Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 23 Ode to Dead Plants and Animals

Coal is the prehistoric remain of ancient plants, transformed by pressure, temperature and time. Romans mined coal in Wales. Since, it, and other earthly deposits, have marked the landscape in their extraction. In Wales, it fueled the industrial revolution. It also fueled social organizing and unions. Even today coal is having a profound impact on politics. Artist Catherine Fairgrieve, from Wales, speaks of her research on coal mining as an inspiration for her artwork tonight. She has curated a show Invisible Cities/Hidden Landscapes which opens at the school gallery in March. It will be interesting to see how her work relates to Portland's social practice art. At Oregon College of Art and Craft
Centrum Studio 8245 SW Barnes 6:30PM Free

Matt Hall is fascinated by roadkill and dead urban wildlife. For The Secret Inside, he draws them and he makes dioramas with their skeletons. He has found many on Portland streets and reduced them to their boney frame, posed in his interpretation of their last moment. Very natural history museum. The work is accompanied by a book. At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-10 Free