Saturday, December 03, 2016

December 3 Moon Show

Blue Moon camera is one of the few refuges of analog photography. Their customers source film and equipment, and can have all the chemical processing done there.

They have customers across the globe.

Once a year, for the last 14 years, they host a customer show of photography. They pick images from their workflow based entirely on impact.

The show is distributed between the Blue Moon store, Anna Bannanas, Leisure Public House and Proper Eats.

After the show viewing, they have a dance party at Proper Eats, because why not.

At Blue Moon Camera and other locations in St Johns. Reception 7PM-9, party at Proper Eats 9PM-11 Free

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1 Westside Art Openings+

Early December openings sometimes lack energy while the art world flees to Art Basel Miami, offshoot shows and art parties. It's in the 80's there now! Fortunately, we have many plus events beyond the NW arts neighborhood tonight.

Martin Luther King School is an arts and Mandarin immersion K-8 school off NE Alberta. As part of their art program, they have shows in their KSMoCA - King School Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a project with PSU's social practice group.

Tonight, early they present an Introduction to Galactic Alienology. It is a collaboration between the students at the school, artist Carson Ellis and her son, Hank Meloy.

The artists have illustrated imagined alien creatures.

Galactic Alienology at the Martin Kuther King School 4906 NE 6th 4PM-6 Free

Artist collective PDL presents The Bureau of Arts & Culture in Seattle's King Street train station. It updates Seattle as a "City of the Future," reprising the optimism of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, lensed through Seattle's contemporary artists today.

Artists in Seattle are facing being priced out of the city and a puzzling disinterest in creative exploration by the tech employee base. Around 2000, designers, artists, agency-types, musicians and tech were engaged in a fertile mix. Lately SF, Portland and Seattle are missing it.

The show includes reimaginations of King Street Station, EMP, Harbor Island, Woodland Park Zoo, Olympic Sculpture Park and other civic spaces.

The artists are also sponsoring a blood drive at the event where a pint of blood can be exchanged for art.

There is a story about the event at the Seattle Times and a Facebook event.

The Bureau of Arts and Culture at King Street Station 303 S Jackson St, Seattle 6PM-11:30 $5

Claudia Hart has Beneath the Veil, 3d printed sculpture, animation and photographs pondering visual identity processed through electronic media, abandoning natural depiction. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Sarah Gee Miller has The Spectacle and the Spectre, bright abstract geometric collage work from Vancouver, BC. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Love is a Pink Cake is a group show by Jacques Flechemuller, Justin L'Amie, Jeffry Mitchell and Storm Tharp. It departs from the usual cool minimalism of the gallery to engage baroque and playful. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Trish Grantham has new work and there are new international artist prints this month at Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

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

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-10ish

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22 Suspended Moment

Yukiyo Kawano opens Suspended Moment: Activating the Nuclear Past + Present, tonight, with a butoh performace.

Her installation includes about half scale models of the Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs, kanji caligraphy on paper lanterns from the Seattle Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial ceremony, and fragments of her grandmother's komono sewn together with the artist's hair.

It is personal; she is the third generation of her family present at, and surviving, the bombing, a hibakusha.

There is no American cultural equvalent.

There will be a butoh performance by Meshi Chavez, the artist and poet Allison Cobb with music by Lisa DeGrace. Poet Cobb grew up in Los Alamos, design center for the first, and only used, thankfully, nuclear bombs. Some early, and many subsequent, butoh performers were influenced by the history of the bombings which were about 19 years before the first butoh. Butoh artist Isamu Ohsuka, founder of Byakko-sha, is also hibakusha, in his mother's womb.

Yukiyo Kawano's artist website and the show announcement have more eloquent explorations.

The Fat Man bomb sculpture is covered in fabric inscribed with poetry from the great master Basho recording travels across the country by foot in his own journey to the North in 1689. That route, passing near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still traveled by pilgrims.

The artists are planning to present their installation and performance at Hanford, Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 1945 nuclear bomb sites, and in the Fukushima power plant area. The artist website has those details.

The show is brief, until November 30, with limited hours. It is timely, with the president elect proposing proliferation of nuclear weapons of total war.

At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway

Opening 6PM-8, performance 6:20, discussion 6:45PM-7. Free

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 19 Land of Intimate Open Truth Showers

The Venerable Showers of Beauty is the most beautiful turn of phrase; and it is the name of a gamelan orchestra. This gamelan is over 140 years old and can play 5 and 7 note scales, completely different in tone than Western instruments. Guests from Java, Midiyanto and Heni Savitri join. You may hear something like this or At Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside, #104. 7PM $15

Artist studios are where alchemy happens. Sometimes it works for you.

PNCA masters students in Visual Studies, Collaborative Design and the OCAC/PNCA joint Applied Craft + Design open their studios for looking and chatting this evening. It is an opportunity to see a large range of current work, not yet infected with our new political clime. But the artists are.

The main infonode is

At 511 NW Broadway, 321 NW Glisan and 421 NE 10th. 5PM-8 Free

Trisha Baga, Nicole Miller and Matthew Rana have A Composition of Intimate and Public Truths. There will be video and writing, with claims of "demographic research, Sesame Street, comedy, the intense autobiography, clairvoyance, dreams, care-of-the-self, Nijinsky, internet, mimicry and Madonna" made.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10

Nikki McClure has a show of original paper cuts. She will read from her new book and discuss her inspiration and process. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8 Free

November 18-20 Sad Park

Between seasonal affective disorder and the menace of blue light, we are surely doomed by illuminance or its lack. S.A.D. Park by Ariana Jacob and Ralph Pugay is a response, at least to the first.

The artists have constructed a S.A.D. Park where people can relax and be treated for S.A.D.

It's all explained at

The hours and special event hours are detailed on the website.

S.A.D. Park a project at Pioneer Square as part of the Houseguest art series, between SW Broadway, Yamhill, 6th and Morrison. Go by MAX. Friday 4:30PM-9, Saturday 9AM-9PM, Sunday 9AM-4:30PM Free

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17 Still

Jack Faulk has still life paintings "I feel alright with azaleas around." At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 6PM-8 Free

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 13 The New American Collage: Colorful and Messy

Israel Lund is a Brooklyn Artist working in abstract multi-color silk screen.

His is process work, starting with loose inking through an open screen onto canvas. The resulting pattern captures the weave of canvas with a low fi noise-look. Then the artist photographs the canvas and burns that into a screen. The process is repeated in layers over several canvases, and sometimes incorporating mobile phone samples of other artists' work, burning it to a screen and layering it in.

The work is colorful, +1 for beauty; but not screechingly bright or poppy, also welcome.

Lund is a PNCA graduate in 2011. His work returns home for this show.

Israel Lund Apples is accompanied by texts commissioned of local writers.

At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map See the website for subsequent hours and days. Opening today 1PM-3 Free

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 12 Volt Auction

Disjecta holds their annual party and art auction tonight. It's usually a lively affair and an opportunity to catch up with art community friends or meet new friends.

Artists James Allen, Holly Andres, Corey Arnold, Jill Baker, Avantika Bawa, Amy Bay, Chris Bennett, Bruce Burris, Calvin Ross Carl, Srijon Chowdry, Patrick Collier, Lisa Conway, Emily Counts, Rachel Davis, Rose Dickson, Tia Factor, Jack Featherly, Damien Gilley, Narangkar Glover, Garrick Imatani, Lila Jarzombek, Patrick Kelly, Colin Kippen, Kendra Larson, Hillary Lay, Kyle Lee, Dave MacGougan, David Maisel, Scott Malbaurn, Victor Maldonado, Kayla Mattes, Michelle Anne Muldrow, Ralph Pugay, Chris Rauschenberg, Anya Roberts-Toney, Christopher Ryan Russell, Jane Schiffhauer, Jeff Sheridan, Adam Sorensen, Laura Vandenburgh, John Whitten and Bobbi Woods have donated work to the auction. There are images here:

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-11 $40 advance, $50 door

Tonight modular synth performers Caustic Touch, Alani Vierra, Gooo, Adrian, Elrond, Ben Davis, Vaelentine, Heteroclite and Glo Globes perform music with Cysmic providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

November 11 Imaginary Friends Group

José Carlos Tassara from Peru puts the international in Worksound with his exposition Amigos Imaginarios.

In many countries, advertising selects Western models or models with with Western features in contrast to indigenous faces. This creates an unnecessary distortion of culture, even destructive.

The artist creates concrete sculptures inspired by indigenous faces, in units multiplied and repeated. He is also known for surreal illustrations.

At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9 Free

One is the first year retrospective group show of all the artists exhibiting at the gallery. That includes John Felix Arnold III, Alexandra Becker-Black, David Bray, Brian Donnelly, Lola Dupre, Delfin Finley, Shawn Huckins, Dan Lam, Mike Lee, Mako Miyamoto, Nathan McKee, Jeff Ramirez, Erik Mark Sandberg and Betsy Walton. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free