Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25 Creative Growth

Creative Growth is a beautiful thing. It is an art studio for intellectually disabled adults in Oakland operating since 1974.

It had, for a time, a sibling, Project Grow created by Natasha Wheat in Portland. That project lost its groove and the best people left. Creative Growth came on my radar by a story in ANP Quarterly. Creative Growth continues to thrive.

Self-taught artists in Portland galleries began with William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas, continuing with Mark Woolley, Portland Museum of Modern Art and others. International online outlets are Juxtapoz and Raw Vision.

In the US, self-taught artists in galleries and museums was an art world response to the stock market-fueled art market in New York of the early 1980s. Art became an investment vehicle, rather than an individual emotional narrative viewer touchpoint. Collectors angered at the situation took control and brought self-taught artists like Howard Finster into the gallery world, and even the Venice Biennale.

Europe has a longer term interest expressed by museums like Collection de l'Art Brut, Art Brut Center Gugging and more.

Sometimes artists see things and express them in a way which never occurred to us. That is why we love them!

Ampersand hosts the art of Cedric Johnson tonight in a show Franklin, A Word Nobody Ever Seems to Say. He is a Creative Growth artist.

We are proud of Ampersand for doing.

At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material www.ampersandvintage.com 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-8 Free

August 24 PMOMA Talk

Houseguest is a series of art installations in Portland's living room, Pioneer Square. They are free for you to view.

September 10-11 Libby Werbel occupies the Square with her project. Tonight she talks about her plan to bring the Portland Museum of Modern Art to a temporary weekend installation.

At Likewise www.likewise.website 3564 SE Hawthorne 6PM Free

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 20 - September 1 In a Landscape

Hunter Noack is a gifted classical pianist. He has arranged a series of ten concerts outdoors inspired by the concerts of the Work Projects Administration during the Great Depression. They are free or by donation.

Each program is different. He will be joined by vocal, cello and violin collaborators Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes, Carl Halvorson, Nicholas Crosa and Pansy Chang.

The concerts will be at the Columbia Gorge Vista House, Timberline Lodge, Tryon Creek State Park, the Oneonta Tunnel, Hoyt Arboretum, McIver Park, Hagg Lake, Director Park, Stein-Boozier Barn at Memorial Park and Cathedral Park.

The audience will listen through headphones. There are 100 headphones, so to listen, reserve a spot at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/or--portland/hunter-noack%27s-in-a-landscape/?mode=search

Each concert has free tickets and some by donation tickets. This event is highly recommended.

Classical music In a Landscape www.hunternoack.com, various locations and times.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 14 Reading Society

The Portland Silent Reading Party occupies a new venue this month. Because space is limited, they offered tickets which sold out. Keep an eye out for their future events. Bring a paper or electronic book and read quietly. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at www.thesocietyhotel.com 203 NW 3rd 3PM-5 $10 (sold out)

August 13 Volt Joy

Raúl De Nieves & Jason Fitz from Brooklyn and Los Angeles respectively have been collaborating for many years. The have a show of visual works in the gallery. At 8 tonight they perform a play set on a fictional first human discovering the world, and its joy. So arrive early for a spot to see that. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free



Paul Barker, Wiving, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Anon, No Parades, Ross Fish, Thomas Fang, Devin Walsh and Ben Davis perform short electronic sets tonight. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 12 Heatwaves

Heatwave a group show. You will have to look up the artists' names on the gallery website where they are printed in all caps. We don't do all caps and we don't retype them. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

August 10 Raw Crumbs

Maddy Inez Leeser & Tony Chrenka have Crumbs of Paper and Kevin Holden has Raw Data opening tonight. At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, August 06, 2016

August 8 Science v Science | Dance v Words

Summer of Science talks tonight include political "science" and biology. Shweta Moorthy speaks about elections, voting and data. Alex Linsker has "When is a Group a Healthy Democracy? in 6 Questions". Josh Berezin provides thoughts on experimental political science. Roger Peet answers all your questions on mussels Corinna Chase explains the impacts of dogs on parks. Bring snacks to share and drinks. Science https://www.facebook.com/groups/820392904718750/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free



We don't usually cover book arts and literary events. Others can do it better. But visual gallery HQHQ with a new name, Fortune, and location, Westside, has pivoted to book arts. They release their new book, Slipcase, made in collaboration with modern dancers sub.set dance. The dancers are from Reed; they bring their thoughts translated to words to book form. At Fortune Gallery & Press, formerly HQHQ Objective, www.hqobjective.org 2235 W Burnside 6PM-9 Free

August 7 Pure Summer

Pure Surface is a collaborative performance between a dancer, a video maker and a writer. This month they are Rosana Ybarra, Julie Perini and Samiya Bashir, respectively. Pure Surface www.puresurface.info at Valentines valentinespdx.com 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6PM, performance 7 sharp Free

Friday, August 05, 2016

August 6 Eastside Art Openings

Our City in Stereo - www.ourcityinstereo.com - is convened by Portland artist Sharita Towne. It includes stereo photographs of our neighborhoods, interviews on gentrification and a timeline to which you can contribute. Tonight 7PM-7:30 there will be a short talk on stereo photography. Many events will follow throughout the exhibition. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Color Burst: Contemporary Photography is a group show at Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


Jason Greene has domestic illustrations. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


This building is a designer and apparel haven, lively on first Fridays.


All at 811 East Burnside Map



Lauren Gallaspy, Doug Jeck and Amanda Salov have a ceramics show titled Strength in Fragility. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free





Thursday, August 04, 2016

August 4 Westside Art Openings

The art world has its dog days of August. We have the Converge 45 event for which galleries have mounted group shows. The Seattle art fair is this weekend and many galleries are focusing their ergs on that now.



M. K. Guth has a show of sculptures: This Fable is Intended for You: A Work-Energy Principle: Final. They are abstract totems representing individuals living and working in lower Manhattan. The gallery also has a group show. It has been curated by Leach Gallery director Daniel Peabody. Included are Lynda Bengalis, Louise Bourgeois, Josh Fought, Ann Hamilton, Sean Healy, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Dinh Q. Lê, Ellen Lesperance, Gina Phillips, Michelle Ross, Mark R. Smith and Anna Von Martens. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Fre



Harold Feinstein has an unusual six decade retrospective occupying both main exhibition spaces. He has many images made at the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Everett Lofts are recommended as always. Tonight is their annual open house and party. The upstairs lofts will be open with food and drink for sale.

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



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. Included is a small collection of Bruce Nauman. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free