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Wednesday 12.31.08

Jerry Walker & cary doucette

Left: Jerry Walker, "Target For One," Right: cary doucette, "blau 1 (detail)"

12x16 is bringing in the new year with Jerry Walker and gallery member cary doucette. Walker was a Portland Pop Pioneer, who adopted the 1960s & 70s NYC Minimalist edge. Although he exhibited in the Portland Art Museum, his work remained largely obscure until his estate sold the collection after his death. Complementing Walker's Minimialist constructions are the parts and pieces of cary doucette. This show exposes the concept behind his work through raw materials, presenting unfinished structures like an architect might present a model.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 2
Artist reception • 2-4pm • January 4
12x16 Gallery • 8235 SE 13th #5 • 503.432.3513

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


Tuesday 12.30.08

Looking back at 2008 on PORT

2008 may be the year that most everyone I know can't wait to leave behind but it was easily PORT's best year ever. Tomorrow I'll post PORT's annual year in review.

Till then, here's a list of just a few of our standouts from 2008:

Arcy and I interviewing Brad Cloepfil in a marathon 2-part art and architecture geek fest... we kinda good cop/bad cop'd him but the man is a aesthetics machine

Arcy's interview with Ed Ruscha, AKA the world's greatest living painter

Ryan's interview with Storm Tharp, ending with the most intriguing hamburger discussion of the year

Amy's critical takedown of Ethan Jackson's Couture show at NAAU

My review of Paul Sutinen at 9 Gallery

Arcy's historical piece on Donald Judd at the PCVA... uncovering an important show in Judd's development.

Arcy's review of Robert Rauschenberg's final works at Bluesky

My review of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Megan's heartfelt review of Jim Lommason's Exit Wounds at NAAU

Arcy's digestion of Shiro Nakane's lecture at PNCA

My interview with Fritz Haeg at Reed College

Alex's interview with Garth Clark

Amy's review of Video Gentlemen at NAAU (see a trend here, the Couture series has been a critical favorite)

My review of Keith Boadwee at Rock's Box

My review of Jacqueline Ehlis at NAAU

Arcy's essay on Barnett Newman's 18 Cantos

Megan's tough but fair analysis of Disjecta with some very constructive advice... which happily seems to have gotten through

My analysis of PAM's new direction with Brian Ferriso

My review of Gertrude and Otto Natzler at MoCC

Amy's interview with Jonathan Lasker.... this is a clinic on how to do a smart, informed interview for an art audience.

My analysis of the I-5 Columbia River Crossing, AKA the 4+ billion dollar bridge

Ryan's interview with MK Guth

Arcy's interview with Vito Acconci

So please bear with me, it's time for me to be "The Publisher" and toot our own horn:


Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 30, 2008 at 13:53 | Comments (3)


Monday 12.29.08

Woolley's 15 and Smith is Ecumenical

Just in time for the holidays, Mark Woolley's savvy eye for up-and-coming artists has given Portland another reason to celebrate besides the fact that it's the gallery's 15th anniversary. Titled Selections from ME9, this show by Stephen Scott Smith is a fitting affirmation of Woolley's keen eye for fresh contemporary Portland artists.

The Woolley Gallery has been an integral part of the contemporary Portland art scene since first opening in 1993. While in the Pearl District, Woolley became a pioneer in discovering new talent in town. His eye for new artists has been and continues to be an important factor in the Portland art vocabulary.

Installation view, Selections from ME9 by Stephen Scott Smith


Posted by Alex Rauch on December 29, 2008 at 11:24 | Comments (2)


Crawl Space Centennial

Christoph Gielen, "Closeness, Two, peripheral Berlin" from the 2007 Centennial

Seattle's Crawl Space Gallery is seeking submissions for their 2009 Third Annual Centennial juried exhibition. This year's judge is NW artist Jeffry Mitchell, and one exhibiting artist will be chosen for a $500 award. Submissions of work in any medium are due by February 1, 2009. Get more details on their site.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 29, 2008 at 9:21 | Comments (0)


Friday 12.26.08

Memorial for Terry Toedtemeier January 4th

Terry Toedtemeier's Soliton, Oregon Coast, 2004

The Northwest Photography Archive has established a memorial fund in honor of Terry Toedtemeier, which will fund a book of his photographs, more info on the fund at the bottom of the page here.

The NPA site also states that a memorial service will be held at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday, January 4. It will begin at 2 p.m. with a viewing of the Wild Beauty exhibition, followed by a memorial program at 3 p.m. in the Fields Ballroom in the Museum’s Mark Building. The program will include remarks by friends and family and a slide show of Terry’s work.

Suggestion for the cabin fevered in our unthawing city... if you do nothing else this weekend check out Wild Beauty at PAM, the show ends January 11th.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 26, 2008 at 21:30 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 12.23.08

Yes Virginia there is a MOCA in 2009

Great news, MOCA will survive as an autonomous institution... when it is Govan vs. Broad, Broad always wins. Also, why is there even a Govan vs. Broad dynamic? It isn't just that Broad has the money, it is that he is a smart donor who forces institutions to do the right thing. It takes involved and principled donors, not just people who write checks. I can also add that it's way easier to deal with the Broad Foundation's press office than MOCA's.

I think Tyler's analysis is spot-on. No need to duplicate it... here's what we had to say earlier.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 23, 2008 at 8:59 | Comments (0)


Monday 12.22.08

Corey Arnold's Fish-Work

Matthew and the Sleeper

Sadly, of one of the best contemporary art exhibitions of 2008, Corey Arnold's wry and accurately titled FISH-WORK at Charles A.Hartman Fine Art ended during the blizzard last weekend. If you missed it PORT will try to make up the difference... sure we have seen Arnold's work in occasional group shows but this collection of images is particularly strong, and sometimes devastingly fresh.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 22, 2008 at 12:06 | Comments (2)


Friday 12.19.08

Snowy Hopes

Snowy Portland 2008

Before the calendar takes a break for the holidays, I wanted to share a little good news from the RACC. They have collected record funds to award in grants in 2009 to artists, nonprofits, and arts education. Eloise Damrosch, executive director of the RACC, reminds us that supporting the arts is essential to the health of the community in difficult times: "Without question, artists and arts organizations make our community a better place to live, and they need our support now more than ever. Just imagine what it would be like if we didn't have the arts to get us through this difficult time; the arts bring us together, to challenge and entertain us. The arts give us hope."

Enjoy the snow, I'll be back December 29. (PORT will still be updated but have more sporadic posts during the holiday week)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 19, 2008 at 11:30 | Comments (0)


Your morning MOCA

It looks like MOCA is going to be saved (in the most culturally responsible way), here's the LA Times report. It looks like director Jeremy Strick might be out.

Here's Tyler Green's take.

PORT had this to say initially about the whole situation.

Carl Andre, 8 Blocks and Stones, 1973
Concrete blocks and river stones (from Portland), Each: 11 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (29.2 x 29.8 x 8.9 cm) The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Barry Lowen Collection 85.36

Later, we visited Michael Heizer's iconic Double Negative, part of MOCA's awe inspiring collection... which also includes a portion of the piece Carl Andre did for Portland's equally awesome PCVA back in the 70's. May MOCA avoid the PCVA's fate... this is encouraging.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 19, 2008 at 11:08 | Comments (0)


Thursday 12.18.08

Public Science (Art) Opportunities

The Oregon Arts Commission has announced two new calls for public artists. The Oregon Institute for Technology (OIT) is looking for work that "may reflect or enhance the following subjects and ideas: Biology, Chemistry, Health and Environmental Sciences, cutting edge medical technologies, contemporary and traditional approaches to problem solving and the natural beauty, wildlife and indigenous native culture of the area." Application deadline: January 9.

The Linus Pauling Science Center at OSU is seeking artists or teams who can work collaboratively to reach a "site-specific design solution" to complement this building, which is still in the design phase. They are interested in concepts that "blur the lines between art, science and technology." Application deadline: January 23.

Read more about these opportunities, and keep an eye out for future public art opportunities, at the Oregon Arts Commission.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 18, 2008 at 9:14 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 12.17.08

Mixed Magic


Ready to brave the snow? Catch the artist reception for Mixed Magic at PSU's Autzen gallery. This group exhibition uses comedy and playfulness to address more complex subject matter, approaching humor as an important tool to get us through difficult social and economic times. The show closes on December 22.
Update! The reception is canceled due to inclement weather. Check to see if PSU is open before stopping by to see the show.

Artist reception • 6-8pm • December 19
Autzen Gallery at PSU • 2000 SW 5th Ave • 2nd Floor Neuberger Hall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 17, 2008 at 10:54 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 12.16.08

Radio Tribue to Terry Toedtemeier

KBOO's Art Focus will hold a tribute to Terry Toedtemeier this Thursday morning. Guests include Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary (his dealer), John Laursen (co-author of Wild Beauty), and his widow and co-curator, Prudence Roberts.

Radio Tribute • 10:30-11am • December 18
KBOO 90.7fm in Portland

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 16, 2008 at 8:55 | Comments (0)


Sunday 12.14.08

Jonathan Lasker at PAM

Portrait of JL.jpg
Jonathan Lasker at PAM Jonathan Lasker is a painter's painter. His work has answered the call to move and change and be something relevant during an era when the medium of paint was pronounced dead. Lasker's oeuvre speaks to the notion of possibility and invention within the ideas of material and symbol while speaking to the experience of this time as well. Over the last thirty years, Lasker has distilled this language into something almost audible, wrought with the eloquence of a haiku. I had the opportunity to speak candidly with Lasker about his life's work at the Portland Art Museum, where his work will be on view until January eleventh. PORT: Do you see a great disparity between the east and west coasts? . . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on December 14, 2008 at 20:46 | Comments (1)


Ann Arbor Experimental Film Fest

Ben Peters

The 46th Ann Arbor film festival is coming to the NW Film Center. The longest running experimental film festival in the country, this year's tour features 31 of the best short films in the festival, split into two programs. Wednesday's program features works from Ben Peters' Frog Jesus to Josh Rankin's I Met the Walrus. Thursday's program includes Kelly Sears' The Drift, Semiconductor's Brilliant Noise - and many, many more on both nights.

Film Screening Part I • 7pm • December 17
Film Screening Part II • 7pm • December 18
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium at PAM • 1219 SW Park

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 14, 2008 at 12:05 | Comments (0)


Friday 12.12.08

Thank You Terry

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 12, 2008 at 10:05


Thursday 12.11.08

Terry Toedtemeier passes away

Terry Toedtemeier speaking at the Wild Beauty press conference

PORT is extremely saddened to report that Terry Toedtemeier, the Portland Art Museum's indispensable curator of photography has passed away. More details to come but his life's work can be seen in what I consider to be the year's most important show, Wild Beauty.

He died last night and collapsed while speaking in Hood River about the Wild Beauty show. Also, he had a recent history of heart problems.

It is a terrible and tragic loss, he had such a sweet presence that was coupled with an utterly contageous passion for photography, geology and life. We will all miss him and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

The community has lost a giant but we gained immeasurably through his efforts.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 11, 2008 at 10:03 | Comments (5)


Student Film Screening

This weekend, a group of PNCA students will screen movies, a collection of short experimental film, at Gallery Homeland. Featured artists include Jacob Winfield, Ryan Tesar Freeman, Kevin Tinnell, Morgan Alexandra Ritter, Joey Lusterman, Chris Bovden, Bryan Colombo, Adrienne Huckabone, Israel Lund, Sarah Burke, Julia Perry, Brennan Broome, and Jim Hill.

Film Screening • 7pm • December 12
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 11, 2008 at 9:14 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 12.10.08

Impossible... Future


Fourteen30 presents Impossible Instruments / Future Flags, a group exhibition organized by artist Nathaniel T. Price. Using science fiction as a point of departure, the show takes on manifestations of the uncanny and the strange in human experience. Exhibiting artists include Alex Felton, Kristan Kennedy, Corey Lunn, Chris Johanson, M Blash, Dana Dart-McLean, Rob Halverson, Steven Wirth, Jo Jackson, Nathaniel T. Price, Arnold J. Kemp and Bobo.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 12
Fourteen30 Contemporary • 1430 SE 3rd • 503.236.1430

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 10, 2008 at 11:14 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 12.09.08

Tweet & more Miami photos

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 09, 2008 at 10:29 | Comments (0)


Monday 12.08.08

Overreacting and Underreacting

Last night I really enjoyed Morley Safer's interview with Julian Schnabel on 60 minutes... mostly for the artists hilarious meltdown over what Robert Hughes wrote years ago. First Schnabel was offended that Safer even brought his nemesis up. Then Schnabel wouldn't drop Hughes as the subject. (tsk tsk, overreacting to a critic is a telling sign of massive insecurities and a more self aware artist knows how to take a punch...). As far as press goes Safer is a pretty pleasant interviewer... why get all Khan vs Kirk with him, why attack Safer so personally as a proxy for Kirk (erm I mean Hughes)? Still, I admire Schnabel as a film director (though all the footage which was lost then resurfaced in Downtown 81 certainly laid the groundwork for Schnabel's own Basquiat film) but as a painter he's a second or 3rd rate practitioner compared to his contemporaries Basquiat and Anselm Kiefer. Still I need to see his latest film The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.

Yes, the calls to action for saving MOCA (and calls for new leadership) as an autonomous institution keep growing. Here is the new non-facebook mobilization page.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 08, 2008 at 11:52 | Comments (2)


Friday 12.05.08

Nostalgic Wonderment


The Portland Art Museum's latest show, Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957, is more than just an exhaustive photographic history of the Columbia River Gorge, it is a bittersweet reminder of the fragile beauty of even the most rugged environments. The show's message comes across as if one were watching an unbiased world news program presented in a straightforward manner, as a chronicle of time passing into memory.

Posted by Alex Rauch on December 05, 2008 at 9:25 | Comments (0)


Video / Performance


The Mmm...Video series has started at PSU's MK Gallery. Lasting through most of December, the series begins with Robert Barta's Capri (through the 7th), followed by Alex Hubbard's Collapse of the Expanded Field 1-3, and Matthew Green's Home of the Radical.

Video series • December 1 - 22
PSU MK Gallery • 2000 SW 5th AVE • 2nd Floor

Michael McManus and Alexandra Schmidt

The Cooley gallery presents a performance orchestrated by Stephanie Gervais and Alexandra Schmidt. In Love: Personified, Schmidt and fellow performer Michael McManus "embark upon a journey from one kind of fear to another." This romantic/erotic performance, exploring youth and beauty, begins with the blast of a shofar, and ends with the pair embracing in a bathtub "replete with a thousand goldfish." The performance will be followed with music by Zoe Roller from 5-6pm. After the music, stay at the Cooley for Dreamtime with David Reed - bring your sleeping bag, and get comfy in the gallery to watch a screening of two video works by David Reed, in conjunction with the end of David Reed's Lives of Paintings at the gallery.

Performance • 4-5pm • December 8
Music • 5-6pm • December 8
Screening • 6-9pm • December 8
Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Hauser Memorial Library

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 05, 2008 at 9:08 | Comments (0)


Thursday 12.04.08

Art Basel Miami Beach 2008

Vernissage ABMB 2008. The orange piece is Ai Weiwei's Cube Light, 2008 Meile

All photos Vanessa Calvert

The hall was packed and work was selling at the Vernissage according to Vanessa Calvert, who took pictures of Art Basel Miami Beach's main event fair this year. Will things be as brisk throughout the weekend? Last year ABMB did well while satellite fairs were less robust and I expect that trend to continue, the art world isn't going to simply stop buying art. I suspect it's the relatively expensive young rising-star artists whose markets will get hit hard. The speculation days are likely gone but people who love art still love art and will support it... (more)

Posted by Guest on December 04, 2008 at 10:47 | Comments (0)


First Friday Picks December 2008

Alexander Herzog, "picture 10"

Alexander Herzog presents I Found the Cure at 32 at Gallery Homeland. He writes that his work is "a collision of cultural anthropology and phenomenological experience." Extrapolating many formal elements from the history of painting, Herzog "pushes and pulls the segments of the image into space."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 5
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryhomeland.org


Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 04, 2008 at 9:40 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 12.03.08

Tony Fry Lectures

Tony Fry

Australian design theorist Tony Fry will be the next PNCA+Five Ideas Studio speaker. Design Futuring, Culture and the Coming Age of Unsettlement will address two major questions: "How can design, as a positive force for change, be made to happen? And, how can design become a re-directive practice leading towards sustainment?" Fry is a contributing editor to the Design Philosophy Papers as well as director of "sustainability consultancy" Team D/E/S.

Design lecture • 12:30pm • December 5
PNCA • Gerding Theater at the Armory • 128 NW 11th Ave

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 03, 2008 at 10:52 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 12.02.08

First Thursday Picks December 2008

Stephen Scott Smith, "Bunnysmith"

The Mark Woolley Gallery is celebrating their 15th anniversary this month with Stephen Scott Smith's Selections from ME9. Smith's provocative work explores identity, competitive art world marketing and artist branding, narcissism, modernity vs. nature and more through photography, video, installation, performance and painting.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 4
Mark Woolley Gallery • 817 SW 2nd Ave • 503.224.5475


Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 02, 2008 at 9:43 | Comments (3)


Monday 12.01.08

New Season Opportunities

The North View Gallery at PCC Sylvania, is looking for emerging and established artists for solo exhibitions during the 2009-2010 school year. Submissions will only be accepted by mail, and must be postmarked by February 3. Please contact Vicki Wilson for submission requirements and address information.

Pushdot studios is soliciting submissions for their 2009 exhibition schedule. They accept rolling submissions throughout the year, but calendars fill up fast, so it's worth jumping on it. You can read their detailed submission guidelines by visiting their website and going to Gallery: Submittal Guidelines.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 01, 2008 at 9:25 | Comments (0)

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