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Friday 07.31.09

career opportunity grants

The deadline for the Oregon Arts Commission's Career Opportunity Grants for artists is coming up. The grants "provide financial support to enable Oregon artists to take advantage of unique opportunities to enhance their careers through the development of arts, business or professional skills... Grant amounts may range from $300 to $1,500." The deadline for this cycle is August 13. More info on the OAC website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 31, 2009 at 9:14 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.30.09

Revisiting Specific Summer Objects

There are some good shows that come down this weekend but as July comes to a close my mind drifts to a few other specific objects that beg to be looked at again.

(Detail) Patrick Rock, Never Give An Inch

Fourteen 30's current group show is your typical summer potpourri fare but it does paint a remarkably good portrait at this new gallery's maiden year and generally very Californian gist.

... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 30, 2009 at 18:09 | Comments (5)


Amy Stein talk/signing

Amy Stein, "Struggle"

Amy Stein is giving an artist talk and book signing this weekend in conjunction with her Domesticated show at Blue Sky (PORT review here).

Lecture & book signing • 3pm • August 1
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 30, 2009 at 9:36 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.29.09

Need It/Got It

Michelle Ramin

FalseFront presents Michelle Ramin's Need It/Got It. The project explores the contemporary phenomenon of collecting and trading friends: "As social networking sites expand daily, this interactive exhibit physically invites visitors to find their 'best friends,' place them on the show postcard and trade the cards during the opening reception... Participants are welcome to drop off their cards throughout the run of the show (through August 23), all of which will be added to the exhibit." Grab a postcard from the website here.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • July 30
FalseFront Studio • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 29, 2009 at 9:28 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 07.28.09



Celebrating their one-year anniversary, Appendix presents Geofront, a multi-site project featuring 15 artists working in light, sound, soil, structure and movement. Maps to the six installation sites are available at Appendix.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • July 30
Appendix Project Space • South alley b/w 26th & 27th on Alberta

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 28, 2009 at 9:22 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.27.09

Monday Links

On Artnet Elizabeth Kley has a tour of the seemingly endless series of summer shows in New York, many of them of the group variety.

The Blog of Innocence considers appropriation in art.

The LAT's reports some major LA galleries are expanding.

Last Friday the Oregonian pointed to the growing bills over the Columbia River Crossing. The Oregonian's coverage of this and other major design and planning projects is hobbled because they lack an architecture/design critic. For example, the biggest problem with the CRC so far is that this current design is "design by committee" and it is clear the complicated design is just beyond their abilities. To be frank the the current design is an embarrassment. Because this is a super complex project it requires a major architect who can innovate. Instead of focusing on "innovation" committees tend to study and spend money money on more studies. Right now there is a lot of 3rd rate thinking and design assosciated with the CRC and it's costing way more than getting somebody truly talented would. Questions: Why are all the designs for this thing coming out of Washington State? Why are they so gawd-awful? I'll keep harping on it but we need a major architect to save this badly needed and sadly mismanaged CRC project.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 27, 2009 at 13:34 | Comments (1)


Friday 07.24.09

Willamette transit bridge design update

Today's mixed-use Willamette Transit Bridge design review was similar to July 2nd's event with a great many refinements mostly focused on tower designs (more images as they become available).

Concept 2 tower design with separate paths for bikes and pedestrians

The biggest refinement was the separation of the bicycle and pedestrian lanes at the tower belvederes. It's a good idea if in fact these belvedere's come to pass.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 24, 2009 at 17:28 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.23.09

The Rothko Bridge?

Tomorrow, Willamette Transit Bridge architect Donald MacDonald will address Portland's design community at a sold out (i.e. capacity) crowd at AiA's Portland Office. A few weeks ago PORT broke the story on the new"A" bridge and it was further expanded on by Bike Portland and Portland Architecture... given the massive traffic we got I suspect there will be more media types at the meeting tomorrow.

Mark Rothko, 1961 © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel &Christopher Rothko / VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2008

But before that I'd like to propose something that PORT staffers have been talking about for years, the City of Portland needs to acknowledge its most famous and noteworthy resident, Mark Rothko, in a major way. Ironically, Rothko's place in history is assured as one of the twentieth century's greatest artists but he is generally unknown or unacknowledged by the city he grew up in . (A city which now boasts a strong international level art and design scene). It is an embarrassing omission, which demands attention.

I believe the new Multi-Use Willamette River Transit Bridge is an ideal candidate to be named after Rothko. This is especially fitting since the artist spent considerable time crossing back and forth across the Willamette and frequently painted the very location of the new bridge.

For more information, Rothko's time in Portland was assiduously studied by our own Arcy Douglass here.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 23, 2009 at 13:31 | Comments (2)



Robert Rauschenberg, "Patrician Barnacle," 1981, exhibited in "Marking Portland"

As part of the ongoing Marking Portland exhibition, PAM is having a tattoo expo this weekend. "Skinvisible" is a "one-day celebration of the art of tattoo through fashion, music, performance, multimedia, and tributes to Portland's most accomplished tattoo artists." A very high-priced 3-Ring Floor Show is happening at 3pm and 7pm.

Museum expo • 12-9pm • July 25
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 23, 2009 at 11:54 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.22.09

Sneak peek at Ziba's new headquarters

The economy might stink but Portland's heavyweight design and branding firm Ziba is very close to moving into their new headquarters in the Pearl District. The architecture, by up and coming local firm Holst Architecture is restrained... looking very Northern European (Aalto in particular).

Interior view of Ziba's new and not quite finished HQ, this arterial area is called "the street"

People who have been waiting for this building to open wont be disappointed and those who couldn't care less will probably be impressed with its tasteful pragmatic sense mixed with a bit of functional daring. This isn't Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, who were hallmarks of the 21st century boom time, instead the building wears its "responsibility" as a kind of attention getting trait.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 22, 2009 at 20:14 | Comments (0)


Robert Slifkin + Studio Gorm

Studio Gorm

The first of the Museum of Contemporary Craft's Call + Response conversations is happening this weekend. Product design team Studio Gorm (University of Oregon) and art history professor Robert Slifkin (Reed College) will discuss their interactions leading up to the exhibition and Slifkin's new essay, Studio Gorm's Anxious Utopianism.

Craft lecture • 1pm • July 25
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 22, 2009 at 12:57 | Comments (0)


first PNCA MFA show


Disjecta presents Egocentric, an exhibition by PNCA's first group of MFA students (class of 2010): "We struggle in solidarity, yet create work which reflects our distinct voices. Superseding expectations at every juncture, we are your art destiny."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • July 23
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 22, 2009 at 12:37 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 07.21.09

Alice Channer @ Pied-a-Terre

Alice Channer

Pied-à-terre presents Alice Channer's I Cannot Tell The Difference Between One Thing And Another. Open Saturdays 12-3pm.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • July 23
Pied-à-terre • 904 SE 20th Ave Apartment 5 • info@pied-terre.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 21, 2009 at 10:27 | Comments (0)


Spiral Jetty threatened (again)

What if most of this water were land?

Tyler Green has the latest on the new threat to the Spiral Jetty, a fertilizer production operation that could lower the Great Salt Lake's levels permanently and turn Smithson's masterpiece into a permanently landlocked work... which would be sad, Smithson's work is all about changing land water and sky interactions. Not to mention the gigantic fertilizer operation would significantly alter the Great Salt Lake's shoreline and ecosystem. I find it interesting how art has become a water rights/environmental lightning rod here... would Mono lake's levels have been more protected if it had a Smithson earthwork (which was considered)?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 21, 2009 at 8:42 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.20.09

more white stag talks


Lots going on at the U of O's White Stag Block this week. On Wednesday they're featuring Building a Collaborative City, a panel discussion about working across disciplinary boundaries to "make Portland great." Panelists include artist, dancer, and organizer Linda K. Johnson; designer, architect and developer Kevin Cavenaugh; and author, editor, and publisher Randy Gragg.

Panel discussion • 6pm • July 22
White Stag Block • 70 NW Couch

Michael Salter, "if you don't buy it from us it's not our problem"

On Thursday they're featuring Beautiful Soup: An Assessment of Current Visual Culture. The talk is presented by South Waterfront artist-in-residence Michael Salter, "an obsessive observer of contemporary visual culture, where graphics and corporate identities, signage and symbols, are used to communicate the culture of commerce."

Artist lecture • 6pm • July 23
White Stag Block • 70 NW Couch

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 20, 2009 at 9:31 | Comments (0)


Friday 07.17.09

Amy Stein at Blue Sky

At Blue Sky, Amy Stein's Domesticated series does a good job of portraying the loaded interaction between animals and supposedly more domesticated environs. Thus, the animals are both ecological signifiers and manifestations of that old Victorian fear of our own animal nature.. but instead of the genteel Dr. Jeckl and brutish Mr Hyde the series is based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories. The images are set in Matamoras Pennsylvania, a small town which borders a state forest.

Watering Hole (2005)

Yet, despite this documentary starting point the strongest works also tend to be the most theatrical, taking the diorama into the realm of drama... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 17, 2009 at 17:21 | Comments (0)


Joseph Park @ PAM

Joseph Park, "still life #2," oil on panel

The Portland Art Museum's next APEX installation opens tomorrow. It features recent work by Joseph Park: "Inspired by film noir and animation in his early work, Seattle-based artist Joseph Park's recent paintings comprise a complex visual structure built upon reflections and foreboding narrative situations from a range of photographic sources."

Exhibition • July 18 - November 15, 2009
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 17, 2009 at 9:58 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.16.09

Matt is back


The website for Matt McCormick's first feature film Some Days are Better Than Others has been launched. Matt's pretty much the best-liked person in Portland ,which is special considering how good a filmmaker, and video/installation artist he is (ability usually breeds contempt). Here is PORT's review of Matt McCormick's last gallery show.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 16, 2009 at 13:17 | Comments (2)


Wednesday 07.15.09

psychedelic lumberjack


Ongoing at the Portland building: Nickolus Meisel presents Lumberjack Azeltine Valentine, a mixed media installation.

Exhibition • July 10 - August 7, 2009
Portland Building • 1120 SW 5th


The University of Oregon presents Free Culture: Creating Copyright and Copyrighting Creation, a "psychedelic learning environment." Attorney and U of O alum Peter Shaver will join the members of Portland's electropop trio YACHT to talk about the current state of copyright law and its impact on creative work. They'll draw the audience into a creative re-authoring of copyright law in real time.

Interactive lecture • 6:30pm • July 16
White Stag Building • 70 NW Couch

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 15, 2009 at 11:03 | Comments (1)


Big Targets

Brian Libby has the scoop but the Memorial Coliseum continues to come under pressure from those like Randy Leonard and Steve Duin at the O... these are people who just dont understand that it is the most significant piece of mid century modern architecture in the city and therefore deserves some TLC and a new plan that respects its unique contribution to our civic fabric. Lets think about the city's needs and repuropose the building. Put it this way, we have major league arts, farmers markets, cycling and music needs and a minor league baseball team simply doesn't come close to the kind of progressive thinking Portland prides itself on. Let's think about what the city needs and how the coliseum can better serve those needs as a historic structure which can do more (though it already does a lot).

Jen Graves has an interesting review of the Seattle Art Museum's Target Practice show but does anything really make Jackson Pollock look merely "academic" ... c'mon seriously?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 15, 2009 at 10:00 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 07.14.09

nwfc / in the studio

George Johanson, with "Great Port City"

The Northwest Film Center presents In the Studio, a series of three short films produced by PCC documenting three former PNCA professors, all "established Northwest masters." The films feature Eunice Parsons, Harry Widman, and George Johanson.

Film screening • 7pm • July 16
Northwest Film Center • 1219 SW Park • Whitsell Auditorium

Also happening Thursday: The NWFC is hosting Art Spark at the Hotel deLuxe. Andy Blubaugh, filmmaker and instructor will set-up and film a scene.

Art chat • 5-7pm • July 16
Art Spark at Hotel deLuxe • 729 SW 15th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 14, 2009 at 9:43 | Comments (0)


Links for old Times sake

Generally I find newsprint to be wasteful, mostly because what is printed on it is a bit of a waste (not that most blogs aren't tripe either). Frankly though, I'm not certain if most newspapers are worth saving in their current, rather diminished state. Still, I and a lot of my generation like reading the New York Times, especially online... here are a few bits:

Shepard Fairley gets probation.

Roberta Smith critiques the Guggenheim's collecting practices.

Ken Johnson feels some young artists need more time to develop. It reminds me what is so good about Portland, artists get to develop more fully (esp. those who have the discipline) than a place like New York which often rushes them to market. Maybe, Portland is the slow food of art scenes? Still, it is amazing how many of our local artists do get galleries elsewhere when they are ready (though there are always more that deserve it). Being undervalued beats being overrated.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 14, 2009 at 9:09 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.13.09

RACC 2010 grants

The Regional Arts and Culture Council is seeking grant proposals for artistic projects and cultural events scheduled for calendar year 2010. "Intent to apply" forms can be filled out online and are due by August 5. More info on the RACC website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 13, 2009 at 10:23 | Comments (0)


Saturday 07.11.09

PORTRAITS opening at Worksound

Last Night's PORTRAITS show at Worksound was yet another boisterous event (with scenesters and some major patrons) at the altspace ensconced in one of the eastside's oldest and funkiest buildings. No traces of cultural doom were to be found here and like many group shows it was a major social event. Also, like most Worksound events it was spilling out into the streets. Sure, commercial galleries have taken their lumps with the crummy economy but Portland has actually been gaining more alternative spaces like Worksound. Here are some PORTraits from the event:

Once an art dealer, always an art dealer... here the not quite retired gallerist Mark Woolley (and curator of PORTRAITS) closes the deal on a purchase by Linfield curator Cris Moss

...(much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 11, 2009 at 17:32 | Comments (0)


Raphael's La Donna Velata comes to PAM

Renaissance masterpiece, Raphael's Woman with a Veil is coming to Portland in October, in a one painting show. October is going to be one great month at PAM because that is also when the updated China Design Now opens for its only West Coast appearance.

It is a very direct reminder how strong art has a way of transcending both booming and busted economies, focusing us on excellence and contemplation instead of dollar signs. Frankly, I've always liked the way the Portland Art Museum has responded to challenges under Brian Ferriso, a strategy which can be summed up simply as, "High quality art justifies itself "... and bringing this Raphael is no exception. We also like the fact that museum members will not be charged extra to have a viewing and it is nice that the exhibition will have a certain amount of crowd control (limiting 25 viewers at a time) to allow for less congested viewing (it isn't ideal but better than fighting hundreds for a sightline). In the past decade two other major old master paintings have vistited Portland, The Holbein Madonna and Rembrandt's Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul.

Opening October 24, the show was organized by the Portland Art Museum and made possible by the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture and brings one of the most important paintings of the High Renaissance to Oregon for the first time. The oil on canvas painting will be on loan from the Medici collection of the Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 11, 2009 at 16:49 | Comments (5)


Friday 07.10.09

Midori Hirose & Joshua Orion Kermiet at Fontanelle

Work by Hirose and Kermiet, the two patterned boulders in the foreground are by Kermiet the Polyhedrons are Hirose's

The most exciting show in Portland this month is the dual debut of Midori Hirose and Joshua Orion Kermiet at Fontanelle Gallery. In fact, just seeing the array on the floor pedestal alone left me feeling like somehow Brancusi was once again relevant to the artists of today and not just as an unreachable benchmark for their own (often) more ironic yet stifled ambitions.

Kermiet's work is less geometric, more organic/lumpy and camouflaged than Hirose's. It reminds me of artists like Ara Peterson (who is way better) and all of the other contemporary psychedelic patterning in vogue since the 2002 Whitney Biennial. But it is Hirose's work with its tension between crystalline gradients and textured... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 10, 2009 at 8:12 | Comments (0)


vardian vision


The Northwest Film Center is showing a retrospective of the films of art historian, photojournalist, and filmmaker Agnès Varda, who writes: "In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see." The first film, Cléo From 5 to 7 is showing this Friday and Saturday. The retrospective runs through August 9 - details and full schedule here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 10, 2009 at 8:03 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.09.09

boundary crossings @ pnca

Photo of "Wildlife" by Karolina Sobecka, 2007 by Frank Pichel

PNCA presents Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts from July 13 - 24, 2009. "With the advent of digital technologies, the appearance of hybrid moving images has emerged as the norm, affecting boundaries between live action, animation, image processing, and compositing as porous as the platforms of display that host them. Through re-defining animation and the manipulated image, animated art forms are being pushed beyond the movies to permeate our cultural landscape." The Institute is a series of private workshops and public lectures and screenings featuring instructors from the PNCA Intermedia department. It will begin with a public opening in PNCA's Feldman gallery of animated installation work by Jessica Mein, Daniela Repas (with Todd Tawd and Thornton C. Wilson), and Marina Zurkow. More details on the Institute here.

Public opening reception • 6-8pm • July 13
Pacific Northwest College of the Arts • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 09, 2009 at 12:32 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.08.09

Second Weekend Picks July 2009

Terry Toedtemeier

Worksound is hosting Portraits, curated by Mark Woolley. The show is dedicated to the life and work of Terry Toedtemeier, a gifted photographer who for over 20 years lovingly built the photographic collection at the Portland Art Museum. Work by Toedtemeier was selected in consultation with his widow Prudence Roberts and local art dealer Jane Beebee. The exhibition also features photography by 17 talented artists, both established and emerging, from Portland and Los Angeles: Holly Andres, Tim Gunther, Stewart Harvey, Wei Hsueh, Jim Leisy, Jacob Pander, Ann Ploeger, Mason Poole, Christopher Rauschenberg, Alicia J. Rose, Eric Sellers, Stephen Scott Smith, Aaron Thomas, Lorenzo Triburgo, Gus van Sant, and Carol Yarrow.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • July 10
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: Gallery Homeland, 12x16, Ditch Projects, and Portland goes to Astoria.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 08, 2009 at 12:04 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 07.07.09

body art

Nomad Museum of Body Adornment

Presumably in conjunction with Marking Portland, PAM's next installment of the artist talk series features Blake Perlingieri, local piercing artist and owner of the Nomad Museum of Body Art. As usual, the artist will lead a discussion on a work of art in the collection that "delights, puzzles, or inspires him." Meet in the Hoffman Lobby.

Artist lecture • 6-8pm • July 9
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 07, 2009 at 10:23 | Comments (0)


Linkage: Spiral Jetty, Women at MoMA, Abromovic

Spiral Jetty and environs

Are the Spiral Jetty's environs being threatened yet again? via MAN. The Jetty is more than just a disconnected finger of land with little context (as a lot of photos portray it)... it is actually wonderfully connected to its spectacular environs.

Also, Tyler Green's analysis of Jerry Saltz vs. MoMA is pretty much spot on. Every time I visit I find myself wondering about the ossification of MoMA's permanent collection on view. For some reason I'm always treated to way more of Robert Morris' 3rd tier postminimalism (post original idea?) art while finding the refreshingly original Lynda Benglis and Anne Truitt is often impossible. But I think the issue with MoMA goes way beyond gender... the museum is a victim of its own success and has trouble being anything more than a tomb of influence for anything over 20 years old. Though MoMA's special exhibitions do address the issue by having Dorothea Rockburne etc. This is one area PAM competes a little better than some museums, Judy Chicago, Hilla von Rebay, Louise Nevelson, Dorothea Rockburn, a small Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin and Anne Truitt are nearly always on display.

Critic Adriane Searle gets scared by Marina Abromovic.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 07, 2009 at 10:12 | Comments (0)


Monday 07.06.09

Willamette transit bridge design developments

Donald MacDonald, the architect Trimet hired at the end of May to design the new multi-use transit bridge over the Willamette

At the July 2nd design meeting we were introduced to a new architect with a serious reputation and a preliminary but exciting new inwardly canted tower design with decks that protrude for better pedestrian/cycle lanes, a rather extraneous proposal for a waterfall, the misguided idea that Portlanders identify with salmon as a color as much as the actual fish, potentially tacky attempts to soften the inherently angular cable stay design, talk of observation decks, more tower designs and numerous innovative strategies to improve the bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

a sketch for V style towers, which now seems out of favor.... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 06, 2009 at 9:30 | Comments (0)



Cyrus Smith

Cyrus Smith presents In Search of the Miraculous at PSU's Autzen Gallery. The show "is in pursuit of the epic moment in art and culture. Cyrus hopes that you will be able to make it to his exhibition, but if not, he suggests you watch the 1988 all star slam-dunk competition on YouTube, which could serve as a suitable substitute." July 6 - 17.

Artist reception • 6-9pm • July 11
Autzen Gallery • 724 SW Harrison Street • Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor, rm 205

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 06, 2009 at 9:12 | Comments (0)


Thursday 07.02.09

First Weekend Picks July 2009

Ty Ennis

NAAU presents the next installation in the Couture series: Ty Ennis' You'll Love It Here: The Lilac City Track Murders '96-'98, a multimedia installation of drawing, photography, and sculpture. Ennis' "preparation for this exhibit has involved one of the most thorough examinations to date of Spokane's most infamous serial killer, Robert Lee Yates. His nearly 2 year endeavor documenting murder sites, scouring of all available literature and fleshing out the lives effected during this capsule of time in Spokane, demonstrate a type of artistic discovery that questions the role art can play in the historical record. By lending a sympathetic and informed eye to the memory of events more so remembered through hard-line fact alone, Ty builds a revisionist history using unique visual and written documents."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • July 3
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294


Jennifer Locke presents CRISIS 40, a performance at Rocksbox. The exhibition will remain up through August 2.

Opening performance • 9pm • July 4
Rocksbox Fine Art • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 02, 2009 at 9:57 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 07.01.09

The New Faces of the Portland Art Scene

Whether the economy is bubbling or collapsing Portland continues to attract new faces (often with new spaces). With more and more leaders to our ever growing and evolving scene there is most certainly yet another new wave in effect. Here are just a few of the new faces everyone should have on their radar (I'm certain there are many more... it's impossible to keep track of the in flow so feel free to nominate them in the comments).

The attention getting Jhordan Dahl caught our attention as an artist in 2007 at the Affair at the Jupiter hotel in Mark Woolley's bathroom (while still a PNCA student) and her most recent curatorial effort White Noise. She's serious, smart and sweats the details with a lot of edge... setting her apart from most of the softer slacker/hipster wannabe artists we spend a lot of time ignoring. I'd like to go on the record stating there haven't been enough young, independent female curators active in Portland... (a few years ago it seemed overbalanced with to many alpha male efforts.. many of which were more alpha male territorial exercises than concerted curatorial efforts). Let's hope she pulls together a solo show of her own work or another group show this summer.

Justin Bland is a 2008 PNCA graduate who has been very active as a curator of shows like Monster at Appendix Project space and the impressively professional Green Oregon (a much bigger survey like this is in order). In Miami's 2008 art fair he participated in Deitch Projects... (much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 01, 2009 at 15:00 | Comments (2)

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