Thursday, September 01, 2011

September 1 Westside Art Openings

There is a romance in old photographs and in images of native people everywhere. It's an artifact of our world of migration, since humanity, tens of thousands of years ago. In some cases, I think it's atonement for a clash of identities, sometimes violent. Let's grow up, please. Frank A Rinehart studied under the great Western photographer William Henry Jackson. Jackson is famous for for landscapes of the West made on site-coated and developed glass negatives on extreme expeditions. Those images established the American Zeitgeist, persisting to today, of spiritual inspiration in grand landscapes, manifest destiny and the creation of our national parks. After working with Jackson, Rinehart established a portrait studio in Omaha Nebraska, 1885, at age 24. He was able to document delegates to the 1898 Indian Congress, producing a famous body of work, predating the better known Edward Curtis. In fact, Rinehart's assistant became the assistant to Curtis. Hartman hosts a nice old-timey show of Frank A Rinehart's Indian inages, well worth the visit. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th

Chris Rauschenberg has Borrowed Time, streetscapes of old Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Rauschenberg was invited to a show of photography by thousands of Chinese photographers in the fantastic new museum there. The museum situates in a new city, Ordos City, built from nothing in 5 years, but vacant, though entirely sold, to remote investors. The people live in old Ordos. The show's title is a reference to the wholesale destruction of hutongs, old traditional neighborhoods, all over the country, and in Beijing, it's China's realestate boom. How long before old Ordos will fall? At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th

The new Victory Gallery, with a focus on artists outside the US, continues Double Dutch: Yvonne Lacet and Gijs van Lith. What's interesting to me is that not only Brooklyn artists, but European artists are compelled to notch Portland on their artist resumes. It's a great cross fertilization for Portland viewers too. At the Victory Gallery 733 NW Everett

Hellion Gallery has Taka Sudo, in his first solo show. It's illustration including aerosol techniques. 20% of the profits from this show will be donated to Kodomofukushima, Fukushima network for saving children from radiation. 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. 6PM-10

Robert Mantho and Michael Wenrich have created an installation, Changing Place as part of the University of Oregon's series Locus, combining art and architecture. Tonight at 7:30PM Portland modern dance choreographers Dawn Stoppiello and Tere Mathern and dancers Vanessa Vogel and Stephanie Schaaf occupy the space in an experimental performance. Recommended. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Compound Gallery is one of our favorites. It's also a favorite shopping place for Portland's design and ad community. Always seeking inspiration, they enjoy the urban and international threads the gallery represents. Tonight is an opportunity to see that circle closed with a show of graphic work by designers from the big shoe company. The artists are Chris DeGaetano, Eugene Serebrennikov, Colin Flynn, Wil Green, Jack Aguirre, Kristen Shenk, Hingyi Khong, Katy Tisch, Elesben Montaya, Ian Saiki, Julia Dickey, Nicholas Winchester, Samuel Spencer, Brandon Walsh, Jason Landis, Brenden Strang, Lonny Hurley, Upendo Taylor, Meleah Rutherford, Troy White, Alison Beebe, Lynn Quan, Ashley Payne, Emily Potter, Colin Strandberg and David Mellor. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

I Mirror Your Mirror is a project of Sarah Gottesdiener with Ania Diakoff and Larissa James Brantner. It's inspired by the apocalypse, femininity, the body, and ideas of failure, success, mediation, and performance. Interesting in our society is the apocalypse as an unquestioned meme. At Valentines 232 SW Ankeny Art 6PM-late, lights dim at 9, Free

Portland micro-tableau photographer, Grace Weston, has Angles of Incidents at Augen. She makes small scenes and then photographs them with often wide angle lenses. Also with encaustic painter Jeff Gunn and photographs by Thomas Miller. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery continues its recommended 30 year anniversary show and adds videos from Malia Jensen, Salty. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map

PNCA's Feldman Gallery, which brings out of town artists has It's All A Blur with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat. The project gallery has Disorientalism: Ready Mix, by Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim. There is also a retrospective of portland painter Bonnie Bronson, covering 1960 to 1990. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map

Chris Haberman and Jason Brown, forces behind art shows at the Olympic Mills, Goodfoot and a gallery on the upper floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, presents his New Brow show at the Performing Arts Center. Artists are Ali Schlicting, Angela Gay, Anna Magruder, Beth Myrick, Brent Wear, Brin Levinson, Brett Superstar, BT Livermore, Cathie Joy Young, Chuck Bloom, Chris Haberman, Dan Ness, Dan Pillers, David Stein, Emek, Emily Bates, Erinn Kathryn, Fred Swan, Guy Burwell, Heide Davis, Helena Gigena, Icky A, Jason Brown , Jason Graham, Jennifer Griffo, Jennifer Feeney, Jeremy Okai Davis, Jesse Reno, Joel Barber, Kelly Williams, Kenny Spurlock, Kendra Binney, Kyle Gossman, Larry Christensen, Malynda Shook, Matt Leavitt, Mario Robert, Matt Schlosky, Mona Superhero, Peach Momoko, Richard Schemmerer, Sam Arneson,Scott Chase, Sean Croghan, Terence Healy, Tripper Dungan , Tim Combs, Tyler Corbett, Yo Mutsu, Zack Baltzly, and Zak Gere. Opening reception at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. 1111 SW Broadway 5PM-7 Free

Always recommended the entire Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map