It is the beginning of the new art season in Portland and this weekend is full of options, here are my three picks:
Installation view of Josiah McElheny's 2012 exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
(a Sandra Percival project) is kicking off its Artist Project Season with Josiah McElheny at Lumber Room this Sunday. McElheny is one of my favorite living artists... successfully blurring boundaries between design, history, science and experiential art. The work is masterfully crafted but it succeeds through its intense conceptual ambitions, which turns the beautiful finished work into something interrogative rather than vain. In fact it addresses the vanity of science and modernism.
"I began exploring the history of modernism through ideas around exhibition, display and education. Those things are interrelated to me. My first works were quasi-educational museum structures. The first artwork I ever made—and I didn’t consider it a work at the time—was a museum that you would find in the forest by accident. It had both originals and fakes in it that I made myself." -Josiah McElheny
Josiah McElheny | September 12-December 7, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8 3-5pm
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm
lumber room | 419 NW 9th Avenue
Adams and Ollman wins this month's award for most succinct PR and is presenting a three-person exhibition of works by Acharya Vyakul, Chris Johanson, and Chris Corales. "The works on view convey meditative qualities in art and the art-making process. Each work is immediate, succinct and intuitive."
Adams and Ollman | September 6 - 29
Opening Reception September 6 6-9PM
811 East Burnside #213
Tae Won Yu
Land Gallery presents the recent work of artist, designer and musician Tae Won Yu. This paper based work looks like it has charm to burn.
"During the last two years Tae Won Yu has been mastering the medium of paper sculpture in a fresh and exhilarating way. Utilizing cardboard, recycled packaging and painted paper, Tae has meticulously reconstructed elements of the ordinary world in a tableau of sculptures and photographs that are at once dreamlike, yet intimately familiar. Bringing together his varied sensibilities, the exhibition presents an interplay of sculpture, collage, illustration and photography at its most playful.
A musical performance by Tae Won Yu's new band will accompany the opening reception."
Land Gallery|Remake Septenber 6-31
Opening Reception: September 6th | 6-9PM
925 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227