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PLACE & HOME/BODY
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Wednesday 12.29.10

Final Thoughts on 2010: First Impressions

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10,000 artists at Worksound by Jim Neidhardt

For December’s First Friday, I dropped in at Worksound to see Jim Neidhardt’s installation, 10,000 Artists. The gallery had just opened for the evening, and only the gallery director, Modou Dieng, Neidhardt and a couple of the artist’s friends were in attendance. The installation consists of a paper banner stapled along all of the walls in the gallery. The paper is inscribed with the names...

Posted by Patrick Collier on December 29, 2010 at 11:50 | Comments (9)

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Why Not? Why Stop?

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Start your NYE off with art: H/D Projects presents Why Not? Why Stop?, "Atmosphere, Movement, Information: A Performative Experience devised by Richard Decker." Movers include Richard Decker, Chelsea Petrakis, and Vanessa Vogel, with artwork by Hazel Sikorski. The performance will last 25 minutes.

Performance • 7:13pm • December 31
Half/Dozen Gallery • 625 NW Everett #111 • 503.512.9079

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 29, 2010 at 9:50 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 12.28.10

Pop-Up Closing Party

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Alex Rauch, "Barrière donnée"

Watch PORTstar Alex Rauch deconstruct his installation Barrier Given at the closing party for the PDX Pop-Up Shops at the Downtown Artistry.

Closing party • 6-8pm • December 30
Downtown Artistry • 940 SW Morrison • 503.515.1178

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 28, 2010 at 9:22 | Comments (0)

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Monday 12.27.10

Last day for nominations, 2010 art scene MVP etc.

It is that time of year again... that's right it's time for the annual popularity contest, so let's nominate 2010's best and worst. In particular who do you think was 2010's MVP?

Feel free to nominate multiple artists/curators and suggest categories like; MVP, best solo show 2010, best group show 2010, alternative art space of the year, University gallery of the year, favorite museum show, tightest show, most overhung show, most overexposed, most disappointing solo show, most disappointing group show, curator of the year, best conceptualist, best installation, best abstract painter, best figurative painter, best light and space installation, best video piece, funniest art scene moment, best institutional decision, most perplexing institutional decision, most promising new talent, most exciting development and least exciting development.

Email your nominations to me: jeff (at) portlandart.net

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 27, 2010 at 2:05 | Comments (2)

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Wednesday 12.22.10

Art book gift ideas

No idea what to get? Here are three very nice books on; Asian art, Lynda Benglis and the Chinati Foundation.

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Asian Art Now
by Melissa Chiu & Benjamin Genocchio, published by Monacelli Press (2010)

In the past few six years I’ve subjected myself to numerous Asian contemporary art survey shows.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 22, 2010 at 13:12 | Comments (0)

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Monday 12.20.10

Monday Links

Brian Libby has published Part 2 of his decade in review of Portland's architecture. This installment focuses on the condos. Maybe no single project or neighborhood has redefined the city but collectively the greater density and overall upward thrust certainly makes Portland look and feel much larger than it was a decade ago.

Christopher Knight ponders 2010 as an art year.

Tyler Green reports on the latest in the Smithsonian "integrity scandal" as AA Bronson asserts he has the legal right to remove his work from a compromised show.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 20, 2010 at 12:39 | Comments (0)

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Friday 12.17.10

Taking nominations for 2010 Portland art scene awards

It is that time of year again... that's right it's time for the annual popularity contest, so let's nominate 2010's best and worst. Feel free to nominate multiple artists and suggest categories like; best solo show 2010, best group show 2010, alternative art space of the year, University gallery of the year, favorite museum show, tightest show, most overhung show, most overexposed, most disappointing solo show, most disappointing group show, curator of the year, best conceptualist, best installation, best abstract painter, best figurative painter, best light and space installation, best video piece, funniest art scene moment, best institutional decision, most perplexing institutional decision, most promising talent, most exciting development and least exciting development.

Email your nominations to me: jeff (at) portlandart.net

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 17, 2010 at 12:23 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 12.16.10

PLACE & HOME/BODY

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We jumped the gun on this a couple of weeks ago - the actual opening reception for The Settlement's next set of shows is this weekend. The Settlement is PLACE, STORE, PEOPLE, and TRADE galleries in the Pioneer Place mall. PLACE will be opening Terror and Ego, new installations by Joshua Berger, Vanessa Calvert, Rhoda London, Emily Nachison, TJ Norris, and Dustin Zemel, on the 3rd floor of the mall. People's "offers original, small-scale works by local artists." Store is the result of a collaboration between the Settlement and PNCA, and "continues to develop and feature installation works by the BFA students of Victor Maldonado's Art, Ethics, and Transgression class." And finally, Trade is "the most fluid of the galleries focuses on local institutions that fill a creative and experimental niche," starting with a curatorial collaboration between Nim Wunnan of Research Club, Tori Abernathy of Recess Gallery, Wynde Dyer of Golden Rule, Elizabeth Lamb of White Box, and Max Ogden.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • December 18
The Settlement • Pioneer Place Mall downtown


Appendix presents HOME/BODY: "An elevator. A bus. A packed line. These are spaces where human proximity is close but not chosen. Juxtapose this with the selected intimacy of the domestic, and you have HOME/BODY, the latest piece by Choreographer Danielle Ross in collaboration with Video Artist Dustin Zemel. Eight performers are placed in a home and asked to improvise while negotiating pre-designed rules, task-oriented movement, and more importantly, each other. The audience will move freely through the space as the performers play with the sense of crowdedness and forced intimacy." This will serve as research for a larger upcoming project. The work will begin the Project Space and continue throughout the house, the audience is invited to come and go freely during the dance performance and installation.

Installation-performance • 4-7pm • December 18
Appendix Project Space • South alley b/w 26th & 27th off Alberta

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 16, 2010 at 9:16 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 12.15.10

artist opportunities

The Museum of Contemporary Craft has extended their call for proposals for a 2 week artist residency program in conjunction with the spring 2011 exhibition, Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. One local artist will be selected to work on site to create a piece based on one of Herrick's designs, which will then travel as part of the exhibition to additional venues. The extended deadline is January 10, 2011. Learn more about it on the MoCC website.

(More! OHSU seeks a portrait photographer, applications are open for PNCA's 2011 Boundary Crossings, the Oregon State Hospital is seeking public art, RACC recently put out a guide to public art, and the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is seeking site-specific art.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 15, 2010 at 11:51 | Comments (1)

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Tuesday 12.14.10

Ed Cauduro, Oregon's greatest art collector passes away

Perhaps the greatest collector of modern and contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest, Ed Cauduro, died last Saturday in Palm Springs at the age of 83.


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Warhol: Four Jackies (formerly part of Cauduro's collection, exhibited at PAM in 2004)

What differentiated the reclusive collector was his prescient eye as he was among the first to collect artists like Donald Judd, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Terry Winters and Jeff Koons. He even collected John Chamberlain's first car crush sculpture, Shortstop.

Besides donating works like the orange Alexander Liberman sculpture Contact II in Jamison Square Park... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 14, 2010 at 0:25 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 12.12.10

Wojnarowicz: Art & Censorship

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David Wojnarowicz, still from "A Fire in My Belly," 1987

In case you hadn't noticed, the culture wars are back. And in response to the censorship of David Wojnarowicz's 1987 film A Fire in My Belly, recently (and very briefly) displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, PICA has organized a panel on issues surrounding the censorship of art. Panel luminaries include Kristan Kennedy (PICA visual arts curator), Stephanie Snyder (Cooley Gallery curator), Namita Wiggers (Museum of Contemporary Craft curator), Matthew Stadler (Publication Studio), Todd Tubutis (Blue Sky Gallery director), and many more.

Current art events panel • 6:15-7:45pm • December 17
PICA hosted by MoCC • 724 NW Davis

Update: The Andy Warhol Foundation has promised to stop all Smithsonian funding unless A Fire in My Belly is reinstalled.


PICA will also be screening the film in their resource room through February 13, 2011.
224 NW 13th #305

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 12, 2010 at 18:55 | Comments (0)

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Friday 12.10.10

Torben Eskerod at Blue Sky Gallery

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As we get older, the photographs of family members kept in albums increasingly become mementos of the dearly departed. For a matriarch or patriarch of the family, a particularly memorable or essential image may get installed into the face of a tombstone. Doing so maintains the semblance of the living relationship. Yet, stories passed from one generation to the next are not enough to keep that image sharp and new copies do not replace the worn and weathered when the time... (more)

Posted by Patrick Collier on December 10, 2010 at 11:48 | Comments (4)

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the happiest holiday

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Donald Morgan, untitled

Rocksbox presents Donald Morgan's The Happiest Holiday, which "presents a willfully off-kilter mash up of sorts, keeping one foot in a hard-edge, grid based aesthetic and the other firmly in a little-known Catalan Christmas tradition, the beating of the Caga Tio or 'Poop Log.'"

Opening reception • 8-11pm • December 11
Rocks Box • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 10, 2010 at 10:11 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 12.09.10

ABMB hangover 2010

Todd Eberle chronicles the annual Art Basel Miami Beach people watching hangover... in Vegas.

Here are some photo's of some of the art at the main ABMB fair on ArtInfo. I'd categorize them as Vegas meets the morgue.

...and more photos.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 09, 2010 at 12:41 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 12.08.10

Agnes Martin book + prints

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Agnes Martin

For one night, Monograph Bookwerks will be showing Agnes Martin prints in conjunction with a discussion of what it was like to publish Agnes Martin's On a Clear Day by Robert Feldman of Parasol Press. There will also be wine and conversation.

Prints & chats • 6:30pm • December 9
Monograph Bookwerks • 5005 NE 27th • 503.284.5005

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 08, 2010 at 11:35 | Comments (0)

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Monday 12.06.10

Contents

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Production still from "Contents," photo by Sarah Greig

The White Box at UO Portland presents Art Now, Duration in Common, Contents. The exhibition presents works in video, drawing, sculpture and other media by Montreal-based artists Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Sarah Greig on the theme of "time between limits." The show will run December 9, 2010 through January 22, 2011.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • December 9
White Box • 24 NW 1st

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 06, 2010 at 23:13 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 12.05.10

religious harmony, seasonal celebrations & ceramics

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Tamara English, "Maghrib"

Tamara English presents The Universal Book Of Hours, a series of oil paintings on paper depicting a twenty-four hour period, each of which references a specific time of day for prayer and contemplation according to different religions, including the five daily prayers in Islam and the monastic schedule of prayer in the Christian tradition. The series is currently being exhibited at the North Portland Library Branch through December 20.

Artist reception • 5:30-7:30pm • December 7
North Portland Library • 512 N Killingsworth


The Falcon Art Community is having their annual holiday show & open studio this week, featuring work by Alexander Rokoff, Roll Hardy, Carrie Iverson, Michael Endo, Kelly McCarty, Peter Zuckerman, Nathaniel Praska, Tony Furtado, Destiny Lane, Rai Villanueva, April Coppini, Mike Suri, Sam Arneson, Bobby Abrahamson, and others, as well as live music, food, and drink.

Art party & sale • 6-9pm • December 8
Falcon Art Community • 5415 N Albina


Ongoing at PCC Cascade: Ceramics PDX, an exhibition of ceramics work by faculty from colleges and universities across the Portland metro area. The work ranges from pottery to sculpture to wood-fired pieces and mixed media. The show is running now through January 6, with a closing reception for the artists.

Closing reception • 5-8pm • January 6
Cascade Gallery • 705 N Killingsworth • Terrell Hall, Room 102

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 05, 2010 at 22:50 | Comments (0)

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Friday 12.03.10

PLACE happenings

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TJ Norris

Here's a good reason to go to the mall: PLACE, the art gallery and exhibition space in Pioneer Place, is exhibiting a whole new series of shows this weekend, including TJ Norris' Spread Ego.

Exhibitions • December 4-January 31
PLACE • Pioneer Place Mall atrium building 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 03, 2010 at 14:58 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 12.02.10

First Friday Picks December 2010

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Lahaina Alcantara, detail of "The Voyeur"

Golden Rule presents Unnatural, curated by Aiden Koch, featuring Lahaina Alcantara, Shawn Creeden, Austin English, Dennis Foster, Israel Lund, Mia Nolting, and Paul Wagenblast. The works in the exhibition explore the subjective and cultural nature of the concept of the unnatural: "this is a topic that we all can approach, perhaps from a personal relationship with the unnatural, even within one's self, to those things that make us the most uncomfortable."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • December 3
Golden Rule Gallery • 811 E Burnside Suite 122 • 503.477.5124

(More: 10,000 artists at Worksound, Thesis via RECESS at Research Club, and Car Hole Gallery closing reception/book.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 02, 2010 at 12:46 | Comments (0)

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