Wednesday, February 01, 2012

February 2 Westside Art Openings

Joe Thurston has a new show Nothing Leading Anywhere Any More Except to Nothing. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

Late career artists Mel Katz and Henk Pender have a show at Laura Russo. Katz connected Portland and New York in the 1960's. Without that Portland art would not be what it is today. Pender brought an old school European painting aesthetic to Portland which influenced many, including his family who connected Portland art and LA. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st

For an art history lesson, stop by the David Hockney print show at Augen. Hockney picked up the pop vibe at RCA in the UK, later living in California. Important art person. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8

Blue Sky has two intense and obsessive shows this month. Jamey Stillings became entranced by the construction of a high road bridge over the Colorado River. It is a bypass of the road over the Hoover Dam for post 9/11 security reasons. David Rochkind likewise has documented a small part of the drug war in Mexico. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

PDX has a group show of gallery artists Patrick Abbey, Amjad Faur, Jacques Flechemuller, Ellen George, Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Victoria Haven, Justin LʼAmie, Jeffry Mitchell, Arnold Kemp, Elizabeth Knight, Cynthia Lahti, Nancy Lorenz, D.E. May, Kirsten Miller, Susan Seubert, Jane Timkin and Heather Watkins. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Hellion has two shows in their new space. In League is formed of pairwise collaborations in which one artist started the piece, shipped it, often to another country, where it was finished by another. The artists are HR-FM +Cole Gerst, Mijn schajte +Rudy Fig, Nishi +Blaine Fontana, Inohaco +Scarecrowoven, Hsiao Ron Cheng +Kalina Tate , Taka Sudo +Michael Amorillo, Yohei Takahashi +Deseo, Nigamushi +Tripper Dungen, Anneli Olander +Naomi Nowak, Michinori maru +Keegan Onefoot, Anneli Olander +Junker Jane. The other show is 1 Hand Cannot Hold 2 Watermelons, a show of illustration style work by Pandemic, Spenser Little and Jaclyn Rose. 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-10ish Free

Fifty24 has Faux Money Faux Problems by Portland artists. It's a current topic Occupying many. At Fifty 24PDX in 23 NW 5th

Early PSU's White Gallery opens a show by Portland Painter Jenny Vu. It's in the SW area of the second main floor of the PSU Smith Center.

Valentines has Dark Rooms by Matt Connors. Valentines 232 SW Ankeny Art 6PM-late Free

Pulliam Gallery has a group show by James Boulton, Linda Geary and Paul Kottke. At Pulliam Gallery until 8

Encaustic is a big thing in little Portland. Encaustic painter Kelly Williams has pulled together some favorites and also a show of artists using art as therapy. At Portland Center for the Performing Arts SW Broadway and Main.

The $100 show is an out of town illustration show curated from out of town. The work is priced at 100 dollars accordingly. Deets at At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

UofO in Portland has a faculty show, Notes on a Recent Arrival, Carla Bengtson, Craig Hickman, Colin Ives, Dan Powell, Jack Ryan, and Kartz Ucci. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 5:30PM-8:30 Free

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