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Wednesday 04.06.11

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First Thursday Picks April 2011

HUNG Keung, from "Bloated City | Skinny Language"

The "Gray Box" (attached to UO's White Box gallery) presents Bloated City | Skinny Language, an interactive video installation by Chinese artist HUNG Keung. In the installation, "the viewer appears on two screens surrounded by a myriad of fragmented brush strokes. Characters read the viewer's outline and aggregate around their body. Responding to the slightest movement, the characters fly gradually from one screen to the next, from one image of the viewer to their mirror image. The artist prompts viewers to reflect on how they can locate themselves in their universe (Heaven + Earth) and relate to the notions of Dao."

Also at White Box: Daniel Heyman's Bearing Witness, a collection of gouache and print testimonial portraits of individuals who have endured great personal hardship. The portraits on display for this exhibition "focus on recent immigrants to the U.S. and the struggles they endured in their former countries and here."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • April 7
UO White Box • 70 NW Couch

Amjad Faur, "Future Ruins"

PDX Contemporary presents Bethlehem in Wax by Amjad Faur, presented in conjunction with Portland Photo Month. "Amjad Faur's work is an exploration of the photographic process in conjunction with the symbolism of the Middle East. Working with the photographically reproduced image and the contingency of its readings in recent time, Faur touches on the 'harsh realities of appropriation, displacement and spatial elasticity, [which] have all come to define the political, geographical and psychological impermanence of occupied Palestine.'"

Opening reception • 5:30-8pm • April 7
PDX Contemporary • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063

Sean Healy, "Surrender Dorothy"

Elizabeth Leach presents Upstate, new work by Sean Healy. "The works included in Upstate use typical symbols of aging masculinity (thinning hair, cigarette butts, etc.) to explore how personal and communal identities can become intertwined with industry and one's professional life, and consider what happens when these things are drastically altered." Think the loss of individual and community identity in towns tied to manufacturing plants (GM, etc.) as the plants fail.

Elizabeth Leach is also showing photographs by Isaac Layman and Allen Ginsburg in conjunction with Portland Photo Month.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 7
Elizabeth Leach • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Mitch Dobrowner, "Arm of God"

Blue Sky presents Mitch Dobrowner's Storms, a collection of dramatic black and white photographs of "supercell" thunderstorms. Dobrowner was the recipient of the Critical Mass 2010 Solo Exhibition Award. The show is in conjunction with Portland Photo Month.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 7
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Trude Parkinson, "Almost Doubles"

Augen Gallery presents Prompts, paintings and works on paper by Trude Parkinson. Each piece depicts a pair of almost-identical figures, sometimes ghostly. Trude writes, "The work is inspired by Buddhist Philosophy, Jungian Psychology, Alchemy, and the drama of doubles."

Opening reception • 5:30-8:30pm • April 7
Augen DeSoto • 716 NW Davis • 503.546.5056

Liam Drain

PNCA presents Liam Drain's If You Were Asking the Right Questions You Would Know the Answer in Advance in the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery. The show's title paraphrases a Soviet commissar's response to a journalist whose questions began to exceed the limits of acceptable inquiry - the answer preceded the question. "With this dissonance in the background, If You Were Asking the Right Questions... includes works inspired by the European decorative arts and a series of generic structures raising miniature flags to half-mast."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • April 7
Manuel Izquierdo Gallery • Stagecraft Building • 1302 NW Kearney

Steven LaRose, "What Charm Can Soothe Her Melancholy"

For its first fully official show, PRESENTspace presents The Hidden Persuaders, paintings by Steven LaRose. "This show reveals a painter who seamlessly travels between abstraction and representation, celebrating the shift, flux and activity of paint." Seattle-based artist Whiting Tennis will also give a musical performance at 7pm on April 7.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 7
PRESENTspace • 937 NW 10th • 971.279.0000

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