Contemporary wood fired sculptures are on display at Eutectic Gallery by Richard Brandt, John George Larson, & Brad McLemore.
"The passage of time and the story of the sensuous human experience lay on my work. I erode, then build again, reminiscent objects from the past, cycled through the fire, to the future to erode again." Richard Brandt is inspired by his passion for adventure, experimentation, and the discovery of his true nature. The utensils for tea and his love for the land guide his forms and pace.
John George Larson is a painter and wood fire ceramic artist from southwest Minnesota. He discovered clay at age fourteen as a means of expression and as an alternative way of exploring fundamental physics. John is currently building his fifth wood kiln and maintains his studio in Milan Minnesota. He uses native clays and other indigenous materials to create his works. Under a constant spell to discover the truth, the resulting works are an exploration into the magnification of the object as metaphor and the physical and mental limitations of the human body.
McLemore is a Portland based ceramic professor, and this shows through his work. Guiding students in the observational of natural and human-made structures, his work is formally designed and abstract. His objects currently on display at Eutectic are relics of industrial design. They have been lost, decayed or edited over time, and remain fragments of a greater, discarded system. Organized to implicate utility, the somewhat awkward forms are not tools, yet try to charm with a certain hand-hewn conviction.
COGnitiohn | Richard Brandt, Brad McLemore
Opening Reception | June 7th | 6-8P M
June 7 – July 28
Eutectic Gallery | 1930 NE Oregon St. PDX, OR | entrance on 20th
Friday June 7th 20 artists at Portland Storage will have their annual open studios. This is always a lively event.
Portland Storage Open Studios
June 7th | 5 - 9PM
215 SE Morrison Street
Tonight, galleryHomeland kicks off Weird Shift Con with The Long Share, an exhibition in keeping with the conference of shifted reality that it supports.
"The Conference, an aggregate of interdisciplinary investigations, presentations, performances and puzzles that promise to implode, sinter and splinter (ir)reality prismatically into many new streams for retrieval and report."
"The Long Share exhibit (including works by Peter Claugh, Julia Oldham, Tom Sherman, Stephen Slappe, Soda Jerk, Weird-Fiction and others!) to additional amenities, including the Research Commons, the PDF Library, the dossiers, and the Map Room, paired with fine coffee and edibles, will provide other itineraries betwixt and between the scheduled events." It should be wierd.
Opening Reception: The Long Share | June 7th | 6:00-9:00
Weird Shift Con: The Conference. June 14-16, 2013
galleryHomeland, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Maryann Fielder, Bartenders at Rooftop Happy Hour, Acrylic on canvas, 40x30 inches, 2013
Previously known for her boldly colored paintings, Maryann Fielder is launching an exhibit at 12x16 Gallery of black and white drawings and paintings. Working in this limited palette allowed Fielder to experiment with contrast and subtlety in line and form. Fielder's new sculptures will also be on display.
All of these works, inspired by her impromptu sketches of Portland subjects, continue her exploration of the figure.
Everything is Black and White | Maryann Fielder
First Friday Reception | June 7th | 6-9 PM
Artists Reception | June 9th | 2-4 PM
June 6 - 30, 2013
12x16 Gallery | 8235 SE 13th Ave. No. 5. Portland, Oregon 97202
In All In, her first solo exhibition at Nationale, Marie Koetje playfully questions formal similarities between the still life and the void of the computer screen. Her display of colorful, painted compositions displaces the gallery's physical boundaries distorting the viewers' conception of space and time.
Koetje accentuates this illusion of unstable three-dimensionality by layering her canvases with boldly colored geometric shapes and patterns, spray-painted mists, and thick, childish squiggles. Through our constant seduction by the infinite pixels within our iPhone or laptop screens, modern life has fragmented into a constant choreography between the dueling aesthetics of fact and fiction.
All In | Marie Koetje
Opening Reception | June 7th | 6-9 PM
June 5 - July 7, 2013
NATIONALE | 811 E Burnside. Portland, Oregon
At Adams and Ollman Moons of a Dewdrop is a collaborative exhibition by artists Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley. With shared interests in geology, science fiction, and fringe belief systems, the two artists experiment across a variety of media to create an otherworldly experience rooted in art history as well as craft and folk traditions.
Together, the artists' work forms a supernatural cabinet of curiosities that offers an alternative to mainstream values and belief systems. They look for both questions and answers in uncommon real and imagined places. This is their third collaborative exhibition.
MOONS OF A DEWDROP | Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley
June 5 - July 7, 2013
Opening Reception | June 7 | 6-9 PM
| 811 E Burnside #213 in Portland, Oregon
Audrey Smith, a collage artist from Towson, Maryland began experimenting with collage after discovering the work of Max Ernst and the Dada art movement. Smith says, "Collage and assemblage marries what I love about painting and sculpture, and it creates for me a constant challenge as I explore new methods and materials." Smith's collages are small works brightly filled with juxtaposing birds, anatomical drawings and often topped with polka dots.
Scrapped, Fragmented, and Glued | Audrey Smith
June 7-30, 2013
Artist Reception | June 7th | 5-8 PM
gallery 6 | 131 NE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97232
As a culmination of the Building Visions Series, Recess Gallery presents Latino Art Now. Portland has earned a reputation for being somewhat lily white but instead of simply shrug their shoulders Recess points to a broader community in our midst and will feature a street party and tamale taste off.
The exhibition features: Chris Beanes, Alejandro Ceballos, Claire Barrera, Julia Carrillo, Paul Clay, Edgar Frias, Hector Hernandez, Mark Martinez, Michael Martinez, Jeremy Neldon, Kirk Rea, and Sergio Torres.
Opening Street Party | Saturday June 8th, 3:00-9:00pm
Tamale Taste off voting Saturday June 8th 3:00-5:30pm
1127 SE 10th Avenue