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Tuesday 01.05.10

« Kenneth Noland 1924-2010 | Main | a productive start to 2010 »

First Thursday Picks January 2010

Christopher Rauschenberg, "Paris Flea Market"

Elizabeth Leach presents Paris Flea Market, a collection of photographs by Christopher Rauschenberg of the Marché aux Puces at Saint Ouen, just outside of Paris. "Well-known for his panoramic, assembled images, Rauschenberg's latest body of work is composed of single images, which capture and crystallize specific moments of wit and beauty... the jumbled stalls and crowded viewing rooms [of Paris Flea Market] reflect the beauty and accidental narratives of surprising, unintentional juxtapositions of objects."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 7
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Olaf Otto Becker

Blue Sky presents Broken Line by German artist Olaf Otto Becker. In this series, "Becker pursues his art like a solo explorer, searching for the visual splendor of a vast land few people visit: Greenland. To create still, ghostly images of icebergs, glaciers, and isolated settlements eerily devoid of people, Becker patiently waits, alone, with a large-format 8 X 10 camera until the light is perfect, sometimes for days."

Céline Clanet

Blue Sky will also be showing Máze by French photographer Céline Clanet. Between 2005 and 2009, Clanet traveled to the small Norwegian village of Máze, or Masi, to photograph its people, the Sami, and the herds of reindeer on which many Sami depend. Clanet sees her work as capturing "a reality that will undoubtedly transform in the coming century, due to global warming and cultural integration."

Opening reception for both shows • 6-9pm • January 7
Clanet artist talk • 3pm • January 9
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Megan Murphy, "Distance"

PDX Contemporary presents Porcelain and Other Works by Megan Murphy: "From photographs that she has taken on location - places that are often remote and imbued with dramatic, emotional histories - Murphy produces a transparent image that she then mounts between a mirror and a sheet of glass. Then begins a process of building up and removing dozens of layers of paint and text, imbuing the paint with an internal luminosity while replicating the effects of time: actions once taken and now remembered by how they are revealed through the progression and reflection of time."

Opening reception • 5-8pm • January 7
PDX Contemporary Art • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063


Blackfish presents Drawings, a group show featuring work by all 28 Blackfish artists. Media include compressed charcoal, watercolor, pencil, and ink; collage materials and mixed media; white watercolor on black paper; embroidery threads on fabric; and flat-strap steel forged into delicate tracery and the works range from intimate sketches to 4x6 foot murals.

Opening reception • 7-9pm • January 7
Blackfish Gallery • 420 NW 9th • 503.224.2634


Gallery 114 presents Re: PORT, the PORT past and present staff show celebrating our 5th anniversary. You may or may not know that many of our writers are artists, and the rest of us like to make images sometimes as well. Works will be included by Amy Bernstein, Arcy Douglass, Megan Driscoll, Sarah Henderson, Jeff Jahn, Nicky Kriara, Jenene Nagy, Jascha Owens, Ryan Pierce, Alex Rauch, and Gary Wiseman. In addition to the First Thursday opening, we'll be having a social preview Wednesday night, January 6, from 6-9pm.

First Thursday reception • 6-9pm • January 7
Gallery 114 • 1100 NW Glisan (downstairs) • 503.243.3356

Ashley Sloan

Tribute Gallery presents Play For Keeps, a group exhibition of national artists showing new works on paper, guest curated by Elizabeth Lamb and Chloe Gallagher. Featured artists include Jon MacNair, Joshua Witten, Patrick Haemmerlein, Ashley Sloan, and Max Kauffman, as well as Brett Anderson, Huy Nguyen, Garric Simonsen, Angela Dawn, Breanne Rupp, Megan Marie Myers, Brian Costello, Jackie Bos, Karri Dieken, Stephan Ferreira, Mark Colman, Heidi Elise Wirz, Coco Papy, Sally Gilmore, Mark Olwick, Louise Krampien and Cara Tomlinson.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 7
Tribute Gallery • 328 NW Broadway #117 • TheTributeGallery@gmail.com


PSU's Autzen gallery presents ROM'N Times: Portland State artists respond to Italy for realsies. "Sometime last August, eleven Portland State University art students, two faculty members, and a massage therapist from Las Vegas went on an unforgettable journey to Italy." This is their response. Featured artists include Horia Bobia, Vanessa Calvert, Cassandra Dorsey, Lori Gilbert, Bethany Hays, William LePore, Stuart Mayer, Cassie Neth, Jennifer Norton, Stuart Mayer, Bridget Murphy, Ralph Pugay, Rebecca Shelly, Miles Sprietsma, and Cody Thomas.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • January 7
Autzen Gallery @ PSU • 724 SW Harrison • 2nd Floor Neuberger Hall Room 205

Alex Hubbard, video still

Head over to PSU's New Video Gallery to catch Alex Hubbard's Native Son, a video compilation from 2007-2009. From Artforum: "Hubbard uses flowers, balloons, plastic letters, and other mundane things in bizarre, at times aggressive ways, calling attention to their purpose and altering them through a series of vaudevillian maneuvers." Video works at the New Video Gallery are projected onto the Art Building from dusk til dawn and can be viewed from the street. This compilation will be on view through January 29, 2010.

Video screening • Dusk til dawn • January 4-29
PSU Art Building • street viewing

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 05, 2010 at 15:46 | Comments (0)


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