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Tuesday 12.01.09

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First Thursday Picks December 2009

Richard Serra etchings at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Elizabeth Leach presents Richard Serra's Etchings 1999-2007. The exhibition explores Serra's lesser-known printmaking practice, featuring the 2007 Paths and Edges series. The works in the series "feature thick arcing lines, which stretch beyond the boundaries of the sheet, creating a palpable sense of continued movement and weight. Even on paper, these monolithic, looming forms have a physical, three-dimensional presence, which captures the same sense of spatial domination created by Serra's internationally renowned and monumentally scaled sculptures." UPDATE: It has come to our attention that Elizabeth Leach will not be having a First Thursday in reception. However, this is still a top pick show for the month.

Exhibition • December 3, 2009 - January 2, 2010
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Installation view of Sunshine Generation (photo Jeff Jahn)

Ziba Design presents the first exhibition in their new gallery space: China's Sunshine Generation. The exhibition is a montage of photographs and text from Ziba's 2008-2009 ethnographic and consumer research into China's "Sunshine Generation," drawing from 7000 images and 136 interviews in 10 cities. This group is the first to come of age with the one-child policy and economic reform. The show offers insights into "a generation disconnected from its past and facing a bright but uncertain future."

Opening reception • 5-8pm • December 3
Ziba Gallery • 1044 NW 9th • 503.223.9606

Mel George, "Glimpse of Winter"

Bullseye presents Mel George's Reminders. A former Portland resident who recently returned to her native Australia, George's Reminders is an homage to Portland that "investigates the relationship between her Australian and American identities... The exhibition is a collection of kilnformed glasswork referencing Polaroids and calendars that are intimate reminders of the place she now calls her 'second, yet equal, home.'"

Opening reception • 5-8pm • December 3
Bullseye Gallery • 300 NW 13th • 503.227.0222

Reiner Riedler

Blue Sky presents Fake Holidays by Austrian artist Reiner Riedler. This documentary project, focusing on the environments and inhabitants of theme parks around the world, transports viewers to the artificial landscapes of leisure destinations as varied as Florida, Turkey, and China. The photographs "starkly illuminate the incongruities of tourists visiting sites such as a 'tropical' resort near Berlin, an indoor ice-cave in Dubai, and the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 3
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Kristen Miller installation view (photo Jeff Jahn)

PDX Contemporary presents Here and Gone, an installation by Kristen Miller. The installation features delicate compositions in which beads are repetitively stitched onto the surfaces of tissue paper, found papers, and glassine. "Investigating presence and absence, memory, and time, Miller gives visual form to the delicate transience of life and the fleeting experiences that linger on in our memory."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • December 3
PDX Contemporary Art • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063

Charles Siegfried, "Soul Controller" (photo Jeff Jahn)

Blackfish presents new work by Charles Siegfried with guest artists Peter Reichardt and Kristyn Weaver. Siegfried is exhibiting large and small paintings, Reichardt is exhibiting drawings and small sculpture, and Weaver will be including a range of work from installation to sculpture to drawing.

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


The Dill Pickle Club presents Work|Progress, a benefit art show, bookshop, and event series. The exhibition features 24 Portland-based artists creating replicated works of art: Icky A, Brad Adkins, Moe Bowstern, Carye Bye, Bill Daniel, Dyslexxis, Harrell Fletcher, Sarah Gottesdiener, Sam Gould, Anna Gray, MK Guth, Ariana Jacob, Kendra Larson, Ian Lynam, Eric Mast, Justin Scrappers Morrison, Michael Parich, Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Brittany Powell, Khris Soden, Bwana Spoons, Matthew Stadler, Nim Wunnan and Pete Yahnke. The Dill Pickle Club is "a creative cultural center dedicated to providing an experimental forum for critiquing contemporary culture, politics and humanities," and the exhibition will also kick off their membership drive. Note: All related events will also take place at Eyeful Gallery.

Opening reception • 6pm • December 3
Eyeful Gallery • 625 NW Everett #104 • 503.243.1222


The Oregon Painting Society presents Radiant Dream Face at PSU's Autzen Gallery. The exhibition "is a control room on board a starship fashioned from the dreams and detritus of late-20th century West Coast America." This "interactive sound-sculpture installation" is an extension of ideas OPS presented previously at Fontanelle and TBA:09.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • December 3
Autzen Gallery at PSU • 724 SW Harrison • 2nd Floor PSU Neuberger Hall Room 205


While you're at PSU: Swing by the art building for the latest installation at the New Video Gallery. Something Like the New Young Turks brings together young video artists Sarah Johnson, Israel Lund, and Jesse Sugarmann. The video is on view dusk til dawn on the street level video screen at the art building.

Video screening • December 3, 2009 - January 1, 2010

New Outdoor Video Gallery at PSU • 2000 SW 5th Ave

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