Station lofts.

Printing party • 6:30pm • October 18
The Life Art • 625 NE Everett St. #107 • 971.544.1365

Reminder: Nominations are due Monday, October 20 for the Henry's new Brink Award. Nomination guidelines can be found here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 17, 2008 at 9:45 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.16.08


Todd Johnson

Ongoing: Photographer Todd Johnson's Dangerous Territory is on view at PNCA. This politically timely exhibition "revolves around the ideas of competition, survival, technology and destruction."

Exhibition • October 12 - November 30
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson

Cloud Eye Control, from "Under Polaris"

PICA presents Under Polaris, a "multimedia Arctic experience" by Cloud Eye Control. Created while the group was in residence with PICA, the hybrid performance is "a multi-media quest through expansive arctic landscapes, mythical creatures and the ethereal Aurora Borealis." Cloud Eye Control is a collaborative performance group from Los Angeles, comprised of Chi-wang Yang, Miwa Matreyek, and Anna Oxygen. Tickets to the event are $10.

Performance • 2:30-6:30pm (all ages) • 8:30pm (21+) • October 19
PICA • Leftbank Building • 240 N Broadway

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 16, 2008 at 11:33 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.15.08

Andrea Zittel follow-up

Andrea Zittel at PSU

For those who missed the Andrea Zittel lecture at PSU last Monday, it definitely kicked off the 2008-9 PMMNLS lectures series with a bang (but we video'd part of it for you).

Though jam packed at its new location at Shattuck Hall ... (more with video excerpt after the jump)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 15, 2008 at 13:25 | Comments (2)


Calling Artists & Curators

Melia Donovan, "Item of information #1" from the 2006 CoCA Annual

Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art is seeking submissions for its annual juried exhibition. This year's Annual is juried by Riko Nakasone from Vancouver's Bau-Xi Gallery. CoCA is asking artists to respond to the theme hybrid: "The elements of the world we live in are increasingly becoming synthesized, mixed and reorganized. New ideas are being combined with existing ones. From cars to food, politics and religion, biochemistry, new technologies and art, we are all experiencing the 'hybrid'." First and second place, selected by the juror, take $500 and $250, respectively. Submissions are due by October 23 - learn more on CoCA's site.

(More for curators, photographers, and filmmakers below the cut.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 15, 2008 at 6:50 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.14.08

Models of Critical Production

Thomas Zummer, 2002, Portrait of 'Odex', graphite and pure carbon on paper, 42 x 30

PNCA & FIVE Idea Studio present "Models of Critical Production," a series of workshops, seminars, and lectures led by Saul Ostrow and Thomas Zummer. Ostrow and Zummer are both established artists, critics, curators, and scholars, and will critically examine modes of contemporary art practice. The noon-time chats are free and open to the public.

Saul Ostrow Lecture #1 • 12:30 - 1:30pm • October 14
Tom Zummer Lecture • 12:30-1:30 • October 15
Saul Ostrow Lecture #2 • 12:30 - 1:30pm • October 16
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson, in Commons • 503.226.4391

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 14, 2008 at 8:30 | Comments (0)


Interview with Garth Clark (exclusive)

Garth Clark

Alex Rauch: You have been called a visionary. You are a gallery owner, curator, writer, historian and one of craft's preeminent intellectuals, associated with everyone from; Peter Voulkos, Anthony Caro, the Natzlers and George Ohr to Ken Price. And this Thursday you will be giving a lecture entitled How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts.

I guess a good place to start is how you would define the craft movement?

Peter Voulkos, Untitled, c. 1960; ceramic; 13.5 x 8 x 18 inches; Collection Museum of Contemporary Craft, Gift of the Margaret Murray Gordon Estate; 2004.10.03

Garth Clark: This you know has been a bit of a problem. The crafts themselves have really defined themselves as a kind of purgatory...(more)

Posted by Alex Rauch on October 14, 2008 at 1:00 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.13.08

Opening this week

Jim Lommasson, "Arturo Franco: Wilsonville, OR"

The next NAAU Couture show opens this Friday. Jim Lommasson presents Exit Wounds, a documentation of the lives of returning veterans, exhibiting concurrently with the November elections. The exhibit combines Lommasson's photographs with photographs and words by the participants, exploring their transitions from the battlefield back to home life.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 17
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny St. • 503.231.8294


The Linfield gallery is opening .meta, a group show curated by TJ Norris.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 15
Artist discussion • 4-5pm • November 12
Linfield Gallery • 900 Baker St. McMinnville • Miller Fine Arts Center

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 13, 2008 at 9:30 | Comments (0)


Saturday 10.11.08

Willamette Bridge Design Reactions

a prelimenary wave frame bridge design for the Willamette

I'm certain PORT readers remember how we were dissatisfied with ZGF's preliminary design for the Willamette River pedestrian and light rail bridge and created our own design contest...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 11, 2008 at 22:35 | Comments (2)


Friday 10.10.08

You Want to Hear This

Tired of talking heads? There are some arts amazing lectures coming up in the next week.

Garth Clark, courtesy of MoCC

Craft "visionary" Garth Clark will be speaking at PNCA on Thursday. Clark works out of NYC as a gallery owner, curator, writer, historian, and one of craft's preeminent intellectuals. He'll be presenting How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts, co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Oregon College of Art & Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public, but he sold out the Whitsell auditorium the last time he was in town, so get there early.

Craft lecture • 6:30pm • October 16
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • Swigert Commons

Andrea Zittel, A-Z Raugh Furniture, 2007

The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series (hereafter known as PMMNLS) is kicking off with a bang this Monday with Andrea Zittel. This internationally acclaimed artist focuses on creative, sustainable living through the development of hand-crafted furniture, clothing, homes, and vehicles for "contemporary consumers." The O interviewed her in anticipation of her presentation. Keep an eye on Friday posts for a truly fantastic list of weekly speakers in this season's PMMNLS series.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 13
PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 10, 2008 at 11:52 | Comments (0)


Market Schmarket Links

Basquiat's Boxer

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is selling his excellent Basquiat "Boxer." My favorite part of this NYT's piece is Lar's quote, "It’s perhaps the last frontier where the best of the best will not go the way of the rest of the economy.” Is it possible that improbable quality and artistic dedication are recession proof? ...well I think it only holds true for "Basquiats", not lighter weights like Matthew Day Jackson. Sure he's sincere but he isn't that perceptive or poetic. My take is that Basquiat is on another level and his values will probably only improve. Other proven, transcendent artists (Justine Kurland, Chris Johanson) will transcend this financial crisis and those that follow art market trends will follow broader financial market trends.

Also, in the NYT's Roberta Smith explains why Elizabeth Peyton matters. I concur, seriously at what time were beauty and youth not worthy of our attention? Peyton transcends the stupider tabloid stuff in the media and exemplifies why we find young and beautiful people perpetually fascinating. At Peyton's best, she gives her subjects a grace and existential fragility they never really had but for a moment. Some think this is slight but it's like arguing against flowers, you can do it... but at the cost of acknowledging you might have a dead black heart. Frankly I find viewing a Peyton painting more satifying than TMZ's celeb gawking.

Finally, Tyler and I disagree about Peyton. It seriously freaks me out that we both like so many of the same artists like Clifford Still, enjoy tennis, blogging and kick ass architecture etc. Maybe it's our Midwestern/West Coast roots?

Also, check out Jen Graves WACK post. Though I find the ads at the left that state, "find your inner slut," a bit incongruous with the post.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 10, 2008 at 10:41 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.09.08

Odds & Ends


This might be a little far to go for a screening, but we wanted to give a nod to Portland artists abroad: United State of Mind, v.4 of the Portland-based Odds and Ends video series, will be screened on October 11 at the Taipei Biennial as part of the Urban Nomad Film Festival. Congrats to the filmmakers listed above!


Happening a little more locally: Rererato is featuring the film and sculptural installations of Brandon Boan. Preserve Then Rewind explores the disruption of history through the slow recording of the process of everyday objects changing over time.

Opening reception • 6pm • October 11
Rererato • 5135 NE 42nd AVE • 732.407.4418

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 09, 2008 at 7:28 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 10.08.08

Traces of Ourselves

April Surgent, "An Afternoon with Ethan"

Bullseye presents Traces of Ourselves, an exhibition developed through the joint residency of Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent. Harcuba is a master Czech engraver whose work explores the dialog between self, society, history, and present. During their residency, Surgent, an up-and-coming American artist, refined her technique in glass engraving, expanding upon the themes of contemporary travel and culture. The exhibition runs from October 7 through November 22.

Opening reception • 5:30-7:30pm • October 10
Bullseye Gallery • 300 NW 13th AVE • 503.227.0222

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 08, 2008 at 7:46 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 10.07.08

Use and Space. An Interview with Brad Cloepfil, Part II

Part II of PORT's conversation with architect Brad Cloepfil focuses on the spaces he creates for use by art and people. Part I dealt with Cloepfil's many artist influences. Part II picks up right where it left off, continuing our single marathon discussion of aesthetics, intent and buildings with Portland's most noted architect.

Cloepfil's Museum of Arts and Design (photo Michael Oman Reagan)

Arcy: Now that your generation is in charge you can see where ideas and institutions can lead you astray or have deep value… having grown up during Vietnam you can see both sides of the equation. What are the implications of the solace of organization and the danger of thinking as a culture rather than as an individual?

Brad: Well I wonder if seeing those images of bamboo being mowed down by machine guns night after night didn't produce a quest for more connection. I mean there was a period of art and a period of architecture when they kind of serialized culture; where the LA school of architects turned everything into collage, where the attitude was, "the world is chaos, so we will make architecture chaos." It's a kind of caricature almost, or can you create a counter voice and create something that is still? I definitely think I'm in the counterforce camp...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 07, 2008 at 0:22 | Comments (0)


Monday 10.06.08

This Week at PSU

Ben Killen Rosenberg

Ben Killen Rosenberg's Thank You For Having Me opened today at PSU's MK Gallery. Last year, Rosenberg began a series of paintings to introduce the PSU Monday Night Lecture Series. The paintings vary from an interpretation of the lecturing artist's work, imitation, portraiture, etc. Open through October 30.
Artist reception • October 23 • 5-7pm
MK Gallery at PSU • 2000 SW 5th AVE • 2nd Floor

Peter HappelChristian, "Familiar Wilderness"

Peter HappelChristian's Near the Point of the Beginning opens this Thursday. HappelChristian researched a cartographic site along the Ohio River called "The Point of Beginning," which marks the beginning of a grid system that constructs boundaries in the American landscape. Through his research, HappelChristian explores human interaction with the natural world. The exhibition runs from October 9 through October 30.

Artist lecture • 5-7pm • October 9
Artist reception • 5-7pm • October 11
Autzen Gallery at PSU • 724 SW Harrison St. • 2nd Floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 06, 2008 at 20:56 | Comments (0)


Monday Links

C-Monster says cruise ships are, "Like Lautner. Only blingier."

Dracula Vs Eisenstein points out a nifty advertisement for Wario Land on Youtube. Nice shake up of spatial configurations.

Salvatore Reda has started a new blog, "Always, Forever, Now" anthologizing art related stories in the press.

Jerry Saltz thinks Martha Rosler is stuck in the 60's. A lot of collage art has this problem.

Listen to PAM curator Terry Toedtemeier talk about Wild Beauty on OPB with a link here, a great interview. Wild Beauty is THE must see show for anyone who loves photography or nature on the west coast.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 06, 2008 at 11:36 | Comments (0)


Saturday 10.04.08

Fritz Haeg Interview at Reed College

Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates @ Reed's Cooley gallery

Fritz Haeg is one of those people for whom definitions like; architect, artist, curator and activist, miss the broader picture of his efforts. For example, even though he was part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial and will be addressing the Frieze art fair this year, he could care less about conquering the art world.

Instead, he wants to change the way we see and engage the world and his contribution to the Suddenly: Where We Live Now show at Reed's Cooley Gallery is both a resource and a prompt for engagement. In this show about understanding our shared environment and context Fritz's Animal Estates projects draw attention to many the wild animals that also live in Portland. The show end's tomorrow at 6:00 (with Fritz in attendance) so get on down to see this show while you still can.

Jeff: Tell me about the Animal Estates project at the Cooley gallery's Suddenly: where we live now?

Fritz: On the perimeter there is this Animal Estates repository or archive where each city adds material and it keeps growing from city to city. Each place is represented in very... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 04, 2008 at 16:31 | Comments (1)


Friday 10.03.08

TBA:08 On Sight

Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, still from "Masters of None"

TBA:08 On Sight: The New Absurdists closes tomorrow! Don't miss your last opportunity to experience the installations of Tamy Ben-Tor, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Lizzie Fitch, Jacob Hartman, Corey Lunn, Jeffry Mitchell, and Ryan Trecartin.

On view 12-6pm • Last day October 4
On Sight at THE WORKS • Leftbank 240 N Broadway

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 03, 2008 at 16:49 | Comments (0)


Thursday 10.02.08

Primer and welcoming committee for Reversed Reality

As Megan mentioned earlier Reversed Reality opens tomorrow and Worksound plays Portland host to 5 of the 6 artists. Here's a little primer on the artists from Hong Kong and Senegal. I'm certain youve seen some of these artists at recent Portland openings but let's give them a big Portland welcome tomorrow.

When I spoke to them today, the four artists from Hong Kong, all thought Portland had a young art scene with a more relaxed attitude than Hong Kong... focusing more on the work rather than purely career driven pursuits:

For this piece, Doris Wong collected postcards from Portland art events and assiduously copied each of them. Wong's copies are on the right, the originals are displayed on... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 02, 2008 at 16:16 | Comments (0)


FIrst Friday Picks October 2008

drawing by Samantha Wall

Curated by Selina Ho, Reverse Reality is an artist residency and exhibition project that sent four Hong Kong young artists to Portland for a month to create new work informed and inspired by their experiences. Artists Beatrix Bang, Doris Wong, Hanison Lau, and Florian Ma translated their tradition working methods through the lens of their experiences in Portland, fostering a cultural dialogue between contemporary American and Chinese art. Included in this mix Portland artist Samantha Wall has a room devoted to her highly kinesthetic drawings of grappling women.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 3
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com


Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 02, 2008 at 8:44 | Comments (3)


Wednesday 10.01.08

Coming up at PAM

Alfred A. Monner, "Sand Dunes Along the Columbia River with the Snow-Capped Peak of Mt. Hood in the Distance," 1934

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge 1867-1957 opens this weekend at PAM. The exhibition features roughly 250 historic photographs that illustrate "the majesty of the Columbia River Gorge through nine decades of profound transformation." Check the exhibition website for related lectures and events.

Exhibition • October 4, 2008 - January 11, 2009
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Also coming soon to PAM: Making Merry: The Circus and Carnival in Graphic Art. October 11, 2008 - January 4, 2009. More details can be found on the exhibition page.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 01, 2008 at 11:39 | Comments (1)

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