Thursday, February 05, 2009

February 5 Westside Art Openings

The Found phenomena goes beyond the magazine. Tonight artists APAK, Rikki Barney, Ashley Armbruster, Sean Christensen, Jon Clark, Dale Davis, Phillip Earles, Vincent Fritz, Sarah Gottesdiener, Maureen Gubia, Aidan Koch, Amy Kuttab, Matt Lingenfelter, Ben Lloyd, Drew Marshall, Leslie Miller, Kristen Mueller, Sarah Oleksyk, Chris Reed, Jesse Reklaw, Josh Simmons, Ilvs Strauss, Laura Wickham, Adam Zeek and Julian Chadwick share their collections of found photographs. At Floating World Comics 20 NW 5th

Artist and musician Sarah Gottesdiener is a creative polymath. She takes over Stumptown with paintings incorporating imagery of Yoko Ono, Proposition 8, the tarot, the moon, tigers and snakes! At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd

Pok Chi Lau has been documenting the impact on ordinary people of migration and change in China and beyond for 40 years. Included is the diaspora of which he himself is part. Also showing are quotidian photographs made by Byron Wolfe. He made one photograph a day for a year, maybe something like a highly composed visual Twitter. At Blue Sky Gallery 122 NW 8th

Primarily known for social practice art, Harrell Fletcher gets to practice it by curating a show. Songs from the Treetops artists including Carson Ellis, Chris Johanson/Jo Jackson, James Miles, Kenneth Mroczek, Eduardo Navarro, Santiago de Paoli, Wendy Red Star have produced work loosely themed on constructed landscape. At PDX Contemporary Gallery 925 NW Flanders

French artist Koralie presents HAÏKU. Her work crosses the street art and gallery world. One subject are infinitely detailed schematic Geisha's. This is a good complement to the French show at Compound next door. At Fifty 24 23 NW 5th

La Jolie Poupee is a show by French illustrators Lostfish, Candybird, Ciou and Adolie Day. Very much in the Compound style, and interestingly several of the artists make children's books and clothing. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

Big Beautiful Color is a show by Mark Warren Jacques at a relatively new energetic gallery, Fontanelle. In addition to paintings, Jacques has constructed a tepee you are invited to enter to experience his chosen soundtrack. At Fontanelle Gallery 205 SW Pine

Augen has a group show themed Home at it's Davis location. Included are prints by well known artist Jennifer Bartlett who came into her career in the late 1960s and 1970's, Portlander Jim Riswold and others. Meanwhile at the 2nd Street the gallery is featuring under $500 works. 817 SW 2nd and 716 NW Davis

Moshi Moshi has something about Ninja Valentines in its small Burnside space. 916 W Burnside

The Everett Lofts are recommended as your best interest value. Bounded by NW Broadway, Everett, 6th and Flanders.