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Portland's art scene has taken some hits lately but it also has new venues and a continuing tradition as an incubator of new talent. So instead of celebrating failures head out to see this new venue called 1122. This promising group exhibition called Time>Space>Place features some of my favorite new talents like Tabitha Nikolai
so I suspect the company they keep will be worth checking out. Artists are; Shannon Anderson, Ralph Barton, Ricky Bearghost,Tess Bidelspach,Jackie Boden, Aaron Cunningham, Job Erickson, EM Fuller, Sam Hancock, David Hunt, Jeannette Mill, Tabitha Nikolai, P.A.L.S. Video Collective, Brianna Rosen, Ivan Soliton, Gena Sophia, Mathew Spencer,
Jason Triefenbach and Wiley. TIME > SPACE > PLACE promises to be , "the first manifestation of Standard Practice Co:Creative,
a soon- to- be-incorporated community arts nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing creative potentials through engaged discourse and collaborative action." Seems like an opportunity to grow from and that's what artists need.
Time>Space>Place | May 17 - June 15
Opening: May 17 6-10PM
1122 SE 88th
I've been making the rounds to a lot of galleries and polishing up several think pieces. Till those are ready (soon) here are some links:
The Venice Biennale is a kind of barometer for the art world but to my eyes it still seems to be stuck in the past with a lot of the disaster porn art we've been accustomed to... so much some are calling it the we_are_all_gonna_die-ennial
though its aim was for ambiguity (I believe uncertainty is a better subject, splitting hairs but it is important). This Rugoff curated affair has the same kind of failure fetish we have grown accustomed to for a decade+ (it is kind of Rugoff's thing). At least it is more timely than a glitz-ennial, which would be wrong as would a woke-ennial. Still the choice of raw plywood (a favorite with every MFA class) is tired as can be (The MoMA Judd retrospective will expose all pretenders). Here are some more tours
but what I see is a certain stagnant malaise with a longing to escape it. Perhaps that's my curse... I always insist on finding something with a fresh edge rather than some convenient failure to fetish. It is out there, but one has to be looking to see it. What's the U2 lyric, "some places have to be believed to be seen." Right now there is a kind of fetish of fatalism (often accompanied with some quote or footnote by Joan Retallack) that's always playing the victim in a coded and lame way. It has the sound of settling about it and its too easy a look to achieve.
All that said, the odd things they approve of, this Breugel book and exhibition seems like a good rejoinder
for those who aren't dead inside or still have a healthy habit of intellectual curiosity.
Why did this pioneering trustee leave LACMA
? See comments about lame anti-intellectual mode mastering trends in the art world. The man had an edge and an understanding.
The excellent painter and favorite among those in the know Thomas Nozkowski has died
. Here is a wonderful video of what it was like to go hiking with him.
Hiking with Thomas Nozkowski from Casimir Nozkowski on Vimeo.
Last but not least, Oregon's arts funding for the Oregon Arts Commission is still under threat... take action.
Considering the immense amount of economic activity in Oregon it seems unconscionable that arts funding is facing cuts.