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Tuesday 08.03.10

« Mark Grotjahn at PAM | Main | Thursday linkage »

First Thursday Picks August 2010

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André Kertész, "Satiric Dancer, Paris" 1926

Charles Hartman presents André Kertész: Photographs. Kertész came to American from Hungary via Paris in 1936. After settling in New York, he became one of the "most influential photographers of the twentieth century...refining his art of avant-garde design and gentle observation of the human condition."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 5
Charles Hartman Fine Art • 134 NW 8th • 503.287.3886


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Lori Waselchuk

Blue Sky presents Lori Waselchuk's Grace Before Dying, "a powerfully moving series of black-and-white wide-format photographs documenting the prisoner-run hospice program at Angola State Penitentiary, Louisiana's maximum-security prison, where a life sentence truly means life...Until the hospice program was created in 1998, prisoners died mostly alone in the prison hospital. Now, when a terminally ill inmate is too sick to live among the general prison population, he is transferred to the hospice ward. Here, inmate volunteers work closely with hospital and security staff to care for the patient. The volunteers, most of whom are serving life sentences themselves, try to keep him as comfortable as possible. Then, during the last days of the patient's life, the hospice staff begins a 24-hour vigil. The volunteers go to great lengths to ensure that their fellow inmate does not die alone."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 5
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210


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Ethan Jackson's "Echo Pool" & Jerry Wingren's "Resting Stones," installation view 2010

Chambers@916 presents a pair of installations, Jerry Wingren's Resting Stones and Ethan Jackson's Echo Pool. Sculpted from Swedish Black Granite, the Resting Stones "push back from within, releasing a heightened energy." The stones have been installed in the gallery with a special floor inspired by Zen gardens. Ethan Jackson's Echo Pool is an interactive video installation that reflects viewers' movements and the sounds they make. A live mirror-like image fills the back wall of the gallery, reflecting the occupants of the space in a liquid, rippling surface, continually agitated by the sounds they make. (Full disclosure: This blogger works for Chambers@916.)

First Thursday reception • 6-9pm • August 5
Chambers@916 • 916 NW Flanders • 503.227.9398


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Drake Deknatel, "Untitled (man with ammo DD353)" 2005

Elizabeth Leach presents Small Paintings by Drake Deknatel. Deknatel was a Seattle-based abstract painter, mostly known in the Northwest for his abstract expressionist-style paintings. However, Deknatel's late work demonstrates a distinctly European influence, marked by his intense examination of a single concept and image. Elizabeth Leach is currently showing a series he created of over 20 very small paintings of a figure, perhaps a soldier, standing alone in an undefined space. The unrelenting repetition of this imagery (not only in this body of work, but throughout many of Deknatel's later paintings) turns these recognizable forms into abstracted shapes, asking the viewer to examine the possibility of a larger, less concrete, narrative.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 5
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521


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Rosanna Martinez, "Crash Into Me" 2007-2010

Curator and PORTstar Jeff Jahn presents M5, on view at the Feldman Gallery at PNCA. The exhibition explores the "intersection and mutual interests" of artists from Brooklyn's Minus Space and two Northwest abstractionists. "Reductive art is generally characterized by its use of plainspoken materials, monochromatic or limited color, geometry and pattern, repetition and seriality, precise craftsmanship and intellectual rigor. It is inclusive and pluralistic in its approach, including geographic location, age, gender, medium, artistic strategy and content of work."

Opening reception • 6pm • August 5
PNCA Feldman Gallery • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391


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Tractor presents Blast Box Goody Bag, a collaborative installation by Maggie Casey and Zachary Davis. The artists have "combines fireworks, pigment, plaster and other materials in interactions that are arranged but not guided, revealing a dense interplay between the container and the reaction it facilitates. The results are sweet spots in a field of possibility, playful discoveries that, rather than bearing rhetorical freight, give voice to material properties and guide the makers into new territory."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • August 5
Tractor • 328 NW Broadway

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