Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19 Forbidden Pure ESP

Pure Surface, a collaborative performance of a moving image maker, a dance performer and a writer, monthly, instantiates tonight, #15. It is Simon Boas, film; Jin Camou, dance and Robert Duncan Gray, text. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6:00PM, performance 7 sharp Free

ESP TV is an online property, the future, as dinosaur broadcast networks lemming to oblivion. They travel the country, making a show before a live audience, like you. In Portland. Tonight.

Marcus Estes, Hits, MSHR, Ashby Lee Collinson and Goodwin are hosted by Matt Carlson, with videos by Sabrina Ratté, Peter Burr, Jeremy Rotsztain and Jeremy Couillard. (I have to say that TV, video, taping, filmmaker and broadcast are words in my writing here that are under review) More details at At S1 4148 NE Hancock Map 8PM-11

We would be remiss to not mention a showing today of a favorite (of many) film, Forbidden Planet. A 1956 science fiction film, it combines a thoughtful narrative with old school gender tropes, charming in a way for their datedness. It is an interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the prototype for the Star Trek series. Distress call, arrive at planet, seems charming, danger, gets more complicated, resolved, leave, happy, but thought-provoking ending.

In this case, the complicated is the challenge we face as we engage more machine systems and AI in our lives.

It is the first with an all electronic soundtrack, includes backgrounds by Disney animators, the ultimate straight man, Robby the Robot, and monsters from the id.

The film shows on the OMSI bigger than big screen as part of their science fiction series. At the OMSI Empirical Theater 1945 SE Water Noon $7

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Friday, April 17, 2015

April 18 Sum Bodies World Is Not a New York Box

Conversations with Artists for the Sum of Its Parts show continues this afternoon with Ben Buswell & Sean Healy, represented by Upfor and Elizabeth Leach Galleries respectively. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh Doors 3PM, talk 4 Free

Melanie Flood Projects continues hosting artist Justin James Reed with his Shining Bodies Project. This instance is an installation at S1 for one night. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-9

The World Is Not the Earth show opens today with James Castle, Austin Eddy, John O'Reilly, Blair Saxon-Hill and Timmy Straw. Stroll in the afternoon, audience a performance by Timmy Straw in the evening. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th Show 3PM-6, Performance 7 Free

The Mark Woolley gallery guests New York artists, some from Portland. They are Noah Rice, Nathan Rice, Patrick Arias, David Hanlon and Kyle Rudd. At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth 5PM-9 Free

People's Art of Portland has Outside the Box, 3D art. They are adjacent to Woolley and open the same hours. Free

April 7 Blair Shining House

Blair Saxon-Hill has a new show opening tonight. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Justin James Reed opens Shining Bodies, tonight with an installation tomorrow at S1. At Melanie Flood Projects 420 SW Washington St #301 6PM-8

Tending Home ends tonight with artist talks. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 7PM

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April 11 Music Conversation

Ben Buswell & Sean Healy are artists in the Sum of the Parts show. They speak about their works and art-making today. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh Doors 3PM, talk 4 Free

Xperimental advanced listening music presenters Xhurch have Water Diego, Abronia and Electro-Kraken. At an intimate home church. Early arrive, speak outside quietly, park conveyances politely. Do not bring down the venue for neighbor dissatisfaction over noise. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th 8PM Donation would be nice.

Friday, April 03, 2015

April 3 Eastside Art Openings

Isn't taxidermy disturbing? Yes. There are a few artists who use it as an art ingredient. Loved to Death is a show of taxidermy and taxidermy-themed art by Brooke Weston. At the Splendorporium and Art4Life Children's Gallery 3421 SE 21st 5PM-7 Free

Eutectic has Fluid by Bobby Silverman and Peter Christian Johnson. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Natural Selections are constructed landscapes by Teresa Christiansen. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

Portland photographer Jake Shivery has Contact, photographs spanning a career. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Illustrator Jessie Fox-Nystrom has beauty-beast relations works and What-if hybrid creatures. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Taking Pictures is a varied group show. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April 2 Westside Art Openings

Susan Seubert presents The Fallacy of Hindsight. The photographer is known for minimal idea-driven work, often in classical photographic processes. The show is in parts: 100 Memories are 100 images made over 25 years of the artist's photographic life. High Arctic Fast Ice images arctic Svalbard as global warming breaks vast ice fields into units, melting. Twinka Entwined is an image of the famous photographic model and writer, now 70, living in Portland. Recommended. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8

Photographer, writer, mover Intisar Abioto presents Contents. She has gathered the images and stories of people she meets. She views storytelling as a spiritual experience. You can get a sense from this video from Portland Creative Mornings. Highly recommended. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9

On African Time is a show of photography made in East Africa by Christopher Rauschenberg. David Hilliard has photographs, Our Nature. Having spent a little time in East Africa, I recommend. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Colleen Plumb has Animals Are Outside Today, a meditation on the relationship of humans and animals, it could improve, though we rarely think about it. It accompanies a stunning video work Thirty Times a Minute.

It documents a display of mental illness in elephants only found in captivity. It manifests as rhythmic walking, pacing, rocking or trunk motion. Our human treatment of these animals in almost every case, poaching, breaking family units for relocation, zoos and circuses is a crime.

Natural Findings is a show Cheryle St. Onge, selected by the very competitive Photolucida Critical Mass award.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Hide In My Brain is illustration work by Hideyuki Katsumata. 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 second floor. Map 7PM-10 Free

Deviant Cartography is a project by Doug McCune. He uses public data to make creative maps of crime and disaster. Burglaries, prostitution, murder, natural disasters, more. At Diode Gallery for Electronic Art 514 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Grove is a group show themed on the wild nature around us. At Pond Gallery 920 West Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Adams and Ollman, UofO White Box, Upfor and PNCA continue fine exhibitions from last month.

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

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 1 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The tech world was shocked when Facebook acquired Kickstarter Oculus at 20X cash in for $2 billion. That has activated experimentation and innovation in virtual reality glasses, stereoscopic video displays that shut out a view of the real world around. It is only the last few years that it has been possible to recompute the stereo view of a scene in real time to conform to head movement. It is yet imperfect, with scene lag and motion sickness, dependent on the scene, viewer, and time in experience. It is anticipated they will be big in gaming. But as simulation develops, they will become commonplace, after overcoming the geeky valley.

The original Oculus Rift used a single display about 3 by 6 inches, viewed in halves by each eye through focal length-correcting lenses. Rival Google has distributed plans for a cardboard frame, Google Cardboard, which can hold a mobile phone to provide the same functionality.

Local creative concern Instrument has invited artists and designers to decorate these cardboard frames with images inspired by dreams. The frames will be sold as a benefit for the P:ear Mentor program.

The artists are Bakers Son, Jon Contino, Hannah Chloe Lee, Tron 444, Olivia Obritz, Whoopi, Audrey Davis, Craig Wheat, Gavin Potenza, Cameron Stewart, Osmose, David Wien, Kiriko, Kristin Reiter, Natalie Woo, Adam R Garcia, Hoang Nguyen, Jarrett Reynolds, Tina Le, Amy Ruppel, Toby Grubb, Kelly Purkey, Justin Morris, Anh Nguyen, Jason Sturgill and Aaron Rayburn.

One night only, with online sales beginning tomorrow. Dreams Incarnated by Instrument at 2319 NE Glisan 6PM-9 Free

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31 At Home in the Body

Janine Antoni is an artist working in sculpture with her body. In Slumber she wove the patterns of her dreamtime brainwaves into a blanket in the museum where she slept over weeks. There is more, including being selected for a MacArthur. She speaks tonight and two of her photographs are in a group show at the Cooley Gallery, open prior to he lecture. In Kaul Hall at Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 7PM Free