Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29 - January 3 Roses Above, Roses Below: On Photography

Gregory Crewdson has had a huge influence on constructed implied narrative in photography. Schooled at Yale, and teaching there since, he has trained more than a generation of photographer-stylists who, like motion film directors, select, direct and design characters within the photograph's still boundary.

He has spoken in Portland, exhibited at Reed and was included in a contemporary group show curated by Bruce Guenther at the Portland Art Museum. He's an artist and a little odd, but it's working. He receives multi-million dollar advances from his gallery, Gagosian, to hire production crews. He has developed a Photoshop process to produce very large infinite depth of field prints from multiple exposures on 8x10.

Now his latest work turns his cinematic approach on itself. In Sanctuary, he photographed the Cinecittà outdoor film studios in Rome, devoid of actors. Cinecittà has operated continuously for 75 years. It is the location for numerous well known films, including the HBO-BBC series Rome. So Crewdson has unmasked the cinema and made visible the precarious scaffolding hidden previously in his work.

Portlanders have another chance to engage Crewdson in a documentary, Brief Encounters, showing now in Portland. It is focused on a series in his mid-2000's cinematic work, Beneath the Roses, some of which showed in Portland. Not sure how long the run of the film is.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters shows at the Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th See the Theater Website for times. $7/$6 Students

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 29 Last Battle of the Year

In general we are against battles. And there is a good argument that this time of the year we need less battling and more hugs. In that spirit, the hip hop dance battle culture values positive competition energy and community. And so it is tonight.

CharacterCult presents Circle Science, a night of 1on1 bboy-bgirl battles. The format is a showcase to select 16. The 16 reduce to 8 in a toprock battle. The 8 move to semis based on footwork. The semis move to finals based on power moves. The finals select one based on all around.

On the wheels of steel, Golden Child & DJ Mighty Moves. Judges will be JoeRawk of Massive Monkees, Serg of Jungle Brothers and Impulse of Moon Patrol. Hosted by ThomasOragami of Soul Felons Crew.

Competitors include Boogie - Moon Patrol, Mikeezy - Limitless acts, A-be, Aantix - Back 2 Basix, Merk - New Birth, Fu-roc - New Birth, Rufio - Aristocats, Michael Kalas - MKC, Ben - Limitless acts, Elvis - Back2basix, Fredo - No Roots, TangBang - AAO, Sharkie - Soul Phase, Faze - Rhythm Bandits, JAB - Dance Broomz/THE HOODZ, JSpoon - Soul Felons/BDB/The Hoodz, Prince Hector, Rambo - New Birth Crew, One - Tru Roots, Phace - Salem Cypher, Flow One - Wicked FX, Juan - New Birth Crew, Marko - Vibe Tribe, Fligh - Tru Roots, Dobbin, Rona, Mpwo - New Birth/Jungle Brothers, Obscure, Mochine Gun - New Birth, Mango No Roots/Them Team, Eddie Lee, Chadzilla, Nahele - Back 2 Basix, Drift, Bloop, 2Luv, Lil D - Limitless Acts, Vote for Pedro - Wicked FX, Tommy Rocc - Wicked FX, Herrikane - Sick Floor Maniacs Crew, Calypso - DMC, and Lunatic - Battle Reflex/Unleashed.

Circle Science at Vega Dance Lab 1322 SE Water. 5PM-10 $8, $5 with FB RSVP.

December 28 Free the Marbles

On the last Friday of the month, the Art Museum is free from 5PM-8. So start your new year's resolution to see more free art early. It would also be an excellent opportunity to see the collage-paintings of Sang-Ah Choi in the Apex area of the Pacific Northwest collection on the top floor of the main building. Not sure how access to the special exhibit from the British Museum of Greek and Roman marbles works on free night. Interestingly the first works acquired by the museum were plaster reproductions of Greek and Roman reliefs, still on display in the lower ballroom. The project predated Nashville's Parthenon project. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 5PM-8 Free

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 21 Knitting Wunderkammern

The Big Fig is a show of new sweaters knitted by artist Johanna Jackson. She works in several mediums, including video, one of which resides in the other Portland modern art museum, the Portland Art Museum. Her knittings fit well with the program of the Portland Museum of Modern Art, and she has shown earlier work in this body there. And it's apropos, for now is the traditional season for "artistic" sweaters, so wear yours tonight!

Jackson writes of dreaming of knitting, the challenge of learning it and finally, learning the motions practiced by many over many, many years, our knitting DNA.

Musicians Grouper perform as well for the show opening in this small space. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina 7:30 Free

Puppets! There is a small progressive puppetry art community in Portland if you know where to look. And they are not for kids only. In fact, tonight's show is for mature audiences. The annual Winter Solstice puppet show includes puppets, music and acrobatics. The tradition has been going on in Portland for eleven years and a trailer for a documentary on the event will also be shown too. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map all ages, adult beverages for those 21+. 7PM & 10 shows, free-donations accepted

December 20 Slab City Citizens Band

Slab City is a pre-apocalyptic temporary autonomous zone in California. Citizens band is an archaic analog radio system, license free, and occasionally abused by radio hackers.

So the combination of words Slab City Citizens Band Bulletin is a rich mix, and it's also a collaboration between filmmaker Bill Daniel and musicians Jackie-O Motherfucker. Slab City performs live to Daniel's films.

Musicians Sunfoot and Invisible Bees from the UK also perform.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 8PM $7advance/8door

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 16 Publication Fair

Not all books are art nor art books. But Portland is an art town and a book town with dozens or small presses. Some of them gather today for you to see, and they to sell, their wares. Participants include Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books, Poor Claudia/Tale City Press, Bad Blood Reading Series, Perfect Day Publishing, Floating World Comics, Anahita Jamali Rad/AAB, Monograph Bookwerks, Dill Pickle Club, Peaches and Bats, Container Corps, Division Leap, IPRC, Nationale, Bedouin Books, Octopus Books, Gobshite Quarterly, Sharp/Stuff, Table Of Contents, Passages Bookshop, Tin House and organized by Publication Studio. At the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel. SW Stark and 10th. Noon-6 Free

Friday, December 07, 2012

December 16 Promised Land

This event is later in December, a sleepy month for visual art. But not for culture, and for things that are important.

Promised Land. Heavy meme. Ancient, even biblical. And now the title of a dramatic film by Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant about natural gas fracking in America.

The film tells the story of a very small town guy, working for a very large company, convincing farmers to sign gas mining contracts. Like the Music Man, it seems to be going swimmingly until it goes so wrong. Ultimately it reaches a transformative resolution.

Energy is one of our most important ecosystems, but water is too. And though we don't mine natural gas in Portland or Oregon, natural gas exports are an issue we will need to deal with here. It's being studied by the Department of Energy and is a top issue for Senator Wyden, because exports will raise our prices.

The film's reach is sure to create a discussion across a country which needs to talk seriously about energy.

Director Gus Van Sant introduces his film, Promised Land, tonight in a benefit showing for Outside In, providing medical and survival services for homeless youth. The film begins its regular run December 28, in time for the 2012 Oscar nominations. Tickets in advance at the McMenamins box offices. Film at the Bagdad Theater 3702 SE Hawthorne 7:30PM $79 main/$49 balcony

Dec 15 False Front Place

Seth Nehil, sound artist, presents his sound and paper art tonight. The paper work is hand cut. The sounds are hand cut acoustic samples with the assistance of electronic computer machines. Music 8. At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-9 Free

Place continues its shows and opens a group show, White Pride, with artists Nadia Buyse, Chris Freeman, Sam Guerrero, Michael Martínez, Mark Martinez, Christine Taylor and Chloé Womack. All at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. 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, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-8 Free 5PM-9

December 12 The End of Art Education on 12/12/12?

What is the value of an MFA? What the market will bear. There is a serious imbalance between tuition and renumeration, between the business of art schools and reality, though the romance remains.

Pedigree is a panel discussion by Gabe Flores, Gwenn Seemel and Horatio Law moderated by David Vanadia on art, art school, money, value and the art star-making machine.

At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall 700 SW Fifth. 7PM-8 Free

December 8 Print Peoples

PICA holds its annual printmaking fundraiser. It's especially fun for the artists making prints, some who have never done so, to get their hands dirty with plenty of very experienced printmakers. Most, if not all, are monoprints, one of a kind. It's in the PICA offices this year. 415 SW 10th 6:30PM-8:30 Free

The Peoples Art of Portland is one of Portland's largest art dealers. With low prices, they make it up in volume. Their margins are the same as commercial galleries, but their costs are lower. Every year, they hold their Big 300 sale, over 350 artists, each making 10 8"x8" works on plywood panels, and all sold for $40 each. Usually about 80% are sold, so you can do the math. Cash or credit, take the work off the wall and home for instant gratification. A can of food for the food bank is requested. At the People's Art of Portland 700 SW 5th 2PM-9 Can of food

There is a reception for Bruce Conkle's show at PSU, see Thursday's listing.

December 7 Eastside Art Openings+

Portland as music town goes in cycles and now is uptime. But Salem was home to famous guitarist John Fahey in the 80's and 90's, who lived 1939-2001. Fahey traveled extensively in the South collecting the folk music of Mississippi Delta, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz musicians, in person, and in recordings made in the 1920's and '30's, and refining them into his own picking style with unique tunings. Fahey went on to found artist-focused, rather than label-focused, music labels Takoma and Revenant. In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey is a new documentary relating the story of his life. Folk music was what we had before copyright, and it's where we are headed to again, as the age of infinite reproduction and the music industry itself successfully slay the goose that laid golden eggs. Maybe that's a good thing, Internet folk music, and music in person. The film will be introduced by a performance by Chris Funk. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy 7:30PM $7

The art and design world is filled with many twisty career paths, not all alike. One is that of Raymond Pettibon, punk artist. Bass player in Black Flag early, and brother to Flag leader, Pettibon designed the logo. He went on to make pen and brush drawings, many used as music media cover art and for band posters. He has used hand lettered text extensively, a 1980's trend that returned in the new millenium, for instance, in the work of Mission School artist Chris Johanson. Pettibon was first tapped for the Whitney Biennial in 1994. Later he returned in 2004, the second year of Larry Rinder's new bad art boy curatorial direction. Perribon has exhibited extensively in Europe as well. Pettibon was tapped in 1995 by Portland's Plazm. They present a show of his early work, 1978-1986, band posters, his zines, and some vinyl covers, opening tonight. Band Blood Beach performs at the opening at 9. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside. 7PM-10+ Free

Hair, it can be an obsession for some. Soft & Sturdy by Heidi Hopfer is a show of hair theme drawings. At Redux 811 E Burnside

Black Box has a show of color photography curated by Katherine Ware of the New Mexico Museum of Art. She has been photography curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Getty. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

At the Ford Building Gallery Homeland continues it's current show and Pushdot has a reception for a non-photography show, pointillist pen and ink drawings of insects. 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 5PM-7/9 Free

Universities are a rich stew of creativity as a value. It's stimulated by the ease of creative communication and collaboration. In art programs, there is a value placed in understanding what has come before. In that spirit, PSU artists reinterpret Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable over 45 years later. Bands include Etbonz & Videodrone. In Neuberger Hall Room 293. 7PM-9 Free

Aedion 44 Gallery shows Friends of Mine, from Portland photographer Brendan Coughlin. The gallery is in a space for graphic clothing. At Aedion 44 Gallery 4430 SE Hawthorne 7PM-11 Free

Newspace has Jeff Rich with Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River Basin, documentation of a river in the Southeast. The photographer captured individuals in their homes along the river with river industrial facilities in the background. Photolucida director Laura Moya has an ongoing series, On My Walls, selections from her personal collection. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map

The studios of the OCAC+PNCA MFA in Applied Craft + Design are open tonight for you to see what the students are doing. They will also be open tomorrow in the daytime. It will be tonight's hit. At the Bison Building, 421 NE 10th. 7PM-9 Free

RACC throws a party tonight in honor of Mayor Sam Adams, Portland's tireless art supporter. It is a benefit for the Right Brain Initiative. Patrons at 6, $175, open to all at 9, $25, breakfast midnight.'s-party-name-art-almost-here At YU Contemporary 800 SE 10th

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

December 6 Westside Art Openings

Everyone is in Miami, but the show must go on.

Hellion has taken Mitt Romney's suggestion that we get close with South America. It's not a bad idea, and Brazil is our hemisphere's part of BRIC. The show of 15 artists from Brazil is Pindorama.

There will be an opportunity tonight at Hellion to get the new book by Matt Wagner, The Tall Trees of Tokyo. Matt is the curator and creator of Hellion. In his introduction he writes of Japanese society, the tall tree is beaten down. But if it can withstand the forces of wind, it can move the mountain in which its roots entwine.

In the book, he has profiled contemporary Japanese artists by the train lines in the Tokyo sprawl in which they live. The book is bilingual. A portion of tonight's sales go to a project to build an indoor playground for Fukushima children.

Many people have left the contaminated area, but those who are too poor have stayed. It's dangerous for the children remaining to play outside. The project is organized by many of the artists Matt profiled in the book. They also spontaneously delivered supplies into the red zone soon after the earthquake and meltdown, and Matt himself was able to travel with them to help.

More information about the project is at You can use your web tools to translate it from Japanese.

The book, The Tall Trees of Tokyo, is a project of Portland's Overcup Press. You can find out more on their website, or by stopping into the gallery. The book is limited to an edition of 1000.

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.
Map 7PM-10

PNCA has Cause Unknown: Mapping Ravaged Landscapes, by Erinn Kathryn. She has drawn a connection between landscapes formed by eruption, uplifts, fire and erosion with the body's tissues, subject to their own vicissitudes. In Gallery 214, upstairs.

Binary Lore is a show by Edie Fake, from Chicago and PNCA alumna Brenna Murphy ’09. It also shows in Chicago in a cooperative exchange between Threewalls in Chicago and PNCA here. Fake remixes historical queer culture of Chicago into comic-style drawings. Murphy remixes electronic images and electroacoustic sound samples into sculptural performances as MSHR and in her solo work. Highly recommended. In the Feldman Gallery.

Both at PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 6PM-9

The world is filled with artists. The tools of infinite reproduction are available to us each and we are trained aesthetically by our continual exposure to reproduced images from early childhood. That means there is great work out there that is undiscovered, or will never be known beyond small circles. Occasionally the unknown artist is discovered, and unfortunately often after their death. That is the case with street photographer Vivian Maier. Working as a nanny, she photographed extensively with a 2 1/4 camera in New York and Chicago and traveling in the US. She is estimated to have made over 150,000 images. Some are on display at Powells and a collector of her work, Jeff Goldstein and the author Richard Cahan of a book about her speak tonight. At Powell's Basil Hayward Gallery, 3rd floor. 10th and W Burnside Talk 7:30PM

Bruce Conkle will be creating scents by burning the resins of native trees in his show Tree Clouds Thursdays at 4 in the Autzen Gallery. Conkle is a prime exporter of Northwest-inspired environmental-themed sculptures and installations he dubs "eco baroque". There will be a reception Saturday at the gallery 6PM-8. At Autzen Gallery PSU, Neuberger Hall, Room 205, 724 S.W. Harrison tonight 4PM-5

Augen has Portland illustrator-collage artist Trish Grantham with At a Loss for Words. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8PM

PDX has Molly Vidor's color fields and flowers plus Nell Warren's impressionistic landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Compound presents End of the World, probably not the Mayan version, though. Artists include AMTK, Steve Seeley, Sean Edward Whelan, Brendan Monroe, Pat Perry, Gala Bent, Clare Rosean, Leo Zarosinski, Joseph Mcvetty III, Amanda Lee James, David M Cook and Morgaine Faye. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

Louie Palu has photographs of warfighters from the various coalition forces at the end of their tours in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In an entirely different view of the military, Theresia Viska, in La Danse Françaisehas, made impressionistic set of photographs using long exposure times of the Stockholm Military Academy’s annual winter ball. Generations of her family over 300 years served in the Swedish military, which has largely avoided war since 1814. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

The UO White Box presents Affective Duplication by street art group, The Reader. You can go to their website to read the description of the work, but personally I thought it was vague art speak which I can't summarize. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map 6PM to 9ish

Saturday, December 01, 2012

December 1 Oscar's Delerium Tremens Redux

Portland artist and curator Patrick Rock pushes boundaries. But he also has a sense of absurdity, performance and participation. Oscar's Delerium Tremens is an example, and his timing could not be more perfect. Oscar is a giant inflatable sculpture of a pink elephant. It's a sculpture you can enter and bounce on its inflated floor, shoes off. And you can see in and out of the sculpture through the eyes of the elephant. Rock has done a fine job at coordinating his sculpture with the birth of a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo.

Unfortunately on inflation yesterday, the elephant sprung an irreparable leak. So the previously scheduled family events were canceled. There will be no bouncing, but the evening reception will be held.

Oscar can be viewed at the new art center, The Colony, in St Johns. 7527 N. Richmond x Lombard. Saturday 8PM-11 21+ Free

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 29 Last Thursday Eastside Art

Alexis Mackenzie & Francesca Berrini present a pairwise show of their collage, Drift, tonight. You may have seen Berrini's maps and dresses at the Seed Building open houses. Mackenzie's work is more abstract collage with found paper. At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-10 Free

Antler has a winter group show, as does Screaming Sky. At Antler
1722 NE Alberta 6PM-9 Free

November 28 General Education

General Education is a performance by Carlos Gonzalez and Kyle Thompson which happens one time, tonight. Kyle reads from a book he has created from encyclopedia samples on the theme of growing from childhood to adult while Carlos performs in response. Both artists are well known to Portland non-profit visual art spaces and Thompson is an organizer of the Labrador Boatspace 12128. The readings will be published by Publication Studio. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 7PM-8 Free

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 27-28 Growing Psychology

Project Grow in its early days is the social practice art project we hold up as an example of socially conscious social practice art. That's the branch that is social work, community organizing and world changing.

Project Grow works with intellectually disabled adults. One of the founder's inspirations is Scottish psychiatrist R D Laing (1927-1989). Laing advocated learning from the experiences of his patients, rather than discounting them as victims of abnormality. Today that is a branch of disability activism.

Laing self produced many films of his work with clients. They are cinéma vérité, almost ethnographic documentation, and time consuming. Filmmaker Luke Fowler took Laing as a starting point to produce a very experimental film, All Divided Selves. So while this work is not necessarily expository, it is an entry point to Laing work which might pique your curiosity.

Presented by the Cinema Project at Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 7:30PM $7

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 18 The Northwest is Great

Filmmaker and artist Matt McCormick shows his film The Great Northwest tonight. In 1958, four Seattle women took a 3,200 mile road trip around the Northwest. They left behind a scrapbook of their trip which Matt found. He recreated their trip, making photographs and shooting video. Many things have changed in 50 years, but in some cases impressions and traces remain. It is a more human-centered version of the Rephotographic Survey Project, with the original 1958 material shown together with the current state of the land. At the NW Film and Video Center in the Whitsell Auditorium of the Portland Art Museum. 1219 SW Park 6PM $9

November 17 Mystical Musical Place Conjurer

Mush, Mush, the Sloping Midnight Line, what an image. It is an image from Norway. Portland artist Carson Ellis has made paintings inspired by a series of historical novels set in the Middle Ages, tracing the arc from birth to death of Kristin Lavransdattar. For this work, the writer, Sigrid Undset, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Ellis' work taps eco-mysticism, adding characters to her magical landscape. Midori Hirose contributes complementary work, always a treat. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-8

The Portland Museum of Modern Art opens a show Azawad Libre! New Media and Imagined Geographies in the Sahel. Portland field sound explorer Chris Kirkley has traveled Azawad collecting music from mobile phones. Along the way he also gathered photographs from phones, from Facebook and stills from viral videos. The visual work is built upon compositing, digital collage, with a North African face, as is the music. Music is traded by phone. And the feature phones have cameras and compositing apps which Northern Africans use to mod their photos. It's newsworthy as well, Azawad is an area spanning Northern Mali in Africa envisioned as a Tuareg homeland. Currently the area is occupied by a mix of fighters and has ceded from Mali. Foreign fighters, arms from the Libyan revolution and fundamentalists are involved, tempting a regional war in the Spring. Unfortunately too, some of the Islamists have banned music. But there is no denying the sense of identity and regional pride expressed by young people in this art show. Stay tuned for history... At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina 8PM Free

Place continues Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition by Elizabeth Lamb and opens Open Circles by Horatio Law, Crime Against Nature by Gwenn Seemel and Cocoon Orchard by Erin Grant Robinson. All at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. 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, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-8 Free 5PM-9

FalseFront has Conjurer, by Daniel J Glendening. At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-10 Free

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 16 Open Slappe Recess

The mid-program PNCA Visual Studies MFA open studios is a great opportunity to see a huge range of work in situ. This year's students are Sarah Abbott, Christy Bailey, Stephanie Brachmann, Terri Bradley, Mary Mac Dahlke, Erin Dengerink, John Dougherty, Kiel Fletcher, Mario Gallucci, Thomas Gamble, Jonathan Gann, Michael Horwitz, Linden How, Timothy Janchar, John David Knight, Matthew Leavitt, Leif Lee, Daniel Long, Andrew Lorish, Travis Nikolai, Cristin Norine, Mark Palmen, Anya Roberts-Toney, Justin Schwab, Lauren Seiffert, Jessica Speiss, Edward Trover, Lindsay Williams, Rachel Wolf, Takahiro Yamamoto, Richard York and Stephanie Yu. At the MFA Visual Studies Studios 1830 NW 19th Avenue 6PM-10 Free

Artist Stephen Slappe has written a book, People I Used To Know, for Publication Studio. In celebration for its release several artists will be relating stories about prople they used to know. At Publication Studio, 717 SW Ankeny Starts 7:30PM, stories 8:15 Free

RECESS is one of Portland's smartest and most progressive independent non-profit galleries. Ditch Projects is a similar group operating in Springfield Oregon. Recess invites the co-directors of Ditch Projects, Jared Haug and Brooks Dierdorff to show their installation and video, entitled Window Smokers. It's a show inspired by landscape. At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map 7PM-10 Free

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 15 Lathe of Heaven Mercy Spark

Ursula K. Le Guin is Portland's science fiction author emeritus. And though we now have Daniel Wilson, and Frank Herbert's Dune was inspired by the Oregon sand dunes by Florence, Le Guin will always be an inspiration. Four artists, Damien Gilley, Daniel Glendening, Laura Hughes and Jordan Tull have taken her novel, The Lathe of Heaven, as an inspiration for art, opening tonight.

Ginger Lukas, professional cake decorator by day, opens a light installation, Party Time, presaging our odd Christmas custom of multicolored lights. It's in the Vestibule space, a long hall. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

It's not unicorns and rainbows everywhere and all the time throughout the world. Two stellar organizations, Mercy Corps and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), are there to help people when things are horribly broken. Often they need to negotiate their access and their own safety with people with guns. Tonight Mercy Corps and MSF staff discuss their experiences, working from the headquarters office and on the ground. An example of how things can go terribly wrong caused MSF to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2004, 5 days after I was there. Joining Mercy Corps will be Nick Lawson, director of field human resources for MSF. He has worked in Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor and Malawi. Portland nurse with MSF, Colette Kerr, discusses her work in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Chad and other locations. At the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st. 7PM Free

Art Spark is back. The B Media Collective, making political work, hosts activist and artists groups Project Grow, Grand Detour, Sisters of the Road Empowered Voices Media Project and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. Later in the evening at 7, they show their 30 minute film Electile Dysfunction, a collage of political news footage. Art Spark at Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 5PM-7:30 Free

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13 Cryonics Out Loud

Portland prides itself on weird. Cryonics is the practice of freezing bodies, or brains, for the purpose of reanimation in an imagined future. It's weird science, though there is some controversy over the science part.

Chana de Wolf will discuss cryonics, based on her experience working at Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Advanced Neural Biosciences and the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics.

This will be one of the most curious of Curiosity clubs. 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 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

Friday, November 09, 2012

November 10 Disjecta Gamelan

Disjecta holds its annual art auction and party tonight. They have a very solid list of local artists who are participating with their work which you can see here: At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map Doors 7PM, live auction 8. $20 advance, $25 door

The gamelan. It's a mysterious symphony of bells and accompanying instruments with its own musical tradition from Indonesia. The gamelan is 12-1800 years old. The Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan, based at Lewis & Clark College plays traditional and contemporary compositions tonight. They will be joined by Aloysius Suwardi from Surakarta, Midiyanto from Berkeley and guests Gamelan Pacifica in Seattle. At Lewis and Clark College Evans Auditorium 7:30PM $5-15

November 9-11 Dance Fury Road

Tahni Holt presents her new work Sunshine at Bodyvox. Her modern dance work has always been sculptural, and this is no exception with cardboard as the sculptural element. You can get all the information at At BodyVox Dance Center: 1201 NW 17th 8PM + 3PM Sunday

Related, FRONT is a small dance-movement journal produced right in Portland. They distribute the issue #2 Vitus all over town for you to read. The process starts with volunteers like yourself and a party at Dig a Pony. 5PM-8 Free

Appendix Project Space has Fury Road curated by Nicholas Tammens and Matthew Greaves. It is a show of nine artists from Melbourne Australia: Brooke Babington, Jon Campbell, Holly Childs, Greatest Hits, Matthew Greaves, Christopher LG Hill, Lou Hubbard, Oliver van der Lugt and Lisa Radford. The title comes from a film in production, the fourth in the Mad Max series of dystopian romps. The curators speak at the gallery Saturday at 5:30PM. At Appendix Project Space On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 8PM-late Free

Sunday, November 04, 2012

November 4 An Indian Music And Art Fictions

Kushal Das and Swapan Chaudhuri perform North Indian music on sitar and tabla this afternoon. Both are internationally known musicians. Sponsored by Kalakendra at the First Congressional Church 1126 SW Park. 4PM $20/15 students

Chris Kraus reads from a new fiction work, The Summer of Hate, this afternoon at YU. It is part of a program surrounding the photographs of Marianne Wex showing there. Her reading is of a fiction book, but Kraus is also a filmmaker, teaches in the art world, and is an editor of Semiotext(e). Her sharp witted criticism is captured in this quote from her Where Art Belongs: "there was absolutely no chance of developing an art career in Los Angeles without attending one of several high-profile MFA studio programs,"... "essential to the development of value in the by-nature elusive parameters of neoconceptual art. Without it, who would know which Cibachrome photos of urban signage, which videotapes of socks tossing around a dryer, which neominimalist monochrome paintings are negligible, and which are destined to be art?". Her event is sponsored by Reed's Cooley Gallery and is sure to be entertaining. Just a note, the Semiotext(e) website may be infected with malware, ironic. At YU Contemporary 800 SE 10th. 3PM Free

Friday, November 02, 2012

November 2 Eastside Art, East Coast Talk, Far East Dance

Japanese butoh performer Atsushi Takenouchi performs this evening. He began performing with Bishop Yamada in Northern Japan's Hokkaido at age 18 then soon formed his own group. He was later influenced by Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno. He brings a strong influence of nature to his work. He works today in France and Japan. He will be accompanied tonight by musical collaborator Hiroko Komiya on small percussion and effects. At the Headwaters Theater, by 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map 7PM $10-15

Artist Julie Ault, as part of the NY collective Group Material, is a figure in the decommodification movement, with a postmodern analytical lens on society. Those projects were often installations in temporary spaces. She speaks tonight. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 6:30PM Free

Tripper Dungan is known for his crazed schematic figures. He has amped them up with 3d in the last year or two. That means you will get the greatest benefit from red and cyan anamorphic glasses. Fun! At Redux 811 E Burnside

Black Box has Spinning Yarns, a group show curated by Chris Moss themed on narrative. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Manchus shows video art tonight. At Manchus Clothing 542 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

ADX has a show of three tattoo artists. Their work tonight is on paper and canvas though. At 417 SE 11th x Stark Map 7PM-9 Free

Homeland has some, unusual for them, illustration artists in Pastoral Visions by Marc Roder and Richard Melloy, in both loose and tight styles. At Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 6PM-9 Free

Pushdot has Kelly Guthrie watercolor-illustrations in a show titled My Bug Collection. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 The reception will be in December.

Union|Pine has Typeface, our alphabet repurposed as design art. At Union/Pine 525 SE Pine 7Pm-late Free

Newspace has old and new mediums this month. Clarke Galusha has tintypes, while Ditch Projects codirector Brooks Dierdorff uses a scanner to alter his images. Robert Beam also shows. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November 1 Bateson on Film

Longtime professor at UC Santa Cruz, anthropologist Dr Gregory Bateson, was a pioneer in cognitive psychology. He was also married to Margaret Mead. His daughter has made a film, An Ecology of Mind, providing insights to his pioneering ideas that crossed disciplines and laid the groundwork for new bodies of knowledge. It shows this evening at Mercy Corps in connection with the Design With the Other 90%:CITIES exhibition. The filmmaker will be in attendance. At the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st 7PM-8:30 Free

November 1 Westside Art Openings

Christopher Rauschenberg, one of the founders of the Nine Gallery, has a show there this month, Heel of the Boot. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th

Blue Sky has a pair of complementary portrait projects. Justyna Badach began her project in 2003 after a disruption of her life in post-9/11 New York. She photographed middle age to elderly men in their living places, capturing a glimpse of their inner lives. It is unexpectedly sensitive work. That is in contrast to a common photographic theme which exploits the oddness of portrait subjects in their home lives or pastimes. Rania Matar shows portraits of teen girls in their rooms. It is an age of transition and the formation of identity, expressed in an important refuge, the woman-cave. This is a popular genre for Blue Sky, and the work is well executed. Both artists were born outside the United States, perhaps an advantage in capturing these American images. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Greater has photographs by Nile Hagen. The photographer was recovering from head injuries while making the photographs he saw as a direct way of working while recovering his previous functionality. At Graeter Art Gallery 131 NW 2nd Map 5PM-7

The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up is a show by Portland illustration artists Timothy Karpinski & Brooke Weeber. Their work relates childhood imagination to our adult world. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th

The Victory Gallery shows artists from Europe. They have their annual group show, which is a good way to see how they look at painting. At the Victory Gallery 733 NW Everett

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 26-27 Seattle Butoh Treat

Seattle has long been a strong center for the Japanese modern movement art of butoh. They have a few international visiting performers this weekend.

Friday Su-en from Sweden performs Soot, with musical accompaniment by Lee Berwick from the UK. Su-en studied for many years in Japan with Hakutobo, the seminal group of female dancers formed as his last project by the founder of butoh, Hijikata. Her working method fuses the founder's ideas, inspiration from landscape and modern physics.

The same evening, Helen Thorsen will be presenting a portion of her new choreography, Higher Ground, with Mary Cutrera, Briana Jones, Alan Sutherland, and Lin Lucas. Kaoru Okumura will present her solo work merging Esoteric Buddhism Shomyo Chanting and Butoh with chanting by Rev. Yuren Tai of Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple. Will Fredo will present LUWAL, with Liza Dino (Flamenco) and Sheri Brown.

Saturday, it is Silver Lining, inspired by the art of concealment and the play of light and shadow, directed and performed by Joan Laage (Kogut), in collaboration with Kaoru Okumura. Diana Garcia will present MA, The Space Among Us, an interactive butoh-inspired multimedia performance, with media artist Eunsu Kang, software developer/composer Donald Craig, and costume designer Bo Choi. Maureen (Momo) Freehill and NOLA kinetic artist Heather Hansen collaborate with dancer Sheri Brown, digital artist Anna Czsoki and musician Stephen Fandrich for (•) GeoSoma MuMatics (part 1), based on A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe/Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science by Michael Schneider and our embodied experience of numbers 1-5.

Details, including on workshops at Performances at the Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Avenue Seattle. 8PM $22

October 26 Cumulus Confucious

Vicki Lynn Wilson, has had the PCC Sylvania Northview Gallery to herself and visitors as a studio installation site for a month. She has done similar projects at Blackfish which were fantastic. This one is a little more weighty. We usually don't print the release, but this one is better than we could rewrite:

"Cumulus is a sculptural installation comprised of Paper Mache, pattern drafted cardboard, sewn and cut paper, carved Styrofoam and other mixed media forms and structures. Several human forms traverse the monochromatic brown space of an implied flooded plane. Their postures are bent to the domestic objects which rise from their arms and backs. “I began with an idea of wanting to transform the space. I decided to use cardboard and paper as a practical matter. The gallery is large so I needed inexpensive and plentiful material. It was the disposability and transience of the material that led me to the subject of the installation.” Taking a “waste not” approach, the majority of the materials were collected from the recycling of Widmer Brewing Company, Rose City Upholstery and the PCC Bookstore. Even the coffee cups and trash of the artist and visitors to the space are being incorporated.

The work is inspired by the artist’s lifelong dreams of home interiors and family, and based on the theory that the state of a home in a dream reveals the psychological state of the dreamer. The work is also inspired by the powerful images of natural disasters around the world which have left survivors sifting through wreckage to recover their lost objects. “My dreams are often about loss and disaster, though I don’t always read them as bad dreams. I think they are a subconscious expression of compassion for those who are suffering. This installation is a conscious expression of the same. Objects become so significant to us when they take on symbolic qualities. When the memory of something lost becomes associated with an object, the significance can be so heavy”.

Wilson presents a closing performance tonight with Heidi Dyer and Eric Nordstrom in and around the gallery. PCC has fierce parking rules in effect until 10PM. At the PCC Sylvania Northview Gallery 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219 CT Building, Rm 214. 8-9PM Free

Power, Wealth, and a Confucius for Today is a talk by Peter K. Bol, professor of East Asian Languages & Civilization, at Harvard, a longtime center for study of Chinese literature. Confucian thought stresses order and respect for elders. It has been observed by many that those in power are followers of Confucius, and those who want change, followers of Taoism's Lao Tzu. But when the revolution is successful, each group assumes the other's philosophy. Over the more than 2500 years of Confucian influence on China, there have been waves of Neo-Confucian interpretation. Of course today, it is a strong meme of government. Bol provides his view of Confucius in China today. At Portland State University Lincoln Hall Room 75. 1620 SW Park. Parking is free after 5 in PSU garages as marked. 6:30PM Free

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 25 Albertas Arts

Antler has papercuts and watercolors by tattoo artist Laura Jean Graham. At Antler
1722 NE Alberta 6PM-9 Free

Heather McLaughlin and Garrett Price, printmakers, show their works. Flight 64 Print Studio 2934 NE Alberta Behind Bella Faccia Pizza on the NE 29th-30th Alley. Map 6PM-9 Free

Ampersand shows found vintage printed materials, line. letter. colo(u)r. In a way it's upcycling. Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-10 Free

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October 20 Plink Place

Plink Flojd is an international collaboration of artists making CG work and setting it to music. It is often based on visual or musical sampling. In a few years we may look upon the Plink Flojd work as we view 8bit music or games today. It was started by David Quiles Guillo, Yoshi Sodeoka and Eric Mast. Tonight they present some of their work on the big screen with a big sound system, and even with live music from Nice Nice and Regular Music. Cartune Xprez also shows work.

Just as the founders are distributed between Sao Palo, New York and Portland, the participating artists are everywhere on the Internet. Collaborating artists include Akin, Andrew Benson, Peter Burr, Cristopher Cichocki, Droid-ON, Manuel Fernández, Gusti Fink, Jason Forrest, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Shane McAdams, Jonathan McCabe, Austin Meredith, A. Bill Miller, Lorna Mills, Brenna Murphy, Daron Murphy, Sabrina Ratte, Jimmy Joe Roche and Mario Zoots.

Plink Flojd Portland 1.0 instantiates tonight at the Hollywood Theater in association with Floating World Comics. At Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 9:30PM $7

The galleries in the Pioneer Place Mall open new shows tonight. Elizabeth Lamb from Brooklyn, formerly the UO White Box Gallery opens Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition. The project collects open source audio which can be contributed by a toll free telephone number. The work is an exploration of the shopping mall. While the idea is ancient, it became an element of America's car culture zeitgeist. Today the megamall is in eclipse, replaced by the synthetic town, modeled after Europe's varied streetscapes. An example would be the Portland area's Bridgeport Village. How interesting that the event is held in the Pioneer Place Mall, developed by the Rouse Company, one of America's major mall developers.

Sculptor Michael Endo presents Black Field. Endo creates schematic representations of places and objects for this show.

Jason Doizé, curator of False Front presents Underlier. It is a sound installation themed on shipping and receiving.

All at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. 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, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-9 Free

October 19 Impossible Worlds False Front

PNCA educated Mary Mattingly has been working in techno-dis/utopian futurism for ten years. She has created clothing for the future and photographed models outdoors in them. She conducted the grand Waterpod project, a floating gallery and live workspace on a Hudson and East River barge, complete with chickens and gardens. She is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery. She visits Portland for a talk Friday at the school. Arrive early, all the students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson 6:30PM Free

David Knowles is a photographer, graphic designer, book designer, performer and curator working in Portland. He has a firm footing in the book world, including at Publication Studio. Perhaps that is why his show titles are themselves almost an artist statement. "It was not so important - who did it and where they went. There was, after all, only one of them." is his new show opening tonight. At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-10 Free

October 18 MK on Guth

October 18 Guth on Guth

MK Guth gives a gallery talk about her work on display and her new direction at the Marylhurst Art Gym today. It would be excellent if events like this were webcast or web archived. At the Marylhurst Art Gym at the Marylhurst University Map Noon Free

October 17-18 Portland Brain Storms

Brain Storm is an annual series in which local innovators have a chance to talk about their work. These include Sarina Saturn, genetic neuroscientist; Jessica Green, indoor ecosystem biologist; Jim Solberg, founder of IndieHops; Tad McGeer, pioneer drone designer at Insitu and Aerovel; Dave Monette, revolutionary redesigner of the trumpet; Andy Frichtl, founder of local green firm Interface Engineering; Colleen Flanigan, coral sculptor, in situ; and Genevieve Bell, Intel ethnographer. The event spans two evenings. The event is free, but sold out. However wait list seating begins at 6:45 each evening. At W+K 224 NW 13th 7PM Free

October 16 How Much Does Material Computation Weigh?

Norman Foster and firm is in the top echelon of practicing architects today. The work tends to elegance over edge. A favorite work is his canopy at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery that bridges the courtyard of a 19th century building with an undulating aluminum and glass sculpture. Could a marriage of historic and modern be applied to the PNCA Broadway building?

Tonight a film on Foster, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? explores his design philosophy and views on urbanization worldwide.

It is a part of the Portland AIA Design Festival. At the Portland AIA 403 NW 11th x Flanders. 6PM Free

Meanwhile, another architect who relies on curvilinear computer aided design to make buildings, Achim Menges, from Germany, speaks. He designs structures with highly detailed modular units of natural and man made materials. Interestingly, many of his structures are made of laminated wood. At the University of Oregon in Portland. 70 NW Couch 6PM Free

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

October 13 Postmodern Cross Section

Postmodern choreographer Tricia Brown studied with Anna Halpern, then joined the Judson Dance Theater in Greenwich Village in 1962. The Judson group was influenced by the experimental composition ideas of John Cage. Brown comes to Portland with her company in a performance sponsored by White Bird October 11-13. Brown biographer Susan Rosenberg speaks on the choreographer's work. At PICA 415 SW 10th, 3rd floor. 1PM Free

PSU stages a show of the work of a few select alumni, spanning over 45 years of the department. It is an annual show and this year the alumni artists are Holly Andres MFA '04, Robert Baribeau '76, Pat Boas 'MFA '00, Ken Butler MFA '78 Jim Hibbard '65, Elise Wagner '95. At Portland State University in the MK Gallery Room 210 in the PSU Art Building, 2000 SW 5th Ave 5PM-8 Free

October 12 On Photography

Marianne Wex, born in 1937, has used her eye as an artist to comment on masculine and feminine body language. Between 1972 and 1977 she documented male and female body language in Hamburg. The project included posing women in male-associated poses and vice versa. The project compared current gender-specific body languages with historical images. YU shows photographs from that project for the first time outside Germany. It is a perfect show for Portland with Blue Sky's long interest in the Arbus gaze. The artist is visiting for the show. Yu is reprinting the artist's original book, long out of print. Opening at Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 6:30PM $5, Free members

Monday, October 08, 2012

October 11 Musics and Appropriation

Animator musician Alexis Gideon performs the soundtrack live tonight with his animated short Floating Oceans. This is the third in his series. The second which we noted here was The Sun King. This work makes greater use of full 3d figures and sets. He has collaborated with artists, Matylda Osceola, Melody Owen, Cynthia Star, Jamin London Tinsel, and Tasha Zack. It's unusual work but a stunning entry into a dream world. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy 7:30PM $7

Our friends over at PORT have news of the opening of a show curated by JP Huckins, Inappropriate Appropriation (IA), tonight. Recommended. At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. 5PM-7 Free

Friday, October 05, 2012

October 6 Red Gemini Moon

I am sympathetic to Buddhism, one of the world's great spiritual systems. I have not studied it deeply nor immersed myself in its many branches. But in Portland there are places you can do so. Nritya Mandala Mahavihara is one. They are from a Nepali tradition which includes dancing and live music. Tonight they host Red Gemini Moon, a North Indian classical vocal recital by Michael Stirling. Stirling has been a warm force in experimental and Indian music for many years. He has studied with Pandit Pran Nath and is a student of Maestro Terry Riley. He will be accompanied by Lieve Maas, tabla Kat MacMillan & Cameron Wagner, tamburas and Derek Ecklund, vocal assistant. At Nritya Mandala Mahavihara Dance Mandal 1405 SE 40th Ave 8PM by donation

October 5 Eastside Art Openings

Nemo has a post-apocalyptic-themed show, Past, Present and Failure. At Nemo Design 1875 SE Belmont 6PM-10 Free

Nationale has painter Elizabeth Malaska with We Never Belonged to You. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map

Redux has it's annual halloween-themed show. At Redux 811 E Burnside

Black Box has Shadows, a loosely themed group show. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Pushdot has a documentary photography show shot in Tibet. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

October 4 Westside Art Openings

Jim Lommasson continues his series Exit Wounds: Life After War - Soldiers' Stories. It is presented in connection with the play, The Body of an American, at Portland Center Stage.

The play is based on the experience of war photographer, Paul Watson, witnessing a death in Mogadishu, Somalia. The extreme highs of combat photography and journalism are accompanied by horrible wounding lows. An example is the story of The Bang Bang Club photographers. Watson has written about his experiences in Where War Lives, A Journey into the Heart of War.

Watson worked with playwrite Dan O'Brien on the play, which is presented in Portland as a world premiere.

The event in Mogadishu was a tragedy, as is all untimely death. It was after the Black Hawk Down incident, a tragic end to an idealistic humanitarian intervention. Watson's Pulitzer-winning images of a lost American serviceman, photographed in the street mob at great personal risk, had an impact on the American psyche. That dissuaded President Clinton from intervening in the Rwandan genocide.

In the time since, journalistic video and stills have been highly controlled in American media through journalistic embedding programs.

Lommasson's project collects photographs made by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, with their stories. It's an ongoing project. This show is an expansion of his show in 2008 at the New American Art Union.

The show is viewable until November 22. At the Gerding Theater at the Armory, in the Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby. 1128 NW 11th. Opening reception 4PM-7

M K Guth continues her highly successful social practice series, Best Wishes. It's well worth understanding the ideas behind this artist's work and why it's valued outside Portland. The show has long braids with written wishes woven through them. The braids were worn by Guth as participants expanded them with their own woven intentions. The performance lasted for a lunar month in and around Las Vegas. Stephen Hayes also shows his pastoral landscape paintings. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

Marie Watt is a contemporary artist who draws conceptual inspiration from her Native American heritage. She has just moved to New York. It will be interesting to see her work evolve. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

The UofO gallery has a group show and solo show this month. The group show, 6/ONE, is Karl Burkheimer, Josh Smith, Ben Ediger, Todd Isaacs, Dan Anderson, and Chris Held. Solo is Laura Hughes who makes light art pieces, tonight mixing video and fluorescent pigments. Recommended. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9

Corey Arnold is a photographer fisherman. His earlier work focused on crab fishing at sea. His new series, Graveyard Point, is focused on Alaskan salmon fishing, including river fishing, an abandoned cannery and the seasonal fishing life around it. Arnold is one of the best at this style documentary photography. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th Early close 8

Design With the Other 90% Cities exhibit continues at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. There is no admision charge on First Thursday. At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis
ted to generation sampling. It is surprisingly difficult to do well and Givens does.

Chris Lael Larson has a show of video work Yourself Through Others. He has previously shown his kissing series in which one of the figures is removed by video effects. The work includes video portraits. The color grading and display calibration on all the projects is video electric with almost poppy colors. That contributes well to the overall impact. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Stumptown opens The Good Rain, a group photography show by Jake Arcularius, Olivia Bee, Ashby Lee Collinson, Sarah Meadows, Missy Prince, Marie Shelton, Jenny Simmons, Rebecca Thom, John Voves, Kersti Jan Werdal, and Dan Wilson. Reception Sunday at 5. At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd

Sculptor installationist Jordan Tull opens Ecto-Paraprism. It's installed at the AIA office at the corner of Flanders at 403 NW 11th.

Spooky! In honor of Halloween, Grass Hut is putting together a spooky-themed show. Grass Hut in Floating World. 400 NE Couch 6PM-9

Hellion has two figurative illustrators, Keegan Onefoot and Christopher Konecki who work a finer line than most of Portland's outsider artists. 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.

Annoyed Grunt is a show by Mr. Kiji from New York, in a superflat, but more simplified graphic style than the original superflat artists. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

PNCA continues the excellent John Cage-inspired show and the alumni show. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map

Arc Volant is an installation by Wid Chambers. It's not often there is an opportunity to take over a whole commercial gallery for an installation, this is one. At Chambers Gallery 916 NW Flanders Early close 8:30PM

Oregon artist Naomi Shigeta has quiet work with detailed patterns. We hope this artist finds representation beyond Portland. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8

A year in painting is a group show of a dozen artists including those represented by the gallery. It's mostly abstract, but different from what we see from Portland artists. At Victory Gallery 733 NW Everett

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

October 3 Silent Circus and Not Silent

A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence is a piece by Linda Austin and Seth Nehil inspired by the work of John Cage. The main building will be filled with music and silence, dancers and a poet. Dancers participating are Linda Austin, Mike Barber, Anne Furfey, Sally Garrido-Spencer, Keyon Gaskin, Tahni Holt, Carla Mann, Tere Mathern, Paige McKinney, Kaj-anne Pepper, Chelsea Petrakis, Kelly Rauer, Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles, Emily Stone, Robert Tyree, Taka Yamamoto and Lucy Yim with musicians Matt Carlson, Jeff Diteman, Jordan Dykstra, Ben Kates, Phillip Kraft, Catherine Lee, Heather Perkins, Mary Sutton, Tom Thorson and Reed Wallsmith. Lisa Radon provides poetics. PNCA students add field recordings. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson. 7PM-10 Free

Meanwhile the always charming Fin de Cinema continues with animated films set to a live score. The films are The Fantastic Planet, 1973 and Light Years 1988, both by Rene Laloux. The score will be provided by Jeffrey Jerusalem, Hosannas, Onuinu and WL. Link with more details from Holocene. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison 8:30PM $6

Monday, October 01, 2012

October 2 Kara Walker

Noted artist Kara Walker speaks tonight about her work. She is also the subject of a show in the Cooley Gallery, where there will be a reception and viewing after the talk. At Reed College Talk in the Vollum Lecture Hall. 7PM Free

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 28-29 YUor Atlas Cinema, Deep and Deeper

The Cinema Project is a small long running presenter of art films on film. These works were made on film and intended to be shown on film. Many have never been transferred to digital files or video formats. For the next year, the Cinema Project will take up residence at YU where they will show their films and select digital video works to you.

The first program is Torse, made when Atlas was 28. He filmed Merce Cunningham and his company performing Torse with three cameras over three days. One camera was fixed and the other two were operated by Atlas and Cunningham. Atlas then edited the work into a side by side two screen format, originally shown on interlocked film projectors.

Cunningham's partner John Cage is noted for his use of chance operations in musical composition. For Torse, Cunningham adopted that strategy. Inspired by the I Ching, which Cage used as well, the choreography is in sixty-four segments, and the floor is divided into sixty-four squares. Cunningham used the toss of coins to determine the sequence of segments danced and place on the floor for each of the ten dancers. Adding to the serendipitous randomness, the music is not tied to the movement, a Cunningham signature innovation.

In the world of dance this is a hard piece, for the dancers physically, and perhaps for the audience for its lack of narrative. That's why you should see it! Merce Cunningham is the Northwest's most noted choreographer of contemporary dance.

The same work will be shown Friday and Saturday evening. It will be a restored version telecined to HD video projection.

At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th Doors 6:30PM Film 9PM $7

Deep is a hip hop dance battle series that has attracted a solid base of competitors and audience, sponsors and a venue. Hats of to producer Huy Pham for providing this event to hip hop hungry Portland, after years of itinerant underground efforts and the long running Foundation series.

This is a special weekend to celebrate the end of the first season.

Deep eliminations will be Friday in the usual space in the usual format. All styles, crowd judged, DJ determined music. The top eight crews move onto the Deep Block Party Saturday.

Saturday the block party will have 2on2 all styles battles and invited exhibition crews. Crowd judged, make a noise!

Deep Elimination Friday. At The Slate 2001 NW 19th #104. Doors 7PM, battles 8. $10/$5 with Facebook RSVP by noon Friday

Deep Block Party outside at The Slate 2001 NW 19th #104. 4PM-8 $5/Free with Facebook RSVP by noon Friday

September 27 Alberta Elemental Soft Core Photography Singing

Suzy Poling Pat Maher and Liz Harris are in a show Elemental Forces. From Oakland, Poling's work spans light installations, performance, music, video and film. This show is themed on ecology, materiality and regeneration. Meanwhile in the vestibule space, Brittany Powell has large classic pen and ink comic style illustrations parodying American Apparel advertisements in Soft Core Apparel. The Southeast gallery has a show by Glean, a collaboration to use discarded materials as art materials. The artists are Andrew Auble, Chandra Glaeseman, Greg Hanson, Sarah Wolf Newlands and Jennifer LaMastra. LaMastra has some stunning dresses in a series Disremembered. Tonight for the opening, there will be performance by Princes Dies, Chromium Dumb Belle, White Gourd, Pod Blotz, Diamond Catalog and DJ Aaron Montaigne. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-11 Free

Bob Ross. Public television painting instructor, from 1983 to 1994, inspired a generation of protopainters with his cheery demonstrations. Some of them grew up and offer a tribute to Bob in this show opening tonight, Happy Little Trees. Often worth stopping by Antler next door. At Screaming Sky 1416 NE Alberta Free

There is no finish line is a show by Dan Gluibizzi and New York by way of Portland artist Zefrey Throwell. Throwell had an irregular series of house and itinerant space shows, Alphabet Dress, in Portland for artists to clear their studios of works at very reasonable prices. He is a member of Red 76. He moved to New York and has been doing provocative photo work. His photo work is paired with Gluibizzi's watercolor washes of figures for this show. This is the artists' second collaboration. The show work is also a book. Just a note, the official opening of the show is Wednesday evening, 6PM-9. Live music tonight at 8. Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-10 Free

The Goodfoot does one of the ever popular in Portland panel shows 88 Strong. 88 artists made 8 8"x8" panels inspired by their choice of 88 themes. They are all for sale for $50 each, cash and carry. You can take home the art now for instant gratification. Arrive early for the full view of the art. The artists will be listed on the Goodfoot website later in the week. The list of themes is amusing: 27 Club, 41 Forever, Absinthe, Antique, Art Mafia, Avengers, Bar Fly, Bath Salts, Batman, Beards, Bikini Brew, Botox, Breaking Bad, Bridge and Tunnel, Burnside, Campaign, Compost, Consume, Damaged Goods, Danger Zone, Dapper Dan, Day of the Dead, Deadly Sins, Die Antwoord, Dirty Bird, Do It Myself, Dr. Who, Dreads, Dubstep, East Side, Eat Your Face, Emo, Free Range, French or Homeless?, Friend, Like, Poke, Frolf, Get Safe, Gone Fishin', Happy Little Trees, Hick, High Life, Hoarding, Hops, Hot Tub, Illcommunication, Infusion, Interwebs, It's In My Mouth, iThings, Just To See How It Feels, Keep Portland Weird, Kincaide, Kind of a Big Deal, Kinda Reality, Last Call, Lebowski, Liz Lemon, Master Chef, Mayan, Merkin or 'Merican, Midwest, Mythical Beasts, Naked Bike Ride, Obey, Occupy, Pearl District, Pinballin', Portlandia, Queens, Re-Use Me, Red Dawn, Resin, Robo Tech, Roller Girls, Scandals, Skinny Jeans, Smoke's Worth, So 2006, Sound Check, Star Wars Forever, Tattoo Palooza, Tie Died, Timbers Army, Transplants, Urban Farm Yard, Vagabond, Vegan and VooDooDoo. At The Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark Map Starts 5PM, viewable business hours until late. Free

Mercy Corps holds a public reception with the curator for the Design With the Other 90% show in the Mercy Corps Action Center. At the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st 5:30PM-7:30 Free

And Portland Tuvan Throat Singer Soriah performs with collaborators and guests tonight. I prefer his solo shows, but any opportunity to see the best Western Tuvan throat singer in the world is special. The collaboration does allow more instrumental tectures to be added resulting in a beautiful dark ambient sound that you can just curl up to. At Someday Lounge 125 NW 5th. 9PM $10

The University of Oregon presents an evening with photojournalist and noted technical photography & video consultant Vincent Laforet. You can find out more about him at and At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch. Reception 6PM, talk 7. Free

September 26 Socially Responsible Design Thinking

Cynthia E. Smith is Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She curated the current show Design with the Other 90%: CITIES at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Mercy Corps Action Center.

The show presents urban design projects as storyboards, in photographs, videos and as built objects. It's well worth seeing.

Smith herself has done field design research contributing to the Design Museum program.

She provides a history of the program, the exhibit and her experiences in other countries.

At the PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis 6:30PM Free

Ampersand might be a good place to stop by tonight. Notes on the show are in Thursday's post.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 25 The Revenge of Plastic

We have many memes from film. An older one is "plastics" from the film The Graduate. And plastics are a great in many ways creation of chemistry. They can be tough, light, durable, and are inexpensive. That's why we have plastic cameras. And they have plastic lenses, which have their charming imperfections. They record an image on analog film, with a plastic substrate, the invention by George Eastman that democratized photography. The Plastics 2 art show captures images from from plastic cameras. The last show, Plastics 1, was excellent. The artists this year are Jason Carlisle, Rebecca Carlisle, Lindsey Marla Lynch, Justin 'Scrappers' Morrison, Anna Korte, Jason Quigley, Ann McGarry, Steve Mathews, Peter Carlson and more. At Albina Press, 4637 N. Albina Ave x Blandena Map 6PM-8

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23-24 Six Sounds

Six is an experimental evening of sound Sunday. Six sound artists occupy the PNCA atrium over a set of six channel speakers beginning at six. The series has been operating for several years to explore the six channel hexaphonic performance and listening experience, which cannot be downloaded. The artists are Robert Henke - Monolake from Germany, Marcus Fischer, Strategy - Paul Dickow+Jetfinger, Solenoid - David Chandler, Dweomer - Jef Drawbaugh and Mike Jedlicka + Wndfrm - Tim Wescott. Jetfinger performs on an analog sequencing synth which includes the Klee Sequencer. Sonic audience travelers are encouraged to bring cushions and blankets. Perhaps they will do a future event dusk until dawn!

Monday Henke speaks on Sound, Structures, and Machines, how he uses tools MaxMSP and Ableton Live to create and mix sounds. He will also preview his large scale laser and music installation, Fragile Territories. Henke is a cofounder with Gerhard Behles of Ableton, based on prototypes they developed as Monolake.

Both at PNCA 1241 NW Johnson. Six Sunday 6PM-9:30 Free. Talk Monday 6:30 Free

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20-23 Seattle Fringe

Higher Ground is a dance movement performance in the butoh world by Helen Thorsen with Mary Cutrera, Briana Jones, Lin Lucas and Alan Sutherland. At West Hall 915 E Pine, 2nd floor. Reservations/info 206.723.2315 Thursday 6:30PM Friday and Saturday 7:30PM Sunday 5:00PM West Hall E Pine 2nd floor. $10

September 20 Translating Socrates

Christopher Phillips for the PNCA Collaborative Design program. His talk combines the ideas of Jefferson and Socrates and applies them to politics. 6:30PM Free

David Shipley Executive Editor at the Bloomberg View and is the Former Staff Editor at the Op-Ed page at The New York Times presents a convocation address at PNCA this afternoon, Learning to Translate 4PM-5 Free

Both at PNCA 1241 NW Johnson

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19 Recess Problems

Recess Gallery puts you to work with resident artists MYNDWYRM and Ben Gansky. In an open source, social practice program, Recess offors you the opportunity to particiapte in performace. Some projects include Sad Portland : an existential adventure game; Seven Minutes in Heaven - A kissing booth: a performance for two; Obedience: A piece for two; Untitled (Locked in a Bathroom): A site-specific exploration of a specific site; National Psychogeographic; and Phone(:) a Friend. Check the gallery website to participate. At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map Noon-7 Free

Designer Alex Isley works with organizations in a creative capacity. He discusses his projects tonight. At the PNCA The Bison Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios 421 NE 10th 6:30PM-8 Free

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 15-16 Make It

The Maker Movement is worldwide. It's an opportunity for individuals to make what specialists did before by exchange of open source knowledge on the interwebs. Portland has a maker fair this weekend. Details at

September 15 Mallin'

Michael Endo has an installation Black Field. Benjamin Lipkin has Bubble Entrndre. Jason Doize, principal of False Front Studio, has Underlier. Recommended. All at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. 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, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-8 Free

Rick Austin has more paintings and Darlene Schaper has sculptures at Mark Woolley Gallery 5PM-9 Free

Usually we don't cover poster art, band posters or graphic design. Others do it better and those art forms have their own audiences and aesthetics. But if you are in the Mall, feel free to visit the survey of EMEK's current works. At the People's Art of Portland 5PM-9 Free

All in the mall.

Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14 BTUs - Get to Know Them

If you saw the note for the plastic camera show opening here earlier, it has just been moved to Tuesday September 25. See you there!

Donald Morgan opens British Thermal Unit tonight. He's a sculpture artist. BTUs are a useful unit of energy to get to know, they measure heating our homes, the bath and are a unit by which coal, gas and other energy is measured. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-9

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 13 Books Attack Question Everything Cat Huts

Books are far from dead. They haven't all been digitized. And the printing quality is far above the most expensive displays. That makes them ideal for reproducing photographic material. Monograph Bookwerks brings some of their collection to Oregon College of Arts and Crafts including rare, out-of-print and small press publications. All for sale. At Oregon College of Arts and Crafts 8245 SW Barnes Opens 4PM-7

George Mobus, renaissance man, is a systems thinker on energy economics. Also a professor of CS at UW. He speaks tonight as part of the Collaborative Design program at PNCA, where students are challenged to solve the wicked problems of today, like our environmental ones. Appropos, he is designing a Masters in Energy Systems Engineering for the school. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson 6:30 PM Free

Where would the Internet be without cats? Illustrator Bishop Lennon has Kitty Kats! And other amazing creatures tonight. At Black Wagon 3964 N Mississippi Map 5PM-7

Grass Hut opens Have a Killer Day from Bwana Spoons and friends Martin Ontiveros, Kiyoka Ikeda, Oliver Hibert, Uglydoll, Spencer Hibbert, Le Merde, Tripper, Naoya Ikeda, Arbito, Chanmen and Gargamel. Grass Hut in Floating World. 400 NE Couch 6PM-9

Friday, September 07, 2012

Sepember 7 Eastside Art Openings

Recess has a show by resident artists Myndwyrm, Billy Mullaney, Justin Spooner, Paul Stucker, Jeff Shockley, Ross Orenstein, and Peter Rusk + The Wild Plan, Ben Gansky. Tonight also marks their anniversary. The artists are perfect for Recess with their walk projects, site work and optimism about cities as a substrate for art. The artists also give a talk Sunday. At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map 9PM-2AM

Union|Pine has a show of locally made furniture and art items curated by Robert Rahm at Beam and Anchor. It includes he and Jocelyn's work, Ben Klebba - Phloem Studios, Bren Reis - Earthbound Industries, Matt Pierce - Wood & Faulk, Leland Duck - Revive Upholstery & Design, Erik Johnson - Hankbuilt, Shannon Guirl - Caravan Pacific, Eric Trine, Kayla Mucci, Meghan Morris, Indian vs Indian, Laura Bechan and Hickory Mertsching. Also showing is the Kenton Colllective R Rolfe and Jake Frank - Boys Fort, Preston Borwning - Salvage Works, Sarah Heimstetter & Alea Joy - Solabee Flowers. At Union/Pine 525 SE Pine 7Pm-late Free

Dardinelle Troen presents All That I Possess and Use…, photographs from Tibet. The show is based on the photographers realization: "I came to realize how much our perception of reality is dependent on our own sense of identity, desires and conditional factors. What is true and real for me may be, in construct, an illusion for someone else. So then, what is the boundary between reality and illusion? Are they two opposing concepts, or are we only able to delineate between them based on their relationship to each other?” The photographer is also founder of Ditroën, the design firm. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-8

Homeland continues the current show with a focus on watching the performance video tonight. At Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 6PM-9 Free

Redux has art from Darlene Schaper. Pen & Process has laser cut lucite and bamboo jewelry. It is also a special night for absinthe! Pen & Process show their lasered absinthe spoons. And it's a fancy dress up party, think Paris at the turn of the century. Amy Dennis of the Wormwood Society gives a short talk on the notorious and romantic history of absinthe beginning precisely at 6:30PM. At 7 DJ Rafa starts laying down his soulful and funky house. Be there and you will learn a new world, louche! At Redux 811 E Burnside

Cari Vander Yacht's has Breaking Bad at Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-9ish

Summertime: That Beautiful Season is a group show curated by Todd Tubutis at Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Land Land Gallery has David Lanham with illustrated landscapes filled with monsters that are not scary. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8

Isaac and Arel Bushman have Owl Cat Ink, collaged painting at Albina Press, 4637 N. Albina Ave x Blandena Map 6PM-8 Free

Milepost 5 opens its artist studios tonight. It's at Milepost5 900 NE 81st (go by MAX) 6PM-9 Free