Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22 Kawaii Dogs

NY painter Sophie Larrimore has Sunday Painting opening today. They are bright schematic paintings of poodles. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20 Violet Pixies

Joy Feasley has Violets Under a Spell, paintings and fused glass sculptures inspired by the Aurora Borealis. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

George Kuchar was an experimental filmmaker. His work spanned video art to low budget drama. Tonight his films Phantom of the Pine Barrens, 1998, 49 minutes; Domain of the Pixel Pixies, 1998, 33 minutes and Weather Diary #3, 1998, 24 minutes screen His work is archived at the Video Data Bank where previews area available At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th. 7PM Free

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16 Gambling Profit

French artist Eva Barto presents two books on the imprint Buttonwood Press: All in, An Anthology of Gambling, 2016, and Give Way to Profit, 2016. Her recent work is focused on money and wealth. She speaks about her work this evening. At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 7PM Free

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 14 Hair Volt

Volt Divers is a night of analog synth performers. This month they are Anon, Darcy Neal + Lolo, Kakiharae, Cult Group II, Astrowarrior, Jakub Jerzy, Pixel Crusher and Cult Group I. Tonight 100% of the modest cover, $5, goes to the ACLU. Yes. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5

The Killjoy Collective is a project by recent PNCA MFA grads taking action to show women artists. Hair care businesses are a safe community space. Tonight is Safety in Numbers by Seattle artist Jono Vaughan. The artist has been working on the role of hair in identity. For this show they create a hair salon and perform in it. Safety in Numbers at Killjoy Collective 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B 7PM-9 Free

October 14, 15, 21, 22 Open Source

Portland Open Studios is a yearly event. Artists self-select, apply, are curated, are included in a guide and then open their studios. It is an opportunity to see what a working artist studio looks like, straightened up for guests.

In the past, you, the viewer and collector, paid a fee for a printed calendar and map to the studios, many in residences.

What is new is that there is a free app to guide you. There is an in-app upgrade if you want a map and images from the artists in your phone. Otherwise the images of artists works are on the Open Studios website. There is also a printed guide for sale - check their website.

Portland Open Studios Throughout town. 10AM-5. (better app) $4.99, (paper guide)$15, Free

October 13 Rainy Reflection

Peggy Sisouvong and Steven Mayer have Reflection Pools. At Grapefruits, 2119 N Kerby, STE D. 6PM-9 Free

Friday, October 06, 2017

October 6 Eastside Art Openings

Portland encaustic artist Elise Wagner has Climate Charts. Wagner has been inspired by science over several bodies of work. With climate and science a species-level concern, it is welcome artists are addressing it. She stealths scientific illustration into sensual, warm works. Is it OK to have something beautiful in our home to inspire changing the world? Yes. Eric Boyer also has small wire screen sculptures. Artist talk 6:30PM. At Butters Gallery 157 NE Grand 6PM-8 Free

The 811 building is always recommended. Black Box, upstairs, has a show ending at 8 - early. Redux has a regular show extending later. Other shops, up and down join in. The 811 building is always recommended. At 811 East Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free

Ann Ploeger is a Portland photographer. She is noted for commissioned straight-shot color portraits of individuals, couples and families in their homes. Her trademark is often clients/subjects in bare feet at home. She has The Woman Who Was Alive There, portraits of female-identified friends. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

Mike Lee & Betsy Walton have a show. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

One Grand has poppy Porous Walker. Their openings are fun whatever the work. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 8PM-11 Free

Inherent Terrain is a show by Rain Harris, Amanda Salov, Undine Brod and Sasha Koozel Reibstein. It is at Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

The Splendorporium is lovely Portland creative electricity. Their main vector is children art studioing and connecting to parents of self same. But that does not mean they can't be subversive in a good way. They are the root of an art bike moon ride tonight: - meet 5:30PM. Main show is on Tarot 7. Always worth a check. At 3421 SE 21st. 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 05, 2017

October 5 Westside Art Openings

Karolin Klüppel has Mädchenland, Kingdom of Girls, documentation of young people in Assam, India. They are indigenous Khasi people photographed in their town of Mawlynnong. Thomas Roma has Plato's Dogs, photos of the shadows of dogs. Kim Ray and D. Scott Clark have an installation, Reliquary: The Stuff We Save. They are photographic prints of the interiors of an elder relative they share. It is in the Nine Gallery. At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Enfant terrible Jim Riswold has prints has How to Make Fun of Nazis, unfortunately topical. Riswold is a former ad man at W+K. He doesn't shy from provocation. Karen Esler has detailed figure drawings in situ. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8PM Free

Riswold also has a very large show themed on cancer, death, bad men and women, medical research. It has plenty of 2d and substantial sculptures. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Mel Katz was in the thick of the NY art world of the 1950s. He has lived and taught in Portland for many years, bringing that experience. He has Options, abstract wall sculptures fabricated of aluminum. Betty Merken has Continuum pigment-saturated minimal sculpture and painting. Calvin Ross Carl has paintings I Am Here Until I Am Not, geometrics, icons and words. At Laura Russo Lee Gallery 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 early close Free

The weather will be perfect tonight for the RACC projection series which takes place in a parking lot at Park and Glisan. Pepper Pepper and friends will perform live. Their fun drag stylings will be captured live, sent through a kaleidoscopic MAX patch and projected on the large blank wall of the RACC building. Fun. We hope to see this around throughout the year. RACC First Thursday projection night. SW Park and SW Glisan. 7PM-9 Free

Raque Ford has con•fi•dence, abstract monoprints. It's at Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Upor continues General Song by Rodrigo Valenzuela. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Gallery 114 is a member coop, similar to Blackfish. It is a useful model, along with Tokyo's short rental gallery shows. They do video press releases which is interesting. But they are rarely on my sonar. This month they have guest Horatio Yung-Yan Law with Burnt Offerings, along with Mary Jo Mann with Un-Becoming, contrasting weeds and houseless humans in our urban environment. At Gallery 114 1100 NW Glisan 6PM-9 Free

The Jewish Museum has a permanent collection and traveling shows. They will be open until 8 on First Thursday in the previous Contemporary Craft Museum space.

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It is always evolving and there are many strong spaces. 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. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 1 Crafty Repurposed

Symmetry Breaking is a group show by Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison and Jane Schiffhauer. The theme of the show, curated by Blake Shell, nee the Clark College Archer Gallery and now Disjecta is the use of craft materials in contemporary art, oh so Northwesterly. Recommended show.

Symmetry Breaking at the Marylhurst University Map 4PM-6 Free

September 30 Tricks Toys and Joys

Marisa Manso has Tricks Toys and Joys. She removes painting from the frame, painting abstracts on low relief shapes and freestanding sculptures, sometimes incorporating illumination. She lives in Seattle, along with guest curator and sculptor, Francesca Lohmann. They have colaborated on shows together. It's fun work of quality by a recent MFA who has been getting good shows in Seattle alt spaces. Tricks Toys and Joys at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free