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Monday 11.30.09

installation, video, lecture

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Tim Mahan, from "Side Tangled"

H/D +Projects (the installation series at Half/Dozen Gallery in the Lofts) presents Side Tangled, an installation by Tim Mahan. The piece "creates a twisted boundary with a seemingly endless amount of yellow utility rope... challenging the idea of conventional boundaries. What good is a dividing line if it doesn't really keep you on one side or the other? ... This tangled border is permeable and is meant to be crossed. In fact, it beckons you to cross its coils and discover the view from the other side."

One-night-only installation • 7-10pm • November 30
Half/Dozen • 625 NW Everett #111 • projects@halfdozengallery.com


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Also happening tonight: Contour, a one-night video show curated by Modou Dieng featuring work by Rose Bond, Hannah Piper, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, David Eckard, E*Rock, Jaclynn Fronczak & Randi Razalenti, Damien Gilley, Linda Kliewer, Mack McFarland, and PORTstar Jeff Jahn.

Video(s) screening • 7-10pm • November 30
Someday Lounge • 125 NW 5th • 503.248.030


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Chas Bowie

Local artist and arts writer Chas Bowie is lecturing this week for Clark College's Art Talk series. He specializes in photography and currently teaches at PNCA.

Art lecture • 7pm • December 2
Clark College • 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • PUB 161, Fireside Lounge

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 30, 2009 at 9:08 | Comments (0)

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Friday 11.27.09

Susanna Helke

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Susanna Helke, still from "Sin" (1996)

Cinema Project, Pacific University, and the NW Film Center co-present The Cinematic Practice of Replayed Reality: Work by Susanna Helke. "As part of Cinema Project's ongoing Beyond Borders series, Finnish documentary filmmaker, university lecturer, and film theorist Susanna Helke comes to Portland for one night only to present and discuss a sampling of her film and video work. In both 35mm and digital video, her films, co-directed with Virpi Suutari, question the practices of non-fiction filmmaking. Playing with the borders of documentary and fiction, the pair work in the Flahertian tradition of documentaire joué, or as Helke describes it, 'the cinematic practice of replayed reality.'" Four works will be screened: "Sin" (1996), "Spring" (2006), "War" (2006), and "White Sky" (1998).

Film(s) screening • 7:30pm • December 1
NW Film Center @ PAM • 1219 SW Park • Whitsell Auditorium

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 27, 2009 at 9:55 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.26.09

A gaggle of November reviews

Because of the holidays November is often overstuffed with worthy shows and not enough time to see or review all of them properly... so I thought I'd put together a series of shorts on things you can see while shopping or walking off the turkey. Besides the highly recommended Broadcast at Lewis and Clark College and China Design Now at PAM here are few things that go beyond art school posturing. As a bonus a great deal of the work comes from around the globe, Portland definitely isn't navel gazing;


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I particularly liked Arnold Kemp's debut at PDX Contemporary. Perhaps the tightest show put on in that gallery since Storm Tharp's 2007 tour de force, Kemp's effort is an interesting kind of rehabilitated formalism related a tiny bit to Yves Klein... it is obsessed with the color black while inviting all its myriad associations (rather than a proscriptive prophylactic discourse). I like the approach. Even the all black paintings went over well on 1st Thursday... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 26, 2009 at 0:35 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.25.09

Wednesday Links

I'll have a series of reviews for you later today but for now:

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detail of Jean Nouvel's Vision Machine photo: Jeff Jahn

The New Yorker's Paul Goldberger takes a look at architect Jean Nouvel's career. I like his work as it often has a harsh beauty.

Randy Kennedy reports on the impact of the recession on artists in the NYT's.

Ahh and in anticipation of Miami (remember when it was all important?) here's artnet's pictorial on Art Toronto. In a strange way it is reassuring that these art fairs still exist... many Portland galleries still participate (though not as many as before but the ones who do have moved up in the fair hierarchy).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 25, 2009 at 9:55 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.24.09

Blackfish & the Anderson Ranch

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Eric Rue at Blackfish

Blackfish Gallery, one of the oldest existing cooperative galleries in the U.S., is seeking new artists to join the membership. Interested artists should live in the Portland area and be prepared to submit 20 images, a letter of intent, artist statement, anresume. The application deadline is February 6, 2010. Visit Blackfish for a more detailed application package: 420 NW 9th, 503.224.2634.


The Anderson Ranch arts center is seeking applications for artist residencies. Finalists are chosen on the basis of artistic merit by an independent jury of established working artists and will live and work at Anderson Ranch for a approximately ten week residency period. While in residence, all artists will share in an established community of interaction, conceptual development and intense production of work. Resident artists will be provided with housing, studio space, meals and certain other benefits and will be required to submit a residency fee of $100. While in residence, there is an optional structure of critical study such as studio visits, visiting artists, etc. Applications for fall or spring 2010 are due by February 1, 2010. More details can be found on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 24, 2009 at 10:29 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.23.09

on Wednesday

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Brian Gillis

PCC Cascade Gallery presents ...on Wednesday, an installation by Brian Gillis. Using juxtaposed images, objects, and spaces, Gillis' work is "socially relevant, audience activated, and engaged... summoning stories that elicit rich metaphors and social exchanges in an effort to arouse awareness, introspection, and valuation." There will be an artist talk on opening day and a closing reception for the exhibition, which runs November 23, 2009 - January 7, 2010.

Artist lecture • 2-3pm • November 23, 2009
Closing reception • 5-8pm • January 7, 2010
PCC Cascade Gallery • 705 N Killingsworth • CA TH 102

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 23, 2009 at 8:30 | Comments (0)

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Friday 11.20.09

West Coast Turnaround

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Crystal Schenk & Shelby Davis

MP5 presents West Coast Turnaround, a sculptural installation by artists-in-residence Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis. This short term installation (November 22-29) features a life-sized tractor-trailer semi, made out of 2x4s and drywall, parked in a 4th floor artist loft. "The two artists see the semi-truck as a childhood icon/phallic symbol/wild beast of the roads. It simultaneously represents freedom and movement, in conjunction with dominance and waste, while the domestic materials used for house construction suggest a form of stasis."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • November 21
Milepost 5 • 900 NE 81st • Unit 406 of the Lofts Building

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 20, 2009 at 8:23 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.19.09

new at MoCC

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Left: Lauren Kalman from Elusive Matter, Right: Andy Paiko & Ethan Rose from Transference

Two new exhibitions open today at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose have installed Transference in the downstairs gallery. The pair collaborated to create a kinetic-sound installation reinterpreting the glass armonica that explores the material and aural properties of glass. Upstairs, Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty, and Lauren Kalman offer a new take on craft in Elusive Matter. The works in the exhibition use film and photography to explore craft-based media, challenging common expectations that craft results in a physical object.

Note: Today also marks the introduction of a $3 admission fee to MoCC. Members still get in free.

Exhibition(s) • November 19 - January 9th/16th, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654


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Nina Katchadourian, "Parasite" (sited installation)

Also happening at MoCC tonight: Nina Katchadourian is lecturing tonight for PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies visiting artist series. Katchadourian works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound.

Artist lecture • 6:30pm • November 19
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 19, 2009 at 12:05 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.18.09

Long Haired Iconoclasts and Renegade Pirates: Broadcast at Lewis and Clark

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Hostage, Dara Birnbaum, 1994

Lewis and Clark's Hoffman Gallery showcases a didactic display of the questioning of media this month in its exhibition Broadcast. The pieces in Broadcast span a timeline originating in the 1960's and includes a lineup of artists whose commentary ranges in tone from absurdist to anarchist, mystic to murderer. Broadcast applauds a criticality that is at once satirical and provoking, the absence of which, it warns, engenders an inertia of thoughtlessness that is as sneaky as a flu and as dangerous as anthrax. (more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on November 18, 2009 at 6:42 | Comments (0)

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WPA art

This month's installment of the Art & Conversation series at PAM features local author and museum docent Ginny Allen leading a discussion on Works Progress Administration (WPA) sponsored art in the collection and other federal art projects around Portland. Meet in the Fields Ballroom in the Mark Building.

Art chat • 9:15-11am • November 19
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 18, 2009 at 6:31 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.17.09

launch art (opportunities)

Launch Pad is seeking submissions for Light Sensitive Material, their first-ever *juried* group show in celebration of the gallery's fourth anniversary. "The show focuses on what appears to be a dying media in this modern computer driven age where many of our most cherished memories are recorded ethereally as a sequence of ones and zeros rather than as a physical object than can be handed down through generations: Analogue (non-digital) photographic processes." All work using light-sensitive processes may be submitted. Application deadline is November 23. More details right here.


Buckman Arts Focus Elementary is seeking original (sale-able) artwork for their 20th Annual Art Show & Sell. Normally here at PORT we're leery of benefits asking artists to donate proceeds of their sales, but public arts education is a Worthy Cause. This is a juried exhibition of work during the "show and sell," as well as a silent auction. Applications are due December 2. Lots more info on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 17, 2009 at 9:05 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.16.09

work so sweet

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Wendy Kveck, "Sweet Devouration"

PCC Sylvania presents Sweet Devouration, new paintings and a sculpture by Wendy Kveck. The artist writes: "In recent work, food has evolved into content and material, a layered symbol that simultaneously informs abstractions and directs or embellishes my figurative narratives. These examine representations of women as cultural signifiers of excess, desire, anxiety and fear - Woman as Consumer and the Consumed..."

Artist lecture • 12:30 - 1:30pm • November 17
Opening reception to follow the artist talk
North View Gallery @ PCC Sylvania • 12000 SW 49th Ave • CT 214 Building

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 16, 2009 at 11:28 | Comments (0)

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Strange bedfellows these days: legitimacy and money

Jerry Saltz has written his response to the whole New Museum debacle (which strangely became legitimized last week with the New York Times Article, though it was Tyler Green and William Powhida who really started the debate, Green was cited as being, "notoriously self righteous," by the Times). More like notoriously ten steps ahead of the New York Times. Anyhow, I see both Jerry and Tyler's arguments but in this case Tyler is notoriously right and scrupulous.

The problem isn't the fact that this is going on in an economic freefall, it is that this looks like pre-crash business as usual when everyone wants the New Museum to do something legitimately new. Whereas, Koons and Urs Fischer are poster children for the excesses of the past 9 years in the art world, frankly it's anything but New. I like both artists but when the word NEW is in your name you need to be careful you deliver what the name promises. The art world has been looking for a lightning rod for change, a signpost that something fresh was coming and when the New Museum foisted their petard up the flagpole they got zapped.

How about a post boom artist or someone the post boom artists can look to? An Iza Genzken or Lynda Benglis curated show would have gone over much better than Koons and followed through on Unmonumental's success as an opener (so far nothing has equaled their opening show... that's a problem). I believe artist curated shows might be the answer for the New Museum but the trick is they have to be by someone who isn't synonymous with lucre when things are being stripped back to basics. The New Museum is being held to new standards because everyone wants them to be successful in revitalizing New York's art scene (in a qualitative not the same old quantitative $$$ way)... hopefully that haven't completely jumped the shark and can contrast Koons/Fischer with something much fresher after this bit of shortsightedness.

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Photo by Sarah Henderson

The Find, Claiming Nelscott Reef is an independent film opening this week about Oregon big wave surfing and the absurdities surrounding ownership of said wave. Not your typical surf porn it looks fascinating and you can catch the premier at the Hollywood theater on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. PORTstar Sarah Henderson is the co-producer. For more info here is an interview with the director Erich Lyttle from last night.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 16, 2009 at 10:59 | Comments (0)

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Friday 11.13.09

East/West interview with galleryHomeland by Gary Wiseman

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East/West storefront in Berlin, Mitte district (all photos: Jackie Friscia)

Gary Wiseman - East/West is an innovative project. It is very compelling to me. The first time I heard Paul mention something about it was two years ago.
Paul Middendorf - That's about right

GW - Tell me about the development of the project, who you're working with, who is involved...

PM - Sure. I guess the earliest incarnation of EAST/WEST happened in 2007 when galleryHOMELAND went, representing Portland, to the Art Basel Fair, in Switzerland. We did a project called Attache' Case where we brought 15 artists [work] in this case that we showed at the various fairs like Scope and we would bring it outside Art Basel, we went to Munster, Germany to see the the sculptural fair that happens every ten years, went to Documenta, presented at some places there. Through these travels we were forming many relationships. I was also, for part of the time, traveling with Leah Stuhltrager, one of the main directors of Dam, Stuhltrager.

GW - The gallery you work with in Brooklyn?

PM - Yah. So, basically in Basel, Switzerland we had met a lot of European [specifically] Berlin gallerists. We were fascinated by a lot of the similarities that we shared in projects and artist relations. So...(more)

Posted by Gary Wiseman on November 13, 2009 at 14:27 | Comments (0)

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PAM Annual Book Sale

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Portland Art Museum, Mark Building

PAM's annual book sale is happening this weekend: "Discover great book bargains at the [2-day] Crumpacker Family Library's annual sale, featuring thousands of donated new and used art books at a fraction of the full retail price."

Book Sale • 9am-3pm • November 14 & 15
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • Miller Gallery in the Mark Building

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 13, 2009 at 9:37 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.12.09

alt.space(s)

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Sarah Meadows

Sarah Meadows' Time Ends Now opens tomorrow at Nationale. In her first exhibition of landscape photography, Meadows "elaborates on her fascination with nature and the elastic properties of film images, dispensing entirely with narrative and human gesture and presenting instead a concentrated study of wilderness encountered."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • November 13
Nationale • 2730 E Burnside • nationale.portland@gmail.com


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Lynda Frese

False Front presents Tara in the Living Room, 11 works from 1994-2006 by Louisiana-based artist Lynda Frese. Frese draws from several past series for this collection of painting, photography, assembled digital imagery, and mixed media that "confronts the themes of time and isolation, deities and faith with an eye on proficiency." Note: Frese's cover art can be seen on this year's Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Herta Muller's English translations of the novels Land of Green Plums and Traveling on one Leg.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • November 14
False Front Studio • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 12, 2009 at 11:39 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.11.09

Transit Bridge Developments Nov, 2009

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November 10, 2009 version of Willamette Transit Bridge

Yesterday's WRBAC meeting was interesting and more fiery, at least compared to previous meetings. It's detail time and the design of the new Transit/Ped/Bike bridge iis coming along. I like its triangular towers and belvederes designed to minimize the airfoil vacuums that flat towers create (dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians).

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WBRAC Committee (foreground) Donald Macdonald and Anna Valentina-Murch (center and right background)

I also liked that...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 11, 2009 at 18:59 | Comments (0)

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calling all souls

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detail of Antione Catala's Psychedelic Soul at the Cooley Gallery

In conjunction with The Language of the Nude at Reed's Cooley Gallery, as well as their related Psychedelic Soul exhibition at TBA:09, Cooley Gallery curator Stephanie Snyder and PICA Visual Art Program Director Kristan Kennedy are speaking this week about the contemporary projects by Brody Condon and Antoine Catala. (Note: The Calling All Souls lecture was moved to this week due to scheduling conflicts.)

Curator lecture • 6:30pm • November 13
Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Hauser Memorial Library

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 11, 2009 at 9:16 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.10.09

more speaking

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Xu Bing, "Ghosts Pounding the Wall"

In the first of two CDN lectures this week, renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing will speak tomorrow on 30 Years of Contemporary Chinese Art. "Ranging from monumental installations to handcrafted books, Xu's artistic practice is a playful and political exploration of the written word, usually in the form of the Chinese character. His work questions our ability to communicate meaning through language, as well as the value of language itself."

Artist lecture • 5:30pm • November 11
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811 • Fields Ballroom

(More: A conversation with Shen Wei at PAM, and a discussion with three Portland artmakers via the New Oregon Interview Series.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 10, 2009 at 12:28 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.09.09

Catching up with last week

Last week Modou Dieng interviewed me on Radio PNCA... you can listen to the archive here if you missed it. We discuss Portland, curation, PORT and follow-through. Sounds like the mp3 file was ripped a little too hot so there is slight distortion but it's listenable.

Jerry Saltz takes on Urs Fischer at the New Museum here... frankly I'm underwhelmed. He's decent but too much of a stunt artist. Besides, the more I look at his work the less intelligent and more spectacle driven it seems. Fischer seems aware of this flaw in his work as he tried to downplay that aspect for this retrospective so its not as "showy" as his solo shows have frequently been. Let's just say there demand for Kippenberger-ish art and grand gestures and Fischer attempts to fill that void... but can't help but fail (really it is the Rauschenberg void).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 09, 2009 at 14:45 | Comments (0)

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show your work @ disjecta

"Vestibule," Disjecta's visual arts space, is putting out an open call for proposals from emerging artists: "The Curatorial Committee reviews proposals from artists and organizations, choosing programs for their artistic strength and cultural and/or social relevance. Applications are accepted year round." For submission guidelines and further information, visit their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 09, 2009 at 11:07 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 11.08.09

Transit Bridge update and meeting

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A design for the new transit, pedestrian and cycling bridge, a first in the US

For those who are transit and design oriented the latest public feedback meeting for the exciting new Willamette River Transit and Pedestrian Bridge with the architect Donald MacDonald will be on Tuesday November 10th at 3:00 PM.

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I like these latest design images, though the gray shaded divider seen here has not been approved yet. I like the tower designs and triangular belvederes, they have an updated yet timeless Frank Lloyd Wright feel... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 08, 2009 at 19:19 | Comments (2)

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Friday 11.06.09

update: pmmnls

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Laurel Nakadate, "Exorcism in January"

PICA, PSU, Reed, et al present Laurel Nakadate for next week's PMMNLS. Nakadate is a photographer, video artist and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited at P.S.1/MoMA, The Yerba Buena, The Getty Museum, and The Reina Sofia. In 2009, her first feature film, Stay The Same Never Change premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be featured in New Directors/ New Films at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. She is currently finishing her second feature film, The Wolf Knife. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York City.

Artist lecture • 7:30-9pm • November 9
PSU Shattuck Hall Annex • 1914 SW Park • Corner of Broadway & SW Hall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 06, 2009 at 14:38 | Comments (0)

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The Dia that refuses to die links

The Big news today is that the Dia is returning to Chelsea, the NYT's Carol Vogel has the story. Looks like the Dia is trying to recapture it's legendary role as institutional patron of difficult, inconvenient art. I.E. the best kind of art. In the past year I've visited Dia Beacon, Spiral Jetty, the Earth Room, and the Lightning Field etc. None of these would have been possible without the Dia but when they left Chelsea they abandoned experimentation in New York City... which was unacceptable.

I love the fact that new director Philippe Vergne is going to focus on programming, not museum style bling. At that we have to ask, "how great will that programming be?" It's a tall order. Dia's legacy would make anybody except maybe Walter Hopps a little shy about comparisons with the past. Can they actually back truly great artists like they did in the past or is it going to be another checklist of international art stars weve already seen and mostly found wanting when compared to Serra's Torqued Ellipses and Walter De Maria's Lightning Field? It's a huge gamble but like days of yore they need to back a few wildly original artists who have been too inconvenient for proper attention during the mostly market driven decade.

Note Vogel's article also mentions that a long awaited Donald Judd catalogue raisonné is officially under way... the previous catalog stops in 1974. Just before Judd's very interesting show at Portland's PCVA. Overall, Judd scholarship has languished since the artists death and like everyone who has used the rather incomplete an imperfect existing one ... this is a necessary wish come true.

Over at the Mercury Matt Stangel reviews Ben Young's latest... quiet dia-esque

Tyler Green points to William Powhida's hilarious takedown of the New Museum. This is exactly what the Dia needs to avoid.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 06, 2009 at 14:01 | Comments (0)

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flotsam, jetsam, bontei

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Steven Beatty and Laurel Kurtz

Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Flotsam & Jetsam and Jetties & Gyres by Steven Beatty and Laurel Kurtz. "Referencing earthworks from the 70's as well as the mass quantities of plastics trapped in the North Pacific Gyre, the artists create a space filled with bottle caps accessible only by a single point of entry to the viewers. Bright colored caps and lids are used to market products meant to be disposable, but made to last well beyond the life of the product. These vibrant colors now take on a new message, marking the accumulation of litter in the United States."

Opening reception • 4-6pm • November 10
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA


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Marc Peter Keane, "SHINSO: Where Forest Meets Field"

The Japanese Garden presents the Bontei Tray Gardens of Marc Peter Keane for the winter installation of its Art in the Garden Series. The exhibition features "handcrafted wood and stone tray gardens by one of the world's leading experts on Japanese gardens. The word bontei is an old term, not found in most modern dictionaries, but it suits Keane's new creations perfectly, as they begin within that tradition but broaden the scope to include new materials and philosophies the way modern gardens do."

Note: November 11 is free admission day at the garden.

Opening reception • 4:30pm • November 7
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston • Garden Pavilion

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 06, 2009 at 10:02 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.05.09

First Weekend Picks November 2009

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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

(A whole lot more, spanning Fri thru Sun: Gallery Homeland, Nemo Design, Fourteen30, Worksound, Ditch Projects, PSU's Autzen Gallery, Marylhurst Art Gym.)

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

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Wednesday 11.04.09

talking

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Architect Charles Rose, OCAC Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building (unfinished), photo by Jeff Jahn

Boston-based architect Charles Rose is leading next week's installment of the Portland Space Bright Lights Discussion Series. Rose recently designed OCAC's new Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building in collaboration with COLAB Architecture and Urban Design.

Architect lecture • 6pm • November 9
Bright Lights @ Jimmy Mak's • 221 NW 10th

(More, happening this week: Carson Ellis for PAM's artist talk series and Freeman Lau in conjunction with China Design Now.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 04, 2009 at 10:38 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.03.09

First Thursday Picks November 2009

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Rachel Davis, "Glass Cloud"

Rachel Davis presents Family Tree at Chambers@916. The series of watercolors on paper combine architectural and botanical forms, "taking their visual language from Chinese vernacular architecture and the life cycles of a garden in a continuous loop of growth and decay. By combining the visible man-made world with the often invisible cellular world of plants, the paintings become a hybrid of both...Inspired by Chinese painting manuals like The Mustard Seed Garden (1679), the paintings in Family Tree explore an imaginary landscape with more contemporary implications...As a parent to two children with Chinese ancestry, this series has become the artist's own painting manual, guiding her exploration of a complicated, modern family's evolving relationship to China." Chambers@916 will also be screening The Hidden Depth by Chinese video artists Fang Er and Meng Jin, in conjunction with China Design Now.

Full disclosure: This blogger works with Chambers@916.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 5
Chambers@916 • 916 NW Flanders • 503.227.9398

(More: Elizabeth Leach, PDX Contemporary, Half/Dozen, IGLOO, Blackfish, and Fontanelle.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 03, 2009 at 13:25 | Comments (1)

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Monday 11.02.09

learning, seeing, hearing

Volterra.jpg
Attributed to Danele da Volterra, after Michelangelo's "Last Judgment", 16th century

Crocker Art Museum Curator William Braezeale will lecture tomorrow evening on Four Centuries of the Human Body: Old Master Drawings From the Crocker Art Museum, which is currently on view at Reed's Cooley Gallery. Gallery viewing hours will be extended for pre-lecture viewing.

Curatorial lecture • 6:30pm • November 3
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Psychology Auditorium Room 105

(More: Stephen Connolly films via Cinema Project, PORTstar Jeff Jahn on Open Air radio.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 02, 2009 at 9:32 | Comments (0)

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