Most city's art scenes kinda die in the summer but Portland tends to ramp up, we do have great weather at this time of the year. Generally, May, June, August and September are almost always the best months and this May is no exception.
Traditional western notions of property, resources and the public good are under a lot of remediation lately so in keeping The Ross Island Residency
, a renegade project initiated by Taryn Tomasello and curator Will Elder, spanning June 2015 - June, 2016, "at the site of a sand and gravel mine in the center of the island in the center of city looks interesting. This exhibition is the residue of symbolic gestures of replacement and a ritual-relational witness of trespass."
Trespass: Ross Island Residency | May 14 - June 26
Reception: Saturday, May 14, 12 - 6PM
Hours: Saturday & Sundays 12 - 6PM
Publication Release: June 25, 5 - 7PM
2235 W Burnside
OCAC 2016 BFA graduate exhibition
I've always enjoyed OCAC's BFA shows
and Making in Evidence
: featuring Oregon College of Art and Craft's BFA graduates of 2016 looks like another good one to hit. With seventeen students from diverse backgrounds and creative disciplines they will explore a wide range of concepts and media. OCAC's thesis exhibition comes as the culmination of an immersive mentor-based, craft-oriented and creative community a kind of proof in concept of OCAC's unique and varied curriculum.
*Update: highlights include Una Rose, Lillian Reed, William Whitehead, Oliver Wilson and Jessica Oakes with a sense of polish that puts most MFA programs to shame.
Making in Evidence | May 13 - May 22, 2016
OCAC's BFA 2016 graduate exhibition (free)
Opening Reception: May 13 5 - 9PM
Food, drinks and music
Regular hours: 11am - 5PM
525 NW 10th
Worksound International presents the work of Francisco Alonso in a special three-day popup exhibition. In 2013 Alonso won the Mercedes Benz prize for emerging artists, which also came with a residency in Germany. Born in Mexico, Alonso currently serving as the AICAD fellow at the Pacific Northwest College of Art
Press statement: "In our age of mass media, universal symbols are created at an accelerated pace and there is little time to consider the implications of the information that they represent. In La Navaja, Mexican bingo aesthetics and native patterns clash with pop culture icons that are re-interpreted and elevated to an almost religious fervor."
Francisco Alonso | May 13 _ 15, 2016
Opening reception: May 13 | 7 - 10PM
820 SE Alder St, Portland OR