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Wednesday 10.29.14

I'm Afraid, Will I Dream? at HQHQ

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HQHQ Project Space presents I'm Afraid, Will I Dream? Featuring; Matt Leavitt, Izidora Leber, Justin K. Moore + John Tage Johnson and Anastasia Tuazon. Taken from the famous line in Kubrick's 2001 this exhibition looks to sidestep the more sensational aspects of the Halloween season to explore the transcendental by tuning out the existential mitigation that reliance on automation and computers brings.

I'm Afraid, Will I Dream? | October 30 - November 17
Opening Reception: October 30 6-9PM
HQHQ Project Space
232 SE Oak St #108

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 29, 2014 at 18:15 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 10.23.14

Weekend Picks

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Kazumi Murose

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


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Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 23, 2014 at 15:56 | Comments (0)

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Friday 10.17.14

Weekend Wanderer

Yes, PORT will have my Bruce Guenther piece for you after the weekend (it is as complicated, personal and historically versed as its subject matter and I want to let it marinate a little more). Still, you should get out and see some art this weekend (shows that opened last weekend, Lumber Room and Abigail Newbold at PNCA are all still up) and these three new additions might just make your weekend.

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(L to R) Homage to Delacroix: Liberty Leading The People (1976) Robert Colescott, Trinitarian (2007) Mark di Suvero, Brazilian Screamer (1931) Morris Graves, By the River (1927) C.S. Price, Chu Culture deer funerary guardian (Late 5th early 4th Century BCE)

In Passionate Pursuit (The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy) is retiring Chief Curator Bruce Guenther's final exhibition at the Portland Art Museum and it is a massive undertaking where the subtext itself is the act of collecting as sustaining patronage. True collectors like Arlene and Harold Schnitzer share their lives with the objects they relentlessly acquire, creating an anthropological biography in a way that others can experience. Curatorially, sifting through the over 2000 objects in the collection in a cogent, focused and yet representative way to come full circle for the Schnitzers, PAM and Bruce all in one fell swoop. It is clearly very emotional for PAM's staff and the Schnitzers. Also, what I like about Bruce's approach to the show is he didn't group by genre or even chronology, instead it is a conversation of objects and truer to the way the collection has operated in Harold and Arlene Schnitzer's lives.

For example, my favorite corner features a socio-politically challenging Robert Colescott (image above) that has never been exhibited publicly ... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 17, 2014 at 15:12 | Comments (0)

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Friday 10.10.14

Weekend Wanderer

It is one Very Busy weekend in Portland's art scene since Saturday is the last day for TBA visual art shows, Nationale has a new space and Surplus Space is doing a performance night. Here are my picks:

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Stream Room by Deep White Sound at FalseFront sounds a lot like attending numerous trance raves at the same time with its cacaphonous presentation of multiple sound art pieces at the same time. Everything is streamed to multiple handmade streaming devices. Curated and produced for deepwhitesound by DB Amorin with design and visuals by Dana Paresa + programming and consultation by Matt McVickar.

Stream Room | October 11 - November 2
Opening Reception: October 11 6-9PM
FalseFront
4518 NE 32nd Avenue



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Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 10, 2014 at 11:16 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 10.07.14

Polly Apfelbaum & Tony Feher at Lumber Room

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(teaser image)Apfelbaum (bg) All the Colors Under the Sun, Feher (fg)

Portland can be a difficult town for outsiders and this goes doubly true for traveling artists and curators who use their credentials like a calling card. Basically, Portlanders are very accepting but they don't accept received wisdom like other places do (it really does take 5+ years to build up your reputation here). Culturally this fact can make the city seem a tad like some lost island (full of dinosaurs or misfit toys, take your pick) but it also means it is a protective enclave for experimentation. That is what Lumber Room's mission has been... a kind of low pressure guesthouse for art and two recent shows by Tony Feher and Polly Apfelbaum allowed each to pursue their own brand of post-minimal/neo-formal exploration in separate shows. Both shows, by virtue of being "explorations" weren't their most memorable efforts but they were an unfolding of the creative process that would be put under a microscope more in New York or London. That is freedom... and important when developing new work. *Update, this tag team show is more successful than the individual solo exhibitions.... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 07, 2014 at 13:24 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.29.14

Dana Lynn Louis Talk

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Dana Lynn Louis' Clearing

People are rightly talking about Dana Lynn Louis' show Clearing at Lewis and Clark's excellent Hoffman Gallery. Tomorrow at 6:30PM she will be discussing the work... which to my eyes has elements of Judy Pfaff and some roots in Eva Hesse.

Clearing
Artist Talk: September 30 6:30PM | Miller 105
Lewis and Clark College

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 29, 2014 at 16:51 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 09.27.14

Free day at PAM

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Erich Heckel (German, 1883-1970), Zwei Verwundete (Two Wounded Men), 1915, woodcut on wove paper from This is War! at PAM

There are a lot of interesting openings in Portland tonight at Wierd Shift and Surplus Space to name two but sometimes it's good to revisit the Portland Art Museum for something more historically meaty... and since it is participating in the Smithsonian's National Museum Day program it will be free today. Besides the collection, there will be a new Chris Antemann show beginning and I found the This Is War! exhibition very rewarding (a lot of my graduate degree work related to these artists). That makes sense since one of the museum's greatest strengths is its collection of German Expressionist woodcuts (thanks to Gordon Gilkey).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 27, 2014 at 10:42 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.23.14

Dirk Staschke at Archer Gallery

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Dirk Staschke's Consuming Allegory (2012)

Portland based but internationally active Dirk Staschke is finally having an exhibition near his new home base, congrats to the Archer for being on it. Staschke's stunningly crafted ceramics aren't just impressive visually, the conceptual exploration of excess is so well honed that the idea hits you before the technical elements can be geeked upon. In my book that is successful work so you won't want to miss this.

Bounty | September 23 - October 25, 2014
Reception: October 1st, 5:30 - 7PM
Artist's Talk: PUB 161, October 1, 7PM
Archer Gallery
1943 Fort Vancouver Way, Penguin Union Building
Vancouver Washington
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10AM - 7PM, Fri. and Sat. 12-5PM
Phone: 360 992 2246

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 23, 2014 at 10:23 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 09.03.14

First Thursday Picks September 2014

If you really know the Portland art scene... you already know that the new season really starts in August (mostly in alt spaces and University galleries.) We know this place better than anyone else and here is what you shouldn't miss for September in the Pearl District.

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Victor Maldonado's Doug Fir

It started a few years ago but the arch affable, talented and very bright Victor Maldonado (yes he writes for us) has been revamping his work to outwardly question the visible/invisible aspects of the Mexican immigrant experience. Since gaining his citizenship last year he has finally given himself permission to go Mexi-Amercan Beuys on lilly white Portland Oregon by negating his skin and embracing ludicrous stereotypes (in a way that strangely isn't attention grabbing). He calls it Mad Mex for the way the Luchador masks grant freedom in the constriction they require... call it cultural camouflage. The gloves are off, the mask is on. Let's see what Maldonado can do?

Lucha | August 26 - September 27
First Thursday Reception: September 4 till 8:00PM
Froelick Gallery
714 NW Davis



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Jenene Nagy's Pavillion

Onetime Portstar Jenene Nagy is making some gorgeous work these days and her latest, titled "Brilliant" mines the world of subtle values, shades and nuanced perceptions recalling the likes of Dorthea Rockburne and Robert Irwin all on a works on paper format that has become increasingly distinct.

Brilliant | September 2 - 27
PDX Contemporary
925 NW Flanders


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Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 03, 2014 at 18:11 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 08.26.14

Peter Campus at Linfield

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Linfield's gallery just keeps giving us the strongest programming of any college gallery in Oregon, this time with an exhibition by video art pioneer Peter Campuscalled Isthmos. Campus' work is grounded in a background in cognitive psychology and the golden era of film, which in his hands unexpectedly turn the video experience into an exploration of boundaries between self and the revealed otherness of perception. His latest works onm view at Linfield have as much to do with Edward Hopper's landscapes and Claude Monet's haystacks as they do with digital technology as a mediator of sensation and experience.

We will have a fantastic and intellectually ambidextrous interview on PORT soon but till then you can check out this essay by Bill Viola on Peter Campus (which one could say is possibly more about Bill Viola than Campus but that's typical of artist essays).

Peter Campus | August 25 - September 30
Artist Talk: Wednesday, August 27, 6PM, reception following
Linfield Gallery | Linfield College
900 SE Baker st., McMinnville, OR

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 26, 2014 at 12:16 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 08.20.14

People's history of art

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Tomorrow, Ampersand will be presenting a book signing and talk by Nicolas Lampert, the author of A People's Art History of the United States. The book focuses on the history of ideas, movements (political, social etc.)rather than the way a lot of art history focuses on patronage. Thus instead of a history of trophy hunting it seeks to reconnect Art to the people that it reflects. Very topical considering the focus on the art market and academicism (the "other" art market which is very demonstrative/illustrative) rather than the exploration of ideas these days.

Reception: August 20 7:00PM
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books
2916 NE Alberta Street, Suite B

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 20, 2014 at 10:32 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 08.13.14

4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42

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We pointed out a few of their members last month but now Muscle Beach is producing a show called, "4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42" at PSU's Littman Gallery. The #'s are a reference to the TV show LOST and deals somehow in object animism so there is a sense of unfolding at work here. It will feature; Luc Fuller, Nick Fusaro, Malcolm Hecht, Jonah Porter, Willie Young with a screenplay by Marc Matchak.



4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 | August 14 - September 4
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 7 - 10PM
August 14th - September 4th
The Littman & White Gallery
Portland State University [Smith Student Union]
1825 SW Broadway AVE, 2nd Floor

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 13, 2014 at 13:56 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 08.09.14

Shifting into Weird

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One never knows what to expect from Weird Fiction or the Precipice Funded Weird Shift Storefront but apparently today's official Boring and Dull day wont be boring and dull if WFT has anything to say about it,

"Weird-Fiction (((WFT))) will be sharing tales of Strange Weather at Weird Shift Storefront, the warehouse of the weird, center for marginalia studies, coffee and conspiracy"

"...also on the bill Justin Lincoln and Devon Wootten and Jewelry Rash."

"All Month: work by Dakota Gearhart, Jane Long, and Klaus Pinter"

Weird Shift Storefront
Reception: August 9 | 7:30 PM - ???
201 N. Alberta ST

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 09, 2014 at 12:42 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 08.07.14

First Thursday August 2014 Picks

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James Lavadour at PDX Contemporary

James Lavadour is a treasure and what I've always loved about his work is the way it deals with the chaos of science and more intuitive disciplines like music. His latest show title comes from the way science describes processes like the mixing of oil and water where fingers of instability create regions of change. His work lives up to any billing so check out one of the strongest painters working today.

Fingering Instabilities | August 5 - 30
Reception: August 7, 6 - 8PM
PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders


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Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 07, 2014 at 14:02 | Comments (0)

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Monday 08.04.14

Nicola Lopez at OCAC

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Half-Life by Nicola Lopez

OCAC is presenting an installation, Half-Life, by Brooklyn based artist Nicola Lopez from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer. Half-Life's space shaping properties juxtaposing natural and built forms in a gigantic print format should be very interesting in OCAC's sylvan setting. The artist will be in attendance for the opening.

Nicola Lopez Half-Life | August 5 - September 27
Opening Reception: August 5, 5 - 7PM
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Hoffman Gallery
8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 04, 2014 at 10:47 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 07.31.14

First Weekend Picks

It is always interesting how August plays out in Portland's visual art scene. In most art cities in the northern hemisphere August is kind of dead but Portland gets a lot of visitors from the Bay Area and elsewhere during this often hot month so there is a summer camp vibe that oozes indie charm. Here are my picks for the weekend:

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Michael Trigilio at 12128

12128 Boatspace continues its Precipice Funded (in residence) series with Michael Trigilio, a video and performance artist from San Diego who took part in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. If you want a summertime art adventure the trip to this crab boat as an alt space is tough to beat and a sound performance at 8:00 should contribute to the vibe.

Michael Trigilio | Augst 1 2014
Reception : 6 - 9PM (performance at 8PM)
1 2 1 2 8
12900 NW Marina Way
(be careful in Linnton's speed trap and be sure to park in the lot)



... (more Falsefront & HQHQ)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 31, 2014 at 13:28 | Comments (0)

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Friday 07.25.14

C3: Initiative Open House & Block Party

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Last week we pointed out C3: Initiative as an all new alternative space to watch in Portland. It's partly because they have a great space (inside and out) and want to work with independent curators. Well here is your chance to check things out and introduce yourselves. It is also the closing for their Blue Moon Camera staff photography show (St. Johns does have a wealth of working artists and studio spaces and is easy for those West Hills recluses to visit).

C3: Initiative | July 26th Open House 10AM - 7PM
10-11AM: Outdoor papermaking
11AM-12: Live music from Mike & Olyn
12-2PM: Live music from The Ragshakers
2-5PM: Shanti Om Yoga class with live music and a potluck
5-7PM: Live music from Joe Little, Pulp & Deckle pulp spraying demos, and snacks.
7326 N. Chicago Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 25, 2014 at 17:46 | Comments (0)

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Friday 07.18.14

Jordan Wayne Long at 12128 Boatspace

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Often, performance comes off as self congratulatory attention mongering... BUT the fact that Jordan Wayne Long's "Impact Piece #1" comes with a warning against bringing any children is a good sign. Also, the fact that is is at 12128, everyone's favorite alt-space crab boat means that just the location alone is worth the trip. JWL's work comes from his his participation in 12128's micro residency program funded in part by the groundbreaking Precipice Fund. Show up and see if it is worthy enough to justify using the middle name professionally.

Jordan Wayne Long | July 19 2014
Reception : 6:00PM (performance at 7)
1 2 1 2 8
12900 NW Marina Way
(be careful in Linnton's speed trap)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 18, 2014 at 17:00 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 07.03.14

First Thursday July 2014 Picks

First Thursdays in July are often my favorites. Partially because the openings are so low key and the hometown vibe with all the group shows and recent graduates makes for many unexpected surprises. This year July looks like it has some serious cultural firepower... it used to be mostly a month for group shows consisting of second and third stringers.

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My top pick has to be Quantum Shirley at PNCA's Feldman Gallery. Quantum Shirley is Shirley Tse's attempt to partially rebrand relational aesthetics with the relativism of physics as her jam but one can't blame her for trying. It promises to be the mixed media, genre bending melange that Tse originally became famous for before it was the art world's default mode of art production 5 years ago or so. For that alone it is worth checking out as artists are always trying to create implausible realities where their rules somehow gain traction.

Quantum Shirley | June 19 - August 10
Opening Reception: July 3, 6:30 - 7:15PM
PNCA | Feldman Gallery
1241 NW Johnson



... (more, including Jesse Hayward and recent graduates)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on July 03, 2014 at 13:24 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 06.26.14

Peter Burr at FalseFront

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Peter Burr's solo show of projection, sound, and lenticular prints at FalseFront titled "digging fills" should be an ideal kickoff for the summertime season of shows in Portland. What's more it is one of the projects funded by the Precipice Fund, designed to support these very crucial alternative space shows (which traditional granting orgs have had trouble getting behind).

digging fills | June 28 - July 13
Opening Reception: June 28 6 - 9PM
FalseFront
4518 NE 32 Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on June 26, 2014 at 11:44 | Comments (0)

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Friday 06.13.14

Gardening Weekend

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Re-discovering Lacquer: 12 Artists Reinvent a Timeless Tradition, (FG) chopsticks by Gallery Shili (photo Jeff Jahn)

I'm very excited about what may be the best craft/design exhibition Portland has seen in decades titled, Re-discovering Lacquer: 12 Artists Reinvent a Timeless Tradition at the Portland Japanese Garden. Not only does it seamlessly explore some of the newest and most radical uses of lacquer today through its 12 artists and designers... it also features a stunningly simple and elegant exhibition design that highlights the work. This attention to presentation addresses a problem most craft shows in Portland have been undercut by lately. If you love design and craft this is THE show and exquisite work deserves the same level of presentation. I've seen it and this won't disappoint, all while hinting at the coming garden expansion by architect Kengo Kuma (interviewed last year) who also has work in the show. The exhibition premiered last year in Tokyo and is specificly configured for the Portland space, along with a few different pieces.

According to the PR: "A wide variety of pieces are included—from exquisitely and inlaid lacquered boxes by Yamamura Shinya, whose work was recently featured in a major exhibition in New York, to lacquered acrylic rings by Masako Ban, and gilded lacquer sake cups by Koichiro Kimura. This stunning installation was designed by Javier Villar Ruiz, originally from Barcelona, Spain, who is a partner at Kengo Kuma Associates, and the exhibition includes a tiered lacquer shelf by the renowned architect Kengo Kuma himself."

Guest curated by Duneghan Park it features work by: Masako Ban,Yukio Hashimoto, Naomi Kamata, Koichiro Kimura, Kengo Kuma, Gang Yong Park, Heigo Sato, Hirotatsu Saito, Gallery Shili Tokyo, Kosho Tsuboi, Satoshi Umeno, Amano Shikki, Shinya Yamamura

Re-discovering Lacquer | June 14 - July 6
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave



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Pissaro, Place du Carrousel

What could be more Portland than an exhibition on a park? The Tuilleries in Paris to be precise, featuring sculpture, models, photography, paintings and even video exploring the civics of that famous park. Similarly, Portland is a city of parks and gardens and has long had an odd little-discussed affinity for French things (we do like food, wine and liberty-egality-fraternity does describe Portlanders). But the roots of our francophilia goes way back to early settlements like Champoeg and later in the early 20th century many of Portland's top cultural patrons spent a great deal of time in Paris collecting works by Monet, Brancusi and Picasso, which are still on display in the collection today.

That bit of history aside, the Portland Art Museum lives on the South Park Blocks a grand boulevard with some of its roots in the civic design for The Tuileries/Champs-Elysees in Paris. Yet, unlike the Louvre/Tuilerties PAM hasn't really fully engaged the civic leverage inherent to the Park Blocks (which PNCA is beginning to).

To that PAM is staging The Art of The Louvre's Tuileries Garden, with the not so subtle implication that it is actively looking at its own place on one of Portland's most famous parks. Featuring works by, Pissarro, Manet, Cartier-Bresson, Coysevox, Bosio, Atget and Kokoshka the exhibition is a wide ranging and multifaceted look at the way a public space is used by and inspires visitors. This inherently civic approach filled with photography and more than a few colossal sculptures (some with bullet holes) tells a story that the museum is wisely leveraging to explore Portland's own stunning park system. Thus, instead of a vault... PAM has turned into an interpretive civic mirror for Portland to look upon its own parks with via Capture #Parklandia.

The Art of The Louvre's Tuilleries Garden | June 14 - September 21
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

Posted by Jeff Jahn on June 13, 2014 at 13:51 | Comments (0)

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Monday 06.09.14

SuttonBeresCuller Talk

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SuttonBeresCuller, Ring of Fire (2014)

Seattle based SuttonBeresCuller are perhaps one of the most ambitious art producers in that city and they will be speaking in Vancouver Washinton on Tuesday for the latest Clark art talk. Their work often creates a surreal sense of displacement through the use of mundane and often large scale objects... kinda like Duchampian ideas on steroids, frequently with a performance element.

SuttonBeresCuller | June 10, 7:00PM
Clark Art Talks
Clark College | Penguin Union Building GHL 213
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted by Jeff Jahn on June 09, 2014 at 16:20 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 06.05.14

First Thursday June 2014 Picks

True, June is a month where most everyone already has one foot in summer and it is filled with group and thesis shows. Still I'm gonna go old-school and pick three classic looking solo shows for you to check out.

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Mandy Stigant

At Blackfish Gallery Mandy Stigant presents Basketcase, exploring the ancient art that is making a vessel out of clay. It feels like a back to basics show for June and there is something really compelling about her ceramics. The classics are classics for a reason.

Basketcase | June 3 - February 28, 2014
First Thursday Reception: June 5, 6 - 9PM
Blackfish Gallery | 420 NW 9th



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Andre C. Filipek has a poetic and very precise aesthetic (tuned to design and class) that could turn into something interesting. Check out his latest, ELYTES, at Valentines tonight.

ELYTES: New Work by Andre C. Filipek | June 5 8:00 PM - Midnight
Valentines
242 SW Ankeny



... (more, including Sean Healy)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on June 05, 2014 at 16:32 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.20.14

Bingaman-Burt at Clark College

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Kate Bingaman-Burt's work is concerned with the consumerist impulse and accretion. An educator, illustrator, curator, author, speaker and workshop giver she is represented by Jen Bekman ballery in New York City. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Her design clients range from the New York Times, MoMa, the Gap, as well the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. Catch her talk.

Kate Bingaman-Burt | May 21, 7:00PM
Clark Art Talks
Clark College | Penguin Union Building GHL 213
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 20, 2014 at 18:20 | Comments (0)

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Friday 05.16.14

Jennifer Steinkamp: Critical Voices lecture at PAM

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Jennifer Steinkamp, Madame Curie (2011)

Tomorrow, Jennifer Steinkamp will give the next Critical Voices lecture at the Portland Art Museum. Steinkamp is one of the world's premier video installation artists and has been a pioneer of digital animation in a real world setting, often with spatial and perceptual consequences. Typically a different sense of scale or time is also at work. Also, she often implicates human biographies in a vaster less human-scaled way, for example she has dedicated pieces to 0her former teacher Mike Kelley, Jimmy Carter and Madame Curie. Overall, it is great to see so much new media work being featured at the Portland Art Museum these days with Jesper Just as well.

Jennifer Steinkamp
Lecture: May 17th 2:00 PM
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 16, 2014 at 15:04 | Comments (0)

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Monday 05.12.14

Tony Feher Lecture

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Part of the Tony Feher Retrospective at the Des Moines Art Center (2012)

Artist Tony Feher is a poet of mundane often quite domestic objects and you can catch him Wednesday at PSU. He's one of the very best and most influential of the relational aesthetics practitioners out there and it is partially because his touch is so incredibly deft. I caught his excellent retrospective at the Des Moines Art Center a few years ago and seeing his work you might think, OK Ive seen hundreds to thousands of other artists use plastic bottles, pennies etc... but his is different. Perhaps it is because of the addition of a deeper personal narrative that informs the work or perhaps it is simply his rigor. Thus, collectively his work stands out as he isn't simply being a witty constructionist, he's illustrating the personal understanding of events in his life through the palimpsest of the everyday. Also, he's been at it longer than most RA practitioners and I consider him the true heir of Richard Tuttle. You should see his talk at PSU (he's also currently doing a residency in Portland at the Lumber Room, show opens on the 18th) and I'd consider it mandatory for any current art student in Portland or recent grads who arrange objects to attend.

Tony Feher | PSU MFA in Studio Practice Lecture Series
Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 14 7:00PM
Portland State University | Shattuck Hall Annex
1914 SW Park Ave

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Wednesday 05.07.14

Last exhibition at current Recess HQ

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Heidi Nagtegaal

Recess will host its last opening in the Oregon Brass Works building this Saturday with a solo exhibition by Coast Salish People artist Heidi Nagtegaal. Titled, Paying off My Student Loans it is supposed to be an optimistic enterprise, selling 1000 shirts for $20 a piece but it also indirectly underscores the way artists are keeping spaces like Recess open on their own dime with very little support. Recess has moved before but one senses the popularity of Portland and its red hot real estate market are definitely putting the squeeze on artists here (there is a fundraiser planned for May 27th at Holocene). Recess isn't just a presentation space, it is also a warren of artist studios and uprooting this community does signal a danger to Portland's arts ecosystem... one whose strongest contributions typically come from these artist run spaces.

There will also be by a talk on by Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen titled The Ghost of vanished Ideals, exploring the oppression of debt upon the poor and frequently incarcerated. Lastly, a short musical set by Brian Mumford of Dragging an Ox Through Water and Jackie-O Motherfucker should make this the must see art event this coming weekend. If you haven't been to Reccess yet (institutional curators many of you fit that that description) now is the time.

Paying Off My Student Loans May 10-27, 2014
Opening Reception: May 10th, 2014 6-10PM
Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen talk: May 10th, 7-7:45PM
Mumford Performance: May 10th, 8PM
RECESS Headquarters
1127 SE 10th Ave.

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Thursday 05.01.14

First Thursday May 2014 Picks

Portland has a lot of very good shows up right now including Luc Tuymans at PNCA but we at PORT are really picky and these are your very best bets for something new,exciting and interesting in Portland's art scene tonight:


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Three Chants Modern at PICA

We just reviewed PICA's Andrea Guyer show Three Chants Modern, which opened recently. It is an internationally important exhibition delving into the way we value the contributions of women in the visual arts. It is a must see and PICA (which normally doesn't have 1st Thursday hours will be open from 6-8 tonight. It's the best show PICA has done since 2003 and the US premier of a crucial work.

Andrea Geyer: Three Chants Modern | April 19 - June 21, 2014
First Thursday Hours: May 1, 6:00 - 8:00PM
PICA
415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 6:00PM | Saturday 11:00 - 4:00PM



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Wesley Peterson at PSU's Autzen Gallery

Also in the Southwest are several PSU MFA openings. There are generally some of the better thesis shows in the city and checking them out puts you way ahead on what is really going on in Contemporary art in Portland.

Opening Receptions for all 3 (in respective galleries): May 1, 4-6PM
Exhibitions: April 28 - May 9, 2014
Wesley Petersen - TOIL - Autzen Gallery
Kathryn Yancey – Like One Each Another - AB Lobby Gallery
Kaila Farrell-Smith - S? aa Mak’s - MK Gallery
PSU MFA Graduate Project Shows



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April Brimer

May also happens to be Portland Fashion Month and Christine Taylor has culled together an exciting group of Portland photographers for Notions of Beauty: NW Fashion Photography Now. Featuring a pretty comprehensive sample of fashion photogs: Holly Andres, Megumi Shauna Arai, Rafael Astorga, Lindsey Avenetti, Julia Barbee, Willyum Beck, April Brimer, Hannah Piper Burns, Theresa Crim, Brendan Coughlin, Carmen Daneshmandi, Ashley Helvey, Dane Kyckelhahn, Bryan Kyckelhahn, Evie McShane, Sara Moskovitz, Jason Parker, JD White, Elizabeth Rudge, Charlie Schuck, Strath Shepard, Emily Smith, Robin Stein, Cara Swift, Christine Taylor, BriAnne Wills, Hana Ryan Wilson.

Notions of Beauty: NW Fashion Photography Now | May 1 - June 1
Opening Reception: May 1, 6-8PM
Steven Goldman Gallery, Art institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis

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Saturday 04.26.14

PORT on OPB's State of Wonder

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Obligatory selfie, yes State of Wonder's Green Room is actually green

As part of my 15 year anniversary of coming to Portland I'll be guest curating OPB's State of Wonder radio program at noon today. Here is a preview interview (I was trying to use approachable language in that preview but on the show I don't pull any punches), numerous artists and interviews are part of the program.

You can tune in or check this page for links to the archive so you can stream at your leisure after it airs. I'll also include links below to topics we referenced during the show as well as expand some ideas that were tossed about...

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Monday 04.21.14

Rodrigo Valenzeula at Archer Gallery

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Rodrigo Valenzuela at Archer Gallery (photo Jeff Jahn)

Chilean born and Washington State based Rodrigo Valenzeula's work deals in all sorts of labor and his latest show "Help Wanted" at the Archer Gallery looks like it could be one of the best shows on view this April. Dealing in everything from mining to odd jobs and construction Valenzeula interacts with laborers and Clark College students to explore the unofficial labor forms that economies rely upon.

Help Wanted | April 8 - May 3
Opening Reception: April 23, 5 - 7PM | Artist Talk: 7-8PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College| Penguin Union Building
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington
Gallery Hours: T-Th 10AM to 7PM, F & S noon to 5PM

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Thursday 04.17.14

See it Saturday

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Clement Greenberg looking at a Kenneth Noland

Blackfish is 35 this year and Blackfish member and Reed College professor Michael Knutson noticed coincidentally that Clement Greenberg's much hated and yet relentlessly referenced essay Avant-Garde and Kitsch is celebrating its 75th birthday as well. It was kismet so Knutson set about convening a panel of art writers, critics and historians to discuss both Greenberg's most famous work and the way its influence becomes a lens on art today. Greenberg later he recanted many of his definitions of kitsch. Panelists include; Randy Gragg, Eva Lake, Barry Johnson, Paul Sutinen, Sue Taylor and myself. It should be an interesting mix as our backgrounds vary from artists like Lake and Sutinen to journalists like Gragg and Johnson to historians like Taylor and myself. Knutson will moderate and we have been asked to discuss some of our favorite exhibitions as well so it should provide ample opportunity to learn some insights into your local art press corps, all in one convenient place. I've lived here 15 years and Portland has never convened a panel like this.

Avant-Garde and Kitsch Today | April 19th, 2:00PM
Blackfish
420 NW 9th ave



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Josef Albers (American, b. Germany, 1888-1976) Homage to the Square, edition 35/125, 1967 screenprint

If you are in the Bellingham area catch Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol at the Whatcom Museum. Culled from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation's collection of international prints and Northwest art the show explores the effects of serial sequencing in art imagery in figurative and abstract art.

Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol | April 19 - August 17
Whatcom Museum
Bellingham Washington

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Tuesday 04.15.14

Andrea Geyer at PICA

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Andrea Geyer, Three Chants Modern

It has been obvious that 2014 is the year of heightened attention on women's representation in the art world and roles in its history. So it is exciting that PICA has tackled the subject head on by presenting the U.S. premiere of Andrea Geyer's two-channel video installation, Three Chants Modern. Geyer will also speak tomorrow at PSU's Shattuck Annex, April 16th at 7:00PM.

The video was, "Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York during a research residency at the museum in 2013 and made possible by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, Three Chants Modern looks at the network of women thinkers, social and political activists, artists and philanthropists who were the creative drivers and institutional pillars of the Modernist Project in New York in the early part of the 20th century. Three Chants addresses how history and power are constructed, in part, through the undeniable legacy of these women in contrast to their sparse representation in the formal history of the period."

Andrea Geyer: Three Chants Modern | April 19 - June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: April 19, 6:00 - 9:00PM
Artist Talk: April 16, 7:00PM, PSU Shattuck Hall Annex
PICA
415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 6:00PM | Saturday 11:00 - 4:00PM

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Tuesday 04.08.14

PSU MFA Project Events, 2014 Part I

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Perry Doane Carbonaut

In the past 5 years or so PSU's MFA and BFA project shows for their studio arts program have become one of the few reliably exciting student exhibitions in Portland. PSU's program has produced artists like Damien Gilley, Holly Andres, Chase Biado and Derek Bourcier and too many others to list. To kick things off this year there are 3 MFA candidates with openings and artists talks on PSU's campus; Perry Doane, Mark Martinez and Isaac Fletcher Weiss.

Opening Receptions for all 3 (in respective galleries): April 10, 6-8PM
Exhibitions: April 7 - 21, 2014
Perry Doane - Carbonaut - Autzen Gallery
Mark Martinez - CREAM - AB Lobby Gallery
Isaac Fletcher Weiss - Musings in the Face of Certain Death - MK Gallery
Artist Talks: Perry Doane & Isaac Fletcher Weis @ Shattuck Annex @ Wednesday, April 9 2014, 6-8PM
Mark Martinez @ Shattuck Annex Wednesday, April 15, 2014, 6-7PM
Portland State University galleries & Shattuck Annex

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Thursday 04.03.14

Reflecting Pool

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Lewis and Clark often graduates art scene leaders who create interesting venues like Kyle Thompson and Caitlin Ducey (12128), Jack Shimko (Haze), Justin Oswald (Gallery 500) or even Katherine Bovee who invaluably helped to launch PORT itself back in 2005. Here is this year's crop of L&C Seniors in a show titled Reflecting Pool.

Larissa Board
Flynn A. Casey
Tony Chrenka
Matt Cogdill
Matthew Colodny
Sophia Dagnello
Kelsey H. Davis
Hilary Devaney
Jonas Fahnestock
Rhianna Feeney
Elaine B. Fehrs
Stephanie Kudisch
Chloe McAusland
Matt Mulligan
Savannah Prentiss
Samantha Sarvet
Camille Shumann
Helen Regina Rosenbaum
Taylor Wallau
Amelia Walsh
Kelsey Westergard
Julianna Winchell
Rachel Wolfson
Em Young
Irene Zoller Huete

Reflecting Pool | April 4 - May 11
Opening Reception: April 4th, 5-7PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11-4PM
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art
Lewis & Clark
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

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First Thursday Picks April 2014

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Eva Lake's Anonymous Woman #55

Eva Lake is another of those Portland stalwarts that really makes Portland what it is. She is from Oregon but has put in her time in New York, London and San Francisco etc. To a certain degree (like all artists and in particular female ones) she was taken for granted but when her fantastic collages of women were debuted that all changed and she started to get a following in New York and Switzerland. I was the first to point out how good this work was and it is exciting to finally see another of her shows in Portland. This series focuses not on Hollywood Starlets of the Target Series but on those anonymous faces that seem to be perpetuated in the media. It is the way she amplifies anonymity that she gives the work an even stronger surrealist charge.

Anonymous Women | April 3- 26
Augen Gallery
716 N.W. Davis
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Tuesday 03.25.14

Tom Stefopoulos at HACCM, Original Portlander to put a bird on it?

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They were still in place in 1999 when I first moved to Portland but for the past 18 years the Friend's of the Lovejoy Columns have been trying to find a way to preserve and find a new home for these historic artworks by Tom Stefopoulos. Stefopoulos was a Greek immigrant who worked for a time at the rail yards that used to be located in the now redeveloped Pearl District and I think it is very important for Portland to preserve its artistic past. The columns appear in the open scenes of Drugstore Cowboy and even appear in musician Elliot Smith's history.

When the professional artist, Stefopulos saw the colonnade for the one time Lovejoy viaduct to the Broadway bridge he was reminded of his homeland but he also brought his new world pluck and started an elaborate series of scenes depicting Greek myths and his signature bird designs. His work has an instantly identifiable graphic flair known mostly for his signature birds. In a way he may have been the original Portlander to "put a bird on it" and this exhibition at the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum gives wider context to Stefanopoulos' work as a print maker, master calligrapher and idiomatic public artist. Considering the merely "quirky" public works that Portland has put up in the last decade it would be a good thing to see these historic relics from a bygone era be reinstalled in a new home. They tell an immigrant's story, mixed with Americana, Hellenistic references and a general connection to the culture of the railroads before there was a Pearl District and condos. Filmmaker Vanessa Renwick even has a related video piece in the show so come on out and get caught up on what has been and can be still done.

Master Penworks of Tom Stefanopoulos | July 9 2013 - April 30th 2014
Reception: March 29, 3:30 - 6:00 PM
Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum
2nd Floor Greek Orthodox Church
3131 NE Glisan

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Friday 03.14.14

Weekend Picks

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Polly Apfelbaum, Color Stations Portland (detail) photo Jeff Jahn

This Weekend, Lumber Room opens Polly Apfelbaum's Color Stations Portland. Apfelbaum is internationally noted as a colorist who starts with a few simple rules, which then are improvised upon as installation to create a structured aesthetic zone. It is very Epicurian in the true philosophical sense and rehabilitates some of the less desirable aspects of Greenberg's Formalism. Overall, the way she develops structure sets her improvisational approach apart, something any top Jazz musician also has to develop.

Color Stations Portland | March 16 - April 27, 2014
Opening Reception: March 16, 12 - 2PM
Lumber Room
419 NW 9th



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Calvin Ross Carl

Calvin Ross Carl is a Portland based painter who has been developing at a steady rate for the past few years and has deserved an unfettered solo show for quite some time. Well, Ditch projects is making it happen by presenting CRC's A Beggar on Horseback.

It should be an interesting moment to ponder the tectonic collisions of domestic and civic found patterns (hazard signs, table clothes etc) and painterly texture that CRC has been mining lately. There will also be a group show of drawings called LOOKS ON PAPER. Both should constitute a worthwhile trip to Eugene/Springfield.

A Beggar on Horseback | March 15-29
Opening Reception: March 15 6-9PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12:00 to 4:00PM
Ditch Projects
303 S. 5th Avenue #165
Springfield OR

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Saturday 03.08.14

Second Weekend Picks March 2014

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Amy Bernstein

We have waited an incredibly LOOOOOOOONG time for PORT's own Amy Bernstein to do a solo show of her paintings but on Sunday it will finally be here with Notes at Nationale. I can safely say she's obsessed with possibilities and permutations of meaning... and I don't think there is a distinct difference between the visual moves of painting and the meaning of words in her world. She moves between the two fluidly but never really settles. Perhaps the visual and language are two sides of the same coin, one which always comes up heads as she keeps tossing it? She's one of Portland's best painters and really pushes herself hard.

Notes | March 6 - 30, 2014
Reception Sunday, March 9, 2 - 5 PM
Nationale
811 E Burnside



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Once again Disjecta's biennial offering dubbed Portland 2014 will open in various locations (some better, some worse) but the main opening is today march 8th from 6-10PM at Disjecta. Already, this year is notable for not having very many female artists... (more)

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Thursday 03.06.14

First Thursday Picks March 2014

This March looks like a particularly strong series of exhibitions.

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The top pick for this month has to be Belgian artist Luc Tuymans' print exhibition at PNCA's Feldman gallery. Curated by Mack McFarland and Modou Dieng the exhibition titled, Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works - Kristalnacht to Technicolor gives Portland an in depth chance to take in this politically provocative artist. Previously, we have only seen a stray painting or two at PAM. PORT interviewed Tuymans a few years ago here.

Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works - Kristalnacht to Technicolor
March 6th- June 13, 2014
Reception: March 6, 6 - 8PM
Lecture: March 7th, 6:30PM
Phillip Feldman Gallery | PNCA
1241 NW Johnson



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Of all the artists that PDX represents I've always thought that Wes Mills best exemplified their quiet aesthetic. Mills himself absorbed a lot from direct contact with the great Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle and this latest show, Hamilton Drawings, stems from a consciousness changing (and potentially dangerous) incident while hiking in Oregon. We are glad he is all right but this exhibition has us seeing stars too.

Hamilton Drawings | March 4 - April 1
Reception: March 6, 6 - 8PM
PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders



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Monday 03.03.14

Robert Storr on Kara Walker Lecture

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Robert Storr

Robert Storr, Dean of Visual Arts at Yale will be giving his lecture, Kara Walker: Shadow Caster at the University of Oregon, on March 6th at 6:00 PM. The school will live stream it, but you should absolutely try to see their on campus exhibition, Kara Walker: Emancipating the Past at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. As you can see... it is very different and executed far better than the Walker show at Reed in 2012. The install is spacious and the video work, "National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands: Six Miles from Springfield on the Franklin Road," at the JSMA is perhaps my favorite of her video works. It is a must see and bound to be one of the best shows of the year in Oregon.

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Kara Walker at JSMA

Besides being perhaps the most accomplished academic/critic/curator combo on the planet, Storr has a special window into Kara Walker's work. He curated the 2004 Site Santa Fe Biennial, "Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque," which included Walker's first video. I was there when it was unveiled and Storr's grasp of history as a continually evolving grotesque makes him better at talking about Walker's work than Walker herself (that isn't a slight, I'm very sure she'd rather not talk much about it and just let its subversions and ugly truths operate visually but no artist gets to do that).

Robert Storr: Kara Walker Shadow Caster
March 6th, 6:00 PM
Lawrence Hall, Room 177
University of Oregon
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

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Tuesday 02.25.14

Amjad Faur at Archer Gallery

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Amjad Faur

Today there is an opening reception for Palestinian American Photographer Amjad Faur for his current show, Liban, at the Archer Gallery. Faur's photos have a dense personal feel that belie a longing for Arab self-determination when outside interests always seem to be pulling the strings. In a way they retake the put upon and borrowed exoticism of Dutch still lives and reevaluate them as cultural patrimony. It should make the panel discussion on March 5th a lively one.

"The title of this exhibit, Liban, (French for Lebanon) pertains to the impermanence and elasticity of the physical, social, cultural, and psychological spaces in the Middle East. Lebanon is just such a brutal example of what happens under colonial rule that utterly negates the identity and interests of native populations."

Amajad Faur | February 18- March 15
Opening Reception: February 25, 3 - 5PM
Panel Discussion: March 5, 7 to 8:30PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA

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Saturday 02.22.14

Provocateurs at Place

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Still from Paul Clay's Parking Lot Dance

Tonight, Place's White gallery presents Paul Clay's Parking Lot Dance, Shit Balloons by John Dougherty and The High Improbability of Death: A Celebration of Suicide with the ever quixotic Michael Reinsch. Should be an interesting evening with three of Portland's most promising provocateurs.

According to the PR: Paul Clay's "Parking Lot Dance" is a 4 minute, surround-projected, 4-channel video loop. Filling a strip mall parking lot, thousands of duplicated dancers march, shoot guns, wave flags and writhe to a dark dance club beat. The video is a dream sequence and a response to our over-the-top, self-infatuated American shopping culture. One part ceremony, one part protest, one part broadway chorus line - the parking lot is reimagined as a surreal video canvas for digitally generated choreography."

John Dougherty's "Shit Balloons" is an installation that utilizes waste materials and celebratory aesthetics to seduce viewers with tricks and humor. Also, there will be brownies.

"For "The High Improbability of Death: A Celebration of Suicide," Reinsch will place a noose around his neck, read an epic suicide note poem, and attach helium balloons to the end of the rope in order to lift himself into the air. Reinsch will engage in an act of performance art in which risks are mitigated. This is not a suicide attempt."

A wake is a celebration of death and Reinsch likens this to a one man wake where he is in no danger.


"Parking Lot Dance" - Paul Clay
"Shit Balloons" - John Dougherty
"The High Improbability of Death: A Celebration of Suicide" - Michael Reinsch
Opening: February 22 6-9PM
Place PDX (ENTER ON MOVIE THEATER SIDE AFTER 8PM)
700 SW 5th Ave 3rd Floor

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Friday 02.21.14

Stumptown Coffee Roasters As Art Patron

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Throughout the years Stumptown Coffee has made a point of curating their coffee shops and creating venues that are a step above most cafes in the city as art venues. They also have employed many of Portland's best and brightest over the years. To celebrate such ongoing activity they are putting on an exhibition at their headquarters for the 10 visual artists on display right now. Artists included are; Emma Barnett, Amy Bernstein, Patrick Driscoll, Hickory Mertsching, Karl Ramentol, K Scott Rawls, Tim Root, Michael Rutledge, Anna Shelton and Bradley Streeper. Stumptown deserves some of the credit for making Portland such an attractive place for artists.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters HQ
Reception Friday, February 21 6-8 (Ninkasi beer, wine and snacks)
100 SE Salmon Street

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Thursday 02.20.14

Thursday Openings

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Photo Richard Gehrke

Dutch & European Mid 20th Century designs, especially ceramics continue to have a lasting appeal today and collector Curt Shaffstall has curated a vintage collection for OCAC's shop. All proceeds go to support students at Portland's most focused art and design school, the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Mid-Century Dutch & European Ceramics | February 20 - March 30, 2014
Opening Reception: February 20, 4 - 6PM
Shop @ Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road



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FalseFront presents 3 nights of performances with Future Death Toll titled 3 X 3 H R. Each is a one-off performance. Generally, FDT creates works centered around existential constrictions and other constraints. These performances are supported in part by the Precipice Fund.


3 X 3 H R | February 20 - 22, 7-10 PM
FalseFront
4518 NE 32nd Avenue




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PCC Sylvania's North View Gallery is one of the nicest spaces in Portland and its latest show Surrounding Visability looks like an excellent reason to trek up the west hill in this idyllic sylvan setting. Surrounding Visibility is an exhibition by the Worksound Incubation artist's collaborative including installations by Erin McComb, Modou Dieng, Micah Hearn, Ethan Homan, Tim Janchar and Judith René Sturdevant. The collaboration is an experimental group, which began as the Work Sound alternative exhibition space. We miss Work Sound but this new collaborative effort seems promising.

Surrounding Visibility | February 17 - March 22
Opening Reception: February 20, 3-5 PM
North View Gallery, PCC Sylvania, CT 214 Building
12000 SW 49th Ave.

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Wednesday 02.19.14

Patricia Failing on Francis Bacon at PAM

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Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) installed at PAM (photo Jeff Jahn)

Francis Bacon's triptych of Lucien Freud is a fantastic act of painting (don't let anyone tell you otherwise), the man could paint and every inch of these works proves it. Go ahead compare them to the Monet up the stairs at PAM. To dig a little further, figurative painting fans and scholars alike should catch Patricia Failing's lecture, Bacon's Bodies: Trapping the Convulsive Figure at the Portland Art Museum tomorrow.

I've always found Bacon's earlier pieces like Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion and the screaming Popes to be a touch derivative or hokey (Bacon himself agreed) but his more mature portraits excel in their tension and poise... and thus, very and quite gravely British. This Bacon triptych is one of the best and I'm curious what Failing has to say, here are some of her thoughts on Geurnica for context for something related to the disquieted flesh in a Bacon.

Patricia Failing Lecture | $5, free to members
20 February, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

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Monday 02.17.14

Fred Wilson Lecture

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Fred Wilson: The Silent Message of the Museum

Every year Reed College puts on a major art lecture for their Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors in the Arts Program. This year it will be Fred Wilson, who represented the US for the 2003 Venice Biennale. His lecture, The Silent Message of the Museum, should touch on the themes of visual power his work has always interrogated. Organized by Sarah Gilbert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art. These are always very well attended to arrive early (*note this lecture is in the much larger and newer Kaul Auditorium not the older venue).

Fred Wilson | February 18, 7:30 PM
Kaul Auditorium
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock

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Thursday 02.13.14

Linda Hutchins at the Governor's Office

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Linda Hutchins

I feel like Portland doesn't get to see enough of Linda Hutchins' mix of performance and kinesthetic mark making these days. It is akin to both minimalist drawing and Yves Klein. Though one person, Governor Kitzhaber will get to see plenty of it because her work will be in situ at his office in Salem into April. Also, for the Valentines day opening Hutchins will participate in a TaKeTiNa performance, a physical discipline which involves rhythmic; step, clap and chants that allow participants to fall out, then fall back into synch.

In and Out of Rhythm | February 14 - April 16, 2014
Opening Reception: February 14, 3-4PM with a TaKeTiNa performance
Governor's Office | Capitol Building
Salem, Oregon

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Tuesday 02.11.14

John Brodie at Linfield

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John Brodie is one of those unsung pillars of the arts community in Portland whose highest profile projects are often collaborations or feature him as a proprietor of businesses like Today Art Studios, Le Happy and Monograph Bookwerks... but he has always been an excellent visual artist full of deft moves. In fact, I've been nudging him to do a major solo show ever since his Store project way back in 2009. Well, this week the wait is over and it is at one of the region's finest spaces, at Linfield College in McMinnville.

Titled, Versus Artifacts, Brodie takes is anthropological and poetic approach to digging through that great mound of stuff all Americans seem to accumulate. Besides, after being cooped up for the last 4 days I think Portlanders are ready for a short road trip to wine country.

Here is his statement (the fact that is worth reading is noteworthy itself):

"This is an exhibition of domestic cultural signifiers chosen, edited and remixed, attempting, once again, through painting, sculpture and the built object, to generate transcendence over everything for the author and observer, and everyone else. History makes an appearance like a stone that has not moved for 1,000 years. Dispersion is forthcoming momentarily. Dedicated to those who come into contact with the moment after the fact." - John Brodie 2014

Versus Artifacts | February 10 - March 22
Opening Talk and Reception: February 16, 3PM (Talk), 4PM (Reception)
Linfield Gallery | Linfield College
900 SE Baker st., McMinnville, OR

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Friday 02.07.14

First Friday Picks

Though a number of venues like the 811 Building and PLACE are not doing their openings tonight (PLACE is rescheduling for Sunday) both Gallery Homeland and Eutectic will be open if you feel like you can safely make it. BTW PAM just closed early and PNCA/MoCC are both closed for today.


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Working Title is an exhibition devoted to the volunteers who make Gallery Homeland happen, Emily Kosta, Zac Kosta, Marc Roder and Reese Kruse. Should be a fun opening to celebrate the micro community that celebrates the art scene so well. A huge # of artists live within walking distance of this SE Portland stalwart so it should be a good opportunity to get out if cabin fever is setting in.

Working Title | January 17 - February 21
Opening Reception: February 7th 6-9PM
Gallery Homeland
2505 SE 11th



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At Euctectic Gallery their latest show, BOTH/AND, features the work of Chris Baskin and Dan Schmitt.

BOTH/AND | February - March
Openingf Reception: February 7 6PM -?
Euctectic Gallery
1930 NE Oregon. St.

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Thursday 02.06.14

First Thursday Picks

Though the snow has lead to many cancellations two galleries earn the "TOUGH" award, conferring the right to mock all other Portland gallerists as "snow wusses" for the rest of the year. But seriously, these are two great shows you should see soon if you aren't already downtown... perhaps when things get less blizzardly.


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Untitled (Screen at Golf Course Near Hillsboro)

The late Terry Toedtemeier would have really enjoyed the fact that his show Skies was opening to such dramatic atmospheric circumstances. We all miss him but it is a beautiful thing to actually get to know more of his work as an important photographer. His photo, Untitled (Screen at Golf Course Near Hillsboro) is a masterpiece. Terry was an intrepid and rugged adventurer and never would a little snow deter him.

Skies | Feb 4th - March 1st
Opening Reception: February 6, 6-8PM
PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders



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Monday 02.03.14

Emily Ginsburg at Pacific University

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Emily Ginsburg

Way out there in Forest Grove Pacific University is putting on some very interesting shows and the latest, "Mixed Feelings" by Emily Ginsburg looks like another one worth the trek to wine country or on the way to the coast. Featuring works in glass, animation and sound the show purports to examine, "simultaneity and distinctiveness in the physical, spoken, contemplative and emotional levels of experience through a collection of visual and audio scores."

Mixed Feelings | February 4 -28
Opening Reception February 5th 11:30AM | gallery talk 1:00 PM
Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art | Pacific University | Harvey W. Scott Hall
2125 College Way, Forest Grove

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Wednesday 01.29.14

For Encarncion: Address is Approximate

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The Light + Sound Gallery presents For Encarncion: Address is Approximate by Mark Martinez. The installation explores the impersonal map making of Google as filtered through time sensitive data acting as an emotionally distanced proxy for the artist's relationship with his grandmother. Google hasn't updated images of his grandmother's home since 2011, giving her a false kind of immortality.

For Encarncion: Address is Approximate
January 30 - February 26
Opening Reception January 30th 6-9PM
Light + Space Gallery | Living Room Realty
1401 NE Alberta and 2625 SE 26th Ave

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Monday 01.27.14

James Minden at Washington Co Museum

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James Minden calls them "Light Drawings" and his show of the same name up this month in Hillsboro gives everyone another chance to catch these fascinating optical works. Just watching other people react to these "handmade holograms is worth the trip alone.

Light Drawings | January 22 - April 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 28, 5:30-7:30PM
Washington County Museum @ Hillsboro Civic Center
120 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR

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Thursday 01.23.14

To see in January

January is almost over but there are some great chances to catch up on what you should see in the next few days.

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The "must see" thing in Portland right now is the excellent Francis Bacon Triptych on view at the Portland Art Museum. As luck would have it the museum is free on Friday night from 5-8PM. Do it, anybody who thinks there is a figurative painting more worthy of your attention in Oregon simply doesn't know very much about visual art.


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Kara Walker at the JSMA

Also happening on Friday 6-8PM the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene is presenting, Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power, from January 25 to April 6. A MacArthur Fellow, Walker is perhaps America's premier artist when it comes to the untidy history of race and power.... (More)

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Tuesday 01.14.14

Willam Pope L.'s Claim

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William Pope L.

PSU, has increasingly asserted itself as a key player in Portland's contemporary visual arts scene and with William Pope L's Claim, featuring extensive research into Portland's not so hidden history of racism... it should kick 2014 off with a boot to the head. I consider Pope L's eRacism exhibition at PICA in 2003 to be one of the very best exhibitions I have experienced in Portland in the past decade and a half. Let's just say that Pope L. is a master of summoning conflicted reactions; intellectually, viscerally and habitually.

Lecture begins at 7 and the exhibition will feature performances by students in PSU's School of Music.

Claim | January 15 - February 18, 2014
Opening reception: January 15, 8-10PM
Lecture: Wednesday, January 15 7PM | Shattuck Hall Annex
Performance schedule TBA
Littman Gallery | PSU Smith Hall, Room 250
1825 SW Broadway | Gallery hours M-F noon-4PM

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Friday 01.10.14

I.M.N.D.N. at the Art Gym

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Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds

I.M.N.D.N. or Native Art for the 21st Century at the Art Gym features the work of seven contemporary Native artists reconceptualizing what is meant by Native art. It features; Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Wendy Red Star, Nicholas Galanin, Peter Morin and Terrance Houle.

Guest curator Todd Clark's statement, "I.M.N.D.N. will expand visitors horizons with works by seven contemporary Native artists from the Northwest and Canada who are reinventing the concept of what contemporary Native art is. The exhibition will explore Native mythologies, colonization, identity, and much more, through the smart and talented lens of Native artists in touch with their past, but firmly rooted in the present. With clear vision and lacking romantic overtures, these artists embody the idea of what it means to be a Native artist in the 21st century."

I.M.N.D.N. | January 12 - February 14, 2014
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4 PM
Reception: January 12, 3 to 5 PM
Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 30, 12:30 PM
Art Gym | Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Hwy

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Tuesday 01.07.14

Jenene Nagy's The Crystal Land at PCC

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Jenene Nagy at PCC Sylvania's Northview Gallery

Today marks the first day of PORT alumni and former Portlander, Jenene Nagy's The Crystal Land at PCC Sylvania's North View Gallery. Though she moved she's still quite active in the scene here (a prodigal Portlander?) and her work generally conflates landscape and the build environment through materials. I have a quixotic soft spot for this brutalist gem of a space so it is interesting to see more artists engage its architecture.

The Crystal Land | Jan. 7 - Feb. 8, 2014
Artist lecture and closing reception January 29 at 2pm
Northview Gallery
Portland Community College - Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave.

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Monday 01.06.14

A Light Spray at PMoMA

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It looks like the group show to kick off the Portland art scene's 2014 is here and it is at the Portland Museum of Modern Art. A Light Spray looks like a great combination of video artists including Chase Biado, Brenna Murphy, Donald Morgan, that guy who is always funnier than Jimmy Fallon and Ralph Pugay (who is funnier than that guy who is funnier than Fallon).

A Light Spray
Opening: Tuesday January 7th, 8:00PM
Portland Museum of Modern Art (inside Mississippi Records)
5202 N Albina

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Thursday 01.02.14

First Thursday January 2014 Picks

Ready or not, it is here and since First Thursday is mostly a social event it is a good way to get the feet planted in the new year. Here are my 3 picks:


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Christy Wyckoff, Displaced Grove (2013)

Blackfish Gallery is 35 this year and to kick off this important collective's anniversary they have organized, "Becoming Blackfish," which features 38 current and former members; John Alberts, Dyann Alkire, Robert Bibler, Barbara Black, Pavel Boboia, Sharon Bronzan, Mario Caoile, Judy Cooke, Priscilla Carrasco, Jonnel Covault, Dennis Cunningham, Julia Fish, Susan Freifeld, Sheryl Funkhouser, Deborah Gillis, Robert Hanson, Jim Hibbard, Harold Hoy, Kanetaka Ikeda, Michiro Kosuge, Colleen Kriger, Paul Missal, William Moore, Howard Neufeld, Barry Pelzner, Esther Podemski, Richard Rezac, Eileen Senner, Manya Shapiro, Margaret Shirley, Kate Simmons, Arvie Smith, Stephan Soihl, Rick True, Lynne Woods Turner, Gary Westford, Harry Widman and Christy Wyckoff.

Becoming Blackfish | December 31 - February 1, 2014
First Thursday Reception: January 2, 6 - 9PM
Blackfish Gallery | 420 NW 9th



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Friday 12.06.13

Rathbun closing at Archer

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Attend, Mike Rathbun at Archer Gallery

There are a lot of shows ending this weekend at the Art Gym, Lumber Room and Appendix is closing for good tonight (Eutectic has a nice holiday show opening too)... but perhaps the most satisfying of them is Mike Rathbun's large scale effort "Attend" at the Archer Gallery, which closes Saturday December 7th.

Attend | October 8 - December 7
Closing Reception and Talk: December 7, 12 - 1PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College| Penguin Union Building
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington
Gallery Hours: T-Th 10AM to 7PM, F & S noon to 5PM

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Thursday 12.05.13

First Thursday December 2013 Picks

It is an odd time of year when most of the art venues have just put up holiday group shows or held over an exhibition while they do the Miami art fairs (The best of which is Ann Hamilton at Leach). Still there are usually a few gems to be found. Here are my 2 picks:

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Anne Appleby Lackawanna

PDX Contemporary leads the pack with Woods by the ever impressive Anne Appleby (who is part of this year's CNAA's at PAM). Her abtract paintings always have a distinctively vegetable toned chromascape to their impeccable and nuanced surfaces. An eternal springtime?

Woods | Anne Appleby
December 3 - 28, 2013
PDX Contemporary
925 NW Flanders


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Ben Buswell

Beb Buswell came to everyone's attention during the 2006 Oregon Biennial but is another one of those very promising young artists that hadn't found a gallery adventurous enough for him... until now. His debut at Upfor, We Live Only Through Ourselves, attempts to offer, "a meditation on loss and mourning tinged with the unrest of personal politics." He's got a poetic flair for structure and materials and I've been waiting for a solo show like this for years.

We Live Only Through Ourselves
December 5 - January 25, 2014
Opening Thursday December 5, 6 to 9pm
Upfor
929 NW Flanders

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Tuesday 12.03.13

Swan Island Industrial Park

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Portland based photographer Alain LeTourneau has taken on the necessary and perhaps under appreciated industrial subject of Swan Island for his latest photography series. He's got an interesting conceptual framework for the work, which considers the "geography of production" and the division of "labor space." It is a part of Portland that simply plays by different rules of spatial conduct.

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3 | 6-9PM
By appointment: December 4-8 | 503 231-6548
BEAMPROJECTS
5232 N Williams Ave

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Thursday 11.21.13

Blair Saxon-Hill talk at PSU

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Installation view of From the Beginning (Yet Further On) (photo Jeff jahn)

In support of her exhibition at PSU's Littman Gallery titled, From the Beginning (Yet Further On) the whip smart Blair Saxon-Hill will give a talk on her work Friday November 22 at 6:00 at Portland State University's Shattuck Hall. She's clearly influenced by influential art history so parsing this exhibit should be like visiting old friends.

The exhibition is on view November 14 - December 12

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Tuesday 11.19.13

Susan Seubert Talk

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The latest of the Art Clark lecture series is award winning photographer Susan Seubert. Seubert has recieved both an Eisenstaedt Award and an International Photography Award and exhibited in the 2009 Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, among other things.

Artist talk | PUB 161
November 20th from 7 to 8PM
Clark College>br> 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA

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Friday 11.15.13

Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson Talk

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Dana Schutz, Reformers (2004)

November has had a glut of great art talks (including Josiah McElheny and Lynne Cooke this Saturday) but the latest of OCAC's Connections series with Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson at the Portland Art Museum is a must attend for any figurative painter or sculptor working in Portland.

Schutz, one of the world's top painters (and a hoot btw) is known for her somewhat apocalyptic, tragicomic scenarios while Johnson explores a slightly similar existential comedy in 3d... the two have been in conversation for a long time and should make for an engaging talk.

Dana Schutz & Ryan Johnson
November 18th | 7:00PM
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

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Wednesday 11.13.13

Streams and or support?

Tonight The Portland Art Museum is convening a panel to discuss the "streams of support" that Northwest institutions provide for artists. The tough question is do these institutions simply use the artists to create attendance and a job for themselves or do they catalyze challenging work and make it possible? Yes and No... it depends which one you are talking about but none of them should ever charge artists for their consideration.

Something oddly defensive and prophylactic always happens at these regional art panels and I've discussed this kind of navel gazing at length here before... it is the definitive post on the situation, including the 10 ways regional survey shows fail. It also stands true for art awards.

More recently, the Betty Bowen and Portland2014 lists have drawn a bit of criticism for heavily featuring men and not so many women... (more)

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Friday 11.08.13

Weekend Picks Youth Edition

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Last Spring recent PNCA grad Matthew Leavitt got my attention with his PDX Window Project as a promising artist to watch. Tonight he opens a show caled Inviolate promising, "Fine textures and materials. Hanging. Purple."

Inviolate | November - December 2013
Reception: November 8 7-9PM
Ristretto Roasters
3808 N Williams Ave.



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Tony Chrenka is another one of those promising young artists worth paying attention to and he has turned his new apartment into a gallery for a day. I like the pluck.

Here is his PR statement, "It is going to be bright saturday. Don't you think it will simply be a great day to view art. A warm home with a warm hearth, and a large picture window with diffused light streaming through. There is a view to the east of Mt. Tabor. Looking to the interior of the apartment you will notice an arrangement of sculptures, paintings, and friends. They are all shuffling around on the shag carpet, orbiting the sculptures with sun tea in their hand. Joining them will be simple. Take the pressure off (osmosis). It is saturday afternoon after all."

New Apartment and New Work | November 9th
Reception: 2:00PM to sundown
47th and Stark Apartment 8

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Thursday 11.07.13

First Thursday Picks November 2013

November is a very short month for art exhibitions but it packs serious cultural firepower this year. For example, as a continuation of last month's top pick, be certain to check out MSHR's collaborative phase 2 of Brenna Murphy's show at Upfor. Here's what else is new:

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Ann Hamilton's Stylus.Hand

Gallerist Elizabeth Leach can do great things when she focuses and Ann Hamilton has always been an artist she has spoken about passionately. Though Hamilton is more known for epic and immersive installations she also has a knack for poetic objects. This is the must check out show this month.

Ann Hamilton | a reading
November 2, 2013 - January 11, 2014
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th



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Somewhat related to Ann Hamilton in their unrelenting literalness, conceptual pranksters Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Anna Grey take on the institution of institutions in their latest show A Series of Rectangles. It looks like their most focused work in years.

RYANNA | A Series of Rectangles
November 5 - 30, 2013
PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders


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Tuesday 11.05.13

Wednesday doings

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Pacific University's Katherin Cawien Gallery presents Sean Healy's first solo show in the Portland area in over two years. Titled Smudge, the work according to Healy, "is fabricated from cigarettes, beer, and ash. It is about vice, the youthful belief in invincibility, and the inevitable consequences of the merging of those two volatile elements."

Smudge | November 6-26, 2013
Opening Reception: November 6, 4-5PM
Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art (Scott Hall)
Pacific University
2125 College Way, Forest Grove, Or



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PSU's MFA Lecture Series is one of the strongest in Portland and this Wednesday Amanda Ross Ho discusses her work, which is often concerned with detritus, clutter and negative space (or lack thereof). She has exhibited at MOCA and MoMA, two of the world's greatest art hoarders.

Amanda Ross Ho | November 6, 2013
Artist Talk: 7-9PM | Shattuck Hall Annex
Portland State University
entrance is on SW Hall at Broadway

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Wednesday 10.30.13

Ann Hamilton Weekend

Thanks to Liz Leach and PNCA this weekend is officially Ann Hamilton Weekend in Portland with 2 ways to see Hamilton (an artist who is very interested in the body) in the flesh. Hamilton was last in Portland back in 2005 and this time she has an exhibition at The Elizabeth Leach Gallery to boot.

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Ann Hamilton's installation, The Event of a Thread, (2012) at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC

Hamilton's lecture at PNCA on Friday night is perhaps the most accessible way to catch the MacArthur Award winner this weekend.

Artist Talk : Friday November 1st
6:30-8:00PM
PNCA | Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St
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The second event on Saturday should be interesting as Hamilton discusses the body in context to fashion and another artist, Josiah McElheny. Titled, "THE ABSTRACT BODY & FASHION Some thoughts on the abstract body," this should be a more intimate event so get there early.

Hamilton, "has created installations that bring together sensory landscapes with performance, crafting spaces and outfits for her works' participants that investigate the line between objects, subjects and bodies. In relationship to Josiah McElheny's work, which culls from modernist narratives constructed around sartorial fashion, Hamilton and scholar Jessica Burstein will address what it may or may not mean for the body to be abstract when it comes to fashion.

Screening: Oskar Schlemmer's "Triadic Ballet" will follow the conversation."

Ann Hamilton and Jessica Burstein | November 2, 3-5PM
Lumber Room
419 NW 9th

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Friday 10.25.13

Weekend Picks

Weekends just keep getting busier in Portland's art scene. Here are my 3 picks:

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Samantha Wall, Amelia (2013)

Samantha Wall's Indivisible at Ampersand should be a winner. A few years ago I considered Samantha Wall to be one of the most fully realized artists to come straight out of a Portland MFA program and should go far nationally if she can avoid looking anything like Storm Tharp's work (it isn't necessary and her Robert Longo meets early chuck Close realism is inherently more spartan). A Joan Mitchell Fellowship this past Summer didn't hurt either and now she has been picked up by the Laura Russo Gallery (which has needed some new blood for quite some time). But before then Ampersand is having an exhibition with a limited edition artist book of 100, with 10 deluxe signed editions which come with a small drawing by the artist.

Indivisible | October 26 to November 30, 2013
Reception: October 26 from 6 to 9PM
Ampersand
2916 NE Alberta St., B


... (more including Free PAM friday night and Zena Zezza)

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Sunday 10.20.13

Suzanne Opton at Linfield College

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The Linfield Gallery presents, 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, Suzanne Opton's large-format photos and audio/video works. Opton's work explores the complex emotional states of veterans.

"Each body of work embodies a form of portraiture. From intimate close-up frames of the soldier's heads lying flat on a table and gazing in the direction of the lens, faithful moments of soldiers embraced by their loved ones, and soldiers standing in a unique studio setting holding a comforting blanket, Opton's photographs explore the transformative experiences of war. These images bypass the loaded ideas of soldier and warfare and provide a silent dialogue from one human being to the next."

Suzanne Opton | October 21 - November 30 2013
Artist Talk: October 23, 6 - 7PM | Delkin Hall, Vivian Bull Music Center
Opening Reception: October 23, 7PM in the Gallery, Miller Fine Art Center
Linfield College Gallery, McMinnville Oregon

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Monday 10.14.13

Mike Rathbun opening and talk

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Mike Rathbun's Attend (detail) at Clark College

Over the years Mike Rathbun has proven himself to be one of the Northwest's most consistent large scale sculptors and his latest, Attend, at the Archer Gallery shouldn't disappoint.

Attend | October 8 - December 7
Opening Reception: October 15, 6 - 7PM
Artist's Talk: October 15, 7 - 8PM
Closing Reception and Talk: December 7, 12 - 1PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College| Penguin Union Building
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington
Gallery Hours: T-Th 10AM to 7PM, F & S noon to 5PM

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Friday 10.11.13

PAM hosts Wiki edit-a-thon

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This Sunday from 1-4 PM the Portland Art Museum will be holding an edit-a-thon for Wikipedia articles on notable Oregon artists and works (perhaps curators too?). The state and Portland in particular happens to be crawling with strong artists who merit mention.

This is much needed as this rather incomplete this page on the Portland art scene can attest (to dispel a sometime misappropriation, no I didn't create it). Bring your laptop.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
October 13, 1-4PM
Portland Art Museum | Mark Building
1219 SW Park

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Wednesday 10.09.13

Mark Morrisroe one night show and book release

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For one night only Monograph Bookwerks presents both an exhibition and the Portland book release of Mark Dirt: Mark Morrisroe, a survey of the artist's non-photographic works, compiled by Ramsey McPhillips.

"Containing much previously unpublished work, Mark Dirt includes spreads from Morrisroe's punk zine Dirt ('he sort of invented the Boston punk scene,' Jack Pierson later recalled of his former lover), as well as correspondence and notes by the artist, sketches and even his last will and testament. All of these documents have been assembled by Morrisroe's former partner Ramsey McPhillips, and represent the most complete survey of the artist's non-photographic works."

Mark Morrisroe
One night exhibition and book release
October 10 from 6-9pm
Monograph Bookwerks 5005 NE 27th Ave

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Friday 10.04.13

First Weekend October

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It is the end of an era as Appendix presents its last show Sallymander by Alex Felton. What constitutes the most culturally significant garage in Northeast Portland the appendix guys and a few gals have done great things with an internationally relevant outlook for the past 5 years. Not certain what to expect but the words, "a kind of encyclopedia made into farce," jumped out at me from the press release.

Sallymander
Opening Reception: October 4, 8 - 11:30 PM
Appendix
located in the south alley between 26th and 27th Avenues off of NE Alberta St.



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Thursday 10.03.13

First Thursday Picks October 2013

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Brenna Murphy at Upfor (photo Jeff Jahn)

As their second show Upfor gallery presents Brenna Murphy's LATTICE~FACE PARAMETER CHANT. As you can see from this teaser image Murphy has a flair for pattern which through circuit design and geometry has come to define science and mysticism simultaneously. Overall, this is an exciting development in the scene as most of Portland's core for profit galleries have become extremely safe and entrenched (especially compared to the internationally active alt space scene in town). Murphy originally burst on the scene with the Oregon Painting Society collective and then more recently the MSHR duo and has been popping up in Europe, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center and New York City as of late.

Brenna Murphy | October 3 to November 27
Reception: Thursday, October 3, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Upfor
929 NW Flanders Street



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Monday 09.30.13

Jorge Pardo talk and dedication today

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Jorge Pardo's newest public art piece, to be dedicated in North Portland (photo Jeff Jahn)

Public art is perhaps the thorniest of all fine art forms but sometimes it really works. Today the internationally renown artist Jorge Pardo will be in Portland to dedicate his first such municipal commission at 11:00 at the triangle of Wheeler and Weidler streets in the Rose Quarter.

The functional sculpture on the new streetcar line consists of, "Fabricated of steel, wood and fiberglass, the new shelter measures 35' long by 18' wide by 16' tall. The multi-faceted structure includes over 300 individual panels in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, red and grey." It functions as a rain shelter but within it creates a kind of sunshine that we sometimes have very little of around here in the Pacific Northwest.

Pardo will also be speaking at 6:00 at the nearby Left Bank Annex (101 N. Weidler). Both events are free and open to the public.

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Wednesday 09.25.13

Last Thursday Alberta September 2013

Even though Appendix is having their last exhibition next month we have noticed how Alberta Street's scene has been becoming more serious as of late. It doesn't hurt that the city's two best art book stores Monograph and Ampersand have set up shop! Here are 3 picks for Alberta street tomorrow.


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still from Lucas Cook's Welandedonthemoon

For this month's video installation Living Room Realty is presenting Portland based Lucas Cook's work. Wine and snacks are courtesy of LRR.

Lucas Cook | September 26 through October
Opening: September 26, 6-8 PM
Living Room Realty
1455 NE Alberta St



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Friday 09.20.13

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2013 Preview

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Regionalism is a tricky paradox, one which I explored at length in this essay on PORT a few years ago. Simplistically, in a very global and connected art world, regionalism exists asa matter of stereotypes and conveniences but upon further examination these always seems like a red herring.

With that in mind, the third version of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards opens this Saturday at the Portland Art Museum (there is a private reception/award ceremony Saturday night...BTW the 1st one was quite public).

For background, the last CNAA's were an unmitigated critical disaster (because it fit so completely within NW stereotypes prompting many to call it the Conservative Northwest Art Awards). It wasn't just critics either... everyone from major patrons to artists who were friends/fans of those in the show to other Northwest museum staff made a point of telling me how much they "did not like it" at the opening. In the rather polite Northwest this simply does not happen. Let's just say there may not be a "Northwest" style of art but there is apparently a stereotype of Northwest curation that a most under 60 are anxious to move beyond. The question will be, "does this one deliver?"

This time around the 6 artists chosen: Anne Appleby (MT), Karl Burkheimer (OR), Issac Layman (WA), Abbie Miller (WY), Nickolas Nyland (WA), and Trimpin (WA) should avoid a complete repeat but not act an antidote as I explained here in this link when the list was announced. Still, let's see the show before fully judging it? It is a conservative list, perhaps even moreso than 2011's but it also seems to understand that installation art, relational aesthetic and digital imagery are crucial to the discussion today... Overall, survey shows at institutions are often more about the institutions themselves than that which they survey!

What I and most people who enjoy contemporary art will be looking for is...

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Wednesday 09.18.13

Premier Weekend

Even though Fall hasn't officially started we are already well into the beginning of the season with far too much to choose from. Here are two moving premiers to consider this weekend.



So perhaps you need something to renew your faith in art and the murky process of collecting? Here is the one and it is only for this weekend. At the Northwest Film Center is the Portland premier of Herb and Dorothy 50 x 50 by Director Megumi Sasaki. In case you haven't been tracking it, Herb and Dorothy Vogel became some of the world's greatest art collectors on a small time budget. Then they gave 50 works to 50 museums in all 50 states. You can see most of the works given to the Portland Art Museum here. As examples of the best that collecting art can achieve, the Vogel's are legendary.

Northwest Film Center
Fri, Sep 20, 8:30 PM | Sat, Sep 21, 4 PM | Sun, Sep 22, 4:30 PM & 7 PM


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Friday 09.13.13

Weekend Events

Yes TBA opened this week, go see that (Alex Mackin Dolan and AL Steiner and Anna Craycroft are three good vis art bets) but while you are out and about here are some other events that are also worthy of attention.

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Katie Steinberg

Friday the 13th couldn't be a better day to have an opening reception for Feardom by Colin Manning and Katie Steinberg at Gallery Homeland. Steinberg creates weapons rendered in delicate even precious materials. For example the show features a 4 foot long pearl cannon and uzi's rendered in a Frank Lloyd Wright-ish stained glass prairie style stained glass. Seems incredibly appropriate as Syria's civil war threatens to involve the rest of the world. Manning applies collage and filmic techniques to create unsettling transparent layers that have a nightmare-like quality. Both artists are based in Portland part of the time.

Projection performance by Colin Manning as well.

Opening Reception: Friday the 13th | 7-11PM
Gallery Homeland | 2505 SE 11th

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Tuesday 09.10.13

69/11: Trading Places

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Because everything and everyone in Portland IS interwoven and cross pollinated PSU's Littman and White Gallery staff is trading places with Recess in the Central Eastside Industrial District on Wednesday. The opening should be epic as it looks like it is on one of the nicest nights of the year as Portland's Summer season winds down. Artists are; Missy Canez, Gage Hamilton, Fletcher Meisenberg and Katie Yancey. There will be music by IBQT and American Material Culture as well.

Opening Reception: September 11 | 7:30 - 11:00PM
Recess Gallery
1127 SE 10th Ave, Portland OR, 97214

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Friday 09.06.13

First Weekend September 2013

It is the beginning of the new art season in Portland and this weekend is full of options, here are my three picks:

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Installation view of Josiah McElheny's 2012 exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Zena Zezza (a Sandra Percival project) is kicking off its Artist Project Season with Josiah McElheny at Lumber Room this Sunday. McElheny is one of my favorite living artists... successfully blurring boundaries between design, history, science and experiential art. The work is masterfully crafted but it succeeds through its intense conceptual ambitions, which turns the beautiful finished work into something interrogative rather than vain. In fact it addresses the vanity of science and modernism.

"I began exploring the history of modernism through ideas around exhibition, display and education. Those things are interrelated to me. My first works were quasi-educational museum structures. The first artwork I ever made—and I didn’t consider it a work at the time—was a museum that you would find in the forest by accident. It had both originals and fakes in it that I made myself." -Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny | September 12-December 7, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8 3-5pm
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm
lumber room | 419 NW 9th Avenue


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Wednesday 09.04.13

September 2013 ! First Thursday !

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Memory of Line: Grids, Templates and Miniatures



D.E. MAY is a Salem based artist who has been working for forty-one years. He uses materials collected from "Island Salem" in his work. These discarded materials, weathered from time and the elements, desire nothing more than to evoke the feeling of his native land. In his upcoming exhibition, Memory of Line: Grids, Templates and Miniatures he will be exhibiting new templates, miniatures, and large-scale grids.




Memory of Line: Grids, Templates and Miniatures | D.E. MAY
September 3 - 28, 2013
First Thursday | September 5 | 6-8 PM
PDX Contemporary Art | 925 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209





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Michael Lazarus, ON, 2012 acrylic paint, and found material on wood 29 x 31"



The paintings in Michael Lazarus' Recent Works are created from found materials, clean lines, graphic pattern, and intense color. Many include commercial signage and lettering reconfigured to create statements or questions. His work explores the dualities of human existence; "anxiety and joy, hardship and pleasure, darkness and light".



Recent Works | Michael Lazarus
September 5 - 21, 2013
First Thursday | September 5 | 6-8 PM
Elizabeth Leach Gallery | 417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209





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Eva Speer
Game #4, 2013
Cast resin, acrylic, latex paint
15x15 inches



Alone Together is the newest body of work by artist Eva Speer. Speer's work concerns "the contradictory forces of a majesty and rawness outside language and a helpless dependence on the world that has already tamed it". Using industrial materials and mechanical processes, Speer creates compelling works that blends organic and mechanical to fashion something from "the haze of the everyday".



Alone Together | Eva Speer
September 4 - 28, 2013
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art | 134 NW 8th Ave Portland, OR 97209



& there's more !

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Monday 08.26.13

Hsueh Wei at Linfield College

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Hsueh Wei's Cupping #1

The Linfield Gallery presents Hseuh Wei from Taiwan August 26 - October 5. Wei's work explores visual culture from both Eastern and Western perspectives and driven by an innate sense of curiosity as expressed through photography.

The PR promises, "The exhibition will host four series by Wei that explore Eastern and Western cultural paradigms. In the project 'Transparent or Not' and in the pieces 'Oceanic Advertisement' and 'Spirited Frame of Mind for Everyday Travel,' Wei uses visual culture as a tool to explore Eastern and Western cultural paradigms, and photography as a tool to understand representation, subjectivity, collective expression, individual choice and freedom within a global context."

Opening & Artist Talk: September 4th (opening 6:00, talk 7:00 at Delkin Hall)
James Miller Fine Arts Center, Linfield College

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Thursday 08.22.13

Openings & Events | August 22 - 25

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THE PROJECTS


THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations from August 22-25 2013. There will be 4 days of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections and projects. HERE is the program.

The festival is a free event seeking to leave behind the flat model of comics as commerce. Check it out !


THE PROJECTS | festival of experimental comics and narrative arts
August 22 - 25, 2013




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Cameron Soren & Melissa Sachs


Cameron Soren & Melissa Sachs present Weepy Donuts, the result of their art "jam sessions". On a Wacom tablet, lying down in bed, high on Kratom (Southeast Asian plant, when consumed in tea, similar effect to morphine), they produce "paintings". The artists seek to "pick up the viewer" by escaping into a drug-induced pod and looking inward.



Weepy Donuts, the Kratom Kids | Cameron Soren & Melissa Sachs
Opening | August 23 | 8 - 11:30 PM
Appendix Project Space | South alleyway off of NE Alberta St. between 26th and 27th Aves in Portland, OR.





& there's an exciting talk on Sunday too !

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Thursday 08.15.13

Openings & Events | August 16 -18

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Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works



Drawing on his background in industrial design and knowledge of construction needs, Jon Economaki established Bridge City Tool Works in 1983. Using digital technology and his knowledge of industrial design he created tools to be passed down from generation to generation. The company's process and finished products from the past thirty years will be on view for the first time.


Quality is Contagious : John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works
August 16 2013 - January 18, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Craft | 724 NW Davis St Portland, OR, 97209




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GLEAN


GLEAN seeks to get people to think about their consumption habits and consider the waste we generate. Each year, five artists are chosen and given a stipend of $2000 and six months time to glean materials from the dump and create ten pieces of art. This exhibition is the result of the process.

& then in the Vestibule ...

A new installation by Courtney Kemp . Through her work, Kemp seeks to familiarize her viewer with interior domestic spaces. Seeking to form and conjure up memories, each piece was created by following a fictional narrative.


GLEAN | Crackedpots, Recology, and Metro
AT THE ENDING, ON ALL CORNERS | Courtney Kemp
Opening | August 16 | 6-9 PM
August 16 - September 8th, 2013
Disjecta & The Vestibule | 8371 N Interstate Avenue Portland, OR 97217





& then there's more on Saturday ...

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Monday 08.12.13

Chris Johanson Book Signing

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Tomorrow night everybody's favorite lil art bookstore Monograph will host a party and book signing for Chris Johanson's new tome published by Phaidon.

Unless you live under a rock you know Johanson's work from his early days in the Mission School/Beautiful Losers of San Francisco and numerous international biennials as well as being locally active. The work channels hippie ideals and 21st Century conscience that always makes me think of an updated William Blake for our times. Johanson's Apex show at the Portland Art Museum was perhaps the highpoint of that program, which has struggled to find an identity that is relevant both regional/international since.

Chris Johanson Book Release Party & Signing | Free with a little music by Chris
Monograph Bookwerks | Tuesday, August 13 from 6-9pm
5005 NE 27th Avenue at Alberta

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Thursday 08.08.13

Out of Town Openings | July 10th

Get out of town on Saturday ... Lots of great things happening just outside Portland !


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Sandy Roumagoux


Sandy Roumagoux's "paintings are her interpretation of the ever relevant paradoxes of faith, war, and nature". Her work explores "divine absurdities" and the duality of existence. Roumagoux has been Mayor of Newport since last November. Her work is politically charged because she cannot separate politics from art. Attempting to "challenge us to a responsiblity", she focuses on our cultures' "abuse of the environment, our love affair with greed, our throw away consumerism and our sanitizing of violence".

As a successful artist she understands how much art positively influences a place and builds community. She compares being an artist to being a thrifty small business, and believes that artists have a lot to teach.

An artist/mayor ! Roumagoux is the coolest mayor ! Roumagoux is the coolest artist !

Sandy Roumagoux exhibits New Paintings at KALA.
Opening | August 10 | 5-8 PM | Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk
August 10 - September 3
1017 Marine Drive in Astoria | Sats/Suns 12-4 PM





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Nika Kaiser


"In Nika Kaiser's video work, notions of a non-physical body are constant; human-like figures appear and transform cyclically, personifying the ghostly and the magical."

Her exhibit Subtle Body is an exploration of all parts of a being, including those which exist before life and after death.

The installation's use of projection allows for a sense of loss, fragmentation and repetition, as a human presence is created.

Subtle Body : video installations | Nika Kaiser
Opening | August 10 | 6-9 PM
Ditch Projects | 303 S. 5th Avenue #165, Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Openings & Events | August 8th & 10th

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Katie Yancey


Katie Yancey's River is a Moving Body is an exploration of disconnect. Yancey works in video, photography, sound, and performance. Utilizing both digital processes and sculptural elements, she seeks to extend the dimensionality of digital information into the physical.


Unnamed flowers call that of this morning's yellow
McIntyre Parker (born 1984, California) lives in San Francisco
& that's all I got :/


RIVER IS A MOVING BODY | Katie Yancey
Unnamed flowers call that of this morning's yellow | McIntyre Parker
Opening Reception | August 8 | 5-8 PM
August 8 - 28, 2013
White Gallery: PSU Smith Hall, Second Floor | 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97217
Littman Gallery: PSU Smith Hall, Room 250 | 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97217





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Mami Takahashi


Maybe is a multi artist exhibit attempting to capture the magic of indecision and uncertainty. Maybe is existing in the unknown for as long as possible.

"Maybe the exhibition is the result of an exploration? Maybe this exhibition is leading an inquiry? Maybe the viewer will decide?

Maybe: an overabundance of (im)possibility."

The artists are Mami Takahashi, Chloe Womack, Chris Freeman, Stacey Villalobos, Will Elder, Ebin Lee, (Maria) Petra Fortes-Shramm, Jakob Vala, and Katie Yancey


interim series presents Maybe | curated by Mark Martinez
Opening | August 8 | 6-9 PM
Panel Discussion | August 10 | 4 PM
Place | 3rd floor of Pioneer Place mall





& Then on Saturday !

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Monday 08.05.13

Kota Ezawa talk

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As a component of PNCA's Boundary Crossings program exploring contemporary animation Kota Ezawa will be speaking at the Lumber Room tonight at 6:30PM (free).

Noted for his wry South Park like animations derived from major contemporary news events, Ezawa explores the way all such events are abstracted depictions... revealing more about the ways these events are portrayed than the details behind them. Thus, he is a kind of animation formalist.

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Wednesday 07.31.13

Openings & Events | August 1st 2013

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Cabinet
photographic construction, archival inkjet print
59 x 65 inches


Isaac Layman is known for his large format, hyper real images of objects from everyday life. His new body of work includes photographic constructions and curated objects. These works honor the idea of loss and hint through multiple perspectives to the possibility of the afterlife.


Funeral : Photographic Constructions| Isaac Layman
Opening | August 1 | 6-8 PM
August 1 - September 21, 2013
Elizabeth Leach | 417 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209





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Yoonhee Choi | Roya Motamedi


Yoonhee Choi's elegant collages are notable for their unlikely materials. Drafting supplies from her days as an architect and city planner. In her hands, line tape, lettering sets, masking tape, and other supplies transform into expressive marks.

For rePLACING Choi has added delicate graphite lines, some unexpected material choice, and a dramatic shift in scale from 2.5 inches square to 11 x 30 feet.

Each of Roya Motamedi's abstract images is a meditation on place: "Afghanistan, Japan, New York, Mexico and Portland have created structure in me which carries through to my paintings" she says. This will be her first Portland show.

Born to an Afghan archeologist father and a Japanese art historian mother, Motamedi and her family spent time in both parents' homelands. At 18, she departed for college in the U.S. Later, with her husband and son, Motamedi lived in a small town outside Guadalejara, and for the last five years in Portland.

These intimately scaled oil paintings are glimpses into her wayfaring life. In her words "the colors of murals and dry earth at Bamiyan where Buddha once stood; the mossy temple of Kamakura; the sun of Mexico; the dusty road where dogs nap; and the color of now-the quiet gray of Portland".

Motamedi and Choi, share a fascination with place, an affinity for working small, and a playfulness with color and space.

rePLACING| Yoonhee Choi & Roya Motamedi
Opening | August 1 | 6-9 PM
Artist Talk | August 17 | 2-4 PM
August 1 - September 21, 2013
Blackfish Gallery | 420 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209





& there are more openings this First Thursday !

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Tuesday 07.23.13

Openings & Events | July 24th - 26th

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Mandala
two adult sparrows, baby sparrow in nest, dried plants
& mixed media in modified wooden box
9 1/2" x 5 5/8" x 17 1/8"


Ampersand is pleased to present Memory / Magic / Wonder, Matt Hall's second solo show at the gallery. This exhibition consists of mixed media assemblages and large-scale ink on paper drawings. This work explores historic perceptions of the natural world and our sense of wonder & magical phenomena.

His inspiration stems from his childhood fascination with the agility of birds in flight, fish breathing under water & dogs navigating with their sense of smell. Hall's assemblages bring to mind curiosity cabinets of natural history museums, yet on a deeper level they allude to reliquaries. His pieces evoke spiritual practices in which direct interaction with animal parts is thought to transfer magical & totemic powers. Hall has also made a series of intricate drawings in an effort to show the multiple layers of his working experience. He shows a slight glimpse into the horror, strangeness, & magic of his process.



Memory / Magic / Wonder | Matt Hall
Preview Reception with artist | July 24th | 6-10 PM
& open late Last Thursday
July 24 - August 25, 2013
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books | 2916 NE Alberta St., B, Portland, OR 97211




& there are more openings on the 25th & 26th . . .

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Wednesday 07.17.13

Openings & Events | July 18 - 20, 2013

Art Spark is pleased to feature print making studios Atelier Meridian and Flight 64!

The event will include : Letter pressing, pulling screens on different materials, and coming up with abstract and comedic ways to print iconic Portland imagery. Flight 64 will also be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in the PDX community!

Atelier Meridian is a working print studio and artist community in Portland's Lower Albina neighborhood. It is an art studio with 24 hour access to the presses for members and goodwill to artists and the curious who drop in.

Founded in 2003, Flight 64 is a member-run non-profit print studio in the Alberta Arts District. It provides artist the tools they need to develop their work, there are facilities for screenprint, etching, relief and lithography, as well as a community of artists.


An evening of printmaking with Atelier Meridian and Flight 64 | Art Spark
July 18th | 5-7 PM
Vendetta | 14306 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217





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Lucy Skaer @ Yale Union


Lucy Skaer's new sculptures commissioned by Yale Union are not loud talkers. They are however overly informed. Put simply, they are lithographic limestone extracted from Iowa in April.

For 370 million years this limestone was considered nothing but rocks. In 1903 Clement Webster, a mining engineer, discovered the lithographic qualities of the stone. All of a sudden the stone had value and the area where the pieces were excavated was made into Lithograph City. For twenty years the slabs were quarried, however when metal printing plate technology developed the quarries closed, and the entire town had folded. The site is marked by rows of telegraph poles tracing what is now a cow pasture.

The terra cotta and lithographic limestone are laden with history and technological significance. They are materials that imply a certain kind of use, able to print checks and deeds, designating value. Today however, quarries mine the stone for its non-lithographic properties. They crush the stone into material for road-building or concrete production, and ignore the flat slabs suitable for printing.


Lucy Skaer
Opening Reception | July 19th | 7-9 PM
July 19 - September 12, 2013
Yale Union | 800 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214





& there's more on the 19th and 20th !

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Friday 07.12.13

Openings : Weekend of July 13th and 14th

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Travis Nikolai


The Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Visual Studies class of 2014 presents an exhibition of works produced at the midpoint of candidates' studies. The work explores concepts of image, language, technology, and contemporary visual culture.

Participating artists:
Sarah Abbott, Stephanie Brachmann, Mary Mac Dahlke, John Dougherty, Mario Gallucci, Thomas Gamble, Jonathan Gann, Michael Horwitz, Leif Lee, Travis Nikolai, Mark Palmen, Anya Roberts-Toney, Lauren Seiffert, Jessie Spiess, Rachel Wolf, Richard York, and Stephanie Yu.




There is another opening in conjunction with Versus, taking place at the Vestibule within Disjecta.

Travis Nikolai's Rendering takes something raw and makes it usable. Waste tissue becomes lard, and raw data is assembled into image. We consume, gain sustenance, and reconstitute ourselves. Rendering, a performative installation, explores the use of digital environments for the purpose of remaking the self. Two bodies present themselves as fantastical forms, and together share a sacrament to crystalize their transformation. This act is an attempt to find kindred spirits, molecular affinity, an effort to bond into a new and tentatively cohesive substance. :)



Versus | PNCA First Year MFA Exhibition
Rendering | Travis Nikolai
July 13th - August 11th, 2013
July 13th | 6-9 PM
Disjecta ( & the Vestibule inside Disjecta ) | 8371 N Interstate Avenue Portland, OR 97217





& there are more openings on Saturday & one on Sunday too !

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Wednesday 07.10.13

Openings & Events | July 11th & 12th

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Stripes No. 2 (Page)
2005
oil and acrylic on paper
11.5" x 17.5", 34 pages bound

Join Portland artist John Brodie at the Portland Art Museum as he talks about his work.

Born in Portland, Brodie has been painting for more than 20 years, with explorations in book art, prints and multiples, mixed media, and sculpture. He was included in Disjecta's PDX2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, and from 1996 to 2006 was a member of the 333 Studios. In 2010, he opened Monograph Bookwerks with artist Blair Saxon-Hill. Brodie will have a solo exhibition at the Linfield College Gallery in April 2014. Brodie will discuss his fascination with Oliver Lee Jackson's Untitled No. 6 (1978).


Artist Talk and Happy Hour | John Brodie
July 11th | 6-8 PM | $5 member, $15 non-members, $12 seniors/students
Space is limited. Advance tickets are encouraged; available online or on site.
Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue. Portland, OR 97205





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Sa Schloff

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies presents an evening with Visiting Artist Sa Schloff. Sa Schloff's photographic work explores how we live in the present and past simultaneously. Her work has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Houston Center for Photography, Smith College Art Museum and published in The New Yorker, Harper's and Bomb Magazine and awarded a Chicago Arts Assistance Grant, LEF Artist's Grant, St. Botolph Foundation Grant. She received her MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute and teaches at Columbia College, Chicago.


Visiting Artist Lecture | Sa Schloff
July 11th | 6.30-8.30 PM | Free for All, Open to Public
Museum of Contemporary Craft ~ The Lab | 724 NW Davis St. Portland, OR, 97209




& there are openings too !

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Friday 07.05.13

Saturday Art Happenings

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partial install of Sticks & Sage at PCC's Northview Gallery

For nearly a decade with high profile appearances in the 2006 Oregon Biennial (the last one at PAM), Haze Gallery (2004), The Art Gym and PICA's TBA Festival (2009)... capped off with a stunning show at Linfield College, Jesse Hayward has made his mark as Portland's most radical painter. His latest, Sticks & Sage at PCC Sylvania seems to be building on his two best shows (Linfield and TBA) setting up the potential to be "the show of the summer" in Portland. It suffices to say we have come to expect a lot from this onetime student of Karl Benjamin and former Sol LeWitt drawing apprentice (as child he helped execute a mural under the master's direction) so take note.

Here's the PR, "Whether it's with painted toothpicks stabbed into amorphous armatures or with hundreds of painted boxes stacked and re-stacked, Jesse Hayward creates art installations that are intended for direct audience manipulation. Utilizing repetition and ritual, he builds and paints objects in his studio that are then re-imagined through a collaborative, installation practice.

For his 2013 Summer Studio Residency at PCC Sylvania, Hayward will convert the North View Gallery into a visual laboratory with his installation, STICKS & SAGE. This project will take advantage of a deceptively simple technology: the zip-tie. Anyone attending the show will be presented a variety of painted sticks with pre-drilled holes and zip-ties with which to build freestanding structures. Again, direct audience participation will define the outcome of this work."


STICKS & SAGE | Saturday, July 6 - September 7
Special Collaborative Event & Opening Reception: Saturday July 6th 5:00 - 8:00PM
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00, Saturday 12:00 - 4:00
The Artist Will Be On-Site Weekly: Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00
THE NORTH VIEW GALLERY | PCC SYLVANIA CAMPUS | 1200 SW 49th Avenue DIRECTIONS: Once on campus, follow signs to the Campus Bookstore. The Gallery is located in the North East corner of the Communications Technology (CT) Building which is directly adjacent to the Campus Bookstore.


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detail from Stephanie Simek's Radio Room

This Saturday Place is presenting two artist talks, Stephanie Simek on her Radio Room and Jodi Darby will expound upon Safe & Sound? at 4:30PM at the ever unlikely venue Pioneer Place mall downtown.

Radio Room is literally a room transformed into an AM radio festooned with crystals and other hardware. Whereas, "Safe & Sound? is a documentary video installation by a collective of artists and community organizers concerned the Portland Police Bureau's use of excessive force and other methods of intimidation. Using innovative video and audio presentation methods, Safe & Sound? tells stories about police brutality and resistance to police brutality in the Portland community."


PLACE | third floor of the Pioneer Place Mall (Atrium Bldg)
Artist Talks: Saturday July 6 4:30PM | placepdx@gmail.com
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

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Tuesday 07.02.13

First Wednesday Openings : July 3rd

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Michele Russo
Untitled MR157
acrylic on canvas
70.5" x 60"



Draw, a new exhibiton by Dana Lynn Louis, marks her return to the gallery after several years pursuing a variety of projects in Bamako, Mali. Her latest work is particularly influenced by her time in Mali and her observations while there. She observed that the boundaries between life and death shift and flux, as do the distinction between reality and the imagination. The imagery in her work is suggestive of internal bodily systems and patterns of nature. It is part of her ongoing effort to consider the timeless systems of the body, the natural and constructed world, and their interconnections.


Michele Russo's work is stylistically simple in both form and line. In his work he focused on the human condition and the ideals of man. He explored humanity in both its whimsy and its foibles. He is best known for his paintings of the female nude in a variety of poses and settings. This exhibition presents a series of paintings that focus on paired female figures in a variety of meditative and exuberant poses.



Draw | Dana Lynn Louis
Considering Pairs, Works from the Estate | Michele Russo
July 3 - July 27, 2013
Opening Reception | July 3rd | 5-8 PM
Laura Russo Gallery |805 NW 21st Ave. Portland Oregon 97209






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Mason
oil on canvas
20 x 20 inches



Barbara Sternberger's abstract paintings demonstrate her interest in discovering a harmony between her paint application and her lived experiences. The paintings reveal themselves during their making. For Confluence, Sternberger takes her exploration to a new level. She has created her own hand held paints with dry pigments, oil and wax to form an object which she holds and applies directly to the canvas. She then uses a brush to blend the color. It is in this process that a confluence of elements is born: the coming together of the application of color and the blending of the brush.


Christine Bourdette's new exhibition of sculpture and drawings is titled terra mobilis, in recognition of the literal and figurative shifting of the ground beneath our feet. A visit to the Grand Canyon prompted Bourdette to consider the earth's movement, and this state of constant change relates to human uncertainty. These works are Bourdette's mental mappings. These works refer to time passing and our shifting perceptions of such, they are glimpses of slippage, tracings of shifting orientation.



Confluence | Barbara Sternberger
terra mobilis | Christine Bourdette
July 3 - July 27, 2013
Opening Reception | July 3rd | 6-8 PM
Elizabeth Leach Gallery | 417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209






& more openings for first Wednesday ... because Thursday is the 4th ... HAPPY 4th of July !

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Friday 06.28.13

North Coast Seed Building Open House

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Saturday, the North Coast Seed Building will host its 17th annual open house. Some of Portland's best artists and designers rent their studios here from Ken Unkeles (who deserves a key to the city for his activities as a great landlord). You can check our our North Coast Studios photoblog from 2008 if you are curious. This is one of the best events in Portland and it is easily accessible by Max Yellow Line and has free parking.

North Coast Seed Bldg Studios + River City Bldg Studios
Saturday June 29th | 4 - 10PM
2127 N. Albina + 820 N. River St.
(between Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Rose Garden off Interstate in the NOPO Junction neighborhood)

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Tuesday 06.25.13

Openings & Events | June 26th - 29th

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Lena Wolff
Black Dahlia (variation with white dots), 2013
collage with hand-cut & hole-punched paper
40 x 40 in


Ampersand is pleased to present Call & Response, featuring work by Bay Area artist Lena Wolff & Colorado-based artist Corey Drieth. While rooted in the patterns & iconography of American quilt making, Wolff's works explore the nuanced visual languages of op art, geometric abstraction & color theory. They are comprised mainly of cut paper painted with watercolor & gouache. Wolff reveals a dynamic organization that involves rhythm, repetition & a sense aliveness.

Corey Drieth's gouache & wood paintings explore contemplative spiritual experience inspired by religious traditions such as Zen Buddhism & Quaker Christianity. Citing artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Agnes Martin & Richard Tuttle as precedents, his work aligns with the American traditions of small-scale, non-representational abstraction. Drieth's new drawings, composed of graphite & white colored pencil on aspen wood, directly explore two kinds of order, the organic & the analytic. The works are rooted in childhood memories of his father drawing diagrams on pieces of wood used to construct utilitarian & decorative objects. "I thought that the marks on the wood were in and of themselves interesting, incomplete & full of potential," notes Drieth.


Call & Response | Lena Wolff & Corey Drieth
June 26 - July 21, 2013
Preview Reception | June 26th | 6-9 PM
Also open late on Last Thursday
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books | 2916 NE Alberta St., B, Portland, OR 97211





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Still from Bad Religion


Bad Religion was made for an exhibition in San Francisco where a group of artists were asked to make work in response to a short, ephemeral video prompt provided by the curators. Stephen Slappe began his entry by giving himself one rule, that he would only watch the video prompt three times. During the initial viewing, he took in the video, making no attempt to purposefully record any specifics. The second and third viewings involved much note taking, jotting down short phrases about the tone, content, and formal details of the video.

Slappe got the sense that the characters were always fragmented or obscured, it felt mysterious and ritualistic. The trajectory of one character toward another character communicated both urgency and inevitability. For Bad Religion, he lifted these tonal and structural qualities, amplified, then transposed onto new images and sounds.


Bad Religion Video Loop | Stephen Slappe
June 27 - July 24, 2013
Opening Reception | June 27th | 6-9 PM
The Light+Sound Window Gallery | 1422 NE Alberta St, Portland OR






& there's more happening on the 28th and the 29th !

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Wednesday 06.19.13

June 20th and 21st Openings & Events

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Beatles expert Scott Freiman will be at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday. He has studied the band from an early age and will be presenting his multimedia lecture, "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper," to the theatre for a second time. Freiman combines his career as a composer, producer, and educator with his in-depth knowledge of The Beatles to bring an event that is part film, part concert, and part lecture.

For more information, watch his trailer .


"Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper" | Scott Freiman
June 20th | 7 PM | $10
Hollywood Theatre | 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 97212





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The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies hosts an evening lecture with 2013 Artist-in-Residence Sarah McNeil.

Sarah McNeil tells stories with sculptural installation and contemporary animation. Growing up in a family of antique auctioneers in a small town on the coast of Maine, she inherited a love of handcrafted objects, historic artifacts & the richly layered narratives behind them.


Sarah McNeil Lecture
June 20th | 6:30-8:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Craft - The Lab | 724 NW Davis St. Portland, OR, 97209





& there's more for the 20th and the 21st!

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Wednesday 06.12.13

June 13th and 15th Openings & Events

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On Thursday, June 13, The Northwest Film Center is thrilled to present STRESS POSITION, the latest work by Vancouver, B.C.-based filmmaker A.J. Bond.

Inspired by a flippant remark about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Bond made a bet with close friend and longtime collaborator actor David Amito to see which of them could withstand a week of psychological torture at the hands of the other.

Shot in an avant-garde "torture chamber" in an isolated warehouse, what begins as a bizarre and darkly humorous reality TV scenario quickly spirals out of control, testing the limits of their friendship and exposing the connection between filmmaking and torture.

CLICK for Trailer

CLICK for Advanced Tickets


STRESS POSITION | A.J. Bond
Screening | June 13th | 7 PM
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
Admission | $9 General | $8 Students, Seniors | $6 Child





& more exciting things happening on the 15th !

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Friday 06.07.13

Weekend Picks

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Contemporary wood fired sculptures are on display at Eutectic Gallery by Richard Brandt, John George Larson, & Brad McLemore.

"The passage of time and the story of the sensuous human experience lay on my work. I erode, then build again, reminiscent objects from the past, cycled through the fire, to the future to erode again." Richard Brandt is inspired by his passion for adventure, experimentation, and the discovery of his true nature. The utensils for tea and his love for the land guide his forms and pace.

John George Larson is a painter and wood fire ceramic artist from southwest Minnesota. He discovered clay at age fourteen as a means of expression and as an alternative way of exploring fundamental physics. John is currently building his fifth wood kiln and maintains his studio in Milan Minnesota. He uses native clays and other indigenous materials to create his works. Under a constant spell to discover the truth, the resulting works are an exploration into the magnification of the object as metaphor and the physical and mental limitations of the human body.

McLemore is a Portland based ceramic professor, and this shows through his work. Guiding students in the observational of natural and human-made structures, his work is formally designed and abstract. His objects currently on display at Eutectic are relics of industrial design. They have been lost, decayed or edited over time, and remain fragments of a greater, discarded system. Organized to implicate utility, the somewhat awkward forms are not tools, yet try to charm with a certain hand-hewn conviction.

COGnitiohn | Richard Brandt, Brad McLemore Opening Reception | June 7th | 6-8P M June 7 – July 28 Eutectic Gallery | 1930 NE Oregon St. PDX, OR | entrance on 20th


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Friday June 7th 20 artists at Portland Storage will have their annual open studios. This is always a lively event.

Open Studios | June 7th | 5 - 9PM
215 SE Morrison Street



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Tonight, galleryHomeland kicks off Weird Shift Con with The Long Share, an exhibition in keeping with the conference of shifted reality that it supports.

"The Conference, an aggregate of interdisciplinary investigations, presentations, performances and puzzles that promise to implode, sinter and splinter (ir)reality prismatically into many new streams for retrieval and report."

"The Long Share exhibit (including works by Peter Claugh, Julia Oldham, Tom Sherman, Stephen Slappe, Soda Jerk, Weird-Fiction and others!) to additional amenities, including the Research Commons, the PDF Library, the dossiers, and the Map Room, paired with fine coffee and edibles, will provide other itineraries betwixt and between the scheduled events." It should be wierd.

Opening Reception: The Long Share | June 7th | 6:00-9:00
Weird Shift Con: The Conference. June 14-16, 2013
galleryHomeland, 2505 SE 11th Ave


& there's much more throughout the whole weekend . . .

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Tuesday 06.04.13

June 2013 First Thursday

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Merridawn Duckler
www.blackfish.com/exhibitions/ritual-show



"Ritual, The Show" has transformed Blackfish gallery space. An exhibit created by Blackfish member Merridawn Duckler and guest artist Geordie Duckler, invites visitors to partake in three separate experiences that combine ritual and art.

Blackfish is also hosting "Ritual," a companion, group exhibition of works in various media that explore ideas about ritual.


Ritual, the Show | Merridawn Duckler, Geordie Duckler
Ritual Group Exhibition | Artists
First Thursday Opening | June 6, 2013 | 6-9 PM
June 4 - 29, 2013
Blackfish Gallery | 420 NW 9th Ave. | Portland, OR 97209




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Klaus Moje, Chromatic Evolution 1 & 2, 2013
fused, kilnformed, ground and polished glass, 47.5 x 72 x 1.375inches (installed)
Photo: M. Endo
www.bullseyegallery.com



Many have tried to explain color through poetic characterizations and elaborate analytical and organizational systems. Despite these efforts, conversations about color remain subjective with little tie to hard fact.

In conjunction with BECon 2013, Bullseye Gallery presents Chroma-Culture, an exhibition focused on color, featuring fifteen artists from around the world. Color is subjective, explained scientifically as the sensation of the visual spectrum. It is a physical process in which electromagnetic waves of a particular length stimulate receptors within the eye. Within are brain, we transform this into color and form.

Each of the Chroma-Culture artists, using kilnformed glass, approaches color in unique ways, making works that tackle the visual, psychological, symbolic, and cultural implications of color.




Chroma-Culture
May 01 - June 29, 2013
Bullseye Gallery | 300 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209





& there's more !

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Friday 05.31.13

Openings Tonight: Team Kristan vs Team Holly

Often the art world pulls us in opposite directions. For example two of Portland's most popular art personages have rival openings in two very different cities making one choose between Team Kristan and Team Holly. I really should be at both... and you should too. Actually you will see the work better if you go during the day Saturday.


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At Fourteen30 Kristan Kennedy is opening Sleeper and people will go just to kiss her ass and try to get a show at TBA. Kristan of course is the Visual art curator at PICA but everyone knows she's at heart a working painter. She's smart, one of the brightest people in the scene but there has always been a push/pull between her two roles and it always seemed like she was deliberately learning from every artist she worked with as a curator. You could see it most clearly with Jesse Hayward's work at PICA's 2009 TBA but other TBA artists like Charles Atlas, Storm Tharp and Jessica Jackson Hutchins are all in the mix. Lately in group shows Kristan's work has come alive... most recently when very passive, almost apologetic wall based pieces like N.T.N.L.M.R.R.D.R.P. were reconfigured as a shawls covering some furniture in upstate New York art fair. It was a breakthrough. Instead of passive, it seemed to actively wield a silencing of forms and a sense that something was awakening. For that reason I'm very excited about this show and the possibility of Kristan finally fulfilling her potential.

Sleeper | Fourteen30 Contemporary
Reception: May 31, 6 - 8PM
May 31 - July 7, 2013
1501 SW Market


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The Deconstruction (2011)

At the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Holly Andres is opening her first retrospective The Homecoming. She has become a hot commodity in fashion and commercial photography and her fine art work has started to emerge from the influence of Gregory Crewdson and Justine Kurland in exciting narrative ways. It will be great to see so much of it in one place from such a young artist.

The Homecoming | Hallie Ford Museum
Reception May 31 | 6 - 8PM
June 1 - August 4th

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Tuesday 05.28.13

Openings & Events | May 29th - 30th

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The PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from different disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. Lectures are FREE and open to the public. This week esteemed artist Richard Jackson will be talking.

Based in Los Angeles since the early 1970s, Jackson, with his wildly inventive & exuberant "action" paintings, has expanded the definition and practice of painting more than any other contemporary figure. Exhibited widely internationally and nationally, his paintings are slightly performative, sculptural, and concern themselves with the art of everyday experience.


Richard Jackson | MFA Studio Lecture Series
May 29th | 7 PM
PSU SHATTUCK HALL ANNEX | 1914 SW Park Avenue





& there's more . . .

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Thursday 05.23.13

Openings & Events | May 23rd - 25th

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www.falsefrontstudio.com


In the Bathroom with Barry, An Introduction

The walls of the hall that I stood in were white.
The ceiling was white, and the floor was white.
The Christmas lights strung along the hall and the sink at the end were white.
On the sink was a white candle inside of a red jar in front of a mirror.
I was waiting by the sink for the bathroom.
I was first in line and under the impression that the door with the light coming from underneath was the bathroom.
That the door with no light coming from underneath was the closet.
The man who was soon to be second in line tested the door with the light and found it to be locked.
He declared that it must be a closet.
I posited that the light suggested an occupant locked in the bathroom.
He tested the door with no light and found it locked.
We had reached a stalemate.
That is until we heard the flush of a toilet and the lock clack.
I offered to let the other man go first and he locked the door behind him.
Two more joined the line and the man in the bathroom opened the door.
"Would you like to come in? There's two in here."
I stepped past the other man and the urinal, past the small wall to the bowl next to the window in a white room.
He locks the door, and we both begin our independent study of the porcelain forms before us.
"Hello, I'm Barry."
"I'm Justyn."
"Are you an artist?"
I had been thinking, lately, about the need to work on my elevator speech.
The one where in a couple of sentences I neatly encapsulate a description of my work that is both accurate and, with any luck, interesting.
Here was a captive audience, but all I could say was that,
"I am a painter, are you an artist."
"No, I am a writer. What kind of painter?"
Another chance and it was a good question.
I have been trying to figure this out for myself.
At the best of times I am sitting at home with books and tea considering the ideas of other artists.
Provisional, Casual Abstraction, these are the shorthand signifiers that reduce my approach within critical discourse.
I wanted to say that I was an "abstract genre painter."
But this felt clunky and like it needed explaining.
It also made me think about how the term "genre painting" was considered demeaning when it was first used. So why not Casual Abstraction?
All this while pondering the appropriate duration for a conversation that involves two men holding their penises, divided by a wall.
"Small/abstract. What kind of writing do you do?"
"Non-Fiction. Where did you go to school?"
"I didn't."
"Good."
"What about you?"
"I teach."
There was a pause, I imagine, as we both attempted to determine, from either side of our wall, whether the other was done.
The door rattled and I anticipated the faces of those in line as the lock turned and the door opened in.

Justyn Hegreberg creates small paintings as quiet disruptions, breaks in the noise of life and daily thought. They allow space for one to pause and step outside one's self, to follow the material trajectory of another person.


Authentic Travel | Justyn Hegreberg
Opening Reception | May 25th | 7-10 PM
May 25 - June 16 | Saturdays and Sundays | 12-3 PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32nd Ave. | Portland, OR 97211




There's more for the 23rd & 25th . . .

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Wednesday 05.15.13

Openings & Events : May 16 - 21st

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Photo : Ursa Waz
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Mike Daisey, hailed by The New York Times as "the master storyteller," returns to Portland with the world premiere of his new work. In a single night, Daisey takes us on a fantastic journey through the sprawling landscape of journalism right now touching on how it functions, how it fails us, and how it chooses to tell our stories. Using his own scandal as a jumping-off point, he illuminates how the myth of objective journalism weakens and manipulates us and has made our public discourse easy to manipulate. It is a love letter to journalism highlighting the struggle to tell a story that actually shows us the truth. click to buy tickets


Journalism | Mike Daisey May 21st | 7 PM
Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom | 1401 SW Morrison Ave. Portland, Oregon 97205
$20 - $40 PICA Members | $25 - $45 General




& there's more happening before . . .

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Friday 05.10.13

Unveiling a Carson Ellis mural in St. Johns

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Rendering of what Ellis' mural will look like when complete

St Johns is getting a new mural by illustrator extraordinaire Carson Ellis and the first part will be unveiled tomorrow May 11th at 10:00AM on 7741 N. Lombard. Details can be found on RACC's site and for a little more critical context PORT reviewed Ellis' show at PCC a few years ago here.

RACC certainly has been busy lately with a very cool public art pavillion by Jorge Pardo and a disappointingly "Quirky" lantern installation being installed in Chinatown but Ellis is an excellent choice for St. Johns. Ellis has a flair for evoking that now rare childhood nihilism you find in Russian folk tales and fusing it with an air of not so anachronistic chivalry (that plays so well with the St. Johns bridge). There is a sense of honest discovery in the work and frankly I've always found it more compelling than the Decemberist's music, which it is often used to support... in fact if I were to pick the most accurate depiction of Portland as a city Id pick her work... not say Portlandia, Grimm, The Shins or Decemberists. She simply has more edge than the whole lot of em.

According to RACC: "City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek will cut the ribbon at the celebration. The mural will be one of the first things that people see upon entering St. Johns from the east along N. Lombard. Carson's design was painted by Whitney Anderson, an artist with 20 years of experience painting murals, carnival rides and other outdoor works. Then, stick around for the 51st Annual St. Johns Parade that begins at 12:00 Noon."

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Wednesday 05.08.13

Openings & Events | May 9th - 12th

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Jane Schiffhauer


Jane Schiffhauer's installation created by handmade undulating nets, ropes, foliage, human hair, and found objects explores the intricacies of our being in relationship to our surrounding environment. Body of Knots highlights the anxieties between what it means to be human and live in contemporary society. Schiffhauer seeks materials that are often contradictory in their nature as well as their purpose in order to comment on gender and the body. For example, ropes may bind as well as create a way of escape and nets may be used as a trap or to offer security.


Body of Knots | Jane Schiffhauer
May 9 - 29, 2013
Reception | May 9th 6-9 PM
Littman Gallery | PSU Smith Hall, Room 250. 1825 SW Broadway. Portland, OR 97201
www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite/


Fern Wiley's minimal & nuanced drawings are a meditation on the passage of time and energy. Art making for Wiley is a product of her grappling to understand and conceptualize human experience. Currently, Wiley is working from more abstract points of reference, to examine our experience of time and space.


Accumulation | Fern Wiley
May 9th - 29, 2013
Opening Reception | May 9th | 6-9 pm
White Gallery | PSU Smith Hall, Second Floor. 1825 SW Broadway
www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite/




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Thursday 05.02.13

First Weekend in May 2013 | Openings & Events

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Philadelphia Wireman
Untitled (wire, paper, plastic), c. 1970-1975
wire, found objects
4 x 2 1/2 x 2 inches
PW 1019
www.adamsandollman.com/


Vaginal Davis' paintings of women on re-purposed surfaces are made using glycerin, tempera, watercolor pencils, food coloring, mascara, nail polish, & other beauty products. Her small works are self-portraits which also show her respect and admiration for movie stars, and imagined women of the past. According to Davis, they depict "women trapped in the bodies of women."

Davis' works will be presented along with wire and found material assemblages by the Philadelphia Wireman. Wireman's bundles consist of different gauges of wire wrapped around everyday objects and materials. Their maker, who has always remained unidentified, was able to communicate such power and energy through his transformation of ordinary materials. The pieces are often compared to African power objects and other ritualized traditions, but the works resonate equally with art practices. So intriguing.


VAGINAL DAVIS & PHILADELPHIA WIREMAN
May 3 - June 1, 2013
Reception | May 3 | 6-9 pm
Adams and Ollman | 811 East Burnside #213. Portland, Oregon 97214




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For her show at Nationale Aidan Koch has appropriated the anthropologist's distanced lens, threading together, rearranging, and questioning fixed history. Her exhibit carries on her interest in form and storytelling which come from observing carefully rendered human forms from long ago. Once idolized and idealized she sought out to see if these works still contain power and attraction.


I want to travel only on the curve of an arm... | Aidan Koch
May 2 - June 2, 2013
Opening | Friday, May 3 | 6-9 PM
NATIONALE | 811 E Burnside. Portland, OR




. . . more !

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Wednesday 05.01.13

May 2013 : First Thursday (& one for Wednesday too!)

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Cynthia Lahti's Surprise, 2013

The artwork included in Cynthia Lahti's exhibit Elsewhere consists of drawing, collage, books and sculpture created during an 11 week artist residency in Berlin Germany in the fall of 2012. The artwork is influenced by the powerful feeling studying even the smallest artifact can evoke.

Through these works she is focusing on the way various materials affect the conceptual intent and impact of each piece. Elsewhere uses a slew of source material which is then altered, manipulated, and combined. Paper is used quite a bit, introducing an element of fragility, while also making historical references to Dada and Surrealism. At the heart of Lahti's works lie the potential of each material to evoke a different emotional response.


Elsewhere | Cynthia Lahti
April 30 - June 1, 2013
Reception | May 2 | 6-8 pm
PDX Contemporary Art | 925 NW Flanders, Portland Oregon 97209




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Matt Leavitt, Remove / Taxonomy in Blue, 2013


Matt Leavitt created Curio after being inspired by representational archetypes he observed in commercials, scientific imagery and art galleries. He uses these archetypes to critique the isolation they suggest and is fueled by the harmonization of rational thought and direct experience.


CURIO | Matt Leavitt
April 27th - June 1, 2013
Opening Reception | May 2 | 6-8 PM
PDX Contemporary Art - Window Project | 925 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209




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Wednesday 04.24.13

Events & Openings : Last Week of April 2013

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moonrise, Portrait #2: Trojan
http://www.odoka.org/the_work/portrait_2_trojan/86/


On Thursday and Friday Hollywood Theatre will hold programs to celebrate the 33 1/2 year career of Vanessa Renwick & the release of a dvd compilation of Vanessa's work.

The line up for the 25th is raw and raucous. Following the screening on this day will be a brief interview and question and answer session conducted by Richard Herskowitz, the director of the University of Oregon's Cinema Pacific film festival and artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

Line up for the 26th is sublime. Following this screening there will be brief interview and question and answer session conducted by Mack McFarland, who is currently director of PNCA's Feldman Gallery and Project Space as well as an artist.


RAW, RAUCOUS AND SUBLIME: 33 1/2 YEARS OF VANESSA RENWICK, AN OREGON DEPARTMENT OF KICKASS RETROSPECTIVE | Oregon Movies, A to Z
April 25th & 26th | 7:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre | 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 97212
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& There's More.

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Thursday 04.18.13

Weekend Events & Openings : April 19th -21st 2013

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Thomas Looking at Pictures #1 (detail), 2013
Fourteen 30 Contemporary


Mike Bray is the Co-Founder of Ditch Projects, an artist-run studio, installation and performance space located in downtown Springfield, Oregon. Bray currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he teaches at the University of Oregon. The subject of his work is oftentimes film, so his work usually begins with video and then oftentimes evolves into something else. Bray's work is compelling, but there is no saying what Fragments of an unknowable whole has in store. I'm supposed to share a quick synopsis of the show and there's nothing I can say other than it's happening.


Fragments of an unknowable whole | Mike Bray
April 19th - May 19th 2013
April 19th | 6-8 PM
Fourteen 30 Contemporary | 1501 SW Market Street. Portland, Oregon 97201 Fourteen 30 Contemporary




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http://www.reed.edu/gallery


The Cooley Gallery at Reed college will hold a short set of talk, and a group discussion, investigating various aesthetic and cultural aspects of the Civil War drawings on view at the Cooley Gallery, by three Reed College faculty. The Faculty members are Kris Cohen - Assistant Professor of Art and Humanities, Jan Mieszkowski - Professor of German and Humanities, & Sarah Wagner-McCoy - Assistant Professor of English and Humanities.


Drawing Wars
April 19th | 6:30 PM
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College |3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97202
http://www.reed.edu/gallery/




There's More on Saturday & Sunday!

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Tuesday 04.16.13

Events : April 17th 2013

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Another Documentation, 2012 Scaffolding, wood, metal, concrete and Archival digital prints http://www.clark.edu/news_events/archer/art_talks.php

Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator, and academic. Her drawings and site- specific installations transform the act of drawing into sculptural gestures that react formally and also conceptually to architectural spaces and their history. This process emerges due, in part, to her relationship to Minimalism and its emphasis upon reductive form, modularity and literal scale.

Bawa's curatorial work began with a hotel room show during the Art in Chicago fair (98') and has grown through her studio and gallery, aquaspace (a laboratory for new and multi media art). In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain : Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture, a peer reviewed online journal.

She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University Vancouver, WA & once upon a time she taught at Clark College.

Avantika Bawa Lecture | Avantika Bawa April 17th | 7 PM
PUB 161 (Fireside Lounge), Clark College, | 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Vancouver, WA
http://www.clark.edu/news_events/archer/art_talks.php


& there's more exciting events on the 17th

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Thursday 04.11.13

Weekend Openings : 13th / 14th of April

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http://roxannejackson.com


Linfield Gallery is currently housing works by sculptor and ceramic artist Roxanne Jackson. Jackson explores themes of death and transformation through her work, focusing on natural processes of decay and destruction, particularly when they come in conflict with human systems. Nature is referenced, by illustrating its inevitable decay.

Jackson's work also contains black humor, drawing on pop culture and the contradictions of contemporary culture and the natural world. She has been known to re-appropriate imagery from horror films, particularly the moment of transformation when a human becomes a beast. Jackson draws from the fact that horror movies depict a dark side of human nature, the creatures created in our collective subconscious ride the boundaries between animal and human & conscious and subconscious.


Blonde Ambition | Roxanne Jackson
April 8 - May 11th, 2013
Opening Reception | April 13th | 3-5 PM
Linfield Gallery | James Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus, @ 900 Baker Street SE in McMinnville, OR
http://www.linfield.edu/linfield-news/blonde-ambition-show/




& there are more weekend picks !

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Tuesday 04.09.13

Openings : 10th & 11th of April

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Left image: Julia Stoops, Thought and Spirit
Right image: Meg Peterson, Orbit II
https://www.pcc.edu/about/galleries/sylvania/


Meg Peterson & Julia Stoops present The Space Between, an investigation into the use of space as a metaphor for examining experience and reality. The artist's decision to work together has stemmed from a synchronicity in creative process; they share a fascination with science, particularly in physics and geology. The collaboration is a commentary on the intersections and parallels between the sciences and an inherent spirituality found in the world around us. This is their first collaborative exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by the Arts & Culture Council.

The Space Between | Meg Peterson & Julia Stoops
April 1 - April 27th 2013
Opening Reception | April 10th | 4-7 PM
Artist Gallery Talk | April 10th | 3 PM
North View Gallery | Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus,12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
https://www.pcc.edu/about/galleries/sylvania/


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David Corbett's "Trace", wood, glue, ink and paper, 2012. (photo: Dan Kvitka)
http://www.clark.edu/news_events/archer/index.php

Archer Gallery is pleased to present a 3-person exhibition titled Construct. David Corbett, Josh Smith, & Jordan Tull use the language of architecture and engineering to create 2-dimensional and 3- dimensional work.

Josh Smith's sculptural work is an exploration of modernist architectural method and craft that is elegantly subversive. In Smith's digital collages architectural elements interact with but ultimately disrupt the landscape. Smith's 2-D and 3- D work shares refined craftsmanship and careful intelligence, as well as, startling junctures where the form appeared to be turned inside out and solidity dissolves.

In David Corbett's thickly painted sculptures, lines are haphazard evoking an unsettling eerie feeling. Is this the ruins of an earlier age? Is human presence entrapped in the work? In contrast with his sculptures, Corbett's drawings are less emotionally fraught. Here lines explore the formal qualities of spatial relationships.

Jordan Tull presents 3-dimensional prints. Tull's printed and fabricated 3D hybrids convey the tension between imagination and reality through the lens of ultra-modernity. Complimenting these fabrications by highlighting the origin of the printed matter - large format 2D prints explore the events that occur in Tull's computer aided drafting programs.

In honor of the Archer Gallery's 35th Anniversary, a small sampling of assemblages by gallery founder, James Archer' will be on display too. Archer's sculptures speak the language of Architecture with a modernist voice, providing a modernist counterpoint and historical perspective to the work done by Corbett, Smith, and Tull.

Construct | David Corbett, Josh Smith, Jordan Tull, & James Archer
April 9 - May 2nd, 2013
Opening Reception | April 11th | 5-7 PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College, Penguin Union Building,1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Vancouver, WA
http://www.clark.edu/news_events/archer/index.php

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Monday 04.08.13

Thoughts on Brian Ferriso's tenure at PAM and talk at Jimmy Mac's Tonight

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PAM's Executive Director Brian Ferriso

Tonight, Randy Gragg will interview Brian Ferriso, the Portland Art Museum's Executive Director at Jimmy Mac's at 6:00PM.

Here is a primer packed with a few things nobody else is likely to address:

Now in his 7th year, Ferriso is basically priming Portland for what could be considered the final stage of his steady but important reshaping of PAM from a rambling and pragmatic program and collection based on the gilded Francophile blockbusters of his predecessor to one based on the best museum practices with an eye for historical relevance. With a series of excellent hires in the curatorial and education departments and several not so sexy but very important endowment building initiatives (like endowing curatorial positions)... Ferriso has transformed PAM from a constantly reshuffled house of cards to one that plays its hand like the house should, conservatively and consistently. Ferriso has given Portland's cultural flagship an even keel and the ability to avoid icebergs. Yes, he charted a course through a minefield when the economy went off a cliff in 2008!

He's also been the justifying force behind contemporary and modern exhibitions like China Design Now, Disqueted, Carrie Mae Weems, "dossier shows" like last year's Flesh and Bone (culled from the permanent collection)as well as the most important exhibition in the last 50 years for the Museum and last year's homecoming Mark Rothko exhibition. The Rothko show was especially important as even those who had been somewhat unimpressed with PAM walked away thinking... "that was major, good job!" I heard those words over and over again from other Portland art scene insiders. He also oversaw a tremendous image and programmatic makeover that is much more contemporary. Last but not least, Ferriso has made it a priority to find free days at the museum.

Overall, Id give him an A- (possibly an A if he can do a great expansion, which will require a lot of donor education, a great director needs great patrons) ... and he will be courted by other museums in the years to come. I predict he will be director of LACMA, Hirschhorn, Art Institute of Chicago or the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco eventually. The guy is THAT good and we should support his vision of seriousness for PAM and Portland. He's both honest and pragmatic, refreshingly he is smart enough to recognize an important truth when it crosses his path. He is a good listener and only clears his throat when he has something important to say.

Still Ferriso's job is not complete and he is one of those very rare museum directors who actually acknowledges where work needs to be done. Here is a review of his first year in office and here is a current to do list:

...(more after the jump)


Brian Ferriso: Bright Lights Discussion
April 8th | 6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30, free but get yourself a drink or a snack)
Jimmy Mac's | 221 NW 10th

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Thursday 04.04.13

Fred Sandback / Julia Dault at lumber room

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Dault (L)/Sandback (R)

In what is perhaps the most exciting contemporary art show this season in Portland, lumber room will be presenting Fred Sandback/Julia Dault. Separated by several generations, both Sandback and Dault both use and test the inherent properties of their materials to reveal physical and kinesthetic realities to the viewer. For example both artists' reliance on gravity and physical tension gives these these key aspects of our existence a presence to consider. Sandback in particular is one of my all time favorite artists.

Fred Sandback/Julia Dault
April 5 - June 8
lumber room | 419 NW 9th
Hours: Friday & Saturday 12-5PM

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April 2013 First Friday

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http://www.recessart.com/

RECESS is excited to present a curated exhibition of resumes and curriculum vitae collected throughout the early months of 2013. The exhibition will open in conjunction with their 2013 open studios. Making a resume is a challenge. Job seekers are pressed to reduce their experiences into coherent chunks, hoping to manifest their specific person-hood on the page. In both content and form, the resume or curriculum vitae becomes a singular portrait of the job seeker's professional self. For Hire explores the methods adopted by job seekers to vocalize their professional merit. For Hire is an exhibition of resumes accepted through an open call in March of 2013.

Not only does RECESS have great events and good exhibits, but also it is home base for several artist who have studios there. On April 5th these artist are opening the doors of their studios and sharing their work. The artists include : Maggie Craig (Figurative Painting), Jenny Vu (Drawing, Painting & Comics), Lucile Marlome (Jewerly Making), Erica Edmonson (Sculpture & Textiles), Ashley Burke (Graphic Design), Paul Clay (Video & Performance), and Chloe Kendall (Video & Printmaking).

For Hire | mulitple participating artists
RECESS OPEN STUDIOS | mulitple participating artists
Opening Reception | April 5th | 7 PM - late
RECESS | 1127 SE 10th Avenue. Portland, OR 97214
http://www.recessart.com/





& there's more ...

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Inigo Manglano-Ovalle at PSU's Littman Gallery

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Still from Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's Always After (The Glass House), 2006

Though there wont be an opening reception until April 26th (for PSU's architecture symposium Littman Gallery. For context, PORT interviewed Ovalle extensively a few years ago detailing his particular interest in Mies van der Rohe. Read it before the artist gives a gallery talk at the reception later this month. The video on display is Always After (The Glass House) which is comprised of footage from the ceremonial demolition of some of Crown Hall's windows before a major renovation in 2005. Crown Hall on IIT's campus in Chicago is considered one of Mies' masterpieces.

Curated by Dr. Isabelle Loring Wallace (Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory, University of Georgia) and Nora Wendl (Assistant Professor of Architecture, Portland State University)

Here is the PR: "The exhibition Always After (The Glass House): Inigo Manglano-Ovalle presents the work of Chicago-based, MacArthur-award winning artist Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, whose technologically sophisticated sculptures and video installations engage modern architecture, while at the same time using this architecture as metaphor. In this exhibition, specially curated for Littman Gallery, two important works from Manglano-Ovalle's oeuvre will be on view: the enigmatic video Always After (The Glass House), 2006 and the large-format print, House with Four Columns, 2010."


Exhibition Dates: April 4 - May 1, 2013
Reception: Friday, April 26, 2013, 7 - 8.30 p.m.
Artist's Lecture: Friday, April 26 from 7 - 8.30 p.m. in Shattuck Hall Annex (as part of PSU's symposium: Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends taking place April 26-27th
Littman Gallery, Smith Hall, Room 250
Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway
Hours: M-F 12-4 pm

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Tuesday 04.02.13

April 2013 First Thursday

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Untitled, Pictures from the next day 15
archival inkjet print
2008-12
48 x 32 inches
http://www.elizabethleach.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=244


In Pictures from the next day, Robert Lyons has created a series about one man, Walter Niemec. Walter's unique eccentricities and passions ignited Lyons' interest. Walter has spent his life in Western Massachusetts in the house where he was born. His only time away was as a Navy Radioman during WWII. Through focusing on Walter's objects and space, Lyons presents a discourse on aging, life, and the choices within which one exists. This is the first exhibition of Lyons' work done in the United States.


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oil,zinc, phosphorescent and florescent pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel
2007-12
36.5 x 17.25 inches
http://www.elizabethleach.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=244


In Latencies, Joan Waltemath's abstract paintings focus on constructing spatial voids using harmonic progressions and non-traditional, reflective pigments in oils. She uses interference pigments, graphite, and the juxtaposition of reflective and absorptive surfaces that change as you move toward and around the paintings. The material is rendered to affect a sense of presence, a power that is latent until the viewer experiences it. Roughly the size and shape of a human torso, the paintings are meant to give the viewer a corporeal feeling, and through visual means engage both mind and body.


Pictures from the next day | Robert Lyons
Latencies | Joan Waltemath
April 4 - April 27, 2013
Opening | April 4, 2013 | 6-8 PM
Elizabeth Leach Gallery | 417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
http://www.elizabethleach.com





... There's More ! ...

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Wednesday 03.27.13

Events : Last Week of March 2013

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Whirlpool
http://www.ampersandvintage.com/Ampersand_Vintage/Marten_Lange_-_April_2013.html

Ampersand is pleased to present Another Language, a solo exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Marten Lange. The stark black & white simplicity of his photographs & the typological inquisitiveness of his eye are something to be admired. As with his previous bodies of work, Lange's new images bring to mind the work of a visual taxonomist cataloging outside the confines of identifiable geographies or defined eras of time. Another Language ventures toward the natural world, bringing to our eye a collection of animals & vegetation, land masses & water bodies, mineral forms & ephemeral natural phenomena. The object quality of his small photographic prints, floating amid the ample white space of simple frames, further brings to mind a collection of scientific specimens. Differing from scientific practice however, Lange deliberately skirts the boundaries of fact & fiction in favor of a space where intellect & imagination are allowed to collide.

Born in 1984 in Molndal, Sweden, Lange studied photography at the University of Gothenburg & the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. He founded Farewell Books in 2007 & oversaw the publication of 11 titles through 2010, among them four of his own books. Lange’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe.

In addition to being in attendance for the Thursday opening reception, Lange will be presenting an artist talk & slide show on Saturday. He will be discussing the evolution of his photographic practice & his experiences overseeing the design, production & output of a small publishing imprint. Drinks will be provided by Ninkasi & Lange will be signing copies of Another Language.


Another Language | Marten Lange
March 28th - April 21st 2013
Opening Reception | March 28th | 6-10 PM
Artist Talk and Book Signing | March 30th | 7:30 PM
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books | 2916 NE Alberta Street, Suite B, Portland, OR 97211
www.ampersandgallerypdx.com




... more events for Friday & Sunday ...

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Thursday 03.21.13

Events : March 22nd & 23rd

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Crap Evidence, by Ralph Pugay
http://jacobsgallery.org/exhibits/

"FREE PEOPLE, is a group show featuring the work of 12 contemporary painters (Kavin Buck, Calvin Ross Carl, Timothy Scott Daldbow, Arcy Douglas, Danridge Geiger, Ruth Lantz, Kendra Larson, Matthew Letzelter, Raul J Mendez, Ralph Pugay, Eva Speer, & Roy Tomlinson) based in Portland, OR. These artists represent a diverse set of self-driven painting practices ranging from the figurative and surreal, abstract and geometric, to the concrete and representational concerns of painting as a creative form of expression. Not only do each of the artists in FREE PEOPLE demonstrate the versatility that painting offers contemporary artists, but also of its continuing vitality as a form of art. Each artist in FREE PEOPLE is represented by multiple pieces in the exhibition so that the viewer can glean a sense for each of their distinct and overlapping practices, subject matter and methods.
To be free as an artist today means that you possess the skills to make art and the ability to be conscious and responsible for the choices you make. The twelve artists in this group exhibition allow us an opportunity to learn from their freedom and be inspired by it."

FREE PEOPLE Contemporary Northwest Painters based in Portland, Oregon | Curated by Victor Maldonado
March 22 - May 4, 2013
Members Preview | March 22nd | 5-6 PM
General Opening | March 22nd | 6-8 PM
Speaker | March 22nd | 6 PM
First Friday ArtWalk | April 5th & May 3rd | 5:30-8 PM
Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center | 1 Eugene Center. Eugene, OR 97401
http://jacobsgallery.org/exhibits/



... more picks for Saturday the 23rd ...

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Thursday 03.14.13

Weekend Openings & Events

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http://fourteen30.com/

Addressing the topic of gay bullying with a series of minimalist works, Philip Iosca presented HOPEFULLY I BECOME THE UNIVERSE at Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2011 to critical acclaim. Previous exhibitions include Water Sports at 12128, Portland; Eveything Matters All The Time Cleaners at Ace Hotel, Portland; Catch All, PDX Across The Hall, Portland; Amsterdam Biennial, Amsterdam and Portland; as well as an invisible monument for Car Hole Gallery in Summer of 2010. In 2011, Iosca published his book of poems, Ballad of the Sad Young Men. Iosca is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Weiden+Kennedy's 12 Program. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon

MOMENT, MONUMENT | Philip Iosca
March 15th - April 14, 2013
Opening Event | March 15th | 6-8 PM
FOURTEEN30 CONTEMPORARY | 1501 SW Market Street, Portland, Oregon 97201
http://fourteen30.com/



... more picks for Saturday, March 16th ...

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Tuesday 03.12.13

Critical Art Ensemble at PNCA's Feldman Gallery

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Critical Art Ensemble's Acceptable Losses at PNCA's Feldman Gallery

Presenting the groundbreaking Critical Art Ensemble's Acceptable Losses is perhaps one of the most challenging things the Feldman Gallery has ever attempted so you definitely don't want to miss this and the other related events we will post on for this weekend.

According to the PR: "Acceptable Losses is an exhibition that examines which forms of human sacrifice are acceptable within US society and which are not.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics, wetware, video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida, CAE focuses on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. CAE has authored six books on cultural production and political economy.

Brian Holmes was born in San Francisco in 1959 and lives in Chicago. With Claire Pentecost and the 16 Beaver Group he co-organized the Continental Drift seminars (2005-11). He is a member of the Compass group, exploring the "Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor," and of the Technopolitics group, with Armin Medosh and others. His recent books include Escape the Overcode (2009) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms (2008). He also wrote the foreward for Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances (LONDON, FOUR CORNERS BOOKS, 2012)"

CAE's Acceptable Losses | March 13 - June 2
Opening Reception: March 13 5:00PM with lecture by Kurtz, Barnes and Sommer at 6:30 on their current projects
PNCA | Phillip Feldman Gallery
1241 NW Johnson

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Thursday 03.07.13

Object Focus 1: The Bowl at MOCC

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Do-Ho Suh, Untitled (Glass Bowl), 2004, Hand-blown glass, 6.5 x 9.5 inches diameter; Courtesy of the Reed College Art Collection, Gift of the Peter Norton Family

Today the first in a series of exhibitions Object Focus 1 : The Bowl opens at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Part 1 is culled from local collections includes masterworks we have seen recently (but never enough) like those by the Natzlers but it also includes more conceptual pieces like the untitled work by Do-Ho Suh. It even has its own Tumblr blog with essays on individual items in the show. What I like about this show conceptually is how it takes a ubiquitous item, one of man's first tools and does a bit of local archaeology mining of local collections. Thus, it treats Portland itself as a kind of bowl, which it is if you consider the Willamette Valley meeting the Columbia Gorge. In general, I don't think one needs to even try to justify craft as contemporary art... instead, if one considers the way even ancient pottery shards become artifacts (that's a different kind of art that uses time and rarity to justify itself) one can consider the bowl as one of the most inherently contemporary objects each culture produces at the time of its making. Everone can relate, so suggest you stop in and see this show curated by Director Namita Wiggers, a show full of objects designed to hold something probably will resonate deeply and hold your attention.

Object Focus 1: The Bowl
March 7 - August 3 2013
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis St.

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Wednesday 03.06.13

Reed Arts Week: REVERIE

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Reed Arts Week (RAW): Reverie is the 24th annual student-led festival of visual and performing arts at Reed College. The festival has been gaining momentum as of late, evolving in ambition and impact from year to year. Tackling the overarching theme of Reverie, this year's RAW will feature performances, installations, lectures, and various projects from national, local, and student artists. The curatorial team highlights the theme as "an opportunity to consider the fluidity of the aesthetic and physical dispositions by which we situate ourselves. To experience REVERIE is to become dislocated, excised from the familiar and submerged in the irrational." Under the spell of this sort of parlance, it's fitting that this year's festival is heavy on sound art and digital works. They further, "RAW 2013: REVERIE aims to invoke an atmosphere of amorphous resolution, a space in which participants can confront the dubiousness of their situations and acknowledge the indeterminacy upon which they situate themselves." RAW: REVERIE | March 6-10th | See full schedule for details Reed College | 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. | Multiple Locations

Featuring: New York-based video artist Michael Robinson, Seattle performance duo Shabazz Palaces, Los Angeles artist-theorist Zach Blas, Portland multi-media artist Brenna Murphy, Portland artist and musician Grouper, San Francisco-based artist Chris Ando / John Oven and the Millenials, NYC-based multi-instrumentalist ONEIROGEN, Los Angeles-based artist and composer John Wiese, Seattle-based producer and musician OCnotes, and Portland-based artists Nick Makanna and Brandon.

Reed student artists: David Beame, Sophie Barba + Jimmy Curry, Marvin Bernardo, Alisa Bones, Eli Coplan, Lauren DeRosa, Chris Falcone, Nicole Herr, Dorothy Howard, Erin McAllester, Arthur Sillers, Dylan Richards, Madelyn Villano, Erin Guy + Creighton Weidner, Anna Baker + Maxwell Smith-Holmes, Santiago Leyba, and Andrew White.

...(more details after the jump)

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Tuesday 03.05.13

March 2013 First Thursday

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Stephen Scott Smith's Untitled, installation view, mirror, plywood, drywall, carpet, fir - size various, 2013

Breeze Block Gallery is back from winter break, and they're kicking off the season with something new, the first large-scale transformation of the gallery, an installation by Stephen Scott Smith. Smith's SEEYOUYOUSEE explores perception and shifts in perspective through reflection, light, shadow, CCTV, video, objects and spatial relationships. The show involved a 60-day construction period starting in January 2013, while the gallery remained closed. The first phase of the installation required stacking 10,000 pounds of plywood (piece by piece) in Breeze Block's new Project Space. The flooring in the Project Space had to be reinforced to withstand the load! Once the plywood was in place, erection of the floating wall and door system in the traditional gallery began. Smith simultaneously designed the space and objects, created works and documented the process of boring into the ply stack for over 200 hours. SEEYOUYOUSEE explores myth, faith, and mystery while engaging the viewer to connect the dots through their own story.

SEEYOUYOUSEE | Stephen Scott Smith
March 6th - April 20th 2013
Preview Event | March 6th | 5-8PM

 Opening Event | March 7th | 6-10PM
Breeze Block Gallery | 323 NW 6th Ave
http://breezeblockgallery.com/


...(more picks including: Amanda Wojick, James Minden and Michael Endo)

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You New Bad Things at PSU

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I've been looking forward to You New Bad Things, an expose of sorts... exposing us to a tribe of artists who happen to have studios in the same building, collectively called the Holladay Studios. Well, the day is finally here Wednesday March 6th. Sure, some of these artists have established themselves as the brightest young stars in Portland but it is always nice to see them assembled Armory Show (1913) style. Let me be crystal clear, ignore these artists and you hazard irrelevance in a fast moving art scene like Portland. Many of the artists engage digital design age themes that your typical "Northwest Art" shows somehow seem to miss with their one sided focus on whittling and other old school analog processes.

So who might these new baddies be? Here's the list: Chase Allgood, Erika Anderson/Leif Shackelford, Chase Biado, Zoe Clark, Zachary Davis, Alex Mackin Dolan, Jamie Edwards, Travis Fitzgerald, Mike Merrill and Chloe Womack.

Here are the PR details: "You New Bad Things, The Work of: Holladay Studios is an inaugural exhibition by the nine individual members of Holladay Studios of Portland, Oregon. This exhibition an examination of their ethos for work as independent entities within in an open incubator of dialogue and shared conceptual concerns; A look into a conversation and collaboration amongst peers, an endeavor in earnestness to contextualize and question the cultural currency of the 'contemporary' in contemporary art by individuals working across current pluralistic lines and methodologies."

You New Bad Things | The work of: Holladay Studios
Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 5-7 p.m.
Portland State University Galleries | Autzen, AB Lobby, and MK Galleries
Exhibition: Wednesday, March 6, 2013-Friday, March 29, 2013

PSU Galleries involved:
AB Lobby Gallery, PSU Art Building, 1st Floor Lobby, Room 110, 2000 SW 5th Ave.
MK Gallery, PSU Art Building, 2nd Floor, Room 210, 2000 SW 5th Ave.
Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 205, 724 SW Harrison St.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 05, 2013 at 22:06 | Comments (0)

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Friday 03.01.13

First Friday March 2013

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Ay ay, this exhibition Interuptus by Paul North and Near Coastal Riot at Gallery Homeland looks like a promising bet to kick off a March full of gallery shows. Something about a show with a theme of interruption and a certain nautical spirit just seems appealing to me right now, here's the PR:

"Art is interruption. We spend much of our time and money perusing works created, yet within these efforts I find we pontificate ourselves into a culture of oblivion. It is a culture where few things are known, yet we speak with such brash certainty on the topics. We build parentheses, so that we may agree on the accepted continuum of what art is, but it aids nothing.

The entirety of the experience comes when an individual is interrupted by a piece – by its beauty, intrigue, tragedy, playfulness, and framing of something as other. Knowing this, I have framed this piece to veer away from collective opinion, focusing on individual’s interaction and the meaning created from that.

INTERUPTUS functions as a baited hook. Those who choose to bite down will find themselves in a rascally carnival of experiences. For the last seven years, I have made my living on the Pacific, from commercial fishing in Alaska, to sailing Tall Ships down to the Equator and back. What I offer with this installation is a window into those worlds – a landscape framed by the tenets of my mind."

Ive also heard something about, "draw for your drink," which sounds like some inspired insanity worth supporting.

Interuptus | Gallery Homeland
Opening Reception | March 1st | 7-10PM
Ford Building 2505 SE 11th



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Alex Steckly, Untitled 3, 2013, automotive enamel, automotive primer, and sign enamel on MDF panel, 36 x 36”

Another good bet is Alex Steckly's Entitlement at Nationale. Steckly is one of those painters with a fail for texture and a fetish for surface... akin to the the Dave Hickey UNLV school painters. While you are at it check out the new gallery upstairs from Nationale in this active arts neighborhood, Adams & Ollman.

Alex Steckly | Entitlement
Opening Reception: 6-9PM
Nationale | 811 E Burnside

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Tuesday 02.26.13

Aaron Rose: for OCAC's Connection Lecture Series

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Aaron Rose

Portland born curator, gallerist, artist and filmmaker Aaron Rose's talk Everything Starts Small is over a week away (March 11th) but the lecture is filling up fast. Rose is most known for putting together the Beautiful Losers exhibitions and film which brought San Francisco's mission school (Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, KAWS, Shepard Fairey and Margaret Kilgallen... etc.) to the fore as coherent street art movement recognized in museums. Portland has at least 1 group of artists like this (using provisional design/architecture, installation art, light & space + video to re-imagine and create a parallel built environment to the one found in Portland so this is of some interest to a close knit group of; Jordan Tull, Damien Gilley, Von Tundra, Paula Rebsom, Arcy Douglass, Jenene Nagy, Josh Smith, Laura Hughes, David Corbett, Jesse Hayward, myself, Laura Fritz and Oregon Painting Society... etc.).

Overall, Portland loves lectures and OCAC's free Connection Lecture Series of talks have quickly become the most consistently high level series in the city, thus requiring an RSVP by March 6th. It is filling up fast I suggest you make yours now using: lectures@ocac.edu or 971 255-4165.

Aaron Rose | Everything Starts Small
March 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM
OCAC Connections Lecture Series
RSVP required by March 6th: lectures@ocac.edu or 971 255-4165
Tiger Woods Center | Nike Campus | 1 Bowerman Drive | Beaverton

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 26, 2013 at 9:52 | Comments (0)

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Friday 02.22.13

Weekend Gatherings

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Untitled, (Ansel Adams, landscape 1), Todd Johnson, 2011, inkjet print, image courtesy of the gallery

Todd Johnson has been an active photographer, educator, and curator in Portland for over a decade. For some reason or another (likely that he doesn't get out much and this fair city thrives on nepotism), his own work is seldom in public view. In his exhibition at Marylhurst's Art Gym, he explores myth and forgery through the influence of Ansel Adams. The PR states that the show "reflects his interests in the history of West Coast landscape photography, celebrity, collecting and, as he puts it, 'myth and legend, identity and fraud, historical and contemporary, amateur and professional, junk and treasure.'" While at the Art Gym, take a look at reflections on the last five years of the innovative residency program, Signal + Fire.

The Misadventures of Ansel Adams: Garage Sales, Geo Tracking and General Tomfoolery | Todd Johnson
Opening Reception | Febraury 24th | 3-5 PM
The Art Gym | Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway | Marylhurst, OR


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Nim Wunnan and Gabe Flores @ False Front

With his personal work, Nim Wunnan is most noted for two dimensional graphite and ink drawings. Gabe Flores, on the other hand, churns out installations that often make use of multiples of colorful objects, stark white surfaces, mirrors, or some combination thereof. In their new exhibition at False Front, they have both stepped out of their comfort zones. In doing so, they have reinvigorated the question-asking-part of what should be an evolving art practice. In doing so, they have tapped into something personal and therefore they have some valuable experience to impart on their viewers. "Originally conceived as a way to swap their typical media (painting for Wunnan and installation for Flores), this show draws on each artist's personal history, exploring how they sense and perceive. Wunnan's severe synesthesia and Flores' experience with what he terms 'alternative perceptions to the statistical norm' overlap in a shared interest in peak experiences, sensory displacement, and their relationship to their active arts practice."

Private Screening | Gabe Flores + Nim Wunnan
February 23 - March 23
Opening reception | February 23rd | 7 -10 PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32nd Ave. Portland, OR 97211

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Josh Berger has been made important contributions to the arts community in Portland over the years, not least as PLAZM's art director. Some months ago, he suffered a bicycle accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. This Sunday, PICA is holding a fundraising event to help alleviate some of the medical debt incurred following the incident. "Featuring e*rock spinning tunes and short musical sets from Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser), Ray Reposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter), Tuvan throat singer Enrique Ugalde (Soriah), Grey Anne, and special guests. With food, wine, coffee, and Fort George Brewing beer." PICA will also be auctioning off 100 original artworks from local artists for the low price of $100.

A Benefit Party & Art Auction for Josoh Berger
February 24th | 3-6 PM
PICA | 415 SW 10th Ave (Third Floor)
$10-$10 suggested donation

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Tuesday 02.19.13

Oracle at Archer Gallery

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Patrick Kelly's Carbon Trace C

The latest show at the Archer gallery, Oracle, looks promising if only for the subject matter being "mystery". Oracle features Marie Sivak, Patrick Kelly and Susie Lee, though of the three I only tend to find Kelly to be mysterious. Still, I'm always interested in any show that seeks to present or evoke the unknown (like this one).

According to the PR: "Although physically real and tangible, the works evoke a sense of otherness. Exquisite alabaster sculptures are at the center of Marie Sivak's installation. Both weighty and delicate, the sculptures are surrounded by a gossamer network of nylon tubes that float above and around, while soft flickering video images play against the matte white surfaces. Patrick Kelly's drawings have a powerful dimensionality that is constantly in flux. In Kelly's drawings, heavy graphite lines are repeated endlessly. The light cast on planar and curved surfaces built by Kelly's graphite lines reveals each of these surfaces in sequence as the viewer's point of view shifts." Lee's works, filmed in a nursing home and related to Goya's Black Paintings should be familiar to those who saw the 2011 CNAA's or last Year's Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Oracle: Marie Sivak, Patrick Kelly and Susie Lee
February 20 - March 16, 2013
Reception: February 23rd, 4 - 6pm
Archer Gallery, Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA

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Monday 02.18.13

The True Final Craft/Perspectives Panel for Hallie Ford Fellows Inaugural

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2010 Hallie Ford Fellows, Daniel Duford, David Eckard and Heidi Schwegler

Tomorrow at 6:30PM the Museum of Contemporary Craft is holding the last (it was to be the first but was rescheduled) of 3 Craft/Perspective panel discussions related to the We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live exhibition of Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients. This final of 3 talks featuring individual artist presentations by 2010 Hallie Ford Fellows; Daniel Duford, David Eckard and Heidi Schwegler. This was the group that got everyone very excited as a changing of the guard in Portland because none of these artists were represented by local galleries, hadn't been the typical names that received awards previously and had a more contemporary outlook... especially Schwegler.

There's already been a lot of discussion related to the nature of these awards here on PORT. But all that aside it isn't these artist's job to address the panel selections (which have become somewhat less adventurous since the first group)... instead it is their job to discuss their work and here is possibly the only opportunity you will have to have these three discuss what they do together in one room (because they have very little in common besides being art educators and an attachment to craft).

Panel Discussion: February 19th | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Museum of Contemporary Craft (The Lab)
724 NW Davis St.

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Friday 02.15.13

Weekend Performances

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Jennifer Ambrust at Nationale

Jennifer Ambrust, who has been offering free advice to members of nationale for the past few years has recently retired from her web and graphic design work to launch a new creative consulting firm, Ambrust & Co. The next session of Free Advice hosted by Ambrust will take place on Saturday, the 16th. "Working intuitively from a wealth of scholastic and experiential knowledge including creative entrepreneurship, artist mentorship, small business & gallery administration, graphic & web design, Critical Theory, cooking & nutrition, yoga, Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and energetics, Armbrust meets one-on-one with participants, proffering an alchemy of observational insights, resource referrals, recommendations and somatic experiences in response to expressed queries."

Free Advice | Jennifer Ambrust
February 16th | 12-2 PM
Free for gallery members | $5 for non-members
Reservations welcome | info@nationale.us
Nationale | 811 E Burnside

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Katherine Groesbeck at Place

Seattle-based artist Katherine Groesbeck will be conducting a wish-making performance this Saturday complete birthday cakes. "Even though I know longer believe in the magic of genies, birthday candles, or shooting stars, I still make wishes just in case I’m wrong. The remnants of my inner child compel me to continue wishing. For the next eight weeks I will explore the magic and the lure of wish making." Coinciding with Groesbeck's festive goings-on, performance artist Michael Reinsch will be turning art audience into consumer as he turns out art-on-demand. "This project utilizes retail strategies adopted from made to order production such as speed, efficiency, and attention to high customer service standards. The viewer orders pieces of art from a menu board posted behind a professionally manufactured service counter." Adrienne Huckabone will also have a new video work on view that fetishizes the imagery of advertising.

Katherine Groesbeck | Wish Making & Practicalities
Michael Reinsch | On Demand
Opening Reception | February 16th | 5-9 PM
White Gallery | Place | Third floor of the Pioneer Mall | 700 SW 5th Ave

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Toko Shinoda at Portland's Japanese Garden

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Toko Shinoda, Gratitude (lithograph)

Portland's fantastic Japanese Garden is kicking off its 50th anniversary year visual arts programming with an exhibition of drawings and prints by Toko Shinoda. At 100 years old Shinoda is herself a Japanese national treasure and innovator in calligraphy drawing from both abstract expressionism and minimalism as well as the long history of Japanese Calligraphy. Those who know their history know that both avant garde American art movements had more than a few path crossings with the traditional art form. Curated by Norman Tolman, the exhibition will present one work work from each year of the garden's existence.

According to the garden's PR: "Working in a medium that traces its roots back 3,000 years to ancient China, Shinoda was influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s and today her works combine a refined minimalism with a dynamic abstract energy. Her masterful brushstrokes are often complemented with a subtle touch of color and convey a Zen-like sense of tranquility. Interviewed by The Japan Times on the occasion of her 90th birthday, Shinoda described her work as, 'a balance between dynamism and traditional elegance.'"

50 Prints & Paintings, Toko Shinoda at 100
February 15 - March 17th
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston

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Tuesday 02.12.13

Dieng & Maldonado at Linfield

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Devon Maldonado (L) Modou Dieng (R)

It may be a bit of a trek into wine country for Portlanders but Linfield College's gallery does some of the best truly contemporary shows in the area and An Interactive Installation: Modou Dieng in collaboration with Devon A. Maldonado looks like it is worth the trip.

According to the PR: "Dieng has collaborated with VanHouten-Maldonado on "An Interactive Installation," an exhibit that draws inspiration from a history of heroes and antiheroes in Mexico and Senegal. The exhibit examines the way history is represented in a contemporary context in the information age.

Viewers are asked to interact with the work using a provided 3D lens, in order to investigate cultural history and ethnicity using contemporary tools. A clash of digital and analog cultures determines a hybrid aesthetic of history and ethnicity, the artists say."

The PR photo alone conjures the classic Warhol/Basquiat show and other images call to mind Warhol and Basquiat having a bit of fun at Richard Prince's expense. It feels like internationalist payback in a post pop, post painting, post colonial, post photography, post heroic, post POST perhaps pre-revolutionary exhibition. It doesn't have that traditional Northwest vibe at all.

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Detail of Dieng's work at MoCADA

Modou in particular is one of the most internationally connected artists in Portland (he's one of the key people behind the Portland NOW Triennial) and I'd be remiss to not mention his participation at Brooklyn's MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) eMERGING: Visual Art & Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era exhibition which opens on February 14th. See both shows on both coasts if you can.

An Interactive Installation | MMiller Art Center, Linfield College (McMinnville campus)
February 11 - March 16, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th | 3 to 5 p.m.
Artist talk at Nicholson Library on the Linfield Campus, room 127, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.

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Monday 02.11.13

Not So Final Craft/Perspectives Panel for Hallie Ford Fellows Inaugural

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(L to R) Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross

Tomorrow at 6:30PM the Museum of Contemporary Craft is holding the last of 3 Craft/Perspective panel discussions related to the We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live exhibition of Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients. The talk features, "individual artist presentations by 2012 Hallie Ford Fellows; Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross, followed by a moderated conversation around a central question that currently influences the local creative climate."

To be sure, whenever someone hands out money, somebody will inevitably grouse but the exhibition has been a lightning rod for a wide ranging discussion here on PORT... just not in the way the Ford Foundation seem to have planned. Instead, by situating the discussion around the somewhat old-school combination "making" and hand made analog processes in some ways the show misses ideas first laid out in Donald Judd's incredibly influential essay Specific Objects (which counter-intuitively was all about being general in a specific way by making objects quite secondary to their collateral effect upon a room and viewer. This ultimately presaged the now omnipresent digital realm.) Thus comparatively, 7 of show's 9 artist (exceptions are Schwegler and Conkle) have a very conscious old-school approach to art, much of it academic as well. This isn't an indictment or review of the work as much as a mirror I feel needs to be held up to these awards panels in regards to so called "contemporary award"s for art in the Northwest. Furthermore, these three artists are all capable speakers so come and see what they have to say about being lumped together in both flattering and not so flattering ways.

By purposefully concentrating on more, "traditional disciplines" the Ford Family Foundation practically begged for this kind of "yeah but" critical response (i.e. where is the exploration of digital forms or installation that doesn't call attention to the way it is made). I respect that and the opportunities for discussion it creates are important. Fact is though most contemporary art treats the human hand as a simply a choice to use, or not. It isn't paramount to the discussion of the human condition (especially in this digital age), simply a common one among numerous other strategies. By fetishing the hand/analog process, it is like having desert all of the time and the Ford Family Foundation is hardly the only institution guilty of taking a very standard and stereotypical "genre" based approach to Northwest art as opposed to an ideas/experience based one (which inherently treats all genres, materials and strategies as equals).

Panel Discussion: February 12th | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Museum of Contemporary Craft (The Lab)
724 NW Davis St.



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Friday 02.08.13

Weekend Events in February

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Still from Purge, directed by Antti Jokinen. Image courtesy of PIFF.

The Portland International Film Festival opened yesterday and will be running through February 23rd. There are far too many gems for us to cite them here, but in case you're unfamiliar with PIFF: "Drawing an audience of over 35,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences." I'm always personally fond of the film shorts, the first set of which screens this Saturday at 1PM in the Whitsell auditorium. I'm also interested in seeing the documentary filmed in North Korea, Comrade Kim Goes Flying: it looks as though it will prove to be a corny underdog story laden with the cheery undertones of propaganda films. There is so much more to see over the next couple weeks and you can find the full listings on their website.

The Portland International Film Festival | presented, in part, by The Northwest Film Center
February 7th - 23rd
Whitsell Auditorium | 1219 SW Park Avenue
Regal Fox Tower | 846 SW Park Avenue
World Trade Center Theater | 121 SW Salmon Street
Cinema 21 | 616 NW 21st Avenue


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Documentation of Jon Gitelson's The Last Snow In Brattleboro.

This weekend down in Springfield, an exciting new show exploring new geographies and mapping techniques is opening with the works of three out of state artists. The work in the show, from what I can tell without having yet witnessed it myself, seems both playful and cleanly stark. The works "investigate the materiality of the landscape, the complexity of perceptual experience, and the relationship between our physical and mental experiences of place. Lamson's video A Line Describing The Sun tracks the path of the sun during a one day performance in the Mojave Desert while Mann's photographs of imagined landscapes speak of the desire to run away into the unknown. Gitelson's The Last Snow In Brattleboro tracks the last snow to melt in his hometown in order to convince himself of Spring's arrival."

Three Ways to Draw the Landscape | William Lamson, John Mann, and Jon Gitelson
February 9th - March 2nd
Opening reception | February 9th | 6-9 PM
Ditch Projects | 303 S. 5th Avenue #165 | Springfield, OR

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Tuesday 02.05.13

First Thursday of February

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WHEN WILL MY LOVE BE RIGHT, 2013, galvanized welded and riveted steel, leather, brass, copper and seashell, 26" x 25" x 40 1/2", installation view, photo by Jeff Jahn

Arnold Kemp, chair of the Visual Studies program at PNCA, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. His current exhibition at PDX Contemporary When Will My Love Be Right references a song recorded by Robert Winters and Fall in the 1980s that comes out of a genre transforming gospel and r&b into the funky and secular. On view will be a series of handmade mens' accessories, seashells, poetic texts, and images made from the manipulation of aluminum. "These works conceptualize a sense of touch, a sense of empathy and a sense of humor. In thinking about the characters that are described in the various 'aluminums' I find that characters emerge also in the mundane objects of the shoes, the shells and the leather belts that bear a buckle that simply names them as SHY. These works are poetic, associative, and sensual in their insistence on the possibility of mundane objects to portray tense spasms of the soul peppered with pain, laughter, irony and question marks."

When Will My Love Be Right | Arnold J. Kemp
January 22nd - March 2nd
Opening Reception | February 7th | 6-9 PM
PDX Contemporary | 925 NW Flanders

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Derek Bourcier @ Littman Gallery

I'm very excited to see the solo exhibition by one of my favorite Portland-based emerging artists, Derek Bourcier. He has a curious way of uncovering the magically vital force of objectness. "More Doubt and Wonder is an exhibition of conceptual sculpture and video that trusts in the unseen, the contained, and the imagined as a means to communicate ideas of isolation, imagination, and artistic self-doubt. Bourcier conflicts the inclination to create objects as a necessary part of life with feelings of uneasiness in that form of expression." At the White Gallery just down the hall, there will be a series of 'drawings' by Dunja Jankovic.

More Doubt and Wonder | Derek Bourcier
February 7-28, 2013
Opening Reception | February 7th 5-8 PM
Littman Gallery | PSU Smith Hall, Room 250 | 1825 SW Broadway

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Still from With Eyes that Might not See, Claire Zitzow, 2012, 10' 15" HD video, stereo sound, image courtesy of the artist

In February at White Box, two exhibitions are opening that focus on place and human intervention into representations of natural landscapes. The exhibition by Claire Zitzow exploring the Coloradan landscape "consists of four new sets of works reflecting on a mediated relationship to landscape that occurs through observational study, a multiplicity of image production, and the experiential." Goldfields is a three-channel video installation by Dawn Roe that "consideration[s] cultural memory in relation to the opposing perspectives of indigenous and colonial settler narratives, pastoral landscape representations, folklore and myth."

Claire Zitzow | Remains To Be Seen
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Dawn Roe | Goldfields
Opening Reception | February 7th | 6-9 PM
White Box | at University of Oregon | 24 NW 1st Ave

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Becker Collection & Sarah Gilbert at Reed College

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Henri Lovie (b. Prussia, 1829–1875),(detail) Battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee: Left Wing near the Peach Orchard, April 6, 1862 Graphite and gray wash on wove paper

We are now into Obama's already very polarized second term as President and films like Lincoln and Django Unchained are still the major must see films in the theaters, all bringing the the USA's bloody and divisive Civil War era close to our modern consciousness. Thu,s it is timely that the Cooley Gallery's latest show, FIRST HAND: CIVIL WAR ERA DRAWINGS FROM THE BECKER COLLECTION, BOSTON COLLEGE brings us another abstracted but first hand observational account to perhaps the most defining event in our country's history. It is also a coherent follow up to the previous Kara Walker show as well.

Here is the PR: "The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present over 140 original Civil War era drawings from the Becker Collection at Boston College. The Becker Collection contains over 600 hitherto un-exhibited and undocumented drawings by American artist Joseph Becker (1841–1910) and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War. Artist-reporters were charged with observing, drawing, and sending back for publication images of the battles, troop movements, and daily activities of the era. Completed in the field, their drawings were couriered to Leslie's offices where they were transformed into wood engravings, then cast as metal plates and printed. At times, it took as little as three days for drawings to make their way from the battlefield into Leslie's pages.

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection is the first opportunity for scholars and the public to study selections from this important and unknown collection, and to appreciate these national treasures for their aesthetic qualities and relationship to contemporary forms of illustrated journalism. The original drawings selected for the exhibition by curators Sheila Gallagher and Judith Bookbinder document key developments in American history in lively and specific forms, as the country struggled to establish its national identity. In addition to Becker, the exhibition includes works by Henri Lovie, Edward F. Mullen, William T. Crane, and Charles E.H. Bonwill, among others."

First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings From The Becker Collection, Boston College
February 5 - April 20
Cooley Gallery | Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock BLVD.
HOURS: Noon to 5 P.M., Tuesday – Sunday, free
Located in the main floor of the Reed Library



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Sarah Gilbert (photo Dan Kivitka)

Sarah Gilbert's After Image at Reed's Feldenheimer gallery explores the very popular intersection of science and art (artists like Damien Gilley, Oregon Painting Society, Carl Diehl, MSHR, Laura Hughes, Kyle Thompson, Josh Pavalacky, Zachary Davis and Laura Fritz are all practitioners) though Gilbert's take is more gadget based, dealing with the very real human/cyborg convergence (the other artists tend to dematerialize objects to varying degrees). There is an opening on First Thursday (far from the Pearl District so Ill post it with its campus brethren).

According to the PR, "Sarah Gilbert creates objects, images, and installations that explore changing definitions of the human and posthuman, both in physical form and as conceptual categories. As an artist working in glass, film, and a variety of other materials invested with rich historical craft traditions, she is interested in how objects shape our experiences, and the ways in which we define ourselves through the labor of our bodies. Her projects strive to make visible links between the past and the present, drawing on material memory and the tension between figuration and abstraction as springboards for contemplating our experience of time."

After Image | Sarah Gilbert
January 28 - Feburary 19, 2013
Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building
Reception with the artist: February 7, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM

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Thursday 01.31.13

First Weekend February 2013

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Mid-sized arts cities often claim to be on the brink of some limelight explosion, but the whole 'we're-actually-serious-this-time' caveat has gained traction around these parts lately. As the city changes, grows, and attracts more attention, it has some growing pains to feel out and some gaps to fill. Many have pointed out the gaps that remain, but few have gone out to purchase the spackle. With budding plans for a Portland-based triennale, Modou Dieng has taken the caulk in hand. Not So Quiet is the first fundraising event to pave the way for something much bigger to come. The event contains an impressive mashup of cultural practices such as "a dance performance by San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist Renee Rhodes; readings by Portland-based writer and poet Matthew Dickman; intellectual stimuli from critical theorist and author Barry Sanders, PhD; unique sonic textures by local musical duo Golden Retriever; and DJs spinning throughout the evening. Not So Quiet will also feature the paintings of Jason Traeger, and video works by San Francisco-based artist Anne Colvin, among other guests."

Not So Quiet | An Evening of Visual Arts and Performances
February 1st | 9PM - midnight
820 SE Alder St.

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Afro-Chic (video still), 2010. DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems

This Saturday will be the first day (unless you're a Patron Society Member, in which case the first day will be Friday) to see Carrie Mae Weems' exhibit on view at the Portland Art Museum. It's nice that this exhibition of photographs and video by an African-American female artist coincides with Black History Month. I wonder what our community would look like if we didn't need to find an occasion to do such a thing. "Featuring some of her most groundbreaking work, including Ain't Jokin', From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Ritual and Revolution, and the recent series Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, Weems' work will challenge audiences by highlighting issues of power, race, and gender."

Three Decades of Photography and Video | Carrie Mae Weems
Feb 2nd - May 19th
Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue

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Wednesday 01.30.13

First Last Thursday of 2013

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Harrison Freeman's Ugly Girl 4

Ampersand has been doing great things for a while now, often discovering new talent. In presenting Harrison Freeman's Both Sides Now it looks like they are at it again. Freeman is obsessed with zombies and horror genres with a tad of that Storm Tharp effect... only without any of the washy ink effects with the wicked line work... GOOD decision!

The gallery's PR states: "Brightly colored & grounded in a nostalgic love of zombies & monsters, the Dukes of Hazzard & comic books, Freeman's gallery of garish portraits is inspired by (& even drawn on) found photographs of people long dead. 'It started when I was in Berlin scouring flea markets for old photos,' notes Freeman. 'I was buying pictures of people I thought looked especially strange or creepy & then tried to magnify that in the drawings I was making.' The initial result was a series of 50 snapshot photos, on the backs of which Freeman drew & painted often grotesque interpretations of the front-side figures. Arranged in a large grid at the gallery, the installation is interactive in that we are able to flip from front to back in a comparative viewing experience. As an impetus for a larger body of work, these snapshot sketches have been edited & refined in Freeman's new collection of drawings & paintings. Zeroing in on favorite faces, his works on wood panel & yellowed found paper amplify the distinct folds of skin, bulging eyes, toothy smiles & hair gone awry that are singular to the best & worst of found photographic relics."

Harrison Freeman | Both Sides Now
January 31 - February 24, 2013
Opening Reception: January 31 | 6 - 10PM
Ampersand
2916 NE Alberta St

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Friday 01.25.13

Corin Hewitt & Jessica Jackson Hutchins

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Corin Hewitt in the Lumber Room's Terrain Shift (photo Jeff Jahn)

On Saturday, Corin Hewitt will give a gallery talk titled "The Studio Pressed Flat" at the Lumber Room discussing his work in the current show "Terrain Shift" and how his practice relates to both Kurt Schwitters Merzbau + Giorgio di Chirico's painted interiors. There is a kind of surreal accretion that takes place in the work of all three artists so I'm intersted in this rationale. In general, Terrain Shift is perhaps the most "lived in" show at the Lumber Room to date and because it ends February 2nd this is one of your last opportunities to catch the exhibition.

Corin Hewitt: The Studio Pressed Flat
Artist Talk: January 26 | 3:00PM
Lumber Room
419 NW 9th



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Jessica Jackson Hutchins in her Studio, Portland, 2010

As part of their 2/2 series (2 pieces by the same artist on display for two weeks) Fourteen30 presents Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Hutchins lived in Portland until recently and keeps coming back despite grousing about Portland in magazine articles (I find most people who move away do this because they have to constantly justify why they left, though they miss it deeply... my brother does the same thing). Anyways, glad to see her work in town again.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins 2/2
January 25th - February 3rd (with a closing reception that day)
Fourteen30
1501 SW Market St.

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Wednesday 01.23.13

Inaugural Ford Fellows exhibition at MOCC

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The First 9 Ford Fellows (notice how the 2 primarily conceptual artists Bruce Conkle and Heidi Schwegler are not doing something with their hands)

Three years ago the Ford Foundation did a wonderful thing and started giving out three $25,000 mid career fellowships to Oregon artists. The nine fellows so far are; Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Heidi Schwegler, Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, Stephen Hayes, Ellen Lesperance, Michelle Ross and Akihiko Miyoshi. All will be featured in the inaugural exhibition: We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live at the Museum of Contemporty Craft, which opens tomorrow, January 24th 2013.

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We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live
January 24th through April 27th
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street

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Friday 01.18.13

Mid-January Heats Up

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The Yale Union is starting off 2013 with an exciting series of performances by New York-based artist, writer, editor, and librarian Angie Keefer. Keefer's five performances will occur on some Friday evenings in January, February, and March. The talks will make use of different media such as audio, film while cohering around an inquiry into human perception and what motivates human investigation. Keefer is co-founder of The Serving Library, an online resource of "bulletins", or downloadable PDFs merging thematically in a published journal each season.

Angie Keefer | Opening Reception / "Magician"
January 18th | 7:30 PM
Also February 1st, February 22nd, March 8th, and March 22nd | 7:30 PM
Yale Union | 800 SE 10th Ave



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At Place this Saturday, Jamie Marie Waelchi and Travis Nikolai exhibit two new installations in the Black Gallery. I look forward to another lyrically personal set of artifacts from Waelchi. " Solid Mind examines the disappointments and frustrations, internal and external, that interfere with one's goals, ideals, and anticipated life trajectory. The installation considers the reconciliation of personal expectations with lived reality using glass containers, liquid, light, and a stream-of-conscious drawing technique." The second iteration of the privilege-based exhibition White Pride? also unveils in the same evening at the White Gallery.

White Pride (part 2) | Featuring: Jodie Cavalier, Tim Combs, Petra Fortes-Schramm, Gia Goodrich, Julie Perini, Portia Roy, and Sandy Sampson
The Breathing Room | Travis Nikolai
Solid Mind | Jamie Marie Waelchli
Opening Receptions| January 19th | 5-9 PM
Place | 700 SW 5th Ave | The third floor of the Pioneer Mall

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Peter Moore at Gallery Homeland

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Former creative guru at Nike, Peter Moore, will be in effect tonight as his solo exhibition, Controversy and Conversation opens at Gallery Homeland. This graphic driven work makes hamburger of both saints and baddies in a way that seeks to provoke. This is the guy behind the first Air Jordan shoe campaign and on top of it all Gallery Homeland's director Paul Middendorf (currently living in Houston where he has opened another branch of GH) will be back in town as well.

Opening Reception: Controversy and Conversation | January 18th 7-10 PM
galleryHomeland
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite #136
Through February 22nd

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Tuesday 01.15.13

Terra Linear at Archer Gallery

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Terra Linear @ Archer Gallery


This Wednesday at Archer Gallery in Vancouver, Terra Linear opens, an exhibition in which nine regional ceramicists exhibit bodies of work that are all informed and motivated by considerations of linear quality. "Through innovative approaches to surface treatment, structure, and a freedom with materials, these contemporary artists all take full advantage of the plastic lyricism and material delight available through ceramic processes."

Terra Linear: The Ceramic Line | Featuring: Ann Christenson, Anne E. Hirondelle, Brian R. Jones, Ryan LaBar, Brad Mildrexler, Alwyn O'Brien, Jill Oberman, Sylwia Tur, and Lilly Zuckerman
January 16th - February 10th
Opening Reception | January 16th | 6-7 PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College | 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Posted by Tori Abernathy on January 15, 2013 at 22:31 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 01.13.13

North Park Blocks Convergence

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On Monday night, as part of Portland Monthly's ongoing Bright Lights discussion series, PNCA President Tom Manley and architect Brad Cloepfil will be discussing the art school's 511 building renovation (in the media PORT was the first to recognize the 511 building as a game changer for PNCA and the city). Of special interest is the "creative corridor" it will form along with other North Park Block based entities like RACC, the Desoto Building galleries and numerous other creative firms that are within walking distance of the school's new HQ. This move effectively makes PNCA the North Park Blocks anchor tenant that with the Bud Clark Commons should revitalize a somewhat dark and sketchy area at night. The event will be hosted by Randy Gragg, who can be counted on to keep his stronger eye on the promotion of regional real-estate developments.

Discussion: January 14th | doors 5:30 PM
No Cover
Jimmy Mak's | 221 NW 10th Ave

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 13, 2013 at 22:11 | Comments (1)

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Friday 01.11.13

Weekend Picks

This weekend is exceptionally busy with openings and events at Lumber Room, Art Gym, Place, Rock's Box, PSU, Nationale etc. Lumber Room (already posted about) and Art Gym are my two top picks (Tori is under the weather) but here are the rest.


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Still from Kelly Rauer's Weight

On Sunday the Art Gym presents probably the most highly anticipated exhibition to kick off the new year. The dual offering of Kelly Rauer's Weight and Samantha Wall's Laid to Rest is an inspired pairing of two of Portland's best observer/translators of human physiography. The shows are separate but related. Rauer is presenting her most ambitious multi-channel video installation to date. Like Rauer, Wall focuses on a single female figure and "has created a set of drawings that draw on selected video stills as they explore the emotional and cultural underpinnings of gesture." Let's see how the stack up against Robert Longo and Sam Taylor-Wood?

Reception: January 13, 3 - 5PM
Runs Through February 15th
Gallery talk: January 31, 12pm
The Art Gym (third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus
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Lindsay Kennedy @ Nationale

For you painting fans, Nationale presents Lindsay Kennedy's Pattern Assembly on your busy Saturday Night, evoking the pastel and pattern filled heaven/hell that was the hallmark of the late 80's. Buy some Aquanet, make your hair real big, put on some moon boots and check this out. In many ways I wish May would just call up Duane Sorenson and get him to back them and buy the prime Pulliam Gallery space in the Pearl District (now for sale). Nationale has had great taste showing Carson Ellis, Midori Hirose, Oregon Painting Society and Amy Bernstein etc. over the years. The Pearl could use some of the freshness that Nationale seems to find so effortlessly achieve in a serious, well funded gallery that can concentrate on the big picture not just hand to mouth sales (i.e. expect to lose money for 3+ years).


Pattern Assembly | Lindsay Kennedy| runs through February 17th
Opening Reception January 12th 6-9PM
@ Nationale 811 E Burnside



...(more with PSU and Chris Fraser)

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Wednesday 01.09.13

La Londe talk at Lumber Room

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Evan La Londe at Terrain Shift

2013 is now fully under way and this weekend your Portland art event options are going to be extra plentiful (Tori will have more details soon). In advance of that deluge, I suggest attending Evan La Londe's artist talk at the Lumber Room on Saturday at 3:00 PM. This is perhaps the Lumber Room's most "lived in" exhibition in feel (it is a private residence/collection after all) and La Londe is well versed in the discussion of "the room as camera"... which is a great opening artist talk for this show.

Artist Talk: January 12th | 3:00 PM
Lumber Room | 419 NW 9th

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Friday 01.04.13

Publish that photo book?

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Newspace is kicking off the year with a free talk by photobook specialist Daniel Milnor and publisher Darius Himes this Saturday.

"Through extensive examples drawn from their personal work and experiences, and from a compelling survey of contemporary artist books, Milnor and Himes will open your eyes to the diversity of the international photobook scene."

Photobook talk: January 5 | 7- 9 PM
Newspace | 1632 SE 10th Ave

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 04, 2013 at 20:26 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 01.02.13

The First First Thursday of 2013

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Robert Rauschenberg, Samarkand Stitches I, 1988, Unique screenprint and fabric collage, 61" x 46"

Robert Rauschenberg's longstanding career has doubtlessly had an outstanding affect on artistic production to this day, particularly among artists working with collage. His combines operated between the modes of painting and sculpture and made use of everyday objects that would often literally be placed on the surface of the painting. The exhibition opening at Elizabeth Leach tomorrow showcases his forays into printmaking. These screenprints and lithographs are certainly flatter than the work he's most known for, but they employ a similar chaotic flow of everyday imagery, content, and pattern. His son, Christopher Rauschenberg has a series of photographs depicting witty captured moments in a museum setting that are also exhibited contemporaneously.

Robert Rauschenberg | Selected Prints
January 3 - March 2, 2013
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Christopher Rauschenberg | Museum
January 3 - February 2, 2013
Opening Reception | January 3rd | 5-8 PM
Elizabeth Leach Gallery | 417 NW 9th Avenue


In the video window, viewable from the exterior of Elizabeth Leach, there are a series of video works by Signal Fire alumni Miguel Arzabe, Rebecca Najdowski, Julie Perini, and Zachary Davis. Signal Fire is a Portland-based non-profit arts organization that offers residencies and retreats to artists across many disciplines. Signal Fire celebrates their five years as an organization in 2013.

Recent Signal Fire Alumni: Miguel Arzabe, Rebecca Najdowski, Julie Perini, and Zachary Davis
January 3 - February 2, 2013
Video Window | Elizabeth Leach Gallery | 417 NW 9th Avenue



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Mariana Tres @ Chambers 916

PSU MFA grad Mariana Tres' body of visual works play on the truth value of photography in relation to shared-historical knowledge. This exhibition features work from the playful institution founded by Tres, The Society for Nebulous Knowledge. "'CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK: Herschel McShougle's Dream of Ten Thousand Years' is the sixth major presentation by the Society for Nebulous Knowledge, the quixotic institution Miss Tres oversees. Herschel McShougle’s dream asks us to think deeply into the future. Research for his imaginative decamillenial clock has been recovered and faithfully captured through photography, artifacts and biographical documents for this premiere exhibition. Information will also be available about a present-day manifestation, the 10,000 Year Clock of The Long Now Foundation."

Mariana Tres | Celestial Clockwork
January 03 - February 02, 2013
Opening Reception | January 3rd | 5-8 PM
Chambers 916 | 916 NW Flanders

Behind the Cut, Jesse Hayward at Nine Gallery and Andy Freeberg at Blue Sky

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Friday 12.21.12

Nativity 3.0

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For their 3rd year Xhurch's radical nativity series Nativity 3.0 features Portland's MSHR and the Hair and Space Museum. Last year's blasphemy deluxe was alien themed but this year it is much more abstract and technodelic, including the theme of "Imortality (through technology)."

Tonight's opening ceremonies features Cloaks and MSHR beginning at 7pm.

Here's the PR: "Planned in conjunction with Seattle's reputed Hair and Space Museum, Nativity 3.0 promises to "top out" in both conceptual scope and visual splendor. In 2010, Xhurch staged a quaint and traditional Christmas Nativity which drew friends and a few neighbors. Last year, Alien Nativity attracted hundreds of visitors and garnered international media attention with its kitsch extra-terrestrial motif. This year's installation will abstract even further away from the original, presenting a visual feast while riffing on topics like Infinity, The Coming Technological Singularity, Immortality (through technology), modern Spiritualism and THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!"

...ummm ok, that does beat 3 wise men and some live camels.

Opening December 21st 7-9PM
Nativity 3.0: December 21-25th | 5-9PM nightly
Xhurch | 4550 NE 20th

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Friday 12.14.12

Weekend Openings in December

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Will Work for Representation, Sam Guerrero

There are a few ways to combat the self-absorbed character of Modern art. One such avenue has been a looking outward, the disappearance of the author's hand as it recedes in favor of a brutally anti-aesthetic void. In a less 'subverting' gesture, some artists have moved towards a deeply reflective (if not hyper-critical)investigation of the social underpinnings that afford them their privileged place in our culture. White Pride? is an exhibition opening at Place with a quality line up of artists that have supposed to take on that challenge. "A thorough examination of how we personally benefit when we step into narratives of privilege is necessary if we want to create new scripts in how we navigate racially. Scarily, this means we have to sometimes stop congratulating ourselves and get a bit more introspective."

White Pride? | Nadia Buyse, Chris Freeman, Sam Guerrero, Michael Martínez, Mark Martinez, Christine Taylor, Chloé Womack
Opening Reception | 5-9PM
Place | 700 SW 5th Ave 3rd floor

More behind the cut! Ben Young + Gary Robbins @ PICA and Seth Nehil @ FalseFront

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Friday 12.07.12

Bruce Conkle at PSU's Autzen Gallery

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It has been a little while since Bruce Conkle has treated us to a full solo show in Portland... but he has been in Mongolia (with Marne Lucas for an Ecobaroque project) so he has an excuse. (Is Mongolian excuse an actual term? If not it should be!) Regardless, Bruce is one of the few award winning multi-media artists in the Northwest that focuses primarily on the conceptual nature of the work... which explains why his work finds traction outside the Northwest Craft Bubble. (That's right I just coined the term "Northwest Craft Bubble"). His shows are always phantasmagorias of eco-tech-witchery wrapped in a hilarious conceptual shell so you will want to see this.

According to the PR: "Tree Clouds is an exhibition of new sculptures and mixed media drawings constructed by Bruce Conkle with his own peculiar brand of dark humor. The title 'Tree Clouds' refers to the smoke produced when aromatic resin from trees is burned. The scented clouds are literally puffs of smoke that had their origins from within the trees. Several of the sculptures are bronze incense burners, and periodically during the exhibition they will be used to burn aromatic resins collected from trees native to the Pacific NW as incense. Conkle has gathered the aromatic resins from various trees of the Pacific Northwest- including Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Shore Pine. He will be burning some of the collected incense at the reception." Let's hope he doesn't burn hemlock?

Tree Clouds is made possible in part through a Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Tree Clouds | December 8 - 20
Opening Reception: Saturday December 8th 6-8PM
Autzen Gallery | Portland State University
Neuberger Hall | 2nd Floor Room 205
724 SW Harrison St. @ Broadway

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Wednesday 12.05.12

First Thursday on December

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The Reader @ White Box

The artist and graffiti writer known as The Reader, acclaimed for his work outdoors moves into the White Box for the exhibition Affective Duplication. Here "The Reader employs painting, screen-printing, collage, and sculpture in varied combinations; a new video work will be debuted; architectural elements will interrupt the space allowing viewers to become more intimate with smaller works within a larger site-specific installation." This follows an exhibition earlier this year of The Reader's work at Ditch Projects in Eugene.

Affective Duplications | The Reader
Opening Reception | December 6th | 6-9PM
White Box | The White Stag building | 24 NW 1st Ave


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Binary Lore @ Feldman Gallery

"For Binary Lore, Feldman Gallery curator Mack McFarland and Shannon Stratton, curator and director of Threewalls, have collectively selected two artists [sic] from their respective cities for the dual exhibitions." Those in Portland are likely familiar with Brenna Murphy from her work as one half of MSHR and as part of Oregon Painting Society. Edie Fake, on the other hand, is known in Chicago and elsewhere for his illustration work that makes light of the challenges facing queer culture. "Together Edie Fake and Brenna Murphy present two multi-faceted approaches and distribution methods to unpacking our definition-dodging time. In addition to a display of his own work Edie Fake will bring to PNCA a selection of comics from Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), which Fake co-organized in June 2012." If you're in Chicago, check out the show at Threewalls in June of 2013.

Binary Lore | Brenna Murphy (performing with Birch Cooper!) & Edie Fake
December 6th | 6-9 PM
The Feldman Gallery | PNCA| 1241 NW Johnson St.


Also behind the cut, City and County employee exhibition, Louie Palu at Bluesky, and Chemical Landscapes at Multiplex

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Thursday 11.29.12

Oscar's Delirium Tremens Redux

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Patrick Rock: Oscar's Delerium Tremens (Photo: Patrick Leonard. Courtesy of PICA [Portland Institute for Contemporary Art] @ PICA's 2011 Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, Oregon.

Perhaps the biggest bummer of 2011 was the fact that Patrick Rock's interactive inflatable pink elephant installation for TBA only operated for a few hours. Thankfully it is back, this time in North Portland as Oscar's Delirium Tremens Redux. I'm particularly interested in this as Patrick demonstrated that he was one of Portland's boldest and notable artists when I introduced Portlanders to his huge Simulacra Hermaphrodite inflatable in a show way back in 2005. Always nice to see an artist follow up on successful ideas.

Described as, "A viewer interactive sculptural happening @ The Colony – With your host: Patrick Rock of Rocks Box Contemporary Fine Art."

Oscar's Delerium Tremens Redux | Free
HSaturday, December 1, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., 21 & over reception.
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ The Colony - 7527 N. Richmond, Ave. @ Lombard St. (St. Johns neighborhood)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 29, 2012 at 12:44 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.26.12

Brian Bress Lecture at PSU

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(video still) Brian Bress, Creative Ideas for Every Season, 2010, High definition video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.

This Wednesday, Los Angeles based Brian Bress will be the next PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series speaker. The work seems faux innocent and sarcastic at the same time recalling artists like Paul McCarthy, George Condo and Man Ray. The fact that he is satirizing the over-use/abuse of the term "creative" definitely fits the Portland art scene's growing dissatisfaction with such an indiscriminate word.

Here's the PR: "Brian Bress is a Los Angeles-based artist, whose dryly comic, character-driven photos and videos are populated with richly collaged and constructed sets and costumes. Recent solo shows include: Cherry and Martin, LA; New Museum, New York, USA (both 2012); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2012); and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2011). Forthcoming exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy and Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain (both 2013)."

Lecture: November 28th 7:00PM | Free
Shattuck Annex Hall
Portland State University
1914 SW Park Ave.

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Friday 11.23.12

Better Friday, PAM is free 5-8PM tonight

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The Body Beautiful at PAM (seriously great artifacts from the British Museum)

So you ate a lot of food, well your mind wants something now and Black Friday definitely isn't the ticket. The Portland Art Museum is the perfect answer. Tonight from 5-8PM the museum is free and with shows like The Body Beautiful (with it's fantastic collection of Greek and Roman artifacts from the British Museum), Cyndy Sherman, Anna Fidler, Sigmar Polke and Flesh & Bone there is quite a lineup. Of course any time this weekend is a good time.

Of course the galleries in the Pearl District and Lumber Room are all great for stretching your legs and mind at the same time too.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 23, 2012 at 14:10 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.15.12

Pre-Thanksgiving Goodies

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Carson Ellis @ Nationale

Nationale opens this Saturday with a series of new works on paper by Carson Ellis influenced by the Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset and her acclaimed Kristin Lavransdattar trilogy. "Her characters' navigate their destinies with the inspiring, yet clearly fated, qualities of romantic stoicism and self-determination. The resulting discord between this tragic core and Ellis' serene, midnight landscapes of snow-covered fields, stave churches, and fantastical vegetation inspires a new folklore that, while rooted in a romanticized past, ultimately evokes a more introspective present." Midori Hirose's stark snowdrift sculptures will accompany the works on paper.

Carson Ellis | Mush, Mush, the Sloping Midnight Line
with supporting works by Midori Hirose
On view November 14 - December 9, 2012
Opening reception | November 17th | 6-8 PM
Nationale | 811 E Burnside

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Part of the series Red Heat Tremors by Jared Haug, construction paper faded with stencils and sun, 2012

Ditch Project co-directors Jared Haug and Brooks Dierdorff make work out in Eugene/Springfield rivaling that of their peer group in the NW region, but their work often doesn't make it out to Portland. Recognizing a common interest in (failed) representations of nature in an increasingly digitized age, they've teamed up for an exhibition opening this Friday at RECESS. "The work in Window Smokers reflects imagery of a cultivated, synthetic, and manipulated nature. With the myth of an untainted landscape in sight, Haug and Dierdorff search for an interface between nature and representation where the unenclosed can be depicted in its disappearance. Utilizing photography, video, and sculpture they investigate the rift between the real and representation, nature and culture, the viewer and the viewed."

Brooks Dierdorff and Jared Haug | Window Smokers
Opening Reception | November 16th | 7-10 PM
RECESS | 1127 SE 10th Avenue


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This weekend, the extremely busy Daniel J Glendening has a solo exhibition opening at FalseFront. The manifesto-like press release for this show doesn't educate curious audiences on the characteristics of the works to be seen. Instead it probes some of the basic questions addressed by Thing Theory and hints at shamanistic motifs. "Earth is represented by a circle split into four quarters, or, alternatively, by an equilateral triangle, pointed downward, bisected by a horizontal line; fire an equilateral triangle, pointed upward. The symbol for gold is a circle with a single point at its center."

Daniel J Glendening | Conjurer
November 17th - December 9th
Opening Reception | November 17th | 7-10 PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32ND Avenue

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Wednesday 11.14.12

Mid November group show goulash

The middle of November usually begins a spate of thematic group shows designed to buoy attendance and hold interest over the Holidays... this year is no exception.

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John David Knight

At PSU's Littman Gallery the ever popular holiday topic of "Doubt" features; Stephanie Drachman, Ally Drozd & Sky Cunningham, Jamie Edwards, Andre Fortes and John David Knight. Curated by Chloe Womack her Doubt show may or may not deliver, "works of abstraction, dissent, and personal narrative that examine this inescapable contemporary condition."

Opening Reception: November 15th | 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Through November 30th)
Littman & White Galleries, PSU | 1825 SW Broadway
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Building



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The Lathe of Heaven, is another such thematic group exhibition with four artists Damien Gilly, Laura Hughes, Daniel Glendening and Jordan Tull making work "in conversation" with Ursula K. Le Guin's 1971 science fiction novel. The show promises to explore, "the physical and spiritual geography of Portland through site specific installations...." In particular, Gilley, Tull and Hughes are 3 artists who seem to be showing CONSTANTLY around here but are also represent part of larger group of artists who use psychology and design language to create a provisional, often sci-fi but always perceptually loaded environments. Think of them as the psycho-reactive progeny of Judd, Smithson, Heizer, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Irwin and Anish Kapoor.

Curated by Josephine Zarkovich, she "invited the artists to produce work that resonates with the novel's themes of overlapping visions, architectural interventions and flawed utopian ideals. The resulting exhibition explores Portland's metaphorical and literal landscapes, its geography and unique identity through the work of artists who call the city home." Sounds like a show we've seen numerous times.

Opening Reception: November 15 6-10PM
Disjecta | 8371 N Interstate
Hours: FRI–SUN 12-5 PM | NOV 16 - DEC 30


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Thursday 11.08.12

Weekend Picks

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Out in Springfield this Friday, there's a new exhibition entitled Long Nights, Long Days by the Minnesotan interdisciplinary artist, Peter Happel Christian. The exhibition draws its title from a pair of photographic works produced by Peter during the summer and winter of 2012. "One bundle, Long Nights, was removed from its packaging in the artist's backyard, recorded the entire duration of winter beginning on December 22, 2011 and ending on March 19, 2012. The second bundle, Long Days, was opened in a darkroom and processed through a fixer bath first, recorded the entire duration of summer beginning on June 20, 2012 and ending on September 21, 2012."

Long Nights, Long Days | Peter Happel Christian
Opening Reception | November 9th | 6-9 PM
Ditch Projects | 303 S. 5th Avenue #165, Springfield

Also this weekend, a group show at Appendix and the start of the NWFF. More details are behind the cut.

Posted by Tori Abernathy on November 08, 2012 at 16:38 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.06.12

Daniel Heffernan Reception and Talk

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Still from Daniel Heffernan's AE: 1 (2012)

On Wednesday, there is an opening reception and talk at Linfield College's Miller Gallery for AE: (1+2), by Daniel Heffernan. Since it is in wine country Linfield may have the Portland area's most remote contemporary art location... but it is also the area's most consistently cutting edge so consider a trek (and maybe some wine tasting). Here's the PR:

"Heffernan is a visual and media artist based in New York City whose paintings and video art have been internationally exhibited. The Linfield Gallery exhibition will be his first show in the Pacific Northwest."

Linfield College Gallery: Daniel Heffernan - AE: (1+2) | October 15 - December 17
Artist Talk & Reception: November 7th 5PM (talk starts at 6PM @ room 127, Nicholson Library)
Gallery hours: M-F 9AM - 5PM & Saturday 12-5PM in the James Miller Fine Arts Center

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 06, 2012 at 11:14 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.05.12

Margaret Wall-Romana at Archer Gallery

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Magaret Wall-Romana, Tangle and Sensation

The Archer Gallery presents the first Northwest exhibit by Minnesota painter, Margaret Wall-Romana, who paints large format flora/fauna fantasias. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Archer Gallery | Clark College
November 7 - December 9th
Opening & talk: November 7, 6 - 8PM (talk at 7 @ PUB 161)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10AM - 7PM, Fri. and Sat. 12-5PM | Phone: 360 992 2246

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 05, 2012 at 10:52 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.01.12

Words for the Weekend

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Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Holding Still), 2009, digital c-print in custom maple frame, 53 5/8" x 62 5/8"

Awaking from a deep sleep into the dead of autumn, the Lumber Room opens with its first exhibition this year. Exploring optical play, the works presented here are the result of pushing and pulling the medium of photography towards and away from its very limitations. Pay particular attention to the austere work of recent MFA grad, Evan La Londe and the proto-historical analysis that underwrites the work of Leslie Hewitt.

Terrain Shift | Corin Hewitt, Leslie Hewitt, Erin Shirreff, Elizabeth McAlpine, Will Rogan, Jennifer West and Portlander Evan La Londe
November 2nd, 2012 - February 2nd, 2013
The Lumber Room | 419 NW 9th Ave

More this weekend and behind the cut: Chris Kraus @ YU, bamboo @ Japanese Gardens, and Open Studios @ Towne Storage

Posted by Tori Abernathy on November 01, 2012 at 20:58 | Comments (0)

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Julie Ault at PNCA

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Julie Ault (Photo Tim Hailand)

On Friday, PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies presents Julie Ault as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Lecture Series. Aukt is an artist, curator (co founder of Group Material) and editor of the important book Alternative Art New York 1965-1985. Considering that arts funding organizations like RACC and the OAC don't really address the needs of Portland's alternative spaces they should have people at this talk (The book is required reading too).

From the PR: "Julie Ault, an artist who assumes a curatorial role as a form of practice, individually and collaboratively organizes exhibitions, multiform projects, and publications. Her work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics.... Ault co-founded Group Material, an artist collaborative that explored relationships between politics and aesthetics between 1979 and 1996. Her projects include Social Landscape at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, and the exhibition Outdoor Systems, Indoor Distribution at the NGBK, Berlin. Ault has taught at École Superieure d'Art Visuel in Geneva, UCLA, Rhode Island School of Design, CalArts, and The Cooper Union."

Julie Ault: November 2nd | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
PNCA Main Campus | Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 01, 2012 at 12:04 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 10.30.12

First Thursday of November

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Four-layered Ovoid Lattices #2, Michael Knutson, Oil on canvas, 40" x 60", 2012

Michael Knutson's diligently lucid abstract paintings often form overlapping spirals of intersecting colors. In the new exhibition of work by this Yale graduate and Reed College professor, these lattices take on a more rounded form. As you look closely, think about the fact that this local master doesn't use tape. "The works are composed of two, three and four layers of spiraling ovals that play with actual and apparent transparency."

Layered Ovoid Lattices | Michael Knutson
Opening Reception | November 1st | 6-9 PM
Blackfish Gallery | 420 NW 9th Ave.


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Interrogation 2, Leon Golub, 1980-81, Acrylic on linen, 120 x 176 inches, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, Art © Estate of Leon Golub/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY/Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Fighting Men looks at images of violence and masculinity through the work of three diverse macho artists. Jack Kirby produces comics with an aggressive flair, Leon Golub is a painter whose imagery recalls the barbaric, and Pete Voulkos turns the often feminine forms of pottery into something 'monumental' to suit the male-centric gaze of today's (and yesterday's) art audiences. In an essay about the exhibition, curator Daniel Duford writes "The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition. Raw power emanates from the artwork. To watch Peter Voulkos manipulate a huge mound of clay on the wheel and rip and tear at the resulting form is a spectacle of brute force. The sheer strength required of Voulkos to make his work bespeaks extraordinary physical prowess. Power animated Jack Kirby’s superhero comics; his best known and most personal work depicted beings literally crackling with sublime cosmic energy." You might not get another chance to celebrate the work of three white men in one place, so don't miss it.

Fighting Men | Leon Golub, Pete Voulkos, and Jack Kirby
October 25th - March 3rd
Curators Talk | November 1st | 1 PM
Hoffman Gallery | Lewis & Clark | 615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road


More beyond the link: Patrick Kelly and the Peoples Library PDX

Posted by Tori Abernathy on October 30, 2012 at 15:06 | Comments (0)

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Friday 10.26.12

Late October Weekend Events

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Matt Doyle will be playing with light and sound this weekend at Nationale. Matt Doyle is a musician, artist, and writer. He is the performance coordinator at RECESS, a copy editor for Publication Studio, a Reed College graduate, and an all-around talented guy (if not also a warm-hearted fellow). "Experimenting with the contrasts and interactions of acoustic and visual perception, Matt Doyle will present two opposing channels of video accompanied by a live audio diffusion. This will be the premiere performance of Vibrating Boundaries."

Vibrating Boundaries | Matthew Joseph Xavier Doyle
October 27th | 7PM
Nationale | 811 E Burnside

Dill Pickle Club behind the cut...

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Tuesday 10.23.12

Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos and Kirby

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Jack Kirby

Typically when artists curate, they pursue their own influences and interests, which brings its own kind of validity. It's borne more of the immediate coalescing agency of making work rather than engaging the predictable facets and authority of art historical discourse. It is a time honored tradition and instead of being capricious, it often interjects that often undervalued but very powerful voice of the "true fan" that is missing from most curatorial programs. Let's just say there is juice when the combinations aren't so dry and something personal in the present is at stake. Matthew Barney's interest in Houdini for instance.

Thus, I'm excited about Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos and Jack Kirby at Lewis and Clark College's Hoffman Gallery. The show, "probes images of violence and masculinity," making an interesting counterpoint to Kara Walker at Reed and the Body Beautiful at PAM. Guest curated by artist and writer Daniel Duford (whose own work is a pretty straight forward synthesis of these giants) the idea of combining a painter (Golub), ceramicist (Voulkos) and perhaps the greatest comic book cartoonist (Kirby) makes perfect sense. Frankly, I've always preferred Duford's taste in influences over the work he produces and respect the balls it takes to summon these three masters, whose long shadows have dogged him critically. To be fair, of today's artists perhaps only Raymond Pettibon would be expected to stand up well to these titans and Philip Guston has already been linked with all three in art history.

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art | Lewis and Clark College | 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 95
Opening: October 25th 5-7PM
Curators talk: November 1, 5:00PM (Miller 105)
Exhibition run: October 25, 2012 to March 3, 2013
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information: 503-768-7687

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 23, 2012 at 11:33 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 10.21.12

Hugh Dubberly for OCAC's Connections Series

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OCAC's fantastic speaker's series continues with Hugh Dubberly's, "Design in the Age of Biology: Shifting from a Mechanical-Object Ethos to an Organic-System Ethos." It should be an eye opening rumination on the way design, visualization and biomimesis have become enmeshed in the last decade or so. Here's a little of the PR:

"Hugh Dubberly is a design planner and teacher. At Apple Computer in the late 80s/early 90s, he managed cross-functional design teams and creative services for the entire company and co-created a technology-forecast film, 'Knowledge Navigator', that presaged the appearance of the Internet in a portable digital device. At the same time, he served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the founding chair of the computer graphics department. Mr. Dubberly is best known for creating concept maps-visual models to explore and learn about complex information spaces: 'By showing everything-the forest and the trees-in a single view, concept maps help people create mental models and clarify thoughts.'"

Sounds like a winner.

Hugh Dubberly | OCAC Connections
October 22, 2012 | 7:00PM
ZIBA Auditorium | 810 NW Marshall
SmartPark garage adjacent to Ziba; bicycle parking and convenient to MAX

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 21, 2012 at 11:45 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 10.18.12

It's a Small World, After All

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Olof Olsson, The Suburban's booth at NEXT, Photo by Paul Germanos. Image courtesy of Google Images.

The Danish-Duth-Swedish performance artist, Olaf Olsson, will be performing an entirely scripted, almost two-hour long monologue at Publication Studio. Olsson has a presence and cadence that is at once uncomfortable, cosmopolitan, and witty. "It's a meditation and celebration of the failures and perversities of language, and the body through which it resonates." There will probably be some ukulele tunes well suited for an arts crowd.

Driving the Blues Away | Olaf Olsson
October 18 | 7 PM
Publication Studio | 717 SW Ankeny St.



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David Knowles @ FalseFront

David Knowles might be known around here for his sharp, contemporary graphic design skills. Beyond his repoirtoire of chic TBA posters, and well-kerned work with Publication Studio and YA5, he's honing a more conceptually-based creative practice destined to stand the test of time. His exhibition It was not so important—who did it and where they went. There was, after all, only one of them opens this Friday at FalseFront. "Out of occasional conversations with a Sears Portrait Studio technician, David Knowles constructs a dialogue, both fact and fiction, to be played in the gallery by two actors. A series of photographs made using studio equipment moves their conversation to unlit backrooms, among props and curtains. Included in the exhibition is an editioned booklet, made to document and reenact the exchange."

It was not so important—who did it and where they went. There was, after all, only one of them | David Knowles
October 19 – November 11
Opening Reception | October 19 | 7-10 PM
Viewing Hours | Saturdays and Sundays | 12-3PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32nd Avenue



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Installation shot of Jason Doize @ Place. Image courtesy of Place.

With his sound-based installation Underlier, FalseFront owner/curator Jason Doize "continues his interest in commerce. [Here] his attention lies in the tenuous relationship between shipping and receiving." Despite an unstable global economy and chart-topping unemployment, more and more industrial labour is culled from overseas in exchange for low cost goods. Of course, when you've recently been put out of work the decision to buy the plastic lawn chair over the wooden version becomes a bit easier. Underlier makes use of audio collected from a shipping crate shipped by Doize himself. This and Black Field, an installation by Michael Endo, are opening in the Black Gallery at Place this Saturday.

Underlier | Jason Doizé
Opening Reception | October 20th | 5-9 PM
Artist Talk | November 3rd | 7 PM
Place | 700 SW 5th Ave PDX | 3rd floor of Pioneer Mall

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Monday 10.15.12

Daniel Heffernan at Linfield

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Still from Daniel Heffernan's AE: 1 (2012)

Today Linfield College's Miller Gallery presents AE: (1+2), featuring two new video installations by Daniel Heffernan. Since it is in wine country Linfield may have the Portland area's most remote location... but it is also the area's most consistently impressive so consider a trek (and maybe some wine tasting). Here's the PR:

"Heffernan is a visual and media artist based in New York City whose paintings and video art have been internationally exhibited. The Linfield Gallery exhibition will be his first show in the Pacific Northwest.

An artist talk by video artist Daniel Heffernan will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery on the Linfield College campus. The presentation will be followed by a reception.

Heffernan explores the meaning and manifestations of live performance in our media saturated society. His art-making integrates various disciplines,including movement, video, music, writing and the visual arts, and draws inspiration from the rapidly evolving relationship between performance and technology.

His most recent design projects have been featured at HERE Theatre, which The New York Times credits as 'one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.' His work has also been featured at the Soho Playhouse, where he collaborated with legendary film director Ken Russell, and the Clurman Theater, both in New York City."

Linfield College Gallery: Daniel Heffernan - AE: (1+2) | October 15 - December 17
Artist Talk & Reception: November 7th 5PM
Gallery hours: M-F 9AM - 5PM & Saturday 12-5PM in the James Miller Fine Arts Center

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 15, 2012 at 10:34 | Comments (0)

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Friday 10.12.12

Francis Celentano talk

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Francis Celentano Gemini 15 (2012)

When it comes to hard edge op abstraction Francis Celentano is tough to beat. This octogenarian from Seattle is still going strong and his talk at Laura Russo Gallery on Saturday is a great chance to hear from one of the original op art masters about his latest show (which is gorgeous).

Francis Celentano Artist Talk
When: October 13, 11AM
Laura Russo Gallery
805 NW 21st Ave.

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Wednesday 10.10.12

Posturing and Appropriation

Epistemologically speaking, there are many instances wherein text is not the most suitable format for reception. Critics of the hegemony of text, such as the writer, might find more instances than most. With so many untapped visual, aural, and performative resources for expressing complex, subjective, and impacting ideas, it would behoove the cultural arbiters out there to employ them with more fervor. This is the space that the arts have carved out for themselves, or at least, it should be. We could view the arts as simply an opening up. I call for a turn towards the democratic potential within a multiplicity of mediums in favour of their (sparsely) textual counterparts. We would do well to remove the fashionable fluff and the art-therapy-esque works from the spectrum. There are two shows opening in the next few days that operate in just the way contemporary art exhibitions ought to. Leaving the viewer with takeaways that have the potential to reconfigure their orientation to the everyday. If it's not already glaringly obvious, these are two exhibitions that I've been looking forward to for some time and it pleases me to introduce them here. marianewex_223_0.jpg p. 221, Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: "Female" and "Male" Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1979 The taxonomic work of Marianne Wex interrogates the force of gender on the body's presence. Appropriating found imagery from magazines and the like, she classifies the documents according to the positioning of the subject's hands, legs, feet, etc. To throw a wrench in it all, she supplements her study with candid shots taken of folks on the streets of Hamburg. In this way, her survey is at once an encyclopedia of posture and a portrait of popular poses from the north of Germany in the 70s. Among hundreds of orchestrated sets, it's easy to uncover some exceptions to the 'rules', such as men taking on effeminate knee-bends or the artist inserting a break in her own mediated continuity. Roughly 2/3 of her archive have been selected by the artist to be on view at YU beginning this Friday. From YU: "At the center of both the panels and the book is a wide disputation about how we create and present ourselves, and the degree to which gender-specific conditioning and hierarchies are reflected through everyday pose, gesture, and pre-verbal communication." To accompany the exhibition, the film Self Fashion Shown(1976) by Hungarian artist Tibor Hajas will be on loop in their brand new theatre during open hours. Tibor Hajas, acting as amateur anthropologist, films passerby on the street prompting them to find the posture that suits them most. Marien Wex October 12–December 15 Opening Reception | October 12 | 6:30 PM Yale Union (YU) | 800 SE 10th Ave samguerreroRoy.jpg Still from Roy, Three channel video, 2012 As a stylistic gesture, 'appropriation' is a method of reorganization - a movement. It is distinguished from similar notions, such as arrangement, recomposition, bricolage and others for its relationship to property. For many, it connotes a casual degree of theft. It comes from the Latin verb appropriare, 'to make one's own,' - further segmented as ad, meaning 'to' as in 'towards', and proprius, 'one's own, permanent, special, peculiar'. Inappropriate Appropriation is a group show curated by RECESS co-director and local artist, JP Huckins. The exhibition showcases talented up-and-coming artists who take appropriation, already ubiquitous in our technologically-mediated society, to its limits. Huckins writes, "the artists might not have the answers, they might be pointing at something, or they may be suggesting or nudging you in a certain direction. IA is about seeing things anew that you may have taken for granted before; it's about appropriating inappropriately so that we might appropriate appropriately." While there, be sure to ask where the inspiration for the images on Kulei's hubcaps came from and don't be too quick to dismiss Clay's La Llorona Makes Guest Appearance at Candlelit Vigil as crude culture jamming. Inappropriate Appropriation (IA) | Featuring: Crystal Baxley, Paul Clay, Sam Guerrero, Rochelle Kulei, and Kesheena Jean Doctor October 8th - October 24th Opening Reception | October 11th | 5-8 PM Littman and White Galleries | Second floor of the Smith building @ PSU

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Tuesday 10.09.12

AA Bronson Lecture

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AA Bronson and Nicolaus Chaffin, Ashes to Ashes, performance view

Tomorrow, from 6:30-8:30PM PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies welcomes AA Bronson as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Here's the PR:

"AA Bronson formed General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal in 1969. The trio lived and worked together for 25 years, undertaking more than 100 exhibitions and public art projects. They were known for their magazine, FILE (1972-1989), their production of low-cost multiples, and their early involvement in punk, queer theory, and AIDS activism. In 1974, General Idea founded Art Metropole, a distribution center and archive in Toronto for artists' books, audio, video, and multiples. Bronson's solo work focuses on death, grieving, and healing. He founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City."

AA Bronson
October 10| 6:30 - 8:30PM
PNCA Main Campus | Swigert Commons | 1241 NW Johnson St.

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Saturday 10.06.12

Cook'n with MK Guth at The Art Gym

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The Art Gym is re-opening on Sunday after its latest round of remodeling with MK Guth's, "when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain." There will be a series of conversations about food with the artist during the opening and a stream of artists and scholars throughout the run of the exhibition to make the Proustian palimpsest point. Here's the PR:

"'When from a long distant past nothing subsists after the things are broken and scattered, the smell and taste of things remain.' -Marcel Proust

Inspired by Proust and a long history of artworks using and commenting on food, Oregon artist MK Guth is launching a new body of work this fall with the exhibition 'when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain.' M.K. Guth uses art to deepen conversation. 'when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain' will use handmade books, sculpted serving pieces and utensils to materially propose and symbolize potential dinners inspired by art, music, places, relationships or milestones."

MK Guth: when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain
The Art Gym | Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)| Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
Preview Reception: October 7, 3-5pm
Gallery Talk: October 18, 12pm
Homecoming artist and curator's tour: October 26, 8pm

Closed Thanksgiving Weekend: November 22-26 | Exhibition continues through December 9

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Wednesday 10.03.12

The First Thursday of October

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All and Nothing @ Froelick. Photo, Jeff Jahn.

In an exhibition entitled All and Nothing, Victor Maldonado creates an empty space for the viewer to fill with meaning a la Cage's 4'33" and others. Here, though, the visual nothing that we're supposed to stack meaning atop takes root in the common motifs of his earlier work. "[Maldonado]attempts to step back from elements of his established creative practice to give the viewer room to experience as they will. The pieces in All and Nothing are humorous and pointed, such as pages from art history texts, painted over in black or chroma key green to omit, alter or highlight reproductions of well known works." Let's see if we can find something in the pastiche, in the Hal Foster sort of way.

All and Nothing | Victor Maldonado
Opening Reception | October 4th | 5-8 PM
Froelick Gallery | 714 NW Davis Street


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Sunday 09.30.12

Kara Walker Lecture at Reed

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Kara Walker, (still) Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale, 2011, Video, 17 min., Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. (c) Kara Walker.

Kara Walker's lecture and reception at Reed on Tuesday will be one of the highlights of the Fall season. My best advice, get there early as it will fill up even faster than other Osterow Distinguished Visitors in The Arts lectures have. Afterwards, there will be a a public reception for her solo show More & Less at the Cooley Gallery.

The exhibition features Walker's most recent film, Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale (2011). I caught the film last year in New York and it should have a lot of crossover appeal to Portland's edgy alt-puppet theater goers as well as the art crowd.

The show also features a, "body of prints and multiples from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation."


More & Less | September 4 - November 18, 2012
Public artist talk: October 2, 7PM | Vollum lecture hall
Public reception at the Cooley Gallery follows the lecture
October 2 gallery hours: 12 to 9 p.m.

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery
Reed College | 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Regular Hours | Tues - Sunday 12-5PM

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 30, 2012 at 22:00 | Comments (0)

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Friday 09.28.12

Darkness and light this weekend

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Still from Torse,USA, 1977, HD resotoration of 16mm double projection, color, sound, 55 min. Image courtesy of Cinema Project.

This weekend, Cinema Project kicks of their yearlong residency at Yale Union(YU) with a screening of Torse by Charles Atlas. YU has built an impressive theatre on their second floor for the film and video curation of Mia Ferm, Michael McManus, and Heather Lane. Torse is a dual-screen rendition of the dance original choreographed by Merce Cunningham, the prolific avant-gardist keen on collaboration. "Shot at the University of Washington with three 16mm cameras - two mobile and manned by Cunningham and Atlas to capture close-ups and a third stationary - Atlas edited the piece to appear on two screens side by side. This strategy allows viewers to see the dance from various vantage points at once. From Einstein's theory of relativity, Cunningham took the idea that there are no fixed points in space, therefore no intended perspective point, no preferred seat from which to watch." With two night time screenings, you'll be able to check this out despite your plans to attend the Stock Dinner this Sunday.

Torse | Charles Atlas
Curated by Cinema Project
Sep. 29 + 30 | 9 PM
$7 Suggested Donation
Yale Union (YU) | 800 SE 10th Ave


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This Saturday, Appendix Project Space presents This New Ocean by Chicago-based artist Daniel Baird. "Daniel Baird's sculptures treat contemporary objects and materials as items of myth, rendering them into linked symbols of light, passage, and stasis. Removed from their original role as component pieces they approach their core purpose, a transaction of energy and attention."

This New Ocean | Daniel Baird
Opening Reception | Sep. 29th | 8 PM
Appendix | the south alleyway off Alberta St. between 26th and 27th Aves.

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Tuesday 09.25.12

Wednesday Events

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Cynthia E. Smith

If you are interested in sustainable design catch Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum speak about the Museum od Contemporary Craft's excellent exhibition Design with the Other 90%: CITIES. During the talk Smith will provide, "a global overview of the design, thinking, approach, and frontiers of invention aimed at serving the urban poor in connection with the exhibition.

After curating the first exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt's series on humanitarian design in 2007, Smith spent a year of field research in 15 different cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, focusing on successful design solutions to rapidly expanding informal settlements. Join us for a behind-the-scenes lecture on this groundbreaking exhibition series."

Museum of Contemporary Craft
CraftPerspectives Lecture: September 26 6:30PM
The Lab
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR, 97209



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Zefrey Throwell, Swiss Ghost in a French Nightmare, 2012, digital C-print, 16 x 24 in.

Dan Gluibizzi & Zefrey Throwell's There is no finish line opens September 26th at Ampersand. Both artists will be in attendance & Ninkasi is providing beer. Here's the PR:

"We are pleased to welcome back Ampersand regular Dan Gluibizzi for a second exhibition at the gallery, this time in collaboration with New York artist, Zefrey Throwell. As with their previous two-man exhibition at By and By Gallery in Brooklyn titled I'll Tumblr 4 Ya (2010), the photographs & paintings in There is no finish line are invitingly erotic & directly engage the disorienting plethora of web-based imagery that defines much of our daily experience. The existence of a finish line not only predicts an end to something, it also implies an awareness of one's current position in space-time &, by extension, the meaning of one's relationship to culture, reality & society at large."

Preview Reception: September 26 from 6 to 9PM
Dates: September 26 to October 21, 2012
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books
2916 NE Alberta St., B, Portland, OR 97211
503.805.5458

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Sunday 09.23.12

Vicky Lynn Wilson's Cumulus at PCC Sylvania

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Vicky Lynn Wilson's Cumulus

It has been a long time since weve seen a large scale installation from Vicki Lynn Wilson. Now consider how PCC's Northview Gallery has been doing some of the most adventurous large scale University gallery exhibits of local artists in the area lately. The combination of Wilson and the Northview Gallery results in Cumulous, which opens Monday. The exhibition is influenced by domestic interiors and natural disasters so Im expecting something both epic and familiar.

According to the PR: "Cumulus is a sculptural installation comprised of Paper Mache, pattern drafted cardboard, sewn and cut paper, carved Styrofoam and other mixed media forms and structures. Several human forms traverse the monochromatic brown space of an implied flooded plane. Their postures are bent to the domestic objects which rise from their arms and backs. 'I began with an idea of wanting to transform the space. I decided to use cardboard and paper as a practical matter. The gallery is large so I needed inexpensive and plentiful material. It was the disposability and transience of the material that led me to the subject of the installation.' Taking a 'waste not' approach, the majority of the materials were collected from the recycling of Widmer Brewing Company, Rose City Upholstery and the PCC Bookstore. Even the coffee cups and trash of the artist and visitors to the space are being incorporated."

Cumulus: September 24 - October 26
Northview Gallery: 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219 CT Building, Rm 214
Hours: 8-4pm Monday-Friday and by appointment
Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2-3pm
Closing Reception: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3-5pm
Special Performance: Friday, October 26, 2012, 8-8:45pm

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 23, 2012 at 16:50 | Comments (0)

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Friday 09.21.12

Industry and Art

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Want to get your proletariat on this weekend? The annual Industry&Art "Celebrate the Worker" expo down at the Swan Island shipyards has some special events this weekend, including the 30 artist show (perhaps the theme is a little too literal to take too seriously but the uber industrial location is incredible). There's the "fully restored steamer Portland, the last steam-powered, sternwheel tugboat to be built in the United States." Also there's a World War II PT boat on hand. Artists like Christopher Rauschenberg, Jordan Tull, Henk Pander, Ryan Pierce, Mark Smith and Michael Brophy etc. all give this annual event a some pedigree but considering the outstanding location things could really be ratcheted up if they wanted to. A lot of the work simply illustrates the worker... what if it explored what that means a little deeper? Check it out and contemplate a cool site that has much much more untapped potential.

Industry&Art
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, Sept 22-23 | 11AM - 6PM
Friday sept 21st 12 - 6PM Tours 2PM & 4 PM
Vigor Industrial Shipyard, Swan Island
5555 N. Channel Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 21, 2012 at 11:07 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.17.12

2 Talk Tuesday + Cuba on Alberta Thursday

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Reynier Leyva Novo

Catch celebrated Cuban artist Reynier Leyna Novo's talk "Public Art at the Margins" at Reed on Tuesday at 4:30 PM.

The PR: "Leyva Novo explores the graphic and material history of revolution and political activism, fusing the social and the sensual in deeply engaging forms. His project 'The Smells of War,' was featured in the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale.

Leyno Novo's visit to Portland was organized by the Art, History, Latin American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Memory Studies Institute at Lewis and Clark College, with collaborative support from the Reed College Art Department and PNCA.

Reynier Leyna Novo visits Portland for a series of academic talks accompanied by the exhibition Novo Anniversary Collection, opening this Thursday, September 20, at "The Best Art Gallery in the World," 1468 NE Alberta, 6-8 p.m."

Artist talk: "Public Art on the Margin"
Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m.
Studio Art Building, Reed College campus


Opening: Thursday | September 20 | 6- 8 PM
The Best Art Gallery in the World
1468 NE Alberta



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Collider (install view) Victor Maldonado (Left), Nathanael Thayer Moss (Right)

Later Tuesday night at 7:00PM take in a panel discussion for Collider, an exhibition I curated to explore impure or accretive abstract painting in Portland. The panel features 5 of the show's 6 artists: Amy Bernstein, Jesse Hayward, Victor Maldonado, Nathanael Thayer Moss and Eva Speer, moderated by yours truly. It should another rigorous and energetic discussion worth attending. (Look I hate those typically dull panel discussions and I promise this wont go that route). The Littman Gallery will be open from 6-7PM for extended viewing as well.

Panel Discussion | 7:00PM | Tuesday September 18th
Portland State University | Shattuck Hall Annex
1914 SW Park Ave.

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Thursday 09.13.12

David Hockney and the Brothers Grimm

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David Hockney (British, born 1937), Rapunzel Growing in the Garden, from “Rapunzel” in Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1969, etching. © David Hockney. Used with permission.

If you're looking for an excuse for a summer road trip, Maryhill Museum in Goldendale is opening "David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales" this Saturday. They'll be screening David Hockney: A Bigger Picture at 2PM followed by a discussion. The exhibition features 39 sketches Hockney produced to illustrate, or rather, accompany, Grimm's fairytales. "Hockney especially enjoyed the elements of magic in the tales, and his images focus on his imaginative response to the descriptions in the text rather than attempting to concentrate on the most important events in the narrative. As a result, the etchings are more than simply illustrations: they stand on their own as images, independent of the stories."

David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Opening Reception & Screening | September 15th | 2PM
Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA

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Wednesday 09.12.12

Specific Turn opening at OCAC

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Sorry Powells but Monograph is my favorite bookstore in Portland for a good reason and it is great to see the shopkeepers curate a show called Specific Turn at OCAC. Here is the PR:

"Acting as curators, artists John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill present a selection of books on art, craft, architecture and design including rare, out-of-print and small press publications. As booksellers and artists, the pair will exhibit a selection of books exploring current and re-emerging ideas in the contemporary study and practice of art and craft. Concepts explored will include, among others, the changing notion of the book, an interest in the tactile, and Utopian architecture and craft.

Available at the opening reception and through the end of the exhibit will be a free Selected Bibliography broadside (28" x 22.5") in an edition of 500, produced by John and Blair of Monograph Bookwerks."

Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 13 from 4-7pm
Specific Turn: September 6-30, 2012
Oregon College of Art and Craft

8245 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225
Exhibit open daily, 10am-3pm

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Friday 09.07.12

Weekend Openings

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The Next Seven Minutes of Your Life, Myndwyrm @ The Gnome Dome in Minneapolis

After a year of exhibitions in the Oregon Brass Works building, RECESS celebrates their anniversary tonight which doubles as a meet & greet with 2012 artist-in-residence Myndwyrm + The Wild Plan. Their work draws from artist walks (derivés), audio-theatre, performance studies, and live gaming, to activate cities as centers of creative resistance. During their stay, they'll be sharing user-activated performance pieces (termed 'autotheatre') and creating new site-specific pieces in PDX. This Sunday RECESS will formally introduce MW + WP with an artist talk, their autotheatre sketch The Next Seven Minutes of Your Life, and other in-process projects.

Myndwyrm | Artist Talk & Performances
September 9th | 8PM
RECESS | 1127 SE 10th
[MORE! The Portrait Project @ FOCO & Social Landscapes @ Linfield]

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Wednesday 09.05.12

The first Wednesday and Thursday of September

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Tint by Von Tundra @ PDX Window Project, Photo Courtesy of the artists

Von Tundra is an underrated Portland-based design collective comprised of Dan Anderson, Chris Held and other collaborators. They're work ranges from functionally a la mode furniture to pragmatic interventions into mobility and space. For their occupation of the PDX Window project, Tint, they explore the specific conditions of the gallery's shop window space compared to the commercial context of those nearby. "The issues of scale, function, association and intention are conditions that Von Tundra has challenged themselves to engage and counter. Tint shifts between direct and indirect references to both any window and this particular one."

Tint |Von Tundra
September 4 - 29 | 24 hours a day, viewable by sidewalk
PDX Window Project | 925 NW Flanders Street


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Alex Cecchetti, Summer is Not the Prize of Winter. Photo: Robertas Narkus.

The primary reason that programming amps up around here in late Summer is the arrival of the annual TBA festival. Of course, an internationally-renowned festival centered around time-based works carries with it a heavy dose of theatre, dance, and performance-based works. The opening reception this Thursday, however, unveils the festival's slightly more visual side with installations in the classrooms at Washington High School and other locations under the heading "End Things". As always, The Works hosts a careful balance of projects from local, emerging artists and internationally relevant figures. This year, many of these new projects have been evolving through time - the result of residencies and commissions for those represented. Visual Art Curator, Kristan Kennedy writes, "[End Things] is a play on the eschatological preoccupation that surrounds 2012. As we head towards the predicted 'end of all things,' perhaps the world will not end with a cataclysmic reckoning or a fireball from outer space, but rather when we no longer view the world as a round floating object and instead a flat space that we scroll over until we reach the edge. I ask us to become occasional animists and to believe that each thing has something to tell, maybe even something that could save us all." That's a worthwhile call to arms, if you ask me. Also, the sounds of Venus X will surely carry you into the wee hours of the night.

Summer is Not the Prize of Winter | Alex Cecchetti
Field of Debris | Erika Vogt
Monument to Another Man's Fatherland | Van Brummelen & De Haan
Understanding Witches Now | Morgan Ritter

TBA Festival | PICA
Opening Night | September 6th | 10-late
Washington High School | Between 12th and 14th on SE Stark St.


(MORE: John Cage's birthday @ PNCA & Colliders @ Littman)

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Collecting Ellsworth Kelly with Jordan Schnitzer

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Jordan Schnitzer

Interested in finding out how a true art collector shares his passion with the public? Tomorrow's conversation with Jordan Schnitzer is probably your best chance to understand what is an essentially esoteric process.

The Ellsworth Kelly Prints exhibition at the Portland Art Museum is a very satisfying summer show (very similar to the recent Letters to Ellsworth at LACMA, also culled from Jordan's collection) but for those artists who love Kelly or are simply curious about collectors... I suggest you catch the conversation tonight with Jordan and PAM's director Brian Ferriso. If you haven't met them, I'd describe them as two of the most engaging people in the Portland art scene. Jordan in particular, is passionate about the forms and multiples in Kelly's process and it's always great to see how much respect and appreciation he has for the artist. That kind of respect is a rarity in the often investment driven art world today. Instead, Jordan collects in depth, as a way to gain understanding... in much the way a true artist like Kelly creates as a function of exploring life's finer moments of observation. It is a kind of personal development that Portland is lucky to share in.

Portland Art Museum
Conversations: Collecting Ellsworth Kelly, Sept. 6 | 6:00 PM

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Tuesday 09.04.12

Trust:: PNCA Alumni Show

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Still from Samuel Rowlett's Landscape Painting in the Expanded Field project

Though recent institutional survey attempts of the Portland art scene have been less than satisfying or even interesting, PNCA's first try at an alumni show titled Trust PNCA may have learned from the mistakes of others (too diffuse, not contemporary enough, dead energy). PNCA describes Trust as offering, "the viewer the opportunity to become an institutional archaeologist, to dig down through the accumulated strata of object, image, and idea to get at the cultural DNA of the College. For alumni, it is an appropriate homecoming or completion of a circle."

With 44 artists it still doesn't include everybody (who would want it to) but it sure tries.... these sorts of group shows are all about the institution ingratiating itself and or re-connecting after all. Still, it looks like it will bring out some new names (another problem with recent surveys).

... ( Link for full list of artists and more)

Trust Opening Reception: September 5th | 6-8PM Trust: Srptember 6 - October 21 PNCA | Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson

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Friday 08.31.12

Claudia Meza at White Box

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PICA's End Things vis art programming gets a little head start this Saturday with Claudia Meza's Water at the U of O's White Box gallery.

With its collection of interactive tape players Water looks like Cageian interactive installation art that can't miss with figity lo-fi lovin vistors.

According to the PR: "Water is a collection of hanging Califone cassette players that facilitate the exploration of the resonant and sculptural qualities of sounds and their sources. Meza focused her recordings on things that amplify water—ferries, rivers, oceans, waterfalls, water taps, water bowls—isolating their tones and textures on looping tapes. The installation is an instrument without instruction, by which the audience performs their own experience by pressing Play, Rewind, Fast Forward, and Stop. In this way, each cassette deck acts like an auditory "Berlin key" that holds the user responsible for opening and again locking the door before the key may be retrieved. Alongside this sonic space, Meza presents video excerpts from Mourning Youth, an in-progress "wordless opera" on the elasticity of self and time, which she is developing with collaborator Chris Hackett."

Opening Reception: September 1st 6-9PM
Water: September 1 - 22 | Tues through Sat 11AM - 6PM
White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland
21 NW 1st Avenue

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Thursday 08.30.12

Zachary Davis at False Front

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Finally, a long awaited solo show by a promising young artist to kick off the second half of the season. False Front presents Flanks and Slopes by Zachary Davis.

Davis has been a stand out in several group shows but it is time to see how sustained his practice can be? His solo show last year took place in Philadelphia but received critical praise.

Here is some of the PR: "Form is a voracious concept, beginning somewhere in the front of my brain, where teams of cells replace flat swaths of stimulus from the back of the eye with semantic notions like edge, texture, and depth. In schematic, these transmuting units are funnelshaped, and zooming out, the shape remains a funnel, with sensory overload crashing against the wide end and a thin stream of physical actions on the other.

Along with other perceived objects, this funnel-form guides my actions on a field of possibility with its own contours. If the shape of tomorrow's weather forecast has enough reality to guide my actions (rainfall by time by latitude by longitude), or the upward trajectory of food prices (by time by latitude by longitude), then the correlation of many such forms (food price by rainfall by time by latitude by longitude) is similarly real. Pull in enough metrics, and we find ourselves on a landscape of goals and dangers, shrouded in fog...."


FalseFront | 4518 NE 32ND Avenue
August 31 - September 23, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31 (7 - 10PM)
Viewing Hours: Saturdays and Sundays (12 - 3PM)

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Wednesday 08.29.12

Watkins Gradual Instant at Reed College

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detail of Gradual Instant

Catch Heather Watkins opening at Reed College today. Her Gradual Instant show is comprised of over one hundred works on paper, arranged on the wall in closely-aligned and overlapping groups. Like a blind man's elephant the work is abstract and fragmentary but hints at a holistic survey of the whole.

The exhibition also includes a suite of lithographs made in collaboration with Mahaffey Fine Art, with support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


Artist talk and Opening: August 29 | 4PM in the Studio Art Building, followed by reception
Gradual Instant: August 20 - September 15, 2012
Edith Feldenheimer Gallery
, Studio Art Building at Reed College

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Tuesday 08.21.12

The Last Throws of August

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Still from video documentation of Sean Carney's Abjackass

Almost as if to whet the city's palate in preparation for TBA, the White Box invites talented locals to fire away with pop-up-like shows/events each day this week. You might have already missed Lisa Radon today, but don't miss out on tomorrow's light workshop with Laura Hughes. Participants will be able to get their hands on some of the new phosphorescent materials she makes use of in her new work. With a depth of exploratory vision and a working knowledge of electronics, the clever Stephanie Simek presents a new sound experiment on Thursday. On Friday Wayne Bund performs as Feyonce, his queer appropriation of pop diva Beyonce. His character, the ephemera on view at Show and Tell, and his performance are intended to "challenge pop culture, radical feminism, and drag lineage"; it's a tough job, but someone has to do it. Then finally, on Saturday, catch some documentation of prior performances by the successfully abject Sean Joseph Patrick Carney and Michael Reinsch. Sean Carney will present video documentation of a 25-minute long performance that highlights the "links between the history of performance art and stunts by the members of Jackass." If you're faint at heart and looking to actually laugh while being challenged by popular culture, though, I would stick with the drag show.

Show and Tell
Featuring Lisa Radon, Laura Hughes, Wayne Bund, Stephanie Simek, Michael Reinsch and Sean Joseph Patrick Carney
August 21st - 25th | Performances 6-8 PM each night
White Box | 24 NW 1st Avenue

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Katja Novitskova @ Appendix

With a remarkably up-to-date response to current events, Katja Novitskova is the newest addition to a brand new line of web releases from Appendix Project Space. Available to view online from tomorrow at noon through early September, Curiosity and Opportunity: Next Best Thing to Being There is a solo exhibition "in the form of a panoramic application. The resulting show features several existing objects and appropriated images that express the unity of art, technology and nature as form-finding processes based on curiosity and opportunity."

Curiosity and Opportunity: Next Best Thing to Being There | Katja Novitskova.
Opening at 12 PM, August 22nd
Appendix (via the web) | http://appendixspace.com

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Thursday 08.16.12

Second half of 2012 home stretch shows

Unlike New York, LA or London, Portland's gallery season starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st... perhaps because our excellent summers attract people from elsewhere while keeping us here? Instead, we tend to flee Portland's arch-soggy December through February months.

The first half of Portland's 2012 visual art season was a doosy headlined with a Mark Rothko retrospective that transformed the way a many Portlanders view its local art museum + civic cultural history. Also, the news that our alternative scene was worthy of international attention, leaving more traditional galleries in the dust was a wake up call. Why the galleries don't at least attempt to harness some of that energy in their inevitable summer and winter group shows like they used to... I'll never understand? I guess they think selling the same art to the same collectors over and over again is a good idea? Especially when new players keep moving here and begin looking for the action they read about but cannot be found in the Pearl District. C'mon you know I'm right, Portland is going through massive changes... act accordingly, there is a new set of waves to catch.

So what is in store for the second half?


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At MOCC Design with the Other 90%: CITIES (Photo: (c) Haas & Hahn for favelapainting.com)

On Friday the Museum of Contemporary Craft fully morphs into the design museum a city full of designers calls for with Design with the Other 90%: CITIES. The show was organized by Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian making its only West Coast stop in Portland at MOCC and Mercy Corps.


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Kara Walker, (detail) Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale (2011), Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

On September 4th the Cooley Gallery re-opens with Kara Walker's More and Less. Featuring prints from Jordan Schnitzer's print collection and her latest film "Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale" (2011). Walker will come to Reed to speak on October 2nd... you might want to take that day off to get a good seat!


... (much more)

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Tuesday 08.14.12

RACC Summer Celebration

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It may seem like PORT gives the city's Regional Art and Culture Council a hard time (we just want them to become ever more relevant to a city that has undergone huge cultural shifts like genre bending artists, the rise of nationally noteworthy alternative spaces and independent curators), but it is also true that they have upped their game considerably over the years. Join them for their annual Summer Celebration on the North Park Blocks on what may be the hottest day of the year. There will be ice cream, music and food carts etc. It is good idea to know your local art grants funding organization.

RACC's Summer Celebration Open House
5-8 PM Thursday August 16th
411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101

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Tuesday 08.07.12

The Right Way at YU

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Still from The Right Way (1982-3)

YU presents Fischli and Weiss' epic The Right Way on Thursday August 9th. Not certain why it is only going on for just one night but I've always loved this piece where Rat and Bear cavort in the Swiss Alps having a series of ambiguous yet morality tinged adventures. It is a bit like a Medieval passion play or Chaucer's The Canterbury tales as written by the very perplexing Purple Panda from Mr. Rodger's Neighborhood. Seriously, this is such a good piece it becomes a missed opportunity that it it is only on view for one night. I think Rat and Bear would feel the same way somehow... it is after all, The Right Way. Definitely go see this, too bad you cant see it multiple times at the same venue since it is the sort of thing that deepens with repeated viewings?


Screening: August 9th | 8:00 PM
YU Contemporary
800 SE 10th Avenue

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Wednesday 08.01.12

August First Thursday

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Ducey & Thompson @ the Littman Gallery

Caitlin Ducey is one of the curators of 12128 whose personal work lies somewhere in the sculpture and installation ballpark. In her collaboration with 12128 co-founder Kyle Thompson, the new exhibition at the Littman Gallery purportedly marks a shift in her use of material and process, though the direction of that shift remains a mystery. "Thompson and Ducey present pairings of works that stem from individual understandings of water as discrete material and as a massive entity. Their work is a response to the emotional reactions that are evoked by moving water, creating a wave-like space in which visceral impressions and quantitative analyses are equated with one another."

Remote Events and Vanished Objects | Caitlin Ducey and Kyle Thompson
August 2-29
Opening Reception | August 2nd | 5-8 PM
Littman Gallery | 2nd Floor of the Smith Hall @ PSU | 1825 SW Broadway


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Evan La Londe @ The White Gallery @ PSU

A hop, skip, and a jump away at the White gallery, take a look at a new series of paintings by the talented recent PSU MFA grad, Evan La Londe. Evan's work (and the way its presented) tends to look like forensic scientists studying some trippy trompe-l'œils for clues to the unknown. "These images are full of ghosts, things I cannot name. Shadows reach back to the objects that threw them, but also to something else. The thing is, these shadows didn’t come from light; they’re painted, so they aren’t illuminations in the usual sense. Maybe they’re more like reflections, like moonlight. I discover them as I stumble through the dark." Let me know about the particularly mind-bending discoveries you find.

Them Brainwash Days, Those Heartache Nights | Evan La Londe August 2-29
Opening Reception | August 2nd | 5-8 PM
White Gallery | PSU Smith Hall, Second Floor | 1825 SW Broadway
(More... Gabriel Liston @ Froelick and Jenny Ordell @ Breeze Block)

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Thursday 07.26.12

Bea Fremderman at Appendix

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Bea Fremderman @ Appendix Taking another ride on the appropriating-corporate-aesthetics wave, Appendix presents a series of, let's say, assemblages by Bea Fremderman. Appendix states "The recuperation of such standard materials subverts use value in a form of resistance. Much like the bureaucratic condition of office environments, the valid structural organization of things remains enigmatic and unknown." Born in Moldova and living in Chicago, Fremderman recently received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Delve deep into the source material of her work to give currency to its purported subversive function.

S,M,L,XL | Bea Fremderman
July 26th | 8 PM
Appendix| South alley between 26th and 27th on Alberta St.

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Thursday 07.19.12

Variations

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Variations of the Truth #1, 22" x 30", Ali Gradischer, 2012

Lowell is a new shop + gallery in the southern region of the Mississippi neighborhood. While perusing their collections of tchotchkes and garments with 'interesting' cuts, take a look at the series of cyanotypes by Ali Gradischer hung along the walls. "Variations of the Truth examines the act of map-making as a means to draft visual abstractions of the Portland locale. The result of this work aims to compose a quiet expression of the particular geometry of this place." Take a look and revel in the stripped contours of our urban framework.

Ali Gradischer| Variations on a Theme
July 20th - August 24th
opening reception | July 20th | 6-9 PM
Lowell | 819 N Russell St.

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Monday 07.16.12

Hot Haus panel at Victory

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This is a town-hall style panel discussion that has been a long overdue regarding Portland's ever increasing profile as an international art city.... and the changing "expectations" that have been in effect amongst the Portland artists whose presence have made such a difference for the city in the past decade or so.

Featuring Panelists: Modou Dieng, Mack McFarland and myself as moderator. Artists, patrons and administrators are all encouraged to attend. This issue has been danced around long enough, though I'm going to keep this civil and constructive.

Here's the PR: "The New York times stalks us, the Wall Street Journal recently dubbed us a 'Utopia' and 'The Next Art Capital,' but within Portland's very active national and international art scene there has been widespread grimacing about how Portland's art infrastructure responds to this new higher profile. Often there is a schizm between between the old Portland and those whose careers are inherently international.

Hot Haus will be a panel for discussing this dynamic and how to make improvements.

Sure, most of Portland's support sources and presenting institutions have stepped up their efforts but there is a sense that they learn about what is excellent in Portland from outside instead of supporting it early from within. Should someone have to have a major museum show elsewhere before they are received more seriously here? Also, when well regarded international art is shown here are we giving the artists a proper reception and funding? Overall, there is a sense that the grants, awards, media outlets and supposed survey shows don't adequately present what is internationally interesting... instead being hidebound to old ideas and artists who were established names before artists flooded Portland in the late 90's to the present.... transforming Portland into an interesting art city.

It makes some people hot under the collar... let's all convene for a little town hall moment to explore this Hot Haus... and see if we can't provide better support with the resources we already have as well as potential sources in the near future.

Come bring you pet peeves and some models that might provide solutions." (apologies for quoting myself...)


Discussion: Thursday July 19th | 7:00 PM
Victory Gallery
733 NW Everett St.

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Saturday 07.14.12

Some kind of nature in NE

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Michael Iauch, Cowboy(still), 2012, high-definition video, stereo sound, 4:02 minutes, looped, image courtesy of FalseFront

False Front presents a new series of video works by Michael Iauch. The artist writes, "Is our romance more like a disease? Do we like S&M? I am concerned with an inspired by the tension between my desire for a "pure" experience, to truly transcend the barriers of my mind and body and the decadent utopic visions of American culture that animate this desire; a mix of rock and roll promises, 60's back-to-the-land ideology and the moralistic horizons of greening."

Cowboy / Natural Beauty | Michael Iauch
Opening Reception
July 14th | 7-10 PM
FalseFront | 4518 NE 32nd Avenue


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With their second web-based release, Appendix presents [Rare Earth Sculptures] - Cerium by Iain Ball, part of his ongoing project E N E R G Y : P A N G E A. Beginning Tuesday July 17th, this new work will be visible at www.appendixspace.com through the end of July. In Ball's project, Appendix is transformed into one module of his/the greater systemic machine, alongside the mechanics of hydroshearing seen in a dormant Oregon volcano, alongside your computer, alongside your attentive inquiries. Ball conceives of the show as "mind space which creates metaphysical undercurrents directed towards hyperobjects distributed through various technological apparatus, minerals and weather patterns... Cerium uses detritus associated with filtration, transformation and a composite formula resulting in carbon dioxide to create a kind of homeopathic remedy, filtering escalating climate-anxiety as a catalyst towards the ecological thought." Navigate your browser their way on Tuesday. Implore further. Stay plugged in 'til the end.

[Rare Earth Sculptures] - Cerium | Iain Ball
a part of TheEnergy Pangea Project
Appendix (via the web) | http://appendixspace.com

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Thursday 07.12.12

Home on the Range (or at least in SE)

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Ranch @ RECESS

Lori Gilbert, Ralph Pugay, and Jason Zimmerman are the major players in the power trio that is F* Mtn. They debut their first solo exhibition as a collective at RECESS this Friday. "The ranch is a simple place. While this majestic, natural lifestyle is painted idyllic, It is also lonely, boring, and where stories of small-mindedness and inbreeding seem to stem from. F* Mtn.'s premier solo exhibition at RECESS balances tragedy and fantasy. With motifs birthed from language, the news, and popular history, the works in Ranch take form in sculpture, video, and installation." Ranch, not unlike the condiment it shares a name with, could be considered a celebration of loneliness and bad taste.

Ranch | F* Mtn.
July 13th - 27th
Opening Reception
July 13th | 7-10 PM
RECESS | 1127 SE 10th Avenue


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Spatial Personality at Worksound

A collaborative curatorial effort between Modou Dieng (PDX) and Jesse Siegel (SF), Spatial Personalities is a group show of sculptural works from emerging Portland and San Francisco-based emerging artists. "Objects inherently ask for interaction, they exist in a context based reality in which they are not subjected to our mental scrutiny. Devoid of this context of normalness[sic], our perception of the objects changes and our interactions with them become more cadenced and intent[sic]." This might be one of the last chances you have to enjoy mingling and merriment in this classic establishment, so don't miss it.

Participating artists include Brynda Glazier, Lacy Davis, Lydia Rosenberg, Judith Sturdevant, Julia Sackett, Kara Cadwell, Michelle Ramin, and Kevin Champoux.

Spatial Personality
July 13th – August 3rd
Opening Reception
July 13th | 6-9 PM
Worksound | 820 SE Alder

(More behind the cut... Jaik Faulk @ Nationale)

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This Is To Be Looked At @ Valentines

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Calling all voyeurs, apparently, seeing is supposed to be believing here. Modou Deing curates "This is to be looked at" at Valentines with artists, Teresa Christiansen, Kaija Cornett, Melanie Flood and Christine Taylor.

Teresa Christiansen was born and raised in New York City. "She now lives in Portland Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Teresa is currently making photographs in the studio of constructed sets through which she plays with the notion of re-presentation and the fusion of object and depiction within the picture."

Kaija Cornet is a 2012 graduate from PNCA. "The Boys Room as a series, evokes in Kaija a pull of both anxiety, and sarcasm. She is a woman seeking the secrecy of what goes on in the minds of men, when no women are looking."

Melanie Flood was born in 1979 in New York. "As Managing Editor of zingmagazine, she directed collaborative curatorial projects with Zac Posen, Karin Davie, and the Donald Judd Foundation. Later Melanie curated two solo features- photographs by Todd Hido and a text project by Jenny Holzer, and for three years accepted a position as Photo Editor of The New York Observer. She enjoyed a short stint as a Gallerist, running Melanie Flood Projects out of her Brooklyn apartment dedicating her time to exhibiting young artists. Two years ago Melanie moved to Portland, Oregon where she rediscovered her own practice." Supposedly, "she materialises ideas such as unicorn vomit, formal studies of fluorescent spandex, she constructs still lifes & witnesses cotton candy fossilize." Alrighty then, come to see the cotton candy fossilize! Can't see that every day...

Christine Taylor is a Portland-based photographer who, "choreographs and poses her subjects to bring into question control and power issues experienced in the worlds which they interact. Each image shows an intimate peak into the frustration experienced when trying to have power over the uncontrollable."


Opening Reception: Thursday July 12 at 7 pm til late
Dates: July 11 to July 30 2012
Valentine's 232 SW Ankeny

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Thursday 07.05.12

July First Thursday

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BCCTV presents Video? Videos. Videos!, the first foray into an education program within/among/alongside/? the Bud Clark commons. The Commons is an innovative initiative for those experiencing homelessness in Portland. I'm really excited to see how this plays out because it's a step in some kind of direction - political works that are not simply dissident, fashionable, or esoteric, but proactive.

Screened artists: Harrell Fletcher, Ted Gesing, Noah Hale, Amy Von Harrington, Stephanie Hough, Andrew Lampert, Oliver Laric, Julie Lequin, Matt McCormick, Tim McConville, Shana Moulton, Serge Onnen, Ed Panar, Doug Potts, Jeffrey Richardson, Mary Robertson, Will Rogan, Catherine Ross, Stephen Slappe, Joon Sung, Weird-Fiction and others.

Bud Clark Commons’ first artists-in-residence
BCCTV presents Video? Videos. Videos!
the Bud Clark Commons Multi-Purpose Room
650 NW Irving Street
July 5th | 6-8 PM

(More... Jenny Vu at Littman and Ryanna at PDX Contemporary)

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Tuesday 07.03.12

Rocksbox turns 5: SON OF A SON SON OF A SON BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

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at Rocksbox

It's hard to believe that Rocksbox has turned 5, and you can't spend a more "Portland" 4th of July than this at this venue... hell, the neighborhood is so full of illegal fireworks that it resembles Beruit circa 1986 every year.

Here's PR's PR: "SON OF A SON SON OF A SON BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is "FUCK FACE" baseball, greasy bologna, water cooler politics, and nighttime neon basking in the cultural cynicism embodied by four heterosexual 'nice guy' white male unconsciousness' examined through the guise of the North American pastime called summer."

The four artists; David O. Johnson, Joshua Pieper, Ian Treasure, and Brian Wasson are 2003 MFA graduates of the new genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute.


ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART | 6540 N. Interstate
Exhibition: Wednesday July 4 2012 - Sunday, August 26, 2012
Opening reception: Wednesday July 4 | 2012 7-11 PM
Gallery hours: Saturday-Sunday, 12 - 5 PM or by appointment

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Friday 06.29.12

Maggie Casey at 12128

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From the 13c., name given to the rite of Vespers of the Office of the Dead, so called from the opening of the first antiphon, "I will please the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm cxiv:9), from L. placebo "I shall please," future indic. of placere "to please" (see please). Medical sense if first recorded 1785 "a medicine given more to please than to benefit the patient." Placebo effect attested from 1950.[1]

"The most effective approach is big and red."

1. From the Online Etymological Dictionary, accessed 1:15pm on 6/29/12

Maggie Casey | Placebo
June 29th | 7-10 PM
12128 | 12900 NW Marina Way

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Wednesday 06.27.12

Drawings by Laura Lucille Witman 1927 to 1934

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Drawing by Laura Lucille Witman

Tonight Ampersand presents: The Morning After the Night Before Drawings by Laura Lucille Witman, 1927 to 1934. It's a classic example of an an amateur's body of work receiving the public treatment... which makes perfect sense since so many MFAs spend tens of thousands of dollars to replicate the effect. It's a classic case of cultural anthropology.

Here is there PR:

"Our July exhibition takes its title from a captioned drawing made in 1927 by a young woman named Laura Lucille Witman. The drawing is one of several found glued to the pages or loosely tucked away in a brightly-colored & brittle-paged scrapbook from the same era. Markings on the drawings allow us to deduce that Lucille was a sophomore in 1927 & was married by 1934, the year her maiden name gives way to O'Neil & the same year she made drawings of a lustrous Mae West & a wistful-eyed Hollywood cowboy. For a young woman living in Victorville, California, situated as it is on the fringe of the Mojave Desert, Hollywood must have been a glamorous dream made somewhat distant by the barrier of the San Bernardino Mountains. No wonder, then, that her drawings are filled with the risque trappings of imaginary movie starlets. They are flappers with lush lips, beauty marks, heart & arrow tattoos, garter belts & ever-distant, dreamy eyes. Arguably naive in execution, the drawings nonetheless convey the unique personality of a young woman enthralled by popular culture & the imagination of an amateur artist who made its visual language distinctly her own."

They also are presenting, "a selection of silver print photographs by Portland photographer, Bobby Abrahamson, who spent the better part of a year shooting Polaroid Type 55 portraits of the people he encountered on the streets of St. Johns, a distinct neighborhood in North Portland where Abrahamson lives. The show coincides with a larger exhibition of the same work at Blue Sky here in Portland during July."

Opening Reception: June 27 | 6-9PM
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books
2916 NE Alberta St., B, Portland, OR 97211

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Friday 06.22.12

Collisions in June

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Victor Maldonado and Jonathan Leach @ SOUTHERN/PACIFIC

Gallery Homeland's SOUTHERN/PACIFIC travels to Portland for its second iteration. The Lawndale Art Center hosted the first in Houston and the last will be somewhere in Marfa. Participating artists are working closely together to produce new and exciting arrangements that are informed by their shifting contexts. galleryHOMELAND says "breaking beyond the white walls SOUTHERN/PACIFIC branches out into the art world and into the public. With the main exhibitions creating the foundation, film screenings, panel discussions, performances, and workshops will be happening throughout the duration of the show." From what I can tell, artists in Houston have thrived under city-wide (financial) support of works that extend 'beyond the white walls' in a manner quite unlike the puppy-friendship-bracelet-and-kitten flare of artists here. It's always fun to see worlds collide and partnerships form. Participating artists include John Calaway, Calvin Ross Carl, Joseph Cohen, Jillian Conrad, David Corbett, Arcy Douglass, Sean Healy, Hana Hillerova, Roxanne Jackson, Jeff Jahn, Terrell James, Jonathan Leach, Victor Maldonado, Julian Mock, Ann Marie Nafziger, Alyce Santoro, and Von Tundra.

SOUTHERN/PACIFIC
June 22 - July 30
Opening Reception | June 22 | 6-9PM
| 2505 SE 11th Avenue


(More: Research Club's possibly last brunch, PICA's symposium)

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Tuesday 06.19.12

MSHR at Appendix for the Solstice

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MSHR instruments

We tend not to cover performance art much being a visual art focused site but MSHR's performances look to be as much interactive sculpture/installation as performance... that and what better way to celebrate the summer solstice than at Appendix? Here's the PR:

"MSHR is a collaborative project by Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper from Oregon Painting Society. The duo harnesses elemental forces to nurture ecstatic cybernetic ecosystems. Their sculptural human-electronic interfaces offer visitors interactive ocular/aural experiences within an augmented reality of mirrored glowing sand glyphs, sonic ancestral rainforest codes and misty laser feedback corridors. In two presentations, MSHR will ritualistically engage a trans-dimensional organic synthesizer to unfold earthly doors to terrestrial transcendence."

Oh yeah... well don't cross the streams!


Solstice opening: Wednesday, June 20th
Opens 7PM | performance 9PM

Last Thursday closing June 28th
Opens 7PM | performance 9PM

Video Screening: Sunday July 1st
MSHR curates a 45-minute compilation of influential video art, 9PM


Appendix Project Space
south alley between 26th and 27th Avenues off of NE Alberta Street

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Friday 06.15.12

Getting Physical in June

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Video still: Dance by Type A (Adam Ames & Andrew Bordwin)

Possibly the first promising group show of the summer is PLACE's "Let's Get Physical," where all of the artists assay the kinesthetic aesthetic.

Featuring Rachel Ellison (Chicago), David Horvitz (NY), Lilly McElroy (LA), Elaine Miller (Chicago), Heidi Schwegler (PDX) and Type A (NY), all of these artists, "address and utilize the physical self, movement and action as an integral instrument and method in their visual works. They ask-- how does the body adapt, protect, resist, control or relinquish control, react and express in a self-designed and self-enclosed performance or action."

Curated by Mariana Tres (2006 Oregon Biennial and one of Portland's brightest artists); you should check this out.

LET'S GET PHYSICAL
Opening Reception | Saturday June 16th | 5-8 PM
PLACE | 700 SW 5th Ave | Pioneer Place Mall, Atrium, 3rd (more... Saul Steinberg @YU and Ellsworth Kelly @PAM)

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Wednesday 06.13.12

Paul Clay at Recess

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RECESS presents How to Immigrate to the United States of America, a new series of video works by Paul Clay.

"How to Immigrate to the United States of America is a surreal and dry-humoured series of video works that questions ownership of national and linguistic heritage and our attachments to geography and place. Creating alternate realities through digital video doctoring, special effects, and 3D renderings, the videos walk with the gringo-latino divide that polarizes perceptions, identities and communities in the USA.

Canadian-Irish American, Paul Clay draws heavily from his experiences in and around Hispanic culture and from his reverence of the natural and digital world. He has written and produced several music albums, one entirely in Spanish. Clay received a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Reed College, Portland, Oregon."

RECESS
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14 | 7:00-10:00 PM
1127 SE 10th Ave
Regular Hours: June 14th - 31st | Wednesday - Saturday | 1:00-5:00 PM

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Friday 06.08.12

Weekend planner, umlauts optional

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The North Coast Seed Building, home to some of of Portland's best artist studios

It is time again for one of the best open studio events in Portland, The North Coast Seed Building's annual affair... This year they have germanized its spelling with OPEN HAÜS. Who are you to stand against the fury of their capitalized umlaut? Seriously though, with over 30 studios (some used by the best artists in town) it is a great event. Last year over 400 people attended... and that was without umlauts! So get yer lederhosen on and check this out.

"Participants range from Illustrators to Painters to Visual & Product Designers to Wood Workers to Photographers and Performers. Please join us for food, wine, art and a stroll through the historic North Coast Seed BUILDING and the artists' studios that inhabit it."

North Coast Seed Building OPEN HAÜS
Saturday, June 9th, 4 - 10 PM
2127 N Albina Ave.



... (more Jenene Nagy at PDX and Perceptual Control at Worksound)

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Wednesday 06.06.12

First Thursday June 2012

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Chase Biado's Enter: The Troll at PSU's EXIT MFA thesis exhibition AB Lobby space

This month, there are too many talented people receiving their BFAs and MFAs to mention here. The majority of this will come from PNCA. Although it might seem like an overwhelming constellation, it will be well worth wading through. I recommend starting in PNCA's Swigert Commons at the main PNCA building and working your way outwards. The sparkling diamonds in the rough, though, will come from the BFA show Exit at PSU. Chase Biado will be in the AB Lobby, Andre Fortes and Ross Farrier are in the MK Gallery, and the Autzen features the work of J.P. Huckins, Chloe Womack, Krystal South, and many others. It might be a good idea to start there, because the show will end promptly at 8 p.m.

EXIT | The 2012 PSU BFA Thesis Exhibition | various PSU galleries
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - Monday, June 21, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 5 - 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 10-5 p.m.

PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition
First Thursday reception June 7th 6-9PM | May 21 - June 8th
Swigert Commons | 1241 NW Johnson St.



... (more: Germans at Blue Sky and Victory galleries + Alex Felton at PICA for one night)

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Thursday 05.31.12

First Weekend June 2012

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Cracked Memex, Carl Diehl, 2012, desk retrofit with audio patchbay, incoming audio-visual feeds, monitor, contextual datums

Although the lovely little holes below the Imago Theatre are still charmingly pristine, Half/Dozen will host their last exhibition tonight in Left/Right. They happen to be closing on a high note (or should I say frequency) exhibiting the fantastically fictoquizzical works of Carl Diehl.

"In this exhibit, Carl Diehl draws from the rich history of UFO lore to develop speculative models of Drone Kitsch. At once a repository for technological anxiety, the darling of postwar science fiction and a stylistic mentor to the UAV, Diehl uses the UFO rhetorically as a means for imagining nostalgic objects from an estranged futurity."

Drone Kitsch | Carl Diehl
Closing Reception | June 1st | 6-9PM
Half/Dozen | 722 E Burnside Basement, Entrance on SE 8th Ave.


(Also, Guts at Ditch Projects and Andre Filipek at FOCO gallery)

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For Heaven's Sake Arnold

...and the likely winner of this year's Joseph Kosuth award for minimalist PR is:

Arnold J. Kemp | FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE
MEΣ(s) A Project Space
923 SE 13th Ave. Apt.#4, Portland, OR 97214
RECEPTION: THURSDAY, May 31 | 6 - 9PM

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Wednesday 05.30.12

Feral Children turned loose on Last Thursday

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Video still from Children's Games by Seth Nehil (2011)

Well it is a video of feral children (and would a real pack of feral children really be that surprising on Last Thursday?)... So here is the PR for Gavin Shettler's inaugural video window featuring Seth Nehil's Children's Games. Here is the PR:

"Seth Nehil's Children's Games looks at Brueghel's 1560 oil painting of the same name to imagine a world without adults. These short video pieces imagine a self-created society of runaway teens, hidden deep in the woods. Isolated from society, they lose their use of language, play timeless games and invent ritual interactions. Children's Games continues Seth Nehil's interest in performance systems and sonic environments."


Reception: Seth Nehil's Children's Games | 6-9 PM Thursday, May 31st
Last Thursday at Living Room Realtors | NE Alberta Office
1422 NE Alberta St, Portland OR

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Tuesday 05.29.12

Olaf Breuning Lecture

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Still from Home 3 footage, Olaf Breuning, 2012

Olaf Breuning's talk tomorrow will prove invaluable for all of those attracted to sardonic undertones embedded in video and performance work. Home 3 continues to unravel the result of homelessness, fetishization, tourism, and "cultural" conditioning on the Global citizen.

"Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning makes art that combines a large dose of dark humor with a critical eye for present-day faux-pas and missteps. In Home 2, a hapless protagonist caricatures the Western obsession with the authentically "exotic" through a series of awkward travelogues. Home 3, Breuning's most recent film, continues his series, focusing on the relationship between modern man and his technological environment."

Home 3 | West Coast Premier & Artist Talk
Co-presented with PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series
May 30th | 7pm | Free
5th Avenue Cinema | 510 SW Hall

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Friday 05.25.12

Last Weekend of May 2012

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Christian Oldham at Appendix

The notifications sent out attracting people to Christian "Megazord" Oldham's Chat with Flowers at Appendix typically give little away. It might be frustrating to stab in the dark, but I implore you to make the jaunt up North to investigate the work of my favorite of the ultra-trendy-90s-core-net-based-dudes whose work is maturing faster than Erin Jobs. Although the boys have little to say about the show at the moment, we were left with this lovely little link.

Chat with Flowers
May 29 - 30th and June 1st - 3rd | 7-10 P.M.
Appendix | south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta


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Warm for Your Form, Bobbi Woods, 2011, Enamel on Poster

You won't have to sift through as many layers of shadowy "conceptualism" (or at least yard debris) to get to Bobbi Woods' opening at Fourteen30 tonight, but you will be confronted with some form of obfuscation. Here, the view of 1970s-era posters is almost totally covered by blankets of enamel. Fourteen30 writes, "Through an environment of repetition, in which the viewer is able to move easily between correlative works, Woods creates an experience predicated upon visual pleasure, desire, and obfuscation."

Warm For Your Form
Opening Reception | Friday, May 25th, 6-8pm
May 26 - July 15th, 2012
Fourteen30 | 1501 SW Market St.

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Wednesday 05.23.12

From Portland to Houston, Madrid, Berlin and Back

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Though Portland's media reportage for culture can be insulated and frequently decades out of touch, the Portland art scene itself gets around quite nicely as ever more important art hubs always tend to behave.

Perhaps, let's discuss the way we frame the discussion... instead of wondering "whether"... simply pay attention to what is already going on. Here's a prime example... Paul Middendorf's Gallery Homeland has already done projects in Istanbul, Berlin and Houston. Yet a lack of support (& credit, aka attaboys) perhaps drove him to move to Houston where he's working on another branch of the organization while keeping the Portland office open too.

Now Paul is back for the week and leading a discussion at Froelick Gallery tonight called From Portland to Houston, Madrid, Berlin and Back. Here's the PR:

"Please join us for an impromptu discussion about the current FROELICK exhibitions and comparisons of contemporary art scenes in Portland, Texas & Europe.

Take part in an ongoing dialogue between artists Terrell James, Laura Ross-Paul & Victor Maldonado with Paul Middendorf, co director of Gallery Homeland & curator of Southern Pacific. Please RSVP by email to rebecca@froelickgallery.com"

To foreground a difference I find very important, Houston has a very coherent... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 23, 2012 at 12:48 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.22.12

Rumblings of the Eff-ing volcano at Gallery Homeland

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Tonight is the night for Rumblings and I highly recommend it! In the past Gallery Homeland has hosted major portions of Portland's Experimental Film Festival and it has always been an exciting/well attended event. So it is time to "Rumble" tonight and the lineup is heavy on programming that could be considered either video art and video installation art as a form as experimental film. Frankly making the distinctions between those three terms is exasperating but I can say that video installation is a major strength of the Portland art scene that gets international attention. Here is the lineup:

Cathy Fairbanks: Transference is a Tough Row to Hoe
Lydia Greer: A Self-Made House
Jason Gutz: Sequence
Shawn Patrick Higgins: Fortune
Ajna Lichau: ON DEMAND
Neil Ira Needleman: Loud Loop
Julie Perini: Video Projection with Movement
Kelly Rauer: POV (reflexive)
Christina Santa Cruz: Gorgeous Media

Performances by Weird Fiction and Future Death Toll and this exhibition is sponsored in part by The Historic Ford Building, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Ford Food and Drink, and RACC's Project Grant


RUMBLINGS @ galleryHOMELAND
Opening: May 22 6 - 9PM
2505 SE 11th Ave.

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Friday 05.18.12

Saturday options

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PLACE gets in on the EFF-ing action and in collaboration with Grand Detour presents EFFPortland: FISSURE VENTS featuring San Francisco based experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala, Brent Coughenour and Portland's Leo Daedalus who will premiere Low Mass in Screen.

Here's the PR:

"This summer, we've invited Grand Detour's EFFPortland to transform our Black gallery into a showcase of stunning and ambitious video work. FISSURE VENTS features three installations that deconstruct, reconstruct, and send up familiar and found footage, creating hallucinatory and immersive environments of light and sound as provocative as they are seductive."


Opening, May 19th 5-8 PM
PLACE | Pioneer Place Mall atrium building 3rd floor




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Tom Cramer's latest at Laura Russo Gallery

For you early risers there is a Tom Cramer talk at Laura Russo Gallery. Yes 11:00 AM is early for the tragically hip crowd in Portland, though it might have more to do with holding down 2-4 jobs than being party animals??? Either way Tom is the artist who connects the newer waves to the older 60's scene in Portland and therefore his work is nothing like that from either demographic (when will the LR gallery finally look at some of the later waves, some who have been here for 15+ years?). Anyway, hear Tom talk about his latest show, which contains some of his most accomplished works to date.


Artist Talk: Tom Cramer
Laura Russo Gallery
805 NW 21st Ave.
May 19th, 11:00 AM

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Tuesday 05.15.12

Paul Pfeiffer lecture at PSU

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Paul Pfeiffer's Vitruvian Figure (2009)

The Paul Pfeiffer lecture on Thursday looks like a winner for Portland artists interested in architecture and multimedia technology (a large portion of the scene), here's the PR:

"New York-based multimedia artist Paul Pfeiffer will deliver the final presentation in the inaugural lecture series, titled 'Firsts,' given by the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. Paul Pfeiffer will speak on Thursday, May 17, at 7pm, at Shattuck Hall Annex (at SW Broadway and Hall Streets) on the Portland State University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Paul Pfeiffer is a New York–based artist whose groundbreaking work in video, sculpture and photography uses recent computer technologies to examine the role that the mass media plays in shaping consciousness. Pfeiffer prompts audiences to reconsider attitudes about the body, race, identity, faith and architectural space in contemporary society. His work has been exhibited internationally at renowned museums and galleries and is in private and public collections worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards and, notably, he is the inaugural recipient of the Bucksbaum Award, given by the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000)."


Artist Lecture: Paul Pfeiffer
PSU Department of Architecture
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Shattuck Hall Annex

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Thursday 05.10.12

Chase Biado at PSU's White Gallery

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Chase Biado has a truly enigmatic sense of delivery and it comes through in his work. A while back he presented a video of a hilarious talking mushroom performing a long, off the wall diatribe (by Tom Cruise) at 12128 so I'm very curious to see his latest solo show at PSU's White Gallery, Spider Veins. There is an opening tonight 5-8PM.

To give you the flavor here is his Press release statement:

"I've been seeking out a certain line, a vein. It's a squiggly line ~~~~~ an uneconomic line, like an excess of time allowed for the line to be dragged. The pencil is held with slack. The line meanders towards its destination.

The spider vein is the wandering line that is too old to care ~ that has lost a destination and keeps going.

The spider crawls up the wall ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ spider dance. The spider makes a line that is not necessarily choice. The drawn squiggly is not necessarily a choice, but tension held in the body.

I've tried to draw a line like veins crawling up the legs of old men and old ladies in their old swimsuits on the old beach, getting older. This is not a streamline.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There's a relationship in the line between time and tension. The spider vein is on vacation time. Its tension is drawstring tension.

The line defines the relationship: body to out-of-body, bound-self to unbound projection.

The line says, 'I am the spider, you are the web.'

varicose ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ varicose ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ varicose


Spider Veins
Artist's Reception: May 10 5-8PM
Littman & White Galleries| Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway #250 | 503 725-5656

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Wednesday 05.09.12

Monograph turns two

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Sure Portland has some great big bookstores but there's this little one just off NE Alberta that has my heart... So join Monograph Bookwerks for their second anniversary. There will be Prosecco beverages and snax, book giveaways, friends and cheer to celebrate Monograph as it enters its "terrible twos"... never grow up little one and may everyone be lucky enough to witness an art book tantrum!

Monograph Bookwerks
B'Day Party: Thursday May 10th 7-10PM
5005 NE 27th ave at Alberta

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Friday 05.04.12

First Friday Picks May 2012

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Nathaniel Thayer Moss in progress at Worksound's Perceptual Control

We've been waiting for three months for Worksound's latest show Perceptual Control and it has been worthwhile seeing it develop over a series of talks... but it's time to see where this residency with, Nathanael Thayer Moss, Emily Nachison, Kyle Raquipiso, Jamie Marie Waelchli and PORTstar Amy Bernstein all ends up. The theme of, "exploring transcendence and perception," seems right on time.

Opening Reception: 7:00PM - 10:00PM | May 4th
Worksound
820 SE Alder Street


... (more: Customary Clothing and Dan Gilsdorf at 12128)

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Thursday 05.03.12

First Thursday Picks May 3rd 2012

Tori is a little busy graduating from Reed right now so I'll take this round of picks... you'll be seeing more of her sparkling contributions in the near future. From last month there are some very strong holdovers like Day Job at PNCA and Laura Fritz's Entorus. Here is what is new:

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History lesson, in 1999 Heidi Schwegler's kinky work was the star of the most influential art show in Portland's recent history, the 1999 Oregon Biennial curated by Katherine Kanjo (it included video and installation art and made old timers crazy because there wasn't enough whittling, other stars Storm Tharp, Kristan Kennedy, Tom Cramer, Nan Curtis, Jacqueline Ehlis, Sean Healy etc. took part... it remade Portland's scene). Later, Heidi made a splash at the most ambitious Pearl District gallery Portland has ever seen, Savage. Then she kinda disappeared, much to my chagrin. Lately, she's turned up at the Hallie Ford Museum and snagged a well deserved Ford Fellowship. Which is all a round about way to say, welcome back to the Pearl District with this new tourism driven show The Known World... After April, The Pearl is a place that sorely needs any show that doesn't sport an endless barrage of landscape paintings.

Chambers@916
Opening Reception: 6-9 PM | May 3rd
May 3rd - June 23rd
916 NW Flanders


(...more with; Light, Ryan Pierce, Tom Cramer and LITE BOX)

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Thursday 04.26.12

Mayoral Candidate's Forum at PNCA

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Saturday from 3-5PM at PNCA, the Pacific Northwest Science and Technology Foundation and the MFA in Collaborative Design program are presenting a forum with three mayoral candidates; Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, moderated by Peter Schoonmaker, Chair MFA in Collaborative Design. Question is, will these three finally distinguish themselves from one another for the likely pivotal cultural community vote? (not that THAT vote is one monogenic group. Their first forum on the subject was without Smith so I'm curious to see how they've distinguished their positions from one another since the first rather incomplete panel.) Also, if I didn't know better I'd say PNCA itself was trying to run for Mayor of Portland for the past decade. Here's the PR:

"Portland has a reputation as a center for creativity, technology, and design. From software to apparel to green technology, the opportunities for developing a vibrant creative economy are expanding. What specific actions can the City of Portland and our next mayor take to support and enhance Portland’s science, technology, and creative communities? Join the Pacific Northwest Science and Technology Foundation and the MFA Collaborative Design program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) for a forum with mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith. MFA in Collaborative Design Chair Peter Schoonmaker moderates a conversation on what Portland's next mayor should and can do to support the science-tech-creative sector in Portland."


Mayoral Candidates Forum | Swigert Commons (free)
PNCA | 1241 NW Johnson
April 28th 3-5 PM

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Wednesday 04.25.12

Ditch Projects presents Mike Pare

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New Mexico based Mike Pare is interested in subcultures and creates paper-based works that expand the narrative of such intense but fringe movements.

For his first solo show titled New Believers at Springfield's Ditch Projects Pare has chosen the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Movement, which famously usurped the small Oregon town of Antelope, as his starting off point.

"In this work, constellations of Rajneesh's narrative expand beyond rational investigation, and mutate into entirely new forms.

Rajneesh Things is an artwork in the form of an open edition tabloid Newspaper. The twelve page black and white tabloid contains articles, artwork, and designs based in investigations of the material culture of the Rajneesh Movement. Modeled after the original movement publication Rajneesh Times, Pare's newspaper visually mimics the style of underground press publications of the 1970s and 80s. The work functions as a platform for art making and journalism, but also serves as a coded fictional text and an object of material culture itself capable of everyday dissemination through its expendable form as a free paper. Free copies will be available at the exhibition.

The body of work entitled Devotional Goods is an exploration of material anomalies and the potential of art practice transcending a topic. working with the familiar drawing materials of graphite and paper, Pare creates large dark tie-dyed pieces that hint at melancholy and decay even as they radiate intense acid-drenched colors."


Ditch Projects: Mike Pare | New Believers
303 S. 5th Avenue #165 | Springfield OR 97477
Exhibition dates: April 28 - May 19, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, April 28, 7pm - 10pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays 12 - 4 | info@ditchprojects.com

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Tuesday 04.24.12

Elena Buszek Lecture

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Marianne Jorgensen and the Cast-Off Knitters, Pink M.24 Chaffee 2006. (Photo Barbara Katzin)

Craft has definitely become an integral part of the contemporary art lexicon and I'm always fascinated by where the sometimes tense border lines between craft and serious art are drawn. Elena Buszek's lecture on April 25th at MoCC should fire off a few shots in every direction or is this discussion so 2006? What new developments have there been since craft stopped becoming a dirty word in serious contemporary art? (Hint: it coincided with the realization that art from Los Angeles has been the equal if not superior to New York since the 60's and last year's PST... or we can blame Dave Hickey's The Invisible Dragon essays for making "beauty" as an intellectual construct supportable again).

Her lecture Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Craft is part of the CraftPerspectives Lecture Series and the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

"Maria Elena Buszek is a scholar, critic, curator and associate professor of art history at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her recent publications include the books, Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art. She has also contributed to the anthologies It's Time for Action (There's No Option): About Feminism and Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism and Contemporary Artists. She has written for the popular feminist magazine BUST since 1999."

Presented by Museum of Contemporary Craft and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design (PNCA + OCAC).


Lecture: April 25th | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Craft

The Lab | 724 NW Davis St. | 503 223-2654

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Saturday 04.21.12

Saturday Openings and Happenings

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Lorna Bieber at Reed's Cooley Gallery

It's been up for a few weeks but it's time for a reception with the artist for Lorna Bieber's, Image Myths at Reed's Cooley Gallery tonight.

Bieber produces her images through; collage, paint, copier and computers, as well as traditional and non-traditional photographic techniques. She describes this as altering the "root" picture to create new "branches" whose archetypal narratives are completely changed from the original, yet due to their sources and treatment appear as a kind of memory. Carl Jung's collective unconscious comes to mind, except Bieber is the archetypal intermediary and filter here.


Artist's Reception: April 21st 5PM
Lorna Bieber, Image Myths | April 10 - June 3rd
Douglas F. Cooley Gallery | Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.




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Images from Wayne Bund's Mimesis @ PLACE

Portland artists continue to occupy Portland's Pioneer Place Mall with several lew shows:

MIMESIS: Fantasy and Friends - Wayne Bund
Within the Ephemeron - J. Brown
The Weighing of Souls - Georganne Watters
Crying, Feeding, Touching - Heather Zinger
High School Football Memories - Phillip Bone & BT Livermore


Opening receptions 5-8pm | April 21st
PLACE @ Pioneer Place Mall | 700 SW 5th | 3rd floor placepdx@gmail.com




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It's your last and only chance to catch Damien Gilley's Data Systems Plaza at PCC Sylvania this weekend from 1-4 Saturday.

"Data Systems Plaza appropriates and transforms the gallery into a temporary showroom exhibiting sculptural experiences from a fictitious company. Drawing influence from science fiction and technology developments of the early digital era, the works reference an industry that posits advanced, speculative, and futuristic products and phenomena. Within a meandering architectural framework, the works allure the viewer with controlled visual spectacles while rendering the experience of materiality ambiguous. The exhibition aims to expand upon the ephemeral characteristics of information systems through the employment of compartmentalized areas, perceptual structures, and the concept of hidden architecture."


Special Saturday Hours | April 21st 1-4
North View Gallery | Data Systems Plaza
Reception/Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 4, 2-4pm
Dates & Hours: April 3 - 27 | 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
Portland Community College Sylvania | CT Building 12000 SW 49th Ave

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Tuesday 04.17.12

Pure Clear closing reception

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Pure Clear at Appendix

Although not wholly realized, Alex Mackin Dolan's Pure Clear at Appendix offers up some tantalizing mimesis and outright readymade examples of boho and industrial design tropes that conjure "purity", while inviting in a Smithson-esque sense of entropic infiltration or even outright pollution. He's definitely onto something and tomorrow night is your last chance to catch the show.

"Using 'clear' as an initial password, Dolan chooses objects based on their deployment of specific color sets and materials, using them to investigate various 'eco-aware' memes and connections."

Appendix Project Space Closing Reception: 8:00 PM | April 18th south alley between 26th and 27th Avenues off of NE Alberta Street

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Friday 04.13.12

Weekend Picks

Besides Glen Fogel's show + the unveiling of PICA's new space (more later today) Here are my picks for the weekend:


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Amy Berstein in progress at Worksound

On Saturday at Worksound for its Perceptual Control (a five artist/writer/curator residency and in process exhibit), PORT's own Warhol Art Writing award winner Amy Bernstein will talk about ''Form and Absence" and Emily Nachison will discuss her process which draws on anthropology, geology, and the decorative arts. In the past 9 months or so Bernstein has become one of the most watched painters in Portland. Here's the PR:

"'Speech is the replacement of a presence by an absence and the pursuit, through presences ever more fragile, of an absence ever more all sufficing.'- Maurice Blanchot

Amy Bernstein will discuss the ideas surrounding form as language. Culled from a history of philosophy and art theory, Bernstein will support her ideas through citing examples of the semantics of artistic choices. Form as signifier and as catalyst are the bases of all language, yet the creation of formal language in a contemporary context and within specific cultures becomes culture itself. Are these ideas cannibalistic, self propagating, or revolutionary? What freedoms do we embody in making art that will push culture forward? How free is this freedom? The answer is in the making.

Organic/Synthetic is the topic of Emily Nachison's talk. She discusses her making process and influences. Drawing from anthropology, geology, and the decorative arts, Nachison’s sculptures and installations are a hybrid of synthetic and natural accumulation. Mythology and New-Age idealism become starting points for an investigation into the cultural creation of landscape. Her process mimics organic growth and geological sediment, resulting in experiential installations using a variety of materials including glass, wood, cardboard, and foam.


Artist Talks | Saturday April 14 7-10PM
Worksound | 820 SE Alder Portland OR.
Perceptual Control | Residency/Exhibition |February 3rd through May 31 2012

...(more: PLACE and Joe Macca at Art Gym)

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Wednesday 04.11.12

Lost at PSU's Littman Gallery

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It is Portland Photo Month and one of the most promising exhibitions is Lost curated by the wry, stylish and wily Horia Boboia. A play on the slippery nature of images today where the "personally significant" becomes very public accruing various levels of significance. Whether looking at a meme or simply the issue of control, I like the amount of trouble this show seems to traffic in.

Featuring; Horia Boboia, Sean Carney, Alex Mackin Dolan and Rebecca Steele LOST promises to highlight, "some of the contemporary transformations of the 'photograph'. For this exhibition four artists compiled a series of images gleaned or collected from the vast anonymous pool found on the Internet, in magazines, advertisements, or other public sources and represent them as valid artifacts. These images were found, lost and found again..."

Lost | Portland State University | April 5-27, 2012 Monday-Friday 12-4 pm
Opening Reception: April 12, 5-7 pm
Littman and White Galleries | 503 725 5656
1825 SW Broadway, Smith Center

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Monday 04.09.12

Lorna Bieber at Reed

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Lorna Bieber, Two Trees, Gelatin silver print, 68 x 42 in., 2004, Courtesy of the artist.

Reed College's Cooley Gallery presents Lorna Bieber, Image Myths.

Long before photoshop's ubiquity, Bieber has been reinterpreting genre style found images using any means available. She produces her images through; collage, paint, copier and computers, as well as traditional and non-traditional photographic techniques. She describes this as altering the "root" picture to create new "branches" whose archetypal narratives are completely changed from the original, yet due to their sources and treatment appear as a kind of memory. Carl Jung's collective unconscious comes to mind, except Bieber is the archetypal intermediary and filter here.

Bieber's work has been exhibited or collected by; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, LA County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art and PS 1.


Lorna Bieber, Image Myths | April 10 - June 3rd
Douglas F. Cooley Gallery | Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Artist's Reception: April 21st 5PM

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Friday 04.06.12

Weekend Picks April 2012

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Adam Ekberg, Arrangement #1, 2009 @ Light Structures @ False Front
Don't miss Light Structures at False Front this weekend, a group show curated by Laura Hughes. It will be interesting to see the works chosen by one of the city's favorite light-play artists herself. False Front says, "exploring light as subject, concept, material or effect, these artists illuminate ways to engage with our visible surroundings: challenging our perceptual boundaries and the divisions separating habits of modern culture from the potential to see more".
Artists: Adam Ekberg (Tampa, Florida), Laura Fritz (Portland, Oregon), Sydney S. Kim (Brooklyn, NY), Cay Horiuchi (Portland, OR), Scott Rogers (Glasgow, Scotland)

Opening reception | April 7th | 7-10pm
False Front | 4518 NE 32nd Ave.

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Zoë Clark at RECESS
RECESS presents a new project by 12128 co-founder Zoë Clark. Their first solo show to date, R&B songs is an evocative installation intended to cloud your view of the space itself. Clark writes "R&B songs are exceptional in their ability to transform our perceptions and mood. Although lyrically they may be simplistic, often bordering on cliché, they are able to transport us out of our everyday life and into our vision of love".

Opening Reception | April 6th | 7 - 10:30 PM
April 6th - 20th
RECESS | 1127 SE 10th Ave.

(More: Nan Curtis and Archer Gallery)

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Milgrim and Senju at Japanese Garden

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Milgrim and Senju at the Portland Japanese Garden

Spring is in full swing and Portland's Japanese Garden is one of the most stunning places to contemplate the change. If that isn't enough consider this exhibition of world renowned Chado or tea ceremony ceramics by Richard Milgrim and Zen ink paintings by Hiroshi Senju.

"Chanoyu, the practice of preparing tea in this manner (Chado), requires a tranquil setting and meticulous attention to detail. A long history of creating exquisite environments in which to conduct these events resulted in the production of marvelous crafts-tea bowls, scoops, whisks, jars, containers, and braziers-as well as fine hanging scroll paintings and calligraphy.

Richard Milgrim is one of the rare non-Japanese potters who has reached the heights of recognition not only in the U.S. but also in Japan, where his work is highly sought after. Milgrim's work has been lauded by the grand master of the prestigious Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto. This exhibition of his tea ceramics is part of the 2012 Art in the Garden series that explores the theme of Healing Garden with exhibitions and lectures that focus on the Japanese approach to health and well-being.

To complement Mr. Milgrim's tea utensils, we are most honored to show a selection of hanging scrolls by the internationally acclaimed painter Hiroshi Senju, whose famous waterfall paintings hang in many of the great museums around the world. Mr Senju divides his time between his studio in New York and his work as President of the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

During the run of the exhibition, the Garden will offer two presentations of the Chado each Saturday and Sunday in the Pavilion. These will take place at 1 & 2 p.m. and will be prepared by members of Kashintei Kai, the tea society associated with the Garden's Kashintei Tea House. Visitors who wish to try a bowl of the frothy matcha tea may purchase a $5 ticket at the Admission Gate.

Entrance is included with Garden admission and the exhibition will be open in the Pavilion during Garden hours."


Meditative Moments
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
April 6 - 29

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Wednesday 04.04.12

First Thurday Picks April 2012

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By and large, young and emerging artists in this economic climate are in debt. Fortunately, many negotiate clever solutions to the lack of so-called 'studio time' while tinkering away in the cubicle, classroom, lab, etc. Day Job, originally exhibited at the Drawing Center, NY in 2010, highlights a group of these artists capitalizing off the byproducts of their daily grind. "Rather than subscribing to the idea that non-artistic work is by definition disruptive to an artist’s practice, Day Job looks at the ways in which the information, skills, ideas, working conditions, or materials encountered in the work world can become a source of influence". Day Job is curated by the cunningly whimsical Nina Katchadourian and organized by Mack McFarland.

Curator Walkthrough followed by Reception | April 5th | 5:30 - 9 pm
Philip Feldman Gallery at PNCA | 1241 Northwest Johnson Street

...(more with Jason Florschutz, Laura Fritz, Michael Brophy and Eva Speer)

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Tuesday 04.03.12

Gilley and Schenk at College Galleries

Installation art is perhaps Portland's strongest genre but it is usually up to non profit spaces to make it possible. In the past 10 years there has been an explosion in alternative spaces but it has also been accompanied by a deepening commitment of college galleries to adventurous programming. This week two of Portland's best outlying college spaces are hosting large scale installations by two of Portland's most promising artists, Damien Gilley at PCC Sylvania and Crystal Schenk at Linfield College.

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Damien Gilley

Since taking over PCC Sylvania's wonderfully brutalist North View Gallery director, Mark Smith has imbued the program with a sense of adventure (which we experienced last month with Arcy Douglass). This month Damien Gilley, another artist of great expectations takes his turn with Data Systems Plaza, presenting large-scale sculptural works, wall drawings, and architectural structures.

According to the PR: "Data Systems Plaza appropriates and transforms the gallery into a temporary showroom exhibiting sculptural experiences from a fictitious company. Drawing influence from science fiction and technology developments of the early digital era, the works reference an industry that posits advanced, speculative, and futuristic products and phenomena..."

... (more details on Gilley and Schenk)

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Tuesday 03.27.12

Gazed Upon

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April is photo month in Portland but Ampersand is out of the gates early with Gazed Upon, opening this Thursday. Curated by Amy Elkins the show features work by Jen Davis, Cara Phillips & Stacey Tyrell. Meet Elkins and Tyrell at the opening with drinks courtesy of Ninkasi Brewing Company.

Opening Reception & Book Release on March 29, 6- 10PM
Ampersand : 2916 NE Alberta St. March 29 to April 24, 2012

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Thursday 03.22.12

Last Weekend picks March 2012

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"Perceptual Control" Resident Artist's Talk #1 @ Worksound

Worksound presents the first round of artist talks for their "Perceptual Control" residency program. Participants Nathanael Thayer Moss and Kyle Raquipiso will give presentations on their work. If this is anything like the series of lectures that accompanied the group of artists in "Shred of Lights", it'll be a Friday evening well spent. Also, this is a good chance to hear the elusive PNCA grad, Kyle Raquipiso, speak about his often enigmatic yet enthralling work. Moss @ 7pm; Raquipiso @ 8pm.

Artist Talks | March 23rd | 7 - 9 pm
Worksound
| 820 SE Alder



...(More: Half/Dozen & Appendix)

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Tuesday 03.20.12

Dr. Katz on the culture wars

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David Wojnarowicz

Today Reed College presents a very interesting talk, Twelve Seconds out of 120 Years: Anatomy of a Culture War.

"In this talk, structured for a general audience, Dr. Jonathan D. Katz will address the stakes of the U.S.'s repeated cultural skirmishes over the depiction of same sex desire. Katz explores the very different valence of homoerotic desire in early 20th century America, and, deploying numerous images from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, traces the key shifts in that understanding up to the present day. He will conclude with a showing of the exhibition's censored film by David Wojnarowicz, A Fire in my Belly, and address why the conflict took the form that it did, turning on the question of anti-Catholic bias instead of homophobia. Paradoxically, Katz will argue that the refusal to frame the objections to the film in terms of sexuality is a kind of victory, but also a telling indicator of the newest front in the ongoing U.S. culture wars.

On March 17, the Tacoma Museum of Art opened Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, the first queer exhibition at a major museum in U.S. history, sponsored by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Katz wrote the eponymous book accompanying the exhibition. Katz is a queer studies scholar of post war art and culture, is director of the doctoral program in visual studies at the University at Buffalo, and president of the newly opened Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, the world's first queer art museum. He cofounded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco, and founded the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association, and the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco.

Dr. Katz's lecture was organized by Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities Michele Matteini."


Lecture: Dr. Jonathan D. Katz
Tuesday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Reed College Chapel

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Tuesday 03.13.12

Betty Feves: Generations

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The Betty Feves retrospective opens at the Museum of Contemporary Craft on Thursday, adding to an already wonderful series of retrospectives weve already been treated to this year by Nauman and Rothko. Feves, a ceramicist who studied with Clifford Still isn't terribly familiar to me so I relish this chance. Apparently, she is pretty much THE driving cultural force for the Pendelton area and even its current leading light James Lavadour owes a great deal to her. The woman left a modernist legacy 50 miles wide. Maybe its the research of the curator or perhaps it is the uncovering of a life's work but few things get me up in the morning like a good retro of an opinionated woman who redrew the cultural landscape in the region.

Here's the PR: "In Generations: Betty Feves, Museum of Contemporary Craft situates Feves and her work within the context of the overlapping arenas of Modernism, American Regional Art, and the American Craft Movement. The exhibition connects her functional and sculptural work to the community, music, mentors and advocacy for higher education that influenced and marked her career.

This retrospective, which is supported by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and which marks the close of the Museum's 75th Anniversary year, honors the significant cultural and artistic impact of an under-appreciated regional artist. It traces Feves' formal and conceptual evolution through her sculptural work, her sketchbooks, her exploration in experimental firing processes and her deep roots in the community and landscape around Pendleton, Oregon."


Exhibition | Betty Feves: Generations
March 15, 2012 - July 28, 2012
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
724 NW Davis Street, Portland, 97209

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Thursday 03.08.12

Helen Molesworth lecture

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For the past couple of years the 80's have been of new interest to scholars and culture vultures alike and Helen Molesworth might just be one of the best on the subject. Catch her lecture today at the U of O's White Stag Campus in Portland.

"Helen Molesworth is the current chief curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She has served as the head of the department of modern and contemporary art at The Harvard Art Museums where her exhibitions included "Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey" and "ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993." She is also known for her work organizing Hauser & Wirth's reinterpretation of Allan Kaprow, Yard happening with William Pope. L, Josiah McElheny, and Sharon Hayes. Prior to joining Harvard, Molesworth was chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Cornell University.

A distinguished scholar, writer and curator, Molesworth will present her lecture, "This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980's."


Thursday, March 8, 2012, 5:30p.m. | Reception to follow
University of Oregon in Portland
White Stag Block | Event Room
70 NW Couch Street | Portland Oregon 97209
For more information, contact Kirsten Poulsen-House, 503-412-3718, email kpoulsen@uoregon.edu

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Friday 03.02.12

First Weekend picks March 2012

Well this will likely go down as one of the more epic vis arts weekends in Portland history with the already announced Reed Arts Week lineup and the must be there to support Blake Shell's short-sightedly cancelled but much lauded program at The Archer Gallery on Saturday night. Here are my other picks:


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Ralph Pugay's Chicken Pox Orgy @ Rocksbox

Rock's Box is easily Portland's most irreverent and hard hitting alternative space, glad the programming has returned for Spring. Here is the agitRockprop: "Night-tide Daytripping at Rocksbox Contemporary Fine Art features works inspired by the progressively darkening atmosphere that is produced by the present-day state of our political, social and economic systems. A struggle towards brightness is evidenced in many of the works—embodying a need for clarity with regards to the ways that language, mythology, and belief influence the current condition of our lived realities. Ralph Pugay creates visual works that are formulated through the mash-up of ideas mined from philosophical inquiries, themes of the everyday, and binary thought processes. The groundwork for Pugay's practice is rooted in the hybridization, mistranslation, and over-literalization [sic], of various meanings and symbols; leading to the creation of absurd situational propositions. His appropriation from a multiplicity of sources such as popular media, game theory, proverbial sayings, and art history; result in works that attempt to convey deeper humanist concerns. Born out of introspection, Pugay's work is an investigation of empirical truth's influence on the perception of lived experience -- a depiction of the psychological gridlock that results when collective conviction goes on a highway rampage, resulting in a head-on collision with man's search for a purer form."

ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART | 6540 N. Intestate
March 3, 2012 - April 22, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 7-11 p.m.
Performance: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 7-11 p.m.



... (more Ford Bldg, H/D, Black Box Gallery)

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Thursday 03.01.12

First Thursday March 2012 picks

March is always a funny month for shows in Portland (this year it's pretty good though). In fact, at least two of the very best shows from last month by Joe Thurston at Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the current show with B. Wurtz at PNCA's Feldman Gallery are still up for the month of March. Also, if you don't already know about the Rothko or Nauman shows either... well it's good timing to emerge from your hibernation cave. Here's what's new:


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James Lavadour's Rose (2012)

PDX presents James Lavadour's Interiors, which I'm pretty sure constitutes the fieriest show of paintings I've yet to see from this Northwest icon. Also, for the first time on exhibit, a new sculpture work cast at the Walla Walla Foundry.

Opening reception • March 1st • 6 - 8PM
PDX Contemporary • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063


... (more: Maertz, Hayward and Buswell + Miyoshi)

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Wednesday 02.29.12

Rupture: Reed Arts Week vis art picks 2012

This year's Reed Arts Week, Rupture through March 4th, has a lot of interesting visual arts related programming. Here are my 3 top picks:

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Rainy Lehrman,Labor Byproduct, west end of Eliot Hall

"Brooklyn based Rainy Lehrman creates grass sculptures that protrude from the ground, showing layers of dirt, sawdust, and earth material, creating a veritable rupturing of the earth. The effect is a defamiliarization of space, inciting a new understanding of quotidian geography and providing a new understanding of the physical references from which we base our experience of time."... (more)

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Tuesday 02.28.12

The Infectious Corruption of Color

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Left: Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Right: Mike Womack

On Saturday it is time to toast the artists in The Infectious Corruption of Color; Calvin Ross Carl, Laura Hughes, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Amanda Wojick, Mike Womack. It is likely another worthy group show from the Archer Gallery... the gallery with perhaps the best group show track record in the past three years. I'm personally terribly disappointed that Director Blake Shell's run is coming to an end in June due to budget problems (more on this at the end, first let's discuss this show).

The PR says, "Color is messy; it is corporeal. It bleeds and overwhelms. It opposes the contained, neat, and clinical. It may show us the natural world in comparison to the manmade, or, in turn, it may become the hyper-real and psychedelic in our perception... (more)

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Monday 02.27.12

Extra Credit: Rothko and Nauman

Maybe you were or are one of those students who always took the opportunity to learn a little more and get a few extra points... if so these events are for you:

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Red at PCS

So, you haven't overdosed on Rothko yet with the retrospective and are very interested in how his time growing up in Portland might have effected him? Tonight at 7:00PM at Mcmenamins Kennedy School for "Portland and the Art of Mark Rothko" join PORT's own Arcy Douglass (who penned this important historical look at Rothko and Portland) in conversation with Daniel Benzali the actor portraying Rothko in the fictional historization that is the play Red now running at PCS. Arcy is very aware of Rothko's well documented disdain for entertaining the wealthy and anything that wasn't 100% serious so this should be an interesting and difficult dance. (P.S. PAM's Chief Curator Bruce Guenther and I will be on OPB's Think Out Loud radio show discussing Rothko on Wednesday at 9:00 AM).


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Eleanor Antin

For February 28th and 29th at 7:00PM check out, Is It My Body: Conversions, Transgression, and Representations. The series was curated in response to the current exhibition BRUCE NAUMAN: BASEMENTS on view at the Cooley Gallery. The program includes work by Vito Acconci, Denise Marika, Ursula Hodel, Eleanor Antin in addition to early video by Nauman. It's in the Pearl at 937 NW Glisan and it's free.

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Wednesday 02.22.12

Edgar Arceneaux lecture

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Edgar Arscenaux's "The Algorithm Doesn't Love You" (2010)

Today, Edgar Arceneaux visits PNCA as part of the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. I tend to think of his very contemporary work as a mutant cross pollination between present tense anthropology and surrealism.

The presser says, "Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux's conceptual program uncovers meaning in unexpected adjacencies of past and present and of history and memory. He uses drawing, photography, sculpture and filmmaking for the unorthodox installation scenarios he has developed and refined over the last decade. His work resists simple explanations, creating sets of relationships that arent easily resolved as a way of wrestling with randomness."

Artist Lecture | February 23rd 6:30-8:30 PNCA Main Campus | Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson St.

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Ten Thousand Things at PCC Sylvania

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At PCC Sylvania's Northview Gallery

PORT's very own Arcy Douglass is certainly interested in systems of vastness, his last solo show sported a video that would take trillions of years to watch in its entirety. Now he's filling the vast Northview Gallery with Ten Thousand Things (it has a huge bay window co-opting a view of treetops in the distance.) Here's what the press release says:

"The North View Gallery presents a new large-scale video installation by Portland artist Arcy Douglass. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 23rd from 2-4 PM, and Saturdays, March 3rd and 10th from 12-4 PM. The show will run through March 23rd, 2012.

Arcy Douglass' Ten Thousand Things uses the repetition of a simple formal vocabulary to reflect the complex structure of natural systems. Resembling the depth and expanse of the starlit sky or the gridded streetlights of an urban metropolis, Ten Thousand Things presents a field of lit points perpetually emerging into and escaping from our vision.

Complimenting the exhibition, PCC dance students under the direction of instructor Heidi Diaz will be performing improvisational responses to Arcy's installation on Tuesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 1st from 2-3:20 PM, Tuesday, March 6th from 12:30-3:20 PM and Thursday, March 8th from 12:30-3:00 PM. Arcy Douglass earned a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 2007 and attended the Arts Student League in New York from 1999-2000."

Receptions: February 23rd 2-4 PM | March 3rd and 10th from 12-4 PM
North View Gallery at PCC Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland
Hours: Monday - Friday | 8-4:00 PM, and by appointment
Through March 23rd

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Friday 02.17.12

Weekend Picks

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A view of the Rothko retrospective (photo Jeff Jahn)

The Mark Rothko retrospective at the Portland Art Museum opens to the Public Saturday February 18th. I've seen it and YES it lives up to expectations for the profound and even throws in a painting or two that have never been shown in retrospectives before.

No it doesn't break much art historical ground (it could have and other institutions are developing that scholarship, some of which originates from PORT articles).

I'll delve into into a more detailed discussion soon but for now I'll quell any fears you might have. First off, about half of the show consists of major late period works installed nicely. Yes the layout allows both a chronological walk through and a more intuitive path, both are musts for any aspiring artist of any genre since they show a somewhat talented but uniquely driven mind at work relentlessly trying to unlock the potential of not only himself but art in general. PORT has easily covered Rothko in more depth than any area publication and these two posts on; Rothko's connection to Portland and some aesthetic sensitivities as a consequence of that upbringing are the best places to prep for the exhibition. It's an auspicious homecoming which moves PAM into a new phase and fulfills some of the heightened expectations that the museum now enjoys and must consistently live up to. That's the thing about greatness, it places demands on viewers, patrons, institutions and discourse. In those respects Rothko both delights and challenges all of us in a way that has been a long time coming.

Mark Rothko a retrospective at The Portland Art Museum
Through May 27th



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Kyle Thompson's SONIC REDUCER / SCALAR COUPLING

Yes, without Rothko it would seem like Kyle Thompson month here at PORT but he does have an opening tonight at Half/Dozen for SONIC REDUCER / SCALAR COUPLING.

"Thompson will present documentation of a two-day performance that... (more)

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Wednesday 02.15.12

Slifkin on Bruce Nauman

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"Bruce Nauman Going Solo," a lecture by Robert Slifkin, Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at Reed College is a must attend event.

I don't know how much prodding PORT readers need (Basements is one of the best shows I've ever seen at Reed) but to sweeten the deal everyone who attends Robert Slifkin's lecture on Bruce Nauman also receives a free book. This will be packed so plan on arriving early.

Robert Slifkin was a Reed College Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities (2007-10) and is currently Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Bruce Nauman, Basements, Early Studio Films,1967-69, on view at the Cooley Gallery through March 9, 2012. The gallery will be open additional hours from noon to 9:30 PM on the 17th as well.

"Slifkin's lecture is being published in book form—the first in a new series of pocketbook readers published by the Cooley under the imprint Companion Editions, designed by Heather Watkins in Portland, OR."

Lecture: Friday, February 17, 7 pm | Reed College Chapel
+ Public Reception at the Cooley Gallery after
Free and open to the public, the Chapel is located in Eliot Hall.
The Cooley will be open Noon to 9:30 P.M. ON February 17th

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Thursday 02.09.12

Bailey Winters & Jenny Vu at PSU

PSU's Littman & White Galleries present: "New and Old Work" by Bailey Winters + Jenny Vu' s "From Life"

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Bailey Winters' Trudge 2012

Because even Bailey Winters' old work is worth seeing again at PSU's Littman Gallery he presents, "New and Old Work features paintings from three previous shows as well five new paintings which continue to demonstrate his interests in narration, the figure, and comic book art. Work that first appeared in Class (2008), Green Oregon (2009), and Ambush: The Story of the TDA (2010) borrows from political iconography and depicts situations of highly charged human interaction. Executed using a combination of techniques taken from both pop art and realism, the tightly rendered figures are precise in contrast to the surrounding bright, flat color shapes. Showing alongside these are Winters' latest pieces. Here, his small cast of characters appears in a visual science fiction where intricate line drawings and opaque hypercolors replace photo realistic fleshes. In the future, Winters will draw from these new paintings and create a short animated film.

Bailey Winters grew up in Santa Cruz, California and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2003. He now lives and paints in Portland, Oregon. His interests include photography and film and these heavily influence the subjects of his paintings."


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Jenny Vu

Jenny Vu: From Life at PSU's White Gallery

According to the press release Jenny Vu has, "concentrated on drawing from life for the past few years. This show is a selection of my best work from 2011. Each piece was completed within a single sitting, ranging from a few minutes to a couple hours. My subjects are often people that I know well and feel free to draw without hesitation. I do not stage my subjects or begin with a complete image in mind. The resulting piece is not preconceived but rather born in the present moment.

Jenny Vu was born and raised in the small southern city of Niceville FL. Vu attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota FL. During her third year of school she participated in a semester long residency program in Brooklyn NY. Vu received her BFA in painting in 2010; shortly after, she moved to Portland, OR where she now lives and works. Vu has a studio in SE and works for a non profit after school arts program for kids. She plans to live and work in Portland for the next few years, before applying to graduate school or living abroad."


Openings: 5 - 8 PM | February 9th | On view through February 23rd
Littman & White Galleries Portland State University
Second floor Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway | 503 . 725 . 5656

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 09, 2012 at 10:50 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02.08.12

Travis Fitzgerald + Gary Robbins at 12128

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There isn't any press info for Trav-man and Robbins (yes do think about the Batman theme song) exhibition if it is a crown it means it belongs to a king but I'm willing to go out on a limb, or boat as it were to suggest this. Let's just see what Travis Fitzgerald and Gary Robbins bring?

12128 presents if it is a crown it means it belongs to a king
Opening Reception | Thursday February 9 | 8-11pm
12128 is moored at: Multnomah Yacht Repair | 12900 NW Marina Way

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 08, 2012 at 11:28 | Comments (0)

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Monday 02.06.12

Richard Shiff Lecture

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Paul Cezanne, The Card Players, 1890–92, Oil on canvas. 25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art Bequest of Stephen C. Clark

The latest of Reed College's fantastic Stephen E Osterow Distinguished Vistors in the Arts lecture series (probably the best in the city) is art historian Richard Shiff. The talk is titled "Paul Cezanne, Loss of Subject." The title alone is interesting since art historians are often measured by the subject of their research. To wit, Shiff has completed tomes on Paul Cezanne, Donald Judd, de Kooning and a catalog raisonne for Barnett Newman, all A-listers. He's also the author of Critical Terms for Art History, so for once this will be a lecturer who can make a presentation without using jargon words like "authentic" or the slightly more meaningful but even more overused "notion."

Here are Shiff's own words, which points to the real reason Cezanne is such a pivotal art historical figure, "Perhaps volatile feeling has the final say, not structured reason. Life is manifold, messy, inherently anti-ideological. This is the truth that at least some of Cezanne's early admirers believed his art confirmed. It made them tolerant of the singular opacity-or the utter banality-of images like the Card Players, where marks and their colours attracted more interest than the theme."
...and Reed's press release states, "Art historians usually classify images like Cezanne's Card Players as genre pictures: views of daily life that may reveal attitudes toward a class of society or a set of cultural practices. Can such pictures be abstractions? And if so, abstractions of what? Shiff's lecture investigates the fact that Cezanne's earliest viewers evaluated his Card Players as if they were abstractions, and by this interpretive route, the paintings gained a special social significance."

Lecture: Tuesday | February 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Reed College | 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. | Vollum lecture hall
Free and open to the public The Cooley Gallery will remain open until 7 p.m.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 06, 2012 at 10:24 | Comments (0)

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Friday 02.03.12

First Weekend Picks

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Joseph Beuys, Blitzschlag mit Lichtschein auf Hirsch (Lightning with Stag in its Glare), 1958–85. Cast Bronze, Iron, and Aluminium, Overall dimensions variable, Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa GBM2001.2. (c) 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

It doesn't have an opening reception but the first Joesph Beuys show in the nearly 12 years I've lived here opens tomorrow in the atrium space at the Portland Art Museum. I've heard a constant string of complaints about PAM not doing anything of interest for younger relational aesthetics artists so Im not going to be delicate... Shut your pie hole and get on down to PAM this weekend. As the most important artist in the entire relational aesthetics canon this is a not to be missed show and marks the second in PAM's series of important Post War European artists. First one was Martin Kippenberger so this is some very cogent programming. Will the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and Apex programming ever dovetail anbd complete the circle... if not people will still have a reason to complain. Till then, see it.

Portland Art Museum | February 4 - May 27



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(on view in Hypercorrection)

Recess presents Hypercorrection, featuring; Paul Clay, Sokhun Keo, Krystal South, Ross Young. A show exploring misinformation and the conventions of making decisions on said information the press release states, "The artist’s use of mimicry, material transformation, and dissimulation to incite...

(more: featuring; Gabe Flores, Wendy Given and a big multimedia group show)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 03, 2012 at 13:43 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02.01.12

First Thursday February 2012 Picks

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Joe Thurston's Nothing Leading Anywhere Any More Except to Nothing (photo Jeff Jahn)

Joe Thurston unveils a completely new body of work, Nothing Leading Anywhere Any More Except to Nothing. I find the way it packs up his world refreshing, because after 32+ years of unpacking the world with deconstruction it's about time somebody went the other direction... (more: Martin Kersels, Jim Neidhardt, Matt Connors and Northwest Modern)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 01, 2012 at 22:14 | Comments (0)

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Monday 01.30.12

Ligorano/Reese Lecture at PAM

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Tomorrow, catch the latest of OCAC's interdisciplinary Connection lecture series with, Ligorano/Reese who will discuss, "50 Different Minds: Art and Design in the Age of Crowdsourcing," presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum. Last year I considered OCAC's Alfredo Jaar talk the best lecture of the year.

"The collaborative interdisciplinary art team of Ligorano/Reese selects unusual materials and industrial processes to test the impact of art on social and political systems. Utilizing limited edition multiples, videos, sculptures and installations, they move easily from electronic art and computer controlled interactive installations to dish towels, underwear and snow globes, conveying vital, even urgent, commentary with a touch of humor.

OCAC's lecture series, Connection : Intersecting Tradition and Innovation, is a program of guest makers and thinkers invited to Portland to explore and articulate the relationship of craft to other disciplines and fields."

Lecture: 50 Different Minds: Art and Design in the Age of Crowdsourcing
with Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese

Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00-8:30pm
Portland Art Museum | Mark Building
Marion L. Miller Gallery | 1219 SW Park Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 30, 2012 at 17:39 | Comments (0)

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Matt Connors Lecture and Exhibition at PSU

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Matt Connors' studio

PSU's MFA Studio Lecture Series starts up again for 2012 with Matt Connors, who also has a related exhibition Dark Rooms, which opens a day later (also at PSU). It should be of interest to all the reformed formalists (deformed-alists?) that Portland is chin deep in.

"Matt Connors is a New York based artist who uses painting and abstraction to pursue an open ended and informal dialogue between form, style, material and meaning; exploring questions, problems (and problem solving) and propositions rather than assertions or solutions. Drawing from the history of painting as well as from non-fine art fields of language, music and design, Connor's work and it's subsequent installation creates embodied and at times theatrical instances of materialized thought. Selected exhibitions: Gas... Telephone... One Hundred Thousand Rubles, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany (2011); Line Breaks, Veneklasen / Werner, Berlin, Germany (2011); You're gonna take a walk in the rain and you're gonna get wet, Luttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany (2011); Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (2011); Matt Connors, Four Boxes Gallery at Krabbesholm, Skive, Denmark (2010); Dromedary Resting, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA (2010); You Don't Know, CANADA, New York, NY (2010)."


Matt Connors Lecture: Wednesday February 1st 7:00 pm
Portland State University: Shattuck Hall Room 212
1914 SW Park Ave

C-O-O-L ART Presents MATT CONNORS - DARK ROOMS
February 2 - February 27, 2012
Opening: February 2, 5 - 7 PM
2000 SW 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 30, 2012 at 14:08 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 01.26.12

Bruce Nauman Basements at Reed

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Bruce Nauman's Wall-Floor Positions, 1968, 60 min., B & W, sound, 16 mm film transferred to digital video displayed on monitor. (c) 2012 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

In 1968, while living in Northern California, Bruce Nauman signed with the Leo Castelli Gallery, which helped fund an important series of performance/video works. The latest show at Reed College's Cooley Gallery, Basements, explores this crucial period in Nauman's groundbreaking career. To discuss this period on February 17th, Nauman scholar and NYU professor Robert Slifkin lectures on the artist's early film and video work.

Cooley Gallery • January 27 - March 9 (all events free) • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Hours • Tuesday through Sunday 12 - 5 PM
Slifkin Lecture and Reception • February 17 7:00PM
Curatorial Conversation & Walk-Through • March 3rd 12PM with Stephanie Snyder

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 26, 2012 at 10:19 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 01.24.12

Artist | Architect John Holmes

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It's crazy world with architects who think they are artists, artists who think they are critics, critics who think they are curators and curators who think they are architects. Yes there is a point to made there but truth is, there is no reason one can't be very proficient in multiple disciples (Michelangelo, da Vinci, Judd, Irwin etc. all did it well indeed). The latest case in point is John Holmes (one of the principles at Holst Architecture, most recently responsible for the Bud Clark Commons.)

According to sources, "His artwork is about transformation - a natural process we see in nature and in our own inner lives. By transforming wood from solid to gas through fire and recording on paper, the patterns created reveal the astonishing Beauty hidden within natural phenomenon." Ah, so he's an alchemist as well!

Opening reception • Thursday January 26th 6pm - 8pm
Holst Architecture • 110 SE 8th Portland, OR 97214

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 24, 2012 at 16:13 | Comments (0)

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Friday 01.20.12

Weekend Goings On

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Catch a special screening of !Women Art Revolution a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson at the NW Film Center on Sunday with a special introduction by Reed College's Stephanie Snyder.

Screening • January 22 • 4:00 PM
NW Film Center • $9 general $8 members • free to students and faculty
Portland Art Museum • Whitsell Auditorium
Sponsored by: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland State University, Reed College, Northwest Film Center and Elizabeth Leach Gallery.


...(more after the jump: Peter Halley and PLACE)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 20, 2012 at 22:44 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 01.19.12

Interior Margins Conversation II

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Interior Margins (1st guided conversation last December) photo Jeff Jahn

Like a dinner party with a theme (which did in fact instigate this project)... the predominantly white, black and grey (or at least color muted) dress code tips viewers off that Interior Margins isn't so much of a comprehensive or even super tight survey of Northwest abstraction as much as it is a salon conversation starter amongst 11 ladies with a close connection to drawing (+ toasting Leonie Guyer) in their work. Curious about that that conversation? Join curator Stephanie Snyder and Interior Margin's artists Saturday for another guided conversation at the Lumber Room. The first talk was looooong winded yet worthwhile.

Guided Conversation • 11am-1pm, Saturday • January 21
lumber room • 419 NW 9th • info@lumberroom.com

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 19, 2012 at 14:59 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 01.18.12

10th NW Biennial at Tacoma Art Museum Opens

It is an even numbered year and like clockwork 2012 is predictably a giant survey show year. The first of them, the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum opens Saturday and explores the multinational region from Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington States as well as the British Columbia Territory of Canada. In fact, it is the first time the Canadians have been invited to play and let's hope it spurs on more trans-border exhibitions (it's true that it is easier for humans to cross the US/Canadian Border than it is for art). Of the 30 artists 13 are from Portland (including myself, look I did try to dissuade/dare them I have a history of disliking these shows). In March Hide/Seek will open in the next galleries over so there is an interesting programming confluence here... by not being in Portland, Seattle or Vancouver BC perhaps Tacoma can sidestep or at least juggle some very local politics? Designed by Antoine Predock TAM's is the best Museum building in cascadia.

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Sean M. Johnson's Family Portrait (2008)

According to TAM, "The 10th Northwest Biennial will examine the vital questions of who we are as residents of the Pacific Northwest, what we look like, and what are our aspirations for our communities. The Biennial will seek artworks that address the critical issues that underpin the larger issues of identity and community including the fluidity of regional identity in an age of global capitalism, increased urban migration, and the virtual diffusion of a discernible regional style. Because of the extraordinary complexities of these issues, The 10th Northwest Biennial will focus on the newly revitalized and resurgent forms of interdisciplinary art practices."

Yes I've seen the show in an unfinished state and I'm happy to report there are at least 5 large installation pieces of which at least 3 of which are new works and there is a lot more video than we've seen in recent TAM Biennials. Importantly, being focused on “ interdisciplinary art” a good deal of it is not traditionally craft or landscape oriented but with this many artists you know it is going to be a bit of a zoo of a show. It is also important that many participants are not represented by galleries (though their presence is felt). Most prominent Northwest galleries tend to be a bit conservative and relying on them for bleeding edge trend analysis is not the best idea.

Artists: Cynthia Camlin (Bellingham, WA), Pamela Caughey (Hamilton, MT), Dana Claxton [Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux] (Vancouver, BC), Harrell Fletcher (Portland, OR), Flicker Art Collabratory [Kenneth Newby and Aleksandra Dulic (Vancouver, BC), Wynne Greenwood (Seattle, WA), Wendy Given (Portland, OR), Gray & Paulsen [Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen] (Portland, OR), Laura Hughes (Portland, OR), Allison Hyde (Eugene, OR), Abraham Ingle (Portland, OR), Ariana Jacob (Portland, OR), Jeff Jahn (Portland, OR), Sean M. Johnson (Seattle, WA), Susie J. Lee (Seattle, WA), Benjamin Love (Boise, ID), Kirk Lybecker (Portland, OR), Jeremy Mangan (Fife, WA), Matt McCormick (Portland, OR), Kelly Neidig (Portland, OR), TJ Norris (Portland, OR), Paul Pauper (Seattle, WA), Juliette Ricci (Tacoma, WA), Paul Rucker (Seattle, WA), Reza Michael Safavi (Pullman, WA), Seattle Catalog LLC [Gretchen Bennett, Matthew Offenbacher, and Wynne Greenwood] (Seattle, WA), Henry Tsang (Vancouver, BC, Matika Wilbur [Swinomish/Tulalip] (Seattle, WA),Jin-me Yoon (Vancouver, BC), Joshua Zirschky (Portland, OR)

Opening Reception • January 21st • 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Tacoma Art Museum • 1701 Pacific Avenue • Tacoma, WA 98402
Free for Members • Non-member Guests $10

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 18, 2012 at 22:38 | Comments (0)

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Friday 01.13.12

Lupification at Archer Gallery

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Archer Gallery presents Lupification, or the Divide, works by Bonnie Fortune, Julia Oldham, and Ryan Pierce. The artists in this exhibition approach humanity through its connection to or separation from the natural world. Each presents a unique perspective, whether exploring the relationship, seeking to understand, looking for solutions, or discovering connections to animals, plants, and insects.

Reception • 6-8pm • January 14
Clark College Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA• 360.992.2246

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 13, 2012 at 1:22 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 01.11.12

Spicero at Appendix

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Appendix presents Jasper Spicero's Interiors.

"In his rendered images, Spicero presents chambers optimized for status signaling and contemplation, a fantasy of aesthetically integrated techno-spirituality. Referencing equally the spaces imagined by computer game designers and lifestyle marketing - each simplified, each driven by a few key metrics - Spicero's images and objects suggest an uncomfortable causal tangle between the spaces we wish to inhabit, the creatures we wish to be, and the options that are made available to us."

Opening - 6:30PM - January 13th
Appendix Project Space - south alleyway off of NE Alberta St. between 26th and 27th Aves.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 11, 2012 at 23:09 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 01.10.12

Engaging a New Generation

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Jenny Holzer (L) and Nancy Spero (R) in Body Gesture

For the concluding month of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery's Body Gesture, an exhibition of historical and contemporary feminist art, the gallery is assembling a pretty promising panel discussion titled, "Engaging a New Generation."

Panelists:
Andi Zeisler, co-founder and Editorial/Creative Director of Bitch Magazine
Elizabeth Nye, Executive Director of Girls Inc. NW
Ann Mussey, Professor of Women Studies at PSU
Ellen Lesperance, Artist, Winner of Seattle Art Museum's 2010 Betty Bowen Award
Emily Ginsburg, Associate Professor and Chair of the Intermedia Department at PNCA

Panel Discussion • 6-8pm • January 12
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 10, 2012 at 22:37 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 01.05.12

First Weekend January 2012

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California (detail), oil on canvas (in Timothy Scott Dalbow’s studio)

You cant kill painting, because it is like an undead zombie medium... it just gets up again and again, either limping ghoulishly or slinking about as a sexy vampire. That's pretty much what I expect from Nationale's opener for 2012, Highlighter, co-curated by PORT-star Amy Bernstein.

"In Nationale’s Highlighter, co-curators Amy Bernstein and May Juliette Barruel round up six exhilarating young painters for an intimate, studio-style exhibition. Showing only recent works from the artists, Bernstein and Barruel openly engage with the now in order to emphasize the heuristic energy guiding such innovation in the first place.

Through a shared language of brilliant colors and jostling patterns, inspired in part by the excess of modern culture, the canvases of Bernstein, James Boulton, John Brodie, Timothy Scott Dalbow, Marie Koetje and K Scott Rawls function as a playground for symbolic and formal invention. However, despite such non-representational tendencies, the works ultimately renounce the highbrow tenets of traditional abstraction in favor of more relatable, personal experiences."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 6
Artist presentation • 6pm • August 8
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786


(more... Gallery Homeland, The Art Gym)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 05, 2012 at 22:50 | Comments (1)

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Tuesday 01.03.12

First Thursday January 2012

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Robert Frank's Unitled from Painkiller

"Painkiller is an original exhibition of 48 Polaroid images by groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank taken from the 1970s through the present. Blue Sky closely collaborated with Frank in selecting photographs to be reproduced in a special series of enlarged prints for this show. Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography, Frank has redefined the aesthetic of both the still and the moving image via his pictures and films." Blue Sky first showed Frank's photographs in 1981.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 5th
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

... (more Ethan Rose, Jordan Tull, Scott Wolniak)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 03, 2012 at 21:51 | Comments (1)

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Saturday 12.17.11

Place for the Holidays

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Gabe Flores' Intimate Historical Fictions

Conveniently located in Pioneer Place mall for holiday shopping and gallery hopping Place is still going strong. So just when you thought the art season was over for 2011 Place holds five openings:

Stephanie Simek's On Golden Records
Takahiro Yamamoto's Meet Someone
Palma Corral's The Red String
Gabe Flores' Intimate Historical Fictions
Rashin Fahandej and Krista Dragomer's 160 Years of Pressure

Opening reception• 6-9pm • December 17
PLACE @ Pioneer Place Mall • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor • placepdx@gmail.com

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 17, 2011 at 14:51 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 12.14.11

Body Gesture

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Jenny Holzer (L) and Nancy Spero (R) in Body Gesture

For the conclusion of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery's 30th Anniversary program it presents, "Body Gesture, an exhibition of historical and contemporary feminist art.... Through their work many female artists of this era critiqued prevailing power structures, took increasing ownership of their personal sexuality, exploited assumptions about domesticity, and highlighted the institutional marginalization of women and minorities. These artists employed, and radicalized, many of the same formal and conceptual strategies practiced by their male contemporaries. Ultimately, Feminist artists' multidisciplinary, performance-based practices, engagement with process-oriented and conceptual methods, and use of film and video proved to be remarkably influential on subsequent generations of artists, both male and female. In fact, the argument could be made that Feminist Art definitively altered contemporary art, shifting the conversation back toward narrative and personal experience, while aiding in the legitimization of performance, video art, and multidisciplinary practices.... By pairing works by important female artists of the 1970s and 1980s with work by emerging female artists Body Gesture attempts to investigate the role of Feminism in art today."

Gotta love it when a group show actually makes an art historical argument. It is even better when a few of my favorites like Lynda Benglis and Mickalene Thomas are involved.

Features works by: Lynda Benglis, Andrea Bowers, Sophie Calle Nicole Eisenman, Jenny Holzer, Rachel Lachowicz, Ellen Lesperance, Alice Neel, Elaine Reichek, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Alexis Smith, Nancy Spero, Mickalene Thomas, Hannah Wilke

Holiday reception • 6-8pm • December 15
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 14, 2011 at 11:19 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 12.13.11

See the Magic?

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See the Magic?

For See the Magic? Shelby Davis and Crystal Schenk in collaboration with Weiden & Kennedy have produced a mythologically promiscuous holiday installation. Since the architecturally significant building is chok full of trade secrets you only have two remaining chances to take a guided tour of this otherwise closed space on December 15 and 20th at 5:30 PM SHARP (no lagging and lollygagging folks). RSVP required: crystalaschenk-at-gmail.com

Please meet in the downstairs gallery just inside the front doors.

Guided tour • 5:30PM (must RSVP) • December 15 & 19
Weiden & Kennedy • 224 NW 13th avenue, Portland, OR• Required RSVP to: crystalaschenk (at) gmail.com

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 13, 2011 at 11:28 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 12.08.11

Interior Margins conversation

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Interior Margins

Like a dinner party with a theme... the predominantly white, black and grey (or at least color muted) color scheme tips viewers off that Interior Margins isn't so much of a survey of Northwest abstraction as it is a salon conversation starter amongst 11 ladies with a close connection to drawing in their work. Curious about that that conversation? Join curator Stephanie Snyder and Interior Margin's artists Saturday for a guided conversation at the Lumber Room.

Guided Conversation • 11am-1pm, Saturday • December 10
lumber room • 419 NW 9th • info@lumberroom.com

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 08, 2011 at 21:09 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 12.07.11

Plazm 20 years, closing reception

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It probably belongs in a design museum but the Archer Gallery's Plazm: 20 Years of Art and Design ends Saturday, so it's your last chance. The dense exhibition traces the rise of the magazine from "collaborative creative resource" to "high profile cultural force," also detailing the design ventures that support its publication.



Art talk • 6-8pm • December 10
Closing Reception • 6-8pm • December 10th
Clark College Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA• 360.992.2246

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 07, 2011 at 11:50 | Comments (0)

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Friday 12.02.11

First Friday December 2011

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Jesse Reiser's Christmas in America series

Newspace promises to have the most irony laden festivities of the weekend... tis the season you know! A solo show of Jesse Reiser's Christmas in America series puts the holiday season in the proper perspective. Also, Newspace will be showing Chris Willis' personal collection of illuminated plastic Christmas figurines. Lastly, to keep things extra festive they invite you to wear your over the top Christmas sweaters at the opening. This can't miss! Reiser also gives a talk on Saturday at 1 PM as well.

Christmas in America • 6-9PM • Dec 2nd
Newspace • 1632 SE 10th • 503.963.1935


... (more: Worksound, Half/Dozen, galleryHOMELAND)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 02, 2011 at 12:04 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 11.19.11

Open Doors and Second Previews

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Tonight, MFA candidates in PNCA's Visual Studies Program open their studios "for an evening of art, performance and conversation." Look! Ask! Be intrigued! Herein lies the future.

Class of 2012: Nadia Buyse, Jodie Cavalier, Patrick Driscoll, Kei Horiuchi, Juleen Johnson, Oriana Lewton-Leopold, Fletcher Meisenburg, Jamie Nadherny, James Papadopoulos, Stefan Ransom, Victoria Reynolds, Marilyn Skalberg, Timothy Stigliano.

Class of 2013: Christina Bailey, Terri Bradley, Erin Dengerink, Kaila Farrell-Smith, Kiel Fletcher, Linden How, Timothy Janchar, John Knight, Matthew Leavitt, Daniel Long, Andrew Lorish, Jordan Meyers, Cristin Norine, Justin Schwab, Edward Trover, Lindsay Williams, Takahiro Yamamoto.

Open studios • 6:30-11pm • November 19
PNCA MFA Visual Studies Studios • 1830 NW 19th • 503.226.4391

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Wynde Dyer, "1751 Easy Street," 2011

PLACE revisits five shows in its glossy birds-eye atrium.

- Wynde Dyer's For Sale By Owner: 1751 Easy Street, an excitingly large 1/2 scale model of her childhood home. Dyer built the replica on-site from memory using traditional wooden lathe construction. She plans to torch the whole piece after the show closes.
- Rhoda London's and..., an examination of myth and memory using artifacts and drawings. Harrison Higgs contributes a video of blurry "purgatorial space."
- Richard Schemmerer's Framed or Frame of Mind, a grid of assemblages and peculiarly angled picture frames.
- Jane Schiffhauer's The Myth of Memory, a multimedia installation about gender, power and personal narrative. Features a glass ladder (leading to an even peskier glass ceiling?!)
- Jamie Marie Waelchli's translations, a video projection about the slow decline of words into gobbledygook. Cameo by Google Translate.

For the party, Jason King will also unveil PositionMax Beta, a sculptural work involving new performance technology. A stealth apparatus "allows previously unmanageable positions to be held steadily by performers over long periods of time." The result? Still human forms with superhuman durability.

Edit: Upcoming Monday, artist talks with Wynde Dyer, Jane Schiffhauer and Jason King. PNCA professor Mary Preis moderates.

Closing reception and performance • 6-9pm • November 19
Artist talks • 7-9pm • November 21
PLACE @ Pioneer Place Mall • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor • placepdx@gmail.com

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 19, 2011 at 11:35 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 11.17.11

Believe in Transmissions

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Monograph Bookwerks hosts a book launch for Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves, a historical speed-sweep through nine decades of acoustic innovations by broadcast, performance, video, installation and sound artists. Featuring Portland's own The Video Gentlemen, Joe Milutis, Weird Fiction and (HAM operator!) Chloé Womack.

Book release and performances • 7-9pm • October 18
Monograph Bookwerks • 5005 NE 27th • 503.284.5005

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12128 boatspace presents I WANT TO BELIEVE, a "flat-footed, autobiographical" ride through the pop culture ruminations of Car Hole Gallery founder Sam Korman. "Think of a joke, mass-less, in a minimalist atmosphere. It probably didn't make you laugh." Did I mention there's aliens?

Opening reception • 7-10pm • November 18
12128 boatspace • 12900 NW Marina Way • see their website for directions

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 17, 2011 at 12:51 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.16.11

Avantika Bawa speaks at Linfield

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Avantika Bawa from Vantage at the Archer Gallery (2010)

It is short notice but perhaps you can catch Avantika Bawa's 4:00PM talk at Linfield tomorrow. Over the years she has demonstrated that she has an acute eye for frayed perceptual procedures that present themselves as diagrammatic territory.

According to the press release, "Bawa creates new territory between sculpture and painting, similar to her ability to navigate the borders between two cultures – Indian and American. She is influenced by: minimalism, or the reduction of art to basic shapes, colors, and textures; installation art, which is the temporary transformation of spaces; and the interruption of space that brings viewers a new understanding..." (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 16, 2011 at 14:08 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.15.11

PLAZM talk

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Archer Gallery presents Plazm: 20 Years of Art and Design. The exhibition traces the rise of the magazine from "collaborative creative resource" to "high profile cultural force," also detailing the design ventures that support its publication.

For today's talk Creative Director and Co-Founder Joshua Berger speaks about the history, curation and vision of the magazine.

Art talk • 7pm • November 15
Closing Reception • 6-8pm • December 10th
Clark College Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA• 360.992.2246

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 15, 2011 at 13:10 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.14.11

The Artist and the Computer: Lillian Schwartz

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Cinema Project presents a special, one-night screening of Lillian Schwartz's pioneering computer animation. As a consultant at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s, Schwartz developed computerized techniques for merging sound, art and video. Her innovative research makes her the grand dame of computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis... including contemporary film, video, animation, graphics, multimedia, special effects and virtual reality.

"In the traditional of 'visual music,' her work from this period features animated computer-based shapes and fields— transformed through color gels and film stock— that synch, pulse, and grow to the equally distinct and complex computer and electronic soundtracks."

Film screening • 7pm • November 16
Hollywood Theatre • 4122 NE Sandy • 503.281.4215

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 14, 2011 at 14:54 | Comments (0)

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Friday 11.11.11

Alfredo Jaar talk

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Alfredo Jaar's Geography = War (1991)

On Monday, the latest of OCAC's new talk series Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation brings Portland a doosey, MacArthur fellow Alfredo Jaar. Known for staging incredibly clear meditations on very difficult subjects like the Rwandan Genocides or intellectuals under pressure in dictatorial regimes his work is both sparse and emotionally devastating. His installation, the Sound of Silence is one of the very best art pieces I have ever encountered. There is only room for 20 or so more people so I suggest you jump on this talk at Blue Sky Gallery. You must RSVP for the event: 971-255-4165

"It Is Difficult" with Alfredo Jaar
Monday, November 14 from 7:00-8:30pm
Blue Sky Gallery | 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209 Seating is limited. Please rsvp to 971-255-4165

Posted by Jeff Jahn on November 11, 2011 at 20:17 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.09.11

Margins and Material

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Léonie Guyer, "CONSTELLATION (NO. 2)", 2010

Lumber Room presents Interior Margins, an exhibition "bringing together the work of an intergenerational group of Northwest women artists who are transforming the diverse legacies and practices of abstraction for a new era." Cooley director Stephanie Snyder curates in collaboration with Lumber Room founder Sarah Miller Meigs.

Artists: Judy Cooke, Léonie Guyer, Victoria Haven, Midori Hirose, Linda Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Michelle Ross, Blair Saxon-Hill, Lynne Woods Turner, Nell Warren and Heather Watkins.

Exhibition • 11am-6pm, Thursday-Saturday • November 12-January 30
lumber room • 419 NW 9th • info@lumberroom.com

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Jay Spicero, "Silver Chain and Peace Sign"

RECESS presents (Im)material, where artists of the "technological zeitgeist" explore the fleshy divide between virtual worlds and earth-bound bodies. Featuring video and mixed media sculpture by Jay Spicero, Kyle Raquipiso, Michelle Liccardo, Alex Mackin Dolan and Chase Biado.

Opening reception • 6:30-10:30pm • November 12
RECESS • 1127 SE 10th • recesspdx@gmail.com

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Happy Hour with Vanessa Renwick

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Vanessa Renwick, "Biscuit Burn," 2010

Vanessa Renwick delivers this month's Happy Hour Talk at PAM. A documentarian, installation artist and official director of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, Renwick is a "filmmaker by nature, not by stress of research... Her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders."

Artist talk • 6-8pm • November 10 • $5 members
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

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Tuesday 11.08.11

The Earth is not up to code?

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James Harrison is one of the brightest designer/artists in Portland so his talk tonight looks very promising at Curiosity Club.

Here is what James is promising, "A dispassionate investigation into the suitability of planet earth for human habitation reveals 10 to the 23rd power building code violations.

From 'Violations of Shape' to 'Violations Based on Natural Malice', the entire range of geological transgressions will be systematically categorized into a rigorous framework. Using this framework it will be possible to devise strategies for clearing the backlog of violations with bureaucratic efficiency.

James M Harrison has made a career of taking the craft practices of one genre and incorrectly breeding them with the craft practices of a different genre."

The Curiosity Club @ Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR, 97209
Tuesday Nov 8th at 6pm

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Monday 11.07.11

30 issues later...

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Archer Gallery presents Plazm: 20 Years of Art and Design. The exhibition traces the rise of the magazine from "collaborative creative resource" to "high profile cultural force," also detailing the design ventures that support its publication.

Creative Director and Co-Founder Joshua Berger speaks about the history, curation and vision of the magazine in a Clark Art Talk next week.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • November 8
Art talk • 7pm • November 15
Clark College Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA• 360.992.2246

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 07, 2011 at 9:57 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 11.05.11

The Magical Nature of foreGround

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Littman Gallery presents foreGround, curated by PORT's own Jeff Jahn. The show addresses the "pervasive but often hidden influence of geology on contemporary life," and features works by Zachary Davis, Arcy Douglass, Jacqueline Ehlis, Jim Neidhardt, Matthew Picton and Ben Young.

"Call it existential geology. The show sidesteps the literal landscape to get at things hidden in plain view. It is a landscape show which explicitly avoids traditional landscape art in order to explore geology's existential, intellectual and spatial impact on our lives."

Opening reception • 5-7pm • November 5
Littman Gallery PSU • 1825 SW Broadway • Smith Center, 2nd Floor Room 250 • 503.725.5656

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Lauren Payne, "Matanuska Magic," 2010

FalseFront presents MAGIC > NATURE, the first in a rolling series of group shows curated by invited regional artists. This month's stylists: Michael Endo and Emily Nachison. "Drawing on the lost symbolic languages of pseudo-sciences, synthetic colors and mimetic natural environments, these artists pick up the remnants of our disenchanted world and seek to assemble new truths and speak to our desire to have our world re-enchanted."

Featuring John Bohl, Lauren Marie Cherry, Tia Factor, Lauren Payne, Kendra Larson, Hermonie Only, Andrew Rogers and Ian Waite.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • November 5
FalseFront Studio • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

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Friday 11.04.11

First Friday Picks November 2011

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Andrea Land, "Angelina," 2011

Newspace presents In My Room, photographs by Andrea Land. "Each young girl, while physically existing in the natural world, also thrives in another realm, an insular dream state, with her gaze turned inward. The photographs exist as both fictional and autobiographical creations."

Over in the special exhibitions gallery, Lisa Wells and Bobby Abrahamson present The 45th Parallel, a documentary project profiling three endangered rural towns in Oregon.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 4
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th • 503.963.1935

(More: Travis Wade at Launch Pad, Tia Factor at Half/Dozen, Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun at Nationale, folk textiles at the Japanese Garden.)

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Thursday 11.03.11

First Thursday Picks November 2011

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Appendix Project Space presents Target Language, videos by Andrew Norman Wilson, Anne de Vries, Harm van den Dorpel and Oliver Laric.

"Appropriating visual material from tech marketing, Disney movies and the decorative arts, language from pop culture and philosophy, and even cannibalizing their own work, these artists investigate continuities so familiar as to be invisible."

Opening reception • 7-11pm • November 3
Appendix Project Space at 937 • 937 NW Glisan • 503.295.6144

(More: Amy Bernstein at Stumptown, Pattern Recognition at Steven Goldman, Erik Geschke at PNCA, Jim Riswold at Augen, lectures by George Baker.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 03, 2011 at 12:37 | Comments (0)

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Alice Aycock at OSU

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Alice Aycock, "A Startling Whirlwind of Opportunity," 2009

OSU Department of Art kicks off its Visiting Artists & Scholars series with a lecture by Alice Aycock.

"Internationally known for her large scale, contemporary public sculptures... Alice Aycock has exhibited in major museums and galleries nationally as well as Europe and Japan. Her works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Louis Vuitton Foundation; LA County Museum; and the National Gallery, Washington DC."

"Aycock's public sculptures can be found throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Public Library, a large-scale sculptural roof installation for the East River Park Pavilion on 60th Street in NYC, and 'Star Sifter' for Terminal 1 at JFK International Airport... A permanent public artwork for Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC will be completed in 2011, as well as a piece for Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan in 2012."

Reception • 6pm • November 10
Lecture • 7pm
LaSells Stewart Center • Oregon State University • 875 SW 26th, Corvallis, OR • 541.737.5009

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on November 03, 2011 at 11:27 | Comments (0)

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Monday 10.31.11

PSU MFA Lecture: Peter McCaughey

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Peter McCaughey, "Polebender"

PSU presents Peter McCaughey, another live-streaming lecturer beamin' at ya all the way from Glasgow!

Harnessing teams of artists, architects, engineers, writers and activists, Peter McCaughey makes localized, often fleeting work about public space and "the landscape of memory." He uses film, video, projection, sound and light, as well as more traditional sculpture materials. Besides teaching at Glasgow School of Art, McCaughey advises the Glasgow Housing Association and directs WAVE, a small organization he founded to manage public art commissions, urban regeneration projects and art consultations.

Lecture • 7:30-8:30pm • October 31
Shattuck Hall Annex at PSU • 1914 SW Park Ave, Rm 198

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Wednesday 10.26.11

Woolly Mammoth, Nietzsche, and Michael Jackson Come to Dinner

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PLACE continues its series of philosophical salons. Praxis, "an artistic act that utilizes philosophical ideas," hosts Gina Altamura and dance troupe Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner in a discussion of "Michael Jackson as Zarathustra: a contemporary perspective on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche." Expect a hearty blend of pop culture, Nietzschean aphorisms and meta-mytho-psycho dancing.

Presentation • 6:30-9pm • October 26
PLACE @ Pioneer Place Mall • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor • placepdx@gmail.com

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Tuesday 10.25.11

Last Thursday October 2011

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Appendix Project Space presents Swimming, a selection of sculpture, hand-made booklets and photographic prints by Geoffrey KixMiller. His work contemplates "the unstable recipe of pattern, absurdity and expressiveness" in found objects and chance compositions.

Opening reception • 7pm • October 27
Appendix • south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta

(More: a bevy of artist talks and lectures!)

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Friday 10.21.11

Saturday Lectures

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in conjunction with What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization, Launch Pad presents a roundtable on Iraqi refugees in Portland. Dr. Baher Butti, Lisa Kelly, Shirook George Altaweel and Jim Lommasson discuss "what it's like to leave one's homeland... life in Oregon... and Iraq today."

Panel discussion • 2pm • October 22
Launch Pad Gallery • 534 SE Oak • 503.427.8704

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Ohad Meromi, storyboard for "Rehearsal Sculpture, Act II: Consumption," 2011

TBA lives! PICA presents a late ON SIGHT Salon with Ohad Meromi. "Before opening up his installation to a participatory rehearsal with Tahni Holt, artist Ohad Meromi will kibbitz about kibbutzim, utopian modernism, and group sculpture."

Salon • 2-3pm • October 22
Washington High School • SE Stark and 13th • 503.242.1419

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Thursday 10.20.11

Unhappy Hipsters on N. Mississippi

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With its whip smart combination of design savvy, ennui and relentless critiques of cliched architectural photography Unhappy Hipsters is one of my favorite sites on the internet. They have a new book too and you can meet the site's founders this Friday at Land on N. Mississippi ave. (yes teeming with hipsters). Perhaps PORT's own Dwell dweller Katherine Bovee will end up being immortalized in one of their classic captions.

Book Signing, Friday October 21st
5-7 PM
Land
3925 N Mississippi Ave

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Tuesday 10.18.11

Buildings, Books and Papercuts

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OCAC student using the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building's custom locker/counter top built-ins (photo Jeff Jahn)

In conjunction with the 2011 Portland Architecture and Design Festival, OCAC artist-in-residence Daniel Mellis discusses "the phenomenon of architects making artist's books, as well as artist book-makers' work on architecture and the built environment." He is joined by David Gabriel of COLAB Architecture + Urban Design, the Portland firm that along with Charles Rose Architects of Boston provided designs for OCAC's two newest buildings.

The evening begins with tours of the Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building and the Bonnie-Laing Malcomson Thesis Studios.

Lecture and tour • 7pm • October 19
Vollum Drawing & Painting Studios @ OCAC • 8245 SW Barnes Rd • 503.297.5544

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Nikki McClure, "Source" (detail), 2010

Papercut artist Nikki McClure discusses her practice in a lecture by the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the MFA in Applied Craft & Design. McClure's exhibition at MoCC closes October 29, so catch it while the cuts are hot.

Lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • October 20
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

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Sara Greenberger Rafferty lecture

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Sara Greenberger Rafferty, "Slide," 2007, c-print, 14 x 11 inches, edition of 5

As a kickoff to PICA and PSU's new Studio Lecture Series, Sara Greenberger Rafferty brings the omnipresent but rarely discussed comedic tropes of contemporary art to the forefront with a feminist edge. Will she be heckled like David Eckard recently was?

Sara Greenberger Rafferty received a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and an MFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Columbia University School of the Arts in New York. She is represented by Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York) and has shown at P.S.1, Artists Space and Mary Boone Gallery.

October 19,7:30pm - 9:00pm
PSU Campus (at the corner of SW Broadway & Hall on the PSU campus)
Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198

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Monday 10.17.11

Lucy Lippard, Remotely

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The PSU Art & Social Practice MFA Lecture Series presents Lucy Lippard. "An internationally known writer, activist and curator... Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the de-materialization at work in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art."

Lippard speaks via webcast tonight. The lecture won't be streamed live on the wild wild web, so you best slip out of your houseclothes into something less comfortable and shimmy down to Shattuck Hall. PICA's Resource Room (open 9-5 weekdays) has archives of past talks if you miss it, and select lectures from the series are also available on vimeo.

Lecture • 7:30-8:30pm • October 17
Shattuck Hall Annex at PSU • 1914 SW Park Ave, Rm 198

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Friday 10.14.11

FTW... Miss Bronson

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Bronson Fellows at Hoffman Gallery; photo by Jeff Jahn

This Saturday, join artist David Eckard and curators Linda Tesner and Stephanie Snyder at the Bronson Road Rally. It's the latest in a full lineup of events celebrating the legacy of influential Northwest artist Bonnie Bronson. For your time, you get tours of three collegiate exhibitions, and the event culminates in a delicious sack lunch (pack it yourself!) at Reed College.

BRONSON ROAD RALLY

10am: Bronson Fellows
Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark • 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd • 503.768.7687

11am: David Eckard: Deployment
Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243

12pm: newly installed Bronson Collection
Cooley Gallery, Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

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Bonnie Bronson, "Untitled (Blue, Green, and Orange)," 1961

Still on view at Elizabeth Leach, Bonnie Bronson: The Early Years showcases oil paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Several of these 1960s works have never been shown.

Exhibition • through November 19
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

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photo by Wayne Bund

Coming up this Tuesday, David Eckard performs A Simple Act of Maintenance.

Performance • 5pm • October 18
Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark • 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd • 503.768.7687

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Wednesday 10.12.11

Museum Spectacular

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PAM presents Shine-A-Light 2011, the museum's third annual foray into "anything goes." There's food, music and brews; art-inspired haircuts and tattoos; square dancing; speed idea generation; and a whole host of performances, installations, workshops and tours. Heck, you can even debate art loudly with strangers!

Activities run all day, but the real meaty stuff starts at 6pm.

"The Museum thus becomes for one day a playground for new ideas, in which what is curated is not a set of objects but the museum experience itself."

Interactive museum marvels • 10am - midnight • October 14 • $15/ free for members
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

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Saturday 10.08.11

Body Building at bSide6

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fashion by Emily Ryan, installation shapes by Laurence Sarrazin (photo Jeff Jahn)

As part of the Portland Architecture and Design Festival 2011, Body Building explores how the body and design function in fashion and architecture as a kind of second skin in a kind of reciprocal engagement.

Artists: Brendan Coughlin, Christine Taylor, Emily Ryan, Hans Lindauer, Jennifer Jacobs, Laurence Sarrazin, Lisa Radon, Opulent Project.

Curated by Christine Taylor (with some input from myself) it takes place in the architecturally notable bSIDE6 building. Body Building is supported by The American Institute of Architects Portland, Project Cityscope, bSide6 llc, and House Spirits Distillery.

Body Building
Oct. 1 - Nov. 5 - street viewing
Oct. 8, 7 - 10, reception 21+ (I.D. required for entry)
528 E Burnside
Portland, Oregon

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 08, 2011 at 15:50 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 10.05.11

First Friday Picks October 2011

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Nicolás Colón, "High Tide"

Cast your nets wide for 12128 boatspace, Portland's only sea-worthy vessel of art. San Francisco artist Nicolás Colón dreams hard in Paradise (untitled), "a utopian future where the language of form has become universal."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • October 7
12128 boatspace • 12900 NW Marina Way • see their website for directions

(More: What We Carried at Launch Pad, Mother My Son at Nationale, Narrative at Black Box, Malia Jensen at PNCA.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on October 05, 2011 at 12:05 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 10.04.11

First Thursday Picks October 2011

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Philip Iosca; TROUBLE IN MIND & M.M. (detail), both 2011

PNCA presents a solo show by Philip Iosca. "HOPEFULLY I BECOME THE UNIVERSE contains works inspired by seven extraordinary young men from across the United States who independently and tragically ended their lives between July 9 and September 29, 2010 as a result of bullying they received for being openly gay or perceived as being gay."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 6
PNCA Manuel Izquierdo Gallery • Stagecraft Building • 1302 NW Kearney • 503.226.4391

(More: Robert Dozono at Blackfish, Melissa Loop at Breeze Block, PSU MFA candidates, PULP at PNCA, Wes Mills at PDX.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on October 04, 2011 at 14:01 | Comments (0)

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Suzanne Cotter speaks at YU

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YU presents an evening with Suzanne Cotter, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Curator for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project. It's the first in a series of talks by national and international arts leaders engaged in developing contemporary institutions outside established art centers.

"Cotter's extensive experience has given her a transnational perspective on the work of contemporary artists and what it means to curate visionary exhibitions and public programs within specific regional contexts and cultural traditions."

YU Director Sandra Percival joins Cotter in the discussion.

Lecture • 7pm • October 5 • sliding scale $5+, $3 for students, artists
YU Contemporary • 800 SE 10th • 503.236.7996

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Monday 10.03.11

Brian Libby Films for A+D fest

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As part of this year's Architecture and Design Festival curator Thomas Phillipson of NW Film Center presents the films of Brian Libby

Over the past decade, Brian Libby (also an architecture and art critic) has made a succession of acclaimed and award-winning short-form travelogue video. According to the press release, "Whether it's pigeons flocking around a local Portland dairy, a double-decker bus ride in London, the canals of Amsterdam and Copenhagen or the freeways of Los Angeles, Libby views urban and natural settings with a quiet sense of wonder." Brian will also, "discuss the ways his writing, videos and still photography overlap as one holistic view of great cities."

Screening • October 4, 6:00PM
AiA Center for Architecture • 403 NW 11th, Portland, OR

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 03, 2011 at 14:59 | Comments (0)

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Friday 09.30.11

David Eckard: Deployment at Art Gym

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David Eckard, "Hand Flowers," 2011

Opening this Sunday at Marylhurst Art Gym, David Eckard: Deployment is a well deserved mid-career survey for this artist, educator and performer. Curated by Terri Hopkins, the exhibition features 40 new and old works and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and performances, as well as documentation and physical remnants of past installations. A 70-page hardcover book with illustrations of past works is slated for release in November. Throughout the fall Eckard will also be performing ©ardiff (recently premiered at PICA's TBA Festival) in academic venues across the city.

If that's not enough to satiate you ravenous PORT readers, Eckard is on display at two more galleries. In collaboration with Art Gym, White Box at the University of Oregon is hosting White Box: Deployment, a satellite exhibition featuring Eckard's most recent painting, drawing and video work. That show opened last week and runs through November 12. As the 2010 Bonnie Bronson Fellow, Eckard is also at Hoffman Gallery through December 11.

Exhibition • October 2 - December 11
Opening reception • 3-5pm • October 2
Marylhurst Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 30, 2011 at 19:05 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.29.11

Last Thursday September 2011

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Appendix Project Space presents an installation by Chris Lawrence. Using construction stock, re-purposed consumer goods, found objects, light and sound, Lawrence "suggests spaces of frustrated and mysterious function, where viewers are implicated as interlopers in an environment hovering on the line of the sinister."

Opening reception • 7pm • September 29
Performance • 8pm
Appendix • south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 29, 2011 at 15:09 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.26.11

Oregon Romanticism

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Kendra Larson, "Clackamas," 2011

The Helzer Gallery presents Oregon Romanticism, a selection of landscape paintings. "Kendra Larson examines the historical root of painting scenes from nature, but also firmly grounds her subjects in the present, often through the use of 'unnatural' colors or seemingly incongruous elements."

Opening reception • 6pm • September 26
Artist talk • 12pm • October 14
Helzer Gallery, PCC Rock Creek • 17705 NW Springville • Building 3

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Friday 09.23.11

Glitches, Ghosts, and Other Slippery Slopes

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Research Club presents Glitch Studies, the third and final phase of its curatorial residency at galleryHOMELAND. Curated by Carl Diehl, this Body of Knowledge project features Sue-C, Missy Canez, Ryan T. Dunn, LoVid, Stephanie Simek and Robby Kraft, and Philip Stearns. "Beyond the novelty of the happy accident, these artists mobilize varied media, methods and maneuvers, querying the durational dynamics of the initial glitch encounter."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 23
galleryHOMELAND • 2505 SE 11th • info@galleryHOMELAND.org

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Thursday 09.22.11

Industry&Art: The Rivers Run Through Us

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The Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC) presents Industry&Art, an art exhibition, sale and fundraiser. The event is curated by Brenda Smola and features a juried competition, the artwork of many waterfront employees, and weekend boat tours.

It's a heady swathe of art and industrial interests. The WWC represents more than half of the 50 industrial marine businesses in Portland, and many regional art collectors have ties to the market. Proceeds from the event go to the WWC Scholarship Fund at Portland Community College Foundation and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. The two organizations support industrial job training and environmental initiatives, respectively.

Select artists include: Greg Boudreau, Michael Brophy, Kate Copeland, Claire Cowie, Kevin Farrell, MK Guth, Sean Healy, Christopher Martin Hoff, Matt McCormick, Donald Morgan, Jim Neidhardt, Janet Otten, Melody Owen, Henk Pander, Christopher Perry, Christopher Rauschenberg, Robin Siegl, Tyler Stuart, Seth Tane, Lli Wilburn and Linda Wysong.

(Details after the jump.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 22, 2011 at 13:57 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.20.11

David Eckard: White Box Deployment

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White Box presents David Eckard: White Box Deployment. Featuring recent 2D work, the show is a satellite exhibition coinciding with Eckard's upcoming midcareer survey at the Marylhurst Art Gym. The main gallery hosts paintings and drawings while new video works are on display in the Gray Box multimedia room.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 22
White Box Gallery • White Stag Building • 24 NW 1st • 503.412.3689

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 20, 2011 at 16:03 | Comments (0)

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Do Ho Suh lectures at Reed

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Do Ho Suh, "Staircase-IV," 2004

Reed College presents Do Ho Suh, this fall's Stephen E. Ostrum Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts. "Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity." Suh has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and is collected by MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and Tate Modern, among other museums. He will lecture on recent works.

Artist lecture • 7pm • September 21
Reed College • Vollum Lecture Hall • 3203 SE Woodstock • 503.517.7851

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 20, 2011 at 12:38 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.13.11

two shows at the Independent

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Damien Gilley, "Small Multiples"

The Independent, Eva Lake's new downtown pop-up gallery, presents Damien Gilley's Infinity Games and Midori Hirose's Boners and Blobs. Gilley makes 2D laser etchings that "depict abstracted built environments," while Hirose creates mixed media sculptures that "abstract the nature of light and dark."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 15
the Independent • 530 NW 12th

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 13, 2011 at 13:45 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.12.11

MUSEION THE REED COLLEGE ART COLLECTION, 1911-2011

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M. Rothkowitz, Bathers, ca. 1928
Gift of Louis and Annette Kaufman


Representing 100 years of generosity MUSEION presents the finest works of art from the Reed College Art Collection, exhibited in conjunction with an interdisciplinary array of artifacts and ethnographic objects, all donated to the college over the past one hundred years.

The show is organized in celebration of the Reed College Centennial... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 12, 2011 at 12:53 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.08.11

TBA:11 Visual Art Picks

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David Eckard, "Cardiff," photo courtesy of artist

TBA:11 kicks into high gear tonight, so PORT presents a roundup of the sassiest, classiest acts in the fest! Consider this list a visual arts teaser. For exhaustive coverage, including performance works and ticket information, head on over to PICA's website. Most exhibits run through October 30.

(More: Opening Night, Quick Picks, Lectures & Salons.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 08, 2011 at 14:46 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 09.06.11

20 Years of Bonnie Bronson Fellows at L&C

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Laura Ross-Paul's Remote (2011)

Tomorrow, the excellent Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College opens an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Bonnie Bronson Fund, featuring new work by the Bonnie Bronson Fellows, who happen to be some of the Pacific Northwest's most influential contemporary artists. The show runs through Dec 11th but don't wait, besides a show like this will have a homecoming atmosphere at the opening from 6:30-8:00PM tomorrow. It has also become a tribute to Joan Shipley who passed away in the last week. Shipley had long worked to make the Bronson Awards what they have been.

How to typify the list of awardees who will be on display? Well it... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 06, 2011 at 17:22 | Comments (0)

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Friday 09.02.11

Into the Land, Out of Language

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Adam Sorensen, "Tabernacle," 2011

PAM's APEX series continues with recent work by Adam Sorensen. "Meticulously executed landscape paintings shimmer with natural and neon-like colors... these images are harbingers of environmental degradation, with some paintings suggesting global warming and a resulting glacial meltdown."

Sorensen combines sugar pop luminescence with the zigzagging planes and sheer grading of ukiyo-e. You can see a side by side in October when PAM opens The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints.

Exhibition • September 3 - January 1, 2012
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

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from "Out of language"

Josh Smith and Jenene Nagy meld minds in Out of language, their first artistic collaboration. The curatorial duo is known for ambitious programming at Tilt, Project Space and TILT: Export, but now they explore "ideas of the unknown, duality and structure" at Linfield Gallery. The exhibit includes individual works as well as their first joint piece.

Opening reception • 2-4pm • September 3
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR • Miller Fine Arts Center • 503.883.2804

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 02, 2011 at 20:56 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.01.11

First Friday Picks September 2011

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SBA installation at RECESS

RECESS kicks off its new quarters in the Oregon Brass Works building with The Space-Based Arts Festival. Featuring Hannah Jickling, Zoe Stal, Derek Bourcier, Kyle Thompson and Weston Smith, this inaugural show examines that yawning astral sphere in which we all negotiate our lives.

"'Space' is all-encompassing. Its parameters are so inclusive that is ceases to be meaningful. Well, it doesn't have to be meaningful to have a very serious impact on our day to day— both by tripping us up, giving us a surface to stand on, and all the stuff in between."

Opening reception • 6:30-10pm • September 2
RECESS • 1127 SE 10th • 954.579.6105

(More: still life photos at Black Box, Gary Wiseman at Half/Dozen, Johnston Foster at Disjecta, Lauren Henkin at Newspace.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on September 01, 2011 at 19:03 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 08.31.11

First Thursday Picks September 2011

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PNCA presents Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960-1990. A round investigation of the late Bronson's ouevre, it's her first major retrospective since the Portland Art Museum mounted a posthumous survey in 1993. Featuring nearly 60 works, including many drawings and paintings discovered in the archiving of her estate, the show notably unites two of the large Jas series (1979) and features a reconstruction of Kassandra, a towering cardboard wall sculpture shown only once.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 1
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

(More: It's All A Blur at PNCA, Stephen Scott Smith at Breeze Block, Cynthia Lahti at PDX Contemporary, Michael Reinsch everywhere, Changing Place at White Box.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 31, 2011 at 21:24 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 08.24.11

Pre-TBA Talk with Claire Fontaine

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Claire Fontaine, "Paris (burnt/unburnt)," 2011

PICA is warming up for TBA:11 with a toasty teaser by Parisian visual arts duo Claire Fontaine. ON SIGHT Salon features a discussion and sneak peak of their in-progress festival installation, which is an embedded matchstick map of the United States. The sucker may or may not be torched by Festival day, so don't miss this talk— like the work, it should prove combustible.

"After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a 'readymade artist' and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today."

Lecture • 6-7pm • August 26
Washington High School • SE Stark between 12th & 14th • RSVP to rsvp@pica.org

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 24, 2011 at 22:01 | Comments (0)

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Last Thursday August 2011

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FalseFront presents Towards Omniscient Documentary, the first in an ongoing series by Dustin Zemel. "By building expanded audiovisual experiments that recount 'true' stories, it is my goal to shed light on the subjective, hybrid space that exists between objective reality and personal interpretation."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • August 25
FalseFront • 4518 NE 32nd Ave • 503.781.4609

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Sanela Jahić, "Fire Painting"

Appendix Project Space presents Passengers from the Relative to the Absolute, by Sanela Jahić. "Distilling the essential powers claimed by various modes of creation— painting's living evidence of touch, or the power of the word to remake the past— Jahić creates situations of enhanced mechanical advantage."

Opening reception • 7pm • August 25
Appendix • south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 24, 2011 at 12:39 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 08.20.11

Snippets of life at MoCC

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Nikki McClure, "Tonight," 2008

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents two exhibitions. Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path showcases the 1996-2011 work of Olympia native Nikki McClure, who armed with spare tools of black paper and an X-acto blade creates intricate papercuts of daily life. Northwest Modern: Revisiting the Annual Ceramic Exhibitions of 1950-64 is a chronologic flashback of juried exhibitions at the Oregon Ceramic Studio. Debuting curator Kat Perez reignites the mid-century life of MoCC's institutional forebear using original artwork, ephemera and photographic reproductions.

Exhibition(s) • August 18 - October 29/ February 25, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654


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Jurors at Tenth Biennial Exhibition of Northwest Ceramics, 1962

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 20, 2011 at 8:22 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 08.18.11

Plazm turns 20

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It's the social event of the summer, Plazm leaves its teenybopper days behind on August 20th 6:30- 8:00 PM (VIP $75) and 8:00 PM - 2:30 AM for the release party ($5-15). Details here.

Yes, twenty years ago... during the first wave of high quality independent media publishing, magazines like, Plazm, Emigre, Ray Gun, and Mondo 2000 stepped up to provide intelligent design and cultural coverage from outside the major corporate media umbrella. Today, only the Portland based Plazm remains and with its current reincarnation, the "Born Again" issue featuring David Lynch, Bruce Sterling, Corin Tucker, Daniel Heyman, and Dan Attoe and Wangetchi Mutu, the publication looks better than ever. This issue new issue discusses, humanity, culture, and the death of print with Plazm editor Tiffany Lee Brown. Other participants include author and futurist Bruce Sterling, cultural critic Douglas Rushkoff, “What Technology Wants” author Kevin Kelly, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” author Nicholas Carr, and Sherry Turkle, MIT’s Technology Director for the Initiative on Technology and Self.

Of course there is a party celebrating this major 20 year milestone (when the average lifespan for serious cultural publications seems to be only 2-3 years).

Video and film is by Vanessa Renwick, E*Rock, Hooliganship, Lena Munday, Adrian Freeman, Shana Moulton, Duncan Malashock, Nic Chancellor, Bruce Bickford, Andrew Benson,
Andrew Jeffrey Wright & Clare Rojas.

Art: Laura Fritz creates a light and space installation for one night only, and Jason Kinney brings an elaborate and unusual photo booth.

A silent auction offering a Facebook post by Mayor Sam Adams, artwork from Michael Brophy and Storm Tharp, a gift certificate for eco sushi at Bamboo, and many other items happens 6:30 to 9 pm.

The VIP event featuring music by Eric Hausmann, a reading by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists and illustrator Carson Ellis, beer and wine, and a light supper by Tastebud is from 6:30 to 8 ($75 at the door). The main party is from 8 pm to 2:30 am, with a sliding entry fee of $5-15.

More party details and advance tickets here

@ Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Portland (MAX Yellow line to Kenton)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 18, 2011 at 11:04 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 08.13.11

Viande de Brousse

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Viande de Brousse out on the town

Tomorrow is your last chance to catch Viande de Brousse, the bushmeat food-cart installation by Roger Peet and Ryan Burns. "The severed hand has become a grim symbol of the world's cruelty and indifference to Congo... this project is an attempt to to describe the complexities of this dark knot of human need and greed."

PLACE presents concluding talks for Five, featuring Peet, Burns, Felicity Fenton, William Rihel, Stephen Kurowski and Marina Tait.

Closing reception and artist talks • 4-6pm • August 14
PLACE @ Pioneer Place Mall • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 13, 2011 at 21:33 | Comments (0)

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Friday 08.12.11

New Digs at Newspace

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Newspace Center for Photography celebrates its grand expansion with an open house. Curator Raymond Meeks leads a tour of the 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, and you can try your hand at a variety of photo processes while checking out the spankin' new darkrooms, digital labs and galleries. The opening also marks the release of Newspace's retrospective photography book, which looks back at nine years of artists and gallery exhibitions.

Opening reception • 11-4pm • August 13
Exhibition tour • 1pm
Newspace • 1632 SE 10th • 503.963.1935

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 12, 2011 at 17:45 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 08.11.11

Pilose Crux

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Elina Tuhkanen, from Pilose Crux

Nationale presents Elina Tuhkanen's Pilose Crux: Performative Sculptures from Finland. "Communing, prayer-like, behind heavy screens of fur, their hidden gesturing suggests a longing for symbiosis in a culture defined by its increasing disconnect from the natural world."

There's also a special screening of Tuhkanen's video works tonight, followed by a panel discussion featuring Tuhkanen, co-curator Emily Henderson, Finnish artist Alma Heikkilä, and Portland poet Alicia Coen.

Film screening and panel • 7pm • August 11 • $5
Hollywood Theatre • 4122 NE Sandy • 503.281.4215

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 12
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Ste 112 • 503.477.9786

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 11, 2011 at 15:03 | Comments (0)

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SOUTHERN/PACIFIC opens

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If you are in Houston, stop in Friday for the opening installment of SOUTHERN/PACIFIC curated by Paul Middendorf at the Lawndale Art Center on Museum Row. Conceived as a cultural exchange the old railroad between Houston, and Portland, the show makes stops in all three cities (with respective artists in tow).

Artists: Camp Bosworth, John Calaway, Calvin Ross Carl, Joseph Cohen, Jillian Conrad, David Corbett, Arcy Douglass, Sean Healy, Hana Hillerova, Roxanne Jackson, Jeff Jahn, Terrel James, Jonathan Leach, Victor Maldonado, Ann Marie Nafziger, Alyce Santoro, Vontundra (David, Dan and I will be there, artist talks at 6:00)

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street Houston, TX
Opening August 12 6:30-8:30

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 11, 2011 at 10:16 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 08.04.11

First Weekend Picks August 2011

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Worksound presents Identity Paintings, "a new generation of painters in Portland who promise to impact the next decade." This is Worksound's last show before it begins a new residency program, which invites four artists in different media to engage in conversation with critics and audiences before culminating in a final exhibit.

Works by Katie Allred, Jeremy Okai Davis, Gavin Eveland, Luke Fuller, Dorothy Goode, Ruth Lantz, Chelsea Linehan, Elizabeth Malaska, Devon Maldanado and Alexis Sarah Rittenhouse.

Opening reception • 7pm • August 5
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: Ellen Jane Michael & Megan Scheminske at Half/Dozen, Rebecca Steele & Modou Dieng at FalseFront, Body of Knowledge Part II at Gallery Homeland, juried photo exhibition at Newspace.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 04, 2011 at 18:04 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 08.02.11

First Thursday Picks August 2011

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Louise Bourgeois, "What is the Shape of This Problem? (detail)," 1999

Elizabeth Leach presents its 30th Anniversary Exhibition, The Shape of the Problem. Nearly 70 artists who have shown at the gallery over the last three decades will return for a whizbang, three-day extravaganza "celebrating the past, present, and future of the gallery, the Portland art community, and their relationship to the art world at large."

Day One: A group exhibition highlighting prominent historical artists of the last century, and featuring emerging artists alongside longtime gallery artists.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 4
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Day Two: A multi-channel video projection of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Dinh Q. Lê's The Imaginary Country.

Opening reception • 5:30-7:30pm • August 5
Reed College Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

Day Three: A group exhibition featuring Robert Hanson, MK Guth, Ryan Pierce, Bonnie Bronson, Lee Kelly, Sean Healy, local curator Kristan Kennedy, and many other regional artists.

Opening reception • 5:30-7:30pm • August 6
PNCA Feldman Gallery • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

(More: Terry Toedtemeier at PDX, Bill McCullough at Blue Sky, Jennifer Locke & Lucas Murgida at Rocksbox, Eva Lake at Augen.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on August 02, 2011 at 16:43 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 07.28.11

but liquor is quicker

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Tom Marioni, "Café Society," San Francisco, 1979

YU presents Tom Marioni's The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art. The event caps YU's first Preview Project and is the latest iteration of Marioni's long-standing weekly salon, which he first installed in 1970. Marioni will be in attendance, as will empty beer bottles from three previous rounds of drinking. You may ogle them as you fill your cup.

Closing reception • 4-7pm • August 30 • $5+
YU Contemporary • 800 SE 10th • 503.236.7996

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 28, 2011 at 15:25 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 07.27.11

75 Gifts for 75 Years

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Heidi Schwegler, "More than Simply Made," 2009

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents 75 Gifts for 75 Years. "To celebrate the Museum's 75th Anniversary and role as one of the nation's oldest institutions dedicated to craft, collectors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond have generously donated and promised gifts to the Museum's permanent collection." The works fill important gaps in the museum's ouevre and include traditional craft media as well as animation, drawings, and limited production tableware.

Exhibition • July 28 - February 25, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 27, 2011 at 16:15 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 07.26.11

Last Thursday July 2011

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Nik Pence

Appendix Project Space presents Nik Pence's in, "a collection of double mementos poised between a remote context and a lost referent." Starting with a body of hand-carved tools, Pence "gradually brought the residency site into focus around a series of externalized memories... The result is a porous space permeated with inaudible information."

Right down the alley, Hay Batch presents Yearning, Burning and Churning, a live-dairy action skit by Cathy Cleaver. Using an exercise bike cleverly modified to churn cream, Cleaver will huff and puff her way to exhaustion or butter— whichever comes first.

Opening reception and performance • 7pm • July 28
Appendix • south alley between 26th & 27th, off NE Alberta

(After the jump: Stephanie Simek at False Front.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 26, 2011 at 10:48 | Comments (0)

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Friday 07.22.11

Eddie Soloway at Newspace

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Image courtesy of artist

Newspace presents "Memories, Moons, and Imagination," a lecture tonight by landscape photographer Eddie Soloway. Soloway, who harnesses the intuitive and emotional in his own work, will use behind-the-scene peeks to discuss "pushing sight into a world of abstractions, reflections, layers, and movement."

Artist lecture • 7:30-9pm • July 22
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th • 503.963.1935

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 22, 2011 at 15:04 | Comments (0)

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Monday 07.18.11

Boundary Crossings

PNCA is offering a series of public events as part of Boundary Crossings: An Institute of Contemporary Animated Arts. If you missed Monday's kick-off lecture by Norman Klein, catch openings, artist talks and screenings through the end of next week.

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from Boundary Crossings 2009

(more: full schedule.)

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 18, 2011 at 15:45 | Comments (0)

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Friday 07.15.11

weekend roundup

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from Smoke and Shovels

Ditch Projects presents Bruce Conkle's Smoke and Shovels. Conkle, whose work straddles ecological and comic concerns, is a recent Hallie Ford Fellowship recipient. Tom Greenwood's History Publishing Company also opens tomorrow.

Opening reception • 7pm • July 16
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th Ave #165, Springfield, OR

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 15, 2011 at 19:21 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 07.14.11

friday happenings

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Megan Murphy, "Deliverance," 2010

John Grade and Megan Murphy speak about their work and lead a tour of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition.

Artist talks • 6pm • July 15 • $5-12
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 14, 2011 at 12:09 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 07.12.11

Eleventh Hour: Opening at White Box

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Fill the abyss of your Tuesday evening with an architextural experience. Robert Mantho and Michael Wenrich present LOCUS: CHANGING PLACE, a full-bodied inquiry into "primary spatial relationships." The artists speak at 7pm tonight.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • July 12
White Box Gallery • White Stag Building • 24 NW 1st

Posted by Kelly Kutchko on July 12, 2011 at 15:14 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 07.07.11

Second Weekend Picks July 2011

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Laura Hughes, "Untitled (Light Beams I)"

Gallery Homeland presents Body of Knowledge Part I: Vision, which "seeks to exhibit and examine the evidence of the continual process of searching, synthesizing, and learning." Body of Knowledge is a 3-part series curated by Research Club and hosted by Gallery Homeland. Featured artists in Vision include Laura Hughes, Michael Iauch, Vanessa Kaufman, and Bradley Streeper.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • July 8
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th #136 • info@galleryHOMELAND.org

(More: Poemophone at Worksound, Lunation at Nationale & an open house at YU Contemporary.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 07, 2011 at 16:29 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 07.05.11

First Thursday Picks July 2011

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From Intermation

In conjunction with Boundary Crossings, the July interdisciplinary institute on animated arts, PNCA presents Intermation. Featuring work by Jacob Ciocci, Cassandra C. Jones, and Marieke Verbiesen, the exhibition "examines the relationship between the animated image and the screen and proposes new utility between or among the traditional apparatus of animation."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • July 7
PNCA Feldman Gallery • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

(More: Joe Bartholomew at Chambers@916, Blake Shell at the PDX Contemporary Window Project, Matthew Picton at Pulliam, David Oresick at Blue Sky.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 05, 2011 at 17:29 | Comments (0)

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Friday 07.01.11

First First Friday, July 2011

Since it's a holiday weekend, some galleries are delaying their openings, but here's something to check out tonight:

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Timothy Scott Dalbow, "Ménage à trois"

Half/Dozen Left presents Timothy Scott Dalbow's Pro from Dover, about which Dalbow notes: "This exhibition is dedicated to my father, Dr. David George Dalbow, PHD. I would also like to thank everyone I've ever met."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • July 1
Half/Dozen • 722 E Burnside basement • info@halfdozengallery.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on July 01, 2011 at 7:41 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 06.29.11

Last Thursday June 2011

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Daniel J. Glendening & Michael Welsh

Appendix presents Neverland, a collaboration between Daniel J. Glendening and Michael Welsh in which they "collapse their individual practices into a single dreamlike environment, a survivalist clubhouse seemingly torqued out of time. Over the course of their month-long residency, the artists inhabited a cycle of production and re-uptake, pushing aesthetics of social breakdown and youthful wonder toward a singular gravitic point."

Hay Batch, connected to Appendix, presents Weird Fiction's Artificial Empathy Machine.

Opening receptions • 7pm • June 30
Appendix • south alley b/w 26th & 27th off NE Alberta


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Michael Endo

False Front presents Michael Endo's Pain Scale, the result of Endo executing a single monumental-scale painting on site just days prior to the opening. "Centered on producing a singular, stately painting, Endo will work from six smaller reference works, each based on a self-constructed color code system inspired from the present-day methodical diagrams of sensory and emotional measurement. "

Opening reception • 7-10pm • June 30
False Front • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 29, 2011 at 10:57 | Comments (0)

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Monday 06.27.11

calling northwest filmmakers

The NW Film Center is seeking submissions of recent work for the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival). Permanent residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington may submit two works of any length or genre released since August 1, 2009 and not previously entered in the Festival. Student entries (college and university only) must be from a school located in the Northwest. Submissions are due August 1. You can get details and submissions info on the festival website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 27, 2011 at 10:23 | Comments (0)

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Friday 06.24.11

(C.)O.P.S.

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Oregon Painting Society

OPS presents Angelo's Game, an installation and performance at Ditch Projects. The full performance is this weekend.

Installation/Performance • 8pm • June 25
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th Ave #165, Springfield, OR


Registration opens this weekend for the conceptual.oregon.performance.school (C.O.P.S.) at Rocksbox, "a free, artist-run, experimental summer school, with a focus on contemporary performance strategies." Hotdogs & beer are available for purchase in lieu of tuition and classes run Saturdays from 6-10pm through July & August.

Registration • 8-11pm • June 25
Rocksbox • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 24, 2011 at 13:17 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 06.23.11

Craft Conversation: Elizabeth Whalen

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Elizabeth Whalen

This weekend Elizabeth Whalen is discussing her residency project at MoCC in conjunction with Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Craft lecture • 2-3pm • June 25
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 23, 2011 at 15:22 | Comments (0)

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Monday 06.20.11

making nothing

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PORTstar Alex Rauch & Victor Maldonado present "MAKING NOTHING: Kinda Nothing - A Phenomenological and Philosophical Exploration of Various Contexts." This collaborative lecture & project explores "the different contexts society applies 'nothing' to and the various meanings the concept then derives."

Presentation • 6:30pm • June 22
Praxis @ Place PDX • Pioneer Place Mall • 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 20, 2011 at 21:28 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 06.16.11

this weekend at the Settlement

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Will Justice

The Settlement (a collection of galleries in Pioneer Place Mall) is having a bunch of openings this weekend.

At Place: 6.11, a group exhibition including Will Justice, James Mulvaney, Rebecca Steele, and Ním Wunnan.
Also at Place: Five, a group exhibition including Felicity Fenton, William Rihel III, Ryan Burns and Roger Peet, and Stephen Kurowski and Marina Tait.

At Store: Remember That Night, a group exhibition including Joey Ben-Chetrit, David Eastwood, Ross Farrier, Alexander Florence, Mitch Posada, Nathan St. Onge, Zachary Sea, Austin Turley, and Craig Willams.

At Peoples: Do It Yourself: Self-Printed Art, including 30 artists, featuring Bite Studio, Reading Frenzy, Independent Publication Resource Center, DIY Press/Radio, Just Seeds, etc.


Opening receptions • 6-9pm • June 18
Settlement • Pioneer Place Mall • 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 16, 2011 at 11:58 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 06.09.11

Second Weekend Picks June 2011

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Gallery Homeland is hosting the Research Club's Body of Knowledge Part I: Vision, featuring work by Laura Hughes, Michael Iauch, Vanessa Kauffman, and Bradley Streeper. "Vision seeks to exhibit and examine the evidence of the continual process of searching, synthesizing, and learning. Each artist employs a practice that has evolved from a variety of unique, often personal research paths; whether their inquiry has been into material, performance, installation, or personal interviews."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • June 10
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th #136 • info@galleryHOMELAND.org


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Paintallica

Rocksbox presents Sensitivity Training by Paintallica: "Paintallica is a collaborative group of artists who make work that is intentionally confrontational and impulsive. Our installations emerge from a short series of rapid-fire all-night work sessions that incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance. The raw and uncensored nature of Paintallica is integral to the mission of addressing sensitive, immediate, and often taboo issues." Opening night will feature a performance of chainsaw carving.

Opening reception • 8-11pm • June 11
Rocksbox • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 09, 2011 at 11:36 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 06.07.11

Ross Palmer Beecher at Willamette University museum

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Ross Palmer Beecher, "Radio Flyer Flag," 2006

Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents Americana, a mid-career retrospective of Seattle-based artist Ross Palmer Beecher, who has "developed a highly personal iconography based on American history, folk tales, colonial American art and aspects of contemporary American pop culture."

Exhibition • June 4 - July 31, 2011
Hallie Ford Museum @ Willamette University • 700 State St., Salem, Oregon

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Thursday 06.02.11

First Friday Picks June 2011

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Matty Byloos

Worksound presents Drawing Shades, a group drawing exhibition featuring work by Matty Byloos, Jane Schiffhauer, Nim Wunnan, and Rebecca Ruth Peel in the project room.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • June 3
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: The Phantom Street Artist at Denizen @ MP5, 2 group shows at the newly relocated Half/Dozen, uneasy young photographers at Nationale, and Kendra Larson at Launch Pad.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on June 02, 2011 at 8:41 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.31.11

First Thursday Picks June 2011

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Richard Barnes, "Smithsonian Ungulate"

Blue Sky presents Richard Barnes' Animal Logic, a series that "looks at museums as 'containers' of the celebrated and the forgotten, the odd and the everyday, and representative of the dreams and aspirations of the person, culture, or nation that assembled such collections...Barnes's several large-format prints on display at Blue Sky reveal the often unnatural side of some of the world's renowned natural history museums."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • June 2
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

(Lots more: Hayley Barker at Hartman, Michael Brophy at Laura Russo, Mise-en-Scène at Elizabeth Leach, Linda Hutchins at Pulliam, Scott Patt at Grass Hut, PNCA MFA in Visual Studies thesis show, oomph at PDX.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on May 31, 2011 at 19:53 | Comments (0)

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Friday 05.27.11

artists wanted: young filmmakers & animal lovers

The NW Film Center is seeking young filmmakers in grades K-12 for their 35th annual young people's film festival. Entries are due June 30 and there's tons of info on the event and how to submit on the festival website.


Multnomah County Animal Services is hosting their 4th annual adoption party, "Petlandia" and they're looking for 6-7 artists and/or craftsfolk to sell animal-oriented work at the event. No cost for a booth besides a refundable deposit and you keep 100% of sales. Applications are due June 6, and you can apply by contacting diana.grappasonno@multco.us with "art vendor submission" in the subject line, info about your past vending experience, and links to your online portfolio. (Full disclosure: This blogger has a puppy & a soft spot for animals.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on May 27, 2011 at 12:47 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 05.26.11

urban green: art in the japanese garden

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From "Urban Green"

For their ongoing Art in the Garden series, the Portland Japanese Garden presents Urban Green: Small Trees for Small Spaces. Tokyo bonsai shop owner Kenji Kobayashi, who studied landscape architecture many years ago under one of the garden's former directors, will present his modern style of bonsai in the Pavilion. The show will be kicked off tonight with a lecture by Dr. Jared Braiterman, a design anthropologist and founder of Tokyo Green Space, and there will be a lecture/demonstration of Sakei (an offshoot on bonsai) by David De Groot of Weyerhauser Bonsai on June 16. Both events are $15 for non-members and require reservations.

Bonsai exhibition • May 27 - June 19, 2011
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston • 503.223.1321

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Wednesday 05.25.11

last thursday alley

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Ariana Jacob

In addition to the ongoing Andrew Norman Wilson show, Appendix presents Ariana Jacob's Teach me how to think like you in the Hay Batch. "I want to understand how other people think. To research this I am developing techniques for consensual brainwashing, which will allow me to think like other people - to think like you. While testing these techniques on myself I will also be investigating the cultural conditions out of which this desire to think like another person grows."

(Re)opening reception(s) • 6pm • May 26
Appendix Project Space • South alley off Alberta b/w 26th & 27th

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Tuesday 05.24.11

lectures

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The PDX Re-Print series continues this week with Voices of Portland. The book "documents the history of Portland's neighborhoods through oral histories conducted in the mid 1970s. Self-published by Christine Emenc with a CETA grant in 1976, the book presents a conversational and non-authoritative telling of changes in the city. Celebrate the reprinting of this out-of-print book with a panel discussion on Portland's development, approaches to oral histories and ethnography."

Lecture • 7pm • May 26 • $0-10
Dill Pickle Club @ Project Grow • 2156 N Williams


Local photography specialist Jennifer Stoots is starting a weekly lecture series on the history of photography. The "Photography's Evolution lecture series will be dedicated to a discussion of the Artists/Photographers throughout the medium's history, along with the significant publishers, curators, institutions, gallerists and collectors who have fostered the art since its inception." The first one is this Thursday, it covers 1900-1919, including "Color Photography, Social Documentation, The Photo-Secession, Camera Work, The Little Galleries of the Photo Secession ("Gallery 291"), Snapshot Shooters, Modernism, and Dada." Contact stoots@photostoots.com to get on the email list for upcoming lectures.

Lecture • 7-8:30pm • May 26 • $15
Stoots @ 23 Sandy Gallery • 623 NE 23rd @ Sandy

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Monday 05.23.11

craft conversation: christy matson

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Christy Matson

Christy Matson is the current Artist-in-Residence at MoCC in conjunction with Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. She'll be discussing her processes and methodologies this week: "By responding to Herrick's patterns and structure through visual and aural responses, Matson shows connections between performance and handwork, abstraction and concrete form, and how the structures of weaving are being used in new ways by a younger generation of weavers."

Artist talk • 6:30-8:30pm • May 25
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

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Wednesday 05.18.11

mfa show: applied craft & design

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PNCA & OCAC present Make Way, practicum work from the first wave of graduates from their joint MFA in Applied Craft & Design program. "The exhibition features students' practicum projects that explore the convergence of art, craft and design practices."

Opening reception • 5-9pm • May 20
Galleria building • 921 SW Morrison @ 10th

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Tuesday 05.17.11

book release party

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Monograph Bookwerks is having a book release party this week for Art Criticism and Other Short Stories, "a collection of fan fiction about contemporary art by artists." There will be in-store readings from contributors Helen Reed, Sam Korman, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, and Jen Delos Reyes. "Fan fiction for contemporary art allows for inhabitations of imagined landscapes, speculative relationships with art objects, and dream encounters with artists."

Art book launch • 7-9pm • May 19
Monograph Bookwerks • 5005 NE 27th • 503.284.5005

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Friday 05.13.11

alt.spaces: Worksound & Appendix

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Chris Freeman

Worksound presents New Mutants, curated by Stephen Slappe, featuring video, installation, and photography by Tabor Robak, Missy Canez, Chris Freeman, and Nadia Buyse. "Bubbling up from the crevices of culture, scraping digital dirt from their heels!"

Opening reception • 6-9pm • May 14
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com


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Andrew Norman Wilson

Appendix presents works by Andrew Norman Wilson, following his participation in PSU's Open Engagement conference. "In the four works: FlowSpot, Global Countdown, Workers Leaving the Googleplex, and Virtual Assistance - Video Task, Wilson dips beneath the surface of a growing pool of branding, imagery and mythos to pull out and examine the potentials and mechanics within an ecology of corporate superentities."

One night show • 8pm • May 14
Appendix Project Space • South alley off NE Alberta b/w 26th & 27th

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Thursday 05.12.11

Open Engagement 2011 conference at PSU

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PSU presents the Open Engagement conference, a free public conference out of the MFA in Art and Social Practice program. The conference is directed by Jen Delos Reyes and planned with Harrell Fletcher and students. This year's featured artists include Julie Ault, Fritz Haeg, and Pablo Helguera, whose work "touches on subjects including democracy, group work, the boundary (or lack there of) between art and life, education, and transdisciplinarity." Open Engagement is also hosting the Bureau for Open Culture, an exhibition by the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and a summit on art and education. Events take place May 13-15, 2011 and you can read more about the schedule and how to attend (it's free) on the conference website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on May 12, 2011 at 8:19 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 05.10.11

Storm Tharp in the lumber room

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Sarah Meigs' lumber room presents Reader on a Black Background, a collaboration with Storm Tharp. Meigs wanted to better understand The Decorator, a piece by Tharp that she purchased in 2010, and so she invited him to curate an exhibition of works selected from her collection and write a corresponding essay. The lumber room is a semi-private space; the show will only be open to the public for two 3-day stretches.

Exhibition 1 • 11am-6pm • May 12-14
Exhibition 2 • 11am-6pm • May 19-21
the lumber room • 419 NW 9th

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Thursday 05.05.11

First Weekend Picks May 2011

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Exhibition preparation at the PCVA, image ©PAM

The YU Contemporary Art Center presents its inaugural exhibition, Selections From the PCVA Archive. The show will "revisit and honor the legacy of the PCVA and look into a vibrant and important moment in the history of contemporary art in Portland, providing historical context for YU and inspiring a forward-looking vision for a world-class contemporary art center in the city." The show will also launch the YU library and its first publication, Veneer Magazine 08/18.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • May 6
YU Contemporary • 800 SE 10th • 503.236.7996

(More: Paulaus Kapteyn at Nationale, On&On&On part II at Ditch Projects, fringe economies at Newspace.)

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Tuesday 05.03.11

First Thursday Picks May 2011

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Johannes Girardoni, "Exposed Icon #23"

PDX Contemporary presents Light Matters, sculpture and installation by Austrian-born artist Johannes Girardoni. "Girardoni's works are reductive investigations at the intersection of sculpture and painting, through which he explores the continuously shifting relationship between reality and image. His material vocabulary - found wood, plywood, wax, pigment, light, enamel and plexiglass - and its physical constellation become both the carrier of an explicitly painterly event and the foundation of an immaterial phenomenon."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • May 5
PDX Contemporary • 925 NW Flanders • 503.222.0063

(More: Tom Cramer at Laura Russo, Robert Yoder at Froelick, Chris Johanson at Froelick.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on May 03, 2011 at 12:30 | Comments (0)

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Friday 04.29.11

Bruce High Quality Foundation: Teach 4 Amerika

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The Bruce High Quality Foundation is bringing their Teach 4 Amerika tour to Portland with a public rally at PSU. "Inspired by the spectacle and energy of a political rally and featuring a multimedia presentation by BHQF, balloons, t-shirts, and music from a local marching band, the event is the next in a series of rallies and conversations that call for a rethinking of the current art education system." BHQF will also host a conversation on arts education on Monday at PNCA.

Rally • 7pm • May 1
PSU Shattuck Hall Annex • 1719 SW 10th
Conversation • May 2
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • Gallery 214

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Thursday 04.28.11

Act for Japan

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PSU presents Act for Japan, an exhibition and silent art auction to benefit Japan disaster relief through Mercy Corps. The exhibition features pieces from artists around the city who have generously donated their work to raise awareness and funds to help the citizens of Japan in their recovery. During the opening reception there will be a silent auction and a Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy demonstration. The work will only be on view this weekend.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • April 29
Exhibition viewing • 11am-6pm • April 30
Autzen Gallery • 724 SW Harrison • Neuberger Hall 2nd floor room 205

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Wednesday 04.27.11

Low Lives

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This weekend, PICA is screening the third annual Low Lives, "an international exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues." The project "celebrates" our ability to share ideas "beyond geographical and cultural borders."

Screening 1 • 5-8pm • April 29
Screening 2 • 12-3pm • April 30
PICA @ PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson

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Tuesday 04.26.11

Rubbings From the Rose City

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For their ongoing PDX Re-Print series, the Dill Pickle Club presents Rubbings From the Rose City, "a lecture on the interface of art and the built environment." A book of the same title, originally published in 1982, will be sold at the lecture. Speakers include Val Ballestrem from the Architecture Heritage Center, Doug Blandy from UO's Architecture & Allied Arts program, Randy Gregg editor of Portland Monthly, and artist Khris Soden.

Lecture • 7pm • April 28 • $0-$10 sliding
Dill Pickle Club @ AiA • 403 NW 11th

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Thursday 04.21.11

glitching out

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Evan Meaney

Grand Detour presents Evan Meaney: the ceibas cycle. The installation is currently on view at PLACE Gallery in "the Settlement" in Pioneer Place (through April 30). This weekend, Meaney is giving a talk about his work, followed by a screening of some of his past video works and inspiration from "his self-appointed 'spirit animal,' Hollis Frampton....the ceibas cycle is a ten-part, multimedia exploration of ghosts, glitches and the aesthetics of entropy...For our cyber-organized culture, glitches embody the imperfections that allow for us to be complete. A broken thing presents itself as a dialogue and not simply as a vessel. In this spirit, the ceibas cycle serves as a home for these glitchy reminders, given in all of their complex imperfection, so as to better celebrate our own."

Artist talk • 4pm • April 23
Screening • 6pm • April 23
Grand Detour @ PLACE • Pioneer Place Mall 3rd floor

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Wednesday 04.20.11

Appendix fundraiser

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We normally don't post fundraisers, but since RACC doesn't fund alt spaces and there's no cover for this one, we'd like to alert you to Appendix's Fount fundraising event happening this weekend. Artists from Appendix, Little Field, and Bay Hatch have donated work for raffle and there will be live garage rock from The Woolen Men. Gary Robbins of Container Corps has also created a limited edition print available to every guest who buys a raffle ticket.

Fundraiser • 6pm • April 23
Appendix Project Space • South alley b/w 26th & 27th off NE Alberta

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Tuesday 04.19.11

AIGA shift 6: sustainable design

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AIGA Portland presents "Shift 6: Engaging Presentations on Sustainable Design." There will be 10 presenters discussing their ideas on sustainable design in the context of visual communications, plus Q&A, mingling, food, beverage. $25 non-members, $10 students.

Design panel • 7-9:30pm • April 21
AIGA Portland @ The EcoTrust Building • 721 NW 9th • register online

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 19, 2011 at 9:05 | Comments (0)

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Monday 04.18.11

the Maysles on Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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still from "Christo's Valley Curtain"

Cinema Project presents Curtains and Red Tape: Large-Scale Public Art, a screening of films by Albert and David Maysles, brothers who documented the work of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Screened films include "Christo's Valley Curtain," "Running Fence," and "Islands," split over the two days. The event is co-presented with the Maysles Institute.

Film screenings • 7:30pm • April 19 & 20
Cinema Project @ the Clinton St Theater • SE Clinton & 26th

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Friday 04.15.11

weekend: cooley, littman, disjecta

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Reed's Cooley Gallery is having a reception this weekend for Lloyd Reynolds: A Life of Forms in Art. This is the first "comprehensive exhibition" of the work of Reynolds (1902-1978), who was a renowned Oregon calligrapher who also taught at Reed College. Included are examples of his calligraphy, rare films and photos of him at work, and a collection of his etchings, wood block prints, drawings, puppets, books, graphic design, teaching examples, and hand-made studio implements. The show is on view April 5 - June 11, 2011.

Public reception • 3-7pm • April 17
Reed College Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

(More: Contemporary landscape photography at Littman & White and Oko Ebombo at Disjecta.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 15, 2011 at 10:21 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 04.13.11

weekend openings

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Worksound presents Antwerp Visits Portland : You Will Never Walk Alone. Curated by Vanessa Van Obberghen, this straight-from-Belgium exhibition features work by Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Kris Fierens, David Gheron Tretiakoff, David Hominal, Moshekwa Langa, Alassane Babylas Ndiaye, Objectif-Exhibitions, Roberto Ortega - Dewulf and David Wauters, Alex Salinas, and Vanessa Van Obberghen, with ongoing performances throughout opening night by French artist David Gheron.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 15
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: Lewis Feuer at 12128 boatspace and lots of stuff at The Settlement.)

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Tuesday 04.12.11

Photolucida

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As you may have noticed, April is Portland photo month, and this is because Photolucida is happening. In addition to the private portfolio reviews, Photolucida hosts a number of events this week that are open to the public:

Seeing Straight: Issues in Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photographs • 7-8pm, April 13 • Charles Hartman Fine Art
Photolucida Portfolio Walk • 6-9pm, April 14 • PAM Sunken Ballroom
Todd Hido Presentation: Process, Source, and Influence • 7pm, April 15, $12 • PAM Whitsell auditorium
Pearl District Gallery Walk • 6-7pm, April 16 • All over the Pearl

You can get more details on some of these events and learn more about what Photolucida is at Photolucida.org.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 12, 2011 at 9:00 | Comments (0)

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Monday 04.11.11

Peter Shelton reception at PAM

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redpocket, 2009, fiberglass

Meet Los Angeles based sculptor, Peter Shelton Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 PM at his show in the Miller Gallery in the Mark Building.

Shelton will discuss his work which includes three recent large-scale sculptures and a selection of drawings currently on view as the latest in the Miller-Meigs series shows. Described as, "Manifestly precise in execution and explicitly physical, the works are focused on the interrelationships between image, surface, and prevailing theories of abstraction. Playing with color and silhouette, Shelton invents a fresh vocabulary of abstract signifiers from memories of the human body and the structures of architecture."

Normally these events are open only to Contemporary Art Council members (one of the best ways to learn about contemporary art in the city) so this is a great way to check out this important program... [*disclosure I am a past Vice President]

Because there are refreshments please RSVP to contemporaryartcouncil@gmail.com or 503-276-4267 ext. 2.

Peter Shelton through June 12,
Reception Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 PM,
Miller Gallery in the Mark Building
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue

Posted by Jeff Jahn on April 11, 2011 at 21:44 | Comments (0)

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Friday 04.08.11

Second Weekend Picks April 2011

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Still from "Edvard Munch"

The NW Film Center is screening director Peter Watkins's 1974 film, Edvard Munch TONIGHT. "One of the most moving and insightful portrayals of the artistic process ever depicted on film, Watkins's intensely personal biographical film recreates the struggles endured by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch."

Film screening • 7pm • April 8
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium in PAM • 1219 SW Park

(More: Illuminated City symposium at PSU tomorrow and MP5 grand opening all weekend.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 08, 2011 at 17:26 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 04.06.11

First Thursday Picks April 2011

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HUNG Keung, from "Bloated City | Skinny Language"

The "Gray Box" (attached to UO's White Box gallery) presents Bloated City | Skinny Language, an interactive video installation by Chinese artist HUNG Keung. In the installation, "the viewer appears on two screens surrounded by a myriad of fragmented brush strokes. Characters read the viewer's outline and aggregate around their body. Responding to the slightest movement, the characters fly gradually from one screen to the next, from one image of the viewer to their mirror image. The artist prompts viewers to reflect on how they can locate themselves in their universe (Heaven + Earth) and relate to the notions of Dao."

Also at White Box: Daniel Heyman's Bearing Witness, a collection of gouache and print testimonial portraits of individuals who have endured great personal hardship. The portraits on display for this exhibition "focus on recent immigrants to the U.S. and the struggles they endured in their former countries and here."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • April 7
UO White Box • 70 NW Couch

(More: Amjad Faur at PDX Contemporary, Sean Healy at Elizabeth Leach, Mitch Dobrowner at Blue Sky, Trude Parkinson at Augen DeSoto, Liam Drain at PNCA, Steven LaRose at PRESENTspace.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 06, 2011 at 20:47 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 04.05.11

art school openings

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Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Range, works by Thomas Allen, Harrison Higgs, Andrew O'Brien, Devon Order, and Robert Smith. "These artists explore landscape in varied approaches: mystifying the land, creating illusions, exploring representations, and abstraction. Using a variety of methods including photography, video, mixed media and sculpture, these artists explore landscape as science, concept, a physical presence, and a metaphorical or religious manifestation." The exhibition will be on view April 5 - 30, 2011.

Artist reception • 6-8pm • April 16
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building


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Linda Hutchins, "Left Hand Swish"

OSU's Fairbanks Gallery presents Through Line: Type, Ink, Thread, new drawings, organza sculptures, and typewritten works by Linda Hutchins. "Experienced as a whole, the exhibition shows Hutchins' focus shifting from object to surface (presence to absence, form to void) and back again, allowing the viewer to follow her thought process as she works through several media." The exhibition will be on view April 4 - 27, 2011.

Reception w/ artist remarks • 4:30-5:30pm • April 6
Fairbanks Gallery • Oregon State University, Corvallis • Dept. of Art 106 Fairbanks Hall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on April 05, 2011 at 7:49 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 03.31.11

First Weekend Picks April 2011

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Avantika Bawa

Disjecta presents Score., a new installation by Avantika Bawa. "Score. explores the making, breaking and rearranging of rules, strategies, structures and histories. Examining the past use of Disjecta's building, Bawa amplifies the working mechanism and occasional failures of systems through the creation of an abstract and altered Bowling Alley."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • April 2
Artist talk + happy hour • 6-9pm • April 22
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

(More: Critical Mass 2010 selections at Newspace, Emily Nachison at False Front, Gary Robbins at Appendix, Jaik Faulk at Nationale, Jessica Reaves at Golden Rule.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 31, 2011 at 12:55 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 03.30.11

Mary Ellen Mark lecture at Reed tonight

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Tonight's free lecture with Mary Ellen Mark's is presented in conjunction with her first solo exhibition in Portland at Blue Sky Gallery, featuring original prints from three remarkable bodies of work: Falkland Road, Indian Circus, and Ward 81 (made at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem in the mid-1970s). It's one of the best shows in Portland right now so don't miss this.

According to the Press Release,"Mary Ellen Mark is today recognized as one of America's most respected and influential photographers. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award-nominated film Streetwise (1984), directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell."

Lecture • March 30 • 7:00PM
Kaul Auditorium • Reed College

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Tuesday 03.29.11

Evertt Beidler's "Moving"

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Evertt Beidler, video still from "Moves Manager"

PCC's Northview Gallery presents Moves Management, an exhibition of two kinetic works and a short film titled Moves Manager. Beidler says: "The kinetic sculpture and film that is featured in the show are intended to address the sense of purpose many of us derive from the work we undertake as professionals seeking to earn a living. The works employ humor, irony, and honesty to provide the viewer with a glimpse into the monotony and often repetitious actions that are required in the pursuit of long-term goals." The show will be on view through April 29, 2011.

Artist talk • 1pm • March 31
Opening reception • after the talk • March 31
Northview Gallery • Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th • Room 214, CT Building

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 29, 2011 at 8:24 | Comments (0)

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Monday 03.28.11

lectures: pugay on diversity & re-print on the pcva

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Ralph Pugay, "Maybe Not"

PSU presents a lecture by Ralph Pugay, "a Portland-based artist whose work revolves around the idea of contradiction and its relationship to different kinds of human alienation--their root causes, and symptoms." The lecture is sponsored by the PSU Art Dept Diversity Committee. Note: This is today.

Artist lecture • 12-1pm • April 1
PSU Art Building • 1990 SW 5th @ Jackson • AB 160


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The Dill Pickle Club & Publication Studio are collaborating on Re-Print, "a series of four publications and free public lectures celebrating obscured and out-of-print books on Portland's visual culture." The first one is built around the book Twenty-Seven Installations, which chronicles the history of the Portland Center for Visual Arts (PCVA). Lisa Radon will lead a panel discussion by former PCVA director Mary Beebe, PCVA co-founder Mel Katz and PCVA board members Paul Sutinen and Tad Savinar. Lecture is sliding scale $0-$10 and a re-print of the book will be on sale. Note that this is at the much-anticipated Yale Union laundry building.

Arts lecture • 7pm • March 31
Dill Pickle Club @ YU • 800 SE 10th

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Thursday 03.24.11

speaking of japan

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Photographer: Jonathan Ley

The Japanese Garden will be exhibiting ikebana in their pavilion this weekend. "Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, is both an ancient and modern art. In basic form, an ikebana arrangement follows a fixed pattern: a triangle of three points representing heaven, earth, and man. Emphasis is placed on linear perfection, color harmony, space, and form." Click on the link below to see more ikebana-related shows coming to the garden this spring & next fall.

Exhibition • 10am-4pm • March 26 & 27
Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston • 503.223.1321

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 24, 2011 at 16:18 | Comments (0)

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Galleries band together for Japan, tonight

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Tonight, during this horrific crisis for Japan; Augen Gallery, Froelick Gallery, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, PDX Contemporary Art, Pulliam Gallery and Nazraeli Press are doing an event that honors and recognizes the artistic and creative importance of Japan. In many ways Portland is closer to Japan than say London. This one night event will to raise money for Mercy Corps' Japan relief fund. Each participating gallery will have on view and for sale art by represented Japanese artists and artists who feel they have been influenced by Japanese culture. 25% of sales from this event to Mercy Corps/Peace Winds Japan.

Thursday March 24th, 5 - 9 pm
1100 NW Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97209

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 24, 2011 at 11:16 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 03.23.11

Some Days are Better Than Others

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Anybody who knows Matt McCormick, knows of his pumpkin obsession

Probably Portland's most well-liked citizen/experimental filmmaker, Matt McCormick’s debut feature Some Days are Better Than Others, which stars indie rock royalty/Portlanders James Mercer and Carrie Brownstein of the now defunct Sleater-Kinney will open the Hollywood Theater on March 25th before opening wider across the country. Show up and let's try not to passive aggressively hate on someone who actually has done something ambitious (which is kind of a Portland tradition that everyone of note in this city is familiar with).

Yes, Brownstein has done other things, like being trounced on Beulahland trivia night by my old team of critics, lawyers and economists (It shouldn't sting, but for any Portlander it would, I'm mean losing to critics and economists??? the shame!) Then there is her Portlandia series, which helps give Portland credit for things that also happens other in places... so it's a kind of indie-imperialist propaganda machine.

More importantly Some Days was selected to play New Directors/New Films, the prestigious film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

According to the press release, "The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 23, 2011 at 15:43 | Comments (0)

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Ethiopian Christian Art

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"Archangel Raphael," Ethiopian, 20th century

The Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University is currently showing Glory of Kings: Ethiopian Christian Art from Oregon Collections. The exhibition features Ethiopian icons, illuminated manuscripts, magic scrolls, icon and cross pendants, and handheld and processional crosses that serve as visual expressions of the Ethiopian Christian faith and ritual practice. In conjunction with the show, Ethiopian art scholar Marilyn Heldman will lecture on the Ethiopian site of Lalibala on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum's Roger Hull Lecture Hall.

Exhibition • March 19 - June 12, 2011
Hallie Ford Museum of Art • Willamette University • 900 State St. Salem, OR

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 23, 2011 at 15:18 | Comments (0)

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Monday 03.21.11

Film: Ernie Gehr

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Ernie Gehr

"Legendary" avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr will be in attendance at multiple screenings of his work this week at Cinema Project. Gehr's work "draws its energy from the carefully defined limits that structure his every film, a controlled restriction of the cinematic apparatus that, in a seeming paradox, results in incredibly exhilarating and even liberating films."

Film screening 1 • 9:30pm • March 22
Film screening 2 • 7:30pm • March 23
Cinema Project @ the Clinton St Theater • SE Clinton & 26th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 21, 2011 at 13:42 | Comments (0)

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Friday 03.18.11

sad, interdependent barbarics

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Chase Biado

1218 Boatspace presents Chase Biado's Sad Barbaric, described by a conversation between a slug and a gnat.

Opening reception • 7pm • March 19
Closing reception • 7pm • March 26
1218 Boatspace • 12900 NW Marina Way • visit the website for directions


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Mack McFarland, "Well there ain't nobody left to impress / And everyone's kissing their own hands / (material of things unsaid)"

There's a second reception for IN(ter)DEPENDENCE at Place and Trade this weekend featuring performances curated by Recess Gallery. Also, audience members who participated in Shawn Patrick Higgins' Video Story Booth can see videos of first injuries as told by them. The show is up through March 31.

Second reception • 6-9pm • March 19
Place PDX • Pioneer Place Mall • Atrium bldg, 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 18, 2011 at 9:25 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 03.16.11

Art Spark: NW Jewish Artists

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This month's Art Spark is featuring ORA: NW Jewish Artists in celebration of Jewish Arts Month.

Art chat • 5-7pm • March 17
Art Spark @ Urban Farmer • 525 SW Morrison • 8th floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 16, 2011 at 13:57 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 03.15.11

craft: Laurie Herrick / Elissa Auther

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Laurie Herrick, "Tree of Life," 1969 (1/4 scale front)

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. "Portland-based designer-craftsman Laurie Herrick created widely recognized weavings from the 1940s until her death in 1995. This retrospective exhibition explores weaving as a living craft. Selected patterns by Herrick will be available on the web for weavers worldwide to interpret and share via Flickr. Five contemporary artists will participate in Museum residencies, creating personal responses to Herrick's patterns and adding to this traveling exhibition."

Exhibition • March 17 - July 30, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Colorado-based author and educator Elissa Auther will be lecturing on Fiber Over Time: From the Sixties to Now in conjunction with the Laurie Herrick exhibition. "Drawing on her recently published String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, Elissa Auther will discuss how Laurie Herrick's weavings fit in historically with the decades in which they were made."

Craft lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • March 17
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • The Lab

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 | Comments (0)

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Collect Four: artist talk at White Box

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There will be an artist's talk today from 6-7 and your last 2 days to catch Collect Four: Scenes from Portland's Bleeding Edge at the U of O's White Box gallery (Portland Branch at the White Stag building). Curated by Jesse Hayward, the show features work by Matthew Green, Midori Hirose, Jason Traeger, and Ben Young. I reviewed Collect Four a couple of weeks ago and frankly if you don't know these artists you don't know Portland's art scene too well.

Artist's Talk • 6-7pm • March 15 (show ends March 16)
White Box • White Stag building • 24 NW 1st

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Monday 03.14.11

film

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Bryan Konefsky

Filmmaker, artist, and curator Bryan Konefsky is screening two shows with Grand Detour and presenting a workshop at the NW Film Center. The workshop is tonight 6:30-9:30pm and is on the subject Dead Tech Alive. Tuition is $10. Get the details on the NW Film Center website.

The first film screening will be Happiness is a Warm Projector: Selections from Experiments in Cinema v1-v6, highlighting his work as a festival programmer.

Film screening • 7pm • March 15 • $6
Hollywood theater • 4122 NE Sandy

The second film screening will be I LOVE YOU LONG TIME: Bryan Konefsky *the early years* (1998-2010), featuring Konefsky's own work and some Q&A.

Film screening • 7pm • March 16 • $3-$5
Grand Detour • 215 SE Morrison Suite 2020

More details on everything on the Grand Detour website.


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The Tasty Shorts film festival is also happening this week. Sponsored by the Art Institute, Tasty Shorts is a festival of short films.

Short film fest • 7pm • March 17
Clinton St Theater • 2522 SE Clinton

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 14, 2011 at 16:38 | Comments (0)

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Friday 03.11.11

Indweller reception at Archer Gallery

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Anna Lavatelli, "The Pink Room"

The Archer Gallery at Clark College is having their reception for Indweller, video works by Victoria Fu, Anna Lavatelli, Noelle Mason, and Lilly McElroy. "In each of these works, the bodies are used in a predetermined way within the space of the setting and the frame. The female figures are choreographed or set to a limited structure of movement, rather than used as character explorations. Through controlled gestures, constructed cinematic structures, and suspended moments in time and space, the figures become inseparable from the setting within the video, existing to complete the imagined world of the artist."

Reception • 6-8pm • March 12
Exhibition • February 22 - March 18, 2011
Archer Gallery • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, FAC 101, Vancouver, WA

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Thursday 03.10.11

Joseph Koerner lectures at Reed

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Hieronymous Bosch

This year's Ostrow lecturer at Reed is Joseph Leo Koerner, who will be giving a talk on Hieronymus Bosch: Enemy Painting. Koerner is a professor at Harvard who specializes in German art.

Art historian lecture • 7pm • March 14
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock • Vollum lecture hall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 10, 2011 at 9:46 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 03.09.11

Second Weekend Picks March 2011

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Worksound presents And Introducing..., curated by Melanie Flood and featuring work by Erica Allen, Jason Polan, Breanne Trammell, Devon Dikeou, Stephen Watt, Noah Kalina, and Micheal Shelton (the Longboard Kid), all out of NY. "And Introducing... breaks existing rules and invents brand-new ones. The show is polemical in how personal it is, conceptual in how random. These artists are connected by a strand twined together from creativity, experience, and life. They do their own things. They are not controlled, collected, composed. The artists of And Introducing... express, through photographs, drawings, objects, and ideas, a deep and true commitment to life under the creative influence."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: The World is Not Ending at Gallery Homeland and Yucks at Ditch Projects.)

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Tuesday 03.08.11

Buckman Art Show & Sell 2011

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Buckman Arts Elementary presents the 21st annual Buckman Art Show & Sell. "This 21-year tradition features the original artwork of approximately 140 artists and craftspersons, including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textile, and other wearable art, toys, and much more, in a fun festival setting. A student gallery showcases the work of Buckman students and alumni." Come out and support one of Portland's great sources of public arts education. There's a $5 admission on Friday & a $2 suggested donation on Saturday.

Day 1 • 5-9pm • March 11
Day 2 • 10am-5pm • March 12
Buckman Arts Focus Elementary • 320 SE 16th @ Stark

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 08, 2011 at 10:16 | Comments (0)

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Monday 03.07.11

state of the arts / artist lecture

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Lee Kelly, "Leland #1" (detail), 1975; renovated in 2010 with support from NEA and several private donors, featured in the RACC 2010 annual report.

The RACC is giving their annual "State of the Arts" report to the City Council this Wednesday. Community members who want to attend need to RSVP to RSVP@theArtsCAN.org, or watch it live streaming on the City Council website. RACC's 2010 Report From the Community can also be read online here.

State of the arts • 9:30am • March 9
RACC @ City Council • 1221 SW 4th


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Derrick Jensen

PNCA presents Derrick Jensen for the 2011 Edelman Lecture. "Author, teacher, activist, small farmer and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, Jensen has been hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement...Weaving together history, philosophy, environmentalism, economics, literature and psychology to produce a powerful argument and a passionate call for action, he points toward concrete solutions by focusing on our most primal human desire: to live on a healthy earth overflowing with uncut forests, clean rivers and thriving oceans that are not under the constant threat of being destroyed."

Arts lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • March 9
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 07, 2011 at 9:21 | Comments (0)

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Friday 03.04.11

First Weekend Picks March 2011

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Icelandic Artists & Icelandic Babies in Studio: Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Helgi Thórsson

Rocksbox presents No Painting Left Behind featuring Keith Boadwee, Erin Allen, Isaac Gray and Götulist í björg kassi! featuring Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Helgi Thórsson. All works are humorous and radical explorations of painting.

Opening reception • 8-11pm • March 5
Rocksbox Fine Art • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

(More: Michael Reinsch at False Front, Ilyas Ahmed at Nationale, Hsueh Wei at PNCA Corner Gallery.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 04, 2011 at 13:00 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 03.01.11

First Thursday Picks March 2011

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Mary Ellen Mark, from Falkland Road, Bombay, India, "Early morning in the Olympia Cafe," 1978

Blue Sky presents three series by influential photographer Mary Ellen Mark, Falkland Road, Indian Circus, and Ward 81. The images in Ward 81 were made at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem in the mid-1970s. She'll be delivering an artist lecture on March 30 at 7pm at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 3
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

(More: Jeffry Mitchell at Pulliam, art & architecture at AI Portland, a new pop-up in the Pearl, Adds Donna at Half/Dozen, Vanessa Calvert at Nisus, CHAP art factory, and Matt McCormick & Here/Now at Elizabeth Leach.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on March 01, 2011 at 14:56 | Comments (0)

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Monday 02.28.11

RAW 2011: Geographies

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Graphic by Dani Cardia

The 2011 Reed Arts Week starts this week. Its theme is Geographies, and it "seeks to re-envision the way we encounter our everyday world. Geographies asserts the provisional nature of boundaries, embraces the weeds and suspends the everyday in a space for potentiality and play." Featured artists include Ben Wolf, Francis Alÿs, Gary Wiseman & Gabe Flores, Jacinda Russell & Nancy Douthey, Kathy Westwater, Lize Mogel, and Melvin Edward Nelson. RAW is happening March 2-6; get the full calendar of events on the RAW 2011 website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 28, 2011 at 13:55 | Comments (0)

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Friday 02.25.11

installation, animation

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Karl Burkheimer

Disjecta presents In Site, a site-specific sculptural installation by Karl Burkheimer. The piece occupies the entire 3500 square foot gallery space, allowing and forcing patrons to walk on, in and through it. The work "draws from a wide range of interests and influences, including extensive travel in the Middle East, the design and construction of Japanese tea houses, and the utter love of making."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • March 26
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449


In conjunction with In Site, Tahni Holt is organizing In Response, a collaborative performance project. Three performers are curating a series of Saturday performances that "respond to the altered space through improvisational form." All are, of course, at Disjecta.

Tahni Holt performance • 1-2pm • March 5
Kathleen Keogh performance • 1-2pm • March 12
Linda Austin performance • 1-2pm • March 19


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Rose Bond & Todd Tawd

Animator/media artist Rose Bond and acoustic ecologist/composer Todd Tawd are giving a lecture at Worksound next Monday on their current collaboration. Migration is an animated sound and image installation designed for subterranean public space. "They will talk about their work and their interest in media that explores phenomena of perception and challenges the passivity of movie consumption."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • March 28
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 25, 2011 at 0:44 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02.22.11

Diana Al-Hadid lecture

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Diana Al-Hadid

Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid is lecturing this week at the University of Oregon Eugene campus. The lecture will be simultaneously live broadcast at the White Stag building in Portland.

Artist lecture • 6pm • February 24
U Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts Portland • 70 NW Couch • Room 451

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 22, 2011 at 14:33 | Comments (0)

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Monday 02.21.11

Indweller

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Anna Lavatelli, "The Pink Room"

The Archer Gallery at Clark College presents Indweller, video works by Victoria Fu, Anna Lavatelli, Noelle Mason, and Lilly McElroy. "In each of these works, the bodies are used in a predetermined way within the space of the setting and the frame. The female figures are choreographed or set to a limited structure of movement, rather than used as character explorations. Through controlled gestures, constructed cinematic structures, and suspended moments in time and space, the figures become inseparable from the setting within the video, existing to complete the imagined world of the artist."

Exhibition • February 22 - March 18, 2011
Reception • 6-8pm • March 12
Archer Gallery • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, FAC 101, Vancouver, WA

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 21, 2011 at 10:16 | Comments (0)

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Friday 02.18.11

IN(ter)DEPENDENCE

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Emily Counts, "A Battle Lost"

The Settlement presents IN(ter)DEPENDENCE, which explores the emergence of small, independently run, and self-funded cultural hubs in Portland over the past 5 years. Each space or curator participating was asked to nominate an artist or collaborative group to represent them: &Review (Morgan Ritter + a performance by Jesse Malmed and Jeff Guay on March 3), Appendix Project Space (Zack Rose), Deep Leap Micro-cinema (Jesse Malmed), Ditch Projects (Ditch Projects), Elizabeth Lamb (Weird Fiction), False Front (Jason Doize), Golden Rule (Emily Counts), Grand Detour (TBA), Half/Dozen (Michelle Liccardo), Kelly Rauer (Mack McFarland), Launchpad (TBA), Little Field (Nathanial Oester), Recess (DIY Lover, Alicia Gordon, and Sean Patrick Higgins), Place (Juleen Johnson), and Tribute (J.Brown and Courtney Cullen). Through March 31.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 19
The Settlement • Pioneer Place Mall • top floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 18, 2011 at 3:30 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 02.17.11

Conference of Conferences

Field Work, a collaborative space by PSUs MFA Contemporary Art and Graphic Design programs, is hosting Conference of Conferences next weekend. The event is "a day long symposium of curated selections from recent art & theory conferences around the world," featuring live responses from such local figures as Lisa Radon and Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen. Recorded lectures include Claire Bishop's "Is everyone an artist?" and a pair of video panels. It's free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to publicwondering@gmail.com by February 19.

Art conference conference • 10am-5:30pm • February 26
Field Work • SW 11th & Jefferson

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 17, 2011 at 11:19 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02.16.11

Carolee Schneemann at PCC

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Carolee Schneemann

Performance artist Carolee Schneemann is lecturing tomorrow at PCC Sylvania. She'll present Mysteries of the Iconography, a "performative lecture" exploring the themes of her decades of performance, photography, video, painting, and drawing.

Artist lecture • 7pm • February 17
PCC Sylvania • Performing Arts Center • 12000 SW 49th Ave

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 16, 2011 at 9:17 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02.15.11

Great Northwest & Here/Now

Continuing their 30 year anniversary celebration, Elizabeth Leach is opening two shows this week:

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Matt McCormick, "Crescent Motel"

In The Great Northwest, Matt McCormick presents video installation and photographs inspired by a scrapbook created in 1958 by four friends and found by McCormick in a thrift shop. The scrapbook details their Northwest travels together, which McCormick recreated in spite of a new highway system and towns that entirely disappeared. The resulting video and installation is his documentation of the process, which "reminds the viewer of the fragility of history, of the swift passage of time."


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Dan Attoe, "Monument Valley Meteor Shower"

Here/Now is a group exhibition that "recognizes and celebrates the ever-changing Portland art community," including current and former Portland artists. Featured artists include Dan Attoe, MK Guth, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Arnold Kemp, and Michael Lazarus.

Opening reception (both shows) • 6-8pm • February 17
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 15, 2011 at 15:04 | Comments (0)

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Friday 02.11.11

APEX: Geraldine Ondrizek

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Geraldine Ondrizek, "Cellular" (detail)

PAM's APEX series, which showcases Northwest artists, is back with work by Geraldine Ondrizek. Her installation includes The Sound of Cells Dividing (2008), Cellular (2008), and Case Study (2010). "Scientific processes are made both visually and aurally articulate in these three restrained multi-sensory installation works" in which "art magnifies, informs, and is informed by science."

Exhibition • February 12 - May 15, 2011
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 11, 2011 at 14:50 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02.09.11

long weekend

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Antithesis

Recess presents Antithesis, the second installment in the Synthesis Series. "Twelve artists, selected for their divergent backgrounds and capacity for collaboration, have been randomly paired into groups of two. This is the follow-up to Thesis, which debuted at Research Club last December. As the groups have been tossed around, the new pairings will respond to the projects previously created, with an 'antithetical' slant." This may be Recess' last show in the Artistery since the building is being leveled.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • February 10
Recess Gallery • 4315 SE Division

(More: "Maybe not." at Worksound and "In From the Cold" at Ditch Projects.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 09, 2011 at 18:10 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02.08.11

PIFF 2011

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The 34th Portland International Film Festival by the NW Film Center starts this week, featuring expanded screening locations at Cinemagic, the Hollywood Theater, and Cinema 21. The festival runs from February 10 - 26, 2011, and the schedule and more can be found on the PIFF 34 microsite.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 08, 2011 at 8:57 | Comments (0)

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Monday 02.07.11

Dyne + The Blow

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Khaela Maricich ("The Blow"), photo by Melissa Dyne

Installation/conceptual artist Melissa Dyne and performance/pop artist Khaela Maricich, who performs as The Blow, are lecturing this week on their current collaboration, "a music-based performance piece being presented in a diversity of contexts--from rock clubs to museums--exploring the possibilities and assumptions inherent in each setting." The talk is through PICA, $5 for members, $7 for non-members.

Artist lecture • 7-8:30pm • February 9
The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel • 403 SW 10th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 07, 2011 at 18:10 | Comments (0)

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Sunday 02.06.11

regional installations

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Damien Gilley

Linfield presents Damien Gilley's Masterplexed, "an immersive installation questioning the limits of perceived, actual, and speculative spaces." Gilley has dissected the gallery walls with a non-periodic grid, "creating a labyrinthine space that employs the visual tropes of transparency and reflection." The exhibition runs February 7 - March 9, 2011.

Artist lecture • 2pm • February 19
Reception • 3pm • February 19
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR • Miller Fine Arts Center


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"Type/Life," Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic, Azin Valy

The Fairbanks Gallery at OSU presents Type/Life: A Forest of Floating Typography. It's a "participatory installation involving the shifting meaning of language" by Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic, and Azin Valy. "The artists have expressed dualities of modern life in pairs of words printed on large floating balloons, in a dreamscape for interaction and reflection. Visitors can contribute by drawing their own lettering on blank balloons." The exhibition runs February 7 - March 2, 2011.

Artist reception • 4:30-5:30pm • February 16
Fairbanks Gallery • Oregon State University, 106 Fairbanks Hall, Corvallis, OR

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 06, 2011 at 20:21 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 02.03.11

First Weekend Picks February 2011

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Dieter Appelt, "Der Fleck auf dem Spiegel," 1978

Opening this weekend at PAM: Riches of a City: Portland Collects. The show celebrates the influence that art collection and patronage have had on the museum, featuring over 200 objects from local private collections, including works by Picasso, Lautrec, Miro, and Warhol.

Exhibition • February 5 - May 22, 2011
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

(More: Lindsay Kennedy at Nationale, Bruce Conkle at Project Grow, dreams at Golden Rule, and new work by boatspace artists at 12128.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 03, 2011 at 12:37 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02.02.11

The Multiple Intelligences of Fluxus

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UPDATE: Canceled again, due to east coast weather.

Last year PORTstar Alex Rauch interviewed Hannah Higgins in anticipation of a lecture at MoCC that had to be rescheduled. That lecture, The Multiple Intelligences of Fluxus, is happening tomorrow, in happy conjunction with Object Focus: The Book. "Hannah B. Higgins, the daughter of the Fluxus artists Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins and noted author of Fluxus Experience, will lecture on this movement."

Art lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • February 3
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • The Lab

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 02, 2011 at 15:42 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02.01.11

First Thursday Picks February 2011

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Kaye Donachie, "I Kissed The Moon and Cried"

PNCA presents Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death, an exhibition exploring contemporary figurative painting curated by Kristan Kennedy of PICA. Read all about it in Amy Bernstein's PORT review of the exhibition. The show will be up through March 26, 2011.

Opening reception • 6pm • February 3
PNCA Feldman Gallery • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391

(More: Jesse Hayward presents Portland's bleeding edge at White Box, inFORM at Bullseye, Victoria Haven at PDX, Brent Ozaeta at Chambers@916, and Jason Traeger at PSU Autzen.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on February 01, 2011 at 14:10 | Comments (0)

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Saturday 01.29.11

art schooled

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Laylah Ali

PSU et al present Laylah Ali for the PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series (PMMNLS). "Laylah Ali has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ICA, Boston; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and MASS MoCA, among others. Her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004)."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • January 31
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198


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Eslpeth Pratt

Reed's Cooley Gallery presents Nonetheless by Elspeth Pratt. This is the first U.S. solo show by this renowned Vancouver, B.C. artist. "Pratt's sculptural works use common building or household materials to engage complex ideas of architecture and social space. Her materials question ideas of value and permanence associated with sculpture, while her subject matter negotiates the line between abstraction and representation." The exhibition runs from February 1 - March 6, 2011.

Artist lecture • 6pm • February 1 • Eliot 314
Opening reception after the lecture in the gallery
Cooley Gallery @ Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 29, 2011 at 8:38 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 01.26.11

Art in the Garden: Katsura Imperial Villa

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro

The Japanese Garden presents Katsura Imperial Villa: The Photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro. Photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro "attempts to liberate tradition through a contemporary point of view" by photographing the Katsura Imperial Villa, a 17th century masterpiece of traditional Japanese architecture. On view in the Garden Pavilion.

Exhibition • January 28 - February 20, 2011
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 26, 2011 at 21:44 | Comments (0)

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thought maps

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Jamie Marie Waelchli, "Thought Map No. 8"

False Front presents Jamie Marie Waelchli's Thought Maps, "a continuing series of psychoanalytic installations. Using strategically positioned illumination, Waelchli directs the viewers eye through layered sheets of vellum textured with self-examining stream of consciousness writing, diagrams and drawings. Designating these works as 'maps,' she encourages the viewer to navigate, unconditionally, the artist's notion of continuous introspection-stimulus for both development and reversion of the creative process."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • January 28
Closing brunch / workshop / lecture • 12-3pm • February 20
False Front • 4518 NE 32nd Ave • 503.781.4609

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 26, 2011 at 9:43 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 01.25.11

more lectures

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Catherine Opie, "Jenny (Bed)"

In conjunction with her ongoing exhibition Girlfriends (through February 6), PAM presents a lecture by Catherine Opie exploring her recent works.

Artist lecture • 6-7pm • January 27 • free
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811


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Project H

As part of their MFA in Craft & Design program, PNCA & OCAC present a lecture by Emily Pilloton, founder and director of Project H, which "provides a conduit for need-based product design that empowers individuals, communities and economies." These lectures are free and open to the public.

Designer lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • January 27
MFA Studios @ the Bison Building • 421 NE 10th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 25, 2011 at 8:39 | Comments (0)

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Monday 01.24.11

craft / painting

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Ronna Neuenschwander, "Queen Semiramis' War Elephant," 1982

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Era Messages. The museum invited artist and writer Garth Johnson to select works from the 1960s to 1980s that "exemplify particular moments in the history of craft." In conjunction with the exhibition, he'll be spending January 27th & 28th in residence to discuss the works he included in the context of the museum's collection.

Exhibition • January 27 - July 9, 2011
Craft perspectives lecture • 2-3pm • January 29
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654


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Henk Pander, "The Father," 1995

The Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University presents a Henk Pander retrospective, Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life, featuring paintings and watercolors created over the last 50 years. Pander was born in Holland and moved to Portland in the 1960s.

Exhibition • January 29 - March 27, 2011
Hallie Ford Museum • 700 State St., Salem, OR • 503.370.6855

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Thursday 01.20.11

lectures

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Machine Project, "Tranimal"

Next week's PMMNLS: Mark Allen of Machine Project, an LA-based arts not for profit arts organization "dedicated to making specialized knowledge and technology accessible to artists and the general public."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • January 24
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198



James Lavadour, "Star House"

Clark College's art talks continue next week with James Lavadour, a renowned Northwest painter whose "rich and complex paintings of the Oregon landscape combine loose, gestural strokes with bold colors and slashes of energy, exuding primal vigor and spiritual power."

Artist lecture • 7pm • January 25
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA • PUB 161 Fireside Lounge

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Ditch Freeze 2011

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From "A Given Distance"

Ditch Projects presents two new installations to kick off Ditch Freeze 2011, their "annual wintry mix of installation and performance." A Given Distance will be in the main gallery space: "With explosive growth in connectivity comes a widening zone of mediation, in which a thing can be expected to shift radically between origin and apprehension. For A Given Distance, artists from Portland, Seattle, and Philadelphia explore this expanded field via technology and optical play, with work that populates modes of dissemination, stretches across lines of sight, or drifts unmoored between origins and point of impact." Featured artists include: Chase Biado, Maggie Casey, Travis Fitzgerald, Derek Frech, Joseph Lacina, Joshua Pavlacky, Zach Rose, Daniel Wallace, and Benjamin Young.

In the Project Room, Aileen Tolentino presents Balance/Timbang, "the cyclical condition of excitation and rest, disorder and stability, and reorganization and destruction. Through the use of paintings and assemblage, Tolentino solidifies a sense of harmonic chaos into object and atmosphere, establishing a visual resolution between the contradictory forces of unbalance and equilibrium."

Opening reception(s) • 7-10pm • January 22
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th Ave #190 • Springfield, OR

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Tuesday 01.18.11

Art Spark Event Fair

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Portland Art Spark presents their first event fair featuring 12 arts organizations and the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) talking about the role they play in the community.

Art conversation • 5-7pm • January 20
Art Spark @ The ArtBar • 1111 SW Broadway

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Friday 01.14.11

settlement

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From left to right: Joshua Berger "Terror" & "To Give the Unspeakable a Recognizable Space" by Rhoda London. Photo: Palma Corral, Location: Place

Settlement presents Settling In, an opening reception for the four galleries (independently curated) on the top floor of Pioneer Place mall. Place presents new and developing work by Emily Nachison, Juleen Johnson, Rhoda London, Josh Berger, TJ Norris, Vanessa Calvert, and Dustin Zemmel. People's featured artist of the month is Gary Houston. Store presents VERSUS: fold/open/cool/warm, a collaboration by Nico Sea & Zachary. And Trade w/ The Aspens Project presents I Knew You Pt. 1 (Dear James), an evolving interactive installation by Wynde Dyer.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 15
Settlement • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor Pioneer Place Mall

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Thursday 01.13.11

Perimeter

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Left: Yoshihiro Kitai, Right: Kartz Ucci

Organized by the Marylhurst Art Gym in collaboration with four community college galleries, Perimeter: We Live Here Now is an exhibition of the work of eleven artists who were born and raised outside of the United States, all of whom now live and work in Oregon. Sang-ah Choi (Korea), Horatio Law (Hong Kong), Akihiko Miyoshi (Japan), Motoya Nakamura (Japan), and Ying Tan (China) will show at the Art Gym; Yoshihiro Kitai (Japan) and Kartz Ucci (Canada) will show at Archer Gallery; Yuji Hiratsuka, Figures: Dialogue/Monologue will show at PCC Cascade; Una Kim (Korea) and Petra Sairanen (Lapland) will show at PCC Rock Creek Helzer Gallery; Baba Wagué Diakité (Mali) will will show at PCC Sylvania Northview Gallery.

Specific show dates vary between venues. The show is currently on view everywhere but PCC Cascade, and Archer Gallery is hosting a reception this weekend, 01-15-11 6-8pm, in Vancouver, WA. There will also be artist talks at the Art Gym on January 27 & March 6. See links for details.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 13, 2011 at 12:10 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 01.11.11

PAM artist talks

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Philip Guston, "Untitled (1969)"

PAM's monthly artist talks continue this week with Jessica Jackson Hutchins, who will discuss Philip Guston's Untitled (1969). Attendees meet in the Hoffman Lobby to be taken on a tour/discussion by the lecturing artist, then return to the lobby for happy hour.

Artist talk • 6-8pm • January 13
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811


Upcoming artist talks (get tickets early, many sell out):

Kristan Kennedy from PICA (February 10)
Namita Wiggers from MoCC (March 10)
Jelly Helm, designer (April 14)
Brian Libby, arts writer & photographer (May 12)

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Friday 01.07.11

First Weekend Picks January 2011

Sorry about the late posting tonight. Hopefully if you missed tonight's openings you'll check out the shows this month.


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Delaney Allen

Nationale presents Delaney Allen's In Visibility. "In the vein of early pictorialists, Allen obscures the archetype of photography as documentation through the synthesis of abstract and found imagery." The show runs through January 30th.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 7
Artist talk • 7pm • January 26
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786

(More: Tedd Nash Pomaski at Golden Rule, Safety in Numbers? Images of African American Identity and Community opens at PAM, Vance Feldman at The Globe.)

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Tuesday 01.04.11

First Thursday Picks January 2011

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Hap Tivey, "Folded Light," installation view

Elizabeth Leach Gallery is beginning their 30th year anniversary programming with Folded Light, a site-specific installation of projected light by Hap Tivey. The installation "is pure, minimal abstraction, utilizing aspects of sculpture and painting...It is an experiential piece, as the projected color changes slowly and imperceptibly, causing the observer to sometimes second-guess their own perception of the space around them."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 6
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

(More: Scott Johnson at Chambers@916, young Northwest artists at Laura Russo, Shai Kremer & Natan Dvir at Blue Sky, and Laura Mackin at Half/Dozen.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 04, 2011 at 13:38 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 12.29.10

Why Not? Why Stop?

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Start your NYE off with art: H/D Projects presents Why Not? Why Stop?, "Atmosphere, Movement, Information: A Performative Experience devised by Richard Decker." Movers include Richard Decker, Chelsea Petrakis, and Vanessa Vogel, with artwork by Hazel Sikorski. The performance will last 25 minutes.

Performance • 7:13pm • December 31
Half/Dozen Gallery • 625 NW Everett #111 • 503.512.9079

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Tuesday 12.28.10

Pop-Up Closing Party

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Alex Rauch, "Barrière donnée"

Watch PORTstar Alex Rauch deconstruct his installation Barrier Given at the closing party for the PDX Pop-Up Shops at the Downtown Artistry.

Closing party • 6-8pm • December 30
Downtown Artistry • 940 SW Morrison • 503.515.1178

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Thursday 12.16.10

PLACE & HOME/BODY

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We jumped the gun on this a couple of weeks ago - the actual opening reception for The Settlement's next set of shows is this weekend. The Settlement is PLACE, STORE, PEOPLE, and TRADE galleries in the Pioneer Place mall. PLACE will be opening Terror and Ego, new installations by Joshua Berger, Vanessa Calvert, Rhoda London, Emily Nachison, TJ Norris, and Dustin Zemel, on the 3rd floor of the mall. People's "offers original, small-scale works by local artists." Store is the result of a collaboration between the Settlement and PNCA, and "continues to develop and feature installation works by the BFA students of Victor Maldonado's Art, Ethics, and Transgression class." And finally, Trade is "the most fluid of the galleries focuses on local institutions that fill a creative and experimental niche," starting with a curatorial collaboration between Nim Wunnan of Research Club, Tori Abernathy of Recess Gallery, Wynde Dyer of Golden Rule, Elizabeth Lamb of White Box, and Max Ogden.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • December 18
The Settlement • Pioneer Place Mall downtown


Appendix presents HOME/BODY: "An elevator. A bus. A packed line. These are spaces where human proximity is close but not chosen. Juxtapose this with the selected intimacy of the domestic, and you have HOME/BODY, the latest piece by Choreographer Danielle Ross in collaboration with Video Artist Dustin Zemel. Eight performers are placed in a home and asked to improvise while negotiating pre-designed rules, task-oriented movement, and more importantly, each other. The audience will move freely through the space as the performers play with the sense of crowdedness and forced intimacy." This will serve as research for a larger upcoming project. The work will begin the Project Space and continue throughout the house, the audience is invited to come and go freely during the dance performance and installation.

Installation-performance • 4-7pm • December 18
Appendix Project Space • South alley b/w 26th & 27th off Alberta

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Sunday 12.12.10

Wojnarowicz: Art & Censorship

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David Wojnarowicz, still from "A Fire in My Belly," 1987

In case you hadn't noticed, the culture wars are back. And in response to the censorship of David Wojnarowicz's 1987 film A Fire in My Belly, recently (and very briefly) displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, PICA has organized a panel on issues surrounding the censorship of art. Panel luminaries include Kristan Kennedy (PICA visual arts curator), Stephanie Snyder (Cooley Gallery curator), Namita Wiggers (Museum of Contemporary Craft curator), Matthew Stadler (Publication Studio), Todd Tubutis (Blue Sky Gallery director), and many more.

Current art events panel • 6:15-7:45pm • December 17
PICA hosted by MoCC • 724 NW Davis

Update: The Andy Warhol Foundation has promised to stop all Smithsonian funding unless A Fire in My Belly is reinstalled.


PICA will also be screening the film in their resource room through February 13, 2011.
224 NW 13th #305

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Friday 12.10.10

the happiest holiday

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Donald Morgan, untitled

Rocksbox presents Donald Morgan's The Happiest Holiday, which "presents a willfully off-kilter mash up of sorts, keeping one foot in a hard-edge, grid based aesthetic and the other firmly in a little-known Catalan Christmas tradition, the beating of the Caga Tio or 'Poop Log.'"

Opening reception • 8-11pm • December 11
Rocks Box • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

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Wednesday 12.08.10

Agnes Martin book + prints

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Agnes Martin

For one night, Monograph Bookwerks will be showing Agnes Martin prints in conjunction with a discussion of what it was like to publish Agnes Martin's On a Clear Day by Robert Feldman of Parasol Press. There will also be wine and conversation.

Prints & chats • 6:30pm • December 9
Monograph Bookwerks • 5005 NE 27th • 503.284.5005

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Monday 12.06.10

Contents

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Production still from "Contents," photo by Sarah Greig

The White Box at UO Portland presents Art Now, Duration in Common, Contents. The exhibition presents works in video, drawing, sculpture and other media by Montreal-based artists Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Sarah Greig on the theme of "time between limits." The show will run December 9, 2010 through January 22, 2011.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • December 9
White Box • 24 NW 1st

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Sunday 12.05.10

religious harmony, seasonal celebrations & ceramics

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Tamara English, "Maghrib"

Tamara English presents The Universal Book Of Hours, a series of oil paintings on paper depicting a twenty-four hour period, each of which references a specific time of day for prayer and contemplation according to different religions, including the five daily prayers in Islam and the monastic schedule of prayer in the Christian tradition. The series is currently being exhibited at the North Portland Library Branch through December 20.

Artist reception • 5:30-7:30pm • December 7
North Portland Library • 512 N Killingsworth


The Falcon Art Community is having their annual holiday show & open studio this week, featuring work by Alexander Rokoff, Roll Hardy, Carrie Iverson, Michael Endo, Kelly McCarty, Peter Zuckerman, Nathaniel Praska, Tony Furtado, Destiny Lane, Rai Villanueva, April Coppini, Mike Suri, Sam Arneson, Bobby Abrahamson, and others, as well as live music, food, and drink.

Art party & sale • 6-9pm • December 8
Falcon Art Community • 5415 N Albina


Ongoing at PCC Cascade: Ceramics PDX, an exhibition of ceramics work by faculty from colleges and universities across the Portland metro area. The work ranges from pottery to sculpture to wood-fired pieces and mixed media. The show is running now through January 6, with a closing reception for the artists.

Closing reception • 5-8pm • January 6
Cascade Gallery • 705 N Killingsworth • Terrell Hall, Room 102

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Friday 12.03.10

PLACE happenings

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TJ Norris

Here's a good reason to go to the mall: PLACE, the art gallery and exhibition space in Pioneer Place, is exhibiting a whole new series of shows this weekend, including TJ Norris' Spread Ego.

Exhibitions • December 4-January 31
PLACE • Pioneer Place Mall atrium building 3rd floor

Posted by Megan Driscoll on December 03, 2010 at 14:58 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 12.02.10

First Friday Picks December 2010

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Lahaina Alcantara, detail of "The Voyeur"

Golden Rule presents Unnatural, curated by Aiden Koch, featuring Lahaina Alcantara, Shawn Creeden, Austin English, Dennis Foster, Israel Lund, Mia Nolting, and Paul Wagenblast. The works in the exhibition explore the subjective and cultural nature of the concept of the unnatural: "this is a topic that we all can approach, perhaps from a personal relationship with the unnatural, even within one's self, to those things that make us the most uncomfortable."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • December 3
Golden Rule Gallery • 811 E Burnside Suite 122 • 503.477.5124

(More: 10,000 artists at Worksound, Thesis via RECESS at Research Club, and Car Hole Gallery closing reception/book.)

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Tuesday 11.30.10

First Thursday Picks December 2010

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Corey Arnold, "Lesser Spotted"

Charles Hartman presents Corey Arnold's Fish-Work Europe. The show "documents Arnold's journey aboard commercial fishing boats exploring the ports and people that work in the business of fish...[Arnold] spent five months on the road in nine different European countries including more then 15 trips at sea aboard vessels of all sizes living amongst fishermen in their natural habitat. These photos are an exploration in progress, the next chapter of the Fish-Work series which documents the lifestyle of the commercial fisherman throughout the world."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 2
Charles Hartman Fine Art • 134 NW 8th • 503.287.3886

(More: D.E. May at PDX, Stu Levy at Augen DeSoto, and manga at Froelick.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 30, 2010 at 17:46 | Comments (0)

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Friday 11.19.10

Public Art Today


Lee Kelly, "Arlie," steel, 1978, on the museum grounds

In conjunction with the current Lee Kelly retrospective, PAM presents "Public Art Today," a panel exploring public art in the Northwest and changing artistic and political definitions of "public space." Lee Kelly himself has contributed many remarkable sculptures to the sphere of public art. Pre-sale tickets are recommended.

Panel discussion • 2-3pm • November 21
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

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Thursday 11.18.10

Artemisia Gentileschi | Swamp Light

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Artemisia Gentileschi, "Judith Slaying Holofernes," 1614-20

Reed College and others present An Afternoon with Artemisia Gentileschi: Film and Conversation. "The work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) was shaped by her training in her father's studio and her role as a woman painter in a male-dominated art world. Please join us for an afternoon dedicated to Artemisia, featuring a screening of the new documentary A Woman Like That with filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod, and a special presentation by Gentileschi specialist Jesse Locker, Assistant Professor, Renaissance & Baroque Art History, Portland State University." Free and open to the public.

Film screening & conversation • 1pm • November 20
Hosted by PAM • 1219 SW Park • Whitsell Auditorium


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Robert Smith

In a completely different vein: Ditch Projects presents Robert Smith's Swamp Gas Is Ghost Light. "In his current exhibition of video, drawings, and sculpture, Smith uses torqued mirrors and lenses to drawl the haunted landscapes of cypress swamps and tobacco fields out into rhythmic incantations. The supernatural event becomes an occasion for concrete rupture. Molded in the tradition of a banishment ritual, these works both invoke and diffuse the mystified auras of Southern identity politics as specters borne of their specific material conditions, a fermenting miasma of Old South tradition and mystical symbolic languages."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • November 20
Ditch Projects • 303 S. 5th AVE #190, Springfield, OR

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Wednesday 11.17.10

Museums: Object Focus + Celentano

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S.M.S. (Shit Must Stop), New York City, A Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968, photo by Orin Zyvan

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Object Focus: The Book, co-curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers and Reed College's Geraldine Ondrizek in collaboration with OCAC's Barbara Tetenbaum. "The artist's book is an object that extends work beyond the boundaries of a gallery setting. Through selections from the significant 20th century modern and contemporary artists' books in Reed College's Special Collections, this exhibition explores the book as an object which defies the boundaries between art, craft and design, and moves along a spectrum from a recognizable to a deconstructed form."

Exhibition • November 18, 2010 - February 16, 2011
Craft conversation • 2-3pm • December 4, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654


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Francis Celentano, "Delta Black and White," 1971

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University presents Form and Color, a retrospective of Francis Celentano. "Celentano is a highly regarded Seattle painter and professor emeritus from the University of Washington who explores issues of color, shape, form and structure in abstract, geometric works...Back in New York, Celentano continued to paint in an abstract expressionist style but gradually embraced the tenets of Op art, a movement that emerged in the 1960s and that makes use of optical illusions." Educators: There will be a workshop on November 30 for teachers who want to bring their students to learn about Celentano. Read the news release for more info.

Exhibition • November 20, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Hallie Ford Museum of Art • 700 State St., Salem • 503.370.6855

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Tuesday 11.16.10

Film + Installation: Tomonari Nishikawa

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Tomonari Nishikawa, film still

Cinema Project presents Japanese filmmaker and installation artist Tomonari Nishikawa's Everyday Exercise. "Nishikawa's approach may seem scientific - a search for organic patterns, a critical examination through single-framing techniques, multiple lenses, or dual projection - and yet the resulting images are more playful and lyrical...Extending from the screen, Nishikawa also creates installation pieces, often using pinhole cameras as his starting point to bring attention to spatial arrangements." The presentation will be a 3-day event held at Disjecta, including a screening of Nishikawa's films, an artist lecture, and the opening of his newest installation, Yamanote Loop, which "explores everyday views around one of Japan's busiest railway lines coming full circle."

November 19, 20, & 21 • 6pm, 7:30pm, & 5pm
Cinema Project at Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate

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Monday 11.15.10

Hold

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Heidi Schwegler

Disjecta presents HOLD, an installation of sculpture, audio and projection by Heidi Schwegler. Together, the elements of the project "speak of a moment of anguish. In conventional warfare two opponents confront one another and inflict damage until one side is defeated. Personal struggle, however, is a battle in which the enemy is not external; the enemy is the self. Situated in the mind, it manifests physically within the body and is particularly insidious; it is unnecessary and the opponent does not exist. Outside the mind and body, inner angst is mostly unseen."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • November 19
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

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Sunday 11.14.10

students + photographers

Orlo, a local environmental arts nonprofit, is throwing itself an 18th birthday party, and asking Portland's student artists to participate. Accepted artwork will be exhibited during the event and entered into a silent auction. Artists get a free ticket + 1 and 20% of sales proceeds. (For what it's worth: These sorts of deals are terrible for established artists, and we here at PORT usually skip 'em. But for student artists, it's not such a bad way to get yourself out there.) Submissions should loosely address the theme "Food and Landscape." Work is due by December 2, and you should contact jess_fogel@hotmail.com for details because the call for artists isn't on their website.


The Texas Photographic Society is hosting its third photographic portfolio competition juried by Chris Bennett, director of Newspace. Two portfolios will be featured, one by an emerging photographer and one by a mid-career photographer. Entrants must be current members of TPS. The deadline is December 13, and you can learn more on their website.

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Thursday 11.11.10

Magnitudes and Increments

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left: Peter Happel Christian, right: Dan Gilsdorf

Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Magnitudes and Increments, an exhibition by Peter Happel Christian and Dan Gilsdorf. "Both artists interact with the world by measuring, reducing, and recording it through a range of media. The processes vary for the artists, but both Gilsdorf and Happel Christian engage in systematic methods of artmaking in order to gain understanding of what is more true than real, more poignant than scientific."

Happel Christian's artist talk • PUB 161, 4pm • November 13
Gilsdorf's artist talk • PUB 161, 7pm • November 16
Opening reception • 5-7pm • November 13
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA, Penguin Union Building • 360.992.2246

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Wednesday 11.10.10

Judd Catalog Release Party

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Judd Art ©Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, NYC.

The illustrated exhibition guide for last spring's Judd Conference, organized and hosted by PORTstars Arcy Douglass and Jeff Jahn, is being released this Friday. The catalog explores the exhibition at UO's White Box that was concurrent with the conference, and includes new essays by curators Peter Ballantine and Jeff Jahn. Funded in part by RACC, the exhibition guide will be available for free at the opening, which also features, wine, snacks, conversation, and remarks at 7:15pm.

Catalog release party • 6:30-8pm • November 12
Monograph Bookwerks • 5005 NE 27th Ave • 503.284.5005

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Tuesday 11.09.10

PAM Annual Book Sale


Portland Art Museum, Mark Building

Support your local art museum: "Discover great book bargains at the Crumpacker Family Library's annual sale featuring thousands of donated new and used art books at a fraction of the full retail price. This event is the perfect opportunity to stock bookshelves at home or school, or to get a head start on holiday shopping while benefiting the Portland Art Museum. Two days only, so don't miss out!"

Day 1 • 10am-5pm • November 13
Day 2 • 12pm-5pm • November 14
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • Miller Gallery, Mark Building

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Monday 11.08.10

Nationale: Radon & Rothenberg

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Lisa Radon

Nationale presents Silence is a Blessed Hell: The Po(aesth)etics of Excision, a lecture/performance by local arts writer Lisa Radon. "Going, going, gone? Cut it out, cut it up, or otherwise erase parts of found text or image; excision is a big piece of contemporary practice in both visual arts and poetics...[The event] addresses work made via excision that also asks questions about the broader implications of the practice."

Lecformance • 6pm • November 10 • $3


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Rikki Rothenberg

Opening this weekend at Nationale: Rikki Rothenberg's For Begüm. "Stemming from her pieces If I Were a Better Artist: For You Soldier and The Reiki Masters, this new work on paper is at once Rothenberg's own interpretation of the idea of beautification and her calling upon healing energies via the abstracted shapes of her experiences and imaginations."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • November 12
Artist performance • 6pm • December 5

Both events:
Nationale • 811 E Burnside • 503.477.9786

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Friday 11.05.10

Symposia

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David Hume Kennerly photographs George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon at the 1991 dedication of the Reagan Library

The PAM Photography Council presents Photography Inside the Presidential Bubble, a conversation between Eric Draper, David Hume Kennerly, and Barbara Kinney. The three were photographers who served under former Presidents George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton, gaining a rare perspective on the inside of the "presidential bubble." Mike Davis, the lead White House picture editor during George W. Bush's first term, will moderate. Tickets are $10 members, $20 members, on sale in advance.

Photojournalism talk • 3-5pm • November 7
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811


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Lynn Woods Turner, "Untitled (No. 940)"

Join exhibition curator Stephanie Snyder, poet Bill Berkson, exhibition artists L&eagrave;onie Guyer and Lynne Woods Turner, and Portland artist Michelle Ross for a symposium on abstraction in conjunction with the ongoing Cooley Gallery exhibition, ABSTRACT. The conversation will explore "the history, practices, and nature of abstraction."

Abstraction talk • 6-9pm • November 10
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Room TBA

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Thursday 11.04.10

First Weekend Picks November 2010

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Appendix Collective

NAAU presents Tropical Depression, a collection of new work by Portland's Appendix Collective: Maggie Casey, Zachary Davis, Joshua Pavlacky and Benjamin Young. "For each artist, form and approach are guided by the properties of their materials and by parameters set by the group. From within their system of collective practice, the artists grapple with the intangible nature of information technologies and systems, and the growing difficulty in distinguishing between the manufactured and the naturally occurring."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 5
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294

(More: Josh Smith at MP5, Mariana Tres at MP5, Jonathan Leach at Gallery Homeland, Look Behind You at Worksound, PSU art alums at Autzen, and a moving sculpture by Evertt Biedler.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 04, 2010 at 16:32 | Comments (0)

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Wednesday 11.03.10

37th NW Film & Video Fest

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The NW Film Center presents the 37th annual Northwest Film & Video Festival. For eight days, they'll present workshops, panels, parties, and, of course, films celebrating the Northwest film community.

Film fest • November 5-13, 2010
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 03, 2010 at 17:37 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 11.02.10

First Thursday Picks November 2010

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Ansel Adams, "Oak tree, snow storm, Yosemite, California," 1948

Charles Hartman presents Ansel Adams: Photographs 1920s-1960s. "Focusing on the heart of Adams' rich career, this selection of photographs features many of Adams' famous classic images as well as lesser known gems that serve both to contextualize and inform our understanding of the depth of Adams' oeuvre."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 4
Charles Hartman Fine Art • 134 NW 8th • 503.287.3886

(More: Blakely Dadson & Jose Guinto at Chambers@916, Mark Woolley brings Stephen Scott Smith to Breeze Block, Vanessa Renwick at PDX Across the Hall, Gunwoo Kim at PSU's MK Gallery, Damien Gilley at AiA Portland, Cassandra C. Jones at PNCA.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on November 02, 2010 at 18:07 | Comments (0)

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Monday 11.01.10

Venice Outside Venice

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Reed College presents a lecture by Patricia Fornini Brown, "Venice Outside Venice: Toward a Cultural Geography of the Venetian Empire." Brown is a professor emerita in art and archaeology at Princeton, specializing in the art of Renaissance Venice. The lecture will explore "the creation of Venetian identity through art and architecture from the Italian mainland to the islands of the Mediterranean."

Art historian lecture • 7pm • November 1
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Vollum lecture hall

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Tuesday 10.26.10

Last Thursday Picks October 2010

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Sonny Smith

In collaboration with Disjecta, False Front presents Sonny Smith's 100 Records. For the project, Smith created names and song titles for 100 different fictional bands, and asked 100 visual artists to create the album artwork for each 7" record. Smith then wrote and recorded 200 songs (A sides and B sides) for each imaginary musical act. The project culminated in an interactive exhibit of all 100 pieces of art, biographies of the imagined musicians, and a restored jukebox playing all 200 songs.

Opening reception • 6pm • October 28
False Front Studio • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609


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The last shows of the season in the Alberta alley ways: Appendix Project Space presents Israel Lund's Trubl(e), Matthew Green will be hiding in the bushes at Hay Batch!, and Little Field presents Tim Mahan's Big Field, "an amalgamation of the artists, past installations, and physical elements that make up the Little Field space."

Openings • 6pm • October 28
Appendix Project Space • South alley between 26th & 27th off Alberta
Hay Batch! • South alley between 26th & 27th off Alberta
Little Field • North alley between 28th & 29th off Alberta

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Monday 10.25.10

harun farocki

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Harun Farocki, film still

This week, Cinema Project presents Harun Farocki's In Comparison, along with an older short film, Workers Leaving the Factory. "Shot on 16mm, In Comparison revisits issues explored in an earlier installation piece, examining work and social structures via brick production sites. Various traditions of brick-making are brought as examples - from cutting-edge European factories to wall builders in Burkina Faso, and semi-industrialized mouldings in India - as a way to compare, rather than incite competition of these cultures and their work processes."

Film screenings • 7:30pm • October 26 & 27
Cinema Project @ The Clinton St. Theater • 2522 SE Clinton

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Friday 10.22.10

lectures

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Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko, director of the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic, is speaking next Monday for PMMNLS.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 25
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • SW Broadway & Hall Room 198


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Marta Maria Perez

Disjecta presents Contemporary Art in Cuba, a (free) lecture and slide show by Julia Portella on Cuban Contemporary Art in the Cultural Diaspora. Portella is director of the Department of Theoretical Studies of Art at the University of the Arts Cuba.

Art historian lecture • 6pm • October 25
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

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Thursday 10.21.10

Destricted

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Marilyn Minter, "Green Pink Caviar"

PICA presents Destricted, a series of short films that "turn the lens on controversial issues about the representation of sexuality in art, [re]opening the question of whether art can be disguised as pornography or whether pornography can be represented as art." Not a new question, but always an interesting one. 18+, $7 non-members.

Film screening • 7-8:30pm • October 23
THE WORKS at Washington High School • SE Stark & 13th

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Wednesday 10.20.10

ontological

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UO's White Box presents Ontologue, an exploration of "the intersection between the awareness of being for the artist and the audience." In this installation-based exhibition, the artists "confront cinema, the material properties of objects, time and semiotics, thus opening a dialogue about phenomenology and consciousness." Artists Benedict Youngman, Joshua Kim, Melis van den Berg and Sepideh Saii "create a metaphysical demonstration of being." The show is curated by Joshua Kim and runs October 19 - November 20, 2010.

Opening reception & artist lecture • 5-7pm • October 22
White Box • UO White Stag Building • 70 NW Couch


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Children of Humanity

The Ye New Dill Pickle Club is leading two tours of African American public art in conjunction with the Oregon Historical Society's upcoming Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride exhibition featuring African American murals. The first tour is a leisurely 10-mile loop on bike, rain or shine. The second tour is by bus. Advance tickets are required for both.

Bike tour • 10am-4pm • October 22 • $10
Bus tour • 10am-4pm • November 12 • $25
Via the Dill Pickle Club • Meet at Mallory Avenue Community Enrichment • 126 NE Alberta


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Devon Oder

Fourteen30 presents Devon Oder's Ashen Glow, black and white prints and cyanotypes inspired by ashen light - the faint glow seen emanating from the night side of Venus.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 22
Fourteen30 • 1430 SE3rd • 503.236.1430

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Linfield + PSU

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David Corbett

The Linfield Gallery presents new sculptures by David Corbett. The artist writes: "This work looks at the way structures are built. Planning a building and the construction process often ride a fragile line of practicality that sometimes exposes elements that cannot be controlled. The idea of building something that will stand the test of time is often compromised and contradicted by many factors. These factors act as contradictory beacons that signal to our unpredictable relationship we have with nature." The exhibition will October 18 - November 20, 2010.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 20
Linfield Gallery • Linfield College Miller Fine Arts Center 900 SE Baker St. McMinnville • 503.883.2804


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Grand Detour is guest-curating SOUNDabout at the PSU Video Gallery. The show features new work by Jesse Malmed, Tyler Wallace, David Bryant, and Jeffrey Von Ragan. The show will run October 15-29, 2010, with nighttime window viewing from dusk til dawn, Mon-Sat.

Opening reception • 5-7pm • October 21
PSU Video Gallery • Art Building Lobby • 2000 SW 5th

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Monday 10.18.10

pnca + mocc lectures

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Ai Weiwei, "Ghost Gu"

In conjunction with their almost-over (go see it!) Ai Wewei exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Craft & PNCA present a Craft Perspectives lecture by Philip Tinari. In Postures in Clay, Tinari will discuss the practices of Jingdezhen porcelain production in the context of Ai Weiwei's approach to contemporary Chinese ceramics.

Craft lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • October 19
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson Swigert Commons • 503.226.4391


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For their PNCA+Five Ideas Studio series, PNCA presents Navigating Scripted Spaces: the Moving Image Since 1550, a lecture by Norman Klein. Klein is "a cultural critic, urban and media historian and novelist" whose "work centers on the relationship between collective memory and power, from special effects to cinema to digital theory, usually set in urban spaces; and often on the thin line between fact and fiction; about erasure, forgetting, scripted spaces and the social imaginary."

Art ideas lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • October 21
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson Swigert Commons • 503.226.4391

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Friday 10.15.10

saturday to monday: art schools & more

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Sandow Birk, "Dante and Virgil Contemplate the Inferno"

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University presents Sandow Birk's prints and drawings, through which he has "re-imagined" Dante's Divine Comedy.

Exhibition • October 16 - December 23
Hallie Ford Museum • Willamette University • 900 State Street, Salem

(More: Reuben Lorch-Miller at Rocks Box, Katie Shannon at PCC Cascade, Dave Siebert at Ditch Projects, Clare Rojas for PMMNLS.)

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Wednesday 10.13.10

design & time

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Heidi Schwegler

Alicia Blue Gallery and Designform Studio presents NW Modern, an exhibition of modern art and design. "For two weeks [the Twombly House] will be transformed into an ephemeral museum....The exhibit [includes] a complete spectrum of collections - fine art, product design, and home deecor. Design curators Giovanni Castillo (Designform Studio) and Trisha Guido (Relish Design) along with fine arts curator Alicia Johnson (Alicia Blue Gallery) will join forces to orchestrate this uncommon exhibition." The show will be open Tue-Sun, October 16-28, 2010.

Opening reception • 4-9pm • October 15
NW Modern @ The Twombly House • 4449 SW Twombly


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Maro Vandorou, "Vertical Time: Crypt"

The Murdoch Collections presents Maro Vandorou's Vertical Time: Persofóneia, the second installment in a trilogy. The exhibition, which was funded in part by RACC, "is an installation of original images that references transformation. The images, in accordance with sacred geometry will form, within the gallery space, a circle of fragile platinum prints. In a parallel space, projected images and echoes of the spoken words of poems will engage the visual and auditory senses." Vandorou uses photographic and printing methods that span 3 centuries.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 15
Murdoch Collections • 2219 NW Raleigh

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Tuesday 10.12.10

Art & Culture Happenings

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PAM invites you to "rethink what can happen in a museum" with Shine a Light. Local artists have re-imagined the galleries, lobbies, courtyards, and other museum spaces, inviting "Museum-goers to touch - and even tie the knot with - works of art, enjoy break dancing and music in the galleries, and see nude wrestling performances." There will also be food and special beers brewed just for the event.

Night time museum extravaganza • 6pm - midnight • October 15
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

(More: Culture Machine @ Disjecta & Pecha Kucha Night @ the Architecture and Design Festival.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 12, 2010 at 15:56 | Comments (0)

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Monday 10.11.10

PMMNLS + Cinema

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Mel Chin, "Revival Field"

It's PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series season again! Tonight's PMMNLS speaker is Mel Chin, a multi-disciplinary artist from Houston known for work that "requires multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas." Examples include Revival Field, a "green remediation" project that uses plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • October 11
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • Corner of Broadway & Hall Room 198

(More: Summer Squash via Grand Detour & Jeanne Faust via Cinema Project.)

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Thursday 10.07.10

Second Weekend Picks October 2010

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Melissa Gorman, "On The Mend (Island)," detail

Nationale presents Soluble, new sculptures by Genevieve Dellinger, Melissa Gorman, Midori Hirose, and Elizabeth Jaeger. "Inspired by the comfort, minimalism, and nurturing aspects of the [textiles] used in this exhibit, the artists find here a common ground to further explore themes important in their individual work."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 8
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786


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Bruce Conkle

Worksound presents Bruce Conkle's Magic Chunks. "Bruce Conkle loves snowmen, coconuts, fairy tales, crystals, burls, and meteorites. He is interested in creating work which combines art and humor to address contemporary attitudes toward nature and environmental concerns."

Opening reception • 6pm • October 9
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

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Tuesday 10.05.10

First Thursday Picks October 2010

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Michael Knutson, installation view, Blackfish Gallery October 2010

Blackfish presents a solo show by Michael Knutson. The show includes paintings from two bodies of work: The recent Translucent Fields, which explore illusions of transparency and degrees of opacity, and Cubic Knots, an earlier series of octagonal paintings that have never been shown before.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 7
Blackfish Gallery • 420 NW 9th • 503.224.2634

(More: George Johanson @ PNCA, Jordan Tull @ Waterstone, Alex Rauch on Half/Dozen's Front Porch, Northwest Drawers selections from Blue Sky, last month for Ai Weiwei at Mocc.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 05, 2010 at 16:56 | Comments (0)

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Friday 10.01.10

Weekend Happenings

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Lee Kelly, "A One Pound Canto," 1960

Lee Kelly, a retrospective of the 50-year career of "one of the Pacific Northwest's most distinguished artists" opens this weekend at PAM. The exhibition will feature some 30 sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, along with photographic documentation of Kelly's major public works. This Sunday, chief curator Bruce Guenther presents Lee Kelly: An Intersection of Matter, a lecture discussing Kelly's artistic career.

Exhibition • October 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Curator lecture • 2pm • October 3
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 206.226.2811

(More: Third Crow Biennial @ Hallie Ford, Lynne Woods Turner talks @ the Cooley, Young Audiences' Artist Showcase @ Buckman Elementary.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on October 01, 2010 at 15:12 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.30.10

First Friday Picks October 2010

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Rebecca Steele and Posie Currin

NAAU presents The Image is Invisible, a collaborative installation of photography, video, and sculpture by Rebecca Steele and Posie Currin. "Using the collaboration process as a catalyst to demonstrate the exchange and transformation of ideas, The Image is Invisible looks at the way we, as individuals and as a society, combine, layer and separate meaning in every aspect of life. Steele and Currin are interested in the continuous process of recreating and deconstructing the image and the object through a practice that engages alchemical and theosophical methods."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 1
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294

(More: Friderike Heuer @ Pushdot, "Still" @ the Lone Fir Cemetery, members showcase @ Newspace.)

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Tuesday 09.28.10

Last Thursday Picks September 2010

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Vanessa Calvert

False Front presents Residue, a site-specific installation by Vanessa Calvert. The artist writes: "In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Residue presents the current recession as a period of ambiguous and uneasy change, with growth as an inevitable process that continues, despite the climate of contraction. A shift from consumption toward reuse forces the average American to develop new ways of working and living. Here, the couch acts as a totem for that person, forced out of their comfortable cocoon and into new forms."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • September 30
False Front • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

(More: Nowhere collective @ Appendix, Terence Duvall @ Little Field, morgue photographs at Ampersand.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 28, 2010 at 11:18 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.27.10

Oregon Days of Culture


Photo by Carl Lohse

In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, the Oregon Cultural Trust presents Oregon Days of Culture, a celebration of the role of the arts, humanities, and heritage in our everyday lives. "You may be a medical researcher or a marketer or a student--but that's just a small part of the story. Confess: you love to dance; or you're working on a genealogy of your family; or you find comfort in the writing of timeless, old philosophers." Although we at PORT like to think we celebrate culture every day, the official 2010 "Days of Culture" are from October 1-8. Visit the Oregon Days of Culture website for more details and a schedule of events.

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Friday 09.24.10

residencies, ideas, and cake

The Bemis Center in Omaha is seeking submissions for a 3-month artist residency of "uninterrupted, self-directed work time," which includes a monthly stipend. Deadline is September 30, get the details on their website.


Project Cityscope is seeking submissions to participate in Pecha Kucha Night volume 8, "exposure." The event will be part of AIA Portland's Architecture + Design Festival. Applications are due October 1. Learn more about the project and how to participate on their website.


Let them see cake! Blue Sky is celebrating their 35th birthday, and wants your photographs on their cake. Submissions are due October 1. Get the details on their website.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 24, 2010 at 15:17 | Comments (0)

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Thursday 09.23.10

artist collaborations

The Guild Council at the Museum of Contemporary Craft is hosting an Artist Collaborations Night this Saturday. Local guild artists, Portland Etsy Team members, PNCA students and Crafty Wonderland participants are invited to collaborate on a piece of art together in conjunction with the upcoming MoCC show by Laurie Herrick. Be sure to visit the website for more info before showing up.

Art making • 6pm • September 25
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

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Wednesday 09.22.10

Trait

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Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Trait, "an exhibition of artwork exploring aspects ranging from literary devices to genetic characteristics and traits of physical location." Featured artists include Craig Dennen, Lilla Locurto and Bill Outcalt, Jack Dingo Ryan, and Ashley Sloan. The exhibition runs September 21 - October 23, 2010.

Opening reception • 5-7pm • September 25
Archer Gallery @ Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building

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Tuesday 09.21.10

The Cremaster Cycle

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Matthew Barney, film still

Everyone's favorite self-consciously weird art films are coming to Portland! Catch parts I-V of the Cremaster Cycle (not all at once, you masochist) at Cinema 21 starting this Friday and going through next Thursday. Series tickets are available - get the full schedule here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 21, 2010 at 17:30 | Comments (0)

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Monday 09.20.10

CAA Entrepreneurship and Marketing Workshop

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This Saturday September 25th at OCAC join myself; artist/architect James Harrison, Don Rood (FeltHat) and artist/curator Jenene Nagy for a CAA sponsored workshop on artist entreprenuership and marketing (at 9:00 am). In fact ours is just one of the four workshops and it is an all day event, good for networking and brainstorming in the fine or applied arts.

$15 for CAA members $25 non members
More info here

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Thursday 09.16.10

NoStyle 6

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The Art Dept presents NoStyle 6: "NoStyle began in 2003 as a gathering of artists at the University of Oregon who wanted an art celebration that lacked the formality of school functions. So they threw a party for which they made art. And the art that they made was reason to party. And so NoStyle was born." Many of the original artists still live and work in Portland, and are coming together for NoStyle 6, an exhibition and arty-party.

Art party • 6pm • September 17
Art Department • 1315 SE 9th • meredith@artdeptpdx.com

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Wednesday 09.15.10

Art Spark: Oregon Cultural Trust

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Photo by Carl Lohse

This month's Art Spark features the Oregon Cultural Trust presenting the upcoming Oregon Days of Culture. Learn about the hundreds of events coming up, enter a raffle for "cultural goodies," and snap your own "cultural confession photo" in a booth created by Tatiana Wills.

Art chat • 5-7pm • September 16
Art Spark @ Director Park • SW Park & Yamhill

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Tuesday 09.14.10

back to school: Art Gym & White Box

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Motoya Nakamura, portrait of Damali Ayo

The Marylhurst Art Gym is celebrating 30 years of "exhibitions, publications, and conversations about contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest" with Album--Artist Portraits of Artists. The show includes photographs, paintings, drawings and prints by 28 artists depicting over 180 Oregon artists. The exhibition presents "a small cross section of the thousands of artists working among us." The main Gallery Talk is still date TBD; RSVP to events@marylhurst.edu to attend the Gala Celebration.

Exhibition • September 14 - October 27, 2010
Gala Celebration • September 30
Marylhurst University Art Gym • 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243


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Isami Ching & Garrick Imatani

UO Portland's White Box presents Songs of the Willamette River, "a multimedia exhibition exploring the themes of expedition and discovery." Artists Isami Ching (art prof at UO) & Garrick Imatani (art prof at L&C) took a 5-day journey down the Willamette in a hand-built canoe to experience the landscape in a "pre-modern" way. Together they "visualize the river as a conduit and repository for (mis)communication and myth, where poetic connections are drawn between voyage, heroic exploration and artistic discovery." The show runs September 14 - October 9, 2010.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 16
White Box @ White Stag Building • 24 NW 1st

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Monday 09.13.10

Collecting Photography

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Imogen Cunningham, Calla Leaves, 1929, PAM photo collection

The third Wednesday of every month, PAM's Photography Council gives an informal lunchtime presentation. This week they're presenting a panel on curating and collecting featuring Julia Dolan, Charles Hartman, and Jim Winkler and moderated by Jennifer Stoots.

Photography panel • 12-1pm • September 15
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

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Thursday 09.09.10

Second Weekend Picks September 2010

In addition to TBA:10, there are several good shows opening this weekend:


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Worksound presents a 3-part exhibition: Kim Donaldson's Trash'N'Treasure, Michael Zheng's The Distance Between You and Me, and Laura Fritz's Intrus. "Kim Donaldson in an artist and curator who exhibits widely in Australia and internationally...San Francisco-based conceptual artist Michael Zheng was born and grew up in China...his work often takes the form of situational intervention, sculpture or performance...Portland-based Laura Fritz may well be one of the West Coast's most mysterious video/installation artists, known for employing light to simultaneously fascinate and repulse viewers."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

(More: Mark de Kok @ Gallery Homeland & Henk Pander @ Disjecta.)

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Wednesday 09.08.10

illustrative

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Tae Won Yu

The Land Gallery presents a mini-retrospective of Tae Won Yu. They're exhibiting 15 years of illustration by this Korean-American artist, who's best known for "defining the visual style" of 90s rock bands such as Built to Spill and Kicking Giant. In addition to posters, prints, and book and album covers, the show will include his personal work spanning his childhood in Japan to his teenage years in New York.

Opening reception • 6pm • September 10
Land Gallery • 3925 N Mississippi • 503.451.0689


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Carson Ellis

Nationale presents Carson Ellis' Dillweed's Revenge. Celebrating the release of Dillweed's Revenge: A deadly Dose of Magic, Nationale will exhibit original illustrations from the book by Ellis, written by Florence Parry Heide in the 1970s and published now for the first time. The book has already received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. "Delightfully macabre, Ellis' acclaimed illustrations are a perfect match to Heide's dark and witty writing style."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 10
Artist talk & book signing • 6pm • September 19
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786

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Tuesday 09.07.10

TBA:10 Visual Arts Picks

PICA Time Based Arts Festival 2010 TBA:10

In case you've been hiding under a rock: TBA:10 is (practically) here! PICA's 8th annual Time Based Arts Festival celebrates contemporary art in many of its glorious, sometimes time-based forms. Although the scope of TBA is much broader than PORT's focus, we like to chime in with some of the visual arts events/installations (and some cinema) that we're most excited about. Get the full schedule and ticketing information from PICA here. And since we've certainly left something out, remind us in the comments. On to our picks!

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Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 07, 2010 at 6:36 | Comments (1)

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Monday 09.06.10

ABSTRACT

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Léonie Guyer, Untitled, No. 63

Reed's Cooley Gallery presents ABSTRACT, curated by Stephanie Snyder. "Abstract and non-objective artistic methodologies are most often associated with modernism and the European and Russian avant-garde; but visual and material abstraction has flourished for millennia, globally, as an essential human activity. ABSTRACT brings together the work of three contemporary women artists inspired by the breadth of abstraction's spiritual, esoteric, and ritualistic dimensions." The exhibition runs September 4 - December 5, 2010 and will include a public symposium with Stephanie Snyder, poet Bill Berkson, exhibition artists Léonie Guyer and Lynne Woods Turner, and Portland artist Michelle Ross.

Opening reception • 6pm • September 8
Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Reed Library

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Friday 09.03.10

First Friday Picks September 2010

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Still, Gimme Shelter (1970)

Fourteen30 presents It was never about the audience, new videos, photographs, and sculptures by Mike Bray. The project "continues his investigations into a self-inflicted cinematic space. Bray recontextualizes time, frame by frame, collapsing and expanding the spectacle through the idiom of cinema. In It was never about the audience, the 1970 Rolling Stones documentary 'Gimme Shelter' acts as the material from which Bray pulls both his conceptual and visual landscape."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 3
Fourteen30 Contemporary • 1430 SE 3rd • 503.236.1430

(More: CENTER Choice Award winners at Newspace, Stewart Harvey at 23 Sandy, Barbara Tetenbaum at Reed's Feldenheimer, Art in the Pearl.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on September 03, 2010 at 9:10 | Comments (0)

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Tuesday 08.31.10

First Thursday Picks September 2010

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Danny Treacy, "Them #17"

Bluesky is turning 35! To inaugurate their 35th-anniversary celebration, they're exhibiting Wisconsin Tavern League by Carl Corey and Them by 2009 Man Photography Prize-winning Danny Treacy. Wisconsin Tavern League is Corey's effort to document Wisconsin taverns as culturally important communal gathering places. For Them, "London-based artist Danny Treacy searches his surroundings for discarded clothing to construct suggestive, haunting costumes. Treacy then dresses himself in what he creates and, by making striking life-sized self-portraits, he becomes 'Them.'"

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 2
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

(More: Justine Kurland at Elizabeth Leach, Adam Sorensen at PDX Contemporary, Eva Speer at Charles Hartman, Damien Gilley at PNCA, Arcy Douglass at Chambers@916, Brooklyn artists at Froelick.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 31, 2010 at 12:11 | Comments (0)

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Monday 08.30.10

like smoke and holy water

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Kartz Ucci

Linfield presents Kartz Ucci's like smoke and holy water, "a site-specific response to the architectural grandeur of the natural light that fills the Linfield Gallery...Through the singular use of highly reflective mirrored surfaces and the absence of video and sound - like smoke and holy water as text/image and as object/sculpture is an attempt to isolate and elevate the viewer's psycho-physiological response to the architectural space of the Linfield Gallery." The show will run through October 9, 2010.

Opening reception • 6-8pm • September 1
Linfield Gallery • 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, OR

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Thursday 08.26.10

The Radiant Child

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The NW Film Center is screening "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," a 2010 Basquiat documentary directed by Tamra Davis. "Combining never-before-seen interview footage with commentary from friends and contemporary art world luminaries, Davis offers a compelling introduction to a singularly driven creative personality, an artist who could paint masterpieces in an hour (earning him Andy Warhol's extreme jealousy) and find endless inspiration in the oversaturated culture from which he emerged."

Film screenings • 7pm • August 27 & 28
NW Film Center @ PAM • 1219 SW Park • Whitsell Auditorium

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Wednesday 08.25.10

Collateral Matters, please & thank you

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Kate Bingaman-Burt and Clifton Burt

Starting tomorrow, the Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Collateral Matters, selections by Kate Bingaman-Burt and Clifton Burt. "MoCC invited graphic designers Kate Bingaman-Burt and Clifton Burt to craft a response to the museum's collection. Naturally drawn to museum ephemera - invitations, posters, receipts and correspondence - the designers create an installation that uses printed materials from the archive to examine how institutional identity is constructed. The exhibition is part of an ongoing series of curatorial strategies that engage contemporary ways of looking at the collection."

Exhibition • August 26, 2010 - January 8, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654


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Half/Dozen +Projects presents please and thank you, "a performative exploration of hum drum." This one night only performance (happening twice in one night) features movement by Bonnie Green, Danielle Ross, and Robert Tyree, and installation by Bonnie Green.

Performances • 7pm & 9pm • August 27
Half/Dozen • 625 NW Everett #111 • 503.512.9079

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Tuesday 08.24.10

Last Thursday Picks August 2010

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At the Alberta alley spaces: Appendix presents Laura Hughes, In the Space of an Instant. The installation "articulates and enhances fleeting instances of light through applications of phosphorescent and iridescent paint. The work is an exploration of how light, space, time, and architectural form shape one another to produce the visible by amplifying the imprint of the peripheral to the forefront of our perception."

Opening reception • 8:30pm • August 26
Appendix Project Space • South alleyway b/w 26th & 27th off Alberta

Little Field presents new work by Midori Hirosi, "stemming from her interest in combining geometric and loose facets. Her interest comes from an investigation into the dichotomy of the Apollonian and Dionysian idea culled from reading The Birth of Tragedy. She has a predilection for order and chaos and for this series of sculptures, tries to achieve the genera principle using wood, foam and paint to convey a form of balance between structure and disorder."

Opening reception • 7pm • August 26
Little Field • North alleyway b/w 28th & 29th off Alberta


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Rebecca Shelly

False Front presents Rebecca Shelly's The Seed Olympics. "Through the use of stop motion animation, Rebecca Shelly documents the growth of starter plants with an exploratory theme of Olympic games under the theory, 'survival of the fittest.'"

Opening reception • 6pm • August 26
False Front Studio • 4518 NE 32nd • 503.781.4609

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Monday 08.23.10

Phun with Phonemes

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RECESS presents Phun with Phonemes©, an exhibition exploring text and communication. "Through investigating memory and writing, text as spectacle, logo confusion, and conversational attention spans, Phun with Phonemes© will be a platform for engaging with language in new and exciting formats." Performances at the reception start at 7:30pm.

Opening reception • 6pm • August 25
RECESS • 4315 SE Division (ground level of Artistery)

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Friday 08.20.10

PAM artist talks

On the second Thursday of every month, the Portland Art Museum "offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore the Museum's permanent collection through the inspired lens of notable Portland artists, writers, and curators." The talks are great, but we haven't posted the last several since they've been selling out way ahead of time. So I thought I'd share the list of upcoming talks in 2010 for those who want to jump on the ticket bandwagon early:

•September 9: Stephanie Snyder (SOLD OUT)
•October 14: Ethan Rose
•November 11: Matt McCormick
•December 9: Chas Bowie

Read more about the artist talk series on PAM's website.

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Wednesday 08.18.10

Art Spark: TBA:10

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This month's Art Spark features the "inside scoop" on TBA:10 with PICA at Mississippi Studio's new BarBar patio and a sneak preview performance by Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner.

Art chat • 5-7pm • August 19
Art Spark @ BarBar • 3939 N Mississippi

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Monday 08.16.10

The Essentials, a discussion

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Steve Karlik,"Flip" Tension and Compression Series, 2010 Glass sheets and enamel paint "18" x "24 x "1/4

Alright, alright... yes Portland's curators have inadvertently conspired to drown the city in abstraction, considering; Donald Judd, Mark GrotJahn, Sol LeWitt, Reed's upcoming Abstract and my M5 show up right now... deal with it. Fact is Portland has been obsessed with abstraction and hard edged or reductionist work for years (even before acquiring the Greenberg collection) and it's why I curated M5 as aa classic summer group show. Considering that Mark Rothko is from Portland, I never want to hear another person say that the Northwest is just about figurative work, though the discussion today isn't the same old will to abstraction we saw back in the 40's-60's.

In attempts to further the discussion PNCA and I have put together The Essentials...

August 18, 6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Room 201
1241 NW Johnson St.

The M5 exhibition sets the stage for The Essentials—a study of what ideas are crucial to the active abstract and hard edge/perceptual art community in Portland.

The Essentials is a JPEG jam, asking a number of reductive, abstract and perceptual artists in Portland to choose and present 3 essential images of their own work, while listing what three ideas or concerns accompany them... (more)

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Thursday 08.12.10

Learning Salons

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Anissa Mack, "Almost Arrowheads"

PICA's 8th annual TBA festival is ramping up. This weekend, artist-in-residence Anissa Mack will speak with Sarah Miller Meigs of the lumber room and PICA visual arts program director Kristan Kennedy about her residency at the lumber room and the collaboration between artist, curator, and patron. The talk is part of PICA's "ON SIGHT Salons."

Artist chat • 3-4pm • August 14
lumber room • 419 NW 9th


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The Research Club is offering an ongoing class, "What Philosophy Can Do For Art," taught by University of Oregon doctoral student VA Carter. Meeting each Saturday over the course of 9 weeks, the class "will use plain language and clever pictures to give you a broad and thorough history of the important thinkers in western thought." As related to art making, presumably. Cost is $5 / $10 per class, with price breaks for a bundle of them.

Art Phil • 11am-12:30pm, Saturdays • July 31 - September 25
Research Club • 215 SE Morrison Suite 2020 • Portland Storage Building

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Wednesday 08.11.10

Wearable Art

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Worksound presents Wearable Art, featuring (wearable) projects by Alex Dolan, Abraham Ingle, Hoyun Son, Aaron Terry, Deanna Bredthauer, Katie Behel, Palma Corral, Devon Maldonado, and Iris Stevenson.

Opening reception • 7pm • August 13
Worksound • 820 SE Alder • mojomodou@gmail.com

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Tuesday 08.10.10

Solar Decathlon

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The American Institute of Building Design's annual convention is happening this weekend in Portland. In conjunction with the convention, the AIBD presents an exhibition of the finalists for the 2011 Solar Decathlon: "Since the first Solar Decathlon in the fall of 2002, the program has unleashed the creative power of architecture and engineering students to rethink the role of energy efficiency - and solar power in particular - in home design and raised public awareness on the topic. The Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to integrate reliable and efficient solar power with excellent design, resourceful engineering, and affordable systems...AIBD President Dan Sater II will open the exhibit, which will feature models of solar homes, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, August 12, 2010."

Art-Science-Architecture Exhibition • August 12 & 13, 2010
AIBD Convention @ the Marriott • 1401 SW Naito Parkway

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Monday 08.09.10

Monday Cinema

Tonight at Grand Detour: Evan Stewart's poetry video chapbook/ experimental music video collage ###. This is Stewart's third chapbook, following Balls (2004) and Issues Souffle (2006). It is about something changing three times before it dies.

Film screening • 8pm • August 9
Grand Detour • 215 SE Morrison Suite 2020


Thursday at Grand Detour: Stephen Slappe's Peel Back and See: "Sifting through the wake of the mass media deluge in order to make sense of its psychological and social effects, Slappe is interested in adapting the massive archive of existing images and sounds through recombination..."

Film screening • 8pm • August 12
Grand Detour • 215 SE Morrison Suite 2020

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Thursday 08.05.10

First Friday Picks August 2010

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Oregon Painting Society

Nationale presents Nightwave Catalog, "an exhibit of artifacts generated and uncovered by Oregon Painting Society. Each item has a past, present, or future role in our unfolding sequence of experiments. These artifacts have been plucked from their respective temporal-zones and translated into our own dimensional manifold. They are memories of future encounters, pulled up in a net from a dream. What you see are 3-D snapshots taken by the mind's eye from the window of a speeding car heading toward the ocean at dusk."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 6
Artist presentation • 6pm • August 8
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786

(More: Kelly Rauer at NAAU, 5 year anniversary show at Gallery Homeland, Julie Perini at Pushdot, Laundromatte 2010 at the Troy Laundry Building.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 05, 2010 at 15:46 |