Friday, April 03, 2009

April 3 Eastside Art Openings

There is art all over the East side Fridays.

In the 811 block

The Squirrels Made Me Do It is a show by Ann Chambers, Joe Ledbetter, Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell, who has made a pretty bold Paul Bunyan and Babe painting. It's a veritable Northwest Noah's Ark! All great fun at the Grass Hut.

Meanwhile the Burnside Queen of reuse, Redux, shows glass and mixed media constructs by Molly Wolfe. Portland is a glass town and the reuse mixed media idea is unusual. At Redux

The 811 block also subsumes Stand Up Comedy, which is not what you think, but rather a smart clothing and zine store. There too is Sword and Fern, clothing and jewelery.

All at 811 E Burnside

Worksound is a large bold gallery run by an artist. Group shows are a good strategy: plenty of artists here from which to choose, who all have friends, filling the space, and sometimes with music too. Pretty is as Pretty Does Pretty Vacant is a large group show. At WorksoundPDX 820 SE Alder

In Science Diet, Matt King presents idea-based sculpture and maybe 2d work too. King reuses sometime otherwise discarded material to create smart sculpture. At the smart Fourteen30 Gallery 1430 SE 3rd

23 Sandy has Falling Trees by David Paul Bayles from Corvallis. Bayles captures the blur of trees felled by loggers, perhaps the time the spirit of the tree is traveling to wherever the spirit of felled trees go. My personal philosophy is that things made of trees should last at least as long as the tree took to grow. Yet the grain pattern of my floor underfoot indicates it is surely from trees which lived for more than 600 years. I will not even go into the metaphor of the Lead Pencil Studio's woodburners. Bayles works in film, meaning he dows not know until he gets into the darkroom if he has captured the falling tree's passing. 623 NE 23 x Sandy

There are illustrations by Brent Wick further up Burnside next to Urban Art spot Destroy Store. Life + Limb combines a zen view of home, with some very artful plants + art. 1716 E. Burnside

A time for Lions is a show by Jonny Fenix and Blake Britton. At Nemo Design 1875 SE Belmont

Angela Cash shows Imsomnia, in the Yale school of constructed cinematic narrative in still form. We are visually sophisticated and media smart. This is one photography vector that addresses that. At Pushdot 1021 SE Caruthers

TILT was a noted Everett Lofts Gallery, which continues now as a guest curation project. Approximate is an instance, in this case, a collaboration by musician Ethan Rose and sculptor Damien Gilley. It's at Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division