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Low Lives
"You'll Never Walk Alone", A Testimony of Creative Community, at Worksound
Rubbings From the Rose City
CRC design decision, do or die? it looks like die
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glitching out
Appendix fundraiser
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the Maysles on Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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Friday 04.29.11

Bruce High Quality Foundation: Teach 4 Amerika


The Bruce High Quality Foundation is bringing their Teach 4 Amerika tour to Portland with a public rally at PSU. "Inspired by the spectacle and energy of a political rally and featuring a multimedia presentation by BHQF, balloons, t-shirts, and music from a local marching band, the event is the next in a series of rallies and conversations that call for a rethinking of the current art education system." BHQF will also host a conversation on arts education on Monday at PNCA.

Rally • 7pm • May 1
PSU Shattuck Hall Annex • 1719 SW 10th
Conversation • May 2
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • Gallery 214

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 29, 2011 at 15:03 | Comments (0)


Thursday 04.28.11

Act for Japan


PSU presents Act for Japan, an exhibition and silent art auction to benefit Japan disaster relief through Mercy Corps. The exhibition features pieces from artists around the city who have generously donated their work to raise awareness and funds to help the citizens of Japan in their recovery. During the opening reception there will be a silent auction and a Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy demonstration. The work will only be on view this weekend.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • April 29
Exhibition viewing • 11am-6pm • April 30
Autzen Gallery • 724 SW Harrison • Neuberger Hall 2nd floor room 205

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 28, 2011 at 11:56 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.27.11

Low Lives


This weekend, PICA is screening the third annual Low Lives, "an international exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues." The project "celebrates" our ability to share ideas "beyond geographical and cultural borders."

Screening 1 • 5-8pm • April 29
Screening 2 • 12-3pm • April 30
PICA @ PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 27, 2011 at 10:43 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 04.26.11

"You'll Never Walk Alone", A Testimony of Creative Community, at Worksound

Agodis.jpg"A God is Passing By" (Detail), 2007

"You'll Never Walk Alone" is the brazen statement made by the title of the current exhibit up at one of the many lively alternative exhibition spaces in Portland: Worksound.
Curated by the Belgian based artist, Vanessa Van Obberghen, "You'll Never Walk Alone" is an exhibition of comradery. Based on the necessity and confluence of great minds and creative peers,. . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on April 26, 2011 at 10:35 | Comments (0)


Rubbings From the Rose City


For their ongoing PDX Re-Print series, the Dill Pickle Club presents Rubbings From the Rose City, "a lecture on the interface of art and the built environment." A book of the same title, originally published in 1982, will be sold at the lecture. Speakers include Val Ballestrem from the Architecture Heritage Center, Doug Blandy from UO's Architecture & Allied Arts program, Randy Gregg editor of Portland Monthly, and artist Khris Soden.

Lecture • 7pm • April 28 • $0-$10 sliding
Dill Pickle Club @ AiA • 403 NW 11th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 26, 2011 at 9:56 | Comments (0)


Monday 04.25.11

CRC design decision, do or die? it looks like die

Governors Gregiore and Kitzhaber are about to announce the type of bridge they hope to build for the Columbia River Crossing. If it isn't a cable stay design, I predict it will be stopped. If it is a cable stay it will still face intense pressure.

Cable Stay Design, which was not chosen.

Update: And in a dark day for Oregon and Washington they have chosen the composite deck truss design, for cheapness and alleged expediency sake (never a good idea on a 3+ billion dollar project). Expect Oregonians to rally against this (the cable stay design was superior in terms of seismic survivability and with less piers had a smaller environmental profile in the water). Also, the cable stay didn't look gawd awful with zero appeal for pedestrians and bicyclists. Instead,... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 25, 2011 at 10:10 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.22.11

Plethora Lucida

Jim Neidhardt at Blackfish (install photo Jeff Jahn)

Next month is National Photography Month, but Portland, over-lapping like a temporal Rule of Thirds into May, has jumped the gun with “Photolucida.” A large number of area galleries are participating, and it is safe to say that there is a little something for every taste; and given the growing popularity of photography, there should be a bump in attendance, and perhaps in sales. However... (more)

Posted by Patrick Collier on April 22, 2011 at 10:36 | Comments (1)


Thursday 04.21.11

glitching out

Evan Meaney

Grand Detour presents Evan Meaney: the ceibas cycle. The installation is currently on view at PLACE Gallery in "the Settlement" in Pioneer Place (through April 30). This weekend, Meaney is giving a talk about his work, followed by a screening of some of his past video works and inspiration from "his self-appointed 'spirit animal,' Hollis Frampton....the ceibas cycle is a ten-part, multimedia exploration of ghosts, glitches and the aesthetics of entropy...For our cyber-organized culture, glitches embody the imperfections that allow for us to be complete. A broken thing presents itself as a dialogue and not simply as a vessel. In this spirit, the ceibas cycle serves as a home for these glitchy reminders, given in all of their complex imperfection, so as to better celebrate our own."

Artist talk • 4pm • April 23
Screening • 6pm • April 23
Grand Detour @ PLACE • Pioneer Place Mall 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 21, 2011 at 10:38 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.20.11

Appendix fundraiser


We normally don't post fundraisers, but since RACC doesn't fund alt spaces and there's no cover for this one, we'd like to alert you to Appendix's Fount fundraising event happening this weekend. Artists from Appendix, Little Field, and Bay Hatch have donated work for raffle and there will be live garage rock from The Woolen Men. Gary Robbins of Container Corps has also created a limited edition print available to every guest who buys a raffle ticket.

Fundraiser • 6pm • April 23
Appendix Project Space • South alley b/w 26th & 27th off NE Alberta

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 20, 2011 at 10:32 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 04.19.11

AIGA shift 6: sustainable design


AIGA Portland presents "Shift 6: Engaging Presentations on Sustainable Design." There will be 10 presenters discussing their ideas on sustainable design in the context of visual communications, plus Q&A, mingling, food, beverage. $25 non-members, $10 students.

Design panel • 7-9:30pm • April 21
AIGA Portland @ The EcoTrust Building • 721 NW 9th • register online

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 19, 2011 at 9:05 | Comments (0)


Monday 04.18.11

the Maysles on Christo and Jeanne-Claude

still from "Christo's Valley Curtain"

Cinema Project presents Curtains and Red Tape: Large-Scale Public Art, a screening of films by Albert and David Maysles, brothers who documented the work of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Screened films include "Christo's Valley Curtain," "Running Fence," and "Islands," split over the two days. The event is co-presented with the Maysles Institute.

Film screenings • 7:30pm • April 19 & 20
Cinema Project @ the Clinton St Theater • SE Clinton & 26th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 18, 2011 at 11:20 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.15.11

weekend: cooley, littman, disjecta


Reed's Cooley Gallery is having a reception this weekend for Lloyd Reynolds: A Life of Forms in Art. This is the first "comprehensive exhibition" of the work of Reynolds (1902-1978), who was a renowned Oregon calligrapher who also taught at Reed College. Included are examples of his calligraphy, rare films and photos of him at work, and a collection of his etchings, wood block prints, drawings, puppets, books, graphic design, teaching examples, and hand-made studio implements. The show is on view April 5 - June 11, 2011.

Public reception • 3-7pm • April 17
Reed College Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

(More: Contemporary landscape photography at Littman & White and Oko Ebombo at Disjecta.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 15, 2011 at 10:21 | Comments (0)


Thursday 04.14.11

artists wanted

The Oregon Arts Alliance is seeking glass artists for this summer's Symphony in Glass show in Eugene. Submitting artists must be a member of the Oregon Arts Alliance or Oregon Glass Guild, and artworks must be composed of at least 75% glass. Submissions are due April 19, and you can get all the details on their website.

The Broderick Gallery, now in Rainier, OR, is seeking submissions for their May Day show. Entry fee is $5/person, George Broderick is jurying. Deadline is April 27, contact info for guidelines is on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 14, 2011 at 10:39 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.13.11

Hung Keung's Bloated City | Skinny Language

Hung Keung's Bloated City | Skinny Language at the the U of O's White Box is easily the most engaging exhibition this month in Portland. It's an interactive affair where viewers are greeted by floating Chinese characters that seem to drift and sway in a haphazardly poetic wind until...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 13, 2011 at 13:02 | Comments (0)


weekend openings


Worksound presents Antwerp Visits Portland : You Will Never Walk Alone. Curated by Vanessa Van Obberghen, this straight-from-Belgium exhibition features work by Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Kris Fierens, David Gheron Tretiakoff, David Hominal, Moshekwa Langa, Alassane Babylas Ndiaye, Objectif-Exhibitions, Roberto Ortega - Dewulf and David Wauters, Alex Salinas, and Vanessa Van Obberghen, with ongoing performances throughout opening night by French artist David Gheron.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 15
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: Lewis Feuer at 12128 boatspace and lots of stuff at The Settlement.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 13, 2011 at 12:19 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 04.12.11



As you may have noticed, April is Portland photo month, and this is because Photolucida is happening. In addition to the private portfolio reviews, Photolucida hosts a number of events this week that are open to the public:

Seeing Straight: Issues in Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photographs • 7-8pm, April 13 • Charles Hartman Fine Art
Photolucida Portfolio Walk • 6-9pm, April 14 • PAM Sunken Ballroom
Todd Hido Presentation: Process, Source, and Influence • 7pm, April 15, $12 • PAM Whitsell auditorium
Pearl District Gallery Walk • 6-7pm, April 16 • All over the Pearl

You can get more details on some of these events and learn more about what Photolucida is at Photolucida.org.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 12, 2011 at 9:00 | Comments (0)


Monday 04.11.11

Peter Shelton reception at PAM

redpocket, 2009, fiberglass

Meet Los Angeles based sculptor, Peter Shelton Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 PM at his show in the Miller Gallery in the Mark Building.

Shelton will discuss his work which includes three recent large-scale sculptures and a selection of drawings currently on view as the latest in the Miller-Meigs series shows. Described as, "Manifestly precise in execution and explicitly physical, the works are focused on the interrelationships between image, surface, and prevailing theories of abstraction. Playing with color and silhouette, Shelton invents a fresh vocabulary of abstract signifiers from memories of the human body and the structures of architecture."

Normally these events are open only to Contemporary Art Council members (one of the best ways to learn about contemporary art in the city) so this is a great way to check out this important program... [*disclosure I am a past Vice President]

Because there are refreshments please RSVP to contemporaryartcouncil@gmail.com or 503-276-4267 ext. 2.

Peter Shelton through June 12,
Reception Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 PM,
Miller Gallery in the Mark Building
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 11, 2011 at 21:44 | Comments (0)


Monday links

John McCracken's, Vision, 2004

Pioneering light, space and surface artist John McCracken has died at age 76. Here is Christopher Knight's full obituary. The Portland Art Museum has two of his works on display, a classic leaning "plank" piece like the one above (on loan from the Miller-Meigs Collection) and a beautiful little black cube given to the museum by the Groths.

Ai Weiwei is still incarcerated, here is the international petition.

The Guardian publishes a few prescient quotes from Ai Weiwei's last interview before he was arrested.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 11, 2011 at 10:58 | Comments (0)


Friday 04.08.11

Second Weekend Picks April 2011

Still from "Edvard Munch"

The NW Film Center is screening director Peter Watkins's 1974 film, Edvard Munch TONIGHT. "One of the most moving and insightful portrayals of the artistic process ever depicted on film, Watkins's intensely personal biographical film recreates the struggles endured by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch."

Film screening • 7pm • April 8
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium in PAM • 1219 SW Park

(More: Illuminated City symposium at PSU tomorrow and MP5 grand opening all weekend.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 08, 2011 at 17:26 | Comments (0)


Friday Links

The Art Newspaper sheds light on the race to save Buddhist sculptures from a Chinese mining company in a former Bin Laden camp.

The Gaurdian interviews architect Amanda Levete.

Edward Winkleman discusses the "economic crimes" of Ai Weiwei, who continues to be incarcerated since last Sunday.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 08, 2011 at 17:06 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 04.06.11

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

(More: Amjad Faur at PDX Contemporary, Sean Healy at Elizabeth Leach, Mitch Dobrowner at Blue Sky, Trude Parkinson at Augen DeSoto, Liam Drain at PNCA, Steven LaRose at PRESENTspace.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 06, 2011 at 20:47 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 04.05.11

Sound Moves in Color: Nick Cave at SAM

"Meet Me at the Center of the Earth", Seattle Art Museum 2011

What does the sound of protest look like? What is the shape and color of its voice?
For the artist Nick Cave, protest is an aggressive celebration, a measure of life itself, a reified form of soul. Existence is an event to be heard, . . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on April 05, 2011 at 18:54 | Comments (0)


No Painting Left Behind at Rocksbox

What awaits downstairs at Rocksbox

With seventeen paintings from the collaborative efforts of Erin Allen, Keith Broadwee and Issac Gray on the first floor, and another eight (one multi-panel) by the Icelandic group Gotulist i bjorg kassi!, on the smaller, second floor of Rocksbox, ecstatic enthusiasm is evidenced in the sheer number of loose, almost haphazard pieces. Think a two-dimensional version of Paul McCarthy’s “Painter” or “Family Tyranny” without the suggestiveness his props provide. Envision very literal scatology and sacrilege that comes from more sophomoric, if equally troubling subject matter of the master... (more)

Posted by Patrick Collier on April 05, 2011 at 8:28 | Comments (0)


art school openings


Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Range, works by Thomas Allen, Harrison Higgs, Andrew O'Brien, Devon Order, and Robert Smith. "These artists explore landscape in varied approaches: mystifying the land, creating illusions, exploring representations, and abstraction. Using a variety of methods including photography, video, mixed media and sculpture, these artists explore landscape as science, concept, a physical presence, and a metaphorical or religious manifestation." The exhibition will be on view April 5 - 30, 2011.

Artist reception • 6-8pm • April 16
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building

Linda Hutchins, "Left Hand Swish"

OSU's Fairbanks Gallery presents Through Line: Type, Ink, Thread, new drawings, organza sculptures, and typewritten works by Linda Hutchins. "Experienced as a whole, the exhibition shows Hutchins' focus shifting from object to surface (presence to absence, form to void) and back again, allowing the viewer to follow her thought process as she works through several media." The exhibition will be on view April 4 - 27, 2011.

Reception w/ artist remarks • 4:30-5:30pm • April 6
Fairbanks Gallery • Oregon State University, Corvallis • Dept. of Art 106 Fairbanks Hall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 05, 2011 at 7:49 | Comments (0)


Sunday 04.03.11

Ai Weiwei arrested

Ai Weiwei has been arrested, along with many other writers and bloggers critical of the Chinese government. PORT interviewed Ai Wewei last fall for his show at MoCC. This arrest seems like a more full scale government crackdown on activists rather than their typical loosening and tightening cycle. We will post updates as they occur.

Overall, art requires peace and protected freedoms... it's the canary in the coalmine. Indeed Ai has chosen to be that canary...and in doing so has made the Chinese Govenment choose whether he is an artist or a political dissident. If he can't be both it is the Chinese government, which is then judged accordingly. It is a brilliant and very dangerous game.


Missing for 36 hours France and Germany lead call for Wei Wei's immediate release.

In response to an ominous move by the Chinese Govenment Slate asks if Ai Weiwei is being charged as a criminal for committing "economic crimes." The development of such a strange and suspicious charge suggests that Mr. Ai's incarceration by the Chinese Government is intended to be long term. Likewise, international outcry has been increasing daily.

This is brilliant. Tate Modern's "Release Ai Weiwei... on Twitpic
Tate Modern's exterior now reads, "REALEASE AI WEIWEI."

Leung Chi-wo's T-Shirt slogan Ai Lai Wei (Love the Future) for the march since Ai Weiwei's name is banned.

Honk Kong artists to march in support of Ai Weiwei's release. In Particular the slogan "Ai Lai Wei" (Love The Future) shows that Mr. Ai has become a bigger idea and when a man become an idea, holding that man prisoner becomes infinitely more problematic.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 03, 2011 at 18:02 | Comments (2)

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