Friday, October 01, 2004

October Surprises

Closing party Friday October 1 7-10... With live music and a great group show curated by Vicki Lynn Wilson. Be there early to experience the interactive "Who is the most.." installation - do not miss this!!! See Vladimir's hilarious narrated Viewmaster stereo viewer saga of roaches "Licifugia Thigmotaxis" , your kitchen friend. Yolanda Baca's "Waterfall Overload (7 days of news)" is a poignant personal response to the sad political news, so unfortunately commonplace. Philip Cooper's "Acrylight" continues his experiments with projection on diverse surfaces. Cynthia Star's "My heart is filled with Sugar" incorporates a live ant colony, but her work could be improved by a bit more time spent on fabrication. Chandra Bocci's "Ritual" presages her Haze Gallery show opening October 9. She again proves cute and contemporary art can coexist to create new mythologies. 420 NW 9th x Glisan

At the Burnside Powells, third floor, Jessica Bronk creates mysterious moody-romantic landscapes compatible with the Northwest but not quite in it. Her work is a welcome break from the usual encaustic encrusted Northwest style.

Closing party Friday October 1 Blackfish - see above

Opening Friday October 1 CO7 2000 SE 7th 7-11 ish

Opening Friday October 1 group show of past hits. Pacific Switchboard N Albina at Blandena 7-11 ish.

Visit Jupiter October 1-3

Portland's newest too cool for school hotel, the Jupiter Hotel - 800 East Burnside, wedged between KBOO and Union Jacks, is being taken over by art for just this weekend. Portland, and some Seattle, SF, LA and galleries elsewhere are showing their wares in the hotel rooms. Included are Portland's sweethearts, Motel. Disjecta, excluded, simply rented a room for its artists. So see where you fit into the schedule below since they are charging for some events.

Also consider hearing some Portland artists talk for free Saturday at 5 at the Ecotrust building about their working process:

If you are a visual artist wondering how the hell you can support yourself doing it, this is good research material!

Friday, Oct 1
6-9 PM Opening Night Gala (collectors and press)
* $25 ticket (RSVP to
Music by DJ Entropy
Catering by Devil's Food

Saturday, Oct 2
10-11:30 AM Panel Discussion on Biennial & Art Fair Culture
with Saul Ostrow, Andrea Fraser, Regine Basha, Stephanie Snyder

Saturday, Oct 2 & Sunday, Oct 3
Hours 12-7 PM
* $5 general/$3 student

from the event's press release:
"AFFAIR @ the Jupiter Hotel is the first professional art fair in the history of Portland. It brings together 22 adventurous art dealers and guest curators who will set up temporary galleries in rooms at the newly opened Jupiter Hotel. A lively panel discussion, impromptu parties, and surprise guests will provide additional infotainment.

Why Portland, why now?

Portland is known by artists as a great place to live and make work, but it's almost impossible to make a living here entirely as an artist. But as Portland develops its reputation among out of town collectors and galleries more opportunities for Portland artists to sell out of town. This art fair is part of that process.

At AFFAIR @ the Jupiter Hotel there will be art on the beds, the walls, in closets, in bathrooms. Visitors will roam the rooms on the hunt for beauty, intelligence, and a good deal. Since the doors are blackboards, rooms come outfitted with colored chalk, each threshold is an instant message center for posting sales, phone numbers, websites, parties, etc. Most of the art at the fair will fall into the emerging or mid-career categories, with prices ranging between $500-$10,000."

October Roundup

This month, the non profits and indy galleries are the standouts!

At Blue Sky Gallery you can see the 10 photographers of mixed style selected from 6000 in a worldwide competition. All different and all outstanding.

In the Everett Lofts, Mo shows Etch a Sketch inspired portrait drawings made in one continuous line at Genuine Imitation in his Labyrinthine Projections show.

See Adam Haynes just rough enough drawings, Robert Mars retro car culture urbanscape compositions derived from photos and Mike McGovern's posterific characters in the Delamination show at Milk: rock.

H Adam Haynes takes an original tack in his presentation of 360 degree panoramic landscape photographs at Koidu.

Down the street at Motel the hug me illustrators Carson Ellis, Jen Corace and Susie Ghahremani present sweet work. Affordable!

In contrast, around the corner at Backspace, Bruce Walker shows hyperreal large format color portraits of American military men and women in Iraq. See it, think about it.

At Disjecta, Liz Haley has curated some standouts, mixing Brooklyn and Portland artists. The video work is uninteresting, but some of the photo work and the prints and drawings of Chris Johanson are well worth a look. It's Disjecta's last show, if you have a lead on a new space for them, contact Bryan.

PNCA plays host to presentation boards by the Portland Design Festival winners in the areas architecture, design, fashion, graphics and cross discipline work. All of the work is targeted for a life well beyond Portland and the quality shows.

Finally, over at Savage, see the Bambi Effect show curated by Laurel Gitlen, one half of the force behind the Jupiter hotel Art Fair. The show includes international art stars, such as Justine Kurland, all of whose work seems disturbingly at home in rainy rur-urban Portland.