Wednesday, May 04, 2011

May 5 Westside Art Openings

Grassy Knoll Gallery shows Know Power: Street Art for Social Change - Jackson Middle School students' graffiti-style interpretations of conflict in Africa. Proceeds to Play Pump, a project chosen by the students. Let's Go Outside spins. Graf coach for the project, Aden Catalani also has his own show this month at Backspace. At Grassy Knoll Gallery 123 NW 2nd

Chris Johanson is a fascinating artist who has been mentioned here before. Augen has a unique collection of Johanson prints going bask to his very early career, and they maintain their impact. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis

Ditch Projects decamps with great mixed media sculptures by Birdie Hamilton, as discovered by Tim Meyer. At Fourteen30 Gallery 937 NW Glisan 6PM-8

Tom Cramer is a PNCA-schooled Portland artist who has worked for a few years in low relief carvings with applications of lush pigment. He worked early on in primitive carved totems then moved on to abstract relief carvings. This work, Oregon Landmarks, pictures impressionistic locations in his low relief carving style. Quite nice and great public art material. Also showing longtime Portland-NY artist and PCVA cofounder Jay Backstrand. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st

Chambers has Fab:topia, by Korean in America artist Sang-Ah Choi. The bright work relates to j-pop art with Korean artists navigating the spaces between the art giants Japan and China, geographically and figuratively. Chambers has been hewing a path of bright and video art, a welcome addition to Portland art vectors. At Chambers Gallery 916 NW Flanders Early close 8:30PM

Johannes Girardoni is a mid-career artist who has shown in US and European art centers. He shows minimalist sculptures in the main gallery and photographs altered with paint in the Across the Hall space.At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

The Grass Hut, firmly anchored at Floating World, has a great group show of Portland favorites titled Sloth n Moth. Excellent work. Grass Hut is in Floating World. 20 NW 5th

Over at Hellion there are two shows: Echo and After the Quake. Echo is illustrations of angels and demons in the female form. The work is by well known manga artist and character designer, Kashima. After the Quake is illustrations by schoolkids about their feelings, from Yokohama, a large coastal town, thankfully out of the tsunami path this time. Sales of the drawings benefit the Japan Red Cross. Great project by Hellion's Matt Wagner, and the Echo show is a score. 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.

Renew is a show by Yoko Furusho, Cannaday Chapman and Jaz Harrold. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

Interesting continuing shows include Sean Healey at Elizabeth Leach, Holly Andres at Charles Hartman and the Reading Frenzy print series.

The Everett Lofts are recommended as always for your free viewing pleasure.