Olof Olsson, The Suburban's booth at NEXT, Photo by Paul Germanos. Image courtesy of Google Images.
The Danish-Duth-Swedish performance artist, Olaf Olsson, will be performing an entirely scripted, almost two-hour long monologue at Publication Studio. Olsson has a presence and cadence that is at once uncomfortable, cosmopolitan, and witty. "It's a meditation and celebration of the failures and perversities of language, and the body through which it resonates." There will probably be some ukulele tunes well suited for an arts crowd.
Driving the Blues Away | Olaf Olsson
October 18 | 7 PM
Publication Studio | 717 SW Ankeny St.
David Knowles @ FalseFront
David Knowles might be known around here for his sharp, contemporary graphic design skills. Beyond his repoirtoire of chic TBA posters, and well-kerned work with Publication Studio and YA5, he's honing a more conceptually-based creative practice destined to stand the test of time. His exhibition It was not so important—who did it and where they went. There was, after all, only one of them opens this Friday at FalseFront. "Out of occasional conversations with a Sears Portrait Studio technician, David Knowles constructs a dialogue, both fact and fiction, to be played in the gallery by two actors. A series of photographs made using studio equipment moves their conversation to unlit backrooms, among props and curtains. Included in the exhibition is an editioned booklet, made to document and reenact the exchange."
It was not so important—who did it and where they went. There was, after all, only one of them | David Knowles
October 19 – November 11
Opening Reception | October 19 | 7-10 PM
Viewing Hours | Saturdays and Sundays | 12-3PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32nd Avenue
Installation shot of Jason Doize @ Place. Image courtesy of Place.
With his sound-based installation Underlier, FalseFront owner/curator Jason Doize "continues his interest in commerce. [Here] his attention lies in the tenuous relationship between shipping and receiving." Despite an unstable global economy and chart-topping unemployment, more and more industrial labour is culled from overseas in exchange for low cost goods. Of course, when you've recently been put out of work the decision to buy the plastic lawn chair over the wooden version becomes a bit easier. Underlier makes use of audio collected from a shipping crate shipped by Doize himself. This and Black Field, an installation by Michael Endo, are opening in the Black Gallery at Place this Saturday.
Underlier | Jason Doizé
Opening Reception | October 20th | 5-9 PM
Artist Talk | November 3rd | 7 PM
Place | 700 SW 5th Ave PDX | 3rd floor of Pioneer Mall