Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Mach 4 Westside Art Openings+

The Everett Lofts and associated spaces are recommended, as always, for your viewing pleasure. See them in the block bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th.

Portland artist Melody Owen has a show at Marylhurst this month, and has two shows opening this evening. Part of a group show at University of Oregon in the White Stag Block, she shows 8 Knot, in a show themed on Werner Herzog's account of walking between M√ľnchen and Paris. At the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, she shows a series, Letters from Switzerland. She is known for elegant minimalist sculpture, repeating simple elements around an idea. She also works in photography, collage and illustration. Her work is quiet, beautiful, unexpected.

At the White Cube in the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch
And at Elizabeth Leach 417 NW 9th

Beppu Wiarda Gallery has a science themed show, a trend we will see more, despite failing science education. The show comprises works by women artists inspired by historic women scientists - the artists and respective scientists include: Abra Ancliffe : Maria Mitchell(1818-1889), American Astronomer/ Katie Ammons : Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972), Arctic Explorer, geoscientist/ Kate Copeland : Zoe Rodriguez del Rey, Environmental Science/ Kate Fenker : Marcia Ascher, Mathematician/Ethnomathematics/ Bean Gilsdorf : Susanne Gahl, Linguistics / Kim Hamblin : Chrystal Bell, Forensic Biology/ Kim McKenna : Sophie Germain (1776-1835), Mathematics ,Theory of Elasticity/ Sara McKenna : Countess Ada Lovelace(1815-1852), Mathematics/ Lorna Nakell : Sophie Brahe (1556-1643), Astronomer,Alchemist. Notibly absent is Mariana Tres who worked with images from the astronomy archive at Harvard.

The gallery also hosts talks this month around the show, see their website for details. At Beppu Wiarda 319 NW 9th

Noted Portland artist Marie Watt gets at the Northwest Native experience in a way that doesn't pummel. Contemporary art is a great venue for exploration of our post-contact history. It's timely with the great success of the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Vancouver Olympics. At PDX Contemporary Gallery 925 NW Flanders

Pulliam has sculptures by David French and paintings by Ken Kelly. French uses wood as a base material upon which to craft exquisite finishes. At Pulliam Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 8PM

Augen has a Northwest print show including artists Sheryl Funkhouser, Paul Gentry, Guo Nan, Wendy Kahle, Stephen Leflar, Susan Lowdermilk, Nicole Rawlins, John Saling, Michael Southern, Margaret van Patten, Wang Gongyi and Christy Wyckoff. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis

Profession as performance artist Lucas Murgida presents, professes and performs tonight. Murgida has learned, practiced and repurposed serial professions including locksmithing, cabinetmaking and teaching yoga. While artists such as Nikki S. Lee document, and Alix Lambert, comment subtly, Murgida takes ordinary professions in radically unexpected directions, kidnapping them for art. He speaks and performs in the Autzen Gallery. Neuberger Hall, Room 205, 725 SW Harrison. Opening early 4PM-6

For something completely different, you can see an open rehearsal and discussion on the its creation by BodyVox of their upcoming world premiere of new work: Smoke Soup. At BodyVox Studios, 1201 NW 17th 6:30PM-8 Free