Friday, September 14, 2018

September 14-16 Utopias

Utopian Visions Art Fair is a little different. It's little. Many of the fair participants have brought just a few artists that matter. It's curated by Asha Bukojemsky, from Portland with work in London, now an independent curator. Srijon Chowdhury is the instigator.

"Utopian Visions Art Fair (UVAF) is an alternative art fair that provides a platform for artists, gallerists, and curators to present projects that work towards possible, alternative futures.

Art fairs allow transparency for conversations around the art world’s reliance on capitalist systems. Taking this model, UVAF asks: How do we free art from a system that both gives art its value but also makes it powerless? Presenting a range of collaborative, site-specific, accessible and community-oriented artist projects, UVAF will present an environment that explores and promotes engaged dialogue surrounding these topics.

The fair will include installations, performances, outdoor projects and a program of open conversations."

Artists include John Riepenhoff Experience, Carmen Winant, Alice Konitz, conversations curated and hosted by Asha Bukojemsky, the Institute for Interspecies Art and Relations with: Aidan Koch, Shawn Creeden, Lisa Schonberg & Mixed Needs, The Institute for Queer Ecology with: POSADAS (Pablo Herza + Ignacio Hernández Murillo), Private Places with: M. Page Greene, Manuel Arturo Abreu, U: Curated by Ana Iwataki and Marion Vasseur Raluy with: Kim Farkas, Alix Ferrand, Anna-Lisa Hölger, Hanna Hur and Michael Kennedy Costa, Lila de Magalhaes & Harley Hollenstein, Benjamin Reiss, Brittany Shepherd, Naoki Sutter-Shudo, Et Al with: Laurie Reid & Cybele Lyle, Chicken Coop Contemporary with: Rnar Asgeirsson, The Orchards with: Chi Tran & Chaz Stobbs, Conduit, Williamson | Knight with: Maximiliano, 2727 California Street, Victor Maldonado with: Laura Medina, Marie Conner, Vanessa Briones Englund & Julian Adoff, Nicolo Gentile & Sam Williams, Lundgren Gallery with: Christopher Richmond, OV Project Space with: Cat Ross, the Pegasus Project, Garden with: Genevieve Belleveau & Themba Alleyne, Sarah Rosalena Brady, Sarah McMenimen, Lindsey A. Schulz & Kyle Welker, Keith J Varadi with: Joshua Bienko, Naomi Fry, Jeremy Jansen & Joe Sola, the Institute for New Connotative Action, Derek Franklin, Emma Courtney Cook, Midori Hirose & Mia Ferm with: Sam Hamilton, Ben Glas, Daniel Menche, Shannon Kerrigan, Nick Bindeman & Danny Sasaki, Lucy Chinen curated by Jesse Stecklow, Tropical Contemporary, Good Weather with: Layet Johnson, Demian Diné Yazhi’ and Upfor with: Moreshin Allahyari.

We believe OV Project space, a block away is a satellite, check their schedule at the fair.

The Utopian Visions Art Fair
at 518 SE 76th. Friday September 14, 5PM-8, Saturday September 15, 11PM-4 and Sunday September 16, 11PM-4 Free

September 14 Abstract Surrealism

Claiborne Colombo has abstract layered landscapes. At 1122 Gallery, gallery in a garage, 1122 SE 88th. 6PM-9 Free

Erik Mark Sandberg brings his pop surrealism from LA to Portland along with Jillian Evelyn making Shepard Fairey-style work. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

Friday, September 07, 2018

September 7 Eastside Art Openings

Redux has a show, Repose, tonight through Thanksgiving. Artists
Casey Capell, Mike Wellins, Heidi Elise Wirz, Kendra Binney, Helen Mask, Alea Bone, Alison Greyson, Emily Brown, Anneke Wilder, Kirsten Moore, Mavis Leahy, Mary Coleman, Isaac Fletcher Weiss, Brent Wear, Robyn Lee Williams and Lisa Laser contribute. That's a great collection for a a good project. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9 Free

Photo Shoot: 2018 is a photographic portrait, still life and landscape show, At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

We like the energy of True Measure and the hard work of Jesse Reno. He has his own show there tonight. At True Measure 3022 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

The LA show is Jillian Evelyn and Erik Mark Sandberg. It's graphic design and pop surrealism work. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

Susan Thayer and Cary Weigand have new ceramic work tonight. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

September 6 Westside Art Openings

Portlander Chris Rauschenberg is a photographer, facilitator - co-founding Blue Sky, collector and a curator. Inspired by Charles Harbutt’s Blind Boy, Rauschenberg shows Touch works on the theme human sensation. Artists include Thomas Alleman, Catherine Angel, Talya C. Arbisser, Eugene Atget, Rich Bergeman, Cecilia Berkovic, Skyra Beveridge, Richard Brown, Jamila Clarke, Vernoll Coleman, Celeste Cottingham, Paul Dahlquist, Aristide Economopoulos, Sidney Felsen, Michelle Frankfurter, Mary Frey, Patricia Galagan, Dorothy Glenn, Alison Grippo, M Bruce Hall, Anita Hamremoen, Charles Harbutt, Phil Harris, Craig Hickman, Ann Hughes, Birney Imes III, Gwynne Johnson, Sara Kirschenbaum, Les Krims, Justine Kurland, Dorthea Lange, Robert Langham, Zun Lee, Catherine Leuthold, Holly Lynton, Robert Lyons, Chema Madoz, Heather McClintock, Julie Mihaly, Jennifer Lynn Morse, Zanele Muholi, David Pace, Gordon Parks, Keri Pickett, Ann Ploeger, Gus Powell, Romualdas Požerskis, Jana Romanova, Irina Rozovsky, Nadia Sablin, Kris Sanford, Dona Schwartz, Joshua Smith, Jan Sonnenmair, Larry Sultan, Chip Thomas, Paul Trevor and Carol Yarrow. Recommended. Matt Eich also has a show I Love You, I'm Leaving. At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Momopixel is a compelling artist-designer. If you don't have time for the video, take our word for it. Her art is animation, 8-bit stylie. She recontextualizes her work into the art works at Ground Kontrol tonight, where you can play her Hair Nah. There is a rare admission charge for first Thursday, but there is freeplay. At Ground Kontrol 115 NW 5th 7PM-11 $10

Encounters is a show of Japanese artists participating the the Yale Union End of Summer residency. The residency results are shown here and in Japan. Northwest artists represented by the gallery join them. It is a representation of the long time relationship between Portland and Japan. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Malia Jensen makes sculpture, and 2d work. It's morphed over the years. Newest is Yields in ceramic. Longtime artist and PNCA painting faculty Judy Cooke has paintings Conversations: Aluminum, Oil, Rubber. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Samantha Wall is a preternatural skill with large scale ink washes capturing the body. Her newest work, Phantom Limbs opens this evening. Lisa Jarrett has Imagining Home -100 exercises in empathy (Part 3), a social practice project. Melanie Stevens has If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late, a large tapestry imaged from broadcast news. At Laura Russo Lee Gallery 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 early close Free

Utopia Without You by Tabitha Nikolai is an installation, a video game and other works. At Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders early close. early close 6PM-8 Free

Amy Stephens has minimalist sculptures Land | Reland [Portland]. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 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: Christi Denton and Glenn Sogge. In the Ace Hotel Lobby 1022 SW Stark 6PM-8 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

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 6PM-9ish Free

September 5 Unwalking Borderlines

Unwalking the West is a readout by Signal Fire artists. Tonight the show opens with a panel discussion by the artists Sarah Farahat, Joe Hedges, Garrick Imatani, Rachelle Reichert, Rick Silva, Ilvs Strauss and curators Ka’ila Farrell-Smith of Signal Fire and Mack McFarland of PNCA. At PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6:30PM-8 Free

Fernanda D'Agostino opens Mapping (Borderline) a 6 month, multi-site work on "the intersections between climate change, mass migration and surveillance." Tonight is a projected collage of moving images in the public space of Open Signal. We are interested in following the works over months. At Open Signal 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 7PM-9 Free

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Septemer 1 Post Apocalyptic Masterpiece Date

The Olympic Mills Commerce Center has sometimes had interesting shows. For a time they had sprawling shows of many dozens of artists all at once. This one is two.

Angelee van Allman has And A Thing Called Love, images a post apocalyptic world of gas masks. Julia Oldham has Dogs of Future Earth, collage envisioning a future earth without humans, but with dogs. It was inspired by a documentary she shot in the Chernobyl reactor area, abandoned by humans and reclaimed by wild and feral animals.

At the Olympic Mills Commerce Center 107 SW Washington 6PM-9 Free

Nathan Paul Rice had drawings and paintings Masterpiece / Good Job / Big Shit. at Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 5PM-7 Free

New space Carnation Contemporary, inside the Disjecta Building, hosts a show of their collective members, First Date. At Carnation Contemporary 8371 N Interstate 6PM-8 Free

Jaleesa Johnston has Encounters. It is shown in a gallery in a living room, opening tonight, with limited hours over its run or by appointment. At Indivisible 2544 SE 26th 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, August 09, 2018

August 9-12 Converge 45 Opens

Converge 45 is a Portland visual art event with strong curation. It was created to bring internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to Portland. It was created to create interactions between noted Portland artists and international artists. It was designed in an arc around curator Kristy Edmunds. This is the culmination of that arc for you to see.

The acclaimed guest artists have never had major shows in Portland. Ann Hamilton in a lyric minimal installationist. I've found her works simple and rich enough to not require an idea to stand on their own. For instance, Accountings, at the Henry, engaged textures underfoot, the smell of wax, and the sound of birds along with obsessively labored visual elements, the movement of birds, their droppings and South American ritual objects. Seattle has always had more commissioning resources and they have been working with Hamilton on another big project on the pier. Portland gets a more modest variation of her Armory project Event of a Thread a series of swings activating curtains of shear cloth amidst poetic sound recordings. That evolved into Habitus, with an open source of collected readings, Habitus is installed at the Centennial Mills ruin. It opens 2PM-5 Friday, followed by a talk 6:30 at Reed. The installation is open Friday – Sunday, 3PM-7, August 10 – September 16. Free. That area is not convenient for parking, so consider walking, biking and transit.

Jenny Holzer is a minimal word artist. She made the LED reader board her canvas akin to Barbra Krugers Life Magazine style printed word works. She has expanded her material canvas to architectural projections, billboard trucks and words on graffiti-style canvases. Her early work was aphorism-inspired; it's sharpened its political and social point over time. This show is a large collection of prints lent by the Jordan Schnitzer museum.It opens Thursday 5PM-7 with the artist speaking at 6. It is at PNCA and viewable PNCA gallery hours after. All free.

King School Museum of Contemporary Art has an international exhibition opening in the 15 NE Hancock apace Friday 4PM-7.

There are other free events through the weekend on the project website.

Converge 45, Various locations and times. Free

Saturday, August 04, 2018

August 5 Together

Putting Itself Together is a show by Justin Caguiat, Indah Datau, Phil Davis and Sara Malpass. It's curated by recent art school grads Jenni Crain and Lydia Glenn-Murray. At Chicken Coop Contemporary 12400 SE Knapp 5PM-8 Free

August 4 Robot Uprising

Artists are the original and continuing technologists. Consider DaVinci. It goes back to the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Mesopotamians and Chinese. It goes back before them. In the current era, artists were early adopters of electronic sound, film and video.

So it's no surprise Dutch recent art school grads Marie Caye and Arvid Jense have a hackathon today with the readout tonight. The project theme is artificial intelligence and autonomous machines.

Sensory Performance at Blanc Space 215 SE 9th Ave, Studio 307 7PM Free

Thursday, August 02, 2018

August 2 Westside Art Openings+

Many galleries are doing group shows. By coincidence, many of tonight's interesting shows close early at 8. Some are on the Eastside.

Grace Weston is a portland photographer known for constructing miniature dioramas and photographing them with short depth of field lenses. Many have the Lensbaby or plastic camera look of the center in focus and the surround in vague focus. Escaping Gravity is her first large scale installation, inspired by "loss, liberation and water." It will be exciting to see the result as she occupies the Nine Gallery.

In Blue Sky proper, Julie Anand and Damon Sauer have Ground Truth, photographs of 1960's era surveillance satellite ground targets from the Corona Project. The 60 foot diameter targets were used to calibrate spy satellite images of the Soviet Union and China. The satellites used film at about 170 megapixel resolution and up to 1.8 meter ground resolution, which was retrieved by airplanes capturing falling capsules. Light: On the South Side are 1970's candid portraits by Michael Abramson exposed in Chicago night clubs.

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

Willie Little turned his communication degree into an art career combining the visual language of self-taught Southern artists with social commentary on our country's racial injustices, continuing. He also makes abstract paintings. Growing up in North Carolina, he now moves his residence and art career to Portland, Oregon, where we could use some help we don't think we need. He gave a talk on his work and move to Portland: At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8PM Free

Hello! Good Morning! and Cargo bring a pop up of Tokyo's Tambourin Gallery. We are missing Matt Wagner's curation, this is likely a narrower, less edge, range of work. Cargo's show is Sunday 81 SE Yamhill 2PM-6. Both Eastside. At 2419 NE Broadway early close 4PM-8 Free

Claire Fontaine is an artist duo, British and Italian, working in Paris. They adopt conceptual and readymade tactics. Same War Time Zone is a pair of clocks representing the people of Gaza separated from the people of Israel by a wall. The floor of the gallery is papered with news, printed on paper. The artists usually operate in museums, so this show is special for Portland. At Williamson|Knight 916 NW Flanders 6pm-8 early close Free

Upfor has a 5 year anniversary show. They have good curation. If you are not familiar with them, it is a good opportunity to see their range. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

P:ear has Inner Landscapes by Jeff Leake. He works with neuroscientists to study neuroaesthetics. At P:ear 338 NW 6th early close 5PM-8 Free

Butters has a 30th anniversary group exhibition by gallery artists Katherine Levin-Lau, Julie Rall, Dorothy Goode, Ted Katz, Debra Van Tuinen, Jeffrey Butters, Andrea Schwartz-Feit, Susan Hall, Mark Rediske, Axel Breutigam, Fred Holcomb and more. Eastside. At Butters Gallery 157 NE Grand Early close 6PM-8 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: Szymon Kaliski and Amulets. In the Ace Hotel Lobby 1022 SW Stark 6PM-8 Free