Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June 2 Westside Art Openings

It is the season for thesis shows from recent art graduates.

PSU splits BFA graduates over shows opening tonight and June 18. In the Art Building there is LIMITS OF SPACE 1.1 - Memory of Space and LIMITS OF SPACE 1.2 - Suspended in Space, in the AB Lobby Gallery and MK Gallery upstairs, respectively. At PSU. Art Department Building 2000 SW 5th 4PM-7

PNCA has shows in the main building atrium, the Stevens Building and in the old Portland Art Center next to Floating world. See the May 22 listing for details.

OSU BFA Digital graduates Brian Aebi, Amy Chan, Braeden Cox, Gage Hamilton, Matt Pfliiger, Andrew Pomeroy, Steven Robinson, Brad Saiki, Lauren Seiffert, Tanya Tracy, Chris Wilson and Zach Yarrington present their show Watch Your Mouth at the White Box Gallery. Digital spans graphic design and many of the more commercial realms of the art world. At White Box in the White Stag Block 24 NW First. Opening reception 6PM-9 Free

Ditch Projects continues its romance with Fourteen30 in Chicago Chocolate Tour, by Ken Fandell, Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder. Fourteen30 and Ditch rarely dissapoint, so see for yourself. At Fourteen30 Gallery 937 NW Glisan

Good Luck. Again. is work by former Portlander Scott Patt. Patt is a master of materials, owing his design background. He excels at relating art to personal and pop culture. He works in 2d and 3. This latest work is themed on icons for luck, like rabbit feet, horse shoes and symbols from the Pennsylvania Dutch warding off evil spirits. At Grass Hut in Floating World. 20 NW 5th

In Summer commercial galleries have group shows. Since shows are planned more than a year in advance, this one clearly represents a more optimistic view of Summer weather than is warranted. Gallery artists Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Arcy Douglass, James Lavadour, Joe Macca, Tad Savinar, Storm Tharp an Marie Watt present "oomph [ʊmf]: enthusiasm, vigor, or energy. sex appeal". At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

There is a group show too at the Leach gallery including Luke Butler, Noah Davis, Robert Hanson, Justine Kurland, Vik Muniz, John Sonsini and Pamela Wilson-Ryckman. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map

Minimalist Linda Hutchins has Back to Basics. Hutchins has made sculpture, patterned line drawings and even work with typewriters. At Pulliam Deffenbaugh until 8

Former Portlander, now Seattlite, Anne Siems makes enigmatically romantic paintings, often with encaustic materials, and with children as subjects. In contrast Portland painter Michael Brophy captures masculine Northwest Landscapes. Both at Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st

Richard Barnes' Animal Logic is a collection of photographs of animal history museums. Fascinating and odd, a zoo without the bad parts. He's quite accomplished as a documentary photographer including Whitney Biennial photographs of the cabin of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, disassembled and remade in a storage warehouse for evidence. Also showing self portraits by Millee Tibbs. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th

Helion has a collaboration between artist Ren Sakurai (Albatross Tattoo) and furniture maker Taka Moriki, “Tactical Wall Unit”. At Hellion Gallery 19 NW 5th Suite 208. Through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style.

Portland artists Wesley Younie has collaborated with P:ear youth artists for a show this month. At P:EAR 338 NW 6th

W+K has Exhibit B: Fields of Work by Justin Gorman and Tyler Kohlhoff. Local businesses Rinella Produce, Foss Maritime Shipyard and Afton Field Farms are profiled in illustration and text displayed on furniture by wood craftsmen Delaney Kelly. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 6PM-9 Free

Always recommended, the Everett Lofts.