My top pick for First Thursday this month has got to be Bill Will's Love Thy Neighbor at Nine Gallery because any artist who uses bread makers, tent poles and felt rockets to explore the absurdity of short range missile warfare simply cannot be ignored. The installation makes a lovely clicking noise too... is it a bomb or bread?
Love Thy Neighbor | February 5 - March 1
Opening Reception: February 5 6-9PM Nine Gallery (inside Bluesky)
122 NW 8th
Joe Rudko's Flat Wave at PDX
Joe Rudko's latest show Picturesque mines the way the distortions of nostalgia turn once recognizable photographs into a kind of abstraction. In some ways it is a full circle and very zen way of recursively turning photography into an icon but somewhat in reverse of Rauschenberg and Warhol's methods. It also makes sense that his work graces the cover of Death Cab for Cutie's latest album, Kintsugi.
Picturesque | February 3- 28
Opening Reception: February 5, 6-8PM
925 NW Flanders