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DACA Lounge at Archer Gallery

DACA Lounge: A Dream Sanctuary at Archer Gallery

Immigration policies for the United States of America have always been an impromptu patchwork of reactionary policies that put a quick bandage on whatever current situation prompted that action. During President Obama's 8 years DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was put in place as a stop-gap when Congress did not ratify the Dream Act into law to address the plight of children of illegal immigrants who have known no other existence besides being in The United States of America. It was a moment when the USA started to talk about things it generally left unsaid and nearly 800,0000 kids have applied for the program. In the current, rather reactionary political climate the fate of the DACA program is held hostage as a political pawn, creating an uncertain, extremely stressful situation for these kids.

To this enter Horatio Hung-Yan Law's latest art exhibition DACA Lounge: A Dream Sanctuary. It is one of the most poignant and timely exhibitions the area has ever hosted. Interesting but not surprising that art is being a better host than a country. Law even


Posted in PORT: on May 5, 2018 09:00 AM

May Gallery Picks 2018

Spring is in full effect and the weather is sublime, time to emerge from your homes and catch important shows to ponder. Dont miss them.

Bespoke Bodies at PNCA ends soon

I'd argue that art is an appendage and so is design. All of which should remind us that the Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics show at PNCA is entering its last week and if you have not seen it, you must. A wide ranging show that goes from physical artificial limbs to more digital enhancements this show covers a huge amount of ground, from simple replacement and mimesis of typical human limbs to to enhancements undreamed of in science fiction this is an important exhibition for anyone curious about humanity, where it has been and where it is going.

Bespoke Bodies | February 15 - May 9th, 2018
First Thursday: May 3, 5:00-9:00PM
511 NW Broadway

Horatio Hung-Yan Law's DACA Lounge A Dream Sanctuary at Archer Gallery

The current plight to DACA "Dreamers" in today's political climate is a very real destablization of the lives of those who know nothing but their lives in the United States of America and DACA Lounge a Dream Sanctuary by Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a multimedia exhibition in collaboration with students and dreamers about their lives. The exhibition has been up for a while but was just completed today as part of Law's residency in collaboration with dreamers in the community. See it, it is one of the best multimedia exhibitions the area has seen recently.

DACA Lounge A Dream Sanctuary | April 10- May 5th
Archer Gallery
Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver Washington

Prosoography (2018) Matthew Dennison

Ive been keeping on Matthew Dennison for years but lately his odd figurative works of oblivious humans and wise animals have taken on a new poignancy and I am excited to see his latest show, Democracy. It is an ambitious title, fraught with all the hopes and fears of the moment... I suspect it may live up to the billing as each painting is a reaction to the day's news.

Democracy | May 1 - June 2
Froelick Gallery
714 NW Davis


Posted in PORT: on May 3, 2018 12:20 PM

Jim Archer 1942-2017

Jim Archer

I was saddened to learn of James (Jim) Archer's death today. He always had that steady form of persistent but serious energy for art and the lives of visual artist that distinguishes true trail blazing champions from mere art supporters. As the first director of what eventually became named the Archer Gallery (eponymously) at Clark College he gave Portland's neighbor to the north its premier visual art space. He was also an avid collector donating 129 works to to Clark College last year, doubling his legacy and cultural footprint in Vancouver Washington, just as the city is beginning to embark on a more ambitious arts agenda. One could rightly say that Archer was a foundational figure for that city and a model for advocacy I wish there was more of. A very active member of the Portland art scene, he will be missed.

... (more, including Clark College's comprehensive obituary)

Posted in PORT: on December 1, 2017 05:44 PM

Weekend Picks


The Boathouse Microcinema is one of the brightest spots in the Portland scene and their latest, "PDX Cinematic Psychogeography," features Portland artists who use the filmmaking process to explore and better understand the world around them.

"There will also be films by visiting artist Deborah Stratman, whose own experimental landscape films have screened at venues ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Whitney Biennial. Artists include Dustin Morrow, Jodi Darby, Eric Fox, Julie Perini,Pam Minty,Ross Reaume, and Deborah Stratman. Program curated by Matt McCormick, Adam Simmons will be on the video wall."

PDX Cinematic Psychogeography
September 30 | doors at 7:30 - show at 8:00
$8 - seating is limited
Boathouse Microcinema
822 North River Street

Jovencio de la Paz (detail)

We all still wonder what will become of the Art Gym since newish director Blake Shell left to head Disjecta (her curating seemed hemmed in at the school) but at least her last show Breaking Symmetry shows a return to what we loved about her stint at the Archer Gallery.

Breaking Symmetry focuses on contemporary fiber artists including: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison and Jane Schiffhauer. It's the sort of obvious show idea nobody has had the curatorial temerity to do yet so its important and we all wonder what is to become of the Art Gym... it seems like all University Gallery programs have cone under a lot of institutional pressure and its a shame. Open-ended arts exhibition programs enrich campus life in important ways at any university campus, especially ones far removed from the city core. Marylhurst used to be an art powerhouse but even under founding director Terry Hopkins it had been waning... without a strong, fresh and adventurous eye at the helm the situation is concerning. At least we can enjoy this show.

Symmetry Breaking | October 3 - December 10
Opening Reception: October 1, 4-6PM
Art Gym
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43) Marylhurst University

Posted in PORT: on September 30, 2017 09:35 AM

September quandries

Matthew Collings reviewed the new Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican. What Ive always liked about both Collings and the artist is the way they hone in on conceits and generally accepted nonsense. It gives them both a bit of grit 'n gristle. Too bad the "notions of cool" sound like another Basquiat show which tries far to hard to be both in the know and safely institutional. It is hard to be both and it always makes those curators seem off balance... I call it oversteer. The good thing is Basquiat's work can survive such posing... because it is precisely designed to be critical of such posur-posturing. We could use more of that but it is a difficult thing to achieve in a world of instant gratification.

Brian Libby has two articles on thePortland Building. The second discusses the issue of preservation. I tend to agree with him on this, the Portland building was never right and therefore always compromised... sort of like the Leaning Tower of Pisa started tipping right away. Better acknowledge the flaw by stabilizing it so it can last. Besides the materials are not as important as the visual impact here. At least they are going to save the Portland Building and make it a proper functioning structure. One thing they must do right is the revamped gallery space. There are many ways to improve it through the renovation. It is already an important venue but it could be so much more.

Artists defend Documenta and its curator. That's all well and good but I'm a firm believer that curators should be defending both the artists and the institutions. True this value engineering of culture is a problem but somehow I do sense that bigger leads to diffusion and this Documenta 14 got away from its staff by design (we covered 13). Last year's Portland Biennial was also a mess because it spread itself too thin... at a certain point these festivals need to be distillations not simply an invitation to get lost. That strategy has diminishing returns, especially with a world growing ever hostile to open ended thinking. Try to raise the stakes rather than obscure them.... and this financial inquisition is just another distraction that points to something amiss. Let's be smarter than the cultural bean counters by knowing how many beans will be required to plant? They had to know the Athens section would be scrutinized relentlessly in financial terms... state of the EU and Greece's debts and all.

Jasper Johns creates an artist retreat out of his home... generous but doesn't he need that? Moves like this are important but worrysome.

There is never enough time to cover everything so Jerry Saltz does short reviews. Ive done that occasionally done that... due for another batch but I use it to look back as an overview (Jerry has a very complicated locale to cover).

Last but not least I'll be one of the panelists at this years Clark Arts Summit in Vancouver. Look, I've never thought of the 'couv as a cultural dead zone (the Archer does some of the areas best shows) and by looking to activate Fort Vancouver etc. they might just be able to avoid some of Portland's mistakes (too much middling collaboration at the cost of vision, little support for small arts venues + a general phobia around ambition) at the institutional level. See you there.

Posted in PORT: on September 20, 2017 09:19 AM

Paul Clay at Archer

Paul Clay's Push/Pull at the Archer Gallery

Archer curator Senseney Stokes is doing great things up in Vancouver Washington. Her Mary Henry micro-spective was perhaps the best solo exhibition of 2016 and now she's tapped Paul Clay for Push/Pull. He is one of the most interesting new media artists in Portland. PORT reviewed Clay's daring Portland Building show in 2014 and I've been waiting for Portland's institutions (frankly slow to support local new media despite being awash in riches) to feature him and others. Interested in the evolution of humanity and technology as well as conscience transference (more common than you'd think), Clay's Push Pull at the Archer has my full attention. He's been one to watch for years. Here's your chance.

For the performance April 13 at 7:00 remember to bring a wifi-enabled smart device + earbuds or headphones.

Push/Pull | April 11- May 6
Opening Reception and Performance: 6-8PM, April 13 (7:00 performance)
Artist Talk: April 19
Archer Gallery
Clark College
1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted in PORT: on April 12, 2017 12:56 PM

Disjecta reboots with Shell

Disjecta (behind Bunyan) reboots

The interesting news in Portland today is that Blake Shell is to be the new Director of Disjecta. It is a bit of a surprise as she hasn't been at the Art Gym for that long (though her programming felt less like her previously excellent work at the Archer Gallery, perhaps over the shoulder oversight?). Regardless congratulations are in order to Blake Shell.

Clearly the institution needed a shift and we covered Disjecta with a critical eye since its inception.

The choice of a locally based director is interesting since they seemed to be casting their nets afar... (more)

Posted in PORT: on March 22, 2017 11:47 AM

Last day, Mary Henry at Archer

A mini survey of Mary Henry's abstract greatness at the Archer Gallery

I'd argue it was the best show of 2016 and today is your last to see it, with Henry "Practice" makes perfect. Mary Henry is one of the greatest under recognized female modernists of the 20th century and the Portland area is being treated to a micro-survey of her work at the Archer Gallery called Practiced Exuberance. Last Spring, PORT reviewed another micro-survey of just her drawings to give you a taste. As part of the American Phase of hard-edged Bauhaus work under Maholy-Nagy she occupies an important place in art history and is a favorite among those with good eyes and taste in the Pacific Northwest.

Mary Henry | Practiced Exuberance | November 22 - February 11
Clark College | Archer Gallery
1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted in PORT: on February 11, 2017 10:00 AM

Post Snowpocalypse Weekend Picks

Mother with Julia Oldham and Roxanne Jackson

What could be better the day after the Women's March on Washington DC (and round the country) than a show titled, Mother at the Art Gym? Hopefully nothing. Since Blake Shell has taken over the Art Gym its shows really havn't had the same frission and edge that she previously brought to the Archer Gallery but this show's inspired pairing of Julia Oldham and Roxanne Jackson... two artists who always bring the macabre/mythical phantasmagoria and physical encounters with their work threaten to bring things back into form. Besides you can also catch the Tad Savinar exhibition a few miles away (you know you want a little roadtrip out of Portland after these storms).

Mother | January 17 -March 18
Reception: January 22 4-6PM
Art Gym (Marylhurst University)
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)

Tad Savinar, 2064: England's Master Architect Presents, to the House of Commons, the Plan to Add Minarets to Buckingham Palace (2014)

Tad Savinar is a Portland fixture as an author, conceptual artist and intellectual so this overview collection of work youniverse-past, present, future might be just what the doctor ordered after a brutal election season and winter storms. What Ive always appreciated in Savinar's work is the way they work as set pieces for the sort of ridiculous human dramas that always seem to occupy civics. Perhaps he is Portland's Aristophanes?

youniverse—past, present, future | January 17 - March 5
Reception: January 22, 3-5PM Lecture: February 26, 3PM, Miller 105 Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

...(more Rodin at PAM)

Posted in PORT: on January 21, 2017 09:15 AM

Saying goodby to 2016

As a year end exercise let's look at PORT's most read posts of 2016. It says a lot about Portland and the international audience that PORT reaches.

[About PORT] Recently I was reminded that PORT needs to remind people how and why we do what we do because PORT is innovative (forgive us if Ive repeated this but not everyone knows the spiel). Standard stuff, PORT reaches an enormous # of readers each year (over 1.5 million unique ones annually) and with 2016 being so tumultuous our readers turned to us to give the context that our depth, experience and prescience offers. Stylistically we purposefully avoid being an uninvolved observer (the province of the rapidly dying world of journalism) and instead adhere to the sense of being an on site historical observer and interlocutor (ala Herodotus, Baudelaire and a lot of art criticism out of London over the past 25 years). . . .

It is my belief that true understanding doesn't come through consensus but rather through being intellectually curious about the perceptually divergent mechanisms that inform dissent and consent. PORT thanks our readers and sponsors who make this effort possible. [End wonky digression]

That said, here are our 13 most read posts of 2016. In no particular order, these articles collectively paint a very interesting picture of Portland's art scene in 2016. I'll publish a more probing review as 2017 begins (yes things like institutional shifts at the Japanese Garden, PNCA, Portland building, James Beard Public Market and The Portland Art Museum etc. will get the space they deserve) ... till then chew on these:

Installation view: The Human Hybrid at PNCA's 511 Gallery (from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer's Family Foundation)

2016 Was definitely a year for the ladies and Victor Maldonado's interview with Wangechi Mutu was insightful. We did a lot of prep for this, bringing in anthropological subjects and in particular I felt that Victor and Wangechi would have intersecting experiences as foreigners from syncretic cultures who attended elite art schools in the USA. The exercise did not disappoint.

Littman Gallery, PSU. 9/9/2016 for Ben Glas' Inging (Variation3)

... (more including Rothko, Warhol, Amazons, New Media and Blake Byrne)

Posted in PORT: on December 31, 2016 10:44 AM

Mary Henry and Erik Geschke in the Couv

It is time for Portlander's to envy The Couv as the Archer gallery kills it with two great programmatic choices.

A mini survey of Mary Henry's abstract greatness at the Archer Gallery

Mary Henry is one of the greatest under recognized female modernists of the 20th century and the Portland area is being treated to a micro-survey of her work at the Archer Gallery called Practiced Exuberance. Last Spring, PORT reviewed another micro-survey of just her drawings to give you a taste. As part of the American Phase of hard-edged Bauhaus work under Maholy-Nagy she occupies an important place in art history and is a favorite among those with good eyes and taste in the Pacific Northwest.

Mary Henry | Practiced Exuberance | November 22 - February 11
Reception: November 29, 4-6PM (The gallery will also be open for Erik Geschke's talk Nov 30th, see below)
Clark College | Archer Gallery
1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Detail of Erik Geschke's Arena (2015), photo Jeff Jahn

Erik Geschke is one of Portland's most meticulous and slightly unnerving artists. Through a variety of materials (often with a twisted pop art sense of humor) he upends expectations, often with a sense of uncanny disasters, which have already occurred. Frankly, I loved his last major Portland solo show and reviewed it here. Erik received his M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art's Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2001, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture with a full fellowship in 1996, and received a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts in 1993.

Erik Geschke | Clark Art Talk
November 30th, 7PM (Archer Gallery will be open before and after talk)
Clark College | PUB 161
1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted in PORT: on November 25, 2016 06:49 PM

Art talks to talk about

Paul McCarthy and Ed Ruscha in Open This End

Open This End at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College is the best group show Portland has seen in 6 months and should not be missed. We also have an opportunity to hear from its curator Joseph Wolin on October 25th.

Open This End is traveling selection from Blake Byrne's excellent collection, the exhibition isn't just a scattered trophy room of; Warhol, Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, Gerhard Richter and Bruce Nauman. It follows several threads of intertwined societal and personal narratives. I think the installation of Jimmy Carter by Jennifer Steinkamp alone should be compelling because it isn't just the same old political art, it is subtle in a way politics usually are not. What's more, Steve McQueen's groundbreaking multi-channel Drumroll video is on display at PAM as part of Open This End as well.

Open This End| September 8 - December 11
Curator's talk: October 25, 7PM, Miller 105
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road


Ralph Pugay is one of Portland's favorite artists and will be the featured speaker at the next Clark Art Talks. As always there is humor but there is something about our awkward times... the way our customs and institutions seem like ill fitting suits these days that makes his work ring so true. The Archer Gallery also has an interesting poster show called HASTA SIEMPRE.

Clark Art Talk: Ralph Pugay
Wednesday, October 26th, 7PM
Clark College: PUB 161
1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver Wa.

Posted in PORT: on October 25, 2016 04:13 PM

Diane Jacobs' Homage at Weiden + Kennedy

As a child I studied Greek culture intensely and always felt the Amazons were particularly interesting because it seemed like they challenged the Greek order, which most of Western Civilization is built upon. I suppose that being raised by predominantly by females (many of my relatives being quite tall) presented the idea that women were tough was always a given, rather than an eccentric notion. The world is catching up to this truth... s.l.o.w.l.y.


What little most people know of the legendary Amazon women has come to us from a short entry by Herodotus and other ancient Greeks. Because of this many probably assume that the Amazons were Greeks themselves (false, in fact they were a rival civilization), were a women-only society (false, in many tribes the women were simply equal in every way... including as warriors) and instead of one breast as reported by Herodotus they had two (in the bronze age one simply does not perform cosmetic mastectomies without antibiotics etc. and was propaganda for shock effect).... (more)

Posted in PORT: on May 27, 2016 12:13 PM

Celebrating James Archer

James Archer

The Archer gallery is celebrating its namesake James Archer on the occassion of his donating 129 artworks to the college. 40 of the artworks are on display at the gallery and you can read a little more on the gift here. I have a thing for the way these personal collections enrich institutions as it is the way most people first experience art. Often in a very casual way they simply come across something that strikes them when they are on their way to a class or some other activity. There is tremendous value in this and art isn't just for museums, so go and tell him how much he has done. One things we dont do well around here is thank our leaders... especially the ones who stick their necks out enough, James is one of those leaders.

Celebrating James Archer | RSVP khukill(at)
Celebration reception: February 9, 7PM
Archer Gallery (Penguin Union Building) Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted in PORT: on February 8, 2016 11:33 AM

2016 getting in gear

There are two especially interesting exhibitions opening this week:


Sometimes the strongest art makes us question what we want and require and the parsing of those two becomes a kind of existential sublimation. What happens when the artwork itself is a questionnaire or poll? Portland collective Guestwork attempts to find out by polling Portlander's on what their ideal city would comprise. The Ballots will then become infographics. Titled, Accounting for Public Interest, Guestwork's Travis Neel and Erin Charpentier are the latest to tackle the Portland Building's installation space and it is not a bad way to kick off the year. It certainly mirrors the intense political season ahead.

Accounting for Public Interest | January 11 - February 5, 2016
RACC Installation Space
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue

William Harvette #3, Collage on Paper, 2006 (Collection of James Archer)

Archer @ Archer explores the private collection of James Archer at the public art gallery that carries his name. Knowing the man it should be a diverse opportunity and viewing any collectors collection is an exercise in personal Anthropology.

Archer @ Archer | January 5 - February 20
Opening January 12 4-6PM
Archer Gallery (Penguin Union Building) Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington

Posted in PORT: on January 11, 2016 09:19 AM

Kartz Ucci, new media stalwart revisited

Kartz Ucci's work at the Archer Gallery January 2011 (photo Jeff Jahn)

Only a few years have flown by since Kartz Ucci passed away (obituary here) so it is a fitting tribute that a 2 location show will examine her work. The one at the Art Gym opens today. She was a friend and I always appreciated her unvarnished assessment of students and various new media forms. As I mentioned at the time of her death, she was one of Oregon's biggest proponents of new media pioneers (something that pretty much guarantees you wont get any of the big awards... something which is both wrong and sad). I look forward to revisiting her work at both the Art Gym and at Clackamas Community College's excellent and under utilized Alexander Gallery space where her last work 256 shades of grey will be installed from November 9 to December 11.

Kartz Ucci - an opera for one |October 4, 2015 - December 5, 2015
Art Gym Opening Reception- October 4, 4-6PM
Screening of Ucci works at Hollywood Theater and catalogue release | October 25, 7:30PM

Posted in PORT: on October 4, 2015 12:14 PM

Weekend Picks

It is you final weekend to catch Italian Style at PAM, Hakkodo at the Japanese Garden as well as Italian Style at PAM, Hakkodo at the Japanese Garden as well as Julie Alpert at the Archer Gallery. These are my picks for this weekend art wise:

Megan_W_Feminist_Bookstore.jpgMegan Whitmash at Reading Frenzy

Sunday afternoon Jennifer Armbrust (PORT co-founder) and her co-curator Michelle Blade present Feminist Bookstore at Reading Frenzy. Artists; Lisa Anne Auerbach, Michelle Blade, Alika Cooper, Edie Fake, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Whitney Hubbs, Jessica Hutchins, Jessie Rose Vala and Megan Whitmarsh have re-imagined covers of feminist classics. On Sunday 1-3PM you are encouraged to bring in your own feminist classics and create your own custom dust cover with supplies on hand. All covers created during the event will be scanned and posted on

According to the press release, "Drawing attention to the role of feminist thinking in artistic practice, Feminist Bookstore celebrates the contribution of writers, theorists and intellectuals. Each artist created a custom dust jacket for a book that has shaped their life, work, or way of being. These jackets will be displayed on the original books, inviting viewer to engage not just with the art, but with the texts themselves."

Feminist Library | May 1-31
Dust Jacket Event: Sunday May 3, 1 - 4PM
Reading Frenzy
3628 N. Mississippi Ave

Acanthus, lacquered bowl by Naoko Goto

Dont miss the last weekend to catch 4 generations of the Goto family's lacquer work in Hakkodo, The Artisans of Kamakura. It is also a reunion of sorts since Unkyu Goto won the Gold Medal for outstanding Craftsmanship in Portland's 1905 World's Fair. There is a reason the Japanese Garden has put on the strongest craft shows in the city for several years now and this is no exception.

In a rare move a woman, Keiko Goto is now head of the family's workshop while her younger sister Naoko has opened a more moder solo practice. Definitely check it out, besides the Japanese Garden itself is sublime and a top shelf experience. The sheer scope of the exhibition with its exquisite craft presents a living continuity that a lot of artisanal crafts have trouble with (trendy retro might seem "authentic" but the genuine is the real thing that "authentic" makes pretenses of being but is not). This doesn't feel antiquarian so much as an exquisite family reunion. I'll have more on this but since it is such a lovely weekend go to the garden.

Hakkodo, The Artisans of Kamakura | April 10 - May 3
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue

Posted in PORT: on May 1, 2015 12:02 PM

Julie Alpert's Splat! at Archer Gallery

Julie Alpert

Julie Alpert is a Seattle based painter and installation artist and along with hercurrent exhibition Splat! at the Archer gallery, she is the artist in residence at Clark College. I like how the Archer has become an embassy in the Portland area for Seattle artists over the years. It would be good for everyone if there was a similarly reciprocal venue outside but still near Seattle. Then there is the difficulty of showing artists from Vancouver Canada in the States despite being so close by. Ah borders, the arts are naturally inclined to cross them, governments... not so much. Seattle and Portland's art scenes can actually learn a great deal from each other, both from their differences and similarities. Show up and compare notes at Splat!

Splat! | April 6 - May 7, 2015
Reception: April 15, 5-7PM
Artist Talk: April 15: 4:00PM 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 in PORT: on April 13, 2015 08:26 PM

Vicky Lynn Wilson's Era at Alexander Gallery

Vicky Lynn Wilson at CCC

Vicky Lynn Wilson is one of those artists we here at PORT track. Partially, it is because she always puts such exhaustive effort into her exhibitions. Her previous Cumulus was a tour de force so an exhibition tracing her milestone of turning 40 plus a look back at her transition from art student to professor called Era should be worth the trip to Oregon City (but its only open during the week but contact them to see if something can be done: kates(at) Wilson has always effectively mined her own life and material experiences and the Alexander Gallery is one of the nicest in the state (wish it were programmed accordingly with the same rigor/vigor/hours as say the Archer Gallery because it is a great space).

ERA | February 17 - March 19
Opening & Talk: Thursday, February 19th, 12PM
Alexander Gallery | Gallery Hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday
Clackamas Community College (Niemeyer Center for the Performing Arts)
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City

Posted in PORT: on February 16, 2015 10:16 PM

Exploring Images of Africans at the Archer

Mohau Modisakeng, Untitled (Frame Xii), 2012

Seattle gallerist James Harris has curated an exhibition of African photographers who explore self portraiture, culture and identity titled, Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I not a Woman and a Sister?

It features: Hasan and Husain Essop, Nomusa Makhubu Mohau Modisakeng, Abraham Oghobase and Adeola Olagunju with additional works by; Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Frank Marshall, Ebony Patterson, Lindeka Gloria Qampi, Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko, Saya Woolfaulk.

Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I not a Woman and a Sister? | January 6 - February 7, 2015
Reception: January 13, 4-6PM
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 in PORT: on January 12, 2015 12:41 PM

Best and Worst of 2014

2014 was an odd, placeholder kind of year. Few exhibitions blew people away (especially the reheated attempts at mostly regional survey shows) and many artists saved their best efforts for shows outside of town. This continues to prove my thesis that Portland is used more as a base for developing international activity than as a place where you can see what is really going on... at least institutionally. That needs to change and it is a corner that must be turned for the city's cultural health. For example, if an artist is doing work that is on fire, then the community should single out and support that excellence in a serious way. That said everyone seems to be waiting for 2015. In 2015 there will be a new Maya Lin, a new bridge and we wil finally see PNCA's new 511 building become the cultural anchor of NW Portland? No institution has caught the new Portland wave of energy as well as PNCA has but that has come at a cost, rapid change and the ill fitting clothes that kind of change creates. Some call the style “Portland eclectic.” Portland will say goodby to PNCA's Goodman Building in early 2015 and in many ways it herald's thew way Portland is beginning to present itself differently. That said I will focus a lot on curatorial presentation in this list.

Goodbye to PNCA's Goodman Building

Best and Worst 2014:

Best question of 2014: Will Bruce Guenther's curatorial replacement continue to give the Portland Art Museum an...

(much more)

Posted in PORT: on December 31, 2014 04:02 PM

Abigail Anne Newbold at PNCA's Feldman Gallery

Portland's art scene is having a very strong month this October (mostly in painting and photography... much of the installation has been undercooked), but of all the shows the one that I keep returning to is Abigail Anne Newbold's installation, Borderlander's Outfitter at PNCA's Feldman Gallery.

Borderlander's Outfitter

The exhibition presents itself as a hipsterish quartermaster's gear dispensary or a tool library with an anthropological array of artifacts from a summer survival weekend in the project room. Everything is clothed in fairly recognizable purpose except that everything is a hair off. For example... (more)

Posted in PORT: on October 16, 2014 03:18 PM

Dirk Staschke at Archer Gallery

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 in PORT: on September 23, 2014 10:23 AM

Rodrigo Valenzeula at Archer Gallery

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

Posted in PORT: on April 21, 2014 12:36 PM

Amjad Faur at Archer Gallery

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

Posted in PORT: on February 25, 2014 09:10 AM

Last Words: Portland's Visual Art Scene in 2013

Jorge Pardo's Streetcar Stop for Portland (detail inside at night), Best Installation 2013 (all photos Jeff Jahn)

Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained. -Vladimir Nabokov

Portland's art scene was incredibly active in 2013 so I wouldn't describe it as year defined by complacency but like some aspects of 2012, specters at the institutional level still linger (mostly a divide between too much interest in old regional stereotypes to the exclusion of an immense influx of more varied and internationally relevant work). Still gains were made, such as when RACC changed their grant language to invite independent curatorial projects and new media to apply for project grants. The other fact is that Portland's living art scene still remains a meritocracy largely underinfluenced or spoiled by the art market.

Since Portland is both small and hot in terms of international interest, complacency should be our chief area of concern. Do we support what we already know better than what challenges us?

I counter that criticism is a cure for complacency, and by that I mean real criticism... not the kinds that merely flatter and reiterate artists statements as a kind of marketing for friends, community support and favored galleries or simple rants. I'm writing specifically about criticism that expands the discussion and illuminates the pressure points, right or wrong it matters not as long as there is informed intellect and integrity at work. Criticism will ruffle feathers (even when positive) and cannot be expected to go down any smoother than the visual art can be expected to. Practicing this type of criticism is an earned errand and 2014 marks my 15th year in the city.... (more)

Posted in PORT: on January 1, 2014 06:45 PM

Rathbun closing at Archer

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

Posted in PORT: on December 6, 2013 11:48 AM

On Understanding and Being Understood: Interview with Anna Craycroft

The opening lines of the press release for Anna Craycroft's C'mon Language reads "C'mon Language is an exhibition in pursuit of an artistic vocabulary." In conversation, Craycroft indicates that she had never intended to create a community. Instead, the exhibit operates as an immersive inquiry into epistemology, pedagogy, and delivery. Drawing corollaries between alternative educational approaches and the artists' creative practice, she built a space for participants to explore how they/we/I might 'make ourselves understood'. Brooklyn-based artist Anna Craycroft's work plays with the symbols and methods employed within different didactic spaces. Craycroft received her MFA from Columbia University School of Arts in 2004 and her BFA from the Slade school in 1998. I had the pleasure of speaking with Craycroft one Friday morning in September as the exhibition was preparing for its culminating presentation.

C'mon Language, Installation View, Anna Craycroft, 2013, photo by Jeff Jahn

TA: It seems like the guiding question here is ‘How do we make ourselves understood’ so maybe that’s a good place to start. Who do you see as the ‘we’ in that question and to whom are we making ourselves understood?

AC: In this case the word ‘we’ actually means ‘I’. The structure of the sentence sets up a reflexivity - the ‘we’ applying to the process of ‘making ourselves’ – that replaces collectivity with plurality. The question frames the question ‘how do I make myself?’ as a like effort to be performed independently by multiple individuals side by side.

TA: As a provocation, the question presumes some barriers to understanding-

AC: -limitations, I would say-

TA: -yeah, limitations. I’m wondering what some of those might be and how you or some of the others involved have tried to negotiate that here.

AC: Any vocabulary or lexicon has a set of components. It’s limited for practical purposes, but there’s always the potential to expand. The question of ‘how’ is more of a process of accumulating options or alternatives or existing forms rather than pointing out their limitations. The how is kind of equivalent to saying what are all of the different ways in which-

TA: -we might make ourselves-

AC: -we attempt to make ourselves understood...


Posted in PORT: on November 17, 2013 08:40 AM

Monday Links

Billions in Nazi looted "Degenerate Art"... aka modern art has been found.

Arch Daily looks at the top light festivals and the way they activate cityscapes.

FBC looks at the Mike Kelley retrospective.

Seldom do museums put out internet content as intriguing as what the Tate has done here for Paul Klee.

and last but not least here is Mike Rathbun's entertaining talk for his large scale show at the Archer Gallery.

Posted in PORT: on November 4, 2013 12:58 AM

Mike Rathbun opening and talk

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

Posted in PORT: on October 14, 2013 04:47 PM

Kartz Ucci, a force for new media art RIP

Kartz Ucci

Installation artist and popular professor Kartz Ucci passed away Sunday, ending a recent battle with brain cancer. Kartz, wasn't a household name but she was one of the State of Oregon's most influential experiential artists... often using light and space, or the sensuous roll of words made sublime with form and color.

I remember fondly every long conversation we had about Neruda or the way artists approach form differently in places like China. She wasn't some guarded regionalist and her overall level of "questioning sass" made her such challenging fun to be around. It showed in her work...


Posted in PORT: on October 8, 2013 11:54 AM

Interview with Matt Kirsch, Associate Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Museum

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Isamu Noguchi, Image Courtesy of Pace Gallery

"Isamu Noguchi: We Are the Landscape of All We Know" is on view at the Portland Japanese Gardens until July 21.

Isamu Noguchi was a brilliant sculptor and ideological innovator who pushed and challenged the notions of space and form into unprecedented territory. His oeuvre extended from freestanding sculpture into public parks and industrial design. To Noguchi, all of his work was art, and all of it maintained the inherent potential to shape the way we live and think. His legacy reverberates infinitely in today's art and design world as we endeavor to continue efforts to raise consciousness and pique the intellect through the shape of our created environments. I had the chance to talk with Matt Kirsch, the associate curator of the Isamu Noguchi Museum, the other day about Noguchi's art and life. . .(more)

Posted in PORT: on May 3, 2013 10:19 AM

First Weekend in May 2013 | Openings & Events

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

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.

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


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 !

Posted in PORT: on May 2, 2013 11:04 PM

Events : April 17th 2013

Another Documentation, 2012 Scaffolding, wood, metal, concrete and Archival digital prints

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

& there's more exciting events on the 17th

Posted in PORT: on April 16, 2013 07:07 AM

Openings : 10th & 11th of April

Left image: Julia Stoops, Thought and Spirit
Right image: Meg Peterson, Orbit II

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

David Corbett's "Trace", wood, glue, ink and paper, 2012. (photo: Dan Kvitka)

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

Posted in PORT: on April 9, 2013 12:29 PM

Oracle at Archer Gallery

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

Posted in PORT: on February 19, 2013 10:40 PM

Terra Linear at Archer Gallery

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 in PORT: on January 15, 2013 10:31 PM

Margaret Wall-Romana at Archer Gallery

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 in PORT: on November 5, 2012 10:52 AM

Weekend Picks April 2012

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.

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)

Posted in PORT: on April 6, 2012 11:56 AM

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:

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."

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)

Posted in PORT: on March 2, 2012 03:06 PM

The Infectious Corruption of Color

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)

Posted in PORT: on February 28, 2012 12:21 AM

Lupification at Archer Gallery


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 in PORT: on January 13, 2012 01:22 AM

2011 in the rear view mirror

Kyle Thompson, I Hate The Sound of Guitars A: No Survivors at Recess (photo Jeff Jahn)

2011 was an interesting year that saw a lot of strong shows in the numerous university galleries and a bunch of new artists to watch. In many ways though it lacked 2010's punch (much missed were NAAU's experimental yet well conceived non-commercial shows and a satisfying major museum exhibition) so it seemed almost preparatory for 2012. Still, with solo and group shows by Martin Kippenberger, Philip Iosca, Damien Gilley and Jordan Tull, Adam Sorensen, Marieke Verbiesen, Zachary Davis, Laura Hughes, David Eckard, Midori Hirose, Matt McCormick and a few wild shows at Rock's Box and 12128 it was still a strong year. With all of the constant attention for Portlandia and Grimm it also seemed like Portland is simply a hotter topic than it has ever been before.

The Budd Clark Commons was a major architectural moment for the city.

University galleries like the Archer Gallery, the White Box, Linfield, The Feldman Gallery, the Cooley and PSU's Littman kept things lively but alt spaces like Worksound, Appendix, Half/Dozen, Falsefront, Rock's Box, Gallery Homeland (who staged a show in Houston too), Recess, Place and 12128 were where the stars of the future could be found.

Who to watch in 2012 based on their 2011 break out: Kyle Thompson... (much more)

Posted in PORT: on December 31, 2011 11:24 PM

Plazm 20 years, closing reception


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 in PORT: on December 7, 2011 11:50 AM

Avantika Bawa speaks at Linfield

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 in PORT: on November 16, 2011 02:08 PM

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 in PORT: on November 15, 2011 01:10 PM

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 in PORT: on November 7, 2011 09:57 AM

The Score 2: space to grow

Since I'm now beginning my 13th year of living in Portland I thought another iteration of the score was in order. A lot has changed, in fact back in 1999 people kept saying "things never change here." I very publicly bet against them by doing some curating and writing in 2000 and the rest is history (stasis is always a terrible bet). Now the scene has made a habit of of it's perpetually growing international profile and the question is more about how the scene will direct its energy rather than simple regionalist grumbling. In short, everyone that gets talked about here has simply upped their game and international profile and The Score is just another way to keep tabs of this new reality. Some feel criticism should be be gentle... but that generally means they simply want to ingratiate themselves, which is fine but it's also important to take a stand, especially when things are obviously wrong. Sometimes the critic's role is to say what everyone perhaps already knows but needs to say publicly. It keeps us honest and therefore a stronger art scene.

(all photos Jeff Jahn)

Perhaps the biggest change is the proliferation of alternative spaces and a generally higher level of sophistication, typified by huge influx of installation/new media art to a one time more traditional painting and crafted object art scene (not that they need to be mutually exclusive). There is room for both in any worthwhile scene.

... (more)

Posted in PORT: on May 10, 2011 12:48 AM

art school openings


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

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 in PORT: on April 5, 2011 07:49 AM

Indweller reception at Archer Gallery

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

Posted in PORT: on March 11, 2011 09:57 AM


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 in PORT: on February 21, 2011 10:16 AM

2011 Curatorial Roundup

Now that we have put a little critical distance between 2010 and started 2011 it's time for PORT's curatorial roundup. It's been a few years since we have done this so we are due again. Check out 2008 and 2007 as well.

Participating curators: Mack McFarland, Terri Hopkins, Stephanie Snyder, Blake Shell, Victor Maldanado, Kristan Kennedy, Kelly Rauer, myself, Namita Wiggers, Elizabeth Lamb and Linda Tesner... (more)

Posted in PORT: on January 30, 2011 09:54 PM


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 in PORT: on January 13, 2011 12:10 PM

Magnitudes and Increments

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

Posted in PORT: on November 11, 2010 08:19 AM



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

Posted in PORT: on September 22, 2010 12:38 PM

art school: talking, showing

Bonnie Fortune

Bonnie Fortune will lecture this week for Clark College's Artist Talk series. She's "an artist, writer, and educator based in Chicago...whose project-based work explores issues surrounding the environment, health, technology, and aging."

Artist lecture • 7pm • June 2
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • PUB 161

Upcoming PSU MFA exhibitions:
Michelle Liccardo's Too Much Mustard is the final show in the ongoing series of MFA in Contemporary Art Practice Exhibitions, June 1-12, 2010 at the MK Gallery;
Disjecta is exhibiting Grown Ups: PSU MFA Graduating Exhibition June 5-July 3, 2010 with a reception June 5.

Posted in PORT: on May 31, 2010 09:43 AM

Last chance Judd, gallery talk

Peter Ballantine

It's the last 3 days of the Donald Judd exhibition at the U of O's White Box Gallery (in Portland) and thanks to RACC and OCHC Judd's longtime fabricator, friend, and now restorer, lecturer and curator Peter Ballantine will give a gallery talk at 3:00 PM on Friday May 21st at the gallery.

It has been a privilege to work with him and if you are interested in the radical aspects of 60's art, Judd or fabrication of any kind Peter is a must meet primary source. Ballantine met Judd in 1968 while in the Whitney Museum's now legendary Independent Studies Program. From 1969 to 1994 he fabricated over 200 Judd works directly and approved a large number by other fabricators on behalf of Judd. From 1994 to 2004 he was art supervisor for the Donald Judd Estate/Judd Foundation and since has worked as an independent Judd restorer, curator, researcher and lecturer. He is currently preparing a Judd drawing show in London and 2 Judd Delegated Fabrication conferences in Berlin and New York similar to Portland's. Those other venues likely wont have an exhibition like the one here (the first of its kind to explore Judd's delegated fabrication) and odds are this is the last major Judd solo show in the Pacific Northwest during our lifetime (all of the plywood works in the show are made from Oregon Douglas fir)... so see it.

University of Oregon, Portland
White Box Gallery
24 NW 1st ave
Lecture at 3:00 PM
Gallery hours this week Tuesday-Friday 12-6PM

Posted in PORT: on May 19, 2010 11:51 AM

schooling you

Hank Willis Thomas

We've been remiss on calendaring good PMMNLS lectures, but there's a not-to-be-missed one next week. Hank Willis Thomas, "a contemporary African American visual artist and photographer whose primary interests are race, advertising and popular culture," will be lecturing on Ads Imitate Art, Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Ads. About his work, Thomas writes: "[The] B(r)anded series is a result of an exploration, and subsequent appropriation of the language of advertising. By employing the ubiquitous language of advertising in my work, I am able to talk explicitly about race, class and history in a medium that almost anyone can decode."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • May 10
PSU Campus • 1914 SW Park (Corner of SW Broadway & Hall) • Shattuck Hall Annex Rm 198

Karl Burkheimer

Karl Burkheimer, sculptor and Associate Professor and Department Head of the wood program at OCAC, will be lecturing this week for Clark College's ongoing art talk series.

Artist lecture • 7pm • May 5
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building (PUB) 161

Posted in PORT: on May 3, 2010 12:58 PM

archer + ditch

Alison Owen

Clark College's Archer Gallery presents an exhibition by Alison Owen. "Owen makes site-responsive paintings and installations that alter the environment in subtly invasive ways. She focuses on the peripheral, using delicate materials and colors to create works that reward sustained investigation and attention." She's working in residence at the Archer Gallery April 5-9, 2010, and will give a lecture on her work this afternoon, April 8. The exhibition will run April 10-30, 2010.

Artist talk • 1:30pm • April 8
Opening reception • 5-7pm • April 10
Clark College Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • 360.992.2246

Sol Hashimi and Rebar Niemi

Ditch Projects presents Metabolizing Costco: "Beyond the slack of Generation X and the pathological ambition of Generation Y lies a digital void. Tomorrow's children are here today, and they embody an over-informed, undazzled, and decentralized generation for whom obscurity has all but expired. The kids are all the same and it turns out they're all pissed. With Metabolizing Costco, curator Jessica Powers (TARL) invites Seattle artists Sol Hashimi and Rebar Niemi to call a temporary truce, working together to create a physical screenshot of the children of 2012." The exhibition runs from April 10 - May 1, 2010.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • April 10
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th Ave #190, Springfield, OR •

Posted in PORT: on April 8, 2010 12:11 PM

art school talks

Mike Bray, "When Movement Depicts Space" (still)

Mike Bray is lecturing this week for Clark College's Art Talk series via the Archer Gallery. Bray is an installation and video artist from Chicago whose work "examines artifice within the construction of cinematic space." He's exhibited in the Portland area recently in Fourteen30's Summer Show and the Marylhurst Art Gym's Guys Doing Guy Things (installation pictured above).

Artist lecture • 7pm • April 7
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • PUB 161

Remaining April lectures from the PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series:
  • Renny Pritkin, April 8, 6:30pm, The Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • Natalie Chanin, April 15, 6:30pm, MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building

Visit PNCA's calendar for more details.

Posted in PORT: on April 5, 2010 08:54 AM

educational arts


Modou Dieng and Damien Gallery present Flashstream: New Video at the New Video Gallery at PSU. In the lobby of the PSU Art Building or projected on the outside wall after dusk will be video works by Hannah Piper Burns, Carl Diehl, Jacob Fennell, Weird Fiction, Jaclyn Fronzack, Matthew Green, MK Guth, Ryan Jeffery, George Kuchar, Chris Larson, Bob Moricz, and Randi Razalenti.

Video exhibition • March 1 - March 26, 2010
PSU New Video Gallery • 2000 SW 5th Ave • Lobby of art building or outside at night

(More: Aili Schmeltz lectures at Clark College and Of Walking in Ice opens at UO's White Box.)

Posted in PORT: on March 1, 2010 11:40 AM

college openings


The Archer Gallery presents Alight, an exhibition of works on paper by Aili Schmeltz and Laura Vandenberg. "Schmeltz's drawings are part of La Fuente de la Vida, an international collaborative art project centering around the Fountain of Life in Monterrey, Mexico. These drawings tell the story of the fountain's fall from grace in the eyes of the city, and the fictional journey of the fountain's characters as they search for a new place for their monument and home...Vandenburgh's paper works are fictional lands that develop and unfold throughout her working process. Hinting at landmasses, pools, and mountain ranges, Vandenburgh created her works as if they were actual places developing, without a predetermined plan and with each aspect leading into the next unexpected creation." The exhibition is on view February 16 - March 14, 2010.

Artist reception • 5-7pm • February 27
Artist talk with Aili Schmeltz • 7pm • March 3
Archer Gallery @ Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way FAC 101, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building

Melody Owen, "the weight of a tiny bird," video installation

Melody Owen's So Close to the Glass and Shivering is opening this weekend in the main area at the Marylhurst Art Gym. For this exhibition, Owen uses drawing, video and sculpture as "quiet ruminations on whales and exploration...she is interested in the records that explorers keep and in making her own."

Paula Rebsom, Photo documentation, house facade, North Dakota

Paula Rebsom's If We Lived Here is opening in Gallery 2 of the Art Gym: "For If We Lived Here, Rebsom, who lives in Portland, Oregon, but who was raised in western North Dakota, has devised a project that uses technology to tie one place to another. Late last summer, the artist returned to North Dakota to begin work on her first permanent outdoor installation. She built a 16-foot high and 40-foot long 'billboard-like replica' of her grandparents' original homestead. In December, she went back to film and outfit the site with recording equipment. Those recordings will be used for presentation and projection in The Art Gym's Gallery 2."

Exhibitions • February 22 - April 9, 2010
Opening receptions • 3-5pm • February 21
Gallery talk • 12pm • March 11
The Art Gym @ Marylhurst • 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR • BP John Administration Building

Holly Andres, "The Discarded Photograph"

Holly Andres will be exhibiting photographs from her Short Street and Sparrow Lane series at the North View Gallery at PCC Sylvania.

Exhibition • February 18 - March 19, 2010
Artist reception and talk • 12:30-2:30pm • February 25
PCC North View Gallery • 12000 SW 49th Ave • CT 214 Building

Posted in PORT: on February 17, 2010 09:30 AM

Vantage at Archer Gallery

Vantage (L to R) Layman, Pond and Slappe

The Archer Gallery's Vantage is a tightly curated and well presented rumination on the participatory rapport between art subject and viewers. As new Archer curator Blake Shell's first big show (that she programmed) it is telling that she chose to scrap all of the movable walls that once cluttered the fine space, affording all pieces sight line opportunities with one another. It's a welcome break from many northwest curators' fetish of cloistered, discreet spaces that keep works from forming interesting visual and conceptual aggregates. It also forces the show to have less work. Thus, Vantage is noteworthy for how good it looks as a gestalt. Pay attention Portland and Seattle galleries and curators, Vancouver Washington just showed you how it's done!

... (more)

Posted in PORT: on February 6, 2010 02:18 PM


Isaac Layman

For their ongoing artist talk series, Clark College presents Isaac Layman, whose photographs are "hyper-real, psychologically charged visions of the spaces and objects found in his Seattle home." In conjunction with the lecture, his work is on display in the Archer Gallery through February 6th.

Artist lecture • 7pm • February 3
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building (PUB) 161

Poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde will lecture at PNCA on The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good. "Hyde asks questions central to the lives of artists as well as teachers and others who serve the public good: How do we discover work that satisfies beyond financial compensation? What are our norms for reciprocity and how do gifts create bonds in communities? His current project extends these questions to the realm of the 'cultural commons' — 'that vast store of un-owned ideas, inventions, and works of art we have inherited from the past, and that we continue to create.' In his lecture, Hyde will discuss personal gifts, the creative spirit, and our shared cultural past and imagined future."

Author lecture • 6:30-8pm • February 3
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • Swigert Commons

For TBA:10, PICA will present The People's Biennial, a new experiment in exhibition making by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann. The project focuses on art being made outside of traditional artistic institutions and urban centers, and Portland will be the first location on a five-city tour. This weekend the curators will be in town to host a chat about their own practice and their aspirations for the show. They'll also be soliciting recommendations from the community for work that should be included.

Curatorial conversation • 4-5:30pm • February 6
PICA @ The Ace Hotel Annex • 403 SW 10th

Posted in PORT: on February 1, 2010 01:15 PM


Left: Avantika Bawa, Right: Stephen Slappe

Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Vantage, "an exhibition of artwork exploring perspective - visually, contextually, and perceptually. Featuring regional and national contemporary artists working in sculpture, video, computer animation, sound, photography, and installation, Vantage invites viewers into uncommon worlds, where meaning is reconstructed and reality subverted." Featured artists include Avantika Bawa, Victoria Haven, Isaac Layman, Golan Levin, Greg Pond, and Stephen Slappe. The show will be up through February 6, 2010, featuring an artist talk in early February with Isaac Layman.

Artist reception • 5-7pm • January 16
Artist talk • 7pm • February 3
Archer Gallery @ Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, FAC 101, Vancouver, WA • 360.992.2246

Posted in PORT: on January 14, 2010 08:49 AM

art talks

Visitor Information Center in Portland, OR 1948, designed by John Yeon, image courtesy of the Oregon History Cooperative

The University of Oregon's Winter Architecture Lecture series continues with The Far East in the Architecture of the Pacific Northwest: John Yeon and the Landscape Arts of China and Japan by UO Professor of Architecture Kevin Nute. "The Northwest modernist John Yeon (1910-1994) is perhaps best known as a designer of houses that seem made for their particular natural surroundings. This lecture will examine parallels between techniques used to integrate buildings and landscapes in Yeon's work and the traditional Chinese and Japanese pictorial art he collected for most of his career..."

Architecture lecture • 12pm • January 6
UO White Stag Building • 70 NW Couch • Event Room

Ben Buswell, "black eye" (detail)

For the next installment in their First Wednesday lecture series, Clark College presents local artist Ben Buswell.

Artist lecture • 7pm • January 6
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building (PUB) 161

Posted in PORT: on January 4, 2010 11:34 AM

installation, video, lecture

Tim Mahan, from "Side Tangled"

H/D +Projects (the installation series at Half/Dozen Gallery in the Lofts) presents Side Tangled, an installation by Tim Mahan. The piece "creates a twisted boundary with a seemingly endless amount of yellow utility rope... challenging the idea of conventional boundaries. What good is a dividing line if it doesn't really keep you on one side or the other? ... This tangled border is permeable and is meant to be crossed. In fact, it beckons you to cross its coils and discover the view from the other side."

One-night-only installation • 7-10pm • November 30
Half/Dozen • 625 NW Everett #111 •


Also happening tonight: Contour, a one-night video show curated by Modou Dieng featuring work by Rose Bond, Hannah Piper, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, David Eckard, E*Rock, Jaclynn Fronczak & Randi Razalenti, Damien Gilley, Linda Kliewer, Mack McFarland, and PORTstar Jeff Jahn.

Video(s) screening • 7-10pm • November 30
Someday Lounge • 125 NW 5th • 503.248.030

Chas Bowie

Local artist and arts writer Chas Bowie is lecturing this week for Clark College's Art Talk series. He specializes in photography and currently teaches at PNCA.

Art lecture • 7pm • December 2
Clark College • 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • PUB 161, Fireside Lounge

Posted in PORT: on November 30, 2009 09:08 AM

flotsam, jetsam, bontei

Steven Beatty and Laurel Kurtz

Clark College's Archer Gallery presents Flotsam & Jetsam and Jetties & Gyres by Steven Beatty and Laurel Kurtz. "Referencing earthworks from the 70's as well as the mass quantities of plastics trapped in the North Pacific Gyre, the artists create a space filled with bottle caps accessible only by a single point of entry to the viewers. Bright colored caps and lids are used to market products meant to be disposable, but made to last well beyond the life of the product. These vibrant colors now take on a new message, marking the accumulation of litter in the United States."

Opening reception • 4-6pm • November 10
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Marc Peter Keane, "SHINSO: Where Forest Meets Field"

The Japanese Garden presents the Bontei Tray Gardens of Marc Peter Keane for the winter installation of its Art in the Garden Series. The exhibition features "handcrafted wood and stone tray gardens by one of the world's leading experts on Japanese gardens. The word bontei is an old term, not found in most modern dictionaries, but it suits Keane's new creations perfectly, as they begin within that tradition but broaden the scope to include new materials and philosophies the way modern gardens do."

Note: November 11 is free admission day at the garden.

Opening reception • 4:30pm • November 7
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston • Garden Pavilion

Posted in PORT: on November 6, 2009 10:02 AM


Ryan Pierce, "Comet"

PORTstar Ryan Pierce is speaking tomorrow in conjunction with his show Written From Exile at Elizabeth Leach.

Artist lecture • 11am • October 31
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

(More: Vicki Halper for Craft Perspectives, Chris Knight at Clark College, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Editorial Collective at PSU.)

Posted in PORT: on October 30, 2009 03:30 PM

LOTS of lectures

Anne Wilson

Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson will be lecturing twice this week in Portland. Wilson is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a renowned craft artist who coined the term "sloppy craft." First, she'll present Liminal Networks at Reed College: "Employing familiar, domestic materials, including table linen, bed sheets, human hair, thread, and lace, Wilson explores the larger themes of time, loss, private and social rituals." Wilson's second appearance will be a craft dialogue with Josh Faught, Nan Curtis, and Jessica Jackson Hutchins on the topic of "sloppy craft" at PNCA. The dialogue is anticipation of the exhibition on that theme at MoCC in 2010-2011, co-curated by Faught and MoCC curator Namita Gupta Wiggers. (Keep an eye on this space for an interview with Wilson.)

Artist lecture • 7pm • October 8
Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Vollum Lecture Hall

Craft conversation • 1-3pm • October 10
PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • Swigert Commons

(Much, much more: Kartz Ucci at Clark College, MulvannyG2 at UO White Stag, Matthew Stinchcomb of Etsy at CYAN/PDX for PNCA, Jacqueline Ehlis at PAM, and Martin Kersels at MoCC for PNCA.)

Posted in PORT: on October 5, 2009 10:41 AM

Monday links

The Angels of Anarchy show in Manchester England charts the contributions of the Surrealists who happened to be women. Would love to see this on the West Coast of the USA.

Roberta Smith seconds my opinion about a sort of unconvincing minimalism and equally unconvincing dumpster art in NYC galleries these days.

The Portland Art Museum has launched a community website for China Design Now, which opens October 10th

Tilt Export and Clark College are hosting a new series of art talks, the first is U of O professor Kartz Ucci on October 7th.

There are images of Gallery Homeland's first East/West opening in Berlin on their blog now too.

Posted in PORT: on September 28, 2009 01:05 PM



British artist Mary George presents Camouflage Party at Rocksbox: "So I think, what if... what if I went outside my little cave studio to find the world blown away like in an episode of the Twilight Zone? I'd have to survive on the contents of my studio and whatever else I could find lying around. ... I could satisfy cravings for the consumer past by inventing packaged experiences that maximize on the environment's meagre offerings. If there was a crate of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil for instance (good odds that it would survive the big one), I might invent a method for enjoying its nostalgic odour of carefree beach related memories. It wouldn't be easy to transition from this time of being able to have all kinds of things that seem like necessities, so I have started working now, before it's too late." Opening night features a live performance by PISS featuring shredder Mary George at 9pm.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • September 26
Rocksbox Fine Art • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777

Jenene Nagy, "Flooded"

The Archer Gallery presents the 2009 Clark College art faculty biennial. Featured artists include Bobby Abrahamson, Lisa Conway, Ray Cooper, Kowkie Durst, Kathrena Halsinger, Beth Heron, Carson Legree, Martha Lewis, Dara Muldoon, Jenene Nagy, Stephanie Robinson, Ben Rosenberg, Blake Shell, Senseney Stokes, Jak Tanenbaum, and Sally Van Gorder. The show will run September 29 through October 24, 2009.

Opening reception • 4-7pm • September 29
Archer Gallery at Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way • Penguin Union Building (PUB)

Posted in PORT: on September 25, 2009 11:16 AM

The New Faces of the Portland Art Scene

Whether the economy is bubbling or collapsing Portland continues to attract new faces (often with new spaces). With more and more leaders to our ever growing and evolving scene there is most certainly yet another new wave in effect. Here are just a few of the new faces everyone should have on their radar (I'm certain there are many more... it's impossible to keep track of the in flow so feel free to nominate them in the comments).

The attention getting Jhordan Dahl caught our attention as an artist in 2007 at the Affair at the Jupiter hotel in Mark Woolley's bathroom (while still a PNCA student) and her most recent curatorial effort White Noise. She's serious, smart and sweats the details with a lot of edge... setting her apart from most of the softer slacker/hipster wannabe artists we spend a lot of time ignoring. I'd like to go on the record stating there haven't been enough young, independent female curators active in Portland... (a few years ago it seemed overbalanced with to many alpha male efforts.. many of which were more alpha male territorial exercises than concerted curatorial efforts). Let's hope she pulls together a solo show of her own work or another group show this summer.

Justin Bland is a 2008 PNCA graduate who has been very active as a curator of shows like Monster at Appendix Project space and the impressively professional Green Oregon (a much bigger survey like this is in order). In Miami's 2008 art fair he participated in Deitch Projects... (much more)

Posted in PORT: on July 1, 2009 03:00 PM

Archer Gallery anounces new director

Over the years, the Archer Gallery has become one of the more daring college spaces in the metro area and I was saddened last year when Marjorie Hirsch made it clear it would be her last year as director. Her efforts like Ellen George's impressive solo show and the recent Considered Space put the Archer Gallery on the map... but there's always more room for a risk-taking and professional curatorial program as Portland's institutions continue to catch up to all the very worldly artists who have moved here in the past decade or so. I also wondered, what would the Archer be like without her?

We are about to find out, since Clark College has announced that the new Director for the Archer Gallery is Blake Shell.... (more)

Posted in PORT: on June 15, 2009 03:10 PM

Expanded Narrative

Preston Wadley, "The Colonial Gaze"

Expanded Narrative: The Photographic Image in Mixed Media Constructions opens this week at Clark College's Archer Gallery. Featuring work by Theresa Batty, Ian van Coller, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Nathan Lucas, Amy Pruzan, Jacinda Russell, and Preston Wadley, Expanded Narrative explores the use of the photographic image within the constructed object.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • April 8
Archer Gallery • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building

Posted in PORT: on April 6, 2009 10:35 AM

Space & Shadow

Lise Graham, "Untitled (red)"

Considered Space opens tomorrow at Clark College's Archer Gallery. This group exhibition explores "the presentation of space in painting, real and perceived." To examine this question, artists use techniques ranging from traditional tools of perspective and scale to the integration of three-dimensionality through materials and constructions. All featured artists are regional: Jesse Hayward (Portland), Mark R. Smith (Portland), Grant Hottle (Portland), Adam Sorensen (Portland), Cara Tomlinson (Portland), Ben Buswell (Portland), and Lise Graham (Seattle). The show picks up a thread from curator Jesse Hayward's The Hook Up at NAAU almost two years ago. Spatial exploration has since become a hot theme around this town - in the words of another PORTstar, is this space camp? Considered Space will run from February 17 through March 14.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • February 18
Archer Gallery • Clark College, Penguin Union Building, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • 360.992.2246

Daniel Payavis, "Shadow of a Book"

For its inaugural exhibition, east side space Pied-à-terre presents two works by Daniel Payavis. Shadow of a Book and Book draw from recent movements such as Suprematism, Russian Contructivism, and early Abstraction, as well as the ancient tradition of still life, to become "playful and thoughtful, aligning a respect for tradition with a dedicated interest in pursuing the new." This project by McIntyre Parker is open Saturdays and by appointment.

Exhibition • Through February 28
Pied-à-terre • 904 SE 20th Ave Apt. 5 •

Posted in PORT: on February 16, 2009 10:58 AM

First Opportunities

Clark College's Archer Gallery is seeking a half-time curator and manager, with the possibility of teaching in the art department. They're looking for someone with at least three years of curatorial and installation experience who is well connected to the NW arts community and prepared to hire and teach work study students. Applications are due by February 26. Download the application materials here.

Seattle's SOIL gallery is seeking artists for their upcoming season. They're looking for proposals for group shows of 3+ people. They accept rolling submissions, but the deadline for this season is February 14. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Posted in PORT: on January 19, 2009 10:52 AM

College Openings

Chang-Ae Song, "MASS - Black Disaster"

Pacific Currents opens this week at Clark College's Archer Gallery. The show features nine contemporary artists of Asian heritage working in a broad range of mediums to explore Asian historical traditions through modern issues and experience.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • November 5
Archer Gallery • Penguin Union Building, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • 360.992.2246

Roxanne Jackson, "Soft Spot"

Clay As Sculpture is currently showing at the Alexander Gallery at Clackamas CC. The exhibition, which explores the use of ceramics in sculpture, features work by Roxanne Jackson, J.D. Perkins, and Micki Skudlarczyk. It is open through November 19.

Reception • 3-5pm • November 6
Alexander Gallery • Niemeyer Center, 19600 Molalla AVE, Oregon City

Posted in PORT: on November 3, 2008 10:15 AM

Lecture, Exhibition, Film

Storm Tharp
Storm Tharp, "The Duke of Albuquerque"

Storm Tharp will be lecturing tonight as part of the ongoing Monday night MFA lecture series at PSU.

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • April 7
PSU Lecture Series5th AVE Cinema • 510 SW Hall

Lauren Clay, "Prism Pile"

The Archer Gallery at Clark College presents Dialogue: A group exhibition of six artists whose work "spans the divide between two-and three-dimensional art, creating a dialogue on image and form." Many of the artists are Seattle-based, which adds a more buttoned-down formal quality to the show than the more energetic Portland-based work.

Opening reception • 4-6pm • April 8
Archer Gallery • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • Penguin Union Building (PUB) attached to Gaiser Hall

Matt McCormick, from "The Problem of Machines that Communicate"

As part of the Northwest Tracking series, the NW Film Center presents An Evening with Matt McCormick. The Portland filmmaker will be present at the screening of two of his recent films, The Problems of Machines that Communicate (2008 - premiered at SXSW), and Future So Bright (2007), as well as a series of short music videos and experimental projects.

Film Showing • 9pm • April 9 • $4 - $7
NW Film Center • Whitsell Auditorium • 1219 SW Park AVE

Posted in PORT: on April 7, 2008 10:23 AM

Portland Curatorial Roundup 2008

Whether you are an artist or an art lover, curators are the people in your community that you need to know and the job involves a lot more than simply selecting who gets to show in a space.

Last year's roundup was hugely popular and this 2008 roundup will take things even farther. It is still by no means comprehensive as Portland has seen an explosion in interesting alternative spaces. It goes without saying that there is a whole new crew in Portland these days.

Participants for 2008 are: Bruce Guenther, Linda Tesner, Josh Smith, Nathan Gibson, Patrick Rock, Namita Wiggers, Kristan Kennedy, TJ Norris, Paul Middendorf, myself, Stephanie Snyder, and Damien Gilley... (more)

Posted in PORT: on January 31, 2008 02:15 AM

Hadid gets a university museum... so where is Portland's university museum?

Hadid's winning entry for the Broad Art Museum

I'm certain a lot of you already know Zaha Hadid has won the commission for Eli Broad's art museum at his alma mater, Michigan State University. It's a gutsy choice and I like its italicized character a lot more than her Cincinnati CAC project or any of the other contestants like Coop Himmelb(l)au and Morphosis etc. Still it seems pretty tame for Hadid, despite the fact it uses lots of triangular forms (a personal obsession). She also recently completed this interesting transit project the Hungerburgbahn (don't you just love German).

It also brings up the issue of university art museum's and Portland is really underdeveloped in that department. Seattle has the Henry, the University of Wisconsin Madison has the Chazen (nee Elvejehm), Berkeley Art Museum, Eccles (Logan Utah), Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene, Hallie Ford Museum in Salem etc... (more)

Posted in PORT: on January 18, 2008 10:56 AM


Jacqueline Will in DRAWN at Archer Gallery at Clark College
Jacqueline Will, "Evacuation 63b"

The first exhibition of the academic year at Clark College's Archer Gallery opens tonight. DRAWN: Explorations in Line is an investigation into the tradition of drawing and its potential for expansion through technology. The show features work by Northwest artists Cat Clifford, Heidi Preuss Grew, Robert Hanson, Linda Hutchins, Naomi Shigeta, Keith Tilford, Samantha Wall, and Jacqueline Will.

Archer Gallery | Wednesday, October 3, 4-6pm | Penguin Union Building, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA | 360.992.2246

Posted in PORT: on October 3, 2007 10:40 AM

Live Events

Plazm #29

It's happening tonight: Plazm is having a release party for Issue #29. The theme is collective memory, and it features the art of Sue Coe, Yoko Ono, Art Chantry, Storm Tharp, and Todd Haynes, conversations with JD Samson, Yoko Ono, and Jessica Jackson Hutchins, new writings from Robert Mackey and Domenick Ammirati, a Pdx musical memory map, taxonomy of meth labs, the End of War, explosions, and, of course, much, much more. The party will include performances by Evolutionary Jass Band, Hooliganship, and Glass Candy, as well as the screening of a film by Vanessa Renwick.

Ace Hotel | Wednesday, September 26, doors at 8pm (music at 9pm), $3 | 1022 SW Stark | 503.228.2277

Steve Gibson, Dene Grigar, Justin Love, and Jeannette Altman at the Archer Gallery
Live performance art at the Archer Gallery

This weekend, the Archer Gallery at Clark College is hosting a night of live multi-media performance featuring Steve Gibson, Dene Grigar, Justin Love, and Jeannette Altman. An Evening of Digital Music, Interactive Dance & Electronic Literature in Live Performance will begin with Gibson's Virtual DJ, which combines motion-activated electronic music, dance, virtual reality & robotics, followed by the premier of Grigar and Altman's The Rhapsody Room, a piece that utilizes movement, language and live digital poetry. The night will wrap up with a live DJ/VJ set by Love and Gibson, so come with your dancing shoes on.

Archer Gallery | Friday, September 28, 1pm & 7pm | Penguin Union Building, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA | 360.992.2246

Posted in PORT: on September 26, 2007 02:30 PM

The Material World- APEX :Wes Mills at the Portland Art Museum and Wes Mills: Drawings at PDX

Wes Mills Travel Box 1998-2004 at APEX: Wes Mills at the Portland Art Museum

A pencil, some white powdered pigment, a couple of pieces of paper and an open mind.

You can't get much simpler than that, but when Wes Mills started drawing again in the early 90's that was as good a starting place as any, because what he was looking for was within.

Starting with a limited palette of raw materials, and therefore fewer variables, Wes felt like he could get closer to the experience of art. When I look at his drawings, I am reminded of the Zen archers who find that they are aiming at themselves in the center of the target. In Wes' case, I think he finds himself in his materials...(more)

Posted in PORT: on July 23, 2007 03:19 PM

Two Great Shows Open


Anne Hirondelle

Two not to be missed shows open this week.
Namita Wiggers and the folks over at Contemporary Craft Museum and Gallery bring in the New Year with an installation by Portlander Hilary Pfeifer. Someone who had a quick sneak peek earlier today mentioned things are looking pretty exciting in the space, and I believe him so check it out...(more)

Posted in PORT: on January 9, 2007 05:44 PM

Port's Curatorial Roundup 2007

Curators are the people you need to know in the art world and Portland is full of them. To begin 2007 we thought we'd poll a few of them and learn a little more about how they see their roles. Now prepare yourselves, this is one long article. Also, as expected the term curator was incredibly loaded. Some reserve the term only for nonprofit work, others admitted to acting in a curatorial role without actually claiming to be curators. For some being a curator seemed to be like breathing. To be sure there are as many types of curators as there are curatorial roles. From old pro's to rookies, these 13 are only a sampling of the curatorial voices in town:

Terri Hopkins by Joe Macca (detail)

Terri Hopkins: Director & Curator of the Art Gym, Marylhurst University

How did you get into curating? It was a circuitous process of career sampling and elimination. I prepared for a career teaching art history, which
............(much more)

Posted in PORT: on January 3, 2007 11:23 PM

Archer Gallery's "New Directions"

Detail from Grace Weston's "Identity Crisis"

The defining boundaries of photography as expressive medium continue to expand as illustrated in the Archer Gallery's current show, New Directions. The show gives the world's tiniest hors d'oeuvre of where the current art world is taking the medium, and Jeffrey Archer does an excellent job refreshing our tired eyes and awaking the mind with the ambitions of this collection of photographers, weary as they are from the barrage of images the media spits at us on a daily basis. Photography is everywhere these days, yet this collection of artists test and question. . .(more)

Posted in PORT: on November 15, 2006 05:22 PM

New Directions @ the Archer Gallery

Daniel Barron

Once again, Marjorie Hirsch makes it so worth your while to make the trip north. Following the huge success of the Margie Livingston exhibition, this month the Archer Gallery is showing Current Photography: New Directions, featuring the work of eight very up and coming artists. Not to be missed are the sexy, milky images of Daniel Barron and some really fresh work from Portlander Liz Haley. Also included in the exhibition are Holly Andres, Blake Andrews, Amy Archer, Mark Hooper, Tamara Lischka, and Grace Weston. The boundaries of the photographic medium are reevaluated and reapplied, with each artist demonstrating a conceptual prowess that delivers maximum results. Opening reception with many of the artists in attendance, Wednesday November 1, 4-7p. Exhibition runs until December 1. Regular gallery hours are:
Tues. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri.,  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat & Sun  1 – 5 p.m.

Current Photography: New Directions
Archer Gallery • Penguin Student Union Building, Clark College
Ft. Vancouver Way • Vancouver, WA 

Posted in PORT: on October 31, 2006 02:55 PM

Two Talks

Margie Livingston

Two noteworthy artist talks coming up...
This week the Portland Art Museum hosts yet another installment of the Biennial Artists Speak lecture series. This week's line-up includes K.C. Madsen, Bill Will, and Lucinda Parker. Like the other Biennial talks, this will too be worth fitting in, even if you have been TBA-ing all week long.
Biennial Artists Speak • Portland Art Museum
Thursday Sept. 14 • 6-7p
1219 SW Park Ave. • Portland, OR
Free with museum admission

And after you have gotten your fill of TBA, head over the river to the gorgeous Archer Gallery to check out the first show of the season. Seattle artist Margie Livingston will have a exhibition of new paintings and will also be giving a talk about her work. Livingston's work was featured in the 2004 NW Biennial and in "Exploded View", a nice group show at Soil where she exhibited a 3D version of her heavily marked surfaces. An artist reception follows the talk.
Margie Livingston • Artist Lecture and Opening Reception
Wednesday Sept. 20 • 2:30p
Archer Gallery • Clark College
Penguin Student Union Building
Ft. Vancouver Way • Vancouver, WA

Posted in PORT: on September 12, 2006 10:11 AM

An afternoon with Paul Fujita of Zeitgeist Gallery


Zeitgeist founder and artist, Paul Fujita, spent time with PORT during his last days of living at his gallery, Zeitgeist, in the Everett Station Lofts. At 7 years in this location it's likely the longest lived gallery space in the artist run lofts long history as a cultural incubator. We talk about his life, engagement, skating and art. Next to preparing for a couple of large solo shows into 2007, he's moving into a house with his fiancee and seeking to push himself as an artist possibly more than ever. His unpretentiousness and interest in working with accessible materials such as broken skateboards, acrylic gel and... (this is the first in a series of photoblogs, click below for more)

Posted in PORT: on May 10, 2006 11:54 PM

PDX Film Festival Begins Tonight

Detail of still from Old Joy, which opens tonight

The Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX Film Fest for short) begins today and runs through April 30, 2006 at the Guild Theatre.

Presented by Peripheral Produce and the NW Film Center, the festival will showcase provocative, artistic, and firmly uncompromising films from around the globe. The festival is an offshoot of Peripheral Produce, a video distribution label and screening series started by Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick. 2006 is the 10-year birthday of Peripheral Produce, and since it’s inception in 1996, Peripheral Produce has grown from a small, DIY project into an internationally respected venue and outlet for contemporary experimental cinema.

festival highlights include:

Old Joy: Portland Premiere with filmmakers in attendance tonight at 7:30. Shot in the Portland area and fresh from its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the PDX Film Fest is proud to host the Portland Premiere of the new feature film Old Joy. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film stars musician Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy), was co-produced by PortlanderTodd Haynes (dir. Far From Heaven) and based on a novel by Portland author Jon Raymond. Those in the art scene have seen this project progress from a collaborative book project between Justine Kurland's photography and Jon Raymond's prose. I felt that the visuals overwhelmed the narrative in that initial collaboration but I suspect the re-writes and the filmaker's savvy brings this one around.

(read more)for complete info and schedule...

Posted in PORT: on April 26, 2006 05:50 AM

2006, highlights for the year ahead in Portland art

Ok 2005 was a ridiculously busy year for the Portland art scene and Im pleased that everyone (that matters) seems to be in the process of continuing to up the ante.

Here are some things in Portland to look forward to for the visual arts in 2006, if you live elsewhere expect to see more Porlanders from Iceland to Chandra Bocci's current show in San Francisco:

Detail of Ovitz's Untitled Mehretu

1) Opening Jan 24th, Reed College's Cooley Gallery is doing a two part show of recent painting, drawing and multi-media work from the Ovitz Family Collection called New Trajectories. It's a young collection featuring work by Richard Prince, Julie Mehretu etc. Michael Ovitz is the agent who facilitated David Letterman's defection from NBC to CBS after "the tasteless" picked Jay Leno to replace Johnnie. He also ran Disney for a while.

What is interesting about the collection is that...

Posted in PORT: on January 16, 2006 01:39 PM

Ellen George at the Archer Gallery


The artists' signature is a contentious thing - it's the mark of authenticity and the mark of ego. It's also the thing that will irk not only your second generation postmodernist teachers at art school, but those of your classmates who know better, when you hand in your first crappy undergrad painting assignment with your own big red signature scrawled across the bottom.

The last line of the artist's statement accompanying the exhibition at the Archer Gallery at Clark College in Vancouver reads, "I sign everything with an e*." We've seen Jacqueline Ehlis do a signature piece, a riff off of the slick paintings of customized cars. And at her latest exhibition, entitled *, Ellen George makes a signature piece with a sprawling, room-sized, cartoonish asterisk form, formed by several thousand polymer clay pieces shaped by hand.

Teardrops, many-pronged stars and cloud-like blobs were carefully arranged, a gradation of rainbow colors radiating from the cool blue center to the striking red edges. The arrangement threatened to coalesce into a rigid pattern, but George retained vibrance in the piece by creating a loose and slightly irregular mosaic of shapes...

Posted in PORT: on October 24, 2005 08:46 AM



I've heard rumors that it's really big. And, for Ellen George, the PDX artist who makes accumulations of small, delicate polymer clay objects resembling fungus and colorful biological phenomena, that's a really good thing. The show's title is a glyph - * - a clue to the formal geometry that gives structure to the approximately 8,000 pieces that make up the installation and a reference to the number 8 (look down, silly), which the press release explains is "a constant number in the personal life of the artist" as well as a sideways infinity symbol. Portlanders, you'll have to trek up north to see this one - it's across the Columbia in Vancouver, where George resides.

Opening Reception • Wednesday, September 21 • 4 to 7p
Show runs through October 23
Archer Gallery at Clark College • 1800 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA • Tel. 360.992.2246

Posted in PORT: on September 21, 2005 07:50 AM

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