Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29 Curiosty Outfitters

The Curiosity Club presents a talk by the creator of luggage and bag maker Vanport Outfitters. Inspired by the family's sail business, the bags use traditional materials and reused materials. The aesthetic is Northeast Atlantic coast. A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com/pages/curiosity-club 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 21 Artists Talk Place

Wynde Dyer, Jason King and Jane Schiffhauer have made work at Place this month. I always enjoy one on one discussions with artists about their work, and in Portland it's common. Tonight is a sit down opportunity for each artist to talk about their work to you with the participation of PNCA professor Mary Preis. At Place, placepdx.tumblr.com a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 700 SW Fifth. 7PM Free

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 20 Float On Brunch

The Research Club invites you to Brunch #20. Bring some vegetarian or vegan-friendly food, a plate, cup and utensils, and yourself. A project of Research Club at the Collective Agency 322 NW Sixth Ave (between Everett and Flanders), Suite 200. See their website, collectiveagency.co for details on how to get into the building. Noon-3 Free

Flotation tanks are a relatively old new age sensory deprivation environment. They were invented in the 1950's by noted neuropsychology pioneer, John Lilly. Trained at CalTech, Dartmouth and University of Pennsylvania, Lilly is also known for research on dolphin intelligence and as an early founder of SETI research.

Flotation tanks allow individuals float in body temperature water with the salinity of about the Dead Sea, making them buoyant, simulating weightlessness. They are sealed from outside light and sound.

Float On is a commercial business renting time in tanks. They invited 150 artists to experience the tanks, then make artwork inspired by the experience. The artwork has been published in a book, Artwork from the Void. (They also have a music program, and a CD of music from floaters)

Tonight they hold a release party for the book. At Float On www.floathq.com 4530 SE Hawthorne 7PM-11 Free

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 19 B.Y.O. Open Studio Settlement Place

The PNCA MFA program vibes with cheap warehouse space. Makes sense, artists are the quintessential small business persons, their own individual startup. Art student studios are the prototypes of working artist studios. Tonight, PNCA masters students throw open their studios for you to see and interact. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 1830 NW 19th 6:30PM-11:30 Free

Place, the gallery in the mall, is home to 3 1/2 projects with their own names we shorten to just Place. They are Peoples' Art of Portland (really not a part of Place, but adjacent, and with a different curatorial angle), Place (formerly Pottery Barn), Place (formerly Present Perfect) and Screen, the half for video work. I've always been confused by the naming, and I can't guarantee I've got it right. But their monthly events, in all the spaces are well worth a visit.

Therein you will find an installation by Rhoda London with a video by Harrison Higgs. Prolific Portland writer, Richard Schemmerer has Framed or Frame of Mind. For Sale By Owner: 1751 Easy St. is an ambitious autobiographical installation sculpture, by Wynde Dyer, a 1/3 scale model of the home she grew up in. She has constructed it primarily by her own hand and has been occupying it over much of that time. Jane Schiffhauer has an installation, The Myth of Memory. In Screen,
translations is a project by Jamie Marie Waelchli in which she translated a text back and forth between languages repeatedly, ultimately producing nonsense which nonetheless provided new insights into the original intent. It's really not surprising, artificial intelligence, including language translation, has suffered from overstated predictions of its capability, and occasionally ridicule of claims for translation. Today the greatest advancements have been made by using United Nations translations as a heuristic for statistical machine translation. Place also has a performance series, tonight it's PositionMax Beta by Jason King. Place has an expanded website with details. At Place, placepdx.tumblr.com a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 700 SW Fifth. 6PM-9:30+ish Free

The UO White box is hosting an open and curated night of projected visuals. It's titled Bring Your Own Beamer, B.Y.O.B. The curated part of the program is courtesy of (Sub)Urban Projections of Eugene. Portland artists are encouraged to bring their own work and projector to add to the program. Accompanied by DJ Leftovers. At the University of Oregon White Box Gallery whitebox.uoregon.edu. 24 NW 1st 8PM-11 Free

November 18 Boatspace Rag Live Transmission Talk

Communication is not unique to the human species, but we have worked hard to perfect it by technical means. Communication at a distance, and to masses more than a few, has been the Grail of technologies from movable type to mobile wireless internets.

The telegraph, beginning with inventions in the early 1800's, was the point to point web of the time, primarily following railroad routes over distances. Early telegraph pioneer Morse sent a prophetic inaugural message, "What hath God wrought?", between DC and Baltimore in 1844. Eventually submarine telegraph cables spanned the ocean.

Telegraph messages, carried by wire, spawned wireless transmission, based on the research of Hertz and others. Early wireless radio carried telegraph codes. Later analog modulation was developed. That allowed voices and music to be broadcast at a distance. That brings us to current history.

Any sufficiently evolved technology is indistinguishable from art, and that is the theme of performances tonight accompanying a book release of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves.

Performances tonight include Chloé Womack's Community Amateur Radio Project, Weird-Fiction's sculptural transmission, The Video Gentlemen's rogue television broadcasts and Joe Milutis' text experiments.

The fascinating book, Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves, covers 90 years of transmission arts - video, audio and codes transmitted by radio, sound and the internets.

Performance and book release at Monograph Bookwerks monographbookwerks.com 5005 NE 27th x Alberta Map 7PM-9 Free

Artist, writer and curator, Sam Korman, opens I Want To Believe, an essentially one night show, tonight, at the Labrador. Korman is noted for a year of shows in his garage, extensively documented in a Publication Studio book, and for curating a great show, Watersports, on the boat. Pop culture is a rich vein for sampling into art. We are familiar with the references and each carries emotional associations attached as we first experienced them.

Korman is a writer, and the press release for the show is well worth a look. You don't have to believe aliens have visited earth in spaceships to see the show!

The show takes place on a 65 foot boat moored in the Willamette River near Sauvie Island. At 12128 Labrador Project www.labradorproject.com It's moored by Fred's Marina 12900 NW Marina Way, Portland. Map More detailed directions, don't get lost, on the website. 7PM-10

Fourteen30 hosts Mike Bray and Glen Baldridge tonight in a talk about their works in the current show at the gallery. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 922 SE Ankeny Map 6:30PM Free

Kalakendra presents classical Indian musician Kartik Seshadri and his ensemble, including Arup Chattopadhyay on tabla. Both are young generation virtuosos fluent in traditional rags, their own compositions and collaborations with Western musicians. By Kalakendra www.kalakendra.org at 909 SW 11th 8PM $20, $15 students

November 17 Dance Mushroom Spark

Yvonne Rainer is one of the world's most accomplished modern choreographers and experimental film makers. Studying with Graham, Cunningham and Waring, Rainer was a cofounder of the seminal Judson Church Dance Theater at age 28. She expanded into experimental film, including incorporating film and dance. It's a rare chance to see Rainer in Portland. She speaks at PNCA tonight www.pnca.edu 1241 NW Johnson 6:30PM Free

Paul Stamets is one of the foremost experts in the world on mushrooms. What's more he is an entrepreneur and the foremost innovator in creating new relationships between humans and mushrooms. If you think mushrooms are boring, listen to Stamets speak.

Lewis and Clark is bringing Olympia-based Stamets to speak today. Here is a bio for Stamets from the Lewis and Clark website:

"Paul Stamets has written six mushroom-related books, with his most recent being Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. He is the author of many scholarly papers in peer-reviewed journals (The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms; Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Herbalgram, and others). He has written more than twenty patents. He started a medicinal and gourmet mushroom business, Fungi Perfecti, LLC, in 1980. Stamets is the sole source supplier and co-investigator of the first two NIH funded clinical studies using medicinal mushrooms in the United States. He has been working with the NIH governed BioShield BioDefense Program since 2005 to develop new defenses against bioterrorism.

In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure’s Magazine’s Green-O-vator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards. In November of 2008, Utne Reader recognized Paul as one of the 50 Visionaries of the Year. In February of 2010, Paul received the President’s Award from the Society of Ecological Restoration. In October of 2011, Reader’s Digest chose Paul as one of the Eco-Heroes of the plane, reflecting how deeply his message has penetrated into the depths of American society. In March 2010 Paul received the ‘Packy Award” from Sustainable Business Coalition and Whole Foods Market’s Green Coalition for the Life Box™. Paul’s talk at TED.com on how mushrooms can help save the world has been seen by more than a million viewers and has been rated in the top 10 of all TED talks."

Stamets joins us from fair Olympia (Washington), his home, to speak tonight at Lewis and Clark College in the Templeton Campus Center Council Chambers, which is not a large room. At Lewis and Clark College www.lclark.edu 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. Mind the campus parking regulations. 6PM-8 Free

Art Spark is back with jazz accompaniment to Create Aplenty, which promotes the elimination of single use plastic packaging and containers by using them twice as craftworks. If they are successful, theoretically they will eliminate their supply stream. At Vie de Boheme 1530 SE 7th 5PM-7

November 15 Plazm

Plazm is a successful Portland small business that has combined art, design and publishing. Their community of visual designers, type designers and writers spans 20 years in Portland. A Plazm retrospective is at Archer Gallery this month, Tonight, Plazm cofounder and creative director, Joshua Berger, talks about the Plazm experience. At the Clark College Archer Gallery www.clark.edu/news_events/archer/index.php. In the Penguin Union Building 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA. See the campus map www.clark.edu/maps/google/index.php 7PM Free

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 14 Jaar on Jaar and Gilding Disruption

Alfredo Jaar is one of the world's greatest living interventionist artists. Some pieces are stunning and others are too obvious. So it's fitting that his lecture tonight is entitled "It's Difficult".

Trained as an architect, Jaar has explored Africa, globalization, genocide, homelessness and immigration as well as other topics through photography, installation, performance, sculpture and film.

Representative works and their themes include Chilean politics with Studies on Happiness; 1981; gold mining in the Amazon with Gold in the Morning, 1985; vacant media gaze in Untitled (Newsweek) 1994; immigration policy and national identity with One Million Finish Passports, 1995; the responsibility journalists in war and crisis, in this case Sudan, with Sound of Silence, 1995; Africa in the media in Searching for Africa in LIFE in 1996; Rwanda with the stunning The Eyes of Gutete Emerita in 1996; geography and cartography in A logo for America 1997; the genocide in Rwanda with Let There Be Light in 1998 as well as many other projects in years since on the topic; homelessness with Lights in the City, 1999; a comment on children and play in the context of a lost generation in Playground, 1999; the separation of families across the US-Mexican border in Cloud, 2000; the lack of museums in Africa in Culture Boxes, 2000; freedom of information and ownership in Lament of the Images, 2002; South Africa in Hope, 2003; Italian Fascism in The Gramsci Trilogy, 2005; economic problems in the German reunification with Requiem for Leipzig, 2005; poverty in oil-rich Angola in Muxima, 2005; immigration again in Escalera el Cielo; 2006; the formation of cultural identity using advertising tools in Questions Questions / Domande Domande, 2008; globalization with The Marx Lounge, 2010; a park for contemplation of atrocities of the current centuries with Park of the Laments, 2010; AIDS with Emergencia, 2010; the missing in Chile in The Geometry of Conscience in 2010; truth and war news in the group show Seeing is Believing with May 1, 2011 in 2011; global media and the art viewer gaze in Three Women, 2011; the value of civilization in remote locations and the value of education for children in Dear Marcus 2011; and documentation of Occupy in 2011.

Jaar's work travels together with Ai Wei Wei, subject of an upcoming documentary, Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry. Jaar is more overstated; Wei Wei more veiled and subtle. But the antiparallels between where each makes work are something to think about.

Jaar speaks at Blue Sky Gallery (unless they move to a larger space) tonight. Sponsored by Oregon College of Art and Craft. Reservations 971-255-4165. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 7PM Free

Paul Gilding speaks about his book The Great Disruption on how society could respond to climate change, if it was viewed as a crisis. Gilding, from Australia, a country leading thinking on climate, has lead environmental organizations and consulting groups as a social entrepreneur. Gilding speaks at PNCA www.pnca.edu 1241 NW Johnson 6:30PM Free

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

November 12 Butoh Art Towne Sprawling Lumber Geology Recess

Portland's butoh outpost, Water in the Desert, is known for striking, and even spectacular experimental performances, of this Japanese, most modern of dance forms. They have been hosting Yukio Suzuki for a workshop. Tonight the workshop participants perform a work of their own making with Suzuki. At the Headwaters Theater, by www.witdpresents.com 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. 7PM $5-10

Disjecta holds their annual art auction party this evening. It's a good opportunity to see the work of a great cross section of Portland artists, and chat with fascinating individuals in the art community. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-late $20 advance, $30 door

The Towne Storage Building is a longtime artist studio spot which you have seen crossing the Burnside Bridge. Tonight over 25 studios in the building will be open for an inside view of art making and an opportunity to purchase work directly from the artists. Note carefully parking signs, the area is known for towing. At the Towne Storage Building 17 SE 3rd 6PM-10 Free

Music schools are by nature sprawling affairs. They comprise musics past, present and future. The staff and students have ever evolving interests. Each student is an individual performer and member of a rotating cast of ensembles. The concert this evening is a demonstration of that creativity mixed and remixed.

The Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan collaborates with Ki Midiyanto from UC Berkeley, vocalist Peni Candra Rini from Java and musicians from Seattle’s Gamelan Pacifica, Portland's Northwest New Music and the college chorale.

The program has contemporary work, the 1982 Double Concerto for Cello, Violin and Gamelan by noted microtonal composer Lou Harrison and Missa Gongso, a 2005 mass written for gamelan choir by Neil Sorrell. At Lewis and Clark College www.lclark.edu and www.vsbgamelan.org Evans Auditorium 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road 8PM $20, $15 students

Interior Margins opens today, but it is not open. It will be open later in the week though. Portland curator Stephanie Snyder from Reed and Sarah Miler Meigs have curated a show women artists to the Lumber Room. The Lumber Room is the project space of noted Portland collector Sarah Miller Meigs, arguably Portland's most serious contemporary collector. Artists selected are Judy Cooke, Léonie Guyer, Victoria Haven, Midori Hirose, Linda Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Michelle Ross, Blair Saxon-Hill, Lynne Woods Turner, Nell Warren and Heather Watkins. It's a show of quiet abstraction by primarily mid- to late-career artists from Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Public viewing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17-Januray 30 excepting holidays. At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach. 11AM-6PM Free

Jeff Jahn, artist, curator and creator of Portland's big art blog PORT has organized a show, foreGround, at PSU's premier gallery the Littman. ForeGround is inspired by geology. The artists are Ben Young, Jim Neidhardt, Zach Davis, Arcy Douglass, Jacqueline Ehlis and Matthew Picton. Jahn gives a curator's talk about the show this afternoon. At the PSU Littman Gallery in the Smith Center 2nd Floor 1825 SW Broadway. Talk 2:30PM Free

Recess Gallery is back in session with (Im)material by Chase Biado, Alex Mackin Dolan, Michelle Liccardo, Kyle Raquipiso and Jay Spicero. Their statement is too good to pass up: "(Im)material addresses the divide between what’s there and what’s not. What does it mean to be made of material? How is our visceral existence affirmed when we encounter other beings? There’s no room for bodily detritus in the quick and effortless navigation through what we call the virtual. As the technicolor veil slips away, one is left amidst a seemingly immaterial atmosphere . A zone where physical contact is confined to the brushing of ‘cookies’ off a hard drive or the deep pulsing of fiber optics under our feet. By and large, artists in our technological zeitgeist - like those represented in (im)material - are moved by this abandonment. As with any disturbance, they are compelled to respond with divergent methods. In this case, across a spectrum from a primordial return to brute physicality to reappropriations of the digital that exacerbate their dystopian worldview". At RECESS recesspdx.blogspot.com at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th 6:30PM-10:30 Free

November 11 Intimate Raga Potluck

Although photographer Lindsey Marla Lynch often works with professional models, Lille Boutique has her charming portraits of everyday individuals in lingerie they have chosen as their favorite or something with deep personal significance. The show is titled I See London, I See France, from the childhood rhyme, though there is nothing childish but innocence about the show. At Lille Boutique www.lilleboutique.com 1007 E Burnside

It's Yoga Shala's birthday. To celebrate it, Michael Stirling performs a program of ragas. Stirling is a long time proponent of Indian music of the subcontinent and experimental music in Portland, including teaching. He has studied in India and with noted composer and minimalist pioneer, Terry Riley. Yoga Shala has an evening of events, noted on their website, all free, beginning at 6:30PM, in addition to the concert which closes the event. At Yoga Shala yogashalapdx.com 3808 N. Williams Ragas 10PM-11:11 Free

Worksound has made a lab this Fall with resident artists Michael Endo, Ray Anthony Barrett, Dustin Zemel, Lisa Radon and Sammy Shaw exploring studio practices, critical thinking, artists as curators, social practices and relational aesthetics. The artists relate to the community through a series of potluck talks. Tonight Ray Anthony Barrett with guest Michael Lazarus discuss their work. At Worksound www.worksoundpdx.com 820 SE Alder Map 7PM-10 Free

November 10 Character Design and Renwick Night at the Museum

The art museum invites an artist once a month to talk about a piece in the collection. Tonight it's Vanessa Renwick, Portland filmmaker and installationist. Later everyone retires to the cafe for drinks and more conversation. It requires museum admission, to keep the museum from becoming even more nonprofit than it already is, so go with a member or make an afternoon tour. If interested, meet promptly at 6PM at the side entrance by the courtyard. Reservations suggested, it can sell out. At the Portland Art Museum www.pam.org 1219 SW Park 6PM-8 $12, $5 members

Black Wagon is Portland's go to spot for kid things. The selection is well curated. They also have a rotating art program, curated with the same care. Tonight they open a show by Margaret Meyer. Meyer is a character designer who makes 3d characters for stop action animation and 2d versions too. At Black Wagon blackwagon.com 3964 N Mississippi Map 5PM-7 Free

Monday, November 07, 2011

November 9 Sustainable Design

Natalia Allen speaks tonight about design, particularly of clothing. It's part of everyone's life but its production, distribution and disposal needs work. At the PNCA www.pnca.edu The Bison Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios 421 NE 10th 6:30PM Free

November 8 Architect Artists

James M Harrison is a Portland artist architect. Harrison is responsible for some of the Eastbank esplanade public art and saving the Lovejoy Columns. His talk, "The Earth Is Not Up To Code", is sure to be entertaining! A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com/pages/curiosity-club 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

Sunday, November 06, 2011

November 7 Pie Ranch

Pie Ranch is another example of a common PSU lecture series menu item: social practice artists working in the food chain: growing it, preparing it and eating. In this case, it's an educational farm on the California coast. A part of the PSU MFA Lecture Series pdx.edu/art/mfa-lecture-series. In the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30PM Free

November 6 Time-based Stock

Stock has solicited proposals for time-based art projects. You can select your favorite for funding tonight. RSVP by email, portlandstock at gmail dot com, the meal reservations, limited by logistics, fill quickly. Details: portlandstock.blogspot.com At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson 6PM-8 $10 cash only

Thursday, November 03, 2011

November 4-5 Yukio Suzuki

From its small place on earth Portland operates in a world stage. Through our creative networks we weave a web of inspiration by artists traveling from here and to here. Yukio Suzuki comes from Japan to perform in Portland and conduct workshops. Details at witdpresents.com 8PM $12-20

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

November 5 Magic Nature

Magic>Nature is a group show on mystic iconography in landscape art. It's a rich vein of culture fueled by an Internet of possibilities in spiritual sampling and even pseudo-science. Curated by Michael Endo and Emily Nachison, ME EN, it includes John Bohl, Lauren Marie Cherry, Tia Factor, Lauren Payne, Kendra Larson, Hermonie Only, Andrew Rogers and Ian Waite. At False Front Studio www.falsefrontstudio.com 4518 NE 32nd Map 7-10 Free

November 4 Eastside Art Openings

We make a joke about Portlandia's "put a bird on it". Amy Ruppel is probably the artist responsible for Portland's bird meme. One of her themes has been bird silhouettes filled with mysterious colored stripes residing in larger illustrations, with light backgrounds. Ruppel has now turned to painted bird portraits, but with a darker tone than Audubon, even malevolence in her Mean Birds show. She has a series of state birds in more a schematic style. This show is Know Your Oregon Backyard Birds. Mot mean, it's a classic dynamic of light and dark, and perfect for the recent Halloween season. Molly Bosley also shows her elaborate dioramas made of thrift store finds and intricate cut paper backgrounds, in mason jars. At Tilde 7919 SE 13th Avenue

Glitch, previously noted, closes at Homeland tonight with a performance. Sue-C from Oakland performs one of her audio visual pieces live, animating work of her own design from photographs, collage, drawings, models and fabric. There will also be short video works by Jesse Malmed, Evan Meaney, Julie Perini, Tom Sherman and Dustin Zemel. At Gallery Homeland www.galleryhomeland.org 2505 SE 11th x Division 6PM-9, performance 7:30

Potatoes and tomatoes, we would be in a sad world without them. And it would be a sad world if we did not have people dedicated to preserving the old varieties and crossing them creatively to make new tasty and colorful varieties. Tom Wagner is a world expert in potato and tomato varieties and proponent of open source genetics in food. Who can be against that? He has dedicated his career to preserving potato seeds, without the seeds, potatoes are just clones. Wagner speaks on bioregionalism, plant diversity, nutrition and genetics tonight. He also displays his potatoes in the art gallery. At Project Grow at the Port City Development Center. 2156 N Williams Ave at Tillamook. 6PM-9 Free

Nationale is the winner of the copywriting award of the month.

"Like Sartre on shrooms, the playful illustrations in Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun’s second exhibition at Nationale, Bone Less, revel in the absurdity of the human condition. Amidst trippy watercolor swirls and jarring geometrical patterns, his ragtag crew of skater punks, bug-eyed wanderers, aliens and cartoon dogs grapple with the surrounding world through humorous, oſten foul-mouthed, expressions of youthful rebellion. Kriksciun’s unabashedly simple drawings harken to the dazed doodles of a suburban teen, transforming his subjects’ existential and anarchist tendencies into SoCal assertions of joyous self-expression. Shaka a cop, moon your neighbor- life demands the occasional LOL.

In addition to Kriksciun’s framed works, Bone Less will also include smaller digital drawings “faxed” over to the gallery by the artist on a daily basis.

Recent Portland resident Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. A self-proclaimed 'artist via skateboarding,' Kriksciun’s work attempts to question the norm through humor and a devilish dash of barbed naivety."

At Nationale thenewnationale.com 811 E Burnside Map

Newspace has three shows. Author Lisa Wells, and photographer Bobby Abrahamson show The 45th Parallel, documentation of small Oregon towns on their way to becoming ghost towns. Live music by Nick Jaina. Jennifer Steensma Hoag shows video pieces Separation and Nearly Five. Coming to Homeland through a national competition, Andrea Land, shows In My Room, enigmatic portraits of children in their own physical and mental spaces. It's not an Arbus gaze, and the work is posed, but it has a great quality. Thus the artist wins the rare second place copywriting award of the month.

"I enter into the process of creating a photograph on both a conscious and subconscious level. My portraits of children contain various layers of information relating to the artist, the subject and a mutual exchange between the two. The work seeks to explore the psyche of complex individuals. Each young girl, while physically existing in the natural world, also thrives in another realm, an insular dream state, with her gaze turned inward. The photographs exist as both fictional and autobiographical creations (growing up in an all female, Midwest household). Relating to the temporary situation of childhood, I am fascinated by young individuals’ imagination and intensity of experience. My curiosity about childhood, as a state of limbo and a game of illusion, creates additional layers with which to contemplate. Visually exploring the girls’ stances and embellished environments, the audience enters into a private world of vulnerability, isolation, imagination and memory. A delicate balance exists between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the grotesque."

At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th

To Make a Flame is a show by Glen Baldridge, Walead Beshty, Mike Bray, Brendan Fowler and Alex Hubbard. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 922 SE Ankeny 6PM-9

Half/Dozen continues Kendra Larson's Glass Lakes and opens Tia Factor's In Want of the World. At Half/Dozen Gallery www.halfdozengallery.com 722 E Burnside (enter on 8th) 6PM-9

Land has papercut art by Nikki McClure, from Olympia. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery www.landpdx.com 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8