Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19-23 Photo Lucida

Photolucida happens every two years in Portland. It is a 'photography festival' wherein photographers may have their work critiqued by gallerists and experienced photographers, gallerists may find photographers, photographers are selected for recognition, and everyone makes love not war. It has paid registration for photographer programs which sell out far in advance. The full schedule is www.photolucida.org/portfolio-reviews/schedule/. There are a few events open to the public at no charge.

Thursday 6PM-9 is a portfolio walk in the Portland Art Museum Masonic Temple Marks Building Fields Ballroom. The public can see the Photolucida photographers' works. Friday is a photography book publisher display at Blue Sky Gallery 6:30PM-9.

Photolucida https://www.photolucida.org various locations and times, some events free.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 14 Sky Fall Space

This isn't an art talk. But it is a talk about archiving digital art. Eventually, the Sky Will Fall: The Crisis of Sustainability in the Digital Humanities is a talk by Andrew Johnstone. He is a young scholar studying the topic from the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. He provides his observations and possible solutions for digital archiving in libraries and museums. Post doc appointment trial? At Portland State University Millar Library 160. 1PM Free



Music For An Empty Space and A Full Mind by Ben Glas and Tyler Snazelle is a collaboration. Glas provides a sound field and Snazelle provides visual art. The One Grand events are always lively. At One Grand Gallery www.onegrandgallery.com 1000 E Burnside 8PM-11 Free



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 13 X Ex X

Xhurches are ex-churches; churches which have been repurposed to new uses. Matt Henderson and Van Pham have lived in one in Portland. Inspired, they have traveled around the US, capturing former churches, their new uses and interviewing the people occupying them. The result is a series to be previewed this evening; audience feedback requested. Xhurches www.xhurches.org At Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave 5PM-7 Free

Saturday, April 08, 2017

April 11 Pivot

Pecha Kucha Portland is back. This month's theme is pivot applied to creative challenges. Presenters are: Michael Hyp (Nike), Chris Angelus (Portland Food Adventures), Ben Kloch (365), Al Ochosa (Cura Cannabis Solutions), Cort Johnson (KINK Radio), John Freisse (Starve Ups), Stuart Getty (Sockeye), May Picard , Kris Regentin (ADX Portland), Jim Hassert (Grovemade), Katrina Yarnell (Organizers NW), Tommy Gibbons (Portland City Boxing). The talks are captured with the slides and are available after on the Pecha Kucha website. Pecha Kucha Portland www.pechakucha.org/cities/portland-or at Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 6:30PM, talks 7:30 $5 advance, $10 door

April 9 Lost Chord

Jack Ryan has The Lost Chord, a show of sculptures with sound transducers afixed. He is co-director of Ditch Projects, so you have an idea of the work.

A free shuttle service will leave NW 8th & Couch at 3:30PM and return to that location at approximately 5:30 on the day of the opening.

At the Marylhurst University www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/ Map 4PM-6 Free

April 8 Sensory Pose Divers

As part of photography month, Melanie Flood Projects, which often shows photography, has Basic Poses by Dru Donovan. She is from the Yale School, often working in monochrome. This show has photos and video. At Melanie Flood Projects, www.melaniefloodprojects.com 420 SW Washington St #301 4PM-7 Free



Sensory Gymnastics is the final show at Disjecta curated by Michele Fiedler from Mexico City. It includes Rasames Figueroa, Eric Mast and Harry Smith. Pablo Guardiola performs at 7:30. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free



Tonight modular synth performers FreeCaustic Touch, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Astral Synth Armada, SHH... with special performance by FLESHH, Glo Globes, The Viewer + Thomas Fang, Ben Davis, Dr. Strangeknob and Lasers of Love perform music. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5 for the ACLU

Friday, April 07, 2017

April 7-9 Stepping Butoh Dancing Seattle

The Seattle Butoh Festival performances are this weekend with a theme this year of body as politics, hidden histories revealed, the feminine in its multitude of guises, personal primordial journeys and journeys of acceptance, synthesis and unity. That pretty much covers everything, right?

Friday April 7 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Joan Laage and Sheri Brown.

Saturday April 8 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Helen Thorsen and Diana Garcia-Snyder.

Sunday April 9 Ken Mai (from Finland/Japan) performs with Seattle's Kaoru Okumura

The Seattle Butoh Festival www.daipanbutoh.com/seattle-butoh-festival/ at Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA. Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. Shoreline Community Collage Students free, Seniors & Students $15, $20

April 7-29 Portland Butoh Performances

Local butoh outpost Water in the Desert at Headwaters Theater has more than a month of movement workshops going on now. They have performances tonight, Friday then each Saturday this month.

Friday April 7th has performers Pepper Pepper, Yulia Arakelyan of Wobbly Dance, Mizu Desierto, Meshi Chavez with Lisa DeGrace, Hank Logan and Carl Annala, film.

Saturday, April 8, has Anastazia Louise (Bad Unkl Sista from SF), Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen (from Seattle), Christopher Mankowski & Meghann Rose.

Saturday April 15 has Ken Mai (from Helsinki).

Saturday April 22 has Mari Osanai (from Japan).

Saturday April 29 has Yuko Kaseki (from Berlin).

Tickets http://www.witd.org/butohperformance/2017. Reservations 971 258 0748. Or at the door.

Butoh performance at Headwaters Theater 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map 8PM $20 advance, $25 door

April 7 Eastside Art Openings

Redux has Intertwined: A Contemporary Macrame Exhibition. Makers include Brooke Anderson, Emily Bixler, Terra Blakely, Michelle Blomstedt , Emily Katz, Audra Osborne and Rachael Perisho. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


Haunt is having a plant exchange and Julia Barbee has a new perfume, Mother Naturalist. At Haunt www.hauntstudio.blogspot.com 811 E Burnside Suite #113 5PM-8 Free


Taking Pictures is a group show with no discernable theme. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map


Dominant Form: Gestures in Recent Photography & Video is a group show, many wrks with political themes. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Lloydean Presents has Jorge Terrell with Clone, a resistance art installation. At Lloydean https://www.facebook.com/Clone.Art/ 2728 NE MLK Blvd @ Knott St 5:30PM - 8:30 Free



Robert Liles has Humans on Earth. Color photographs made in the Southern USA. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 6 Dance, Dance, Evolution

Documentary maker Eric Nordstrom has made Moving History: Portland Contemporary Dance Past and Present. It records the family tree of performers, choreographers and presenters between the 1960s and now. Modern dance under all its names is a small corner of the performance world. It is expensive to maintain a large warm space with a good floor in cities afflicted by real estate speculation while at he same time it needs a large population to attract the small percentage of people interested to be audience. Performance careers are often short, as in sports, but the pay for dancers is little to none. Nordstrom has captured the narrative of many of those who made, and make, the dance dream in Portland.

Moving History nwfilm.org/films/moving-history-portland-contemporary-dance-past-and-present/ at the Portland Art Museum - NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6PM reception 7 film $9

April 6 Westside Art Openings

April is Portland Photo Month. See www.photolucida.org/portland-photo-month/ for the big picture. Many galleries support it by photography shows.



Cory Arnold is a Portlander who fishes Alaska. He has some fine photographs, including some of waves where every flying drop in the churn was caught by light. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



Susan Seubert is a PNCA-trained photographer. She has worked for some time with some heavy themes using monochrome fine print processes. This one is Not a Day Goes By. Seubert has will show at this year's Venice Biennale, congratulations. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Ervin A Johnson has a series of large scale color photographs which have been altered and with paint added. They are portraits of black lives lost in show #InHonor. Johnson is the 2016 Photolucida Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award recipient.
Cristián Ureta has Volviendo a la Tierra, photographs of the town of Chuquicamata in Chile. The copper pit mine has been in operation since 1910. As the mine has expanded, the town is being swallowed.
At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Portland minimalist and light artist has a tensioned wood installation. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th



A broad 20th Century group show of photographers is at Augen including Sir Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Lucien Clergue, Elliot Erwitt, Godlis, Philippe Halsman, William Keck, Michael Kenna, Steve McCurry, Barbara Morgan, Billy Name, Arnold Newman, Anton Perich, Edward Pfizenmaier, Julius Schulman, Ezra Stoller and Jerry Uelsman. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Leach continues its March ceramics show and Rauschenberg's April photo show. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



PDX has high contrast color still life photos, most involving flowers, by Amjad Faur. He graduated from UO about 10 years ago. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Upfor has LA transplant Christoper Russell. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Momoland (lvl 3) is an 8-bit style graphic show by Momo Pixels www.instagram.com/momopixels/. Live music and a DJ accompany. At Sticks and Stones www.sticksandstonespdx.com/ 427 NW 6th 7PM-11 Free



Powells Books has many artist employees. They have a show this evening. At Powell's Basil Hayward Gallery, 3rd floor. www.powells.com. 10th and W Burnside



The ad agency has some large circus style graphic work. At W+K www.wk.com 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-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 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 www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 26 Hack Art

Art Hack is an exhibition of local electronic media art. It will be the result of a hackathon that begins Friday. See what the teams make!

They also win one of the copywriting awards for the month:

"The Internet was originally hailed as an inherently democratic medium that would promote democracy, sweep away corrupt gatekeepers, and make it easy for anyone to create or access knowledge. From that would come better solutions, more transparency, and citizens with more power than at any time in history.

Now the basic assumption of a common truth has been disrupted by a technology that can offer any reality and alter any history, on demand, 24/7. Rather than heralding a peaceful global commons we find ourselves fragmented into echo chambers and struggling to find common ground outside of our friends list.

As the dream of a democratic Internet fades we are left to question what role it actually plays in our society and government. As hackers we have little time to mourn the loss of techno-utopian ideals as there is an urgent need to critically examine the impact of our creation and consider mechanisms for mediation.

As hackers, many of us were involved in the development and advancement of the very Internet that now seems to be working against us. What do we do now that the Internet has revealed many of our dreams to be illusory?"

PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM=10 Free

March 25 Caldera Spring

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at risk youth. In Winter/Spring, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists Kate Bredeson, Dramaturgy, Portland; Rachael Dichter, Dance, San Francisco; Saideh Eftekhari, Music, San Francisco; Allie Hankins, Dance, Portland; Jamie Howell, Film, Wenatchee; Zoe Keller, Illustration, Portland; Susan Murrell, Mixed Media, La Grande; Michelle Peñaloza, Poetry, Seattle; and Sherrie Wolf, Painting, Portland.

Full artist bios: www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster/.

Arrive at 1PM sharp for presentations by the artists, then visit the studios.

At Camp Caldera www.calderaarts.org, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 1PM-3 Free