Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 19 In Site Reconciliation Independent Labrador

Portland's only floating studio gallery, the Labrador, hosts a show by Portland artist Chase Biado: Sad Barbaric. The show will also be accessible for a closing event March 26. The 65 foot boat was built to carry remains back from WWII. Retrofitted (it has working cranes) it worked as a crabber. Now four artists share it as studio space, make repairs and keep it afloat. Many of the artist crew, curators and showing artists met at landlocked Lewis and Clark College. But maybe they got their start with L&C's navy of dinghies docked on the mighty Willamette South of the Sellwood bridge? At 12128 Labrador Project www.labradorproject.com It's moored by Fred's Marina 12900 NW Marina Way, Portland. Easily the largest boat at the moorage, you cannot miss it. More detailed directions, don't get lost, on the website. 7PM Free

The mall show, IN(ter)DEPENDENCE, in the Pioneer Place Mall holds a reception connected to its current show. Some details may be found at portlandorusnow.blogspot.com/2011/02/february-19-mall-grow.html At the Pioneer Place Mall, bounded by SW Morrison, Yamhill, 5th and 6th. Third floor. 6PM-9 Free

Gentrification is Change, and my view of it is probably more nuanced to completely different than some. That's a longer conversation. Tonight there is a perspective offered by Judith Mowry, who has been leading community discussions for the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement, in North and Northeast Portland, among the gentrifiers and gentrifiees. The process is based on the principles of restorative justice. These ideas were the basis for the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa and in many post-conflict countries. It's not clear that the process was entirely successful in the minds of those affected in South Africa, but it's still valuable, and certainly more effective than the courts. It was also used in Sierra Leone, for which in my opinion, it was less suited. In that case, it was certainly more cost effective than courts. It certainly leaves an invaluable first person historical record with narrative resonance. Tonight Mowry shares her experiences at Project Grow, which is itself focusing on closer neighborhood connections. Music by Lynnae Gryffin. At Project Grow at the Port City Development Center. 2156 N Williams Ave at Tillamook. Films 6PM Free

Earlier in he day, Linda Austin activates Carl Burkheimer's installation with movement and co-movers Jin Camou, Keyon Gaskin and Danielle Ross. At Disjecta www.disjecta.org 8371 N Interstate 1PM Free