Wednesday, March 02, 2011

March 3 Westside Art Openings

PSU has many openings every first Thursday. They are early, leaving plenty of time for Northward viewing later. The ever rotating and edge seeking collective Paintallica is recruiting artists in Portland. Successful portland artist and teacher Daniel Attoe is one and the Patrick Rock school of art would definitely fit in. Cool they consider mild mannered Portland a possibility! Show up a month. Talk by the ringleaders 6PM about the all nighter of collaboration they've worked on since yesterday in the Art Building lobby. Over at Autzen in Neuberger Hall Eric Franklin has an installation Basalt connecting the human body with our most noted rock features using glass and light. At PSU. Art Department Building 2000 SW 5th Opening 4PM-8, Talk 6 and Autzen Gallery, 2nd Floor PSU Neuberger Hall, Room 205, 724 SW Harrison Opening 4PM-8

Ashley Ness has a personal project at Stumptown. In her words: "Initially started after she was denied a job with American Apparel at the age of 25, American Girl, 2005-2011 documents Ashley Neese's aging process in a culture where youth is celebrated as the ultimate asset. Exploring the empowerment one woman finds in reclaiming her age, this exhibition is a five year photographic journey about what it means to be sexy on somebody else's terms, and ultimately, the liberation that it inspires." She is a good eater too! At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd

Elizabeth Leach has the premere show of the evening. Matt McCormick shows new West-based work. One piece is the retrace of a roadtrip, originally made in the 1950's, and rediscovered by the artist as a thrift store found scrapbook. There is also a greatest hits of Portland now show with Dan Attoe, MK Guth, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Arnold Kemp and Michael Lazarus. Well worth the time to understand why each was selected. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map

BlueSky has a show by noted American photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Working since the 1970's, she is known for her documentary photography. The work takes both galleries. She also speaks at Reed on March 30 about her work. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th

Hellion opens a new space in the cool block, home to many a creative project. Showing is Ai Ohkawara, liquid illustration style figurative work. At new Hellion Gallery 19 NW 5th, #208. Door to the left of Upper Playground - stairs up. 6PM-9

Compound has a type show, Special Characters, curated by Nate Tabor. Includes Jessica Hische, Greg Lamarche, Brad Simon:, Friends of Type, Tom O'toole, Adam Garcia, Sean Barton, Craig Redman and Christopher Degaetano. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

For something a little different, see Scissors, Glue, & Insomnia, psychedelic collages by Christian Collins aka DJ Blue Spectral Monkey. At Groove Suite 440 NW Glisan. Music beginning at 9, sequeing into deep house later. 9-late Free

The W+K lobby has an experimental movement and visual artist collaboration. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 6PM-9

The Everett Lofts, bounded by NW Broadway, Flanders, 6th and Everett are always recommended for your viewing pleasure.