Mel Katz 2009 (photo Jeff Jahn)
Mel Katz is easily one of the most important figures in the history of Portland's art scene so his 50 year retrospective at the Hallie Ford Museum
is much anticipated. As a PSU and PNCA professor as well as a founding force within the PCVA, he brought new international standards to Portland. As an artist he was the only Portland based artist whose name and work I was familiar with (from afar) when I moved here 16 years ago. We interviewed him extensively here on PORT
and the work remains as vibrant today as it ever was. Art can become cynical or defensive as a career progresses and it is a testament to Mel's achievement that no trace of those sentiments can be found in his work. His work stands as a proof in concept for worthy, high minded ideals and engagement. Make the trip to Salem.
On and Off The Wall | June 6 - August 23
Hallie Ford Museum
700 State Street
Vase by Tatsuzo Shimaoka
The Portland Japanese Garden does the best craft/design exhibition in Portland, partly because Japanese craft and design traditions are simply incredible. Their latest exhibition Kizuna, The Rebirth of Mahiko Ceramics
explores the the work of Mahiko, a remote pottery town whose legendary kiln was destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami incident. The term Kizuna is loosely translates to, "the bonds between people," and has been repeated frequently since the 2011 disaster.
Kizuna, The Rebirth of Mahiko Ceramics | June 6 - July 5
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Stan Douglas, Nu'tka, (film still), 1996
Sandra Percival's Zena Zezza project has been a welcome exhibition series with a reserved European or Vancover BC style flavor. The latest pairs the legendary Minor White with Vancouver BC's own living legend Stan Douglass for a powerhouse photography duo offering (in 2 separate shows).
Stan Douglas . Minor White | June 7 – August 22, 2015
Opening Reception: June 7 2-5PM
Zena Zezza @ Hallock & McMillan
235 SW Naito Parkway (at SW Oak Street)
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