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Monday 02.28.11

RAW 2011: Geographies

Graphic by Dani Cardia

The 2011 Reed Arts Week starts this week. Its theme is Geographies, and it "seeks to re-envision the way we encounter our everyday world. Geographies asserts the provisional nature of boundaries, embraces the weeds and suspends the everyday in a space for potentiality and play." Featured artists include Ben Wolf, Francis Alÿs, Gary Wiseman & Gabe Flores, Jacinda Russell & Nancy Douthey, Kathy Westwater, Lize Mogel, and Melvin Edward Nelson. RAW is happening March 2-6; get the full calendar of events on the RAW 2011 website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 28, 2011 at 13:55 | Comments (0)


Friday 02.25.11

Jay Steensma at Pulliam Gallery

ay Steensma - JS465 Untitled Bird

There are degrees of "have-to" when it comes to making art, perhaps regulated by a self-consciousness that all artists have in various manifestations. It is somewhere on this continuum that distinctions are made regarding who is the outsider, the hack, the naif, the fine artist, or the Sunday painter. All are false as generalities, as a sum total of mitigating factors are often compromised in order to categorize... (more)

Posted by Patrick Collier on February 25, 2011 at 1:59 | Comments (1)


installation, animation

Karl Burkheimer

Disjecta presents In Site, a site-specific sculptural installation by Karl Burkheimer. The piece occupies the entire 3500 square foot gallery space, allowing and forcing patrons to walk on, in and through it. The work "draws from a wide range of interests and influences, including extensive travel in the Middle East, the design and construction of Japanese tea houses, and the utter love of making."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • March 26
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

In conjunction with In Site, Tahni Holt is organizing In Response, a collaborative performance project. Three performers are curating a series of Saturday performances that "respond to the altered space through improvisational form." All are, of course, at Disjecta.

Tahni Holt performance • 1-2pm • March 5
Kathleen Keogh performance • 1-2pm • March 12
Linda Austin performance • 1-2pm • March 19

Rose Bond & Todd Tawd

Animator/media artist Rose Bond and acoustic ecologist/composer Todd Tawd are giving a lecture at Worksound next Monday on their current collaboration. Migration is an animated sound and image installation designed for subterranean public space. "They will talk about their work and their interest in media that explores phenomena of perception and challenges the passivity of movie consumption."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • March 28
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 25, 2011 at 0:44 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 02.23.11


Installation view (L to R) Jason Traeger Unitiled 2, 3, 4 and Benjamin Young's Ejection & Self Help

Hayward isn't discovering anyone here, but he is giving four of Portland's most promising recent talents; Benjamin Young, Jason Traeger, Matthew Green and Midori Hirose a nice stage to spar and highlight one another upon... (more

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 23, 2011 at 9:34 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 02.22.11

Diana Al-Hadid lecture

Diana Al-Hadid

Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid is lecturing this week at the University of Oregon Eugene campus. The lecture will be simultaneously live broadcast at the White Stag building in Portland.

Artist lecture • 6pm • February 24
U Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts Portland • 70 NW Couch • Room 451

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 22, 2011 at 14:33 | Comments (0)


Monday 02.21.11


Anna Lavatelli, "The Pink Room"

The Archer Gallery at Clark College presents Indweller, video works by Victoria Fu, Anna Lavatelli, Noelle Mason, and Lilly McElroy. "In each of these works, the bodies are used in a predetermined way within the space of the setting and the frame. The female figures are choreographed or set to a limited structure of movement, rather than used as character explorations. Through controlled gestures, constructed cinematic structures, and suspended moments in time and space, the figures become inseparable from the setting within the video, existing to complete the imagined world of the artist."

Exhibition • February 22 - March 18, 2011
Reception • 6-8pm • March 12
Archer Gallery • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, FAC 101, Vancouver, WA

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 21, 2011 at 10:16 | Comments (0)


2011 CNAA's whittled down

Well PAM has whittled down their hand crafted list of artist for the 2011 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Chris Antemann

John Buck

John Grade

Jerry Iverson

Suzy Lee

Megan Murphy

Michelle Ross

This is an overtly politically motivated list including someone from every state in the award's territory and therein lies the problem. It is a all very approachable, even soft stuff and really reiterates a ton of Northwest stereotypes... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 21, 2011 at 8:17 | Comments (4)


Friday 02.18.11

An Alphabet Is Not a Book of Poetry: Elspeth Pratt at Reed's Cooley Gallery

Unrelated, Elspeth Pratt, 2007

Elspeth Pratt's sculptures are simple. Mostly elegant quadrilaterals, they sit against the walls and on the floor of Reed's Cooley Gallery wide mouthed and hardy, in spite of their meager lines. They are instantly pleasing formally, drawing the viewer in with tactile conventions that are generous in their physical accessibility. These sculptures present their ideas quietly, . . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 | Comments (0)



Emily Counts, "A Battle Lost"

The Settlement presents IN(ter)DEPENDENCE, which explores the emergence of small, independently run, and self-funded cultural hubs in Portland over the past 5 years. Each space or curator participating was asked to nominate an artist or collaborative group to represent them: &Review (Morgan Ritter + a performance by Jesse Malmed and Jeff Guay on March 3), Appendix Project Space (Zack Rose), Deep Leap Micro-cinema (Jesse Malmed), Ditch Projects (Ditch Projects), Elizabeth Lamb (Weird Fiction), False Front (Jason Doize), Golden Rule (Emily Counts), Grand Detour (TBA), Half/Dozen (Michelle Liccardo), Kelly Rauer (Mack McFarland), Launchpad (TBA), Little Field (Nathanial Oester), Recess (DIY Lover, Alicia Gordon, and Sean Patrick Higgins), Place (Juleen Johnson), and Tribute (J.Brown and Courtney Cullen). Through March 31.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 19
The Settlement • Pioneer Place Mall • top floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 18, 2011 at 3:30 | Comments (0)


Thursday 02.17.11

Conference of Conferences

Field Work, a collaborative space by PSUs MFA Contemporary Art and Graphic Design programs, is hosting Conference of Conferences next weekend. The event is "a day long symposium of curated selections from recent art & theory conferences around the world," featuring live responses from such local figures as Lisa Radon and Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen. Recorded lectures include Claire Bishop's "Is everyone an artist?" and a pair of video panels. It's free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to publicwondering@gmail.com by February 19.

Art conference conference • 10am-5:30pm • February 26
Field Work • SW 11th & Jefferson

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 17, 2011 at 11:19 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 02.16.11

Carolee Schneemann at PCC

Carolee Schneemann

Performance artist Carolee Schneemann is lecturing tomorrow at PCC Sylvania. She'll present Mysteries of the Iconography, a "performative lecture" exploring the themes of her decades of performance, photography, video, painting, and drawing.

Artist lecture • 7pm • February 17
PCC Sylvania • Performing Arts Center • 12000 SW 49th Ave

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 16, 2011 at 9:17 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 02.15.11

Great Northwest & Here/Now

Continuing their 30 year anniversary celebration, Elizabeth Leach is opening two shows this week:

Matt McCormick, "Crescent Motel"

In The Great Northwest, Matt McCormick presents video installation and photographs inspired by a scrapbook created in 1958 by four friends and found by McCormick in a thrift shop. The scrapbook details their Northwest travels together, which McCormick recreated in spite of a new highway system and towns that entirely disappeared. The resulting video and installation is his documentation of the process, which "reminds the viewer of the fragility of history, of the swift passage of time."

Dan Attoe, "Monument Valley Meteor Shower"

Here/Now is a group exhibition that "recognizes and celebrates the ever-changing Portland art community," including current and former Portland artists. Featured artists include Dan Attoe, MK Guth, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Arnold Kemp, and Michael Lazarus.

Opening reception (both shows) • 6-8pm • February 17
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 15, 2011 at 15:04 | Comments (0)


Talking Criticism

Today at 11:30 AM on KBOO Ill be joining Brian Libby, Barry Johnson, Lisa Radon and host Eva Lake to discuss art criticism... since DK Row's role at the Oregonian seems to have changed. It will be interesting if they will make an official announcement and or actually replace him with another critic in the role.

For example Randy Gragg as architecture critic was not replaced, essentially crippling the O's voice in architecture and urban planning... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 15, 2011 at 0:49 | Comments (3)


Sunday 02.13.11

one more opportunity

SCRAP (the school & community reuse action project) is seeking submissions for their upcoming fibers show. Works must contain at least 75% of reclaimed or recycled content; fiber is defined by the artist. Submissions are due March 31. More info on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 13, 2011 at 22:59 | Comments (0)


Friday 02.11.11

Ishimoto Yasuhiro's Katsura at Portland Japanese Garden

Credit (c) Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Interior of the Old Shoin Viewed from the East

The Portland Japanese Garden's Katsura exhibition and The Ma of Modernism offer a rewarding look at Japanese architecture and form.

The Katsura Detached Palace is one of those all time masterpieces of architecture, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica or The Great Pyramid... its mere existence conveys much more than a series of rooms and an exterior form. It's an embodiment of an idealized worldview and therefore acts as a symbol of national identity that goes way beyond individuals, becoming so emblematic that its reputation transcends that culture. In fact, it so impressed the Bauhaus' Walter Gropius upon visiting it that in many ways its design DNA can be found everywhere in high modernist architecture. It has gone beyond architecture and become an idea. Yet, the palace itself is more of an incidental jumble that conveys a sense of enduring imperial succession rather than Gropius's high modernist architectural language. Lately, deconstructionist architects like Herzog & De Meuron and Rem Koolhaas have made careers of this elegant type of structural dissonance... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 11, 2011 at 15:38 | Comments (0)


APEX: Geraldine Ondrizek

Geraldine Ondrizek, "Cellular" (detail)

PAM's APEX series, which showcases Northwest artists, is back with work by Geraldine Ondrizek. Her installation includes The Sound of Cells Dividing (2008), Cellular (2008), and Case Study (2010). "Scientific processes are made both visually and aurally articulate in these three restrained multi-sensory installation works" in which "art magnifies, informs, and is informed by science."

Exhibition • February 12 - May 15, 2011
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 11, 2011 at 14:50 | Comments (0)


Thursday 02.10.11

a smorgasboard of opportunities

Visual artists are invited to apply for RACC's 2011 artist fellowship, which will award $20,000 to one visual artist for a spring fellowship. "Review criteria for the Fellowship Award includes proof of sustained high artistic quality in the applican'’s work, as well as evidence of the applicant's involvement in the community and the importance of his/her work to the local culture." Artists must also be current physical residents of Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington counties. Applications are due April 6, 2011. Get more info on the RACC website.

(Lots more: RACC community surveys on arts education, juried art auction w/ prizes at the Museum of Glass, applications are open for 2011 Signal Fire wilderness retreats, University Club of Portland is seeking apps for its 2011-12 residency, Froelick wants your equine art, Anka wants your pixel-related art, L&C wants your gendered art, An Artist a Day is looking for participants, McMinnville wants your art for their village, and the Whatcom Museum wants its members' forest art.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 10, 2011 at 8:51 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 02.09.11

long weekend


Recess presents Antithesis, the second installment in the Synthesis Series. "Twelve artists, selected for their divergent backgrounds and capacity for collaboration, have been randomly paired into groups of two. This is the follow-up to Thesis, which debuted at Research Club last December. As the groups have been tossed around, the new pairings will respond to the projects previously created, with an 'antithetical' slant." This may be Recess' last show in the Artistery since the building is being leveled.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • February 10
Recess Gallery • 4315 SE Division

(More: "Maybe not." at Worksound and "In From the Cold" at Ditch Projects.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 09, 2011 at 18:10 | Comments (0)


Columbia River Crossing: Still Planning Blind

Cable Stay CRC design (not in favor because of Pearson airfield interference)

Since we have tracked the unspeakably difficult to track Columbia River Crossing bridge replacement project since the beginning we are due for an update. Last week Governors Christine Gregoire and John Kitzhaber (the two people with the most say in this project) rejected the ridiculously bad open box girder design and are considering three other alternatives. As of yet there is no serious designer attached to the project, simply a set of engineering options. This has been the greatest weakness of the project (which I've detailed in depth many times before). Simply put the project is extremely complicated and the CRC leadership is still looking at this as a series of standard solutions to a nonstandard project... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 09, 2011 at 16:10 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 02.08.11

PIFF 2011


The 34th Portland International Film Festival by the NW Film Center starts this week, featuring expanded screening locations at Cinemagic, the Hollywood Theater, and Cinema 21. The festival runs from February 10 - 26, 2011, and the schedule and more can be found on the PIFF 34 microsite.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 08, 2011 at 8:57 | Comments (0)


Monday 02.07.11

Dyne + The Blow

Khaela Maricich ("The Blow"), photo by Melissa Dyne

Installation/conceptual artist Melissa Dyne and performance/pop artist Khaela Maricich, who performs as The Blow, are lecturing this week on their current collaboration, "a music-based performance piece being presented in a diversity of contexts--from rock clubs to museums--exploring the possibilities and assumptions inherent in each setting." The talk is through PICA, $5 for members, $7 for non-members.

Artist lecture • 7-8:30pm • February 9
The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel • 403 SW 10th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 07, 2011 at 18:10 | Comments (0)


Sunday 02.06.11

regional installations

Damien Gilley

Linfield presents Damien Gilley's Masterplexed, "an immersive installation questioning the limits of perceived, actual, and speculative spaces." Gilley has dissected the gallery walls with a non-periodic grid, "creating a labyrinthine space that employs the visual tropes of transparency and reflection." The exhibition runs February 7 - March 9, 2011.

Artist lecture • 2pm • February 19
Reception • 3pm • February 19
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR • Miller Fine Arts Center

"Type/Life," Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic, Azin Valy

The Fairbanks Gallery at OSU presents Type/Life: A Forest of Floating Typography. It's a "participatory installation involving the shifting meaning of language" by Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic, and Azin Valy. "The artists have expressed dualities of modern life in pairs of words printed on large floating balloons, in a dreamscape for interaction and reflection. Visitors can contribute by drawing their own lettering on blank balloons." The exhibition runs February 7 - March 2, 2011.

Artist reception • 4:30-5:30pm • February 16
Fairbanks Gallery • Oregon State University, 106 Fairbanks Hall, Corvallis, OR

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 06, 2011 at 20:21 | Comments (0)


Thursday 02.03.11

Staring: An Interview with Catherine Opie

©Catherine Opie, "Jenny (Bed)," 2009, courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Best known for her multiple series of portraits of lesbian, butch, and transgendered women, Catherine Opie is a remarkably versatile photographer with an eye for the powerfully personal and the formally sublime. Images from her series Girlfriends are currently up at the Portland Art Museum (through February 6, 2011). I caught up with her after her lecture at the museum to discuss identity, politics, historicity, and minimalist photography.


Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 03, 2011 at 19:53 | Comments (0)


First Weekend Picks February 2011

Dieter Appelt, "Der Fleck auf dem Spiegel," 1978

Opening this weekend at PAM: Riches of a City: Portland Collects. The show celebrates the influence that art collection and patronage have had on the museum, featuring over 200 objects from local private collections, including works by Picasso, Lautrec, Miro, and Warhol.

Exhibition • February 5 - May 22, 2011
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

(More: Lindsay Kennedy at Nationale, Bruce Conkle at Project Grow, dreams at Golden Rule, and new work by boatspace artists at 12128.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 03, 2011 at 12:37 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 02.02.11

The Multiple Intelligences of Fluxus


UPDATE: Canceled again, due to east coast weather.

Last year PORTstar Alex Rauch interviewed Hannah Higgins in anticipation of a lecture at MoCC that had to be rescheduled. That lecture, The Multiple Intelligences of Fluxus, is happening tomorrow, in happy conjunction with Object Focus: The Book. "Hannah B. Higgins, the daughter of the Fluxus artists Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins and noted author of Fluxus Experience, will lecture on this movement."

Art lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • February 3
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • The Lab

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 02, 2011 at 15:42 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 02.01.11

First Thursday Picks February 2011

Kaye Donachie, "I Kissed The Moon and Cried"

PNCA presents Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death, an exhibition exploring contemporary figurative painting curated by Kristan Kennedy of PICA. Read all about it in Amy Bernstein's PORT review of the exhibition. The show will be up through March 26, 2011.

Opening reception • 6pm • February 3
PNCA Feldman Gallery • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

(More: Jesse Hayward presents Portland's bleeding edge at White Box, inFORM at Bullseye, Victoria Haven at PDX, Brent Ozaeta at Chambers@916, and Jason Traeger at PSU Autzen.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 01, 2011 at 14:10 | Comments (0)

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