TILT Export presents installation artists Kartz Ucci at the PCC Rock Creek Helzer Gallery. In an opera for one, Ucci hired soprano Deanna Pauletto to sing a capella Pablo Neruda's book of poetry, "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair." The piece was recorded in a 16-story, cement-encased stairwell and a color-coded score was composed based on Ucci's interpretation of the relation between color and its emotional vibration. The resulting installation is a "hauntingly romantic" response to this effort. This ongoing exhibition runs through October 30, 2009. The artist talk will be in the school's Forum, Building 3, followed by a reception in the gallery.
The fall 2009 season of PSU's MFA Monday Night Lecture Series (hereafter "PMMNLS") begins next week with Léonie Guyer. "Guyer makes drawings, paintings, and site responsive installations. Her work explores the interconnection between idiosyncratic shapes and the spaces they inhabit."
Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 5 PSU • 1914 SW Park Ave • Shattuck Hall Rm 212 at Broadway & Hall
PORTstar Ryan Pierce is exhibiting Written from Exile, his debut at Elizabeth Leach. The large-scale acrylic paintings "examine our world after the end of the industrial era, projected human migration patterns, and the remains of civilization. Pierce poses the questions: Who will be displaced by climate change and where will they go? How will they get there and how will they be accepted? What will happen to the things they've left behind?"
British artist Mary George presents Camouflage Party at Rocksbox: "So I think, what if... what if I went outside my little cave studio to find the world blown away like in an episode of the Twilight Zone? I'd have to survive on the contents of my studio and whatever else I could find lying around. ... I could satisfy cravings for the consumer past by inventing packaged experiences that maximize on the environment's meagre offerings. If there was a crate of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil for instance (good odds that it would survive the big one), I might invent a method for enjoying its nostalgic odour of carefree beach related memories. It wouldn't be easy to transition from this time of being able to have all kinds of things that seem like necessities, so I have started working now, before it's too late." Opening night features a live performance by PISS featuring shredder Mary George at 9pm.
Opening reception • 7-11pm • September 26 Rocksbox Fine Art • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777
Jenene Nagy, "Flooded"
The Archer Gallery presents the 2009 Clark College art faculty biennial. Featured artists include Bobby Abrahamson, Lisa Conway, Ray Cooper, Kowkie Durst, Kathrena Halsinger, Beth Heron, Carson Legree, Martha Lewis, Dara Muldoon, Jenene Nagy, Stephanie Robinson, Ben Rosenberg, Blake Shell, Senseney Stokes, Jak Tanenbaum, and Sally Van Gorder. The show will run September 29 through October 24, 2009.
Donald Morgan's Black Moon Rising is currently showing at Ditch Projects: "Employing imagery based in the forest, such as tangled undergrowth, spider webs and the architecture of fire look-outs, the pieces in Dark Moon Rising take advantage of the interstices between the two and three dimensional. The inter-related sculptures and paintings function together as a hard-edged geometric landscape, creating an ersatz wilderness engendered by temporal and spatial shifts, the confluence of warmth and coldness, and interplay between the flat and the volumetric as well as the near and the far." The exhibition will be up through October 3, 2009.
The Highline designed by Diller & Scofidio + Renfro
I recently had another opportunity to take in New York... whose gallery scene is still adjusting to new economic realities (esp. at the mid and lower levels). Overall, it still has the vulnerability I saw last March but seems to have found a bit of a direction... i.e. what some call "minimalism" is the new thing. Also, the mysteries of abstraction were blatantly on display with Kandinsky at the Guggenheim and O'Keeffe at the Whitney. That and art that explicitly looked like it could have been found lining a homeless person's shopping cart seems to be the in joke there these days. So don't worry, in NYC irony is (still) the new money...(more)
Gary Wiseman and Meredith Andrews present Inside, Outside, Upside Down, a one-night Last Thursday installation at Appendix. The artists write: "...The difference between fantasy and reality seems infra-thin. I like the idea of time and space folding. I want to go home. Nine dimensions seem so ambiguous and arbitrary. In fact (after earning her PhD at Oxford my X-friend the physicist told me) kindness is all that matters. Befuddled, I am honestly trying to tell you the truth but it is hopeless. I can't talk that fast."
Opening reception •6-11pm • September 24 Appendix Project Space • South alley between 26th and 27th off NE Alberta
The other Alberta alley gallery space, now named Little Field Gallery, presents FRAME by Jordan Tull. "FRAME examines the role of the audience as subject to the object. The installation is a model of space fragmented. FRAME explores how space and time connect vision to experience."
Opening reception • 5-10pm • September 24
Little Field Gallery • North alley between 28th and 29th off NE Alberta
Neighborhood Diaries is a compilation of Portlanders' neighborhood-specific memories, compiled and put to music by Abraham Ingle, who's also spearheading the Portland version of Papergirl. The project begins its exhibitions with the King/Vernon Diaries at Together Gallery this Last Thursday - bring your MP3 player to download the tour. Upcoming events include the Downtown Diaries at ON Gallery for October First Thursday, the Buckman Diaries for First Friday at Second Nature Gallery, and the Boise/Elliot Diaries at the Waypost on October 11. Visit the website for more details.
Opening reception • 6-10pm • September 24 Together Gallery • 2916 NE Alberta • 503.288.8879
A Voyage of Growth and Discovery Installation view, Image c. 2009 SculptureCenter and the artists Photo: Jason Mandella
Voyages are an incredibly rich subject, let's briefly consider;
The Odyssey, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, King Kong, Francis Alÿs's
paseos, Kubrick's 2001, The Heart of Darkness, Moby Dick, Thor Heyerdahl's Kon
Tiki, numerous HG Wells stories, Watteau's Pilgrimage to Cythera, Gulliver's Travels,
Richard Long's walks, Star Wars A New Hope, Star Trek's 5year mission, Spinal
Tap, Christina Rossetti's The Goblin Market, Swan Lake, The Wizard of Oz, the
trials of Heracles, the quest for the Holy Grail, The Canterbury Tales, Saturday
Night Fever, The Exodus, The Lord of the Rings, Pierre
Huyghe's A Journey that Wasn't, Beowulf , The Epic of Gilgamesh, Leif Erikson,
Gordon Lightfoot's the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Battlestar Galactica, The
Ballad of John and Yoko, The
Hajj, The Apollo program and Martin Luther King's march to Washington and
subsequent I Have A Dream speech
Needless to say voyages both fictional and real are a defining aspect of the
Not surprisingly then that Mike
Kelley and Michael Smith's new show at SculptureCenter was the highlight
(living artist wise) during my own recent travels to New York. Titled, A Voyage
of Growth and Discovery, this joint show consisting of Burning Man video of
Smith as Baby Ikki, stuffed animals, custom playground equipment, lights, streamers,
a scrap metal sculpture of Ikki and dance music successfully conjured the engine
of constant infancy that makes the United States what it is... (more)
In conjunction with the upcoming China Design Now exhibition (lots more on that later), the NW Film Center presents Lens on China, a film series that "explores the perspectives of Chinese and western filmmakers whose works reflect on the broad currents of contemporary change in Chinese society. As China's past and future collide, the works by these media artists provide unique insight into the social and aesthetic confusions, obstacles and opportunities being navigated in the interstices between history, daily reality, and the future's promises." A long series of varied and interesting Chinese films will be screened through the end of December, 2009. The series will be kicked off this week with Good Cats by director Ying Liang at 7pm on Thursday, September 24. Check the NW Film Center website for more details and the full schedule of screenings. Unless otherwise noted, films will be shown at PAM's Whitsell Auditorium.
The Cinema Project is screening Jonas Mekas' Walden this week. In Walden, Mekas "documents his casual visits with other filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals across the changing seasons of 1960s New York... the film's heightened spontaneity of camera movement and sense of edgy immediacy helped define New American Cinema, while Mekas' use of a simple diaristic approach fills the film with poetic reflections and charming realism." Featured luminaries include Allen Ginsburg and Hare Krishna hippies, the Brakhage family, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Timothy Leary, and Edie Sedgwick. Of his films, Mekas writes "Of course, what I faced was the old problem of all artists: to merge Reality and Self, to come up with the third thing."
Film screening • 7:30pm • September 23 • $6 Cinema Project • 11 NW 13th • 4th floor
Deep Leap Microcinema, a new film curatorial project by Jesse Malmed, presents Palimpsests, a collection of local and international video films. Featured artists include Yoshi Sodeoka, Matt McCormick, Jesse Malmed, Antoine Catala, Jordan Stone, Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, Joel Holmberg, Martijn Hendriks and Andrew Fillipone. There will also be specially commissioned musical performances by Jeffrey Brodsky and Banjo Performs Keyboard.
I'll have several things for PORT from my recent trip to New York (monday). Till then, here are some links:
Roberta Smith is excited about Kandinsky
in the Times... (overall there is a renewed interest in the mysteries of
abstraction in NYC these days and the big K is a good place to start)
Coliseum has been granted a spot on the historical register. How about a
real arts and entertainment renovating that isn't driven by corporate sameness.
Let's see, the TBA festival will need a home some day and something akin to
Gehry's Walt Disney Concert hall with Redcat gallery and and other active and large scale cultural
space for this city are sorely needed.
The pathetically sub par design for the I-5 bridge is about to lose Mayor Sam
Adams' support, KGW
has the developing story here. I've said this repeatedly but the
design requires a very good world class architect to justify itself, something
that has not been present and if Portland (via its mayor) doesn't supportthe project it's dead. Message to Oregon and Washington governors, design competition. Mayor Adams is right to oppose this badly needed project if it is going to be some
half-assed monstrosity. Here is Adams' statement, this is an opportunity to stop wasting money on bad design and restart this project (with tolls) so it can be done right.
Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art is seeking submissions for their 2009 Annual juried exhibition. Inviting work from artists in any medium from any origin, "the exhibit will showcase the ways in which contemporary artists, regardless of their location, share similar aesthetic concerns and conceptual approaches in a world of increasingly dramatic flux." Deadline October 23. Lots more details on their website.
PAM presents Shine a Light: A Night at the Museum: "Stay up late and watch the galleries come alive with participatory art created for the evening by PSU's Art and Social Practice Program, led by artist Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes." Events include live bands in the sculpture court, art "dowsing," printmaking demonstrations, art-inspired beer, games, video installations, and more.
Participatory museum event • 6pm-midnight • September 19 Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811
This month's Art Spark is hosted by Art on Alberta at Vendetta: "Fancy yourself a surrealist artist? Intrigued by all things Dada? Eager to explore the real roots of punk? Got an affinity for community and collaboration? Art on Alberta will engage Art Spark groupies in some Exquisite Corpse games with curious others..."
Brian Libby presents The City Onscreen, a collection of short films featuring Portland architecture and design. In addition to four films by Libby, the screening includes work by Matt McCormick, Rob Tyler, Karl Lind, and Andrew Curtis, as well as a 1955 CBS News documentary about Portland preparing for nuclear war called "The Day Called X." The City Onscreen is part of Libby's ongoing "Designs on Portland" discussion series.
Pat Boas, "breathing," from "What Our Homes Can Tell Us"
The Marylhurst Art Gym presents Pat Boas - Record Record. The exhibition features four series that "comment in very quiet ways on the text and images in The New York Times," as well as a new series of digital works, What Our Homes Can Tell Us, that "captures language found in the artist's home and places of importance to her extended family." The show runs from September 13 - October 28, 2009, and includes two artist talks.
Opening reception for Record Record • 3-5pm • September 13
First artist talk • 12pm • October 8
Second artist talk • 7:30-8pm • October 16 Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243
Newish Mercury critic Matt Stangel has a
review of Bobbi Woods at Fourteen 30, a show I'll definitely check out before
the end of the month. Nice to see the Merc is still committed to criticism in
a time when all publishing is facing serious business challenges.
For once, the O just sticks to
the facts in their reportage poll results (70% in favor) for CAN's
plan to raise 15-20 million in a new tax levy for the arts. Seriously, I
enjoy not having to bitch about his conservative-reactionary O'Reilly Factor style reportage and it is
nice when Row doesn't editorialize or hyperfocus on money as if it is the
only thing that matters in the arts. Quality matters more than anything and
it's the quality here that has an international reach, relevance and growing
acclaim. In short, money is a trailing not a leading indicator in Portland,
and the quality of artists living and... (more)
In a world increasingly fixated upon the propulgation, proliferation, production, fetishizing, and pushing of objects and things that we somehow need, it is ironic that we question less and less the inherent significance of these particular objects as symbols. They literally fill up and inhabit the space of our lives in the most tangible way, reflecting. . .(more)
Micah Malone sells out this weekend at Worksound. In Sell Out, Malone asserts that "the desire to make a living from one's artistic practice can be as emotional, conceptual, poetic and honest as any other reason for making art." The exhibition revolves around a sculpture and its dissemination, including photographs made by capturing the sculpture's reflection and a series of text pieces made from light rope.
An interview with Gregory Green in his installation on Sunday.
WCBS Radio Caroline
The voice of the New Free State of Caroline 96.7fm Portland Oregon.
A .5 watt "pirate" radio station for the period of 09/06/09 -12/13/09 stationed in the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark College.
Gregory Green, WCBS Radio Caroline: The Voice of the New Free State of Caroline, 89.3, 1995-2007
In their first collaboration with TBA, Lewis & Clark's Hoffman Gallery presents Broadcast, guest curated by Irene Hofmann, Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. The exhibition "explores the ways in which artists since the late 1960s have engaged, critiqued, and inserted themselves into official channels of broadcast television and radio." Thirteen works will be featured by an international group of artists, including single-channel monitor-based videos, video-projection works, photography, installations, and interactive broadcasting projects. The artists employ the strategies of broadcasting and re-broadcasting, following two major impulses: "an iconoclastic, aggressive position, at times intended to question FCC regulations, or a more cooperative and collaborative position." Broadcast certainly has a heavyweight lineup with; Dara Birnbaum, Chris Burden, Gregory Green, Doug Hall, Chip Lord and Jody Procter, Christian Jankowski, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, neuroTransmitter, Antonio Muntadas, Nam June Paik, TVTV/Top Value Television and Siebren Versteeg. The exhibition will run from September 8 to December 13, 2009.
Artist talk with Gregory Green • 4pm • September 8
Opening reception • 5-7pm • September 8 Hoffman Gallery • 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road • 503.768.7687
On 9/9/09 Modou Dieng
is curating a one night show of 9 video artists titled Echo Gap at Valentines.
Lineup includes; Arnold
Kemp, Sari Carel, Posie Currin, Stephen Slappe, Kelley Rauer,Sean Carney, David
Eckard, Hannah Piper Burns, and some talentless
blond hack with a blog.
Echo Gap • 8:30pm • September 9 • one night only Valentines • 232 S.W. Ankeny
It is US Open time and I'm watching Nadal play Alamagro right now... just for fun please
indulge this as Art and tennis have an incredibly long history together considering Caravaggio
etc. In fact it's probably where I developed a kinesthetic sense of schematic
space, which then made understanding abstract art much easier in High School
when I became interested in more avant-garde art. Over the years, I've even noticed that art aware tennis players often love Agnes Martin and Sol LeWitt. Makes sense.
Then there is the fact that the art world loves to play tennis. Michael Kimmelman
about it, Tyler Green tweets
about it and I've heard even Marizio Cattelan plays a little. Locally, tennis is
very popular in the art scene... (more)
Fawn Krieger - National Park at the PICA TBA Festival
Last night's opening of PICA's Time Based Art Festival was quite a scene. The walls of once abandoned Washington High School were once again filled with people. Ages must have ranged from 0 to 100. The walls were decorated with colored copier paper and colored rubber band garlands adored the front staircase. A film superimposed on the front of the school, traced the windows and beams, played with color and light, and distorted the surfaces. Two floors of classrooms were filled a artist's installations. The art ranged from video pieces of people on drug trips to configurable living paintings in the form of hundreds of abstractly painted cubes.
Disjecta presents Donal Mosher's October Country, "an investigation of the artist's life and family through photography, film, and narrative writing... considering the nature of human interaction, experience and the measures we take to find a place for ourselves within contemporary society."
Opening reception • 6-10pm • September 5 Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449
Fourteen30 presents LA-based artist Bobbi Woods. She "culls from the glut of ready-made images crowding our collective consciousness, resulting in 2-D and video works that simultaneously bait and beguile."
Bean Gilsdorf's Assembly, line, image, system opens this week at Linfield. Using life-size prints from ten different automobiles, Gilsdorf constructs a large-scale installation from fabric, paint, dye, bleach, and thread that sweeps along the circumference and runs beyond the enclosure of the gallery's four walls, building a continuum of color and implied motion. The project explores the notion of using near-weightless materials to create monumental work. The show will be open from Wednesday, September 2 through October 10, and Gilsdorf is flying up for the artist reception on Saturday.
Historically reflection pools have been the province of memorials like the Taj
Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Oklahoma
City Memorial, etc all have a solemn shrine like aspect that encourages
visitors to personalize and empathize amongst other more imposing and idiosyncratic
edifices in their immediate environs. In a very real sense as well as philosophically,
these pools bring far away objects into closer more temporally present view.
Like this exhibition, those structures are all inherently existential and imbued
with a sense of history, but instead of civic level grandiosity Grande Ronde
acts as kind of personal shrine to McCormick's own shifting and inherently subjective
art practice... (more)
MK Guth, From the set of Allegory of Possible Hopes and Fears, "I Will See You on the Other Side (bed)"
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."