Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19 Colour

Gamblin Artists Colors makes paints and mediums for artists. Their main products are oil paints, mineral pigments mixed with oil, ideally less toxic oil. Scott Gellatly from the company talks about the process and then how artists select a palette - a specific set of colors creating a theme or look for their paintings. 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 www.handeyesupply.com/pages/curiosity-club 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17 Eyeing Dance

Modern dance, movement, performance, experimental, art goes in cycles in Portland. Just when you think it is dead, some cells in the petri dish start multiplying. One such creative life form is the Pure Surface monthly. It ia a collaboration between a dancer, a writer, and a videomaker. Pure Surface #16 today is Ajna Lichau, film; Endi Bogue Hartigan, text; Dawn Stoppiello, dance. Pure Surface www.puresurface.info at Valentines valentinespdx.com 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6:00PM, performance 7 sharp Free

Occasionally we dip into the modern dance worlds here. Dance can be arranged in lineages: studied with who studied with. I have always heard the name Yvonne Rainer spoken with reverence by modern dance friends. If you want to know what that is all about, you can see the film Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer. She is active today at age 80. Part of the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, with the director and producer presenting. Advance tickets at http://www.queerdocfest.org/film/feelings-facts-life-yvonne-rainer/. Film at the Hollywood Theater www.hollywoodtheatre.org 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 4:30PM $11

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 Game Kinfolk

Surplus Space does not shy experimental curation. We are not a fan of mass pop culture applied to art. Or gamification of everything. But that is the conceit tonight. Competitive spectator curation. http://opencall2015.tumblr.com/ At Surplus Space www.SurplusSpace.info 3726 NE 7th 7:30 Free

Not art, but there is a talk on the Kinfolk phenomena by its founder Georgia Frances King. In the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30 Free

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 13 Abstraction

Mary Henry (1913 - 2009), is known for bright geometric abstract paintings. Tonight a show of her work opens. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

May 12 A Show About Nowhere

Recess presents A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere by Martine Syms. It is an experimental situational comedy two channel video work comenting on the representation of African Americans and their lives in television culture. Syms speaks tonight. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free

Saturday, May 09, 2015

May 11 Pandering

Portland has several art families. One is the Panders. Henk Pander is a grand painter. His sons are illustrators, graphic novelists and film makers. Some of their film work shows tonight. Not showing, but worth looking up is their early experimental film The Operation, they reprised it in a project shown at Disjecta. Tonight Selfless is a feature cyber-noir film on identity theft. Subtext is a short on relationships as mediated by text messages. Recommended. At the Hollywood Theater www.hollywoodtheatre.org 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 6:30PM $8

Thursday, May 07, 2015

May 9 Song in a Bottle

The World Is Not the Earth is a group show by James Castle, John O'Reilly, Blair Saxon-Hill, Austin Eddy and Timmy Straw. Tonight Timmy Straw performs, creating a great opportunity to see the show. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th. 7PM Free

Kyle Simon has The Catacombs, prints, paintings, ceramic sculptures, text and media. It is inspired by his fantasies of archaeoacoustics, sound stored in ancient pottery vessels. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina. Map 8PM-10

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

May 8 Paint Grad

Tiffany Calvert, Reed professor and painter, references historical works. You can see www.facebook.com/events/896178483779776 at Carl & Sloan Contemporary www.carlsloan.com in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

Meanwhile next door Disjecta has a show of UO MFA graduates Farhad Bahram, Fei Chen, Matt Christy, Alex Krajkowski, Anne Magratten, Andrew Oslovar, Brandon Siscoe, Megan St. Clair, John Tolles and Jessie Rose Vala. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-9 Free

May 7 Westside Art Openings

The President is visiting disrupting traffic downtown, to and from, including the streetcar and the Max.

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery has a group show of select visual artists exhibited by PICA from 1995 to 2005. Artists include Francis Alÿs, Erika Blumenfeld, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Roland Brener, Tseng Kwong Chi, Nan Curtis, Harrell Fletcher, MK Guth, Carol Hepper, Jim Hodges, Ryoji Ikeda, Malia Jensen, Anish Kapoor, Dinh Q. Lê, Shirin Neshat, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Swallow Press (x2), Kate Shepherd, Valeska Soares, Robert Wilson, and Jin-me Yoon. PICA caught some early, some mid- and a few late; it launched a few successful careers too. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map. 6PM-9 Free

Sarah Horowitz is a printmaker. She has also been making one of a kind sumi ink works, including this series In the Pines. She has become one of Portland's experts on handmade Japanese papers, making the work on them. Recommended. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8

Nadia Sablin, presents From the Mountains and to the Sea. She was born in Leningrad, pre-the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and came to Ohio age 12 as the city was renamed St Petersburg. She returns to the extents of the former Soviet Union to photograph regularly. This work was made in Ukraine.

Scott Dalton has an impressionist photo essay Where the River Bends. It is set in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas; dual border towns.

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

Midori Hirose has The Joker is Wild. She is well known for kawaii-flavored installations. She also has a talk about the work and performance May 14, 7PM. Tonight it opens in the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite Littman Gallery, PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway. 5PM-8 Free

Dana Lynn Louis is a sculptural installationist. Her work is organic, tending toward minimalism. She has a large gallery show here, opening tonight. At Laura Russo Gallery www.laurarusso.com 805 NW 21st 5PM-8

Duplex has Those Days Are Over by Jeremy Okai Davis inspired by found 1970s photographs. At Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9

Ben Buswell closes No One Above or Below. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

The Living With Glass show closes mid-month, so this is the last opportunity to see it for free. At the Museum of Contemporary Craft www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org 724 NW Davis 6PM-8

Mitsuya Watanabe opens illustrations Immaculate Eve. At Hellion Gallery www.helliongallery.com through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style. 19 NW 5th second floor. Map 7PM-9 Free

Around the city are graduating and in-progress MFA shows. That includes at the UO White Box - interdisciplinary program students Anya Dikareva, Summer Gray, Krista Heinitz, Steven Joshlin, Daniel P. Lopez, Sarah Mikenis, Stephen Nachtigall, Rachel Widomski. PSU Galleries have shows, some on a two week cycle. The joint PNCA-OCAC program has a show that went up last week. Mid-month, PDX and Upfor have shows. Disjecta opens one Friday.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Pam Minty video in the AB Lobby Gallery, PSU Art Building, 1st floor, 2000 SW 5th. 4PM - 7 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-10:30ish

May 6 Direct Route By Past

Once upon a time, the Portland Art Museum awoke from a traditionalist art and meandering regionalism dream and created a contemporary art program. After a few successful years of the program, the Museum hired a new director who focused on impressionism, blockbuster pop shows and alienating progressive board members. So the contemporary art staff quit, going to SFMOMA and starting PICA.

PICA took a radical approach for the time, not taking government money. It was an insight, as the culture wars by conservative politicians soon dismantled peer-reviewed curation of adventurous contemporary art at the National Endowment of the Arts. In a common tactic, funding was reduced and shifted to block grants to the states.

PICA was supported by creative technologists, creative agencies and creative individuals. It was a gathering place. Unfortunatley it is not today what it was. But they do throw a good party later in the month.

Tonight the original founder of PICA, Christy Edmunds, now performance curator at UCLA speaks. She is joined by some early PICA players, Kristan Kennedy and Topher Sinkinson. Kennedy is PICA's current visual arts curator.

The event accompanies a show at the gallery by artists PICA showed in the day.

At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 5PM Free

Pam Minty speaks about her video work Direct Route tonight. Minty is known for her landscape documentary about the little-populated lower right hand quarter of Oregon. With Direct Route, she adds more characters and narrative: "Direct Route observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings, alongside landscapes and recollections prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience".

The 45 minute work runs in the AB Lobby Gallery for the next 2 weeks. There will be a reception for the work there, Thursday from 4PM-7

Talk in the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7PM Free