Wednesday, September 02, 2015

September 3 Westside Art Openings

Eyebeam is a famous experimental technology art residency in New York. The genre is under represented in Portland. So it is worth a look to see guest artists from Eyebeam: Chloƫ Bass, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Zach Gage, Brian House and Addie Wagenknecht. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Deepwater: Traces of the Arctic is a series of paintings-embroidered images by Lauren Hartman, It is inspired by the Deep Water Horizon oil and gas drilling ship disaster in 2010. The floating drilling platform in 5000 feet of water was destroyed by a natural gas explosion. The well lacked proper blowout preventers. The subsequent well blowout dumped oil for 87 days into the Gulf of Mexico until it was capped. A similar blowout in shallower waters of the Alaskan arctic would have only a few months without ice to cap, and the ice itself could impinge upon and break the well pipes, with any repair delayed until the ice melted. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Longtime artists Laura Ross Paul, paintings, and Ronna Neuenschwander sculptures are at Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Kent Rogowski has Love = Love, jigsaw puzzle images constructed from mixed puzzles.

Peter Rock is a writer. Images from photographers Sophia Borazanian, Sara Lafleur-Vetter, Shaena Mallett, Peter Earl McCollough, and Colleen Plumb are on display, with his fictional narratives inspired by each work in show entitled Spell.

Who curated this show?

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

Ellen Lesperance has 2d work and textiles inspired by feminist artist Sylvia Sleigh (1916—2010) who painted males nude. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th early close 6PM-8 Free

Holding Sway is a joint exhibition of 41 faculty members and 31 alumni.

Skinning Vision is a solo show by PNCA grad Rebecca Mackay Rosen Carlisle with a focus on the body.

At PNCA, always worth a visit for unlisted shows, and the Alien She show 511 NW Broadway Map

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

September 3 Alien She

Alien She is an art show tracing the impact of the Riot Grrrl movement on culture, to now, with a focus on 7 multidisciplinary artists working now.

They are Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Pittsburgh; Tammy Rae Carland, Oakland; Miranda July, Los Angeles, nee Portland; Faythe Levine, Milwaukee; Allyson Mitchell, Toronto; L.J. Roberts, Brooklyn; and Stephanie Syjuco, San Francisco.

Olympia, WA was strongly involved in the early movement, influencing Portland and Seattle.

This show was curated through CMU by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, Riot Grrrls from that time, themselves.

It runs until January 9. First Thursdays are free at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The curators lead a walkthrough Friday 12:30PM beginning at the 511 Gallery at PNCA free. The website has a more elegant explaination:

At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis early close at 8 Free

And at PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map until 9+ Free

September 2 Confessions

Jessica Jackson Hutchins opens Confessions, a retrospective of work to date by the Portland artist.

The show is distributed between the Lumber Room and the Reed College Cooley Gallery.

The Lumber Room has not announced their hours for the show, but Friday and Saturday noon-5 is a common schedule for them.

There is a reception September 27 at the Lumber Room 1PM-4. Talk September 29 6:30PM in the Reed College Chapel. Book Publication Party November 7 at Container Corps 4PM-6 800 SE 10th

At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map Free

At the Reed College Cooley Gallery 3203 SE Woodstock. Map Noon-5 Tuesday-Sunday Free

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

September 1 I am Curious Chroma

WTF is Money: The Past and Future of Cold, Hard Cash is a talk by Marcus Estes, cofounder of Portland startup Chroma Fund. It is a micro financing market for creative startups.

A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 27 Squirrels vs Humans

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen are Portland artists. Most of their work is conceptual and minimal. They have a 5 year old who has collaborated with them to make a book, Up With Toys. It has something to do with a battle between humans and squirrels which is too complicated to explain here. You can see it at their book release party organised by Recess Gallery at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop 523 SE Morrison 7PM-9

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24 Self Reflection and Forest for the Trees

Sara O’Keeffe, curator at the New Museum in New York, speaks on her experience curating the museum's 2015 Triennial. The curatorial themes included: "What are the new visual metaphors for the self and subjecthood when our ability to see and be seen is expanding, as is our desire to manage our self-image and privacy? Is it possible to opt out of, bypass, or retool commercial interests that potentially collude with national and international policy? How are artists striving to embed their works in the world around them through incursions into media and activism?" Should be a brainy talk, O’Keeffe graduated from Reed in 2010 with a degree in art history. The talk is at Reed College in the Chapel 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 6:30 Free

For a long time, murals were essentially banned in Portland. The City felt that the intersection of the Oregon constitution and the desire to control billboards also required banning murals. That logjam was eventually unstuck, unleashing some great mural making. One project is the Forest for the Trees NW project.

Each year has expanded and there are 29 international artists this year. Tonight is a concert kick off for this year's murals. Portugal the Man performs. Forest for the Trees kickoff pop party at White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th. 8PM $5

Friday, August 21, 2015

August 22 Jack In To The Matrix

Virtual Reality Movies. Yes, that is where you wear immersive goggles and enter the video. When you turn your head, the video is rendered in stereo3D as if you moved your gaze in the real world. This is very early in the art form, experimental. Each viewer is supported by a dedicated computer to render their specific view in the instant.

The first virtual reality film festival is today in Portland, Oregon. You can read about it at That it is in Variety says something. Tickets are at And you can tell you grandkids, 'Oh, yeah I was at the first one', if you can get them to unplug for a moment to listen. The Kaleidoscope Virtual Reality Film Festival at Flex Space, 1307 NW Overton. 3:30PM-8 $15

August 21 The Eighth Take

Melanie Flood Projects, taking the front space of Justin Oswald's 420 Washington space, presents Eight Takes. Emily Wobb, John Whitten, Erin Mallea, Lara Kim, Genevieve Goffman, Kello Goeller, Brittney Connelly and Travis Beardsley present works. At Melanie Flood Projects 420 SW Washington Suite 301 6PM-9 Free

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 20 Drive In Werd Ware

The Ware show at Surplus space has an artist talk tonight on the show closing. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 7PM Free

Just Take My Word For It is a show by Jodie Cavalier and Taro Mashushio. You can visit the gallery website and Facebook to figure out this. At S1 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

At the Drive In is a Summer series of drive in movies, at a notorious (in a good way) and precious, art live-work space. Several creative organizations have programmed evenings. Tonight is the Portland Museum of Modern Art and it is also a celebration of their third anniversary. They host Grand Style Orchestra, a light show, the Muppet movie cake, ice cream, hot dogs and popcorn - back to childhood! Bring blankets, pillows, chairs. At The Drive In PDX, 3001 NE Ainsworth. 8PM Free

August 18 Curious Melody

Melody Owen is a UO & NY schooled artist, working here and in the world. You can't exactly put your finger on what she does. It ranges from Portland igloos, carved narwal horns and whale sculptures to sampling vintage magazines. She speaks on her art projects and inspiration tonight.

A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

August 16 From Tuva With Love

Soriah is a force of nature. He combines Mexican indigenous mysticism with a fierce engagement in music. He immersed himself in Tuvan throat singing and won competitions there. He has a Tuvan family now which is held apart by US-Russia rivalries. Tonight he performs twice. As part of a reunion of band Black Orchid, and as throughout singer Soriah with keyboardist Ashkelon. At Star Theater 13 NW 6th 9PM sharp $10

Thursday, August 13, 2015

August 14 Not Your Mother's Garden, Your Great Grandmother's Garden

Newspace Photo has an historic Portland gardens show now. Tonight there is a slide show (remember those?) of hand-colored transparencies of Portland gardens exposed between about 1920 and 1940. The projections will be narrated by Suzanne Bishop of Portland Garden Club garden history committee. The slides are from the Oregon Historical Society collection. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6:30PM-8 Free