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Thursday 11.05.09

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First Weekend Picks November 2009

Jim Lommasson, from "Oaks Park Pentimento"

In 1982, photographer Jim Lommasson documented the "strange and beautiful" paintings that decorated the center column of the historic carousel at Oaks Amusement Park. The original carousel images were painted by German and Italian immigrants around 1912 and contained an exotic assortment of Edwardian pastoral scenes. When these paintings began to show signs of wear in the 1940s, two brothers from Vashon Island, Washington were hired to paint over the eighteen panels with depictions of local landmarks. Eventually, the surfaces of these new paintings also began to flake and fade, revealing parts of the original images in unusual and unexpected ways that inspired Lommasson's documentation. In 1985 these images were once again painted over, making the images in Oaks Park Pentimento a nostalgic historical record of "one of Portland's most unique and important treasures." The exhibition also marks the release of the Oaks Park Pentimento book.

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

Marte Kiessling & Wolfgang Fütterer, "Xavier" (detail)

Gallery Homeland presents Kunsthalle: Deutschland nach Portland. Taken from Gallery Homeland and The EAST/WEST Project Berlin, the exhibition presents a core sample or "bodenprobe" of the state of the arts in Berlin, Germany, featuring the work of nine contemporary artists who either currently live in Berlin or have moved from Berlin to Portland.

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


In another China Design Now tie-in, Nemo presents Reflecting China: Gendered Visions from the Diaspora, featuring photography by Shen Wei and Jane Tam. Combining work from Shen Wei's Chinese Sentiment series with Jane Tam's Foreigners in Paradise series, the exhibition "explores issues of identity, gender, diaspora, cultural memory, imagined communities, longing and belonging."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • November 6
Nemo Design • 1875 SE Belmont • events@nemohq.com

Alex Steckly, "Thizzard"

Fourteen30 presents two bodies of new work by Alex Steckly: a series of chromatically minimal paintings on panel and three large-scale wall sculptures in white. His work "is marked by an acute interest in the construction of paintings and sculptures using a geometric and formal vocabulary."

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


Worksound presents 20 Years After Berlin Wall... Girls Doing Girl Things!, featuring international artists Krystyn Strother, Chloé Richard, Emily Lazar, Sanna-Lisa-Gesang-Gottowt, and Alyssa Noches. Live music at 9:30pm.

Opening reception • 7pm • November 6
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Jesse Sugarmann

Ditch Projects presents Street Hassle, new video, sculpture, and fibers by Jesse Sugarmann. "Street Hassle identifies the used car as both an object of social exchange and an instance of disposable architecture. Using tacit and haptic elements of automotive design (as well as physical and videotaped documentation of automotive abuse) Street Hassle creates a perfected wrecking yard; an impound lot of imposed aspirations and misaligned ideals."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • November 7
Ditch Projects • 305 S. 5th Ave #190 Springfield, OR • info@ditchprojects.com


PSU presents OUTLOOK, the second annual alumni exhibition. Juried by James Yood, OUTLOOK features work by recent art dept. grads from 2005-2009.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • November 7
PSU Autzen Gallery • 724 SW Harrison • Neuberger Hall 2nd Floor Room 205

Io Palmer, "Janitorial Supplies #6" (detail)

Io Palmer will be exhibiting Art Stars at the Marylhurst Art Gym. "For the past three years, Io Palmer has been working on a series called Artstars, creating a dream team of art players... Palmer is interested in what constitutes success and the correspondences between art and athletic endeavors. Both require long hours of practice to perfect skills and provide only long shots at fame and remuneration... In addition, Io Palmer asks the viewer to consider questions like: Who is a star? Who provides inspiration, who shines? The famous or the unknown, the heroes or the zeros? What is it that we admire? A work ethic? Renown?"

Modou Dieng, "Black Isaac"

The Arty Gym is simultaneously exhibiting Modou Dieng's Black Star in their second gallery. Dieng was born and raised in Senegal. "In part as a reaction to the negative legacy of French colonialism, Dieng grew attracted to African-American music and art. A few years ago, he began using old vinyl records to make paintings, which paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others. The collages he has created for The Art Gym exhibition combine vinyl records, record jackets, memorabilia and reproductions of memorabilia to consider culture, with a focus on the role and impact of black artists like Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)."

Both artists will be present for the talk and following reception.

Artist talk • 3pm • November 8
Opening reception • 4-5:30pm • November 8
Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway Marylhurst, OR • BP John Administration Building

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 05, 2009 at 13:59 | Comments (0)


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