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Tuesday 03.03.09

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First Thursday Picks March 2009

Mel Katz at Laura Russo Gallery

Mel Katz presents Aluminum Sculpture at Laura Russo. After 50 years of practice, Katz's work has stayed modern and clean. His sculptures have become progressively more flattened, exploring the silhouette and positive and negative space.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • March 5
Artist lecture • 11am • March 14
Laura Russo Gallery • 805 NW 21st Ave • 503.226.2754

Eva Speer, "Stratagem"

Eva Speer's Consolation will be at Hartman this month. Speer works with many different mediums, choosing imagery that is conventional and apparently random. Her work "presents recognizable conventions, perhaps a space removed from the flow of their contexts, which can have the effect of making them seem further exaggerations or caricatures... These works do not represent an altered or alternative reality, just one observed and put forth to fend for itself."

Opening reception • 5:30-8:30pm • March 5
Charles Hartman Fine Art • 134 NW 8th • 503.287.3886

A Fragile Reality: Ryan Pierce's "Dabrowa Station" (on right)

Elizabeth Leach presents A Fragile Reality, a group exhibition of young artists reacting to "the fragility of the world, not only in an environmental sense, but also economically, psychologically and politically." Featured artists include Dan Attoe, Chris Churchill, Ry Fyan, Daniel Gordon, Nicola López, and PORTstar Ryan Pierce.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 5
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Ralph Rosenborg, "Landscape with Hills and Lake," 1990

New York Master, a major retrospective of painter Ralph Rosenborg, member of the Ten, will be on view at Mark Woolley. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionist painters, Rosenborg never received the acclaim of Rothko, Pollock, and others. After his death, his wife doggedly pursued recognition for his talent, showing his work through Mark Woolley until she was the victim of a con in 2004. After recovering most of the lost paintings, she has made his entire estate available to Woolley for this exhibition.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 5
Mark Woolley Gallery • 817 SW 2nd • 503.224.5475


Liam Drain is bringing his video installation Closing Credits to the Tractor Gallery. Drain is a recent PNCA graduate and a member of the inimitable Oregon Painting Society.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 5
Tractor Gallery • 328 NW Broadway • charles@tractorpdx.com

Jo Hamilton

Jo Hamilton presents I Crochet Portland at Stumptown. Trained as a painter, her chosen medium is yarn. For three years she has worked on a cityscape, her first attempt to crochet a painting, followed by portraits and other crocheted local notables.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • March 5
Stumptown • 128 SW 3rd • 503.295.6144

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 03, 2009 at 12:40 | Comments (1)


Probably Mel's best show in a decade...

Also, exciting moments for Eva Speer and PORT's own Ryan Pierce... both made excellent Pearl District debuts with attention getting new achievements in their work. It is selling too... so yes giving some of these hot new kids a shot in this crappy economy is a valid survival strategy.

Congrats to Ryan and Eva

P.S. that Kim Fisher at Fourteen30 is one of the best I've seen... the sort of thing that wouldnt have been available last year.

(aside) sorry about destroying your mairrage the other night Ryan ...!

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2009 10:14 AM

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