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Tuesday 09.01.09

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First Thursday Picks September 2009

MK Guth, Terrain Change

MK Guth presents Terrain Change, an installation of new work at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. "Featuring chandelier clouds and umbrellas made of sweaters and hats, video and photography, loggers and mermaids, Terrain Change poses the question: Who do you become when your environment disappears? When your life is defined by your profession, who are you without it? Through the use of mythic characters, Guth examines the very contemporary issues of climate change, the changing global economy, and the American cult of the career."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 3
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Modou Dieng, "Photo Booth"

PNCA is showing their 2009 Faculty Biennial exhibition, featuring the work of 62 of their full- and part-time faculty members, including over 20 instructors who have not yet exhibited at the college. The exhibition kicks off PNCA's centennial year.

First Thursday reception • 6:30pm • September 3
PNCA Swigert Commons • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

Catharine Newell, "Unkindness"

Catharine Newell presents Interstice at Bullseye. Newell examines the dynamics of swarm intelligence in the medium of kilnformed glass, exploring "the spaces between things that gather, swarm, and flock." She notes, "Decentralized control, perceptive response to local cues, and simple rules of thumb add up to a startlingly effective strategy toward attaining collective goals that serve the interests of an entire community."

Artist reception • 5:30-7:30pm • September 2
First Thursday reception • 5-8pm • September 3
Bullseye Gallery • 300 NW 13th • 503.227.0222

Chris Lael Larson

Chris Lael Larson presents Photos and Photo Animations at IGLOO. The exhibition features a series of 48 photographs disclosed from his online photographic diary, as well as his more well-known photo animations, which coalesce hand-sequenced digital stills, stop-motion, hand-drawn animation, motion graphics and sound collage with flowing layers of color, shape and texture, together, into "surreal meditations on physical and emotional landscapes."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • September 3
IGLOO Gallery • 325 NW 6th #102 • iglooarts@gmail.com

Sandy Roumagoux, "Ocean Front Property"

Blackfish presents Landscape and More Landscape by Sandy Roumagoux. Continuing her exploration of oil painting, Roumagoux looks at environmental issues in this new work, incorporating tires into her oil landscapes: "Go for a nature walk off the beaten path on the coast and under the low growing growth of Salal, huckleberries, blackberries, ferns and grasses one can often find a hidden ground cover of tires."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 3
Blackfish Gallery • 420 NW 9th • 503.224.2634


While you're at Blackfish, don't miss SQFT in the Blackfish Fishbowl II (front-right window). Curated by TJ Norris, SQFT features small 2D works by 50 local artists: "It is intended as a showcase of where we are right now, and many works respond directly to the in-situ nature of being either on public display or behind glass."

First Thursday reception • 6-9pm • September 3
Blackfish Fishbowl II • 420 NW 9th • 503.224.2634

From "Everything Will Be Okay"

The Graphic Design Department at PSU presents Everything Will Be Okay!, featuring the 2009 graduating seniors. Check this show out for a much-needed dose of funny, creative optimism.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 3
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel • 1022 SW Stark

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 01, 2009 at 7:10 | Comments (1)


MK Guth's show at Liz Leach looks fantastic (& even handles that pesky central support beam well)... also her video navigates the bleak narrative well with excellent pacing + character development (of the wordless variety) ... dragging a mermaid across a frozen lake had to suck though! It's an interesting blend of bleakness and warmth.

Also, Mckenzie Shuberts Fence show at Tractor was excellent as well...

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 2, 2009 02:18 PM

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