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Thursday 12.03.09

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First Weekend Picks December 2009

Evertt Beidler, still from "The Business of Staying the Same is Always Changing," 2009

Worksound presents In Vicinity, a place-based show curated by Amy Harwood, Josh Pavlacky plus PORTstars Jeff Jahn and Ryan Pierce. The exhibition explores how an artist's immediate environment informs and contextualizes the work, framing the environment as the Portland area from Mt. Hood to the coast. Participating artists include Nicole Mark, The Enemies of the Proposed Palomar Pipeline, Tia Factor, Evertt Beidler, Sandy Roumagoux, and a collaborative installation by Julia Calabrese, Jill Campoli, Zack Davis, Josh Pavalacky, and Claire Staples.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • December 4
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Ann Ploeger

Ann Ploeger presents Already Dead at Pushdot. The artist writes: "In this series of portraits, all shot over the last year, I became interested in blood, plain and simple. Blood and artificial pain, leaking orifices, leaking heads, the visceral redness of it. I find it liberating and horrible to make images with the oldest and simplest of inks... Yet it's all fake, gloriously unreal. I was interested in the kind of formal qualities we always give death, from the sentimental cameo shapes of the portraits, to the fading of the subject into the background, mimicking the 'white light' everybody says they see in their near-death. All our hiding it, bureaucratizing it, and stuffing it in the background is rejected, as the subjects loom out of the fading white, like ghosts, lunging toward the viewer."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 4
Pushdot Studio • 1021 SE Caruthers • 503.224.5925

Molly Roth, "The Best Times Are Some Times (futility)"

Gallery Homeland presents A Story about Some People Changing by Molly Roth. The artist writes: "If I were to ask you to stay, I would embarrass myself. I want to, I always want to, but it means that I need you, that I need something, and I want to be something that needs nothing. I want to be solid, unflappable, impermeable, able to withstand all forms of loss with a stoic grace because that is the ideal. But I can't. I want to beg and sob and pound my fists and refuse and make sounds like an animal. But I can't do that either. I know about the inevitability of transience. I want to honor it quietly, with effort, while I shake on the inside with everyone else."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 4
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryHOMELAND.org


This Saturday is the first night in Rocksbox's December Action Art series, happening the first 3 Saturdays of the month. Matthew Green & Sarah Johnson perform this weekend, Sean Patrick Carney and Alicia Love McDaid next weekend, and Michael Reinsch and a "Special International Mystery Guest" on the final weekend. After these performances Rocksbox is closing for winter remodeling and will reopen in March 2010.

Action Art Part I • 9pm • December 5
Action Art Part II • 9pm • December 12
Action Art Part III • 9pm • December 19
Rocksbox • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777


Flight64 presents Body Parts, a collaborative print show at False Front. Curated by Flight 64's president Misha Cappechi, Body Parts consists of works from 12 of the non-profit printmaking studio's members: Ana Hurtado-Gonzalez, Andrew Lorish, Anne Cote, Erin Dollar, Garrett Price, Heather McLaughlin, Jemila Hart, Michelle McKay, Misha Capecchi, Sean O'Connor and Walker Cahill.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • December 5
False Front Studio • 4518 NE 32nd Ave. â 503.781.4609

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