For five years, 50 shows and an obscene # of artists Worksound has been one of the pillars of Portland's arts community, providing a platform for artists from Portland and abroad that the commercial galleries and traditional non profits simply aren't adventurous enough to exhibit. This will be their last show in their current location. (BTW I am going to mention that spaces like this and Half/Dozen fall between the cracks of RACC's funding structures/strictures and as a city if we want to support/encourage their return in new even improved locations we should fix the issue). I'll have a little photoblog below of exhibitions I remember fondly in this original space. No altspace in Portland can boast the effect Worksound has had in bringing the world to Portland.
That aside, let's celebrate tonight with 3 shows: Empty Landscape by Cris Moss, Mermaid Blues by Hanna Piper Burns and WORKS by Carl Diehl. In addition Tim Sullivan and Chris Corrente will be broadcasting their What is Art? LIVE! show from Worksound tonight at 8:00. What is Art? LIVE? Is a Bay Area Art-themed TV show, performance piece, and video magazine that can be seen on SF Public Access(BAVC), You can stream it here
820 SE ALDER.
August 10th - August 30th.
Friday August 10th 7PM
Here is a sample of what they have done over the past 5 years, let's continue this kind of experimental and challenging tradition:
Nathaniel Thayer Moss from May 2012's Perceptual Control show
Chinese artist Doris Wong (photo Jeff Jahn)
Stephanie Robison(fg), Arcy Douglass and Elleng George from voLume (2008) I curated this, and Robison got into the 8th NW Biennial using the space for her studio visit.
Steven Scott Smith in the Portraits show
Chinese artist Florian Ma
Micah Malone... did something big and shiny
from Laura Fritz's Intrus (2010) photo Jeff Jahn
Bruce Conkle's Burls (2010)
the White Noise opening was a ZOO
Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt's installtion remembered the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Amy Bernstein from Perceptual Control (May 2012)
Stephen Slappe's Cul de sac (from voLume 2008)
One of Carl Diehl's mysterious videos
voLume install view, L to R Adam Sorenson, Karl Burkheimer, Jesse Hayward (photo Jeff Jahn)
Michael Zheng (2010) photo Jeff Jahn
I'll upload a few more as I dig them up.
There are a bunch of Worksound shows from 2009 and 2010 on the Openwide site. Fun to look through all these old shows: http://www.openwidepdx.com/?s=worksound