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Wednesday 09.30.09

Kartz Ucci & PMMNLS

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Kartz Ucci, "an opera for one"

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.

Artist talk • 3:30pm • October 2
Artist reception • 7-9pm • October 2
Helzer Gallery, PCC Rock Creek • 17705 NW Springville Rd • Building 3


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Léonie Guyer

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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 30, 2009 at 10:21 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.29.09

First Thursday Picks October 2009

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Ryan Pierce at Elizabeth Leach (photo Jahn)

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?"

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 1
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

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Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 29, 2009 at 11:34 | Comments (1)

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Cloepfil scores

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Brad Cloepfil in his SW Portland office (photo Jeff Jahn)

It was announced today that Brad Cloepfil has won the competition to design the new National Music Center in Calgary Canada. The design is exciting and somewhat reminiscent of Kahn's National Assembly building in Bangladesh (probably one of the 5 greatest buildings ever built)... Cloepfil is a U of O grad who studied and apprenticed under several of Kahn's acolytes. You can read part I and II of our very extensive interview with Cloepfil for more info on his background.

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Model of the National Music Center

What's more this announcement shines a light on Portland's own Memorial Coliseum... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 29, 2009 at 10:37 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.28.09

Monday links

The Angels of Anarchy show in Manchester England charts the contributions of the Surrealists who happened to be women. Would love to see this on the West Coast of the USA.

Roberta Smith seconds my opinion about a sort of unconvincing minimalism and equally unconvincing dumpster art in NYC galleries these days.

The Portland Art Museum has launched a community website for China Design Now, which opens October 10th

Tilt Export and Clark College are hosting a new series of art talks, the first is U of O professor Kartz Ucci on October 7th.

There are images of Gallery Homeland's first East/West opening in Berlin on their blog now too.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 28, 2009 at 13:05 | Comments (1)

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Saturday 09.26.09

Johanson and Jackson unveiling Sept 26

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Finished mural by Jo Jackson and Chris Johanson in North Portland's Albina Green Park

Sorry for the late notice but the new Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson mural in North Portland will be unveiled today from 12-8PM at Albina Green park. It is at the corner of N Albina and Sumner and there will be bands, drum circles, etc.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 26, 2009 at 10:08 | Comments (1)

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Friday 09.25.09

New Designs on Portland

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The design for the new leaf-shaped Rainwater Pavilion for the Tanner Springs urban wetland park in the Pearl District is pretty impressive. The pavilion designed by Herbert Dreiseitl (like the rest of the park) conjures "Space Elves" in my mind, something that would be hokey...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 25, 2009 at 11:30 | Comments (15)

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Camouflagiennial

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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


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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.

Opening reception • 4-7pm • September 29
Archer Gallery at Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way • Penguin Union Building (PUB)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 25, 2009 at 11:16 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.24.09

Black Moon Rising

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Donald Morgan

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.

Closing reception • 7-10pm • October 3
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th AVE #190 Springfield, OR • info@ditchprojects.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 24, 2009 at 11:05 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 09.23.09

Looking at New York, New York looking back

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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)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 23, 2009 at 13:28 | Comments (0)

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Last Thursday Picks September 2009

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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


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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


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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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 23, 2009 at 11:32 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.22.09

Lectures

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Ward Shelley, "Stability," installation view

The first lecture for PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies will be given this week by Brooklyn artist Ward Shelley, who "specializes in large-scale projects that freely mix sculpture and performance."

Artist lecture • 6:30pm • September 24
The Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis


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David Eckard, still from "Prestidigitation: A Folly in Eleven Acts"

The third and final craft conversation from MoCC's ongoing Call + Response exhibition is also happening this week. PNCA professors David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver will discuss the artist/art historian interactions they had in the months leading up to the exhibition. (Read Oliver's essay on Eckard's Prestidigitation here.)

Craft conversation • 1pm • September 26
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 22, 2009 at 9:21 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.21.09

Mike Kelley and Michael Smith at SculptureCenter

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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 human experience.

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)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 21, 2009 at 12:01 | Comments (0)

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Cinema

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Still from "MY CHINA NOW"

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.


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Jonas Mekas

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


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Jordan Stone

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.

Film screening • 8pm • September 24 • $6
Deep Leap Microcinema @ the Artistery • 4315 SE Division

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 21, 2009 at 10:30 | Comments (0)

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Friday 09.18.09

Friday appetizer

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)

The Memorial 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.

One of Sol LeWitt's last commission has been completed in the subway system.

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.

Eugene's Josh Faught just won the 31st annual Betty Bowen Award. You can see his work in MoCC's Call and Response show reviewed by Amy last week.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 18, 2009 at 9:53 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.17.09

CoCA Seattle Annual

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.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 17, 2009 at 8:08 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 09.16.09

A Night at the Museum

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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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 16, 2009 at 10:20 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.15.09

Art Spark: Art on Alberta

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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..."

Art conversation group • 5-7pm • September 17
Art Spark @ Vendetta • 4306 N Williams

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 15, 2009 at 11:34 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.14.09

The City Onscreen

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Brian Libby, still from "Creamery Birds"

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.

Film screening • 6:30pm • September 17
Design Within Reach • 1200 NW Everett

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 14, 2009 at 16:17 | Comments (1)

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Friday 09.11.09

Record Record

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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.

To learn more about Pat Boas, check out PORT's 2006 review of her Mutatis Mutandis show and PAM's video of Boas' recent artist talk at the museum.

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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 11, 2009 at 9:42 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.10.09

Thursday Links : Cranky Critic's Edition

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.

NYT's architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff discusses the newly unveiled Net's stadium design by none other than SHoP architects, one of the four teams that competed to do Portland's now iconic aerial tram. We absolutely require another such competition to produce an acceptable design for the new I-5 Columbia River Crossing. Current design is a farce, lacking the world class thinking such a complicated project requires.

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)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 10, 2009 at 14:02 | Comments (0)

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Illuminated Recollections

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Laura Corinne Hayes, "Illuminated Recollections" (installed)

Laura Corinne Hayes presents Illuminated Recollections at the Alpern Gallery.

Artist reception • 6-9pm • September 11
Alpern Gallery • 2522 NW Vaughn • 503.347.7689

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 10, 2009 at 8:57 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 09.09.09

Call and Response as Critical Chorus

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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)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on September 09, 2009 at 14:15 | Comments (0)

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Sell Out

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Micah Malone

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.

Opening reception • 9pm • September 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 09, 2009 at 9:39 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.08.09

Interview with Gregory Green




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.

Posted by Alex Rauch on September 08, 2009 at 9:08 | Comments (0)

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Broadcast

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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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 08, 2009 at 9:00 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 09.06.09

Echo Gap

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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

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 06, 2009 at 23:53 | Comments (0)

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Art and tennis?

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Laurent Perbos, Aire 2005

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 blogs 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)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 06, 2009 at 11:31 | Comments (2)

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Friday 09.04.09

Experiencing Art At PICA's TBA Opening

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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.

Posted by Guest on September 04, 2009 at 14:37 | Comments (1)

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October Country

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Donal Mosher, from "October Country"

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

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 04, 2009 at 9:16 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.03.09

First Friday Picks September 2009

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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."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 4
Fourteen 30 Contemporary • 1430 SE 3rd • 503.236.1430

(More.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 03, 2009 at 9:36 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 09.02.09

Sneak peek at OCAC & PNCA's joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 02, 2009 at 14:34 | Comments (0)

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Bean Gilsdorf @ Linfield

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Bean Gilsdorf, "Assembly, line, image, system," installation view

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.

Artist reception • 2-5pm • September 5
Linfield Fine Art Gallery • Miller Fine Arts Center • 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville • Directions on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 02, 2009 at 8:43 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.01.09

Rose McCormick's Grande Ronde at NAAU

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Historically reflection pools have been the province of memorials like the Taj Mahal, Lincoln 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)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 01, 2009 at 8:06 | Comments (0)

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First Thursday Picks September 2009

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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."

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

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

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