Monday, October 12, 2015

October 15-16 Lumiere

Robert Thenke, one half of Monolake, is one of the designers of Ableton Live.

He is now focused solo on generative electronic music compositions accompanied by generative laser visuals driven by his own software. They are gorgeous.

He presents a rare US performance of Lumiere.

There are two shows each evening. At Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 2665 Mission St, San Francisco. Doors 6PM and 8:30, Shows 7 and 9:30 $35 (sold out)

October 14 Fringe

From the Fringe to the Everyday: Realizing the Future Through Design is a panel discussion on design enabled by new technology. But "the new" always follows an adoption curve. It may be adopted by early adopters, but it will initially be resisted and ridiculed by the masses. Over time that reverses.

The organizers note that the Internet was developed as a military research project in the 1960s. Actually a friend of mine built the first Internet router. But the Internet only began to achieve its potential in the 1990's with the development of the world wide web to support physics research at CERN.

Panelists Hector Ouilhet, Senior Staff Designer at Google NOW; Herman D'Hooge, Innovation Strategist at Intel; Hideshi Hamaguchi, CEO at monogoto & Executive Fellow at Ziba Design and Paul O’Connor, Executive Creative Director at Ziba Design provide their perspectives.

Artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and all kinds of biotech are being designed into our lives. Which designs will be successful?

The event is a production of Design Week Portland and is a part of a mini pop-up design week, with the main event in the Spring.

Tickets Design Week Portland at Ziba Design 810 NW Marshall 6:30PM $10

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 11 Platform

Music, experimental fashion, visual art, performance art, DJs and dancing. You can have all of these at Platform. Fashion from Goodsport, Laura Kemp, Hannah Andrews, Melina Bishop and Kayleigh Nelson; performance by New Romancer (Manny Layers) and Lyfe Dance Company choreographed by LaTya Caples; photography by Myki Fstr; and DJs II Trill, Ill Camino, Orographic and Chelsea Starr. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison 9PM $5

October 10 Dark Motherhood Ragas

Justyn Hegreberg speaks about his black sculptures and wall panels which are part of the Dark Matter show. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM Free

Yu opens a show by mothers entitled Mommy. Artists are Lutz Bacher, Susan Cianciolo, Sonya Hamilton, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Eliot Porter, Aura Rosenberg, Diane Simpson, Barbara T. Smith, Frances Stark, Rosemarie Trockel, Cathy Wilkes, Anicka Yi and Karin Schneider. At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 4PM-6 Free

Ganesh-Kumaresh Violin Duo, accompanied by Shankar Narayanan on mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswamy on ghatam play classical Indian music this evening. They are brothers separated in age by 3 years, who started playing violin at ages 2 and 3 and presented their first concert at ages 10 and 13. More information on the artists at Presented by Kalakendra at the First Baptist Church 909 SW 11th 7:30PM $25

Friday, October 09, 2015

October 9 Mystery

Tony Hope and Marissa Jezak open a show at S1 tonight. Appears to be word art and collage. At S1 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 08, 2015

October 8 Garage As Beacon

Cherry & Lucic continue Portland's gallery in a garage tradition annealed by Appendix, Little Field and Carhole.

Tonight they present London artist Ellie Ga with Measuring The Circle. It is video and sculpture inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt on Pharos Island. It is the first lighthouse tower, built around 280BC. It was a wonder of he world in its time until toppled by earthquakes between 956 and 1323. The stones were recycled as is universal in that part of the world.

At Cherry & Lucic 4077 NE 7th 6:30PM-10 Free

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

October 7 Story Beam

Art Department faculty member Sabina Haque has Storylines, video and installation themed on conflict in the horn of Africa, exmigration from war-civil war zones and narratives gathered from Somalians in Portland. I wonder if the project comprehends that the civil war attacks in Somalia, 1993, on UN food distribution resulted directly in the decision by Western actors not to intervene in the Rwandan genocide?

There will be a panel discussion October 22, at 6:30PM-8 on the show and the recent history that inspires it.

At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250
1825 SW Broadway 5PM-7 Free

Beam Projects has an art show in a home open tonight, thereafter by appointment. It is the project of Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty, who have been doing shows in live work spaces, often film and video.

Both artists are well known for landscape and documentaries on people in place

Aurora is a photo show by Alain LeTourneau on Aurora, Kansas, birthplace of the artist's grandfather.

Aurora at Beam Projects 5232 N Williams 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 01, 2015

October 4 Concept Pure Blue

Blue Sky celebrates their 40th with a reception and party this afternoon. If you like, you may dress in 1975 period clothing! They will have a DJ. No word on if they will play disco. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 1PM-6 Free

Kartz Ucci is a local artist-academic who used graphic design ideas in her conceptual art. It can easily be done poorly; Ucci was much smarter about it. There is a retrospective of her work opening this afternoon. There is a much better explanation of her work on the Marylhurst website and in the Marylhurst monograph. There are more events surrounding the exhibition on October 25, October 30, November 9, November 17 and December 5. At the Marylhurst University Map 4PM-6 Free

Pure Surface is a collaborative performance by a mover, a writer and a filmmaker. Tonight, for #20, they are Tyler Brewington, text; Dora Gaskill, movement and Justine Highsmith, film. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6PM, performance 7 sharp Free

October 2 Eastside Art Openings

You can be a member of Newspace. In exchange, you can have discounts on classes and space rental. You also have the opportunity to show in their Members' Salon, which opens tonight. The full list of photographers and their links are on the Newspace website. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Haunt has midnight floral photography by Amy Wennerlind along with + vintage jewelry and flower arrangements. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9

Redux always does a spooky show this month each year. This month Sandy Peraza, born in Mexico and self taught, contributes pink with black illustrations on the theme. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Black Box has their group show, Photo Shoot. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Ryan Bubnis has Simplexity, graphic design influenced illustration. One Grand always draws a lively crowd. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Eutectic has a group show Pattern by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alexander Matisse, Ken Standhardt and John Vigeland. The theme is surface transformation of ceramics by pattern. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Worksound often has a small event on First Friday, not sure this month. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9 Free

October 2-3 Lacunae

The Lacuna Club is a small experimental music+experimental performance series of irregular events. They have operated in a private home, and now they occupy more public spaces. For two performances have Adam Rose, aka Antibody Corporation, from Chicago, Future Death Agency, providing sound, and Lucy Yim and Edward + Sidony providing movement along with artist-performer Kelly Mcgovern. There are two venues: Friday at the Watershed, and Saturday at Performance Works NW. Lacuna Club - Friday: Saturday:

Lacuna Club At 5050 SE Milwaukie 9PM Friday. 4625 SE 67th 8PM Saturday. $10

October 1 Westside Art Openings+

Blue Sky Gallery was started by artists in NW Portland of 23rd when that was a run down cheap neighborhood. Then they moved to the old PCVA walkup space in Chinatown when the neighborhood was unpopular. Then they had a space in an old brick Pearl District building guaranteed to be destroyed in an earthquake when the Pearl was just getting respectable. That was 40 years ago. Along the way, they have broken photographers like Richard Misrach. Commercial galleries watch them to recruit new artists.

This month they have arranged many of their photographers to print over 300 works in small format ~8x10 in one of a kind edition for sale at a very reasonable $40, plus whatever tax deductible donation you might add.

Thomas Alleman has photos of cities Xiangshawan, Ordos City and Hohhottraveled in Inner Mongolia, China. His monochrome Holga photos capture the modernization and industrialization of these cities in a nomadic high desert. The area has one quarter of the world's coal reserves, natural gas and rare minerals; it is a national sacrifice zone. And it is following the development with a Chinese face tactic of large Han in migration, diluting the indigenous Mongol population. Perhaps it is the reverse of the historic pattern of Mongols taking control of China.

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

Adam Sorensen releases a new series of luminous schematic landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Enfant terrible Jim Riswold has Tips for Artsists Who Don't Want to Sell. Riswold is an ex-adman who naturally explores provocative themes in his work. One of his tactics is to sample Hitler into his sculptures and photographs. He has found that Hitler art does not sell well. Now he is experimenting with Kim Jong Un. We'll see how that works. He has an artist talk October 10, noon in the gallery. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Katherine Longstreth presents Marginal Evidence. It is a three room installation making a window into modern dance choreography, its collaborative process, and with a forensic eye, including music, video, drawings, writing and photography. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-8 Free

Elisabeth Horan has arranged 5 years of materials from her studio into a sort of timeline collage over 5 days in the gallery. You can see the result tonight. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

There is a 20th anniversary group show at Froelick if you would like to get a sense of what the gallery shows. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

PNCA & PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft, Adams & Ollman and Upfor continue shows. 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 usually about 9 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

W+K is another often worth visiting spot. It has an inconsistent schedule, not every First Thursday, and curation all over the map. Some work is preoccupied by its embrace with design and advertising. But their last show of Malia Jensen, who received an early commission for the giant beaver which graces the entry, was excellent. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

And on the Keep Portland Weird theme, MonstraSomnia is a group show or outsider artists on a Halloween theme. At Refuge 116 SE Yamhill 9PM-midnight Free

October 1-3 Memories Before History

Butoh is an experimental modern dance style originating in Japan in 1959. Sankai Juku from Japan and France is responsible for exporting butoh to the world beginning in the early 1980s. Their style is one of the most refined and elegant - they are a great introduction to the genre. Video excerpts of their performances are widely available on the Internet. It is extremely rare for groups from Japan to tour the US. There are occasional performances in Portland and Seattle by local performers.

For 3 evenings Sankai Juku returns to Seattle, a city significant to them, with Umusuna: Memories Before History. They present a workshop Sunday.

Sankai Juku at the University of Washington World Series Meany Hall UW Campus 8PM $50-55

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27 YouWho, We're Back

Portland's adult-child variety show put on by artist-musicians returns. The thesis is that adults need not be bored to oblivion by childrens' material and the reverse, which is really more important. Small ones might need earplugs so bring them for the whole family. Follow them @youwhoportland. At the Crystal Ballroom. Doors noon, show one. $10