Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12 Elemental

NY artist, gallerist and NYU professor Jonathan Berger has taken over Adams and Ollman with an ambitious installation. It is a minimal and elegant construct of painstakingly shaped and pigmented materials with an organic feel. They are modeled from tin, putty, charcoal and chalk; the artist's "elemental materials."

At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11 Parallelogram

Happy gravity wave day! Parallelograms is a group show of interactive web work by Alfons Knogl, Kayla Mattes, Gideon Barnett, Ben Alper, Joy Drury Cox, Rob Hult, Sheida Soleimani, Barry Stone, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Aeron Bergman, Alejandra, Salinas, Fabian Hesse, Brion Nuda Rosch, Chris Maggio, Sophia Le Fraga, Gabriela Salazar, Courtney Stephens and David Court. The S1 site has a longer description. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9 Riot Grrrls International

Masha Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago, formerly of the collective Pussy Riot, sit for an interview tonight in Portland. If you are interested in performance, art and risk taking in the women-identifed world, this will be a fierce event.

The Pussy Riot collective, made of many women, made political and social criticism performances in the Russian Republic which landed several members in prison, including Masha Alyokhina.

Since, Masha Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago have set out, taking the Pussy Riot brand as their own, on the lecture circuit including Portland. You can find many videos of their presentations online.

This event is probably the best thing you can do with your time tonight in Portland, OR, US. Masha Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago at the Crystal Ballroom. 1332 W Burnside. Doors 7PM, talk 8. $45

Sunday, February 07, 2016

February 7 Tinderbox

Gary Wiseman has a show Tinderbox opening this afternoon. It was inspired by his work with Bark, and curated by Ka'ila Farrell-Smith. Rainmaker is the in-city residency program of Signal Fire, which was birthed by Bark. Talk 5PM. At Rainmaker Artist Residency 2337 NW York St, # 201 4PM-7 Free

Saturday, February 06, 2016

February 6 Connect Study Dolphin Folk

The Portland Art Museum is hosting a talk by the architect of the new Japanese Garden pavilions. Unfortunately tickets sold out very quickly. Kengo Kuma speaks on Tsunagu, his Architecture of Relationships. The show of architectural drawings, models and materials at the AIA would make a good complement to the talk; the Portland Art Museum often posts videos of their talks on their YouTube channel. At the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 2PM Sold Out

Jaik Faulk, Justyn Hegreberg, Fredrik Averin, Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Ty Ennis, Elizabeth Malaska, Oriana Lewton-Leopold and Ním Wunnan have work inspired by the idea of artist studies. Nationale has engaged in consistently excellent curation for some time. If you are not acquainted please do. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

The Tenses, Corum, Dolphin Midwives, Arrington de Dionyso play music tonight. The Facebook event has a good description: At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-10:30 $3-5 donation appreciated

Mamie Deschillie and Sally M Mulda have their first show together. They are each self taught artists. Mamie Deschillie is Navaho and grew up on the Navaho Nation land. Sally M Mulda is an aboriginal Australian of the Luritja Yankuntjatjara who grew up in Alice Springs. Both first peoples. DJ Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies) provides music for the opening.

Mamie Deschillie began her art work in her 60s and worked until she passed at age 90. Sally M Mulda also came to art as a mature adult.

The PMOMA web site has a great description.

PMOMA is a small gallery in the basement of a vinyl music store which flies under the radar. But they consistently show stellar work in the folk art and self-taught artist realms. Their openings are lively and conversational, or you can stop by anytime the vinyl music store is open. Highly recommended.

Friday, February 05, 2016

February 5 - March 5 Cascade Festival of African Films

The Cascade Festival of African Films is a favorite event. Each year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a month they show films from all over Africa.

This year they have films from Algeria, Cote d'Ivore, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.

Every single one of the films is free!

Most are shown on the PCC Cascade Campus on N Killingsworth. The opening night and Friday February 19 films are at the Hollywood Theater, also free.

The PCC Library maintains a copy of all the films shown over 26 years for in-library viewing.

The 26th annual Cascade Festival of African Films at Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104, Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth; and the Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check the schedule for times. Free

February 5 Eastside Art Openings+

Your best bet tonight is probably the Winter Light Festival. Eastside spaces are fluxing, and crowds sparse.

A new space from Fall is Stephanie Chefas Projects. The show, Straight Outta Portland, includes artists Ryan Bubnis, Stephanie Buer, Zach Erickson, Blaine Fontana, Adam Friedman, Peter Gronquist, Yellena James, Susannah Kelly, Brin Levinson, Jen Lobo, Mako Miyamoto, Jeremy Nichols, Jeff P., Neil M. Perry, David Rice, Souther Salazar and Ayumi Takahasi. It's an unusual mix of artists, with Peoples Art of Portland artists showing with artists that would show at Hellion and spaces that are art school-oriented. The curator is also active in the pop surrealism projects, curating in major West Coast cities. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

We generally don't cover book arts. It is not our expertise, and contemporary aesthetics are rare. But tonight we are vary curious about Ink + Metal + Paper at 23 Sandy.

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry has curated this international show of letterpress work from C. Christopher Stern, Jules Remedios Faye, Jim Rimmer, Brian Bagdonas, Inge Bruggeman, John Christopher, Jennifer Farrell, Julia Ferrari, Rebecca Gilbert, Patrick Goossens, Joseph Green, John Grice, Barbara Henry, Richard Hopkins, Darrell Hyder, Myrna Keliher, Emily Larned, Norman McKnight, Sarah Nicholls, Pat and John Randle, Amy Redmond, Mark Sarigianis, Ivan Snyder, Jessica Spring, Barbara Tetenbaum, Sandy Tilcock and Jenny Wilkson.

At 23 Sandy 623 NE 23 at Sandy 5PM-8

One Grand has an artist residency. Max Rippon works in the gallery this month. His style of sampled old sign painting styles works with the One Grand aesthetic. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Forest for the Trees is a show by Ted Vogel and Jeff Irwin inspired by nature. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Alea Bone has Mexican folk art influenced wall pieces made from scrap metal. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Black Box has a group show of black and white photography. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

Thursday, February 04, 2016

February 4 Westside Art Openings

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is closing permanently. This may be the last opportunity to visit them for free on a First Thursday. Good friends have been involved with The Museum of Contemporary Craft and done stellar work. But there has also been faulty planning, communication and strategy. I prey that the collection finds a home where it can be properly cared for and contextualized. The Museum of Contemporary Craft shop will be permanently closed, but future contemporary craft shows may or may not fall under the PNCA exhibition program.

This last month has a show by the Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency CARPA / CARPA. Their project runs parallel to Switzerland's EToy and is a parody of ARPA/DARPA, a USA Department of Defense agency with essentially unlimited resources to pursue new technologies which the military could use. ARPA/DARPA created the early space program and they created the Internet. They are great to follow if you are curious.

Rowland Ricketts also has a show Work Time involving fabric dyeing.

At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis Early close 6PM-8 Free First Thursday

Three Russo artists Dana Lynn Louis, Samantha Wall and Akio Takamori are selectees for the Portland Art Museum Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. They have a show this month. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8

Blue Sky is always worth a visit. In the Nine gallery, Bill Will, always the wry commentator, has The Rapture (Simulator). It fills the room with his trademark kinetic art carrying a social or political critique. At the Nine Gallery inside Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Thomas Kinkade was an American phenomenon. He created an arts empire outside the art school, gallery, investment bank collector, museum great cultural chain of being. Yes, he had a big ego. Yes, some of his most avid fans were evangelical. And yes, Upfor has a group show inspired by Kinkade. It's loosely inspired. But hey, fun is fun! At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Seated With is a show of paintings by Micah Hearn, Portland. The video space has artist Daniel Heffernan from New York. At theWhite Box Gallery at the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 5PM-7 Free

Not purely art, but the Good Mod furniture store is doing room installations with an artistic bent. This month, Casey Keasler of Casework does it. At The Good Mod 1313 W Burnside, 4th floor. 6PM-9 Free

Other outlets cover architecture better than we. In eras, PICA and PNCA were or hinted at being a collaborative space for creatives across communities. Not it may be soon the Portland Japanese Garden. They are building several new pavilions in the former parking area right outside the existing garden ticket entrance. Kengo Kuma is the architect for that expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden. There is an architectural model, materials and drawing show about the project. It is at the Portland AIA office 403 NW 11th 5:30PM-8 Free

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM to a little later in Winter

PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free