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Friday 09.30.11

David Eckard: Deployment at Art Gym

David Eckard, "Hand Flowers," 2011

Opening this Sunday at Marylhurst Art Gym, David Eckard: Deployment is a well deserved mid-career survey for this artist, educator and performer. Curated by Terri Hopkins, the exhibition features 40 new and old works and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and performances, as well as documentation and physical remnants of past installations. A 70-page hardcover book with illustrations of past works is slated for release in November. Throughout the fall Eckard will also be performing ©ardiff (recently premiered at PICA's TBA Festival) in academic venues across the city.

If that's not enough to satiate you ravenous PORT readers, Eckard is on display at two more galleries. In collaboration with Art Gym, White Box at the University of Oregon is hosting White Box: Deployment, a satellite exhibition featuring Eckard's most recent painting, drawing and video work. That show opened last week and runs through November 12. As the 2010 Bonnie Bronson Fellow, Eckard is also at Hoffman Gallery through December 11.

Exhibition • October 2 - December 11
Opening reception • 3-5pm • October 2
Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 30, 2011 at 19:05 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.29.11

Last Thursday September 2011


Appendix Project Space presents an installation by Chris Lawrence. Using construction stock, re-purposed consumer goods, found objects, light and sound, Lawrence "suggests spaces of frustrated and mysterious function, where viewers are implicated as interlopers in an environment hovering on the line of the sinister."

Opening reception • 7pm • September 29
Performance • 8pm
Appendix • south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 29, 2011 at 15:09 | Comments (0)


Chicago links

On Friday I'll post the massive and long awaited comparison/travelogue discussing Portland and Houston. Till then here are some Chicago related links.

Artnet takes a look at Chicago's Gallery Weekend.

The New York Times interviews MacArthur Fellow and architect Jeanne Gang. Her Aqua tower is both beloved and disliked intensely, but it does show that Chicago still does skyscrapers that people respond to... it isn't just a height thing.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 29, 2011 at 10:22 | Comments (0)


Monday 09.26.11

Link Hijinks

Jerry Saltz, discusses what has become of Matthew Barney... it reminds me why I find Jesse Sugarmann's work a kind of lower rent version of Barney's car spectacles, it is fine... but it's quite clear who his daddy is right now.

Peter Plagens' puts his foot down and discusses his seminal book "Sunshine Muse" and the current Pacific Standard Time catalog, which criticizes his 37 year old work on West Coast Art. Plagens is straight up about it being a period piece and pretty much POWNS the academics criticizing his primary source narrative. Even closer to home, where Plagens' states, "Mark Tobey and Morris Graves 'have possessed Pacific Northwest art to the point of suffocation.'" is right on. Reading that I realized a lot of what I've done up here (with the help of 10,000+ others) on the Northern Coast is break that suffocation... in Portland at least. The thing about writing the first draft of history is you are allowed to bruise egos, make omissions and upset people's apple carts with a clear conscience... a pair of steel balls doesn't hurt either and Plagens' definitely has a pair.

Brian Libby discusses the CRC's ummmm progress... and continued obfuscation/rubber stamp process. Still, the funding is so shaky on this poorly designed project that I welcome it's not so improbable demise at the hands of the Oregon and Washington State legislatures. Don't get me wrong I think the bridge is needed but the rushed and bass-ackwards way it has gone down means the current and very poor design should be scrapped and restarted with some truly innovative bridge solutions to justify the high price tag. Governor Kitzhaber (who received a lot of campaign funding from CRC interests) is mostly to blame for this an it is perhaps his biggest mistake in an otherwise decent political career.

And in case you live under a rock you saw the NYT's article on PICA's 2011 TBA festival. Sincere congratulations, now I'll do my yearly dead-on critical assessment because what was new to the Times isn't new to us. TBA's visual component's biggest flaw... is a certain let's throw stuff at the walls and see what sticks method (sometimes literally) and is also its strongest card. To me TBA makes the visual arts component (what we cover) seem a bit token and scattered compared to the excellent permanent gallery space program they had from 2001-2004 and this year was no exception. It's a festival so I can't fault it for feeling fleeting... but


Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 26, 2011 at 11:42 | Comments (0)


Oregon Romanticism

Kendra Larson, "Clackamas," 2011

The Helzer Gallery presents Oregon Romanticism, a selection of landscape paintings. "Kendra Larson examines the historical root of painting scenes from nature, but also firmly grounds her subjects in the present, often through the use of 'unnatural' colors or seemingly incongruous elements."

Opening reception • 6pm • September 26
Artist talk • 12pm • October 14
Helzer Gallery, PCC Rock Creek • 17705 NW Springville • Building 3

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 26, 2011 at 11:30 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.23.11

Glitches, Ghosts, and Other Slippery Slopes


Research Club presents Glitch Studies, the third and final phase of its curatorial residency at galleryHOMELAND. Curated by Carl Diehl, this Body of Knowledge project features Sue-C, Missy Canez, Ryan T. Dunn, LoVid, Stephanie Simek and Robby Kraft, and Philip Stearns. "Beyond the novelty of the happy accident, these artists mobilize varied media, methods and maneuvers, querying the durational dynamics of the initial glitch encounter."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 23
galleryHOMELAND • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryHOMELAND.org

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 23, 2011 at 11:09 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.22.11

Industry&Art: The Rivers Run Through Us


The Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC) presents Industry&Art, an art exhibition, sale and fundraiser. The event is curated by Brenda Smola and features a juried competition, the artwork of many waterfront employees, and weekend boat tours.

It's a heady swathe of art and industrial interests. The WWC represents more than half of the 50 industrial marine businesses in Portland, and many regional art collectors have ties to the market. Proceeds from the event go to the WWC Scholarship Fund at Portland Community College Foundation and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. The two organizations support industrial job training and environmental initiatives, respectively.

Select artists include: Greg Boudreau, Michael Brophy, Kate Copeland, Claire Cowie, Kevin Farrell, MK Guth, Sean Healy, Christopher Martin Hoff, Matt McCormick, Donald Morgan, Jim Neidhardt, Janet Otten, Melody Owen, Henk Pander, Christopher Perry, Christopher Rauschenberg, Robin Siegl, Tyler Stuart, Seth Tane, Lli Wilburn and Linda Wysong.

(Details after the jump.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 22, 2011 at 13:57 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 09.21.11

An Evidence of Bricks: An Evidence of Doors, TBA 11

Cristina Lucas1.jpg
Detail from "European International LTD, Touch and Go", 2010, Cristina Lucas

Destruction is evolution in its most ferocious desperation. This year, PICA's Time Based Art Festival uses an "Evidence of Bricks" to describe the state of what it features, resolutely offering revolution as an hors d'ouevre in its title, a petite morsel with which to smash ideologies and ancient paradigms. . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on September 21, 2011 at 6:40 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.20.11

David Eckard: White Box Deployment


White Box presents David Eckard: White Box Deployment. Featuring recent 2D work, the show is a satellite exhibition coinciding with Eckard's upcoming midcareer survey at the Marylhurst Art Gym. The main gallery hosts paintings and drawings while new video works are on display in the Gray Box multimedia room.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 22
White Box Gallery • White Stag Building • 24 NW 1st • 503.412.3689

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 20, 2011 at 16:03 | Comments (0)


Do Ho Suh lectures at Reed

Do Ho Suh, "Staircase-IV," 2004

Reed College presents Do Ho Suh, this fall's Stephen E. Ostrum Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts. "Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity." Suh has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and is collected by MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and Tate Modern, among other museums. He will lecture on recent works.

Artist lecture • 7pm • September 21
Reed College • Vollum Lecture Hall • 3203 SE Woodstock • 503.517.7851

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 20, 2011 at 12:38 | Comments (0)


Monday 09.19.11

Monday Links

The Art Newspaper reports on single painting blockbuster shows, yes the Portland Art Museum's upcoming Titian show is mentioned. I much prefer these types of shows to filling a room full of gilded heirlooms and besides it is great that a single painting can command such attention. Anyways, it is not like West Coast museums are swimming in Titians the rest of the time.

I must have missed it with all of the travel but Portland Architecture reported on the design team chosen to renovate the Coliseum.

Chris Burden, Three Ghost Ships, 1991
Installation at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills 1996 (Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio)

Also, in case you missed it in PORT's big article on PAM's new identity last week but at the end of October we are going to be treated to a pretty major Chris Burden installation at PAM. Burden's Ghost Ships are one of my very favorite works of all time (with interesting political overtones today) and it opens October 22nd. This is the sort of solo show that PORT readers are hungry for from Portland's major art institutions.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 19, 2011 at 10:59 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.16.11

PAM reinvents itself with Ziba

Here is a taste of the new identity:


The new identity keeps the authoritative red but it is a softened shade, the more traditional text below covers all the bases


The Portland Art Museum's new identity and branding was conceived in close collaboration with Ziba design. In short, it is a bold clean appropriation of the P of Portland and definitively states that indeed this is an Art city. No, it isn't as bold as something like the Tate's chimerical identity but by being similarly polymorphous mark (it can act as a window on images or art) it is a gutsier than the Art Institute of Chicago's rather staid new logo.... (much more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 16, 2011 at 14:30 | Comments (0)


Checking in on the Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum, designed by Portland's Brad Cloepfil and his team at Allied Works Architecture is due to open in November this year. So how does it look? Check out these exterior photos from August by Portlander Tom Byrne. Cloepfil discussed the design with us a few years ago if you want a little more background.


Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 16, 2011 at 0:30 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.15.11

National looks

Holland Cotter takes on the new de Kooning retrospective at MoMA.

Jerry Saltz is excited about this book of Robert Rauschenberg's early photography. Several years ago PORT covered Rauschenberg's final series of photographs (and work) at Bluesky. Obviously, there is an enormous story yet to tell.

The NYT's has an interesting article on corporate funding in the arts as a kind of economic stimulus to Detroit. Portland takes the omnipresence of arts activity more for granted (i.e. little direct support for alt spaces) despite the fact it is the engine of growth for our city.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 15, 2011 at 12:36 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.13.11

two shows at the Independent

Damien Gilley, "Small Multiples"

The Independent, Eva Lake's new downtown pop-up gallery, presents Damien Gilley's Infinity Games and Midori Hirose's Boners and Blobs. Gilley makes 2D laser etchings that "depict abstracted built environments," while Hirose creates mixed media sculptures that "abstract the nature of light and dark."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 15
the Independent • 530 NW 12th

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 13, 2011 at 13:45 | Comments (0)


Milestone links

Richard Hamilton's Just what is it that makes today's homes different, so appealing? (1956) where the term Pop was first coined

The original Pop artist, Richard Hamilton has died. Hamilton's brainier brand of Pop Art began as a form of social commentary inextricably tied to Duchampian existential absurdism but it ended up becoming the dominant mode for understanding the man made environment in the second half of the 20th Century.

Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes has logged its 10th anniversary. Congratulations on a landmark in arts writing on the internet.

The NY Times had an interesting article on Postmodern design and how some that were responsible aren't that proud of certain milestone elements. It might not have been the most successful of styles (as the Portland Building reminds us) but it helped break from the autocratic monolithic aspects that had made Modernist design a bit hard to stomach as well.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 13, 2011 at 11:07 | Comments (0)


Monday 09.12.11


M. Rothkowitz, Bathers, ca. 1928
Gift of Louis and Annette Kaufman

Representing 100 years of generosity MUSEION presents the finest works of art from the Reed College Art Collection, exhibited in conjunction with an interdisciplinary array of artifacts and ethnographic objects, all donated to the college over the past one hundred years.

The show is organized in celebration of the Reed College Centennial... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 12, 2011 at 12:53 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.09.11

Taste of TBA

Opening Night at TBA:11

It is that time of year again, and PICA's annual Time Based Arts festival kicked off its opening night last night. A raucous and symbolic party marked the beginning of the festival and could not have been complete without Patrick Rock's inflatable pink elephant (entered through the anus, of course), the throng of six thousand excited young art appreciators, and the attendance of our dear city's mayor. . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on September 09, 2011 at 20:35 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.08.11

TBA:11 Visual Art Picks

David Eckard, "Cardiff," photo courtesy of artist

TBA:11 kicks into high gear tonight, so PORT presents a roundup of the sassiest, classiest acts in the fest! Consider this list a visual arts teaser. For exhaustive coverage, including performance works and ticket information, head on over to PICA's website. Most exhibits run through October 30.

(More: Opening Night, Quick Picks, Lectures & Salons.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 08, 2011 at 14:46 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 09.07.11

In preparation for Jesse Sugarmann's "Lido (The Pride Is Back)" at TBA

The original Hawthorne Streetcar

There was a time when trolley cars and electric trains ruled the cityscape. Then, with the help of Standard Oil, Firestone Tire and other companies, General Motors went on a buying spree to purchase many of those transit systems and replace them with their own buses. To compete with Ford's Model T, GM bought up a lot of other car manufacturers (including making an early bid for Ford) in order to offer a variety of models and colors. So, when given the choice between riding in something crowded and stinky or something roomy, shiny and speedy, what followed (if not in as a direct line as this brief synopsis indicates) was our fascination with all things cars.

Granted, GM didn't manage this feat of cultural obsession single-handedly. Cars were more freeing, and, one might argue... (more)

Posted by Patrick Collier on September 07, 2011 at 22:17 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 09.06.11

20 Years of Bonnie Bronson Fellows at L&C

Laura Ross-Paul's Remote (2011)

Tomorrow, the excellent Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College opens an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Bonnie Bronson Fund, featuring new work by the Bonnie Bronson Fellows, who happen to be some of the Pacific Northwest's most influential contemporary artists. The show runs through Dec 11th but don't wait, besides a show like this will have a homecoming atmosphere at the opening from 6:30-8:00PM tomorrow. It has also become a tribute to Joan Shipley who passed away in the last week. Shipley had long worked to make the Bronson Awards what they have been.

How to typify the list of awardees who will be on display? Well it... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 06, 2011 at 17:22 | Comments (0)


Monday 09.05.11

Interview with Kristan Kennedy

Kristan Kennedy, PICA's Visual Arts Curator

Kristan Kennedy is the visual art curator at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. With this year's Time Based Art Festival just around the corner (the festivities kickoff this Thursday), I kidnapped her mid mad dash to talk about her insights into the city of Portland, its art scene, and the evolution and orchestration of the most exciting art event of the year, TBA. . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on September 05, 2011 at 15:32 | Comments (0)


Friday 09.02.11

Into the Land, Out of Language

Adam Sorensen, "Tabernacle," 2011

PAM's APEX series continues with recent work by Adam Sorensen. "Meticulously executed landscape paintings shimmer with natural and neon-like colors... these images are harbingers of environmental degradation, with some paintings suggesting global warming and a resulting glacial meltdown."

Sorensen combines sugar pop luminescence with the zigzagging planes and sheer grading of ukiyo-e. You can see a side by side in October when PAM opens The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints.

Exhibition • September 3 - January 1, 2012
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

from "Out of language"

Josh Smith and Jenene Nagy meld minds in Out of language, their first artistic collaboration. The curatorial duo is known for ambitious programming at Tilt, Project Space and TILT: Export, but now they explore "ideas of the unknown, duality and structure" at Linfield Gallery. The exhibit includes individual works as well as their first joint piece.

Opening reception • 2-4pm • September 3
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR • Miller Fine Arts Center • 503.883.2804

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 02, 2011 at 20:56 | Comments (0)


Thursday 09.01.11

First Friday Picks September 2011

SBA installation at RECESS

RECESS kicks off its new quarters in the Oregon Brass Works building with The Space-Based Arts Festival. Featuring Hannah Jickling, Zoe Stal, Derek Bourcier, Kyle Thompson and Weston Smith, this inaugural show examines that yawning astral sphere in which we all negotiate our lives.

"'Space' is all-encompassing. Its parameters are so inclusive that is ceases to be meaningful. Well, it doesn't have to be meaningful to have a very serious impact on our day to day— both by tripping us up, giving us a surface to stand on, and all the stuff in between."

Opening reception • 6:30-10pm • September 2
RECESS • 1127 SE 10th • 954.579.6105

(More: still life photos at Black Box, Gary Wiseman at Half/Dozen, Johnston Foster at Disjecta, Lauren Henkin at Newspace.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 01, 2011 at 19:03 | Comments (0)

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