Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 30 Goodfoot and Weird Fiction vs Weird Fiction on Alberta

The Goodfoot dive bar is one of Portland's most economically successful galleries and draws on a large community of anti-minimalist artists. This month is Brin Levinson, Chuck Bloom and Yo Mutsu.

Brin Levinson paints industrial landscapes. Chuck Bloom paints surreal naturescapes. Yo Mutsu has repurposed the shunga style to focus on teen angst, sometimes including he and his wife's faces in the characters. Ryan Organ, Carrier & Sunday Grip DJ.

At the Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark Map 5-midnight Free

Baring rain, while Alberta Street whips itself into a pre-Oregon Country Fair frenzy, Appendix Space will be doing just the opposite. Daniel J. Glendening and Michael Welsh collaborate on Neverland, the result of a month's residency in the space. In the outside space, Weird Fiction presents Artificial Empathy Machine. They win the copywriting award of the month:

"Weird Fiction has found that distributed tele-actions aid the erosion of empathy for all parties involved. This ficto-quizzical cabal has been rapidly prototyping towards a more sociable medium for mitigating known human-machine interactions.

On Thursday, the last day of June 2011, auras, aspirations, anxieties and ideas will be aggregated in a cybernetic haybatch wherein mammals and computers will be attuned towards a stylistic obsolescing of pretentious and anempathetic routines. Psychological shareholders will be encouraged to interface with a massive "Artificial Empathy" machine, one that is programmed for vicarious thrills. If bloated with featuritis, the machine remains a potential mirror of the self."

At Appendix Project Space. On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 6-10ish Free

Together has three shows. Idea Board 3 is made of work from Jay Howell, Benjamin Edmiston, Casey Grey, Doodles, Timothy Karpinski, David Wien and Mark Warren Jacques. Friendship Rituals are drawings presented as an installation by Meg Adamson. Hunters and the Hunted are drawings and ceramics by Jennifer Parks. At Together Gallery 2916 NE Alberta, Ste A Map 6PM-11 Free

The Emerson Space Case has Just To Tell You Once Again, art inspired by Michael Jackson. Artists include Rita Alves, Stephanie Brachmann, Eddie Butler, Joey Edwards, Sarah Flores, Kati Green, Laura Hensley, Juanita, Angela Marks, Chrissy Ortez, Karen Radd and Ilan Schraer. Opening night music by James Dean Kindle and the Liberian Girls. View in the Emerson Space Case NE 30th and Emerson Map

There is also an opening at the always engaging False Front Studio. False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 6-10 Free

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 26 Club Brunch Research Grow Project More No

Research Club brunches today at noon. It's a potluck brunch with talks and a chance to talk to other artists. Todays talking artists are Laura Hughes, Judith Pulman, Danielle Ross. In a focus on reducing waste, please bring a cup, plate and utensils! At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division Noon Free

The No Fest is a DIY creative festival in St Johns. It's been growing year by year. Here is a schedule of the many FREE events. Grand Detour shows films. Artists and performers include Danielle Ross, White Rainbow, Krystal South, Jennifer Keyser, the Dead Air Fresheners, and hip hop dancing by the 45 Parallel Zulu Nation. Many others. Various locations in St Johns. 10AM-midnight Free

Project Grow throws a hoe down and tonight a hoedown: Throwdown. It's a celebration of the start of harvesting greens off their urban CSA farm and an excuse to have friends, that's you, over to their rad space. Performers are Safe @8, Jeffrey Jerusalem 8:45, Malaikat Dan Singa 9:30. Project Grow is always looking for volunteers and people to pet the goats, so this is an opportunity to see what the project is about and who it's about. At Project Grow at the Port City Development Center. 2156 N Williams Ave at Tillamook. 7-11PM Free

June 25-26 Risk Reward

Risk and reward are often proportional. Risk Reward is an experimental theater showcase hosted by one of Portland's theater companies that has been successfully balancing risk and reward in their own projects. Performers span theater, movement and music; Portland and Seattle. It's similar to Seattle's long running New Works program at On the Boards which has launched many creative groups, including Hand 2 Mouth themselves. Risk Reward performers are Bobbevy (formerly Hot Little Hands, Portland dance), Jessica Jobaris & Guests (Seattle dance), Part & Parcel (Allie Hankins, Seattle dance), Kyle Loven (Seattle theatre), People Person (previous Risk/Reward artists Angela Fair and Joe Von Appen, Portland theatre), Zac Nelson & Stephanie Simek (Portland music). There will be an after party Saturday Evening at Ella Street and a Q&A with the artists Sunday at 3 in the Artist Rep lobby. Recommended for a challenge, take a risk, and discuss after! More information at at Artist Repertory Theater 1515 SW Morrison. 7PM $18

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22 Edward Tufte on Information Design

Edward Tufte is in town for his one day seminar on presenting data and information so people "get it". Sometimes that's important. Tufte is professor emeritus at Yale where he developed and refined the ideas that became a series of some of the most noted, and beautiful, books in the field: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative and Beautiful Evidence. I've been to them. They are expensive, but include a set of his books. Entirely fascinating. Details Location on registration. 9ish to 4ish. $380

June 22 Something from Nothing

The Pioneer Place Mall continues its monthly philosophy salon. Another example of Portland exceptionalism. This month, Victor Maldonado and Alex Rauch discuss nothingness in the art context. It's part of a series Praxis organized by the artists operating Place, the mall's art arm. At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 700 SW Fifth. Doors 6:30PM, talk 7-9. Free

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 18 Deluxe Strawberries Here to There Place

Now Orlo, an art-environmental literary publication, has a place, it's in event-mode. They launch their newest (free) issue of Bear Deluxe magazine with local strawberries, live music and drinks. The new issue, You Are Where You Eat, is themed on food. They are doing an overlapping upscale dinner from 6-9 for a fee, consult their website. At Orlo 810 SE Belmont 5PM-10 Free

Former Portland artist Johnne Eschleman & Todd Mandelkern have a show Here to There. At Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas - Mohdi 625 everett #108, Everett side. 2PM-midnight, DJ 8ish Free

Space is the Place and Place is the Space. The mall galleries continue with shows and events. Place has Felicity Fenton, William Rihel III, Ryan Burns and Roger Peet, Stephen Kurowski, Marina Tait and performance by Wynde Dyer. Other events in the adjacent places. At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 700 SW Fifth. 6PM-9ish Free

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

June 11 The Seed Building

The North Coast Seed Building is a complex of artist studios in Albina, the zone between the Freemont and Broadway bridges and the river and N Interstate Avenue. Most of the artists open their studios tonight. Strongly recommended. 2127 N. Albina 6PM-10ish Free

June 10-11 Ant Farms

The Ant Farm was an art collabortive active in the 1960's and 1970's. They are best known for Cadillac Ranch, a set of 10 vintage Cadillac sedans from years 1949-1963, buried half in a field in Amarillo, Texas, fins up. Their work was an early instance of culture jamming, like their project Media Burn. The film center shows a documentary about the artists, Space, Land and Time Underground Adventures with Ant Farm. The filmmaker will be in attendance. Friday and Saturday 7PM Friday 2PM Saturday

June 10 Research Club Curates Homeland

The Research Club presents Vision, art by Laura Hughes, Michael Lauch, Vanessa Kauffman and Bradley Streeper. At Gallery Homeland 2505 SE 11th x Division 6PM-9

June 9 Robots! Attack!

Tonight is robot night.

At Black Wagon, Brian Kappel has robot art in this all ages show. Graphic designer and illustrator Kappel breaks with flatland - these bright robot sculptures are perfect for acting out the friendly robot apocolypse with your own sound effects and dialog. Lev Mooney Montague is a 6 year old artist who can draw robots, his work is on display too! At Black Wagon 3964 N Mississippi Map 5PM-7

Dr Daniel Wilson has a PhD in robots from CMU. He also writes novels about robots. His latest is Robopocalypse. In Wilson's future, it's not hackers, from a far away country, that weave all of our computer systems into a web of evil, but an AI entity. They turn on humans who must struggle to survive. You can read the book in advance of the Dreamworks film, scheduled for 2012, the official end of the world. I hope this story has a happy ending! Wilson talks about his book this evening. At Powell's Books 1005 W Burnside 7:30PM Free

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June 4 Cinema Project When Where

When Where: Landscape and the Frame as Metaphor is a Cinema Project outdoor showing, a rare and popular event marking Summer. It's a program of landscape art shorts by Kren, Steiner, Beydler, Richardson, Cho, & Breer, with readings by Portland poet David Abel. Films include Kurt Kren, 31/75 Asyl (Asylum) [Austria, 1975, 16mm, color, silent, 9 min.]; Thomas Steiner, Camping Cézanne [Austria, 2010, video, color, sound, 9 min.]; Gary Beydler, Pasadena Freeway Stills [USA, 1974, 16mm, color, silent, 6 min.]; Emily Richardson, Aspect [UK, 2004, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.]; Seoungho Cho, Buoy [USA, 2008, video, color, sound, 7 min.] and Robert Breer, Fuji [USA, 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 8.5 min.]. Bring a blanket to sit on. The Cinema Project at 3727 NE 11th Avenue (in case of rain, contingency plan will be announced on the Cinema Project FB page and web site). 9PM $7

June 3 Eastside Art Openings+

ADX officially opens this evening with a big party. They are a shared subscription shop with the space and tools to make things. They have wood and metal shops, and will be starting classes soon too. Very useful for artists! Performance by Old Light at 8:30, DJ 31Avas spins too. Food and drink available. At 417 SE 11th x Stark 6PM-11 Free

In the 811 building

Golden Rule has a show, Snow Cones, with actual snow cones and fiber art from Project Grow, Voila Brown and clothing by Tess Bidelspach. At Golden Rule Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 122 in the back

Black Box has Portraiture Now: Constructing Photography, juried by Alice Shaw. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Nationale has a one week show of current photography, We Have Begun our Final Descent. Very strong show, recommended. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Lille has illustrations by Sarah McNeil. At Lille Boutique 1007 E Burnside

Worksound has Drawing Shades by Matty Byloos, Jane Schiffhauer and Nim Wunnan, as well as a show by Rebecca Ruth Peel. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-10

Pushdot has a show of illustration by Jill Bliss, Ryan Berkley and Lee White. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104

Newspace Photo has a group show, Only Photographs, curated Jake Stangel. They are pairs of images from different photographers. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th

Commonwealth Skate dips a toe in the art waters with skater Ashley Anson's embroidery and paintings, and embroidered paintings. Skating, painting, stitching. At Commonwealth Skateboarding 1425 SE 20th

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.