Monday, July 09, 2012

July 12 Animal Rock

Neil M. Perry is an illustrator of anthropomorphic animals. So that is perfect material to show at a children's toy store. His work Saccharine Lands II, opens at Black Wagon tonight. Perry writes: "Sugar is my biggest vice, it has been since I was a kid. It is the perfect accompaniment to most of my experiences and enhances my enjoyment of everything. Seaside vacations, trips to the cinema, soccer games, all night painting sessions and every date I've ever had would have been less fun without the inevitable sugar fix. In fact the only formative moments in my life where candy wasn't intrinsically involved seem to be those which occurred in 'the wild'. The animal kingdom is infinitely fascinating but like everything else, it's better sugar-coated." His earlier series, Saccharine Lands, has been collected by Salt and Straw, where you can see it. At Black Wagon 3964 N Mississippi Map 5PM-7

Once upon a time on the pop culture mountain Olympia, Washington, humble gods of rock made history. A big factor was a storage company that didn't object to bands practicing in the storage units. Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music is a book about that period, the early 1980's to the 1990's. K, started by Calvin Johnson, along with fellow label Kill Rock Stars, launched noted and influential artists representing major movements in music of the time. Mark Baumgarten reads from his book at Powells, then later many Portland musicians interpret tunes from the era that influenced them at Valentines. At Powells Books 1005 West Burnside 7:30PM Free and Valentines 232 SW Ankeny 9PM $3?

(there is also a photography opening at Valentines 6PM-8 by Teresa Christiansen, Kaija Cornett, Melanie Flood and Christine Taylor)