Portland's Japanese Garden has been doing the strongest craft-based shows in Portland for several years now, though it helps that the Japanese craft tradition is fully appreciated with their top practitioners being revered as "National Living Treasures." The Portland Japanese Garden's latest exhibition Urushi: Masterpieces of Lacquerware by Kazumi Murose, Living National Treasure of Japan
(October 25–November 16) brings one of these national treasures to us. Lacquer has been undergoing a resurgence in innovations of late avoiding the relicquery assigned to any form that purely looks to the past. Kazumi Murose will also be giving a talk on the 26th
(at PAM), which should be inspiring to anyone who appreciates skill, design and Japanese culture.
Urushi: Masterpieces of Lacquerware by Kazumi Murose, Living National Treasure of Japan | October 25 - November 16, 2014
Artist Lecture: October 26, 2-4PM at Portland Art Museum (free but RSVP)
Portland Japanese Garden in the Pavilion Gallery
611 SW Kingston Avenue
It's taken a very long time but a Portland alternative space is finally doing a punk rock show titled, "I'm Against It." The presenter, Surplus Space dubs it a, "Group show about punk rock as attractive nuisance. The artists involved worry and celebrate their fascination with an ethos of diminishing relevance and an indefatigable aesthetic." The show features, Jodie Cavalier, Stephen Slappe, Thomas Gamble's tatoo's and "YAH-EEF-AY will perform with audio cassettes, blenders, and the weather to supplement the venn of authenticity, revolt, and appropriation." Sounds pretty art school (which is where they may wish punk rock's ethos stayed alive, but NO) go anyways.
I'm Against It | October 25 - November 14
Opening Reception: October 25, 6 - 9PM
3726 NE 7th Ave
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