Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19 Rocking Rocksbox

Mr Patrick Rock's Rocksbox is taking a winter hibernation for remodeling. Before, tonight, will be a show and Icelandic rock. It's 9-11/12ish. Michael Reinsch presents A Celebration of Sloth and there will be choice Icelandic punk by Veltias. At Rocksbox Fine Art 6540 N Interstate

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Dec 12 RocksBox PICA Prints

Yearly PICA invites artists, novice to skilled printmakers to take over the presses, primarily working in monotype. It's messy, get inky, fun. Printmaking is a corner of art mediums. We have a concentration in Portland because of the late Gordon Gilkey. But the opportunity for non-printmakers to experiment with all the equipment, assistants and experienced printmakers supporting is extremely rare. Artists Abra Ancliffe, Dan Attoe, Ray Barrett, Amy Bernstien, Pat Boas, Christine Bourdette, Nathan Bowser, John Brandsberg, John Brodie, Christopher Buckingham, Wayne Bund, Ben Buswell, Sidonie Caron, Clare Carpenter, Ann Carstensen, Bruce Conkle, David Corbett, Matthew Courtway, Shawn Creedon, Dennis Cunningham, Wayne Curry, Nan Curtis, Nanda Dagastino, Tim Dalbow, Dana Dart Mclean, Diedrich Dasenbrock, Luther Davis, Shelby Davis, Melia Donovan, David Eckard, Karen Esler, Jenn Feeney, Anna Fidler, Daryah Fohoodyi, Derek Franklin, Glen Galdridge, Scott Gellaty, Damien Gilley, Emily Ginsburg, Jax Gise, Daniel Glendening, Justin Gorman, Matt Green, Jef Gunn, Rob Halverson, Bryson Hansen, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Midori Hirose, Alex Hirsch, Joe Hockett, Deborah Horrell, Linda Hutchins, Marie Inocencio, Philip Iosca, Johanna Jackson, Jorg Jakoby, Chris Johansen, Marilyn Joyce, Arnold Kemp, Josh Kermitt, Sydney Kim, Yoshihiro Kitai, Jessica Klien, Cark Klimt, Tina Lange, Ruth Lantz, Chris Larson, Kendra Larson, Cynthia Lathi, Oriana Lewton Leopold, Gabriel Liston, Patrick Long, Israel Lund, Corey Lunn, Elizabeth Malaska, Ademar Matinian, Mack McFarland, Melanie McLain, Heather McLaughlin, Sarah Meadows, Montana Merida, Leslie Miller, Cris Moss, Amber Moss-Jensen, Jenene Nagy, Noah Nakell, TJ Norris, Jenevive Nykolak, Darren Orange, Justin Oswald, Bonnie Paisley, Michael Parich, Bill Park, Trude Parkinson, Rachel Pederson, Meg Peterson, Ryan Pierce, Mel Ponis, Brittany Powell, Nathaniel Price, MaryAnn Puls, Andrea Raijer, Vanessa Renwick, Kent Richardson, Rita Robillard, Patrick Rock, Catherine Rondthaler, Ben Rosenberg, Rainbow Ross, Jack Dingo Ryan, Paige Saez, Blair Saxon-Hill, Crystal Shenk, Steven Slappe, Josh Smith, Adam Sorensen, Stephanie Speight, Anya Spielman, Amy Steel, Blake Stellyes, Storm Tharp, Joe Thurston, Elise Wagner, Samantha Wall, Annie Warnock, Heather Watkins, Marie Watt, Brandon Wilkinson, Christy Wyckoff, Wesley Younie, and Renee Zangara make prints priced by size, $100-250. At 539 NW 10th x Hoyt 5:30PM-9

Rocksbox shows work tonight by Sean Patrick Carney and Alicia Mcdaid, a potentially fun performance. At Rocksbox Fine Art 6540 N Interstate Opening 9PM-~11

December 11 The Fourth Estate and Value Priced Art

The Fourth Estate is a printmaking studio in New York working with contemporary artists, often employing unusual printing processes. Some of their artists, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Will Yackulic, Eddie Martinez, Glen Baldridge, Joseph Hart, Phil Sanders and Ruby Sky Stiler visit their work upon Portland. At Fourteen30 Gallery 1430 SE 3rd 6PM-9

With a background of the recovery of the contemporary art market in Miami Portland throws its own sensory overload event, the Big 100. It's work curated by Portland City Art. Each of the ~100 artists has made 20 pieces, 8x8 inches, all priced at $30.

Artists include Adam Ciresi, Ashley Costa, Adam Sheppard, Amy Stoner, Andy Kennedy, Angela Gay, Anawanitia Petty, Anna Magruder/Keen Creative, Anna Todaro, April O’Connor, Ashley McGinnis, Beth Myrick, Brenda Dunn, Brent Wear, Brett Superstar, Brin Levinson, Casey Rae Wickum, Chelsea Fletcher, Chris Gaslin, Chris Haberman, Chuck Bloom, Constance St.Clair Jackson, Dan Ness, Danielle Kirby, David Cordray, Derek Olsen, Dizzy Lavery, Elephant Smiley, EMEK, Erika Lee Sears, Erica T. Melville, Erin Nations, Flora S. Bowley, Gabe Flores, Grant Johnson, Greg Pitters, Heather MacKenzie, Heidi Elise Wirz, Heather Nichols, Hugh Newell, Hunter Armstrong, Jaik Faulk, Jamie Graeter, Jason Brown, Jason Edward Davis, Jason Graham, Jason Prouty, Jeff Fontaine, Jeni Lee, Jenn Feeney, Jennifer Mercede, Jeremy Nicols, Joanne Licardo, Joel Barber, John Fragale, John Gajowski, John Graeter, John Hoar, John Wray, Jonny Tragedy, Jolyn Fry, Jonathan Hill-Jacquard, Julie Jetton, Karah Bruce-Larkin, Kelly Williams, Kendra Binney, Kerosene Rose, Kirk Charlton, KMF Illustration, Lana Guerra, Lea Keohane, Leeanne Young, Levi Pitters, Liana Norton, Luna Littleleaf, Malynda Shook, Matt Schlosky, Matthew Delbello, Michael Fields, Micah Krock, Michelle Ramin, Michelle Tuffias, Misty Ray, Mona Superhero, Natasha Liegel, Nicole Linde, P:EAR artists collective, Rai Villanueva, Robin Carlile, Roscoe Hall II, Rob Pellicer, Ronni J, Ryan Kennelly, Sam Arneson, Sarah Cruse, Shawn Demarest, Summer Hatfield, Suzanne Elizabeth, Stephany Swanson, Tanya Herrera, Tara Gelien, Taylor Cass Stevenson, Terence Healy, Teresa Garber, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Tia, Tim Combs, Tyler Corbett, Tyson Stanger and Zak Gere.

Sales benefit KBOO and the Oregon Food Bank who welcome your contribution of canned fod at the event. At the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington. 6PM-11

Friday, December 04, 2009

December 6 Landscape Rocks

Lawrence Halpern is one of America's great landscape architects. You can see for yourself at the fountains he designed in Portland like a string of pearls from the block outside the Civic at Clay between 3rd and 4th and extending South in the other park blocks. Halpern is responsible for projects spanning geographies including one spanning I5 in Seattle by the Convention Center. Seattle-Portland architecture-planning writer-editor and photographer Randy Gragg became fascinated with Halpern and his collaborator-wife Anna, who developed landscape-based modern dance. The result is a book tracing the Halperns' creative projects, with a focus on the Portland fountains. This afternoon there is a celebration of the book release, with dance performances and the working edit of a film documenting musical and movement performances at Portland's fountains. Book details at Event at the Ziba offices 1044 NW 9th 2PM Free

Artist-curator Patrick Rock makes art work, has brought much needed organization to PSU's myriad galleries and runs Portland's most edgy gallery on improbable North Interstate Avenue. Tonight he shows work from Matthew Green and Sarah Johnson in a series of 3 consecutive Saturday events. At Rocksbox Fine Art 6540 N Interstate Opening 9PM-~11

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December 5 Eastside Art Openings

For your first Friday pleasure there are a few events. In the 811 E Burnside block, Redux, Grass Hut, Sword and Fern and up the street Lille all host openings. Meanwhile 23 Sandy opens a new show. Gallery Homeland opens early and Worksound later. If you are a dramatic singer, Hand to Mouth is hosting karaoke. There you have it!

December 3 Westside Art Openings

Dill Pickle Club, with roots in the zine community, presents actvites as varied as film series and bike trips. They are holding an art show-event series-zine shop, WORK | PROGRESS. Artists include: Icky A, Brad Adkins, Moe Bowstern, Carye Bye, Bill Daniel, Dyslexxis, Harrell Fletcher, Sarah Gottesdiener, Sam Gould, Anna Gray, MK Guth, Ariana Jacob, Kendra Larson, Ian Lynam, Eric Mast, Justin Scrappers Morrison, Michael Parich, Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Brittany Powell, Khris Soden, Bwana Spoons, Matthew Stadler, Nim Wunnan and Pete Yahnke. Opening night has music by Cape Perpetua and the Niekrasz Jenkins Duet. Two special books join the offering: Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia: Art & Politics in Jazz-Age Chicago and Art for the Millions: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA. The show-store-happening will be open Wednesday – Sunday 12PM-6 until January 3 with interim events as noted at At the Eyeful Gallery in the Everett Lofts, NW 6th and Everett. Opening 6PM-9 tonight

The Oregon Painting Society sets the controls for the heart of the sun with their new installation, Radiant Dream Face. They are recipients of the copywriting award of the month: "Radiant Dream Face is a control room on board a starship fashioned from the dreams and detritus of late-20th century West Coast America... We're not looking at a UFO from the outside; we're inviting the public to come inside the ship. The general aesthetics of our shows reflect the group's ongoing fascination with the look and philosophies behind the new age and human potential movements, mass-produced consumer goods, DIY home improvement trends, suburban utopianism, and psychedelic transcendentalism. ...Radiant Dream Face finds our collective vision skewed away slightly from the rough, pagan feel of past efforts toward a more elegant, sci-fi inspired sensibility. The objects and the method of their arrangement in the gallery willfully distort, defy and establish lines between a number of different interior spaces - intimate domestic setting, office workspace, house of worship, and performance stage are all evoked. There is a feeling of a community space, a shared harmonious reality. The interactive aspect of the show (feel free to touch!) is an invitation not just to take a tour of the ship, but also to try flying it."

In the Autzen Gallery. Neuberger Hall, Room 205, 725 SW Harrison. Opening 4PM-6

Additional group shows in the MK Gallery, PSU Art Building, Room 207, 2000 SW 5th. Opening 4PM-6 and the Video Gallery, 24x7 in the same building street side.

Compound presents Neither Here Nor There work by Portlander Ren Sakurai, with some work resembling the great Japanese designer Yokoo Tadanori. He shows with bright impressionist Taka Sudo. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

DJ and fashion designer Genevieve Dellinger presents 4/4, blankets of tapestry inspired by random visual patterns in the world mashing up with the strict structure of dance music. At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd

Portland sculptor and PNCA professor Manuel Izquierdo recently passed and Russo is mounting a retrospective. Izquierdo's sculptures will be immediately familiar, from the world of Portland public art. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st

Continuing its animal theme Mary Frey shows taxidermy photos at Blue Sky. She received her MFA in photography from Yale pre-Crewdson, most of her other work does involve people. For this series, she uses an archaic chemical photo process, fragile ambrotypes, as a metaphor for the decay of formerly wild life in natural history museum displays. With ironic photos of amusement parks by Reiner Riedler. At Blue Sky Gallery 122 NW 8th

Julianna Bright shows Our Songs of Experience, illustration style work. Opening night, her band, the Golden Bears, play songs from their new recording by the same name, at 7:30. At Fontanelle 205 SW Pine

The Everett Lofts and associated spaces, bounded by NW Broadway, Everett, 6th and Flanders are always recommended for your viewing pleasure. It takes less time for you to see them all, than for me to research them all. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 22 Stock

Stock is a homemade dinner of local ingredients enabling small scale grants to artists. The results are immediate, one month, the diners select an artist, the next month they see the results. It's a project of artists who have been part of the social practice art program at PSU. This month's candidate artist projects are from Rachel Peddersen & Mia Nolting, Hannah Jickling and Lori Gilbert, Jolyn Fry, Nicole Lavelle, Public Social University, Michael Reinsch, Lisa Schonberg and Shawn Creeden, Sea Change Gallery, Shelby Davis and Crystal Schenk, Working Theatre Collective and Pete Yahnke. It's at PNCA 6PM-8 $10 but it is at capacity. Regrets only to portlandstock at gmail dot com.

November 21 Ethan Rose, BBoy-BGirl Battle, Monster Trucks, Scratch

Sound artist and sound designer Ethan Rose is equally at home making installations that stand on their own visually. He has a new one based on glass harmonicas as the sound making element in collaboration with Portland glass artist Andy Paiko. The installation is up at the PNCA Museum of Contemporary Crafts now. Today, Rose, Piako and the curator discuss the work. At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis 1PM-2 Free

Pay your Dues 3 is a 2x2 battle with a top prize of $300 cash money. Wheels of steel, DJ Wicked, judges Tip Toe - 96' SUB-C/ Portland Street Rockers, Thomas Oragami - Soul Felons and King Reds - Soul Felons. At the Montavilla Community Center, 8219 NE Glisan. 5:30PM - 10:30, $7

West Coast Turnaround is an installation in a small room of elements suggesting a long haul tractor trailer, at full scale, by artists in residence Shelby Davis and Crystal Schenk. Their artist statement has all kinds of Freudian associations from which you may draw your own. It opens at Milepost5 900 NE 81st (go by MAX) 6PM-9 Free

Gallery Homeland is throwing a bakesale for your edification, Scratch, homemade yummy items. There will be small edibles, jar goods, whole pies and cakes, perfect for Thanksgiving, or spot eating. Quantities are strictly limited, early arrival recommended. At the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, corner SW 10th and Stark, 11AM-2PM

November 20-22 Indigenous NY Butoh Festival Performances

The New York Butoh Festival is part of an international celebration of the 50th year of butoh, a modern dance form that originated in the Tokyo avant-garde of the time. The festival has hosted Japanese and other international performers. This weekend, they present New York butoh performers Erin Ellen Kelly, Stephanie Lanckton, Bill Mullen, Irem Calikusu, Denisa Musilova, Morgan von Pecelli, Megan Nicely, Steven Carlino ,Tanya Calamoneri and Ximena Garnica. All the details may be found at the NY Butoh Festival website. At CAVE in Brooklyn. Various times. $15

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November 19 Ignite China Spark About

Ignite is sort of an entertaining Toastmasters for the web set. It happens irregularly including tonight. At the Bagdad Theater General admission doors 6:30PM, Program 7. Free

China is big. They need big buildings in new places and Portland architects sometimes design them. Find out how that goes tonight. The Designs on Portland series presents Rick Potestio, Jeff Lamb, Gary Reddick and Bob Packard speaking on their experiences designing for Chinese clients. At DWR Portland Studio 1200 NW Everett. Doors 6:00PM, program 6:30 Free

Meanwhile Art Spark focuses tonight on performance booking with the Portland-based Western Arts Alliance which operates over the West Coast and inland. Art Spark These events are great for creative, free ranging conversation and are free! at Holocene 5PM-9 Free

Heidi McBride is a new model art dealer and consultant. Her specialty is helping collectors explore their interests in a different atmosphere than a gallery. Tonight she expand that program, opening "about space" a 24x7 window gallery in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Artist Fae Young-Scherling’s shows an installation, BLUEPRINTS, ANCHORS, AMBITIONS. It's at 3660 SW River Parkway, at the corner of SW Gaines in the Atwater Place building. Reception 5:30PM-7 Free

Friday, November 13, 2009

November 13 Nobel Dreams Nationale Meadows

False Front Studios near Alberta is one of a handful of neighborhood galleries that are contemporary. This month they have paintings that started as photocollage by Lynda Frese. Frese revisits the pantheon of Hindu gods upon the Gulf Coast as have visited fierce hurricanes, revenge for climate and environmental change. Frese's work may also be seen on book covers for the English translations of Nobel literature prize winner Herta Müller. At the False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd

Sarah Meadows, who studied at PNCA, operates surely in the realms of fashion photography, landscape and creatively framed portraits. Tonight she uses light to selectively frame landscapes. Opening at NATIONALE 2730 E Burnside 6PM-9

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 12 Design for Developing Countries

Mercy Corps is host to a design exhibition curated by Cooper Hewitt design museum: Design for the Other 90%. This show of appropriate technology has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center and the offices of the CDC, it's headed to the offices of National Geographic. You can stop by Mercy Corps new offices by Saturday Market to see it. Tonight they host Dr. Paul Polak speaking on his nonprofit of 28 years, International Development Enterprises. He is author to Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, alternatives to traditional international aid programs. An important project they undertake is producing pumps to draw clean water for household use and agriculture in Africa and Asia. From water, they work to develop sustainable businesses that build communities. In the new Mercy Corps office - the building next to Saturday Market at Ankeny and SW 1st. 7:30PM Free

November 11 China in Art

Xu Bing is an established Chinese artist, resident in the US since 1990. He has specialized in works commenting on language, including work made up of otherwise authentic looking fabricated and meaningless characters. He has made brilliant works mixing Zen and 9/11, mixing breeding pigs with nonsense English and Chinese words, works with silkworms and calligraphy lessons in the West with Chinese character-like English. Chinese society is controlled in different ways than that of the US. Political criticism in particular is constrained in many ways, but the art world either is overlooked or considered too marginal to tightly control. Thus art has been a refuge for discussion of the evolution of Chinese society. Bing has spoken only once before in Portland under PICA auspices in 2001. A rare chance for a look into worlds of Chinese art. At the Portland Art Museum Fields Ballroom (1st floor Masonic Temple Building) 1219 SW Park 5:30PM $12, $5 members

Monday, November 09, 2009

November 9 Photographer-Filmmaker Laurel Nakadate Speaks

Laurel Nakadate, represents the Yale school of photography: strong portraits, enmeshing the personal and fictional, unsettling the viewer. It is art's response to our modern situation of panopticon voyeurism. Yale school photographers often create cinematic situations and Nakadate circled back on cinema, producing a film Stay The Same Never Change, with similar subject matter. In between photography and cinema, she has also produced videos, essentially performances with herself and sometimes strangers. A bold photographer to watch. Talk in the Shattuck Hall Annex out front, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30PM Free

Friday, November 06, 2009

November 7 Disjecta Art Center Auction and Binary Beatdown

Disjecta benefits artists and audience with a myriad of programs, including reviving the Oregon biennial curated show of artists. Tonight they have a party auction in which art, donated by artists, can be purchased by you, audience. They have assembled a great collection including David Anderson, Holly Andres, Mark Andres, Josh Arseanu, Meagan Atiyeh, May Juliette Barruel, Rick Bartow, Horia Bobia, Inge Bruggeman, Ryan Burghard, Heather Burkhalter, Ben Buswell, Lisa Conway, Shelby Davis, Matthew Denison, Geoff Dorn, Alec Egan, Karen Esler, Nigel Fenton, Eduardo Fernandez, Anna Fidler, Harrell Fletcher, Stephen Funk, Damien Gilley, Justin Gorman, Peter Gronquist, Sean Healy, Chris Johanson & Jo Jackson, Liz Knight, Christopher Knight, James Lavadour, Joe Macca, Weird Fiction, Jenene Nagy, Brad Nelson, Dan Ness, Paintallica, Miel-Margarita Paredes, Ryan Pierce, Ann Ploeger, Tom Prochaska, Mylan Rakish, Mike Rea, Ben Rosenberg, Crystal Schenk, Amanda Schroer, Nicole Eriko Smith, Josh Smith, David Stein, Morgan Walker, Heather Watkins, Darrell Williamson and Amanda Wojick. No doubt many are familiar names, in any event, seeing this cross section of current Portland is well worth the admission. DJ, good conversation and the auction will be MC'd by the inimitable Andrew Dickson, the new Mad Man (in a good way)! At Disjecta 8371 N. Interstate Doors 7PM, live auction 8, $20

Binary Beatdown is 2on2 b-boy, b-girl battle, with the winner taking $500. Originally limited to 32 crews, there may be twice that. Judges are Soucide -Defcon 5, Portland, Cha Cha -AOM/TheM team, Seattle and Daniel the Lion -Transitions crew, California with DJ Deff Ro. At 14523 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, by the MAX. Doors 6PM $7

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

November 6 Eastside Art Openings

NAAU opens Oaks Park Pentimento by photographer Jim Lommisson, documenting beautiful paintings, hidden in plain sight, within the decaying amusement park's carousel. The paintings were done by two generations of artists, in 1912, and then painted over in 1944. Over the interviening years including floods, completely submerging the paintings, the old images emerged from behind the newer, making a beautiful accidental composite.

Lommison is an accomplished mid-career artist who has done outstanding idea-driven work, such as Exit Wounds, Iraq veteran portraits, stories and their own snapshots, his Katrina series, Heaven and Earth and Shadow Boxers, American Fight Clubs.

At New American Art Union 922 SE Ankeny

Kunsthalle: Deutschland nach Portland is a show in Portland of artists in Berlin, and artists here who have worked there. Artists include Wolfgang Fütterer, Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt, Terrell James, Bo Joseph, Marte Kiessling, Sandra Preston, Per Schumann, Ole Ukena and Malte Zacharias. The show is a complemet to EAST/WEST Berlin:: RECONSTRUCTION, organized by Homeland to show Portland artists in Berlin. At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division

Nemo is participating in the China-art-design theme now happening in Portland with Reflecting China, photographs by Shen Wei and Jane Tam, both based in the US. The show themes Chinese identity, in its scattered geography, amidst a rapidly changing world. At Nemo Design 1875 SE Belmont

Trish Grantham's illustration collage is instantly recognizable, she has collaborated with many Portland creative businesses to excellent effect. Her characters combine a sense of pathos with kawaii, the modern predicament. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8

We live in an era of epic change, with a richly connected communication system to allow ut to be aware of it. 20yrs After Berlin Wall...Girls Doing Girl Thing! Artists Sanna-Lisa-Gesang-Gottowt, Alyssa Noches, Emily Lazar, Chloe Richard and Krystyn Strother show work. Tu Fawning performs at 9:30. At WorksoundPDX 820 SE Alder 7-late

PNCA is programming the Lodge Gallery from time to time at the architecture firm. Tonight Cark Klimt and Daniel Glendening show Communication Breakdown. At the Lodge Gallery 1532 SW Morrison 6PM-8

Alex Steckly shows abstract paintings and sculpture. At Fourteen30 Gallery 1430 SE 3rd

Local Goods is a new store focused on sustainable products. Tonight they open Polaroids by Amaren Colosi, collaging retro advertising photos and landscapes; and Sarah Cruse, illustration style paintings and prints. At Local Goods 2136 E Burnside 5:30PM-8:30

Breeseblock Has Group Hug, Portland and San Francisco artists. At Breezeblock Gallery 1847 E. Burnside

In the 811 E Burnside Block

Grass Hut shows Its Out There - In Here, geometric abstractions by Mark Warren Jacques. At Grass Hut

Redux has Muertos, Day of the Dead-inspired art. At Redux

November 5 Westside Art Openings

Dianne Kornberg is a photographer with whom I've had the privilege of studying. She is a master printmaker in silver and digital-based media. She has taken an Arbus-like gaze, cool, but enigmatic, at biological specimens, bugs, birds, bones, butterflies and seaweeds, isolated from their natural environment. Continuing the theme, India Tigers, are butterflies, loosely wrapped in paper folds, like diamonds, as they have traveled by air post. As children, we delighted in magical flying beasts, they seem now fewer; how is it we must import them from far India? At Elizabeth Leach 417 NW 9th

Scott Peterman, known for his portraits of ice fishing houses, is back with a collection of urban and natural landscapes. Not as odd as Misrach's, they are straightforward in the mode of 19th century explorer photographers, unlikely from the Yale school of his MFA. At Charles Hartman Gallery 134 NW 8th

Jim Riswold was an ad man. Turning hitting communication style to art, he produces wry comment on culture as art, though not quite as cynical as Adbusters. At Augen 817 SW 2nd 8:30PM close

PNCA has a large array of galleries supporting its expanding program. In the 13th and Johnson building there should be interesting work in the MFA gallery - the old media gallery off the North end of the artium - a light art installation, media rarely seen in Portland, by Laura Hughes. Meanwhile the Feldman Gallery + Project Space has Depravities of War, large woodcut prints by Sandow Birk breaking down the process of our current warmaking. In the Room 214 gallery, Amanda Langston, Alfredo Lettenmaier, Yiu-Hong Leung, Jane Schiffauer and Allison Woodin show work inspired by their China residency as part of PNCA's Global Studios: China program. Meanwhile Little Gods involves animation by Chris Bodven, Katie Harral, Liz Harris, Chad Hinman, Shelley Jordon, Tabitha Knight, Alison Loader, Joey Lusterman, Akira Nakamura, Jeff Richardson, Jessie Weitzel and Cecilia Westerberg in the new office building twelve|west's Hybrid Gallery, 430 SW 13th

Kendra Larson shows mystical landscapes at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny Art 6PM, party 9:30

Blue Sky Gallery has "animal focused street photography" by Giacomo Brunelli made with his father's 1960's era 35mm SLR and developed in a low tech apartment darkroom. Joni Sternbach shows portraits of surfers made on finely detailed tintypes, a positive process using dangerous chemicals and developed on the exposure site. In the Nine Gallery, Jerry Mayer and Ellen George have collaborated on Scape. It will be interesting to see if they reconfigure it throughout the month. At Blue Sky Gallery. 122 NW 8th

The Everett Station Galleries are recommended as always for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, November 02, 2009

November 2 (+3) Film, Asethetics, Protest

Tonight, the PSU Monday night lecture series presents members of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest collective. The journal, now in issue 6, presents a wide range of writing on political protest, social practice projects and extending artist engagement in culture. As related by the speaker, they take an anarchist approach to protest globalization as artists, wraping it in a blanket Situationist theory and ultra academic language. Not effective enough for me. They are also publishers of related works such as "An Atlas of Radical Cartography", a comic "Fashion 2012", "Public Phenomena by Temporary Services", and "Call to Farms!" Talk in the Shattuck Hall Annex out front, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30PM Free

Meanwhile tonight and tomorrow the Cinema Project presents films by Stephen Connolly, British filmmaker. Connolly makes impressionistic films which incorporate documentary footage. You can see the work for yourself. Presented by the Cinema Project, with the artist in attendance. At the Cinema Project space 11 NW 13th Ave, top floor. Elevator access is provided, please come to the door to request. Leave some extra time to find it. 7:30PM $6 (cash/check)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 30 SoMe and Halloween

Today marks the last day of a program exploring social media - SoMe - tools in connecting artists, organizations and patron/collector/audience. There are events at 4 and 7, check the website and SoMe feeds for info!

"Whimsically disturbing", you cannot beat that as Halloween inspiration. It's a description of performances by the Degenerate Art Ensemble, mixing purpose made 21st century music with butoh, the challenging-enigmatic modern dance form from Japan. Tonight and tomorrow, the Degenerate Art Ensemble performs at the Moore in Seattle. Sonic Tales, the latest collaboration between Haruko Nishimura and Joshua Kohl plus their art army, culminates with a Halloween party after the Saturday performance for an extra $20. Performance by the Degenerate Art Ensemble At the Moore Theater 1932 2nd Ave. Friday and Saturday October 30, 31. 8PM $22

October 29 Contemporary Architecture in China and Painting on Vinyl

Yung Ho Chang is a world architect, spanning a practice in Beijing and role as head of the architectural design department at MIT. He was the designer of the China Design Now installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Ziba was the designer for Portland). That China is undergoing an unprecedented building boom is no secret. That has created an opportunity for Chinese architects. Chinese in large cities are experiencing firsthand first rate architecture by international firms, the process of experience that informs aesthetics. Over time it will be interesting to see new aesthetic streams emerging China and diffusing into the rest of the world. Chang's designs relate strongly to the Mies, Kahn and Cloepfil branches of contemporary architecture while incorporating current green and sustainable vectors. Chang speaks at the Portland Art Museum auditorium 1219 SW Park 7PM-midnight $5 members

Vinyl Killers is a project to reuse vinyl music discs as visual art canvas. Founded in the Everett Station Lofts in 2003, it returns with a vengeance to Goodfoot tonight. Goodfoot has a ton of wallspace, especially in relation to small affordable works - it can be visually overwhelming. Luckily the opening is from 5PM to 2AM, though art judgement through beer goggles can be suspect. The works will be online for sale at the Goodfoot website after November 1. At Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark 5PM-2AM Free

October 28 OfficePDX PopUp on China

OfficePDX is now virtual, but from time to time does events in real space. An example is tonight. OfficePDX presents a panel: Greg Stobbs, Nike Retail Director; Doug Cooke, Tinder Design Research Co-Founder and Greg Mitchell, LRS Architects Project Manager; each speaking on their experiences working in China. OfficePDX events have been consistently compelling and draw a great design audience. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 24 What is a Publication Studio?

Books. In the words of Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough: "Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons and self-replicates. Well, why don't we knock that down and [print on it]" We turn that most elegant of design objects, a tree, to a book. In fact, we print large numbers, ship them around the world using a ton of energy, then discard most.

Our print economy is wasteful and inelegant. Carbon negative.

The Kindle offers a newly evolving possibility when we live in cloud libraries. Until then, print on request is an alternative: print only what you need. It is like a bakery, starting early, then selling out all those fresh items. Repeat.

That is a publication studio.

Creative writer, editor, publisher, organizer Matthew Stadler and Tin House writer, designer Patricia No have created an itinerant book printing project, operating from 6AM to noon in the Ace Hotel Cleaners.

There, purchase a few titles exclusively sourced and printed daily, including Lawrence Rinder's cynical novel of NY's art world, resembling too many real world, potentially ultralitigious, figures to see publishing inc.'s light of day.

The low tech content machine, printer and binder is used to print a fresh day's worth of books, or bring your own file and leave with a book!

The Publication Studio solicited Portland creators to bring content and 25 made 19 books which are being shared at the Amsterdam Biennale.

Saturday, 11AM, Patricia and many of the artist-writers in the Publication Studio at the Ace will Skype in to Stadler in Amsterdam for a cross pond joint presentation of the books.

The artists and books are: Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Thomas Fisher, Convivium; Arnold Kemp, Surface Space Prosthetic; M Blash, no. 1; Israel Lund, Some, But Not All, of my Clothes; Sarah Meadows, 47 Oceans; Shawn Records, Owner of This World; Sarah Gottesdeiner, Yoko & Moon; Philip Iosca, Blush; Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, (untitled); Vanessa Renwick, Optical Soundtrack; Aaron Flint Jamison, (untitled); Alex Felton, Touched by an Email; Dana Dart-McLean and Ashby Collinson, Catalogue of Variable Essence; Curtis Knapp, Grayscale; Justin Gorman and Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Bodies; Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropology; Gary Wiseman and Meredith Andrews, I Love Urban Outfitters and Urban Outfitters Loves Me; and Kristan Kennedy, S.W.P.C.Y. and Marc Moscato, The Dill Pickle Club.

They will also have available the Etherpad collaborative writing environment to author live a document to be printed and bound then, there, now by the Publication Studio.

It all happens at the Publication Studio, in the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, corner SW 10th and Stark, 11AM Free

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 21 Magnificent Obsessions

Magnificent Obsessions is a 2005 film tracing the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan. First traveling to Japan in 1905, Wright resided in Tokyo between 1915 and 1922, having an influence on Japanese architects, noted in the film. Wright was also a very active art dealer in ukiyo-e prints. He introduced them to America and often sold to his architectural clients. Wright's most known work was magnificent Imperial Hotel, near the Imperial Palace, not only beautiful, but incorporating innovative structural design which allowed it to survive a magnitude 8.3 earthquake undamaged. Ultimately the building was demolished in 1968 to build a bigger hotel on the site; the facade may be found today in Meiji Mura, a building collection in Nagoya. It's at the AIA Center for Architecture 403 NW 11th. Doors 5:30PM, film 6 Free

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18 Soup+Artists

Time for the excellent monthly meetup of artists seeking project funding, people who can pay $10 for a home cooked dinner, food and thought. It's based on a program started in Chicago, by InCUBATE and a project of Portland social practice artists Katy Asher, Ariana Jacob and Amber Bell. Tonight the eaters will select one of six proposals and last month's funded artists will report on their project. The number of eaters has grown rapidly, so it is suggested you RSVP at portlandstock at gmail dot com and arrive early if you would like to eat though of course, you are welcome to contribute $10 and vote for a proposal without eating. STOCK at Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division 6PM-8 $10

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October 16 Moses v Jacobs

Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs represent competing visions of the American city. Robert Moses was a master freeway planner epitomizing the automobile world of tomorrow. Jacobs was champion of the new urbanism, street scapes where people walked and communed with each other and pedestrian-scaled small business. Little Portland rejected Moses' vision, handed down on consultant tablets in 1943 and embraced a Jacobs plan in 1972. The rest is history, with Portland mandated mixed use development, activating streets and community.

New York is different, with dense community neighborhood. Moses planned modern New York, in particular enabling vast suburbs to the East and West. He also controlled public housing and recreation, which could have turned out much differently.

This evening Carl Abbott from PSU and Anthony Flint, author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City, provide their interpretation of the clash of these titans in the context of Portland as it it today and where they see it going. The inimitable Randy Gragg moderates this instance of the Bright Light series sponsored by the City Club of Portland and the Portland Spaces Magazine.

At Powell's Books, 10th and W Burnside 7PM Free

October 14 Gaudi on Film

While architecture struggled with the neoclassical to modernist transition, a few architects laid down very personal styles: Gaudi and Hundertwasser. Tonight if you cannot go to Barcelona, you can see a documentary on Gaudi's work by Hiroshi Teshigahara. It's at the AIA Center for Architecture 403 NW 11th. Doors 5:30PM, film 6 Free

October 13 The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalyitcal Society

Coney Island is a fantasy, make believe in all senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and the visceral sense of motion. Umberto Eco in his Travels in Hyperreality, Faith in Fakes, notes America's fascination with fabrication and synthetic environments from Coney Island to Disneyland, and all that lies between.

This is the work of Zoe Beloff, artist, in her project, Dreamland: The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and Its Circle, 1926-1972. Dreamland is a collection of documents, drawings, photographs and films, artifacts representing the Society.

In 1909, Sigmund Freud made his only trip to the United States and visited Coney Island. Inspired by Freud and Jung, Beloff notes the Society was formed by one Albert Grass. Working class New Yorkers, over a period of years, recorded and reenacted their dreams, filming them, in an effort to psychoanalyze the American experience. Note another Albert Grass was also a pioneer in electroencephalography at Harvard beginning in the '30's.

Beloff presents the lost films this evening, in person. Films include:
Coney Island by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [1917, 16mm, b&w, silent, 25 min.]
The Midget Crane by Albert Grass [1926, 16mm, b&w, silent, 2 min.]
The Praying Mantis by Charmion de Forde [1931,16mm, b&w, sound, 6 min.]
The Bear Dream by Arthur Rosenzweig [1937, 16mm, b&w, silent, 4 min.]
Chasing Louis Schnekowitz by Molly Lippman [1945, 8mm, b&w, silent, 4 min.]
The Lion Dream by Teddy Weisengrund [1947, 16mm, b&w, silent, 3 min.]
The Lonely Chicken Dream by Beverly d’Angelo [1954, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min.]
The Abandoned Ark by Stella Weiss [1958, 16mm, color/ b&w, silent, 4 min.]
My Dream of Dental Irritation by Bobby Beaujolais [1964, 8mm, color, sound, 5 min.]
The Bobsled: A Recurring Dream by Eddie Kammerer [1972, 16mm, color/b&w, sound, 2 min.]

Beloff, Whitney Biennial artist, produces poetic and enigmatic work, similar to Josiah McElheny in calling to question authorship and history in his installation of artifacts from lost Roman glass blowers. While McElheny is cool, Beloff taps history, nostalgia and surrealism.

If you miss the films, Beloff has a book of documentation for the project, with a DVD. Sweet dreams!

Presented by the Cinema Project, with the artist in attendance, At the Cinema Project space 11 NW 13th Ave, top floor. Elevator access is provided, please come to the door to request. Leave some extra time to find the space. 7:30PM $6 (cash/check)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 12 Mel Ziegler Monday Night

The Portland State Art Department Monday Night Lecture Series is in swing. Tonight it's Mel Ziegler, an interesting public art maker. This series has been consistently captivating, and you can't beat the price! Talk in Shattuck Hall, Room 212 or the Annex out front, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30PM Free

Saturday, October 10, 2009

October 10 The World and China

The Mercy Corps Action Center in their new offices is open today to you. Mercy Corps does human-centered self help projects around the world and operates a local social entrepreneur network. The Action Center is based on the idea that world problems are solvable and that it is an individual burden on each of us that those problems have not yet been solved. The Center asks, What can I do, if I have one minute, if I have one hour, if I have one day, if I have one month, if I have one lifetime? Everyone has one minute, so let's get started, and you can do it in the Action Center. The center is filled with interactive videos, particularly three minute videos filmed in Mercy Corps field stations; and projects like the homes and classrooms Mercy Corps makes possible in countries worldwide. There is also a Google Earth-driven navigator to their projects. In the new Mercy Corps office - the building next to Saturday Market at Ankeny and SW 1st. 10-5 Free

China. The diversity is incomprehensible. Zoom in to the youth and creative culture in cities like Shanghai and Beijing and you have some thing to dig in to. That is your opportunity tonight as John Jay, executive creative director of the ad agency Weiden+Kennedy shares his insights on China Youth Now. He has a keen professional and personal interest in China, he opened the W+K creative office in Shanghai. Jay speaks at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 7PM $12, $5 members.

Friday, October 09, 2009

October 9 Soft Floating Jelly Sound

Soft sculptor, jewelry maker, painter and puppet creator Anna Weber has made beautiful and strange costumes for sometime Portland musicians Hoolganship and Mirah. Tonight see her paintings and necklaces opening at NATIONALE 2730 E Burnside

China Design Now opens to the public tomorrow at the Portland Art Museum. It was curated by Lauren Parker and Hongxing Zhang at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Portland has many creatives deeply immersed in the emerging Chinese youth culture including John Jay who has facilitated the Portland exhibition: the Jelly Generation and Floating World Comics who curated a show of underground comix from China including 54boy, Menz, Zao, Guo Qi, Leng Leng, Jiu Haoming, Er Dong, Ann and Wo Wo. Opens tonight in the Goldsmith Building 32 NW 5th

Meanwhile over at Worksound is an instance of the PNCA graduates and instructors show that is going on all over town. Carl Diehl, Tracey Cockrell, Lennie Pitkin present sculptures, sound, video, photographs themed Memory / Frequency. At 9:30 is a live performance by Weird Fiction: Carl Diehl, Mack McFarland, jeff Richardson, Zack Benfinld and Vihn Manson. "They employ an array of obsolete video mixers, recursive digital devices, live percussion and assorted cine-molecular interventions, exploding and exploring vidsonic trajectories in real-time. A nebulous ensemble of artists and musicians." At Worksound 820 SE Alder

Thursday, October 08, 2009

October 8 Schlossberg on Interaction Design

Dr. Edwin Schlossberg has been designing interactions in museums and exhibits since 1977. He is responsible for one in the new Mercy Corps headquarters explaining their projects, where he speaks tonight. Experience design is an interest of mine from mobile devices to interactive architecture. This lies somewhere in between. Should be an interesting talk. RSVP to with subject RSVP+for+Edwin+Schlossberg
+Interacts. In the new Mercy Corps office - the building next to Saturday Market at Ankeny and SW 1st. Doors 5:30PM, talk 6. Arrive early. Free

Thursday, October 01, 2009

October 2 Eastside Art Openings

The Eastside artspace defies singular description. It is geographically diverse too.

There is a giant show at Goodfoot, maybe even too large to absorb in one sitting, by 100 artists, which opened last week. It has a heavy dose of lowbrow, and well executed within that genre. The prices are affordable. Art has no intrinsic monetary value aside from that set by buyers. The value accrues by narrative and the personal brand of the artist; I would argue beauty is important, but not to everyone. This art is making its own market on a small scale, there are commercial galleries, for instance Roq la Rue in Seattle, who have been involved for many years and have benefited from the rise in prices by artists such as Mark Ryden. Goodfoot times its grand openings for the last Thursday of the month. At Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark

Fourteen30 is participating in the reprise of PNCA artists at 100. Nan Curtis, Portland artist provocateur and Nicolaii Dornstauder show work. Curtis taught at PNCA and was an instigator of the intermedia program which broke down the strict conservatory structure of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and graphic design. She activated the Feldman Gallery in the Johnson Street building and inspired artist friend MK Guth towards the path that has resulted in her Whitney biennial selection. Work worth thinking about. At Fourteen30 Gallery 1430 SE 3rd

Arnold Pander is known as illustrator of graphic novels, aka comics, and son of Dutch painter Henk Pander. He also paints on velvet. It is more practical than it seems, black velvet in low light, is the perfect featureless and reflectionless surround for pigment. It provides, in effect, almost infinite contrast ratio. Arnold shows new velvet paintings, themed Gods and Mortals, at Aalto Lounge. 3356 SE Belmont

Homeland shows Josh Arseneau's Sword of Light, his interpretation of the anxiety of tragic world events. The art opening corresponds to the conference opening for WhereCampPDX. At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division

Grande Ronde is a meditative installation and big diving board jump for artist Rose McCormick. It works, keep it up. At New American Art Union 922 SE Ankeny

Off the Clock is a just that, collaboration between designer Andrea Paustenbaugh and photographer Nate Silverstein. Some of their creative product are books. An always interesting opening event. At Nemo Design 1875 SE Belmont

Nationalle presents Anna Weber: "paintings and drawings inspired by geometry, architecture, maps, textiles, sign painters, symmetry, balance, falling, and floating." This gallery shop has a good eye and a good vibe. Often live music too. Opening at NATIONALE 2730 E Burnside 6PM-9

In the 811 Block

Grass Hut shows illustration style work, In the Mend by Mel Kadel and Lori D.. They work separately and in collaboration. Poignant, fun accessible.

Papergirl is a collaborative project with a social practice vibe. Referencing delivery of actual paper news(papers) as it once was done by bike! A variety of artist work is on display in Emily Katz and Heather Treadway's shop and studio in the back of 811. Later it will be distributed to friends and strangers by bike. At Second Nature.

REDUX shows sculpture, illustration and paintings by Haley Ann Robinson.

Some spots up Burnside toward 11th, on the same side of the street, also have art including Lille and Report.

811 East Burnside, North side of the street, on up to 11th.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October 2-4 Dowsing, Mushrooms and HP Lovecraft

We love weird in Portland. If you are bored, there are great weird opportunities this weekend. The HP Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhucon is a festival dedicated to horror and weird films inspired by brilliant and tortured writer HP Lovecraft. It is the first and only annual Lovecraftian film festival. Both amateur and professional films, short and long are included.

The Salmon and Mushroom Festival is teaming with the Dowsing and Extra Terrestrial Conference on Mt Hood. That would be the same Mt Hood where some scenes from The Shining were filmed! The featured speaker is the James Gilliland from the Self Mastery Earth Institute and Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence - ECETI. Workshops and lectures include ancient astronauts, crop circles, the Mayan calendar, hypnosis, geomancy, Lecher antennas and all manner of dowsing. See the web sites for information.

October 1 Westside Art Openings

Portland State University opens a new video gallery tonight. Video in art is approaching 50, so no need to wait longer. Our lives are flooded with moving images from infancy, which makes us sophisticated in our aesthetics. Video art is its own beast, distancing itself from commercial cinematic modes while slyly referencing them.

Tonight the gallery opens with a show of video projects by Harrell Fletcher. Fletcher is a well known proponent of social practice art, art with roots in Joseph Beuys' social sculpture. Fletcher was included in the 2004 Whitney with Blot Out the Sun, an open source Ulysses by Joyce which took place at Jay's Garage, the first Portland fueling station for B99 biodiesel.

In the PSU art building lobby, 2000 SW 5th. Inside hours M-F 10AM-5PM. Opening 5PM-6. Projections ongoing evenings visible from the street.

Meanwhile the mid-cycle PSU MFA candidates Lori Gilbert, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Constance Hockaday, Ariana Jacob, Hannah Jickling, Michelle Liccardo, Motoya Nakamura, Ralph Pugay, Helen Reed, Miles Sprietsma, Zach Springer and Jason Zimmerman present Reply All. It is in the Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall (2nd Floor) PSU 725 SW Harrison. Opening 5PM-6

Compound presents Three Pins on a Map work by Krista Huot from BC, Jeni Yang from SF and Ana Ohtsuki from Kyoto. All very cute! At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

Coniferous is a show celebrating Bark, a public interest group working to preserve Mt Hood forest. Bark is 10. Native Oregon artists Olivia Bolles and Nicole Mark spent time in the woods and this work represents that inspiration. Opening 6PM-8. Reception for Bark Saturday October 3rd 6:30PM-8:30 At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd

Tom Prochaska is a master Portland printmaker and painter. He creates sensitive impressionistic figurative and landscape work. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis

Tom Cramer, a PNCA graduate, has been a carver of totems and infinitely detailed abstract panels, panels pigmented with seductive color. They are beautiful meditations. See for yourself. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st

Dina Kantor shows portraits of the Finnish Jewish community. Thomas Michael Alleman shows Los Angeles urban landscapes made with Holga toy cameras. Vanessa Renwick shows found film from 1938, portraits of children from Britton, South Dakota. At Blue Sky Gallery 122 NW 8th

Chambers presents works on paper and a video installation by Chang-Ae Song. Very dreamy but with and idea behind them. At Chambers Gallery 916 NW Flanders

Good Herb is a show of illustration by Jess Hirsch. Fascinated by the wide world of healing modalities, Hirsch has made drawings of traditional healers, particularly in the Native US culture and in Mexico. Their healing incorporates herbal medicine with history extending for millennia. At Fontanelle 205 SW Pine

The Everett Lofts and associated spaces, bounded by NW Broadway, Everett, 6th and Flanders are always recommended for your viewing pleasure.

PNCA, the Pacific Northwest College of Art is 100. To celebrate, over 20 Portland galleries show work by faculty and alumni. The list is here. The galleries cover the East and West sides.

Monday, September 21, 2009

October 1 Pecha Kucha#6

Pecha Kucha returns with instance #6 in Portland. Pecha Kucha a Japanese expression approximating the sound of conversation. Pecha Kucha is also an international phenomena of design-oriented short presentations - 20 slides, 20 seconds each. So each presenter has a six minutes and forty seconds. In six years, Pecha Kucha has spread from Tokyo to over 230 cities! Portland Pecha Kucha#6 presenters include Adam Arnold, Bill Bruder, Kevin Duvell, Lusia Adrianzen Guyer, Jeff Schnabel, Jean Pierre Veillet, Severin Villiger and Works Partnership, designers of the hosting building. Music by Linger and Quiet. Portland Pecha Kucha At the BSide6, 524 E Burnside, 7th Floor. Doors 7:30PM, talks 8:20PM (20:20) Free

September 27 Peace Summit

TED is broadcasting the Vancouver Peace Summit this afternoon. We like peace. You would never think by the actions of those against it that it is also good for commerce. It is peace is good for commerce, families, just about everything. The conference is a result of 2008 TED Prize recipient Karen Armstrong's proposal. Watch at 1PM-3 Free

Sept 25-27 Slow Wave: Seeing Sleep

EMPAC, far from here but not from New York City, presents an event dedicated to sleep. Not only do you get a night in the museum, you can sleep there. It's Slow Wave. Installations and discussions, films and music. There is a robot that sleep walks to the brainwaves of its sleeping makers. Andy Warhol's five hour film Sleep is available for you to sleep under, bring your favorite blanket. The program is a meditation and exploration of the interplay between the creative fields of art and science, of which we would like to see more. It is Rensselaer $5-15

September 26 Art Cult Leader at Rocksbox

Shows and events at Rocksbox are always messy. That's perfect because Portland art always needs a challenge. Curator, owner, impressario, musician and rabble rouser Patrick Rock brings artist Mary George from London for a performance Saturday at 9 and show for three weeks, Camouflage. George maintains an extended artistic presence as cult leader. Born in Ohio, George studied at CCA and SF Art Institute with Rock before moving to London for an MFA from St Martins. Her performance installations often involve the audience in functional interaction, sometimes with her creations. Patrick's punk unit will also play.
At Rocksbox Fine Art 6540 N Interstate Opening 7PM-11 See the website for continuing hours.

September 25 Harvesting Project Grow

Project Grow is a brilliant social practice art project with a heart. Tonight celebrates their first harvest and launch of monthly events with film, music and speakers.

Project Grow is what happens when social practice artists, initiated by Natasha Wheat, now at CCA, engage a sheltered workshop for disabled adults, Port City Development, to create an urban farm. Grow also brings Portland's Street Yoga and art sessions to the workshop's clients. It is the dimension of social practice art I dub "socially conscious social practice art", which focuses on needed worldchanging, while potentially employing artists in social work settings.

The urban farm, built with new soil on a brownfield, is a community supported agriculture project, CSA, in which neighbors subscribe to the harvest. It includes vegetables, eggs and a project with goats, surprisingly charmingly expert at clearing blackberries. The project is for spinning goat hair into yarn, no animals were harmed in its making.

Tonight a panel comprising Linda Colwell, Dan McClary, Tim Donovan, and Ryan Pierce discuss "What Does Sustainability Mean"

Music is provided by Brainstorm and Jeffrey Jerusalem; films curated by Jesse Malmed.

At the Port City Development Center. 2124 N Williams Ave at Tillamook. Enter in the back of the building on either Tillamook or Thompson. 6PM-11 Free

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 24 Strange Film and Beauitiful Musics

In 1973, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky made one of the strangest, La Montaña Sagrada, The Holy Mountain, combining a background as psychotherapist, actor, playwright, composer, mystic and writer-illustrator of comics. The surreal film presages Matthew Barney's films, but is even more odd.

After its premiere at Cannes, this and another Jodorowsky famous film, El Topo, were denied distribution until 2004 by the producer Alan Klein. Exposed to feminism in the early 1970's, the filmmaker refused to direct a production of The Story of O for Klein, who also produced rock bands the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and was the label bad guy in pursuing the infamous sampling case over the song Bittersweet Symphony, against musicians, The Verve.

The film includes a Christ-like main character, and may be based on books The Ascent of Mt. Carmel and Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing, which also inspired a famous Bill Viola piece.

Tonight the NC-17 film, sometimes bloody, is accompanied live by musicians Ilyas Ahmed, AAN, Dash! Ghosting and Why I Must Be Careful. At Holocene 8:30PM Free

September 23 Diaries of Jonas Mekas and Saxman Coltrane Remembered

Jonas Mekas is a giant in experimental film. He began his work in Williamsburg in 1949; today at 87, he is working on experimental short films for Apple. Along the way, he has made innumerable films, started key institutions in experimental film and collaborated with many, many key figures in the art and experimental film worlds. His insatiable drive to document his everyday experiences and encounters with the creative people around him has driven him to compile video diaries from 1949 onwards. That would make him the godfather of video blogging, podcasting, the MMS diary and YouTube. Tonight you can see one of his diaries, Walden (1969), shot on film, and tonight, shown on film. It was compiled between 1964 and 1969 and edited by hand chronologically. It's poetic and includes his encounters with creative cotravelers filmmaker Stan Brakhage, Harvard psychonauts Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert/ Baba Ram Das, poet Allen Ginsberg, artist Andy Worhol, muses Edie Sedgewick and Nico, artist Hans Richter, musician Lou Reed, artist Michael Snow, playwright Richard Foreman, writer Norman Mailer and artist-musicians John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Presented by the Cinema Project At the Cinema Project space 11 NW 13th Ave, top floor. Elevator access is provided, please come to the door to request. Leave some extra time to find the space. 7:30PM $6 (cash/check)

After you have wrapped your mind around that, and if you want a musical challenge, stop by Worksound later. They are celebrating the birthday of saxophonist John Coltrane, who many consider the best, active from the early 1950's to his death in 1967 at age 40. Coltrane was a musical genius responsible for innovations such simultaneous improvisation in which he blew solos rapidly interleaving several symultaneous harmonic and melodic themes within a few measures. He also incorporated influences from Indian ragas. Jazz is the music many love to hate, it is brain music which takes warming to stepwise. Listen for yourself as you like at WorksoundPDX 820 SE Alder 8PM-11 $5

September 21 Designing a Space for Design

This month, the Bright Lights series hosts Jeff Stuhr and John Holmes from Holst for a discussion with Ziba founder Sohrab Vossoughi. The architects have created a new office for design firm Ziba, known for industrial design, branding and shaping the identity of many Portland architectural projects. It is the perfect collaboration for an architect: a visionary, creative, experienced client. This series draws architects, planners, designers and those with an interest in civic policy. Usually at Jimmy Mak's, this talk will be in the building itself 810 NW Marshall. Doors 5:30PM, discussion 6. Free

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 20-21 Performance for the International Day of Peace

Peace is a "know it when I see it thing". We know that we are far from the ideal. So there is a day each year set aside to think about it. That day is this week. Sunday and Monday in Seattle there are free outdoor performances in commemoration.

Performers lead by butoh master Diego Pinion begin Sunday slightly before 2PM at Kobe Terrace Park, S 7th Avenue and Main in the International District, going through City Hall Park, homeless park, around 2:30PM, descending upon Occidental Park, Occidental Ave S & S Main Street about 3PM, and finally flowing to Jackson Street's intercept with Elliot Bay around 4PM.

On Monday, at 4PM the performance is at Victor Steinbrueck Park, Pike Place Market Park, Virginia and Western.

Performers include Styliani Goutani, Jessica Galuska, Isaac R. Bekker, Sylvie Badwin, Katy Fogg, Alex Haverfield, Heather McKee, Jessica Ludescher, Deborah Butler, Julia Papps, Keylaira, Viola Rose, Haruko Nishimura, Angela Martinelli, Selena Patschek, Sheri Brown, Diana García-Snyder, Lin Lucas. Trinidad Martinez and Gregorio Acuna.

Both events are free, as is peace.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September 19 Night at the Museum

The Art Museum will be activated this evening by the Portland State University Art Department's social practice crew. Each artist has arranged an interactive event around items in the museum's varied collection to practice social practice with you. The whole schedule is here. Events range from music composed and performed for specific art pieces to beers brewed in celebration of art in the collection. We think social practice art is a great thing, especially socially conscious social practice art, as has been noted here with Project Grow. The SOPRAC's are in effect sampling the museum collection, remixing it and distributing it to their networks of networks - it's an example of the phenomena identified by Nokia Research and dubbed Circular Entertainment. Nokia didn't invent it, you did. In the same way, tonight is an opportunity to invent your own relation to the Museum, and to art. The event, dubbed Shine a Light, takes place at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 6PM-midnight $12, $9 students, free members.

September 18, 20 Not All Advertising is All Bad

Art & Copy is a new documentary about the second oldest profession. Running parallel to Frank's book The Conquest of Cool, it focuses on the mad men and women of advertising between the late 1950s and the late 1990's. The film mixes classic campaigns with reminisces by the people who made them. A recurring message is the necessity to convince the client to fund something they think can never work, but ultimately results in deeply moving the viewer.

The film traces creative revolution of Doyle Dane Bernbach which introduced "anti advertising" in the 1950's. It was critical, self conscious, emotional and at the same time entertaining. Think Adbusters. The interviewees were inspired by that movement and went on to create iconic ads. Examples include the original Volkswagen Beetle, I Want My MTV, Where's the Beef?, the 1984 Macintosh launch, Just Do It, Nike women's sports, Got Milk?, Think Different, I Love NY and others. Recent trends in authenticity and emotion advanced by Kevin Roberts, Marc Gobe and Clotaire Rapaille are not new, they were understood intuitively by these creatives, and demonstrated in their work.

You can see the film at the Northwest Film Center and deconstruct the advertising ingredients of your own cultural history. It is also a call to push your own creative boundaries and trust your intuition. The film is at the Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Friday, September 18, 7PM; Sunday, September 20, 4:30PM & 7. $6 members/$7

September 17 Sparking Portland Architecture on Film and Bodies on Stage

The Designs on Portland series presents Portland architecture on film, featuring experimental film meditations on Portland architecture. It's film night! Brian Libby is well known as Portland architecture blogger at He is also a filmmaker. He has curated a collection of films from Andrew Curtis and Karl Lind, Matt McCormick and Rob Tyler. Andrew Curtis specializes in time lapse images of Portland. Karl Lind has shown many works at the Portland Experimental and Documentary Film Festival and in local gallery shows. Matt McCormick has been doing experimental city landscapes for many years, starting with his hits The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal and Sincerely Joe P Bear. His work is in installation as part of the Nines Hotel art collection curated by Paige Powell. Rob Tyler is known for his VCR100 hand painted abstract piece. The screening also includes a 1955 time capsule, a CBS documentary The Day Called X, about preparations for a nuclear attack in Portland of the time.
At DWR Portland Studio 1200 NW Everett. Doors 6:00PM, program 6:30 Free

BodyVox is a [modern] dance company of experienced dancers who combine collaboration, for instance with the Zoobombers, and film. Their work is humorous and never boring, very accessible in a good way for those left lukewarm by more abstract dance. They have moved to a new beautiful old building where they reherse, teach and perform. Tonight they open it for an open rehersal by the company principals with commentary by OBT artistic director Christopher Stowell.
At BodyVox Studios, 1201 NW 17th Doors 6PM, rehersal 7-8 Free

Art Spark is a networking event for the arts. It occurs monthly from 5PM-7 with a short presentation, performance or game by an invited arts organization of 10 minutes at 6. It's a project of RACC and the Creative Capacity Initiative and you should come to meet other artists. This month the presenters art the organizers of Art on Alberta, who are shutting the street Saturday for art.
At Vendetta 4306 N Williams x Skidmore 5PM-7 Free

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 13 Pat Boas at Marylhurst

Portland artist Pat Boas makes schematic paintings that would not be not at home with the works of MC Escher. The Marylhurst Art Gym does a great job showing the work of mid career artists, that means they have found a way to make a sustainable living with art. Live and learn. At the Marylhurst Art Gym at Marylhurst University Check the campus map to find it. 3PM-5 Free

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 12 Craft+Design MFA Open House

The history of craft extends back into prehistory. In Portland a notable event was the establishment of an Oregon crafts school, now Oregon College of Arts and Craft in 1907; and the founding of what has become the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 1937. PNCA, founded in 1909, originally associated with the Portland Art Museum, itself founded in 1892, the earliest art museum on the West Coast.

It's all new now. PNCA+OCAC+MoCC are embarking on a new MFA program including craft and design, essentially a meditation on materials in the service of three dimensional objects.

OCAC is expanding its facilities in the West Hills. The MFA studios will be under their own roof on the East side. Today they open their doors with a party. The studios were constructed by the students themselves in collaboration with noted design-build advocate Steve Badanes.

At the craft+design MFA studio 421 NE 10th x Glisan 8:30PM Free

Sept 10, 12, 13 Video Curios Curated by Melody Owen

Portland artist Melody Owen is known for visually elegant, idea-infused, minimalist work. East Coast and international studies have brought her into contact with a myriad of inspirations. Tonight she curates two international selections of video pieces for the big screen, Circles and Spinning Wheels, and If I Could Crowd All my Souls Into That Mountain.

Circles includes a recurring theme of curves and circles. Crowd is organized around artists who are symultaneously subject and maker in their films. The artists are Boris Achour, Guler Ates, Barak Bar-am, Jean Charles Blanc, E*rock, Ben Fino-Radin, Liz Haley, John Hey, Gretchen Hogue, Cassandra C. Jones, Alexandra Lakin, Chris Lael Larson, Zak Margolis, Alicia McDaid, Ma Qiusha, Daragh Reeves, Michael Shamberg, Sigtryggur Sigmarsson, Catarina Simoes, Matt Underwood and Ola Vasiljeva.

The program is at the Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Thursday, September 10, 6:30PM; Saturday, September 12, 6:30PM; Sunday, September 13, 2:30PM $6 members/$7

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

September 9 Video Echo Gap

Valentines hosts a one night show of video art, a perfect complement to the historical show at Lewis and Clark College. Modou Dieng, artist-curator at Worksound, has assembled the show. The artists are Hannah Piper Burns, Sari Carel, Posie Currin, Sean Carney, David Eckard, Jeff Jahn, Arnold Kemp, Stephen Slappe and Kelley Rauer. At Valentines 232 SW Ankeny

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

September 8 Broadcast Art at Lewis and Clark

Portlandorusnow has been on holiday from the matrix. We resume tonight noting a show opening on media art, a personal interest, Broadcast. The collection covers the late era of mass broadcast media, repurposed by artists. Radio and broadcast media receivers have achieved nearly 100% penetration in American homes, but it is the end of their era.

Artists began using cheap video making equipment as soon as it became available in the 1960's to create narrow channel broadcast art, communicating with their social networks. That effort by artists has now become mainstream, as was envisioned by media and arts theorist Gene Youngblood, over the Internet.

The show includes Korean artist Nam Jun Paik, widely considered the first video artist. He was active in the 60's Fluxus movement with artists such as Yoko Ono, and continued his career into the mid '90's. His work, Video Tape Study No. 3, 1967-8 is a remix of press conferences by President Johnson and Mayor John Lindsay.

Dangerous performance artist Chris Burden shows TV Hijack, 1972, in which he took a cable access announcer hostage at knifepoint in reaction to the station rejecting his art programming proposals. He demanded that the recordings of the show be destroyed. This exhibit includes stills of the event. Also showing are Burden's Four TV Commercials 1973-77 and 2000.

Christian Jankowski shows Telemistica, 1999, he documents his calls to broadcast television psychics in Venice to ask how his artwork will be perceived by the public in the Venice Biennale.

neuroTransmitter shows 12 Miles Out, 2005, themed on 1960's-80's offshore pirate radio stations in Europe, now made obsolete by the Internet. It's an audio piece. They also shows Frequency Allocations, 2005.

Dara Birnbaum is known for her piece Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, and is notable for her successful lawsuit to decommission a work when a client wanted to show advertising on her public artpiece, Rio Videowall. Birnbaum's Hostage,1994, is a six channel piece comprising news footage from a German politcal hostage situation of 1977.

Doug Hall, Chip Lord and Jody Procter, working as Ant Farm, show The Amarillo News Tapes, 1980, the result of being artists in residence at a television station.

Gregory Green shows WCBS Radio Caroline: The Voice of the New Free State of Caroline, 89.3 FM, 2007 is a 1 watt pirate radio station. Much of his other work has involved being arrested by police.

MacArthur fellow Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle operates across media, often making work commenting on technology, such as several beautiful series on human genetics. His piece is Search - En Busquedad, 2001 is a simulated radio telescope using a Tijuana sports stadium. It is a comment on the parallels between the search of space aliens and the search at the border for illegal aliens.

MIT professor Antonio Muntadas shows The Last Ten Minutes, 1977, a three channel installation showing the last minutes in th elate night of broadcast shutdown in The US, Germany and the Soviet Union.

Long running San Francisco video collective Top Value Television, TVTV, active in the '70's shows Four More Years, 1972, their own news coverage of the 1972 election campaign of President Nixon.

Siebren Versteeg shows CC, 2003, news broadcasts captioned with unrelated random Internet blog content.

The show, curated in Baltimore, is at the gallery at Lewis and Clark College Opening 5PM-7 Free

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 30 Stock Now (Naau)

Art Gallery NAAU has undertaken a year long series of smartly curated installations. It puts the gallery squarely in the experimental space of Deitch Projects. Tonight Grande Ronde by Rose McCormick opens. At New American Art Union 922 SE Ankeny Noon-3 Free

Stock is a literal stone soup funding art. It's a project of the social practice group spawned from PSU. The idea is that artists prepare a delicious soup of local ingredients. You come to dine at a nominal fee. Artists propose projects posted on the walls needing a little funding to move forward. The diners select a project to receive the night's proceeds, the diner's donations. It is patron crowdsourcing. It is a good thing. At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division 6PM-9 $10

August 29 Ballet Festival

The Oregon Ballet Theater, OBT, has a little space on the East side, an old bank redesigned by Holst. They are adapting their performances and school of ballet to connect with you in a day of free performances and workshops. The full schedule is here. At the OBT rehearsal studios 818 SE Sixth, 11AM-6PM, Free

August 27 Evan B Harris at Together Gallery

Illustrator Evan B. Harris shows Fables and the Flourish with musical accompaniment by Horse Feathers At Together Gallery 2916 NE Alberta 6PM-10

August 26 OfficePDX in neu situ

OfficePDX is a design concern and store. They were the lonely outpost of mid-late 20th century design and smart art on NE Alberta street. They have gone virtual, Internet sales, and nomadic, popping up for events. This is one.

Tonight they show art by illustrator Matte Stephens at friends Sandbox Studio's space. OfficePDX at Sandbox Studios 420 NE 9th, RSVP 7PM-9 Free

August 25-27 Rock Poster, Book Cover, Type Design Design Festival

This blog does not list shows of rock poster art. Not that is is not creative. It exists in its own local ecosystem of aesthetics, audience and commerce. But for an examination of that world, Died Young, Stayed Pretty, by filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian, shows this evening as part of a three night series, Design à Trois, by the local chapter of the AIGA. They do graphics. Music after, of course, at Slabtown.

Night two is an examination of book cover art. Powell's always has many entertaining examples in the windows facing 10th. Tonight New York designer-comedian, an interesting combination on many levels, Patrick Borelli, presents You Should Judge A Book By Its Cover. It is his presentation of 50 favorite book covers, with comedic commentary.

The third night is a one hour collection of typography and motion graphic text films. The Typophile Film Fest is produced by Punchcut, a San Francisco interface production company. The trailer is an old i-D punk-style collage, which was [is?] a common rock poster genre.

Tuesday, film, Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st 7PM $8, bands later Slabtown, Free
Wednesday, talk, Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, 7PM cash only $10
Thursday, film, Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, 7PM cash only $10

Friday, August 21, 2009

August 22 The Art of Touring Music

Fontanelle Gallery has assembled a show of documentation: musicians on tour. As part of the show they have music of the subjects of the show. Tonight is live Sara Jaffe, Erase Errata; Rebecca Gates; Tara Jane Oneil and Julianna Bright, The Golden Bears. A nice confab of music and art, which are the same. At Fontanelle Gallery 205 SW Pine 6PM Free

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August 21 Tuvan Throat Singing

Portland musician Enrique Ugalde, performing as Soriah, knows a little about Tuvan throat singing. He has traveled to the small Russian republic, which lies between Siberia and Mongolia, to study and perform. Last year he placed third in the world in a competition at the International Symposium of Khoomei, the annual world gathering of throat singers from Central Asia and beyond, including from Portland.

Soriah performs a variety of music, locally and internationally. Tonight he releases a new recording, Atlan. At Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th 9PM $15

August 20 Art Spark at Radio Room

Art Spark is a monthly networking happy hour for the Portland art world. It is loosely structured with a guest arts organization given 10 minutes to present themselves at 6PM. This cross art group and cross artist networking is what will sustain Portland arts and allow it to grow in the next few years. These events are great for creative, free ranging conversation and are free! at Radio Room 1101 NE Alberta 5PM-7 Free

Thursday, August 13, 2009

August 15 Portland Enters the Iron Age: an Iron Pour

The Iron Age began in various parts of the world between about 2000 and 300BC and is considered to have persisted until the rise of the great civilizations such a the Greeks and the Han Dynasty. Yet it has not yet come to Portland. That changes Saturday, with Portland Iron's First Iron Pour.

It is something that has been going on for a few years at art schools. Artists (you) prepare sand molds. A furnace is charged with ferrous scrap and coke, heated to 2800F and the resulting molten iron is poured into molds. Crude but effective.

Our profligate consumption of steel ensures that we don't need to make metal from iron ore, as did our ancestors, simplifying the process immensely. We have that advantage and the advantage of leisure time to contemplate aesthetics.

If you want to make a mold, there are workshops 6PM-10 at the Watershed Thursday and Friday August 13,14. There is a fee for materials of $20. Or show up early at the pour and there will be a limited number of open-faced sand-resin molds you can hand carve to your own likeness and contribute $5 for the pour. Watching is free!

These pours are dramatic community events, entirely safe at a distance, fun to watch, and even kid friendly.

We usually don't list sponsors, but they are the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Vancouver Iron and Steel, Bridgetown Cores, Harbison Walker Refractories, Willamette Graystone, Portland State University, Pacific NW College of Art, Gallery Homeland, Silverton Foundry and Tool Shed PDX. Great job all for catching Portland up to the Iron Age!

Mold workshops August 13,14 at Tool Shed PDX 5040 SE Milwakee 6PM-10 $20. Pour at OMSI 1945 SE Water. Furnace starts noon; mold carving ($5). Pours 3PM-6. Furnace breakdown 6PM. Watching, Free

August 15 Performances + Art at Disjecta + Audio Cinema

Disjecta is currently showing PNCA MFA work at the half point. This first MFA class will go on to produce their thesis work next year. So it is a preview and a pleasure. Complementing the show is an evening of performance by Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat themed Time Machine. I am excited for this after many a conversation about "performance art", the art people love to hate. At it's best, it is story telling, perhaps a little abstract and ideally laconic and lyrical, like Zen landscape poetry. Personal and authentic is good too. See and hear for yourself. All at Disjecta 8371 N. Interstate opening 8PM $5

Audio Cinema is a rehearsal space, shooting space, and more, making an important place in Portland music. Many musicians here are artists, and vice versa. These creative vectors combine when Audio Cinema mounts its annual art show. Artists include Candace Gossen:paintings, Dustin Zemel: video, Evertt Beidler: sculpture, ilan Laks: paintings & photos, Cat Coats: paintings, Marian Slakie: paintings, Jacob Perkins: video, Heidi Wirz: paintings, Mike Albano: paintings, Jennifer Sims: fashion, George Perrou: paintings, Michelle Thompson: photography and Jonathan Stanish: paintings. Accompanying all this art is music by Strangeletter, Casper Maccabee, Jacob Perkins, Search Party, Defeating the Purpose, Hotter than a Crotch, Drunken Prayer, Noise, Battle Axe Massacre, Doonevetter, The WokenBokes, Julius and Loyd Family Players. All at AudioCinema 226 SE Madison, 6PM-2 Free, $5-10 suggested donation

Aug 14-23 Manor of Art

The alliance of art and space takes form again at a large show at Milepost 5. You have likely been there and may have noticed a modern lofty building and an old brick building. The older building is planned for conversion into artist workspaces. For this show, art spans many of both building spaces. In the old building, artists have their own room for installation. There will be music and experimental theater as well.

Artists include Adam Bailey, Adam Charles Ross, Alicia J. Rose, Amy Jorgensen, Amy Ruppel, Andrea Nelson, Andrew Enna, Anna Solcaniova King, Anni Tracy, Angela Gay, Appendix, Arringtond de Dionyso, Ben Pink, Brennan Conaway, Urban Eden (Bret Hostetler and Andrew Wenna), Brin Levinson, Brooke Weston, Chris Haberman, Cris Moss, David Stein, Derek Ecklund, Derek Olsen, Eatcho, Erin Nations, Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Felicity Fenton, Gabe Flores (w Jerry Gilmer), James Wood, Julianna Paradisi, Gabriel Decker, Gabriel Liston, Gary Wiseman, George Perrou, Heather Hawkins, Heidi Elise-Wirz, Jennifer Doheny, Joe Shea, Joel Barber, Jason Brown, Jason Graham, Jeff Fontaine, Jennifer Mercede, Jeremy Schultz, John Graeter, John Meyers, John Wray, Jonathon Hill-Jacquard, Jonathan Stanish, Karah Bruce-Larkin, Hypnokomix/Kate Fenker, Keith Rosson, Kelly Rauer, Moto Galore/Kenneth Wright, Klutch, Launchpad Gallery, Luke Heinrich, Maggie Casey, Marian Spadone, Mark Randall, Mart Schaefer, Marlena Simone, Matthew Haggett, Matt Schlosky, Meredith Andrews, Michael Fields, Michael Costello, Michael T. Hensley, Misty Ray, Muse Design, Nathan Bennett, Nicole Linde, Hypnokomix/Jason Squamata, Rachel J. Siegel, Rebecca Shapiro, Rhoda London, Richard Schemmerer, Rob Pellicer, Roscoe Hall II, Roxanne Jackson, Sarah Kamsler, Scott C. Johnson, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Stephen Plount, Suzanne Elizabeth, Tender Loving Empire, Tamara English, Taylor Cass, Tiffany Lee Brown, TJ Norris, Tomita Designs, Travis Taylor, Troy Briggs, Tyler Corbett and Walt Curtis.

There is a detailed schedule of music, theater and art viewing times at the website. It's at Milepost5 900 NE 81st (go by MAX) 7PM-10 Free

August 14 Brickout Viola Cello En Pointe

NATIONALE is an intimate art, design and style space. This month they show Brickthrough by Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun. Music opening evening on viola too at NATIONALE 2730 E Burnside 6PM-9 Free

Also this evening in the Rose Garden is a collaboration of the Portland Cello Project and the Ballet. At the Washington Park amphitheater. 6PM Free

August 13 Jeffry Mitchell at the Museum

The Portland Art Museum has started a monthly intimate program where you can stroll through the Museum with an artist who speaks about what work they like and why. This month's artist is Seattle's ultra baroque sculptor Jeffry Mitchell Later everyone retires to the cafe for drinks and more conversation. It requires museum admission, to keep the museum from becoming even more nonprofit than it already is, so go with a member or make an afternoon tour. If interested, meet promptly at 6PM at the side entrance by the courtyard. Note you can join for a year of unlimited admission for $55 for one person or $85 for two. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 6PM-8 $10, 9 students

Saturday, August 08, 2009

August 11 Taiko+Butoh Free

Art is life and love. Mischievous Fox's of the Murdoch kind, and their ilk, seed the culture wars to boost wanning circulation. But Portlander's know that creative culture experienced, sustains creativity practiced, in commerce, worldchanging and family.

The City of Portland Parks and Recreation Department has preserved its free performances in the park this summer. You can see them free in a recession pestered economy, and be inspired in your own challenges to meet them creatively. Free. Free is good.

The big list is here. Tonight the Portland Taiko performs with the Mizu Desierto Butoh Theatre.

At the Washington Park amphitheater. 6PM Free

Thursday, August 06, 2009

August 7 Eastside Art Openings

Life+Limb shows designs and illustrations by Lisa Dejohn. The work is a good match with the shop's elegant but understated minimalism. At 1716 E. Burnside

NAAU continues Ty Ennis's examination of a series of murders in Spokane, Washington: You’ll Live It Here: The Lilac City Track Murders ‘96-’98. At New American Art Union 922 SE Ankeny

Worksound presents a group show "Future in Retrospect". At WorksoundPDX 820 SE Alder

In the 811 block

Second Nature shows photographs by Sarah Meadows.

Grass Hut shows Inkwads, classic comic book style illustrations by Hellen Jo, Brent Wick, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, John Black and Tom Neely.

Redux has Sinister Concept, dioramas by Rochard Fox.

All 811 E Burnside

Down the block Anja Verdugo shows illustrtions, frocks & freemasons, at clothing store Frank James 729 E Brunside

Homeland shows, Incompletely, curated by Calvin Ross Carl and includes himself, Derek Franklin, Ashley Sloan, Josh Smith, Bailey Winters and Gary Wiseman. At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division

Newspace has an annual curated group show. 1632 SE 10th

The Press Club has brush illustration work incorporating the artist, Dante Cohen's interest in China. It will be interesting to see how this mix crosses the pond, and in which direction. At The Press Club 2621 SE Clinton