Friday, August 31, 2012

September 1 Water Wallz Touching You

PICA's TBA festival is not performance only, it has visual arts too, and they are all free. The first, Water, by Claudia Meza, opens this evening. It involves sound from ferries, rivers, oceans, waterfalls, water taps, water bowls and many other watery things delivered by cassette audio tapes from large numbers of archaic playing devices. Meza is a performing musician in Explode Into Colors, has created the Sonic City PDX project, and the New Metrics program for composers. The show also includes a video work and Sonic City documentation. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

The Wallz is the new graffitti and wheat paste wall work gallery, at BMX course The Lumberyard. They open a show this evening, Locals Only, of local artists. At The Wallz in The Lumberyard 2700 NE 82nd 7PM-10 Free

Brian Khek & Micah Schippa from Chicago open Touching You Touching Everything tonight at Appendix Project Space. Both artists live in, and were schooled in Chicago, we'll see if they vibe the cool, deep minimalism characteristic of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Appendix now has a fancy gravel alley and no hay, no sketchy shrubbery and no blackberries, the alley is being gentrified,, but Appendix is in the same place. At Appendix Project Space On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 8-late Free

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 31 Techne Rendered False Dawn

Flanks and Slopes is a new show by Zachary Davis, coprincipal of Appendix Project Space. The event also wins our copywriting award: "Form is a voracious concept, beginning somewhere in the front of my brain, where teams of cells replace flat swaths of stimulus from the back of the eye with semantic notions like edge, texture, and depth. In schematic, these transmuting units are funnel- shaped, and zooming out, the shape remains a funnel, with sensory overload crashing against the wide end and a thin stream of physical actions on the other.

Along with other perceived objects, this funnel-form guides my actions on a field of possibility with its own contours. If the shape of tomorrowʼs weather forecast has enough reality to guide my actions (rainfall by time by latitude by longitude), or the upward trajectory of food prices (by time by latitude by longitude), then the correlation of many such forms (food price by rainfall by time by latitude by longitude) is similarly real. Pull in enough metrics, and we find ourselves on a landscape of goals and dangers, shrouded in fog.

An amorphous body of accidental but durable forms is sprawled across this landscape, and we are a single branch probing outward, a little less blind than the others, generating variety at an unprecedented rate and sharing what we learn. I am interested in a feedback loop between speculative and physical form – in objects tuned to a stable state for their context, but engaged in the dimensional play of observation, cognition and navigation. I imagine a map fused with the territory, adding its own bright forms to the general mass."

At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-10 Free

Disjecta has done well with great guest curators. And it has been a mini-PICA, but finding artists at earlier stages in their careers. Tonight curator Wyatt Schaffner teams with Experimental Half Hour for a night of performance, installation and beautiful visual-aural mayhem. The show, Techne Rendered False Dawn, has films by Liz Harris & Taryn Tomasello and installations by MSHR plus John Rau & Olivia Erlanger.

There will be performances by The Tenses, MSHR, Future Death Toll, Matt Carlson and Jason Urick which will be remixed live by Experimental Half Hour.

DJ's Sahel Sounds and Citymouth dance out the evening.

Oregon Painting Society offshoot MSHR is not to be missed in the last slot of the evening. Their Appendix residency performance was stunning.

So tonight you can experience a TBA quality+ event for the amazing price of free. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-11 Free

August 30 Alberta Foot Symphony

The last Thursday in August happens while many of the people behind its founding are at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada. And the new fire chief's rules about the distance between the performer and audience makes fire performances almost impossible on the street. Expect a low key sea of dreams and people.

Multiple Maniacs II the Flight 64 coop print studio's fundraiser. Expect to see the member's works in all sizes and very reasonable prices, you are buying direct! A silent auction start at 4, there will be live block printing in the alleyway, and you can't bet five dollar prints. A DJ and comestibles too. At Flight 64 Print Studio 2934 NE Alberta Behind Bella Faccia Pizza on the NE 29th-30th Alley. Map 4PM-9 or later Free

Ampersand continues the show that opened yesterday.

Ilan Schraer has Distant Relatives on display in one of the Alberta-Killingsworth district, the Emerson Space Case. It's a series of window displays viewable 24 hours a day, known for organic-style paintings and sculptures. View in the Emerson Space Case NE 30th and Emerson Map

Sometimes we hew to our subcultures. But it's also fun to head out to events with wide appeal, like the annual Oregon Symphony in Waterfront Park. It's a great opportunity to hear light classical music excerpts and have a picnic. It starts early with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and includes the Black Swan segment of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake danced by the Oregon Ballet. The evening concludes with the literal war horse Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. At Tom McCall Waterfront Park 1020 Naito Pkwy. 5PM Free
Symphony Waterfront Park

Goodfoot opens a wild figurative show by Kyle Gossman, Mario Robert, Matt Schlosky and Tripper Dungan. At the Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark Map Starts 5PM

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 29 Buenos Aires, Mother Daughter, Paintings Photographs

The more international artists exhibiting in Portland and Portland artists exhibiting internationally, the better. The gallery in a garage around the corner has had internatonal artists, including a Slovenian artist who had previously exhibited in Eurpoean museums. Now Ampersand hosts a show of artists from Argentina.

Photographer Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, the last left of a large Italian family was able to save only one box of vintage 35mm film slides discarded by her mother. She has rephotographed those images, changing the focus, in a show Historia, memoria y silencios, also published as a book. The work is exhibited alongside landscape paintings by her mother, Norma Vaschetti. There is more information on the Ampersand website about the project.

At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-9 Free

Friday, August 24, 2012

August 25 Deep 6

Deep is a monthly all ages b-boy b-girl battle. This month, #6, is 2 on 2 all styles. The theme is The Commandos Edition. Commandos is where dancers mirror one another's moves while changing places. This clip captures some at the time-in point: charactercult has uploaded videos of past Deep events, easy to find by the one above made at Deep #5.

The event is crowd judged. There will be a parents vs kids segment. Performances by New Zoo Boyz, Paint Dance, Tactics and F.R.M. Guest host Leviathan. DJ ComputerFAM on the wheels of steel.

Crews tonight include Urban Arts, Turbo Clix, Mini Monsters, Jonathan Nguyen & Eric Chin, Marshae & Bryan, Skinny, Drift & W4, Battlecats Galactica, Beauty & The Beast, Alyssia and Sammie, Fox Tail Gang, Hydrostep & I-step, Baby Rook + Blazy, Worn Soles, BDP, Big Snubb & Uflow, Takeuchi Ken & Marty Party and William & Kiel.

All ages, adult beverages available for adults. At The Slate, 2001 NW 19th #104 6PM-10 $10

Monday, August 20, 2012

August 21-25 Gallery Box as Studio Box

The University of Oregon White Box Gallery has invited 5 artists to each use the gallery for 24 hours. They are using it as a studio space to make work and an exhibition space to show it. Each artist has selected their own times for visitors to see. The project is Show-and-Tell.

Lisa Radon will undertake a writing marathon noon-8PM Tuesday. Light artist Laura Hughes will work in the space Wednesday 6PM-8. Sculptor inventor Stephanie Simek will be in the gallery Thursday 6PM-8. Performer and image maker Wayne Bund will be in the space noon-8PM Friday. Sean Joseph Patrick Carney and Michael Reinsch will use the gallery 6PM-8 Saturday

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Free

August 20-24 Exposed

Ballet is a sport and an art. Ballet training has been a classic path from childhood to adulthood. It teaches listening and learning, coordination and coordination with others, it transform geek bodies to athletic ones. It was the powerhouse of W+K and Nike Creative which established athletic beauty in sports as a meme 30 years ago, copying ballet's fusion of athleticism and aesthetics, which began 600 years ago in Renaissance Italy.

The Oregon Ballet has teamed with White Bird Dance to open their rehearsal process for an upcoming piece to the public in a temporary studio outdoors. It is at Director Park SW Park and Taylor. There is a schedule each day including classes you can join, question and answer times, films and rehearsals. This is exactly the type of program that the arts levy in the Fall is designed to support. Details at OBT Exposed at Director Park, SW Park and Taylor various times roughly 11AM-9PM Free

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18 The Place Makes the Work

The backyard of River Studios is a special art spot in Portland Summer. It's on the river, often adjacent to a giant parking spot for ocean-going grain freighters, exporting our wheat to Asia. It was the site of the first PICA Dada Ball, graced with a naked Lady Godiva on a white horse. This won't be that, but it will be a dance performance on scaffolding by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest and the Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company. At River Studios 820 N. River Street 8PM $10, $5 students

In the mall... Place, in the white Gallery has Distance, Stance, Circumstance, curated by Rachael Wilson from NYU. It includes five artists from New York. The Place black gallery has It Is What It Is solo and collaborative work by Katie Dunbar & Elizabeth J. Armstrong. 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

Also on the same floor, the Mark Woolley Gallery has paintings by Rick Austin and sculpture by Darlene Schaper. At Mark Woolley Gallery 5PM-9 Free

The People's art of Portland had FanFare: The Art of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a group show of 60 artists. At the People's Art of Portland 5PM-9 Free

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 15 Immanent Perception

Portland illustrator Rebecca Rosen Carlisle opens a new show Immanent Perception at cute as a bean cafe, the Albina Press. The work incorporates free drawing with watercolor. This spot has had a consistently great series of curators for some time. At Albina Press, 4637 N. Albina Ave x Blandena Map 6PM-8 Free

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

August 10 Worksound Swan Song, What Goes Up, LoRes Studio

Modou Dieng is moving Worksound to mobile. His curatorial work will now be found around the city in a variety of spaces. He is closing the 820 Alder fixed location version of Worksound August 30th.

Over 5 years, he has shown international, national and local artists. Most were group shows and many artists used his 820 space for installations. He also hosted residencies and collaborations between artists, writers and curators.

The last show is Tim Sullivan and Chris Corrente from San Francisco plus Carl Diehl, Cris Moss and Hannah Piper Burns from Portland.

At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 7PM-10

PNCA's Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies opens their studios tonight. You are welcome to stop by to see the work and chat with the artists. At PNCA, in the Stevens Studios 1432 N.W. Johnson 5PM-8

Carlos Gonzalez presents his performance tonight What Goes Up Must Come Down at Recess Gallery. Unlike many descriptions of shows, this one makes sense:

"The stairway is used as a metaphor of achievement or loss of station. It’s a widespread, spatially-oriented metaphor for hierarchy in democratic society. ‘Climbing the social ladder’, we continue to gage our social status on our vertical mobility up or down the steps. In a performance designed for the space, Gonzalez narrates this anxiety with movement influenced by the physical structure of stairs and others. This movement mirrors the rapid fluidity between success and loss in a goal-oriented atmosphere.

Carlos presents intimate performances that explore barriers and secret byways of communication. Examining the knot of personal identity through abstracted acts of sport, Gonzalez offers his body as a source and site of meaning, thereby making physical the semiotic barriers that criss-cross daily existence."

At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map Doors 8PM, performance 9

Thursday, August 02, 2012

August 9 Let's Go Art Camping

Fischli and Weiss are some favorite artists in my collection. They are idea artists spanning mediums and bodies of work. Many know them for their video The Way Things Go begun in 1985. They have made videos of cats and stills of airports. Mr Weiss passed in April.

Local art center YU presents a 52 minute video, The Right Way, made in 1982, before The Way Things Go. In the film, the artists perform in costume as Rat and Bear on a wilderness camping trip in the Alps. There are equally valid arguments that the work is stupid and that is is genius, more of this made in Oregon please. You decide. Highly recommended.

At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th Doors 6:30PM Film 8PM $5 suggested donation

Also over at Place, there is a panel discussion around the The Production & Reproduction project with Wynde Dyer, Sivonna West, Matthew Leavitt, Kate DeVillers, Robb Shipley, Cheryl Fish, Mary Doyle and Trace Arthur Harris. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 9th. At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 700 SW Fifth. 7PM Free

August 5 Travel as the Medium

Artist Ava Goldberg presets Ambassadors, altered photographs of iconic landmarks, the seven wonders of the world, that are also tourist destinations. Now in Denver, she graduated from OCAC with travel inspired work. At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd 5PM-7

And on that theme, the Mars Science Lab Curiosity lands tonight after a nine month journey.

August 4 Filmmakers' Playground

Portland is an independent film town. A large contributor to that is Peripheral Produce. Soon after filmmaker Matt McCormick moved to Portland from Albuquerque, he wanted a place to show his work, and that of local experimental filmmakers, so he started a film series in 1996 over beers in nightclubs. Then he found that filmmakers needed a way to distribute their work on VHS tapes, so with Vanessa Renwick, he started the Peripheral Produce mail order distribution project in 1998. Later he started the Portland Experimental and Documentary Film Festival that brought international films and filmmakers to Portland between 2001 and 2009.

Fifteen years ago, in 1997, Peripheral Produce showed some films at the Hollywood Theater to benefit the start of renovations. Many of those films were on the Auto-Cinematic Video Mix Tape, Peripheral Produce Compilation #1. Tonight celebrates the remastering and re-release of the Auto-Cinematic Video Mix Tape at the very same renovated Hollywood Theater.

The tape included Miranda July's Atlanta made in 1996. July went on to start her own video chain letter, Big Miss Moviola and Joanie4Jackie (1999) compilation tapes for women filmmakers, and a series of showings across the country.

The original compilation included Slow Gin Soul Stallion by Animal Charm (3:10); Truth in Advertising - Negativland by James Towning (3:17); Airports for Lights, Shadows, and Particles by Scott Arford (8:30); Atlanta by Miranda July (10:55); A $323 Film by Russ Forster (1:00); Love Child by Trouser Shadow Productions - Bryan Konefsky (7: 45); Segment by Matt McCormick (5:33); Le danse d'individuelle by the Olympia Film Ranch (13:00); Warning by Vanessa Renwick (3:48); Ah-goo by Eric Ostrowski (1:42); Battles on the Astral Plane by Jon Raymond (2:07); and Atom & Heave by Julian Andrew-Lawrence (8:00).

The new release adds work by Andrew Blubaugh, Orland Nutt, Ashby Lee Collinson, Jim Blashfield, Chel White, Karl Lind Stephen Slappe, Ben Popp and more.

Tonight you can see the new and old spanning almost 20 years of Portland independent film. See the Auto-Cinematic Video Mix Tape at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. One night only 8PM $7

Usually we do not promote music poster shows or sports themed art shows here. That is because they each have their own audience and aesthetics different than, though equally valid, distinct from the art we cover.

But sometimes we make exceptions and this is one. Tonight is a show of Portland artist-designed Timbers posters. The project is a benefit for Harper's Playground. Harper is a young girl with a rare disability. One of her favorite pass times is playing on the swing. So her parents launched a two year project to build a city playground for disabled kids and their parents, Harper's Playground.

Tonight's event is Art Takeover Portland: Operation Harper's Playground where the posters will be on display and for sale. It is at Coava Coffee 1300 SE Grand. Drop by in the day 8AM-6PM or for the event celebrating the project 7PM-10

August 3 Eastside Art Openings

The subconscious is feeling optimistic: a photographic tale of the highs and lows of the chronically ill, is a show of personal photographs by Eugénie Frerichs. She has reenacted events of her serious illness and recovery with the individuals involved as models. Frerichs has added dramatic gowns, art direction and photographed small objects to retell her narrative. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9

Portland painter Jessie Hayward opens Beating To Windward, bright abstract paintings inspired by sailing. It's perfect Summer work. 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

And across the street the IPRC has Limited, reductive woodblock prints by L. Van Nortwick. Music by The Dykings. At the Independent Publishing Resource Center 1101 SE Division, Suite 2. 6PM-8

Childhood. Saturday. Breakfast. It is the beginning of an adventure with our short event horizon of the time. That is the theme of Saturday Mornings Go Better With Milk. This show vibes on that feeling. Artists include Dan Lesage, Bree Goodrow, Dawn Yanagihara, Kate Bingaman Burt & Will Bryant, Aaron Rayburn, Nick Hans, Upendo Taylor, Jack Aguirre, Ian Saiki, Eugene Serebrennikov, Chris DeGaetano, Nicholas Winchester, Lonny Hurley, Brett Page, Priscilla Phitsanoukane, Naomi Dodds, Jeffery Frankenhauser, Julianna Johnson, Ryan Swedenborg, Rolan Venigas, Scribbletone, Alex Taylor, Bryan Morgan, Patrick Neil, Ben Patterson, Mark Stewart, Chris Schwartz, Laura Mehall, Mark Boehly, Luke Cloran, Anthony "Tron" Parrish, Kathleen Marie, Andy Prince, Ryan Sonderegger, Aaron Richardson & Christine Mcmahon, Brandt Imhoff, Josh Boston, Woody Harrington, Theresa Decker, Mike L Perry, Robert Zangrillo, Austin Lotz, Beth Shirrell, Jesse Raker, Colin Matsui, Libby McCarl, Lauren Sina, Randi Haughland, Martie Flores, Vicky Brown and Nishat Akhtar. At Union/Pine 525 SE Pine 7Pm-11ish Free

Nationale continues their show from last month. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-9

Black Box has an open call show, and even with a much larger group of images than their usually minimally hung shows, the work is presented consistently and cleanly. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Julia Barbee opens her studio. Though it is not visual art, ask her about scents and her scent art installation projects, fabric assemblages encrusted in crystals. At the Julia Barbee Studio 811 E Burnside Suite #122

Christine Taylor shows Elegance Untamed, fashion photographs composited into scenes of wild animals from natural history museum dioramas. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9

Upstairs Customary Clothing has Migration, portraits by Laura Johnson. At Customary Clothing 811 E Burnside Suite #213 6PM-9

REDUX has collaborative work between printmaker Jesse Lortz and jewelry designer Pamela Davis. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Lille has Secret Uplift, embroidery by Cathy Pitters, famous as cofounder of Crafty Wonderland and cowriter of the Super Crafty book. At Lille Boutique 1007 E Burnside 7PM-9

Machus has Alex Steckly. At Machus 542 E Burnside 6PM-8

Albina Press Hawthorne has Threesome, paintings by Ashley Montague, Brett Superstar, and Steve Mathews. At the Albina Press on Hawthorne. 5012 SE Hawthorne 5PM-8

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

August 2 Westside Art Openings+

August is the dog days, and in Europe everyone goes on vacation. This Thursday there will be wining and dining, seeing and being seen. Whatever. Many galleries have group shows. But here are some others.

Patrice Lumumba was elected the first prime minister, June 24, 1960, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when it became independent. On September 24 he was deposed by Mobuto Sese Seko, in a CIA-sponsored coup. On January 17, 1961, he was executed by Belgian troops, and his body disposed of by the CIA. Three days later, it was dug from the earth and dissolved in acid. He was a great leader and a powerful speaker, but ended up on the wrong side of the great game for control of post colonial resources in Africa. How ironic the struggle of the time, between the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, in the context of today's China move on Africa unopposed.

The story of post colonial Africa is fascinating and surveyed in the book The Fate of Africa, country by country. A dramatic retelling of the last year of Lumumba's life was made into a film. And the documentary, When We Were Kings, provides a portrait of Mobuto against the background of the great boxing match between Joe Frasier and Muhammad Ali in 1974. To diminish crime in the capital around the time of the match, Mobuto arrested hundreds of known criminals. He executed a portion reported between a tenth and a third of them chosen at random, and released the rest. Another report has Mobuto hanging pickpockets on the public streets at the time.

Lumumba's icon status has resulted in streets and squares across Africa named for him. He is still well respected. So many African liberation leaders subsequently descended into corrupt and undemocratic lifetime rule, while the hope for economic advancement promised everyday citizens was tragically foiled. Mobuto himself is a classic example, he used his diplomatic status to bring Congo diamonds to Europe where he amassed a personal fortune estimated at 3-10 billion US dollars, never recovered.

South African photographer Guy Tillim has visited many, and documented everyday life there, in a show of images, Avenue Patrice Lumumba.

Ricardo Teles has Terras de Preto. These Brazilian communities were historic settlements of slaves who escaped to form their own self governing settlements. Here Africans of many cultures formed families and their own new world order.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery has two minimalist artists, Julia Mangold, German artist in Portland and Gregg Renfrow from the Bay Area. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

Hellion has comic, graphic novel, illustrators Naomi Nowak and Joëlle Jones. 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 6PM-10ish

We love Reading Frenzy for very reasonably priced prints from Portland artists. This month they have a Seapower theme show. At Reading Frenzy 921 SW Oak 6PM-9

Aaron Yassin makes kaleidoscopic collage of architectural photographs. These are sourced from old and ultra-new Beijing building images. Also curious to see his video versions. At Chambers Gallery 916 NW Flanders Early close 8:30PM

The 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 Some close as early as 9PM

For your early art pleasure, Body Vox Dance performs excerpts from their works tonight in the park for free. At the Washington Park Amphitheater North adjacent to the Rose Gardens in Washington Park. 410 SW Kingston Avenue 6PM Free

And for late talk and dance music, PICA is having a party. 415 SW 10th 8PM-midnight $5

August 1 Landscape Multiarts

Portland is planning and design central. Redstartstudio is a collaboration that operates at the intersection of landscape design and art. Lauri Twitchell and Peter Suchecki, aka Redstartstudio, talk about their projects this evening. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson 6:30PM-8 Free