Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 17 Finite Reproduction Place

Monoprints are an accessible medium for artists and art lovers in the age of infinite reproduction. For artists they are quickly made, for art lovers, they can be correspondingly inexpensive. They can be messy fun for artists who have made them before, and for arists new to the medium. Artists Abra Ancliffe, James Archer, Ray Anthony Barrett, Amy Bernstein, Pat Boas, Derek Bourcier, Christine Bourdette, John Brodie, Will Bruno, Christopher Buckingham, Wayne Bund, Nolan Calisch, Bruce Conkle, David Corbett, Matthew Courtway, Posie Currin, Dana Dart-McLean Melia Donovan, Liam Drain, Jenn Feeney, Damien Gilley, Renny Gleeson, Daniel J Glendening, Sam Guerrero, Bryson Hanson, Stephen Hayes, Jesse Hayward, Yuji Hiratsuka, Deborah Horrell, Linda Hutchins, Sara Kacvinsky, Vanessa Kauffman, Gina Keough, Beth Kerschen, Chris Lael Larson, Cynthia Lahti, Tina Lange, Kendra Larson, Michael Lazarus, Jen Lorentzen, Dana Lynn Louis, Alex Mackin Dolan, Victor Maldonado, Mack McFarland, Michael McGovern, Rachael Miller, Jenene Nagy, Melody Owen, Bonnie Paisley, Michael Parich, William Park, Trude Parkinson, Brittany Powell, MaryAnn Puls, Kyle Raquipiso, Kent Richardson, Morgan A Ritter, Catherine Rondthaler, Ben Rosenberg, Calvin Ross Carl, Amy Ruppel, Jack Ryan, Blair Saxon-Hill, Stephen Slappe, Ashley Sloan, Stephanie Snyder, Krystal South, Rory Sparks, Raf Spielman, Anya Spielman, Jason Sturgill, Gary Sweet, Joe Thurston, Everett Vangsnes, Samantha Wall, Valerie Wallace, Heather Watkins, Jacob Wilkinson and Christy Wyckoff get together for an afternoon party to experiment with monoprint making. In the evening, you can buy them for $50-250. At 500 NW 14th x Glisan 6PM-9 Free

Place opens works by Takahiro Yamamoto, Stephanie Simek, Palma Corral, Gabe Flores and video by Krista Dragomer with Rashin Fahandej tonight.

Two of our greatest human needs are to make narrative and to be heard. Many of our space exploration projects have included messages to other intelligent lifeforms, impressed as images and recordings, of our place in space, and our life. These crafts narrate our world in hope that on their long journeys someone will hear them. Our will to be heard is so strong that it matters not that they may be heard only generations after we cease. An example are the golden records on the Voyager I & II missions. In the Golden Records, Simek draws inspirations from the brainwave recordings carried by Voyager's golden records.

Takahiro Yamamoto is a photographer and performer from Japan via LA and now at PNCA. He shows Postal Experience and 2 performances.

Palma Corral and Gabe Flores are the founders of Place. Flores comes from a philosophy background, but in art is focused on identity. In Intimate Historical Fictions, he relates some of his current memory of his past life in a tree structure. In The Red String, Corral illustrates in a figurative installation, animated by sound and light, some prototypical gender attraction patterns.

Krista Dragomer and Rashin Fahandej collaborate on a video project 160 Years of Pressure, constructed together from their disparate geographic locations over the last 4 years.

At Place, placepdx.tumblr.com a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. 700 SW Fifth. 6PM-9:00 Free

Thursday, December 08, 2011

December 10 200x10x8x8=40+ Bear Craft

As we have written, there has been a history of modular art shows in Portland: a uniform form factor and a huge group of artists. This group has refined that process to an art. In this case, 200 artists have made 2000 pieces of art, 8 inches square. They are all for sale on a cash and carry basis (checks and credit cards too) for $40 each. The Big 200 Po'Boy Art show (actually now over 250 artists) taking over all the galleries in the Pioneer Place Mall 700 SW 5th, 3rd floor 2PM-10PM
Postscript: this project sold over $70,000 worth of art in less than 6 hours. That's an accomplishment. The target next year, 500 artists.

Readers may notice we don't cover crafts extensively. But we do like the Crafty Wonderland, now a once a year reunion at the Oregon Convention Center. There is a parallel event at the Sandbox Studios nearby. Saturday and Sunday.

Orlo is a Western meditation (and magazine, the Bear Delux) centered on the intersection of art and the environment. They have their annual party tonight at their space in Zoomtopia. From 7-9:30 they have Santa photo and portrait drawings, performances until 11:30, and an ugly sweater contest at about 10, final round 11. There will be auctions of art and the like. At Orlo orlo.org (ignore last year's Dec 4 date on the website, that was 2010, this is 2011) 810 SE Belmont 7PM-midnightish $10 donation

December 9 Irreality TV Poetics and Black Wagon Oz Food Art

PNCA continues its public programs on the intersection of sustainability and art. Tonight they host a talk by Stefani Bardin who critiques the food system with art. She is collaborating with medical researchers to use a video endoscope capsule to traverse the digestive system, filming a complete digestive cycle, making real The Fantastic Voyage. At the PNCA www.pnca.edu collaborative design studio 1330 NW Kearney 5PM-7

Worksound holds its resident artist potluck talk tonight with Dustin Zemel on Televisual Intagibilities: "visual and reality spaces in non fiction television". He has made a faux newscast with Portland artists as "news personalities". Poet writer curators Lisa Radon and David Abel talk about the intersection of visual art and poetry. Both have curated recent word-visual art shows. At Worksound worksound5.tumblr.com 820 SE Alder Map 7PM-10

The film, the Wizard of Oz, is a mythical fable, wrapped in a musical. It is a better vehicle than most for pop culture sampling because it transcends generations. Other pop culture sampling is only resonant with very narrow age group, and within that, a narrow subculture. Those narrow samples are hilarious to only a few, an inside joke. The Wizard of Oz film was based on a children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Artist Gesine Kratzner, draws her inspiration for her art from an East German translation Der Zauberer der Smaragdenstadt of a Russian translation of the English original of the book. The resulting work resembles a Tim Burton take on Oz. Opening at Albina Press, 4637 N. Albina Ave at Blandena 6PM-8 Free

The kids store Black Wagon opens their latest show this evening, whimsical illustrations by Lee White. Schooled at Art Center Pasadena, White has a long illustration career, including childrens' books. At Black Wagon blackwagon.com 3964 N Mississippi Map 5PM-7 Free

December 8 Greater Art

Graeter Art Gallery launches a print sale this evening by artists Brin Levinson, Miguel Gonzalez, Jesse Reno, Theodore Holdt, William Chad Willsie, Mario Robert, Phresha Le Vandalé & Abraham Wylie; complementing their other affordable artworks in other media. At Graeter Art Gallery www.graeterartgallery.com 131 NW 2nd Map 5PM-7

Friday, December 02, 2011

December 3 Disjecta Ampersand

Disjecta opens a show False Starts, Repairs, and Overhauls by Mark Licari. they are large scale drawings that comment on our contemporary predicament. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Ampersand is a tightly curated art book store with a very fine focus on photography. They hunt vintage prints, by known and anonymous image makers. They curate shows, often photo-based, and even publish photographers books. They have been operating three years on Alberta and they are expanding to include the Together space next door. Tonight is a celebration of all that. They also open several shows in the expanded space: watercolor figures by Dan Gluibizzi, figure paintings by Chris Crites, Polish and Russian posters from the 1950-60's and drafting exercises from a French student made between 1902 and 1904. At Apmersand Vintage Printed Material www.ampersandvintage.com 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-10 Free

December 2 Eastside Art Openings+

Even though some people have declared Design Thinking dead, I'm not buying it. In fact, I urged AI to bring their ID program here (and they did, though probably not because of me). Startup ID facilitators Hand Eye Supply and ADX are active in Portland. ID is on the radar of PNCA, MOCC and UO. Local firm Ziba has credibility far beyond Portland, and of course the elephant in the room is the big shoe company.

Tonight's program is an element of the embrace of design thinking by PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft and design. The presenters, Studio H, operate a design-build program for school children in North Carolina. There is a show in the MOCC for the next weeks of the designs conceived and built by students. There is also a meet Studio H Sunday at ADX 10-noon.

Tonight Emily Pilloton, Studio H co-founder talks about her program, the student experiences and answers your questions. Presented by the PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org. At Ziba Design Auditorium www.ziba.com 810 NW Marshall 6PM-8 Free

Portland artist Kendra Binney has a show of the psychological landscapes inhabited by the creatures of her imagination, animals and wide-eyed characters.
At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside

George Eastman did not invent film and Edward Land did not invent self developing film, but they each brought it to the masses. Land created Polaroid, bringing the capability to check and share the exposure immediately. Revolutionary at the time, it seems quaint in relationship to today's instant gratification electronic photography. But there is a romance with instant, and when Polaroid ceased making film and cameras, The Impossible Project bought the factory and revived the medium. The new film fits vintage cameras. So if you are interested in Polaroid romance, there is a way to continue. Ann McGarry has the Polaroid romance. For 15 years she has been making instant photographs. Her work is now promoted by The Impossible Project itself. This show is a reminiscence of moments captured over that time of personal significance. At the Hawthorne Albina Press 5012 SE Hawthorne 6PM-9

The snapshot predates Instagram, arguably it was invented by Kodak's Eastman. And the snapshot is the theme of this show, The Snapshot Aesthetic. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Worksound has been engaged in a residency program this Fall with artists Michael Endo, Ray Anthony Barrett, Dustin Zemel, Lisa Radon and Sammy Shaw. Tonight Shred of Lights is an interim result of those collaborations. Lisa Radon, well known arts writer and poet reads at 7 with a series of eight small dances by Lydia Rosenberg, Jin Camou, Morgan Ritter, Jane Zemel, Stephanie Simek, Ashley Sloan, Lucy Yim, and Molly Radon-Kimball. Sound by Doug Theriault. At Worksound www.worksoundpdx.com 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9

Half|Dozen Portland's bipolar gallery in a good way continues In Want of the World by Tia Factor and opens Arteries by Lisa Berry. At Half/Dozen Gallery www.halfdozengallery.com 722 E Burnside (enter on 8th, in the basement) 6PM-9

Tilde has the Teeny Tiny Show, small works by Portland artists Vivienne Strauss, Nicole Linde, Michele Maule, APAK, Jenna Robertson and Kate Bingaman Burt. At Tilde www.tildeshop.com 7919 SE 13th Avenue 6PM-9

Homeland has a show Gang of Four with David Coyne, Emily Costa, Zack Costa, and K. Scott Rawls. At Gallery Homeland www.galleryhomeland.org 2505 SE 11th x Division 6PM-9

Newspace has a Christmas show by Jesse Rieser and Chris Willis. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th

Belmont Stumptown has Kristin Flemington, of the Homeschool Art Shop, whose work flexes between photography, painting and even Louisette making. At Stumptown Coffee 3356 SE Belmont 6PM-8

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December 1 Westside Art Openings

Moly Vidor makes luminous lush sensual oils which are portraits of flower blooms. It seems like something from more than 100 years ago, and out of character with the rest of the gallery's minimal work, but somehow it works. This is a new show of that work, Honeydrippers. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Linda Hutchins continues to make challenging work, and in this case it's a collaboration with poet Endi Bogue Hartigan. In Silver and Rust, Hutchins draws on the walls of the conceptual gallery, the Nines, with ten self designed styli, one per finger. It is distinct from her usually Zen-like process of minimal drawing. The Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th

Gamic Magic is a show by Jesse Reno and Theodore Holdt who both make paintings dense with abstracted by illustration style figures. And though distinct, their styles are quite compatible. See for yourself at Graeter Art Gallery www.graeterartgallery.com 131 NW 2nd Map

Augen Gallery has always maintained a healthy balance between international print artists and local original artists. So it's exciting they are showing longtime Portland illustrator and collagist Trish Grantham. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis

Fifty24/PDX is an urban male-oriented exhibitor. But this month, they go girl, with XX Marks the Spot: An all X Chromosome Art Show. You will probably recognize some of these artists: Jill Bliss, Lisa DeJohn, Olivia E. Fuente, Trish Grantham, Eilish Hynes, Yellena James, Mel Kadel, Bishop Lennon, Melanie Mikecz, Martha Rich, Amy Ruppel, Tammy Stellanova, Vivienne Strauss, Betsy Walton and Heidi Elise Wirz. Music by "soul man" Cooky Parker. At Fifty 24PDX in Upperplayground.com 23 NW 5th

Grass Hut has Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall. Grass Hut in Floating World. www.grasshutcorp.com 400 NE Couch

Hellion is one year old. And they are expanding into a larger adjacent space. They have a group show of some of their artists tonight. At Hellion Gallery www.helliongallery.com 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.

Compound has the Doodling Show. At Compound Gallery www.compoundgallery.com 107 NW 5th

Portland loves social practice art, and social practice in the service of art distribution fits that framework. This one night show, in which artists make small work and you trade it, takes place at Hand Eye Supply tonight.

Hot One Inch Action was created by Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen in Vancouver, BC, in 2004. A few dozen artists have made art into buttons. You can buy a random set of 5 for $5, then trade them with the other buyers to make your ultimate collection.

Artists include Alexis Eve Deprey, Ali Cat. Leeds, Amy Jenkins, Angela Hancock-Reavis, Audrey McNamara, Bala Atabek, Bethany Ng, Bryce Pedersen, Charles Hall, Chrissy Ortez, Christina M.I. Gyulafia, Danielle Weiss, Elli Adams, Eric J. Millar, Harlan Whitman, James Baker, James Walton, James Wigger, Jen Rombach, Jenya Andreev, Jesse Narens, Karl Edwards, Katy Meegan, Keegan from KeeganMeegan & Co., Kevin C Huynh, Kyley Quinn, Leda Zawacki, Lisa Wilde, Lyndsey Lee Denyer + Marc Faulkner, Mari Navarro, Marika Paz, Marilyn Romaine, Marsha Franco, Maryanna Hoggatt, Matt Edward, Max Taschek, Megs Senk, Morgaine Faye, Nicole Gartland, PMurphy, Scott DaRos, Shawna X. Huang, Skye Blue, Spitfire w/ Ximona, Steve Ebert, Tobias Berblinger, Tristana Lee, Tyler Segel, Valia Dempsey and Zachariah leBaron d'Avignon. At Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com 20NW 4th 6PM Free

Joakim Eskildsen has made a large documentary project of Roma, Gypsy, life in Europe. You can see a fraction of the images made and stories gathered over six years in Hungary, India, Greece, Romania, France, Russia and Finland. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Body Gesture is a show of some big names in feminist art from the 1970's and 1980's. Normally this would be only seen in museums, but you can see it in a small gallery here. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

Pulliam Gallery has a group show, an opportunity to see the style of their stable. At Pulliam Gallery www.pulliamdeffenbaugh.com until 8

Flight 64, one of Portland's printmaking coops, opens their show Ink Control tonight. The studio has gathered some quite good artists, judge for yourself. At Backspace www.backspace.bz 115 NW 5th. 6PM-late Free

Synthetic landscape painting and landscape painting are identical twins separated at birth. The synthetic is more practical for the artist when you don't have a landscape model handy or when you need to repair flaws the landscape image. X Zone Verboden by Brian Visser is a synthetic landscape painting show inspired by pop culture and surrealism. At Stumptown www.stumptowncoffee.com 128 SW 3rd

The Everett Lofts are always recommended - see them all. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map