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Tuesday 08.31.10

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First Thursday Picks September 2010

Danny Treacy, "Them #17"

Bluesky is turning 35! To inaugurate their 35th-anniversary celebration, they're exhibiting Wisconsin Tavern League by Carl Corey and Them by 2009 Man Photography Prize-winning Danny Treacy. Wisconsin Tavern League is Corey's effort to document Wisconsin taverns as culturally important communal gathering places. For Them, "London-based artist Danny Treacy searches his surroundings for discarded clothing to construct suggestive, haunting costumes. Treacy then dresses himself in what he creates and, by making striking life-sized self-portraits, he becomes 'Them.'"

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Justine Kurland, "Ghost Town CSX, Stein," 2007

Elizabeth Leach presents This Train is Bound for Glory, photographs by Justine Kurland documenting the two years that Kurland and her young son spent traveling the American West, exploring the remains of the commercial rail system. "The resulting photographs consider the romanticism and utopian fantasies inherent in the American experience, also presenting an extremely rare (in this day and age), extraordinarily personal relationship to the physical reality of our country and its industrial and social fringes."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Adam Sorensen, "Déjeuner,"

PDX Contemporary presents New Westerns, new paintings and drawings by Adam Sorensen. "19th century Romantic painting and Asian art of the same era are starting points for Sorensen's work. The shifting notion of the sublime, both in the landscape as well as modern life and culture, are explored metaphorically in these works."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 2
PDX Contemporary • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063

Eva Speer, "Loved Ones #2"

Charles Hartman presents Landscaping, paintings by by Eva Speer in which the artist "contemplates both the passage of time and our struggle to construct a place within it." Speer writes, "I am thinking of 'landscaping' as actions that we perform almost instinctively in response to overabundance, infinity, or pitiless repetition. As intransigent, vast or immeasurable, landscapes bear witness to the scale of our pursuits. We want to re-create creation, to pick something out and anoint it as unique."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
Charles Hartman Fine Art • 134 NW 8th • 503.287.3886

Damien Gilley

Damien Gilley presents Decoy, a new installation and sculpture in PNCA's Manuel Izquierdo Sculpture Gallery. Decoy "investigates the built environment as an experience of duplicity. Referencing construction planning and execution, the works present an approach to building that incorporates both the use of restrictive grids and the element of play."

Fan of Gilley's? Check out this upcoming burger joint featuring a mural by Damien himself. Also, while you're at PNCA, toodle over to the Feldman Gallery + Project Space for Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books, exhibited in conjunction with TBA. (More on our TBA picks next week.)

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
PNCA Sculpture Gallery • 1241 NW JOhnson • 503.226.4391

Arcy Douglass, "Cloud"

Chambers@916 presents Cloud, a digital projection and two wall drawings by PORTstar Arcy Douglass. "Cloud has 748 or 3.6703x1040 combinations. It is larger than the number of cells in the human body and smaller than the number of atoms in the planet." Full disclosure: This blogger works for Chambers@916 and the artist write for this blog. Small world, this city.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
Chambers@916 • 916 NW Flanders • 503.227.9398

Nat Meade, "Blue Screen"

Froelick presents Five from Brooklyn, a presentation of work by five young Brooklyn-based artists, organized by Nat Meade. Featured artists: Clare Grill, Nat Meade, Ryan Mrozowski, Michael Schall, and Mike Womack. Come see what Portland's hip sister-borough is up to.

Opening reception • 5:30-8pm • September 2
Charles Froelick Gallery • 714 NW Davis • 503.222.1142

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