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First Weekend Picks August 2011


Worksound presents Identity Paintings, "a new generation of painters in Portland who promise to impact the next decade." This is Worksound's last show before it begins a new residency program, which invites four artists in different media to engage in conversation with critics and audiences before culminating in a final exhibit.

Works by Katie Allred, Jeremy Okai Davis, Gavin Eveland, Luke Fuller, Dorothy Goode, Ruth Lantz, Chelsea Linehan, Elizabeth Malaska, Devon Maldanado and Alexis Sarah Rittenhouse.

Opening reception • 7pm • August 5
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Ellen Jane Michael & Megan Scheminske at Half/Dozen, Rebecca Steele & Modou Dieng at FalseFront, Body of Knowledge Part II at Gallery Homeland, juried photo exhibition at Newspace.)

Posted in PORT: on August 4, 2011 06:04 PM

Second Weekend Picks July 2011

Laura Hughes, "Untitled (Light Beams I)"

Gallery Homeland presents Body of Knowledge Part I: Vision, which "seeks to exhibit and examine the evidence of the continual process of searching, synthesizing, and learning." Body of Knowledge is a 3-part series curated by Research Club and hosted by Gallery Homeland. Featured artists in Vision include Laura Hughes, Michael Iauch, Vanessa Kaufman, and Bradley Streeper.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • July 8
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th #136 •

(More: Poemophone at Worksound, Lunation at Nationale & an open house at YU Contemporary.)

Posted in PORT: on July 7, 2011 04:29 PM

First Friday Picks June 2011

Matty Byloos

Worksound presents Drawing Shades, a group drawing exhibition featuring work by Matty Byloos, Jane Schiffhauer, Nim Wunnan, and Rebecca Ruth Peel in the project room.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • June 3
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: The Phantom Street Artist at Denizen @ MP5, 2 group shows at the newly relocated Half/Dozen, uneasy young photographers at Nationale, and Kendra Larson at Launch Pad.)

Posted in PORT: on June 2, 2011 08:41 AM

alt.spaces: Worksound & Appendix

Chris Freeman

Worksound presents New Mutants, curated by Stephen Slappe, featuring video, installation, and photography by Tabor Robak, Missy Canez, Chris Freeman, and Nadia Buyse. "Bubbling up from the crevices of culture, scraping digital dirt from their heels!"

Opening reception • 6-9pm • May 14
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Andrew Norman Wilson

Appendix presents works by Andrew Norman Wilson, following his participation in PSU's Open Engagement conference. "In the four works: FlowSpot, Global Countdown, Workers Leaving the Googleplex, and Virtual Assistance - Video Task, Wilson dips beneath the surface of a growing pool of branding, imagery and mythos to pull out and examine the potentials and mechanics within an ecology of corporate superentities."

One night show • 8pm • May 14
Appendix Project Space • South alley off NE Alberta b/w 26th & 27th

Posted in PORT: on May 13, 2011 06:18 PM

weekend openings


Worksound presents Antwerp Visits Portland : You Will Never Walk Alone. Curated by Vanessa Van Obberghen, this straight-from-Belgium exhibition features work by Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Kris Fierens, David Gheron Tretiakoff, David Hominal, Moshekwa Langa, Alassane Babylas Ndiaye, Objectif-Exhibitions, Roberto Ortega - Dewulf and David Wauters, Alex Salinas, and Vanessa Van Obberghen, with ongoing performances throughout opening night by French artist David Gheron.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 15
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Lewis Feuer at 12128 boatspace and lots of stuff at The Settlement.)

Posted in PORT: on April 13, 2011 12:19 PM

Second Weekend Picks March 2011


Worksound presents And Introducing..., curated by Melanie Flood and featuring work by Erica Allen, Jason Polan, Breanne Trammell, Devon Dikeou, Stephen Watt, Noah Kalina, and Micheal Shelton (the Longboard Kid), all out of NY. "And Introducing... breaks existing rules and invents brand-new ones. The show is polemical in how personal it is, conceptual in how random. These artists are connected by a strand twined together from creativity, experience, and life. They do their own things. They are not controlled, collected, composed. The artists of And Introducing... express, through photographs, drawings, objects, and ideas, a deep and true commitment to life under the creative influence."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: The World is Not Ending at Gallery Homeland and Yucks at Ditch Projects.)

Posted in PORT: on March 9, 2011 09:59 AM

installation, animation

Karl Burkheimer

Disjecta presents In Site, a site-specific sculptural installation by Karl Burkheimer. The piece occupies the entire 3500 square foot gallery space, allowing and forcing patrons to walk on, in and through it. The work "draws from a wide range of interests and influences, including extensive travel in the Middle East, the design and construction of Japanese tea houses, and the utter love of making."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • March 26
Disjecta • 8371 N Interstate • 503.286.9449

In conjunction with In Site, Tahni Holt is organizing In Response, a collaborative performance project. Three performers are curating a series of Saturday performances that "respond to the altered space through improvisational form." All are, of course, at Disjecta.

Tahni Holt performance • 1-2pm • March 5
Kathleen Keogh performance • 1-2pm • March 12
Linda Austin performance • 1-2pm • March 19

Rose Bond & Todd Tawd

Animator/media artist Rose Bond and acoustic ecologist/composer Todd Tawd are giving a lecture at Worksound next Monday on their current collaboration. Migration is an animated sound and image installation designed for subterranean public space. "They will talk about their work and their interest in media that explores phenomena of perception and challenges the passivity of movie consumption."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • March 28
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on February 25, 2011 12:44 AM

long weekend


Recess presents Antithesis, the second installment in the Synthesis Series. "Twelve artists, selected for their divergent backgrounds and capacity for collaboration, have been randomly paired into groups of two. This is the follow-up to Thesis, which debuted at Research Club last December. As the groups have been tossed around, the new pairings will respond to the projects previously created, with an 'antithetical' slant." This may be Recess' last show in the Artistery since the building is being leveled.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • February 10
Recess Gallery • 4315 SE Division

(More: "Maybe not." at Worksound and "In From the Cold" at Ditch Projects.)

Posted in PORT: on February 9, 2011 06:10 PM

First Friday Picks December 2010

Lahaina Alcantara, detail of "The Voyeur"

Golden Rule presents Unnatural, curated by Aiden Koch, featuring Lahaina Alcantara, Shawn Creeden, Austin English, Dennis Foster, Israel Lund, Mia Nolting, and Paul Wagenblast. The works in the exhibition explore the subjective and cultural nature of the concept of the unnatural: "this is a topic that we all can approach, perhaps from a personal relationship with the unnatural, even within one's self, to those things that make us the most uncomfortable."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • December 3
Golden Rule Gallery • 811 E Burnside Suite 122 • 503.477.5124

(More: 10,000 artists at Worksound, Thesis via RECESS at Research Club, and Car Hole Gallery closing reception/book.)

Posted in PORT: on December 2, 2010 12:46 PM

First Weekend Picks November 2010

Appendix Collective

NAAU presents Tropical Depression, a collection of new work by Portland's Appendix Collective: Maggie Casey, Zachary Davis, Joshua Pavlacky and Benjamin Young. "For each artist, form and approach are guided by the properties of their materials and by parameters set by the group. From within their system of collective practice, the artists grapple with the intangible nature of information technologies and systems, and the growing difficulty in distinguishing between the manufactured and the naturally occurring."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 5
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294

(More: Josh Smith at MP5, Mariana Tres at MP5, Jonathan Leach at Gallery Homeland, Look Behind You at Worksound, PSU art alums at Autzen, and a moving sculpture by Evertt Biedler.)

Posted in PORT: on November 4, 2010 04:32 PM

Second Weekend Picks October 2010

Melissa Gorman, "On The Mend (Island)," detail

Nationale presents Soluble, new sculptures by Genevieve Dellinger, Melissa Gorman, Midori Hirose, and Elizabeth Jaeger. "Inspired by the comfort, minimalism, and nurturing aspects of the [textiles] used in this exhibit, the artists find here a common ground to further explore themes important in their individual work."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 8
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786

Bruce Conkle

Worksound presents Bruce Conkle's Magic Chunks. "Bruce Conkle loves snowmen, coconuts, fairy tales, crystals, burls, and meteorites. He is interested in creating work which combines art and humor to address contemporary attitudes toward nature and environmental concerns."

Opening reception • 6pm • October 9
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on October 7, 2010 02:10 PM

Second Weekend Picks September 2010

In addition to TBA:10, there are several good shows opening this weekend:


Worksound presents a 3-part exhibition: Kim Donaldson's Trash'N'Treasure, Michael Zheng's The Distance Between You and Me, and Laura Fritz's Intrus. "Kim Donaldson in an artist and curator who exhibits widely in Australia and internationally...San Francisco-based conceptual artist Michael Zheng was born and grew up in China...his work often takes the form of situational intervention, sculpture or performance...Portland-based Laura Fritz may well be one of the West Coast's most mysterious video/installation artists, known for employing light to simultaneously fascinate and repulse viewers."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Mark de Kok @ Gallery Homeland & Henk Pander @ Disjecta.)

Posted in PORT: on September 9, 2010 11:18 AM

Wearable Art


Worksound presents Wearable Art, featuring (wearable) projects by Alex Dolan, Abraham Ingle, Hoyun Son, Aaron Terry, Deanna Bredthauer, Katie Behel, Palma Corral, Devon Maldonado, and Iris Stevenson.

Opening reception • 7pm • August 13
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on August 11, 2010 02:25 PM

artists wanted

Worksound is seeking submissions for a wearable art show in August, 2010. Contact for more details.

(More, and with lots of short deadlines: Cravedog's new gallery, August Stock, and bSIDE6.)

Posted in PORT: on July 16, 2010 12:48 PM

Lonely Place (Second Weekend Picks July 2010)


Worksound presents Ask the Lonely, "an exploration of love and power" featuring Troy Briggs, Casey Lee Brown, Rachel Mulder, Brittany Taylor, Tony Hix, Courtney Gates, and Tim Janchar.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • July 9
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •


Place's second opening is happening this Saturday, featuring special guests Avantika Bawa, Harrison Higgs, Nova Moisa, Palma Corral, Rhoda London, and Theodore Holt. "Transitional spaces allow us to imagine and think of what might come next even if we've been there before. Like a city these spaces of flux constantly offer something familiar and new. Likewise, the works in Place showcase a series of highly engaging performances and installations that transform and address the transitory nature of the space and place."

Opening reception • 2-7pm • July 10
Place • In the former Pottery Barn in Pioneer Place Mall

Posted in PORT: on July 8, 2010 09:40 AM

First Friday Picks June 2010

Bailey Winters, "After the Explosion..."

NAAU presents Bailey Winters' Ambush: The Story of the TDA. The exhibition "depicts a fictionalized revolutionary group living on the West Coast of the United States in the early years of the twenty-first century. Winters' paintings, and their accompanying narrative titles, explore the personal dynamics at work in the underground political party. In particular, Winters examines the organization's final decision to refuse a non-violent alternative and instead continue with militant reaction."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • June 4
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294

(More: Cadence at Worksound, (Not) So Bright Please at Nationale, Teri Fullerton at Newspace, and PORTstar Jascha Owens at Launch Pad.)

Posted in PORT: on June 3, 2010 12:54 PM

First Friday Picks May 2010


Worksound presents House Arrest, featuring work by Nan Curtis, Ianthe Jackson, Rachel Peddersen, and Tyler Wallace, with special opening night performances by Sean Patrick Carney and Future Death Toll.

Opening reception • 6pm • May 7
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Alison Pebworth at Gallery Homeland, Liz Haley at Pushdot, open studios at Boatspace, Nicky Kriara at Good, UO MFA candidates at Disjecta.)

Posted in PORT: on May 6, 2010 01:32 PM

First Friday Picks April 2010

Tania Cross

Worksound presents Drawing the Slight Uneasy, curated by MK Guth and featuring work by NYC & PDX artists Bill Adams, Nicolaii Dornstauder, Tania Cross, Patrick Kelly, Michael Lee, Frank Parga, Nicole Eriko Smith, and Lynn Yarn.

Opening reception • 6-10pm • April 2
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Gabriel Liston artist residency at NAAU, 100% Organic at Gallery Homeland, and the remaining two Disjecta shows, Kartz Ucci @ Alpern Gallery and Heidi Schwegler @ Alicia Blue Gallery.)

Posted in PORT: on April 1, 2010 12:15 PM

First Friday Picks March 2010

Stefano Minzi

Gallery Homeland presents Guten Tag Meine Fruende, a collection of six contemporary emerging and established artists living and working in Berlin. The show grew out of the ongoing relationship Gallery Homeland has been building over the past 6 months with the creative community of Berlin. Featured artists include Nicole Cohen, Ali Fitzgerald, Stefano Minzi, Holger Pohl, Adam Raymont, and Katharina Trudzinski.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • March 5
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th Ave •

(More: Transverse at Worksound, Incubate at PNCA's Hybrid Gallery, Susan Burnstine at Newspace, and Midori Hirose at the new Nationale.)

Posted in PORT: on March 4, 2010 05:00 PM

First Friday Picks February 2010


Fourteen30 presents DARK: A SHOW TO WINTER, curated by the Blood Rainbow Family. "Opening during the dead of a Portland winter, Dark will include work that addresses and/or reflects this outside environment. [The street.] The grim, the cold and the black will mingle with the solitary, the contemplative and the transcendent. Explorations of dark and winter drawn from both a common visual culture, as well as more personal voids, will work together to bring the vast, seemingly endless dark winter into the confines of the gallery space." Featured artists include Sebastian Gogel, Matthew Green, Frank Haines | Francis Heinzfeller, Alex Hubbard, Arnold Kemp, Alicia Love McDaid, Thomas Moecker, Jo Nigoghossian, Sven Stuckenschmidt, and Molly Vidor.

(More: Kendra Larson + Kurtiss Lofstrom at Gallery Homeland, Corey Smith at Worksound, annual juried theme show at Newspace, Down + Out at 23 Sandy.)

Posted in PORT: on February 4, 2010 12:21 PM

First Weekend Picks December 2009

Evertt Beidler, still from "The Business of Staying the Same is Always Changing," 2009

Worksound presents In Vicinity, a place-based show curated by Amy Harwood, Josh Pavlacky plus PORTstars Jeff Jahn and Ryan Pierce. The exhibition explores how an artist's immediate environment informs and contextualizes the work, framing the environment as the Portland area from Mt. Hood to the coast. Participating artists include Nicole Mark, The Enemies of the Proposed Palomar Pipeline, Tia Factor, Evertt Beidler, Sandy Roumagoux, and a collaborative installation by Julia Calabrese, Jill Campoli, Zack Davis, Josh Pavalacky, and Claire Staples.

Opening reception • 7-10pm • December 4
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Ann Ploeger at Pushdot, Molly Roth at Gallery Homeland, Action Art at Rocksbox, and Flight64 at False Front.)

Posted in PORT: on December 3, 2009 12:21 PM

First Weekend Picks November 2009

Jim Lommasson, from "Oaks Park Pentimento"

In 1982, photographer Jim Lommasson documented the "strange and beautiful" paintings that decorated the center column of the historic carousel at Oaks Amusement Park. The original carousel images were painted by German and Italian immigrants around 1912 and contained an exotic assortment of Edwardian pastoral scenes. When these paintings began to show signs of wear in the 1940s, two brothers from Vashon Island, Washington were hired to paint over the eighteen panels with depictions of local landmarks. Eventually, the surfaces of these new paintings also began to flake and fade, revealing parts of the original images in unusual and unexpected ways that inspired Lommasson's documentation. In 1985 these images were once again painted over, making the images in Oaks Park Pentimento a nostalgic historical record of "one of Portland's most unique and important treasures." The exhibition also marks the release of the Oaks Park Pentimento book.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 6
New American Art Union • 922 SE Ankeny • 503.231.8294

(A whole lot more, spanning Fri thru Sun: Gallery Homeland, Nemo Design, Fourteen30, Worksound, Ditch Projects, PSU's Autzen Gallery, Marylhurst Art Gym.)

Posted in PORT: on November 5, 2009 01:59 PM

2nd Friday

Carl Diehl

Another gallery celebrating the PNCA centennial this month is Worksound with Memory/Frequency. They'll be featuring sculpture, sound, video, and photography by Carl Diehl, Tracey Cockrell, and Lennie Pitkin, all faculty at PNCA.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • October 9
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Anna Weber

Nationale is featuring a new series of paintings and drawings by Anna Weber, whose work is "inspired by geometry, architecture, maps, textiles, sign painters, symmetry, balance, falling, and floating."

Opening reception • 6-8pm • October 9
Nationale • 2730 E Burnside •

Posted in PORT: on October 8, 2009 09:14 AM

Sell Out

Micah Malone

Micah Malone sells out this weekend at Worksound. In Sell Out, Malone asserts that "the desire to make a living from one's artistic practice can be as emotional, conceptual, poetic and honest as any other reason for making art." The exhibition revolves around a sculpture and its dissemination, including photographs made by capturing the sculpture's reflection and a series of text pieces made from light rope.

Opening reception • 9pm • September 11
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on September 9, 2009 09:39 AM

First Friday Picks August 2009

From "Incompletely"

Gallery Homeland presents Incompletely, a group exhibition curated by Calvin Ross Carl. Calvin Ross Carl, Derek Franklin, Ashley Sloan, Josh Smith, Bailey Winters and Gary Wiseman "explore themes of incompleteness and insufficiency through formal, conceptual and emotional means."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • August 7
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th •


Posted in PORT: on August 6, 2009 11:38 AM

Second Weekend Picks July 2009

Terry Toedtemeier

Worksound is hosting Portraits, curated by Mark Woolley. The show is dedicated to the life and work of Terry Toedtemeier, a gifted photographer who for over 20 years lovingly built the photographic collection at the Portland Art Museum. Work by Toedtemeier was selected in consultation with his widow Prudence Roberts and local art dealer Jane Beebee. The exhibition also features photography by 17 talented artists, both established and emerging, from Portland and Los Angeles: Holly Andres, Tim Gunther, Stewart Harvey, Wei Hsueh, Jim Leisy, Jacob Pander, Ann Ploeger, Mason Poole, Christopher Rauschenberg, Alicia J. Rose, Eric Sellers, Stephen Scott Smith, Aaron Thomas, Lorenzo Triburgo, Gus van Sant, and Carol Yarrow.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • July 10
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More: Gallery Homeland, 12x16, Ditch Projects, and Portland goes to Astoria.)

Posted in PORT: on July 8, 2009 12:04 PM

First Friday Picks June 2009


John Brodie's much-anticipated Store for a Month is having its opening party for First Friday. This art project and temporary retail storefront is open from June 3 - 28, 2009, Wed-Sun, 12-7pm. Store for a Month features work by over 60 local artists made specifically for the store, and occasional fresh-baked pie.

Opening party • 6-10pm • June 5
Store for a Month • 1216 SE Division • 503.235.8029


Posted in PORT: on June 4, 2009 09:22 AM

el & listen

From Approx L

Worksound presents Approx L, a "cumulative project involving performance, curation, installation, sound and video," spearheaded by Bethany Ides. "Aiding in the project are approximately 15 participants from across the US and Canada all born with (some variant spelling of) the name, plus a coterie of non-natural L[indsay]s who have adopted transitional monikers for the project."

Opening reception • 7-11pm • May 8
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

At Pied-á-terre

Ongoing at Pied-á-terre: New York-based artist and writer Ben Carlton Turner presents The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells Dropped from a Height of 119 Inches at 550 West 21st Street New York, NY, 10011, on April 8th, 2009, 10:37 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12-3pm. Update: Due to popular demand, Pied-á-terre will hold a reception for the show on May 14.

Exhibition • May 2 - 23, 2009
Reception • May 14 • 6-8pm
Pied-á-terre • 904 SE 20th Ave Apt 5 •

Posted in PORT: on May 7, 2009 10:22 AM

First Friday Picks April 2009

Matt King, "Tater"

Matt King's Science Diet is at Fourteen30 this month: "Seductive and sickening, King's recent sculptures aggressively assert their position as commodity while questioning the relationships between desire, comfort and the complicity that keeps the system in place. King reconstitutes the images and objects of a marketed culture in ways that reorient their latent meanings. His banal and pleasurable source materials - dollar store items, height indicator strips, drinking straws, and even cat food - feel both unexpected and significant."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • April 3
Fourteen30 Contemporary • 1430 SE 3rd • 503.236.1430

(More: Updated! Worksound.)

Posted in PORT: on April 2, 2009 10:05 AM

First Friday Picks February 2009


Worksound presents White Noise, a group exhibition on stagnation. Inspired by Portland snow and the struggling economy, 23 artists from the Pacific Northwest & Los Angeles have interpreted this broad theme through video, installation, and other multimedia works. Featured artists include Kevin Abell, Jaclyn Campanaro, Thor Drake, E*Rock, Danridge Geiger, Damien Gilley, Evan B. Harris, Danielle Higgins, Yoni Kifle, Sarah Jane McKinley, Sarah Meadows, Tamar Monhait, Mason Poole (LA), Nick Raffel, Noah and Nathan Rice, Kent Richardson, Rebecca Shelly, Stephen Scott Smith, Corey Smith (LA), Rebecca Steele, Aaron Thomas (LA), and Dylan Walker.

Opening reception • 7-11pm • February 6
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

(More - updated.)

Posted in PORT: on February 5, 2009 11:09 AM

First Friday Picks December 2008

Alexander Herzog, "picture 10"

Alexander Herzog presents I Found the Cure at 32 at Gallery Homeland. He writes that his work is "a collision of cultural anthropology and phenomenological experience." Extrapolating many formal elements from the history of painting, Herzog "pushes and pulls the segments of the image into space."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • December 5
Gallery Homeland • 2505 SE 11th •


Posted in PORT: on December 4, 2008 09:40 AM

First Friday Picks November 2008

LEFT: Nick van Woert, RIGHT: Nicholas Pittman

Nick van Woert and Nicholas Pittman are bringing New Construction to Fourteen30. Responding to changes in technology and contemporary life through invention rather than reflection, the artists attempt to create a sense of order out of our times through abstract works of relief construction, sculpture, and painting. It's good to see Fourteen30 bringing this space back to participating in First Friday.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • November 7
Fourteen30 • 1430 SE 3rd AVE • 503.236.1430


Posted in PORT: on November 6, 2008 10:03 AM

FIrst Friday Picks October 2008

drawing by Samantha Wall

Curated by Selina Ho, Reverse Reality is an artist residency and exhibition project that sent four Hong Kong young artists to Portland for a month to create new work informed and inspired by their experiences. Artists Beatrix Bang, Doris Wong, Hanison Lau, and Florian Ma translated their tradition working methods through the lens of their experiences in Portland, fostering a cultural dialogue between contemporary American and Chinese art. Included in this mix Portland artist Samantha Wall has a room devoted to her highly kinesthetic drawings of grappling women.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • October 3
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •


Posted in PORT: on October 2, 2008 08:44 AM

Suddenly, Sound


The Cooley Gallery is holding a reception & "unfolding event" for Suddenly: where we live now. Swing by the gallery from 5-7pm to check out the installed works, then head over to the Student Union for Psychedelic Sprawl, "music, conversation, disorientation, food, and drink," featuring presentations and performances by Mostlandia. You can follow this ongoing series of exhibitions and public events at

Reception • 5-7pm • September 21
Psychedelic Sprawl (Student Union) • 7-10pm • September 21
Cooley Gallery • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Hauser Memorial Library

From "Volume"

Don't miss Volume's curator tour by PORTstar Jeff Jahn this weekend. He'll be joined by several artists to talk about the work in the show, which was positively reviewed by the Mercury and the Willamette Week. Learn more about the exhibition here, and check out photos from the show on Flickr. Also, don't miss the lecture next week by Arun Jain, Chief Urban Designer, City of Portland.

Curatorial tour • 2pm • September 21
Lecture • 7pm • September 23
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on September 17, 2008 10:23 AM

First Friday Picks September 2008

Jim Kazanjian

Jim Kazanjian's Untitled works seek to produce an "entropic" series of images. Fragmenting photographic space, Kazanjian attempts to break down the "linear" visual plane, and create something entirely new in its reconstruction.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • September 5
Pushdot Studio • 1021 SE Caruthers St. • 503.224.5925


Posted in PORT: on September 4, 2008 12:01 PM

Hear & See


Portland's art community has truly been stepping up to reexamine and re-imagine our fair city as it grows, and, more importantly, to guide its growth. Continuing the discourse opened by exhibitions like last month's PDXplore and the recently opened Suddenly, PORT's own Jeff Jahn is curating Volume, which opens this weekend at Worksound. Volume, Jahn's first non-institutional warehouse show since 2005, surveys "how Portland's art scene addresses, redirects, abuses and redefines space." Housed in one of the oldest buildings on the eastside, Worksound is especially well suited to the exploration of the development of the city and its once gritty/industrial Central Eastside (Arts) Industrial District. The exhibit features a lecture in late September by Arun Jain, Chief Urban Designer, City of Portland.

Opening reception • 7-9:30pm • August 30
Also open for First Friday
Lecture • 7pm • September 23
Worksound • 820 SE Alder •

More, more, MORE happenings this weekend after the jump.

Posted in PORT: on August 28, 2008 09:39 AM

First Friday Picks August 2008

Jesse Hayward's installation in progress

Jáce Gáce describes Hayward's character as one "in the spirit of throwing caution to the wind and letting the chips fall where they lay," and in The Nursed Meeting of Fallen Renewal he "has created a situation of controlled chaos." His work breaks boundaries and allows the viewer to reset them, building a "living installation that will inevitably change throughout the course of the month."

Opening reception • 6-10pm • August 1
Closing reception • 6-10pm • August 29
Jáce Gáce • 2045 SE Belmont • 503.239.1887


Posted in PORT: on July 30, 2008 09:50 AM

Second Friday Picks July 2008

Many eastside galleries skipped their openings last weekend due to the 4th of July, so here's our Friday artwalk picks, part II.

Taylor Deupree

Newspace is showing their annual juried exhibition, curated this year by accomplished Portland artist TJ Norris. He describes the chosen photographs as an exploration of the "essence and fragility" of the "selective and concealed moment in time."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • July 11
Newspace Center for Photography • 1632 SE 10th AVE • 503.963.1935


Posted in PORT: on July 9, 2008 03:37 PM

Portlandia in Comics

Raquel, Portland Comic

It's happening TONIGHT. Spanish friend of Worksound Raquel created a fabulous comic about her experiences living in Portland for the last three months. Worksound is throwing a release / goodbye party for her and her comic, as well as the release of Suspect Parts' 7". Music features Sad Horse, Suspect Parts, Fred Valez and Philip Kruse, and DJ: Nolita. It's also a good chance to catch the PNCA MFA show if you missed the opening.

Release Party • 9:30-midnight • June 19
Worksound PDX • 820 SE Alder •

Posted in PORT: on June 19, 2008 10:36 AM

First Friday Picks June 2008

Harlan at Pushdot
Susan Harlan

Susan Harlan is delivering a different take on the glass mania invading Portland this month. Her series Invisible Territories features natural specimens preserved in glass slides, then digitally printed onto fused enamel glass panels. Fusing organic specimens into glass, Harlan's work explores and exposes the natural world in a way that breaks from the "organic" forms often found in blown glass sculpture.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • June 6
Artist Glass Conference reception • 6-9pm • June 20
Pushdot Studio • 1021 SE Caruthers St. • 503.224.5925

More below the cut.

Posted in PORT: on June 5, 2008 11:29 AM

OCAC Thesis Show

bott at Worksound PDX
Cyan Bott

Each year at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) ends in the undergraduate thesis and Post-baccalaureate exhibitions. The exhibition showcases the culmination of work developed during the students' education at the college, displaying a wide range of media and multidisciplinary approaches. Because there are forty students exhibiting this year, the show has been split into two venues.

BFA Thesis: May 5 - 27
Opening reception • 4-7pm • May 16
Worksound PDX • 820 SE Alder •

Post-baccalaureate: May 5 - 27
Opening reception • 4-7pm • May 15
OCAC Hoffman Gallery • 8245 SW Barnes Rd. • 503.297.5544

Also happening soon at OCAC: The Metal & Ceramics Sale. "Buy local and support Portland artists" - the sale features functional ceramic pieces and affordable handmade jewelry created by OCAC students.

Art sale • 10am-5pm • May 17 & 18
OCAC • 8245 SW Barnes Rd. • 503.297.5544

Posted in PORT: on May 13, 2008 10:35 AM

First Friday Picks April 2008

Chris Held at Jace Gace
Chris Held, "Overstock," installation view

"o•ver•stock v: 1. vti to stock more of something than is necessary or desirable 2. vt to graze an area with more livestock than it can support n an excessively large supply of something."

Chris Held explores the quasi-religion built around the modern commodity in Overstock, on view this month at Jáce Gáce. Positing that in modern culture, products have replaced the promise of love and happiness that once came from religion, Held has created an immense shrine of boxed goods, topped with a microwave in place of a religious figure.

Opening reception • 6pm-midnight • April 4
Jáce Gáce • 2045 SE Belmont • 503.239.1887

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Posted in PORT: on April 3, 2008 02:08 PM

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