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Tuesday 03.31.09

First Thursday Picks April 2009

Terry Toedtemeier

In April, Blue Sky is featuring Early Work by Terry Toedtemeier. This body of work comes from around 1975, when he co-founded Blue Sky. In the midst of a "brief, intense investigation of the possibilities of infrared photography," Toedtemeier was still interested in capturing gestures and the human, or sometimes animal, figure. This subject distinguishes these images from his later work, when he turned primarily to landscape. Blue Sky will also be exhibiting shows by Alexis Pike and Andy Freeberg, as well as select images by Abelardo Morell, who is in town as keynote speaker for the upcoming Photolucida conference.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 2
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210


Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 31, 2009 at 17:47 | Comments (0)


Greener bridge over the Columbia?

Image of the New St, Andrews bridge, an uninspired design but interesting eco-concrete (seen in bad sculpture) has potential

The New York Times has a fascinating article on green minded, pollution scrubbing cement being used on the St. Andrews Bridge in Minneapolis. Yes it's the replacement for the one that collapsed...but might it have an application for our Columbia River Crossing on I-5? Mayor Adams has made a promise of A Better Bridge and his political future rests on delivering it. The St. Andrews project only uses the cement on sculptures but a Portland bridge design could possibly incorporate it more fully?

This Columbia River Crossing is still a vague blind man's elephant and as I've mentioned numerous times it is going to take an architect to really bring this project some coherency and make a truly better bridge. How about a design competition?

Right now the two mayors are the leading voices on the design issues and frankly that's just wrong. What the politicians need is an architect whom they can torment into being on time and on budget while the architect can create designs that do more than simply speak to one issue or group. A design competition gives people a visual, till then the discussion is about lanes, dollars, concrete, wind turbines, bridge heights, where people live and other red herrings that only see part of the picture. A good design has to address all of those things and much more, a politician can duck or steamroller issues but a bridge embodies them and I think the two mayors should avoid their current situation. Let the designs embody the discussion so the politicians can politic.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 31, 2009 at 9:38 | Comments (0)


Monday 03.30.09

Our work is never over

Michael Reinsch

Sponsored by the RACC, Michael Reinsch presents a temporary installation at the Portland Building that examines notions of labor. "The project will start with piles of materials and tools and will change and develop throughout the month as he explores his relationship to his art as work, the ways in which others think about work, how his job affects his art process, and how all of this is informed by current events. Reinsch states "My work is never done.'" Reinsch is launching the project with a full 8 hour shift today (March 30), and can be found working in the Portland Building from 8-10:30am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the duration of the exhibition.

Installation • March 30 - April 24
Portland Building • 1120 SW 5th Avenue

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 30, 2009 at 14:45 | Comments (0)


More links

Tyler Green indicates that the Hirschhorn has undertaken a series of rolling gallery closures because of a lack of security gaurds.

Jerry Saltz discusses who is looking a bit dated or artificially enhanced as the less buoyant art market casts their recent work in a more sober light.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 30, 2009 at 10:59 | Comments (0)


Friday 03.27.09

Correction: Pulliam Deffenbaugh, reinventing itself

Correction: Ok never trust the Oregonian (I should know better) Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery is not closing just adjusting its current form. Basically they are leasing out some space during slower months to PDX comtemporary, next door. I've been out of town but have known about the restructing for a few weeks.

What should be noted is that Pulliam Deffenbaugh is an essential core gallery and founding PADA member, but of all the main Portland galleries, I've been most concerned about them. For the past year the gallery has been doing mostly group shows (some stellar but red dot sales have been noticeable slower than many other PADA galleries). It's been a long time since they had a blockbuster solo show sales-wise too. *Disclosure I showed in one of the better selling group exhibitions last year.

For more background, a few weeks ago MaryAnn Deffenbaugh announced she would be leaving the daily operations of the gallery to work in development for OCAC. Like a lot of Portland galleries, a large portion of their sales in recent years have came from outside the city (now likely effected by the economy) and yes some key local collectors have been hit hard in the financial crisis.

*Update Rod Pulliam and MaryAnn Deffenbaugh have yet to figure out what the new business arrangement will be... so basically this whole story broken by the Oregonian's doom patrol seems a tad premature.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 27, 2009 at 13:22 | Comments (1)


Into The Sunset at MoMA, still fetishing Oregon

Stephen Shore's poignant and jaw dropping photo taken outside "K Falls"

MoMA's Into The Sunset show charts the persistent role of photography as commentator on the West and Stephen Shore's photograph taken outside Klammath Falls is the poster child. It opens Sunday.

Ken Johnson's NYT's review discusses the trend but this is nothing new to Portlanders.

Last year Wild Beauty provided a similarly sardonic spectacle and video artist/filmmaker Matt McCormick made this very subject the core of his last solo show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Todd Johnson's interesting curatorial project at Gallery Homeland in 2008 also beat MoMA to the punch. I do think Wild Beauty answered Ken Johnson's longing for something that was so bleak. Luckilly the book is still available.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 27, 2009 at 11:36 | Comments (0)


Thursday 03.26.09

Zombie Art Crawl - New York March 2009

Helen Altman's dead eyed zombie goldfish simulacra at DCKT contemporary seemed to capture the lingering mood of vulnerability in New York City recently. It was also a hilarious update on Damien Hirst's shark which rocked the art world in 1992 from London (version 2.0 is at the Met, I'll touch on that later in this post).

If we are talking trends, zombie-like figurative art and prismatic crystalline aesthetics have been big in the art world for years and New York in March 2009 mostly gave us more of the same. It isn't bad but there was zero surprise from young artists and I do see more energy and less group think in LA and sometimes yes...episodically better shows in Portland (our best shows... every month or two are as good as or even more original than NYC's current standards). What was consistently better in New York was the presentation, which beat out LA spaces and generally had less of that annoying overcrowding I often find in Portland spaces (in all but our best shows by mature, fully developed artists). In New York even immature artists try to emulate mature artists by not overcrowding. Maybe it's just that presentation is more important when you have 400 plus serious galleries in one city and the gallery staff insists on uncluttered presentations from young artists?

The other thing I noticed was a general drought of installation art in New York galleries this month. It wasn't until I hit The Sculpture Center that I was happy to find a lot of installation art by younger artists... (much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 26, 2009 at 22:45 | Comments (0)



MK Guth, "Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping," final installation, NY Park Ave Armory

Local artist MK Guth, who works in video, sculpture and performative social exchange projects, is lecturing this week for PMMNLS. Guth's project Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and subsequently installed in the APEX gallery at PAM. Guth is also a founding member of the Red Shoe Delivery Service.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • March 30
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex Room 212 • Corner of SW Broadway & Hall

Mr. Shiro Nakane (left) & Dr. Makoto Suzuki

Renowned Japanese garden professionals Dr. Makoto Suzuki of Tokyo Agricultural University and Mr. Shiro Nakane of Nakane & Associates will lecture next Tuesday at the Japenese Garden. They will both present on the topic The Japanese Garden: Past, Present, and Future. Tickets are $10, space is limited, reservations can be made here.

Artisan expert lectures • 6-8pm • March 31
Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston Avenue • 503.223.1321

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 26, 2009 at 21:34 | Comments (0)


Rothko in Portland

Today is the 95th anniversary of the passing of Mark Rothko's father Jacob Rothkowitz on May 27, 1914. Rothko was 11 at the time and had only been in Portland 7 months before his father passed. The house that they lived in at the time was in 834 Front Street in Southwest Portland.

I have been rereading James Breslin's excellent biography of Rothko and found this quote on page 34:

Rothko spent "his youth in front of the endless space of the landscape of Oregon lying covered by the wintry snows, in front of the monumental emptiness that is nothingness and and at the same time part of it 'all'".

Posted by Arcy Douglass on March 26, 2009 at 20:19 | Comments (0)


Links of DOOM

It looks like the horrible Atlantic Yards development is dead, according to Frank Gehry. That's good news, for once!

The Guardian reports on Berlin's art market downturn.

AFN reports that Bergamot Station is in potential danger. Honestly, I can't believe that would really happen.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 26, 2009 at 9:57 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 03.25.09

White Noise closing reception


In case you missed White Noise or were there during the rock'n but impossible to see anything opening, here's your last chance to catch a nice warehouse show with a lot of energy and several standout pieces by Stephen Scott Smith, Damien Gilley (probably the most talked about MFA student in Portland) and the show's curator Jhordan Dahl (another must watch artist/curator combo, she's a got a great deal of verve).

White Noise closing reception • 7-11 PM • March 26
Worksound • 820 SE Alder

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 25, 2009 at 11:21 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 03.24.09

Art films: last installment

Herb and Dorothy Vogel

Megumi Sasaki's Herb and Dorothy is airing this weekend. The film documents the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who came from modest means but still managed to put together "one of the largest and most important private collections of minimalist and conceptual art in the world... In an age of the commodification of art by wealthy 'investors,' Herb and Dorothy offer a rare and uplifting example of people for whom art is about love, not profit." Note PORT first broke the story that the Vogel's had given 50 works of art to the Portland Art Museum here.

First screening • 2pm • March 28
Second screening • 4:30pm • March 29
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park

Alice Neel, "Andy Warhol," 1970

The final installment of the NW Film Center's 2009 art film series screens next weekend. Alice Neel, Andrew Neel's documentary about his grandmother, explores the life of the portrait painter who was a "self-described collector of souls." She captured an amazing range of cultural figures, including Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, Allen Ginsberg, and Annie Sprinkle, sacrificing much of her own life to pursue her art.

Film screening • 4pm • April 4
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 24, 2009 at 9:58 | Comments (0)


Monday 03.23.09

Animals and Icons : Cliff Evans at PCC Cascade Gallery

Empyrean (
Still from Empyrean 5 Channel Video Projection, Cliff Evans 2007

Empyrean n. 1. The highest heaven; specif., a) among the ancients, the sphere of pure light or fire b) among Christian poets, the abode of God 2. The sky; the celestial vault; firmament . . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on March 23, 2009 at 13:20 | Comments (0)


Escaping to and from New York + links

Well, I'm back from New York and now catching up on all the better coffee and significantly less polluted and overall greener environs of Portland.

But New York does have great architecture and museums. I'll have lots of interviews, reviews and pictures for you later but below is a di-opical summary of my trip:

Steven Holl's psychology building staircase at NYU

Arthur Segal's wonderful and still fresh Strasse auf Helgoland II (1924) at the Met.

Also, here are a few links that caught my eye while away...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 23, 2009 at 11:51 | Comments (0)


Friday 03.20.09

more to do


SCRAP is devoting part of their new space to a professional gallery featuring "environmentally friendly reuse art." They're seeking submissions for their first show, a juried exhibition on the theme of New Beginnings. They're accepting any media, but each piece must be made from at least 75% reused material and measure no more than 36" in the largest dimension. The show will be in May 2009, and the submission deadline is March 31. Direct all inquiries to bethany@scrapaction.org.

(More: Beefmaster online gallery, WSU is seeking an art history professor.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 20, 2009 at 9:40 | Comments (0)


Thursday 03.19.09

What? Where?


David Horvitz's traveling box game is coming to the Pancake Clubhouse. What's in the Box! is "a multi-stage touring project, instigated by David Horvitz and Lukas Geronimas, in collaboration with Renata Christen, The Black Hole Space and curator Terri C. Smith, The Madiman Arts interaction Center, and all those that participate in the project." Breakfast will be served at 9:30 sharp.

Box Game • 9:30am • March 21
Pancake Clubhouse Historic Township and Activity Destination for the Living Arts • 906A NE 24th Ave • pancakeclubhouse@gmail.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 19, 2009 at 10:23 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 03.18.09

art community


The Canoe Group and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts are leading this month's Art Spark. They'll be discussing PCPA's new cultural video project, and director Robyn Williams will present new opportunities for artists and arts organizations. Art Spark's host rotates monthly. Snacks this month courtesy of PCPA.

Community conversation • 5-7pm • March 19
Art Bar • SW Broadway & Main

The Portland Art Museum currently holds quarterly Museum Family Days that feature hands-on art making activities related to the current exhibition. Thanks to a recent gift to the Art Access Endowment, PAM is now offering free admission on these days, starting Sunday, March 22.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 18, 2009 at 11:18 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 03.17.09

The Black Square

Kasimir Malevich, Black Square, 1913 [1914-15]
The painted area of the Black Square is reinforced by the square canvas itself. The painted internal space of the square is removed and,at the same time,the painting takes on a three dimensional form by assuming the physical propeties of the canvas that exists in the space of the room. The result is that painting exists not as a window to somewhere else but as physical, tangible presence of the space of the viewer. Malevich created a new type of pictorial space that spoke as much to the space outside the boundaries of the painting as the space contained within it.

"A non-objective art, phenomenal art is about seeing-about seeing, "feeling," and determining its aesthetically. Yet it seems every time we get a glimpse of this power of our seeing, we quickly give it away by attributing to it someone or something outside ourselves. We act as if we've seen a mirage or had a visitation; we make a mystique or a religion of it, instead of accepting the responsibility for what it is-that we perceive. It doesn't just happen to us- we make it happen, we participate directly in the forming of that envelope of the world and our being in it, and we do so at every moment of our lives. There is nothing more real, more interesting, more powerful, more informative, more important, or more beautiful"
-Robert Irwin, Being and Circumstance: Notes Toward a Conditional Art , 1985

After I wrote in Art and Nature, I realized that there was something else there that placed the idea of process into context. It is the link that connects the artist to the viewer's experience and I think it is intention. What does intention mean? How could that change your experience of art?
When Malevich paints a square, it is deliberate. It is something that he knows we are all familiar with. He is using a shape that we are all familiar with to establish a direct connection to the viewer beyond the edges of the painting. It is the vehicle and not the subject. It might not be clear at first glance, but Irwin was right, the subject is the viewer. This is why Maelvich changed what was considered to the potential of painting. The painting exists as much in the space of the room as it does in the boundary of the canvas. Malevich's intention to make art was to establish a direct connection to the viewer's experience of their own awareness. The viewer is the subject of the Black Square.

Robert Irwin, Varese Scrim, 1973
One of Irwin's early scrim pieces and was installed in a dedicated room in Panza's villa in Varese. Like many of the works that we have been discussing, the experience of the work is not the experience of the srim, it is the relationship between the scrim and the space. They work together and are inseparable. Like the zips in Newman's paintings, the scrim defines the room and the room defines the scrim. The scrim is the material but the art is the experience of the entire space.

Posted by Arcy Douglass on March 17, 2009 at 7:21 | Comments (0)


The Black Square-Conclusion

Robert Irwin, Installation at the Chinati Foundation, 2006-7
The scrims are freestanding in the spaces of the barracks. The frames are exposed so you are more aware of their edges. Some are painted white while others are black. Both challenge and redefine your perception of walking down the rooms. The works can't exist independently of the rooms in which they are placed.


Posted by Arcy Douglass on March 17, 2009 at 7:20 | Comments (0)


Art Film Series cont.

Roy Lichtenstein, "The Head," Barcelona, 1992

The NW Film Center's ongoing art film series continues this weekend with Vincent Gérard and Cédric Laty's By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston. The film explores the life and creative history of photographer William Eggleston. The crew tracked him from Memphis to Rome and beyond over the course of several months, "building an incremental portrait of the world as seen through the artist's eyes."

Also coming up in the series: A double-billing of The Universe of Keith Haring and Conversations with Jean-Michel Basquiat on Sunday, March 22, and a double-billing of Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes and Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments on Wednesday, March 25.

Eggleston screening • 3pm • March 21
NW Film Center • 1219 SW Park • Whitsell Auditorium

(More: PNCA Intermedia Film Fest, films by Ben Rivers.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 17, 2009 at 6:55 | Comments (0)


Monday 03.16.09

Evertt Beidler at PSU

Evertt Beidler at PSU's Autzen Gallery

March 2009 gallery shows in Portland were full of new names serving everyone notice that they are some major and newly evolved talents in town. Two that come to mind are Eva Speer at Charles Hartman and PORT's own Ryan Pierce at Elizabeth Leach, both of whom debuted new works that balked the economic doldrums, placing some impressive works for serious figures. Still the biggest surprise debut this month is Evertt Beidler at PSU's Autzen gallery.

Beidler has lived in Portland on an off for several years and after finishing his MFA in the Midwest has returned as a real force to watch. I liked his earlier show at Gallery 500 years ago but this is a whole other animal... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 16, 2009 at 9:40 | Comments (0)


More talking

Basil Childers, photo of the Museum of Contemporary Craft

We've all been closely following the acquisition of the Museum of Contemporary Craft by PNCA (see PORT's in-depth analysis). PNCA and MoCC will be hosting a series of conversations to promote community dialogue and transparency. The first talk, Towards a New Future: Embracing the Vision is happening at MoCC this Wednesday. Follow-up talks will happen throughout April, you can view the full schedule and details of each talk here.

Art community dialogue • 6:30pm • March 18
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

(More lectures: Terry Chatkupt at MK Gallery and Chas Bowie at PNCA.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 16, 2009 at 9:32 | Comments (0)


Friday 03.13.09


Mel Katz, "Four in the Center"

Sculptor Mel Katz and painter Roll Hardy are speaking this weekend at Laura Russo in conjunction with their ongoing exhibitions. Keep an eye on this space for a very special Mel Katz interview, coming soon...

Artists lecture • 11am • March 14
Laura Russo Gallery • 805 NW 21st • 503.226.2754

François Boucher, "Conspiration de putti (Cupids in Conspiracy)," c.1740

Heather MacDonald, curator of European art at the Dallas Museum of Art, presents A Seraglio of Men: Female Patrons and Male Artists in the Age of Madame De Pompadour at PAM. MacDonald will discuss "how female patrons shaped the development of the visual arts in France during the 18th century." Of course, part of the ongoing La volupté de goût exhibition.

Curator lecture • 2-3pm • March 15
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 13, 2009 at 12:50 | Comments (0)


Thursday 03.12.09

Bridging design issues

New cable stay/suspension combo bridge proposal

I've been wrestling with this new cable stay suspension bridge hybrid across the Willamette River for several weeks now and the designs went public last week. Im not exactly excited about this design but it's an intriguing alternative to the two pure cable stayed designs, both of which seem generic. Still, the effectiveness of the design varies depending on the view.

detail of hybrid bridge

In profile from the middle of the riverr it looks very european and elegant, except that's not how most would experience the bridge....(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 12, 2009 at 9:23 | Comments (0)


Tim Colley @ Rocksbox

Tim Colley

Tim Colley presents I Remember Everything at Rocksbox. Colley's books and videos focus on the "collection, hording, and re-contextualization of contemporary media, pop-culture imagery, and mass manufactured objects re-processed through manic, tireless re-construction."

Opening reception • 7-11pm • March 14
Rocksbox • 6540 N. Interstate • 503.516.4777

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 12, 2009 at 8:37 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 03.11.09


Danridge Geiger, "Work in progress"

Gallery Homeland presents TransFixed, a group exhibition curated by Victor Maldonado. Inspired by "mapping the diversity and fusion of contemporary culture," Maldonado selected artists he worked with at PNCA whose work "aided [him] in understanding the value of contemporary Fine Arts practices now." Featured artists include Sara Nyquist, Laura Hughes, Danridge Geiger, Calvin Ross Carl, and Rainbow Ross.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 13
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryhomeland.org


The Oregon Department of Kick Ass presents Hunker Down to Rise Above, a series of short films curated by Vanessa Renwick. The films "focus on folks taking matters into their own hands, be it within bike culture, hobo culture, kitchen culture or just plain ol' falling in love." Admission is $5.

Films screening • 7pm • March 13
The Waypost • 3120 N Williams • 503.367.3182

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 11, 2009 at 11:02 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 03.10.09

Seeking: Educators, Oregonians, Agoraphobics, Sculptors


"The Right Brain Initiative, a partnership of public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community, is seeking experienced teaching artists and arts education organizations to support the goal to make arts education accessible to every K-8 student in the Portland tri-county region." Applications for the 2009-2010 school year are due April 20. Materials will be available March 16. Learn more about the project and download the call for artists here.

(More! Froelick, Crawl Space, Lane CC. Updated with Vantage Art projects.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 10, 2009 at 11:50 | Comments (0)


Monday 03.09.09

film, lecture

Richard Serra, from Tappeiner's "Thinking on Your Feet"

The NW Film Center's art film series continues this week with Maria Anna Tappeiner's Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet. This film portrait depicts Serra speaking articulately on his monumental sculpture, influences, historical context and public controversy. The next two installments in the art film series are: Wendy Keys's Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight on March 14 and a double-billing of Adam Kahan's Andres Serrano and Lucy Allen's Damien Hirst: Addicted to Art on March 17.

Film screening • 7pm • March 11
NW Film at the Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park

Sol LeWitt, "Incomplete Open Cube," 1974

Local artist, curator, and writer TJ Norris will speak this Thursday at PAM on Incomplete Cube by Sol Lewitt and Marcel Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise, Series F. This is the second in PAM's new series of artist talks. The talk will depart from the Hoffman entrance and continue in the museum café after the tour for happy hour until 8pm.

Artist talk • 6-8pm • March 12
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 09, 2009 at 11:50 | Comments (0)


Sunday 03.08.09

House of Sound opening night puppet show at NAAU

House of Sound NAAU opening 3-7-2009
An excerpt of the Winter Solstice Puppet Collective's performance last night for the packed opening of Vanessa Renwick's House of Sound. The Evolutionary Jass Band is providing the live soundtrack.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 08, 2009 at 15:32 | Comments (0)


Saturday 03.07.09

speak and(in) sign(s)

Alexander Nemerov

Yale professor of art history Alexander Nemerov is speaking and leading two workshops on the practice of art history at Reed College this week, all free and open to the public. On Monday, he'll lead a workshop based on his essay Seeing Ghosts: The Turn of the Screw and Art History, from Michael Ann Holly and Marquand Smith, eds. What is Research in the Visual Arts: Obsession, Archive, Encounter (2008). On Tuesday he'll present the lecture Helen Keller: Making Contact, asking "What is the relation of Helen Keller to the visual arts in America? Which artists from her time perceived the world in the way she did? What would their work look like if they did share her views, and why would this matter to us now?" And finally, on Wednesday he'll present another workshop, this one guided by his essay Fragments of the Home Front, from of Icons of Grief: Val Lewton's Home Front Pictures.

Monday workshop • 4:45pm • March 9 • Vollum 110
Tuesday lecture • 7pm • March 10 • Vollum lecture hall
Wednesday workshop • 4:45pm • March 11 • Library 41
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

(More: Kathleen Dean Moore at PNCA, Book signing for MoCC at Powell's, J. Morgan Puett for PMMNLS.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 07, 2009 at 13:15 | Comments (0)


Thursday 03.05.09

Contemporary Modern at Lewis and Clark

Rémy Lidereau, Puteaux, France, April 2004

reGeneration, a sprawling group exhibition, opens with an ambitious promise: These "photographs of tomorrow" will be known in twenty years. Curators William A. Ewing, Nathalie Herschdorfer, and Jean-Christophe Blaser from the Musée de l'Eysée solicited submissions from the world's top photography schools, selecting work by fifty photographers whose portfolios showed the skill, creativity, and ambition not only to endure, but to become major representatives of their generation.


Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 05, 2009 at 21:15 | Comments (0)


Art School


PSU's Autzen Gallery presents: I Hope This Finds You Fearless in the Wilderness, an installation by Evertt A. Beidler. The exhibition brings Messages From the Middle of Nowhere to the viewer: A code of ethics, a belief system, and the resolve to act upon them that was developed in isolation; where no one was watching.

Artist reception • 6-8pm • March 7
PSU Autzen Gallery • 724 SW Harrison Street • Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor, rm 205

(More PSU! MK Gallery, Littman Gallery.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 05, 2009 at 19:24 | Comments (0)


First Weekend Picks March 2009

Kim Fisher, "Lunar Eclipse"

Fourteen30 presents Under a Vanishing Night: New Work from L.A., featuring Kim Fisher, Sayre Gomez, Richard Jackson, Brian Kennon, and Natascha Snellman. Deeply connected to the city of Los Angeles and its many venerable art institutions, the artists work from the palpable energy of LA's light-polluted "vanishing night."

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


Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 05, 2009 at 11:53 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 03.04.09

lectures love learning

Martin Kersels, "Fat Iggy 2"

LA-based artist Martin Kersels is lecturing this weekend for RAW. Kersels works in sculpture, audio, photography and performance, and is co-director of the Program in Art at the California Institute of the Arts.

Artist lecture • 7pm • March 7
Reed College Arts Week • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Eliot 314

Jean-Baptiste Chardin, Les Attributs des arts et les rècompenses qui leur sont accordèes (The Attributes of the Arts and the Rewards Which Are Accorded Them), 1766

New Yorker art critic Adam Gopnik is lecturing at PAM this Friday. In Madame De Pompadour In The Age Of Voltaire, Gopnik will discuss "the world of luxury, wealth, and leisure reflected in the art of Mme de Pompadour's time and the growth of radical new ideas about man, nature, and liberty that began in the era." There will be a book signing following the lecture, and a parent discussion on Saturday.

Critic lecture • 7-8pm • March 6
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Michael Lazarus

In conjunction with his exhibition tend to forget at Elizabeth Leach, artist Michael Lazarus will lecture Thursday afternoon at PNCA.

Artist lecture • 12:30-1:30pm • March 5
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391


Now more than ever we need to support arts education in public schools: Portland's only primary art school, Buckman Elementary, is having their annual art show & sell this Friday and Saturday. The event features food, kid-friendly entertainment, and lots of art for sale, with 30% of proceeds going to benefit the school.

Art Show & Sell • 5-9pm • March 6
Day 2 • 10am-5pm • March 7
Buckman Elementary • 320 SE 16th Ave • 503.916-3506

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 04, 2009 at 12:09 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 03.03.09

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


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


Linkage: Zombies, Creatives and Science

Frenchy but Chic, gives his hilarious report on the College Art Association's annual zombie conference in LA last weekend.

Chris Burden is having some trouble getting his gold.

Barry Johnson discusses Portland's Coraline economy. One correction... Portland's is the same as the Warhol economy, only Portland has less cocaine and better coffee than New York version (ie more supportive than inherently status driven). Essentially, Portland is analogous in the global creative economy... there is no one center but there are popular centers. During the last few recessions Portland has typically gained a lot of new talent fleeing San Francisco, the Midwest and Seattle. PDX is also appealing to those New Yorkers who want to concentrate more on the work than the rat race. You can definitely network here but it's even better if you already have a network. Also, with creative efforts following the New York or LA style "quick buck" style of project development doesn't always lead one to something lasting and new... as we hope Laika will be. Lastly, Coraline economy doesnt work as a term... because they are hardly the only game in town, Portland's creative economy is actually more centered around small businesses, but Laika is a welcome change. Ziba, W+K, Nike, Addidas etc. are at least on par with Liaka if not moreso so lets not act like this is a new thing with only one major player.

Tyler Green uses Brought to Light to refute one of Brandeis' biggest and most faulty assumptions. PORT's in depth review of Brought to Light, by Bean Gilsdorf makes it doubly clear. Arcy's review of the big Olafur Eliasson show a while back is also a case in point, though Eliasson can be a bit more of a funhouse. For historical examples we should point out that Robert Oppenheimer was a collector of Robert Motherwell and Da Vinci was in many ways the first scientist, utilizing Bacon's New Organum way before Bacon was born.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 03, 2009 at 10:51 | Comments (0)


Monday 03.02.09


Ken Tomita, "body"

Project Chaboo, a collaboration between fifty artists and designer Ken Tomita, will be exhibiting reinterpreted furniture at Gallery Homeland. "Chaboo was designed with the intention of creating an affordable piece of furniture made of high quality materials that is also attractive, simple, and highly versatile."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • March 4
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryhomeland.org

Cliff Evans, from "Empyrean"

Multimedia and video artist Cliff Evans is exhibiting Empyrean, a digital installation, at PCC Cascade. Using appropriation and photomontage-based animation, Evans draws from pop/Internet culture to create images that are "as mesmerizing as disturbing, as unassuming as complexly beautiful, and as mechanical as organically decomposed or rotten." Art historian Christine Weber will speak next week on Evans work in the Moriarty Arts Humanities Building (MAHB 222).

Opening reception • 11am-1pm • March 5
Art historian lecture • 1-2pm • March 10
PCC Cascade Gallery • 705 N. Killingsworth St.TH 102 • cascade.gallery@pcc.edu


The Linfield Gallery presents 21st Century Iconographic Clayworks. Curated by Nils Lou, the exhibition features 24 of "some of the most masterful and influential artists working with clay in the United States today."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • March 4
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St. McMinnville • 503.883.2804

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 02, 2009 at 10:38 | Comments (0)

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