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.