Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 18 Object Artifacts

Rose Dickson is a minimal artist in a variety of mediums. She speaks about her process and narrative. Sponsored by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. It's a brown bag lunch in the Miller Room (first floor to the right in the lobby of the former the Masonic temple) of the Mark Building. 1219 SW Park Noon Free

Friday, July 06, 2018

July 7 OV

Martina de Porres and Lucas Argento have a show. It is at the always recommended OV Project Space, a gallery in the basement of a home, Portland style-y. At OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 8PM-11 Free

July 6 Eastside Art Openings

Nationale has an unusual first Friday opening tonight. It is paintings Cover Up by Sarah Mikenis. Bright and Summery, using found fabric as canvas. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 6PM-8 Free

True Measure is the artist studio Jesse Reno and Melissa Monroe. They are doing more shows of guest artists, including this month's Skate X Collage, a group show with Matt Mercurio, Jeremy Pegg, Ryan Bodiroga, Corey Lee Nicholson, Skip Marcotte, Jacob Silberger-Franek, Phonkadelic, Scott Majors, Paul Fujita and Rob Rodgers. At True Measure truemeasuregallery.com 3022 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Meryl Pataky has neon along with abstract landscapes - Crumbling Castles by Adam Friedman. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

Finding Figures is a show of figurative approaches Gracie Ellison, Pace Taylor, Nicolo Gentile. At Project Object projectobject.co 2502 NE Sandy Blvd. 5PM-8 Free

The 811 is a retail destination sometimes with art to explore. A fun thing this evening is a plant exchange hosted by Haunt. At Haunt www.hauntstudio.blogspot.com 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9 Free

Black Box has group show Camera Work: Landscape and Architecture. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Eutectic has a show of functional pots for food. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, July 05, 2018

July 5 Westside Art Openings

Many galleries are doing group shows or carrying over this month as the dog days arrive early.

Jerry Mayer and Ellen George are a Portland art couple known for their minimal sculpture work solo and duo. Mayer is one of the founding members of the Nine space within Blue Sky. Nine has been operating for 10 years in its current space, before that in the Solheim building. In most galleries, the walls are patched and painted between shows. Ten years of patching and painting have left some bumps and binks in the walls of the Nine. In Here, the artists have outlined the scars in pencil.

In Blue Sky proper, Pedro David has Hardwood, documenting eucalyptus plantations in Brazil and Alia Ali has Borderlands.

At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Eva Lake in s Portland artist nee New York. She has done op art paintings. She has also done some pretty handsome collages. Her newest are an Egypt series, combining dynastic imagery with images of women. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8PM 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 Free

The Ace Hotel has a First Thursday experimental music event curated by Sounds et al. It pairs well with Veriform's sound gallery First Thursday, but it detracts from people flowing to galleries and it is a very small space. This month: Invisible Cities and Jonathan Sielaff. In the Ace Hotel Lobby 1022 SW Stark 6PM-8 Free

Friday, June 29, 2018

June 30 Seedy

Albina is one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods and was an independent city at one time. It's been thoroughly destroyed by highways, railroads and access to the river blocked by large industrial facilities and ruins. It's polluted too. There are a few old buildings in the neighborhood for a sense of what was: the old Widmer building, Beam and Anchor, some buildings on Russell, the old Ripe Family Dinner building, and some are artist work spaces. The North Coast Seed Building is one, a complex of artist studios in Albina. Today is their annual open studios, most of the artists open their studios. They also have a large solar array on the roof! Strongly recommended. May not be perfectly wheel chair accessible. At 2127 N. Albina Noon-8 Free

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 28 On Film

Tatsuo Takei is an Osaka-based surfing photographer who travels the world shooting on film. If you have seen the film Endless Summer, his work has that feel. He drops his book Authentic Wave in Portland tonight. It is a history of classic longboard surfing. He has been traveling to California for 20 years and living the #vanlife for three months a year shooting it.

He has worked hard to find the 60's cars and casual shots that make the best surfing seem effortless. The film is graded to the classic Kodachrome and very noisy Tri-X vintage look. He shoots Super 8 and stills on vintage cameras too. The film version of Authentic Wave has a pretty goofy 50s-60s jiggly jangly soundtrack. It's a great complement to his short on surfer Tommy Witt.

At Leeward, 2504 NE Sandy 7PM Free

Friday, June 22, 2018

June 23 Home School Field Day

Field Day is an arts event, primarily performance, organized by Home School. All the infos, there's a lot: http://homeschoolpdx.tumblr.com/. At Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock 2PM-8 Free

June 22-23 A Hiddur Mitzvah: My Own Saviour, I Do

A Hiddur Mitzvah: My Own Saviour, I Do is a 24 hour media installation by Kello Goeller. It is her personal impressionist meditation on the 24 hour (x 7 x 365 x hope it ends soon!) media culture.

Seminal cultural theorist Bill McKibben, with a career spanning the New Yorker and 350.org, undertook a similar labor with his 1992 Age of Missing Information project. Since, the media has greatly perfected its hooks, daggers, triggers and assault on privacy as well as assault on identity.

Goeller's project is more Joycean, filtered through the lens of a working media art maker in today's culture. The source material is primarily a long accumulation of artist-made source footage, not commercial footage.

Goeller brings the Jewish spiritual philosophy practice of hiddur mitzvah to the making and viewing the video. It is a sharpening and deepening exercise. The 25 hour event is contextualized within the tradition of Sabbath and the ritual of Shabbat.

Friday at 8:45PM ritual candles will be enflamed and blessings over bread and wine entoned. Then there will be a short performance by Goeller. The 24 hour video begins at 9PM. Ending the cycle Saturday at 9PM there will be a one hour discussion with the artist.

Goeller is a great experimental artist. We are always excited when they make larger projects with funding and collaborators. Sight unseen, this might be an example.

The exhibit space requests you contact them by private message ahiddurmitzvah@gmail.com to experience the installation late night or morning. The venue has stairs. Please contact as soon as you can for ADA accessibility.

It is in a private residence.

At My Apartment Wall http://www.megangraceharned.com/my-apartment-wall/ 6804 SE Pardee 8:45PM Friday to 10PM Saturday

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 22 Meet Brand Colors

Where We Meet is a show of artists Ektor Garcia and Pei-Hsuan Wang guest curated by Little Rock's Good Weather Gallery. The Chicken Coop Gallery openings are leisurely and a good opportunity for conversation and a snack. At Chicken Coop Contemporary www.chickencoopcontemporary.com 12400 SE Knapp 5PM-8 Free

Vala Rae is a collaborative exhibition and brand launch by Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts of functional ceramics. At Dust to Dust http://dusttodust.space 3636B N Mississippi - inside Beacon Sound Map 6PM-8 Free

Colors So True is the first solo exhibition by photographer Clifford Prince King from LA. At Melanie Flood Projects, www.melaniefloodprojects.com 420 SW Washington St #301 6PM-8 Free

June 21 The Bern

Amy Bernstein is a smart arts writer and a unique painter. Tonight she is the guest artist selecting a work at the Portland Art Museum and discussing her response to it. The event is limited to an intimate group, so suggest getting tickets on the Art Museum website in advance. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park. 6PM-8 $5 members, $19.99 non-members (includes museum admission)