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Tuesday 02.02.10

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First Thursday Picks February 2010

Liza Nguyen, "Surface"

Blue Sky presents Unfolding Time: Vietnamese Photography, Then and Now, co-curated by Christopher Rauschenberg and Stephanie Snyder. The show features photography by two contemporary women photographers, Liza Nyugen and An-My Lê, both of whose works "explore the relationship between aesthetic experience, representation, place, and memory. It is not about the politics of identity per se, but about artists' and individuals' gravitation to the photographic image as a uniquely personal and fictive agent for the stimulation of personal experience and cultural critique." In late February, LA-based photography curator Sam Lee will speak on "War and Vietnamese Photography," after which there will be a community discussion with the show's curators.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 4
Panel discussion • 3pm • February 27
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Xiaoze Xie, "Stanford Art Library (NA7764-NA8206)"

Elizabeth Leach presents Re-Present, a group exhibition exploring "shifting contexts and means of presentation...Through drawing, photography, painting, and video, the artists in Re-Present consider the differences between representation and perception. By re-investigating reality and decontextualizing every day objects and experiences, they elevate and examine our daily lives, uncovering the nuances of our shared experience." Featured artists include Pat Boas, Adam Chapman, Isaac Layman, Joe Park, and Xiaoze Xie.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 4
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th Ave • 503.224.0521

Avantika Bawa, "almost untitled"

Doppler PDX presents HAlf: Perfect Partials by Avantika Bawa. The show "investigates the history of ready-mades and the physicality of drawings that are perfected for display, but are then denied this perfection by virtue of being presented in partial states. These works explore the act of completing; the desire for a 'finish' and the wholeness of objects, by obstruction and halting these very states, gestures or desires."

Opening reception • 5:30-9pm • February 4
Doppler PDX • 625 NW Everett St #109 • dopplerpdx@gmail.com

Sterling Lawrence, "Untitled 1 of 5"

Half/Dozen presents The Quadratic Logogram of Almost Everything, a group exhibition "looking into contemporary abstract works through a lens that gazes away from power, high status, and the sacred, which has demanded monumental and sublime expressions that elicit submission. It focuses instead on what Edmond Burke taught us long ago: overwhelming sublime spaces are best left obscure, and the intentionality of mere objects has no place in the transcendental as a call for exodus into a more democratic realm for artistic production." The show features work by David Corbett, Alex Felton, Kristan Kennedy, and Sterling Lawrence.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 4
Half/Dozen Gallery • 625 NW Everett #111 • 503.512.9079

Tyler Kohloff, installed at CoCA Ballard of Seattle

Tribute presents Tyler Kohloff's Inland Empires. The show "focuses on the transitional habitats of the Interior West. In a series of two studies, the artist leverages anti-narrative to explore space as found artifacts of the abandoned. Housework explores the interiors of once-called home; Riverside explores the desolate landscapes of Southern California." The images are presented as photographs mounted on lightboxes, "the backlit photography clusters in space, resembling nodes on a circuit."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 4
The Tribute Gallery • 328 NW Broadway #117 • thetributegallery@gmail.com


Tractor presents Lindsay Aucoin's T9, "an abstract look at technology as a means of communication."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • February 4
Tractor PDX • 328 NW Broadway #114 • charles@tractorpdx.com


PNCA presents Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now in their Feldman Gallery. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, the exhibition features hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera that "bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice."

Exhibition • February 4 - March 19, 2010
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391


Upstairs at PNCA you'll find PDXplore's "Crossing the Columbia: What Does it Mean?" Along with the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO), PDXplore has developed a forum to consider and discuss the Columbia River Crossing, "an urban infrastructure project of national relevance that demands a clear vision of its far-reaching economic, ecological, cultural and social impacts." PDXplore: Design in Progress, the first of two exhibitions, opens at PNCA's mezzanine-level Gallery214 this week. It will feature a growing collage of maps, drawings, ideas and questions about the Columbia River Crossing.

Exhibition • February 4 - 26, 2010
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391


Mark Woolley and the Anka Gallery present Supertrash 10, Sacred G Exploitation in conjunction with the B.A.M. film fest. The show, which features over 100 movie posters from the 1970s and 1980s, is a continuation of a movie poster show at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum that ended January 31, 2010. However, this version "extrapolates the poster basis into a muralism where grindhouse narratives lead to sacred geometries."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • February 4
Anka Gallery • 325 NW 6th • 503.224.5721


PNCA presents Shadowgut the latest effort by the Oregon Painting Society at the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery. OPS says, "We've taken the elevator down into the center of the ship. There are sounds echoing through its haunted hallways, strange symbols appear before fading back into the inky depths from which they emerged. This could be a place of work but who is doing what and to what end on board this Black Lodge suspended in deep space?"

Exhibition • February 4 - 28, 2010
Opening February 4th 6-9pm, performance at 8pm
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

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