Monday, July 21, 2014

July 23 Doing Pomes

S1 continues its film+discussion series, Lessons in Heterosexuality, with part 3: Doing the Act. Screenshadows is presented in collaboration with Arcadia Missa in London, who curated the films. The result of the project will be a book published by Publication Studio. The discussion is all you. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 7:30PM Free

A vintage film of a poet whose poems became songs accompanied by a live musical score, as an art film. That's this.

Sayat-Nova was a poet and diplomat who made the mistake of falling in love with the king's sister. Those poets are so romantic! Banished, he roamed as a folk singer, became a monk and was killed by the invading Iranian army.

His poetry inspired an impressionistic film made in 1968, The Color of Pomegranates.

Mr Sayat-Nova and his family lived in Syria, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia. Time to take out the map. Part of that area was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, as was Ukraine. This is a chance to look at the culture of that area as imagined in the 1700's.

This evening a new score is presented to the film by Valet, Dreamboat (Golden Retriever + Ilyas Ahmed), and Spectrum Control (new band from Dewey of Plankton Wat).

It is part of the Fin de Cinema series. We have recommended these events without reservation. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison 8:30PM $7

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 19 Empathy Shipping News Performance Works

Jordan Wayne Long completes a two week Portland residency with a performance this evening. He has been working on the Labrador, Portland's only gallery and studio afloat on the Willamette. Long is infamous for his 2011 performance curated by Patrick Rock at Fourteen30 Contemporary Gallery. He shipped himself by truck from Arkansas to Portland in a crate. Recommended. At the 12128 Labrador Project It's moored by Fred's Marina 12900 NW Marina Way, Portland. Map More detailed directions, don't get lost, on the website. 6PM, Performance 7 Free

In The Absence Of Empathy You Will Find Malevolence is a talk on their art projects by Nathanael Thayer Moss and Peter Fleming. How apropos where boys can find nothing better to do than play with guns and shoot down aeroplanes. Yardwork, the backyard Portland talks by artists suggests you bring a blanket to sit on, and refreshments if inclined. Yardwork at Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 8:30

[Modern] Dance is alive and well in Portland. New collaborative nodes, like Flock are blooming. Performance Works Northwest has been quietly operating off Foster since 2000. It is a live-work space home to rehearsals and performance. The creators have been consistently supportive of Portland artists and visiting artists. Tonight is also the third Saturday monthly Foster Art Night.

To celebrate, Performance Works Northwest opens their studio and yard to performers and you. It happens from 6PM-midnight. From 6:30 to 10 there will be performances including Linda Austin, Jin Camou, Douglas Detrick, Luke Gutgsell, Ben Kates, Noel Plemmons, Danielle Ross and Grace Hwang and video projections by Karl Lind, Julie Perini, Ben Glas, Chaz Stobbs III, Stephen Miller and Meg McHutchison. 10PM-midnight, a DJ.

FANfare at Performance Works Northwest 4625 SE 67th. 6PM-Midnight Free

July 18 A View of a Country

The United States is a vast place. It has space for individuals.

Photographers Jake Arcularius, Marshall Scheider and John Voves have traveled the spaces between individuals and photographed them.

The images represent a constellation overlaying our imagination of what America is today. What are their stories and what is our story?

You can see this show of photographs opening tonight. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 16 No More Messiahs

A favorite book is The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin. His story is fascinating, beginning to end. In one segment he retraces the steps of George Schaller in Northern Africa, spending time with a nomadic goatherd family. They are resisting migration to the city as their way of life is outlawed. At the same time they are engaged and want to be engaged in the deepest way with fellow travelers. Some of the children have blue eyes.

Joni Kabana's day job is something like that. She is a photographer working for Mercy Corps. One project is working in Ethiopia, where she has photographed nomads, and photographed in the city.

She speaks on her experience today as part of the Portland Art Museum Photography Council monthly brown bag lunch. At the Portland Art Museum in the Miller Room of the Mark Building (Masonic Temple). It is to the right of the main entrance. 1219 SW Park Noon Free

July 15 The Failure of Image

Humans are infinitely more obsessive than beasts in seeking their own image. Mirrors go back to the beginning of recorded history. Elephants may go there, but you don't see dolphins making selfies.

It has been only about 200 years we have had photography. Jaclyn Hudak has been working to revive those early photographic processes, some of which are extremely toxic. She speaks about her experiences in a talk, Failure is Inevitable: The Unpopularity of Alternative Photography.

A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 12 Guru Moon

Guru Purnima is celebrated the July full moon. For Hindus and Buddhists, it is a time to contemplate our teachers and their lineage. This evening Michael Stirling invites you to celebrate with evening vocal ragas. At Sungate Studio 2215 NE Alberta 9:30PM Free

July 10 Family West

Stephanie Coontz is a family culture researcher and professor at Evergreen College in Olympia. It is natural to reference the "good old days" in interpreting current change. The good old days are a mental model that is an anchor, ballast or keel. Coons had deconstructed commonly held models of the good old days, showing from original material that the "good old days" were just as chaotic, varied, innovative, even "immoral" as today. One of her books is the fascinating The Way We Never Were. This evening she speaks on the history of government intervention in family policy, gender identity and sexuality. Sponsored by Oregon Humanities at the Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan 6:30PM by donation

Beam and Anchor is a favorite local crafted store. They have an art show this evening imported from Montana, part of the other West. While we incorporate a fetish for trees, they have their own. See the art of Nicholas Coleman. At Beam & Anchor 2710 N Interstate 6PM-9 Free

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 9 Talk About It

Nee Multiplex, S1, occupies the interesting margins of art from a perch under a drug store. For their first show under the new name, they collaborate with Publication Studio and London's Arcadia Missa in a film and discussion series in parts. It is a four part series from their Screenshadows on sexuality and identity. Tonight is Lesson Two: Figuring out homosociality. At S1 4148 NE Handcock 7:30PM Free

July 8 Tempest You Get

Sara Greenberger Rafferty is an artist mixing visual work with performance inspired by comedy. Her latest performances are based on pop culture sampling, upon which we cast a jaundiced eye. She gave a more expansive view of her work at a PSU talk and is a PICA:TBA darling. Tonight you can see some of her visual work which maintains a higher and more pleasing remove from its societal sampling. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-6PM Weekends. Opening tonight 6PM-8 Free

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

July 3 Westside Art Openings

Christine Clark is a sculptor, working large in base metals, often combined with natural materials, and a jeweler working small in fine metals. She has turned in many great works at the Nines Gallery. She is here this month with Amass, an installation of small resin units. The work started with the observation of varying scale of mountains, then trees, then groups of people; viewed at a distance, then closer as individuals. Clark has cast a field of individual shapes over 18 months, subtly colored with studio pigments stored for over 30 years. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th Free

Off the inner NW paths well worn on First Thursday is an open studio by photographers Jim Lommasson, Stewart Harvey, Ben Z. Mund and Nuel Paguyo. Lommasson and Harvey are well known nationally, and add studio mates Ben and Nuel. At the Ideal Theater Photo Studio 2405 NW Thurman 5PM-9 Free

Elise Wagner is one of Portland's encaustic painters. For the last few years, she has made paintings inspired by science, in particular astronomy and high energy physics research. She has an opening tonight, and an artist talk Saturday, July 12, at 1PM. At Butters Gallery 520 NW Davis, 2nd Floor Free

We respect classic photography. Hartman Gallery does it, and adds a few contemporary, even local, photographers and painters. On the seventh anniversary of the gallery they mount a large group show spanning their stable. It is an opportunity to see the gallery aesthetic writ wide. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th Free

In an age of infinite reproduction, Archer makes repeat patterns of sampled elements of her photographs. Her new show is Brambles, which starts as a photograph in the foreground at the lower end of the image, and then devolves into a repeat pattern that seems like an accidental image processing error. It's not, it's thoughtful work. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Caldera student Ryan Heshka has graphic works inspired by comics and natural history. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Duplex has somewhat dark figurative work of the genre sometimes shown by Compound from Japanese artists. It is by Cathy Lu. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Upfor has digital work by Katie Torn. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

PNCA has a participatory installation by Jessie Hayward. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map Free

Hellion has Perfect Thirst, three female artists illustrating female figures. They are Makiko Sugawa, Mandy Tsung and Crystal Barbre. At Hellion Gallery through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style. 19 NW 5th Suite 208. Map 7PM-10 Free

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish Free

Not gallery art but could be fun, Portland-based Stay Wild magazine drops at Snow Peak, 6PM-9 Free

Monday, June 30, 2014

July 1 Get Real or Get Faux

Artist Philip Guston died in 1980. He was a contemporary of Pollock, Rothko and Klein in New York. He rejected abstract expressionism and the moneyed gallery world in the late 1960's and turned to political illustration-style work. Many artists have done the same since 2008, and some are working in socially conscious social practice art today.

Musician Neal Morgan became excited about Guston's work and it illustrates one of his 12 inch recording jackets. Morgan gives a talk about the artist and the work tonight.

Details and background at

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM Free

We don't like comedy. Not that it is all bad, mysoginistic, insulting and racist. But that it is too much work to find the good bits, the bits that move the world forward in a good way. Nonetheless, here is something that might be fun, PowerPoint Karaoke. Bri Pruett, Mike Merrill, Marcus Estes, Paul Schlesinger and Andrew Michaan have made PowerPoint decks on assigned somewhat ridiculous topics. Tonight they will be randomly given someone else's deck to present. You can see more about it on the Holocene website. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison 8:30PM Free