Sunday, June 30, 2013

July 1 Getting To Know You(Tube)

This month's social practice art project is a night of videos by artists Will Bryant, Lisa Ciccarello and Stephen Slappe. Each artist has selected 10-15 minutes of favorites made by others on YouTube. Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7:30PM $5

June 30 Recess Munch

The Research Club heats it up downtown today. This Portland group gathers interesting participants to talk about what they are interested in and for which they are seeking collaborators.

It's informal, conversational, collaborative. Bring vegan potluck brunch food items; and your own plate, cup, knife, fork, spoon.

This month main speakers include Sarah Badiali from The Reclamation Administration, Michael Klepfer who writes about his hidden SE Portland and organizers of WeMake PDX.

The Research Club at Geoloqi, 920 SW 3rd Ave #400. Noon-2PM, Talks 12:30. Free

Recess closes their Latino Art Now show tonight with a party including piñatas. At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map 5-8

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 29 Seed Ark Angel

The big boat is taking a rest. But not a rest from quality curation. They have gathered a show of work from Springfield Oregon's Ditch Projects, a countrified art warehouse space. Ditch maintains a dialog with Portland, including with Rocksbox, and now they have a show at the Labrador themed on the late life of a 1960-1970's-era musician and band.

Ditch artists Mike Bray, Isami Ching, Brooks Dierdorff, Surabhi Ghosh, Nika Kaiser, Donald Morgan, Jack Ryan and Jesse Sugarmann present Dumb Angel.

Pop music takes no prisoners. An example is Dennis Wilson, inspiration for the show. Dennis Wilson was a member of a band, the Beach Boys. He acted in a film, Two Lane Blacktop, a paean to America's highways and drag racing when gasoline was $.28 a gallon. He died 30 years ago. The title also references The Smile Sessions, a sprawling, indulgent, but ultimately doomed recording project by the Beach Boys band.

Recommended. At the 12128 Labrador Project It's moored by Fred's Marina 12900 NW Marina Way, Portland. Map More detailed directions, don't get lost, on the website. 7PM-10 Free

The Seed Building holds its annual open house tonight. It is one of Portland's largest working artist studio spaces. Well worth a visit to see artists in situ. There are over 50 studios in three buildings connected by a warren of stairways and corridors. There is a freight elevator, but not sure the building is entirely wheelchair accessible. Not sure if River Studios down the street is open too. Just ask. At the North Coast Seed Studios 2127 N Albina 4PM-10 Free

June 28 Tiny Naughty Lumber

Imaging technology is in continuous flux. That creates a space for nostalgia and low-fi. The Impossible Project rescued the technology of one of the world's great brands, Polaroid. They bought the old machines to make paper- and chemistry-based instant film. Now they launch an oddity, the Instant Lab, which makes Polaroid prints from mobile phone images. No idea how the color management works.

As part of their project, they have put The Tiny Collective, an international network of ten photographers, to work making images on phones. The show is being seen in New York City, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Atlanta, and Portland, homes of the collective members.

You can see their photographs here in a one day show this evening.

Photographs by The Tiny Collective at Phoogoo 412 NW Couch, Suite 306 6PM-10 Free

Darja Bajagić presents You Ve Been A Naughty Boy [C55] to win the copywriting award of the week:

""1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♘f6 4.d4 e×d4 5.0-0 ♗c5 6.e5 d5 7.e×f6 d×c4 8.♖e1+ ♔f8 9.♗g5 g×f6 10.♗h6+ ♔g8 11.♘×d4 ♗×d4 12.c3 ♗f5 13.c×d4 ♘×d4 14.♘c3 ♗g6 15.♖e8+! ♕×e8 16.♕×d4 ♕e5 17.♘d5!!, 1-0

Female Diversion. Unavoidable. Close the Door. No Hesitation at all Give him a move How does a Queen beat a Rook? Transatlantic Flight Morphy’s Immortal Game Pawn Block Unfortunate Mishap. All about 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6? Patience Pays. The Philidor Position in R+P vs. R. A useful technique called Enfilade.

Kramnik in Top Form Go home early Miracles almost happen. Two rooks vs one. Energetic Teamwork Caught from all Sides Invincible Rook Only precision wins Take the initiative Try to go home early Don’t die Poisoned. Believe in Yourself. Can Mate in One be Tricky? Del Rio Theme Fritz 10 Teaser. A Magnificent Royal Tango Solve this Miniature

Remember Saavedra? The weak link. Don’t hurry. Think! A Lesson in Geometry How to Solve a Difficult Study B + N vs. K Pure Pawn Masterpiece The Prodigal Son She can’t hide A Strategy Master Class Logical Retro.

Philidor in the R+B vs. R Surrealistic Cavalry A Tough Nut to Crack

It will be clarified in it (in the book) the way the game goes, the basic rules and the more detailed and advanced settings, and there will be various chapters from the beginning of the a game till the end, scenarios, great games (44 complete settings, 91 *something* check), analysis of their moves, tricks and plots. All of it brought by great Alfans Pan (** it's a name of a person. The name is how I read it. maybe will be written differently) and compiled from other books and educated chess players (** really guessing about *chess players*) in this war of check.""

This obviously means something the only NSA can figure out, or maybe not. At Appendix Project Space On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 8-late

Mike Bray, Cynthia Lahti and D.E. May are mid-career artist recipients of the 2013 Hallie Ford fellowships. They have a show today and tomorrow at The Lumber Room. At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map Noon-5

June 27 Last Dome

Last Thursday on Alberta came about when street artists were driven from the sidewalks of the previously grimy Pearl District by its newly flush businesses. So artists, the shock troops of gentrification, set up shop on gritty Alberta, along with fire performers, DJ's, musicians and creative neighbors in an inexpensive neighborhood. It grew by word of mouth and grew bars, restaurants, shops and property values. Everyone wanted the benefits, and substantially growing benefits, including benefits to landlords, but no one wanted to pay the costs. We hope the most profitable bars, restaurants and other businesses on Alberta step up to pay to keep the event alive, negotiate with the neighborhood association, and we hope the event can emphasize artists, musicians and performers who are not charged for or controlled in their creative contributions.

Although every aesthetic represented on the street and in the several galleries are not my interest, they have great experimental, social and Portland brand value for the city.

Tonight is Last Thursday on Alberta in which the scattered galleries will be open late and street artists later. Judge for yourself.

NE Alberta Street between 14th and 30th. 6PM-10 Free

Hand Eye Supply launches its Industrious Minds Fellowship with an award to Escape Collective, DIY dome builders. Geodesic domes are the invention of Buckminster Fuller bracketed by his time at Black Mountain College. There are certainly ultra high-end domes, using space grid double or triple layer struts. They are popular at world's fairs, for science museums, to cover stadiums and at Disney. Building a Mars base? Despite being more than 60 years old, they still scream future.

But just about everything not high end, meaning single layer grid, is DIY accessible. Interest in Buckminster Fuller's ideas and DIY domes started in the late 1960's in California. They are a popular wind resistant shelter at the Burning Man desert campout. Major dome makers Pacific Domes sprung from that ethos to make domes for music festivals, brand events and trade shows, like E3. Making the cover can be a challenge, in sheer yardage, seam lengths and loss from triangular cuts. The cover can also be weighty.

Escape Collective, representing a new subculture interested in domes has made one, and now is taking multiple domes to events. That makes them a good matchup with Hand Eye Supply and their extended Core77 network. They are also a good match for events, benefiting from multiple volunteers to assemble them, or disassemble them, bottom up, or top down.

Tonight in celebration, Hand Eye offers an installation by Escape Collective member Kara Jean Caldwell, illustrations and Polaroids by Hill Hudson, dome video by Andy Carlson and DJ & live music by sets and live Pegasus Dream. At Hand Eye Supply 23 NW 4th 6PM-8 Free

June 26 Dance Craft Revolution

Dance performance is a rare bird. It's expensive to make and has a small audience. One way to extend that audience is by video. That changes the black box experience with the possibility of multiple cameras and editing, and moves the audience into a different set of expectations. Tonight Adam Sekuler and Shannon Stewart have put together a program of NW dance performances on the moving screen. That includes Interpretive Site: Hanford Reach by Karn Junkinsmith and Adam Sekuler, Alternator by Rodrigo Valenzuela and Molly Sides, Transfer by Patrick Weishampel and tEEth, Contact by Mitchell Rose and Body Vox, In Transit by Meredith Horiuchi, Shannon Stewart, and Adam Sekuler, Prototype XXXX by Andra Rotaru, Robert Tyree, and Dicky Dahl, Airport Project by Alice Gosti, Guerilla Fire by Maria Allred, 1922 by Adam Sekuler, Daniel Mimura, Shannon Stewart, Meredith Horiuchi, Rosa Vissers, David Wolbrecht, Aaron Swartzman, and Jeff Huston and finally White of Spring by Jacob Rosen and Kate Wallich. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7:30PM $8

We are not much of a craft blog. But we do like creative nodes. Destination DIY, which is a Portland public radio show/podcast, has teamed with SCRAP & ADX for a craft night and listening session. So bring your own crafts to work, and you can participate in a craft trivia quiz. The new DIY podcast is Old School DIY, with the producer Julie's grandparents, zine makers, amateur radio operators, quilters, wildcrafters and foragers. Event includes pizza, beer and a DJ all for one low price. At 417 SE 11th x Stark Map 7PM-9 $3-5

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 25 Codes Are Fun

We rarely note tech events. But unless you have been living under a rock, you know privacy and surveillance has been in the news lately. Interested in some keyboards-on experience with privacy-enhancing tools? You can has.

Tonight is Portland's first Crypto Party. You can learn about key signing, virtual private networks and cryptography. Key signing is an example of creating the chain of trust for cryptographic certificates establishing identity and keys for encoding-decoding. Virtual private networks are a way to hide your computer network address, the untraceable phone call. Cryptography is a way to keep your messages and files secret from those without the decoding key.

Unfortunately each of these contains its own seeds of weakness. Cryptographic certificates can be compromised by breakins to the key server. This was the case when Chinese hackers stole information from RSA Security that compromised their SecureID. SecureID is used by the government and companies to supplement passwords and was thought to be unbreakable. The exploit was used to break into Lockheed, a military equipment maker. The Stuxnet attack on the Iran nuclear program used stolen certificates to trick computers into trusting the hostile software. Of course various governments would have an interest in compromising key and certificate servers in furtherance of their own hacking.

Some forms of cryptography are thought to be essentially unbreakable, at least for the next few years. That is why they are used by governments, and that same software is available to individuals. Unfortunately it was just revealed that it is legal for the NSA to capture communications between Americans, within America, solely because it is encrypted.

Virtual private networks have many uses. For instance, they allow Americans visiting China to communicate privately to servers in the US for mail and news without being meddled with by the Great Firewall. Unfortunately the Chinese government has reportedly started terminating virtual private network sessions. They are almost universally used by corporations for employees working at home or traveling. They enable watching region-limited broadcasts by, say the BBC, outside the UK. The Catch-22 is that US-based systems could be subject to government inspection, and foreign systems are guaranteed to be surveilled at the border.

All of these combine in the Tails project, a relatively secure way to use an Internet cafe anywhere in the world. It is a bootable USB device that routes your Internet connection though the Tor virtual private network. Ironically these type systems are promoted by our very own State Department to provide a measure of safety for journalists and democracy advocates overseas.

Unfortunately while mobile security has to date been relatively good, privacy is weak against a determined adversary.

But fortunately Oregon's own Senator Wyden, who has been on the Senate Intelligence Committee since 9/11, and thus in a position to review government surveillance programs, is seriously questioning the cost effectiveness of the programs. He and Senator Merkley are working to reform the programs, so I'm sure they would like to hear your thoughts on the issues.

Bring a computer, a USB storage device and curiosity. No experience necessary.

CryptoParty Portland at Lucky Labrador, 1945 NW Quimby 6:30PM-10 Free

Friday, June 21, 2013

June 22 West East Place

Indian classical music evolved and refined over millennia, passed from guru to disciple, often within families. In the late 1800's, yoga preceded Indian music traveling West. But it was only 1955 that Indian classical music made landfall in New York with a performance by the great Ali Akbar Kahn. The next year, Ravi Shankar performed. Pop musicians in the 1960's discovered and incorporated those world beats and seeded early interests in Indian spiritualism and yoga.

Early too, the Asia Society also drew performers from East to West. Beginning in the 1960's with Peace Corps I, volunteers coming off station pioneered backpacker routes including Goa, Kathmandu and points between. Interest in yoga, bharatanatyam and ayurveda traveled together with Indian music and Westerns traveled to India to study them.

A few years later, world music enthusiasts and the new Indiaphiles recruited touring Indian musicians to perform classical concerts, including in Portland. The Indian diaspora, including in technology, laid down a base of support, Indian families passing on their traditions to Western-raised children.

Western musicians incorporating Indian music into fusion forms, and performing in purely traditional mode are now in the third generation. This is that.

Musicians Steve Gorn, bansuri and Benjy Wertheimer, tabla, perform tonight. Both have long histories of pop music collaborations, film scoring, fusion and pure classical performance. The program ranges classical to Indian folk music.

Advance tickets Indian music at the Movement Center 1021 Northeast 33rd 7PM $15 advance, $20 door.

Place opens Felicity Fenton with Internal Server Error, themed on her personal web use. It includes artistic interpretations of her web history and Offline, a paper-based collection of old information forms. Freedom: Godot Has Finally Arrived by Gabrijel Savic Ra is a conceptual meditation on freedom. Rogue Waves by Nathanael Thayer Moss, Safe & Sound? and Radio Room by Stephanie Simek continue. 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

At the same location, the Mark Woolley Gallery and People's Art of Portland will likely be eventing.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 21 Meat Space

Between the pig and bacon is the knife. I fully admit active ignorance on the trip between stinky, though charming in a way, animals on the hoof, and tasty fire-forged umami proteins. Camas Davis is the opposite. She founded the Portland Meat Collective to transparently relate the two. The Portland Meat Collective connects local farmers of livestock to individuals who would like to learn breaking down a carcass into cuts of meat, hands-on butchery, and if you like, onto charcuterie. Her work complements that of Temple Grandin.

This morning Davis recounts her journey in founding the Portland Meat Collective. It has already expanded to Eugene and Olympia. She has a plan for nationwide meat collectives that are well underway.

are no longer available for her talk, but the video will soon be available on the Creative Mornings website. Camas Davis from the Portland Meat Collective sponsored by Portland Creative Mornings at Ziba Design Auditorium 810 NW Marshall Map Doors 8:30AM, talk 9. Free

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 15 Deep Return

First Deep of the new seas'. Battle on Deep! Mighty Moves and ComputerFAM on the wheels of steel. Performances by FIO, League of Assassins, Unseen/LAF and Soul Trigger. Produced by Huy Pham. 2on2 all styles crowd judged. With Chuckies and Teej, Main Event, Day and Night, Kid Mango & BBoy Dfactor, 1nfinity Crew, Gutta Snubb & Big Snubb, Uflow & Blazy, Nitewing & Horizun, Shamboyant, Lil Snubb & B-Loop, Fruity-C & E, Chocolate Milk, .50 Cal and Golden, Empyre Legacy, Fly & Lil' C-Lee, Young Budda & Kung Fu Phamda, Caitlynn & Liz, Marika & Melanie, Kamikoszee & Brenton Douglas, Pak and Rojas, Gaby & Bao, Clik & Zee, Madd Soul Family, Elya & AAntix, Rhythm Kicks, Lady Snubb & Synikk, Matt and Reverb, A Tribe Called Basix, 1in Amillion Crew, $waggasaurus and ChaoTick, Rise Above, Gerardo & EJ, LaFamiliaXVinasvictory, Dae Dae and Po, Jungwho & Yen Boogie, Freak-A-Leek, FrenchKast and ThrillzLyfe. Part of At 417 SE 11th x Stark Map Beer and wine 21+. All ages. Doors 5PM $5 with res on the FB, $15 otherwise

The IRPC is also celebrating a birthday. Details on their website. Preceeded by a Pedalpalooza Yeti hunt, finishing at IRPC, home to Portland's Yeti museum-library. See the shift2bikes site. At the Independent Publishing Resource Center 1101 SE Division, Suite 2 7PM-11 Free

June 14-16 Crowdsource Art

The Weird Shift Con instantiates this weekend with a series of artist presentations, a visual show and foods. The program is heavily dependent upon you, who can sign up to make a short, medium or long performance or talk. There is also a dinner by the Special Snowflake Supperclub, which is fully booked. Should all be loads of fun. Schedule at Weird Shift Con 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. Friday 7PM-10ish Saturday 11PM-7 Sunday noon-8 Free, donations encouraged

June 14 Food for Thought

Tickets are sold out for this event, but you might enjoy viewing the video when it is posted after, free. Creative Mornings is an international series of monthly talks by creative individuals. In Portland their 200 seat events book in minutes. In Seattle they guest Michael Hebb this morning. Know him, he has good insights.

Food is a primal experience. Without it we die. Hebb has been thinking about food for some time. In addition to thinking, he has created many temporary and enduring communities around food including with editor, writer and publisher Matthew Stadler.

The Eventbrite provides a good summmary:

""The Scale of The Dinner Table; finite space, infinite potential.

Michael Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project and Communitecture with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland OR with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, W, Art Forum, The New Yorker, GQ, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.

He is also the founder of One Pot - a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based engagements and happenings. One Pot has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: the Republic of Gabon, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, Architecture For Humanity, and Summit Series. Michael is the founding Creative Director of The City Arts Festival, the founder of Night School @ The Sorrento Hotel, and is currently a Teaching Fellow at University of Washington's Master of Communication in Digital Media department. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, Food Arts, ARCADE, Seattle Magazine and City Arts. Michael and Dr. Shauna Shapiro are currently writing a book focused on mindfulness, neuroscience, and table ritual.

In Fall 2012, as part of UW MCDM, Michael and Scott Macklin began designing Let's Have Dinner and Talk About Death with Masters students and many of our countries healthcare leaders - the interactive digital platform is scheduled to launch Spring 2013.

About Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death
The Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death project brings the important subject of end of life into the foreground and gives people the opportunity to talk about it. The Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death project stemmed from a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) course at The University of Washington. The course and resulting long-term project is intended to not only create communal dialogues around death, healthcare and human life, but to bolster a universal discourse, ushering in a revolution of life itself. The syllabus for the course is available at For more information about Let’s Have Dinner and Talk project, visit""

You should be able to view the video of the event in about a week at

Michael Hebb at Creative Mornings|Seattle. At EMP 8:30AM Free

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 13 Happening #6

The PSU Time Arts Club invites your participation in the Happening Pride edition with live music by Lavender Mirror, Fred Meyer and the Tenses. Performance by Stacey y Blanca; video - performance by Angela Campbell; video art by Julie Perini, Mami Takahashi, Tim Ferrell & Heather Palmer; and installation by Bugenhagen. All ages, BYOB. At Shattuck Hall Annex 1914 SW Park 8PM-11 Free

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 12 Shock and Aw

Not all of our notes are for art events. This would fall into the keep Portland weired category. Tonight is a Tesla coil demonstration. Don Anderson talks about Tesla, Edison and electricity. Then he flips the switch on his homebuilt Tesla coil to make some lightning. Meanwhile there will be steampunk art and crafts on display in the parlor in a show entitled Through the Aetherscope by Don Anderson, Valentine Barker, Andy Clapp, Louis Delegato, Steven J. Elliott, Victoria Hammond, Kit Kerkvliet, Josh W. Kinsey, J Kovach, Richard Moore III and Jessica R. Van Hulle. Later in the month there will be a reception for the artists accompanied by a DJ playing 'steampunk inspired music'. In July there is a steampunk conference, I am not making this up. (And actually this is not weird at all, it is just one of many specialized subcultures that thrive in Portland) At Catalyst Art & Cultural Space 4810 NE Garfield 7:30PM $3

Friday, June 07, 2013

June 10 Your You(Tube) is Watching (You)

Getting to Know You (Tube) hosts the video selections shown on the big screen of Lydia Rosenberg, Alisa Bones and Riley King. Each artist has selected 10-15 minutes of favorites made by others on YouTube. Free time at the end to suggest your own favorites. If you power down your phone, bike and pay with cash, your viewing can't be tracked, yet. Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 9:30PM $5

June 9 Vodoun R Us

Vodoun, voodoo, vodun. Forget tired zombies, this is real. Vodoun in popular use is the lazy term encompassing the traditional spiritual beliefs of numerous individual African tribes, and Western hemisphere amalgams resulting from the admixture of tribes brought as slaves and later arriving free.

Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast is a 2010 documentary on ceremonies in Benin. Not an anthropological study. The filmmaker, Hisham Mayet, is a Portlander, cofounder of Sublime Frequencies, and tireless explorer of the music and traditions of Africa, West and North (as well as other world parts!). Mayet has also gathered footage of possessed individuals in West Africa.

Presented by, the film shows at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7PM $8

June 8 Sad Tamales

We are approaching peak daytime hours as the scales of Winter-sad are lifted! That's a perfect antidote to Sad Night Live, a celebration of sad musics. Michael Hurley, Shelley Short and Dragging an Ox Through Water perform sad songs and writer Patrick DeWitt reads his saddest stories. The presenters win a special copywriting award for their observation: "The sadness of others, when presented in the form of song, story, or painting, can be moving and empowering, as the viewer is forced to recognize sorrow as a shared or communal experience". At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8 Free

I have never seen the fireplug party trick in Portland, but we do love our street parties. This afternoon and evening, art and street party make love. Latino Art Now is a show at Recess Gallery including Chris Beanes, Alejandro Ceballos, Claire Barrera, Julia Carrillo, Paul Clay, Edgar Frias, Hector Hernandez, Mark Martinez, Michael Martinez, Jeremy Neldon, Kirk Rea and Sergio Torres. Recess is one of a list of the top Portland experimental galleries countable on one hand. So their work with Latino Art Now, following previous great shows on crossing national and cultural borders is recommended. The street fair includes a tamale taste off with tamales from Amo Sabor, Mextica Catering, Gabe Flores, Montiel's Cocina and more. Taste, vote 3PM-5:30, winners 6. Music afternoon; performances and readings at 6PM and 7. at RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map All ages. 3PM-9 Free

Thursday, June 06, 2013

June 7 Eastside Art Openings+

In contrast to Westside galleries' shift to safe Summer group shows, the Eastside is going inventive.

Shades of berny is a show by NY artist Bunny Rogers. Rogers is a fearless artist and Parsons grad based in Brooklyn. She taps memories of the transition between childhood and adulthood, usually shelved as, shall we say politely, unedited. We are so brilliant then. But those crazy, by their boundlessness, thoughts hold taboo engrams connecting childhood and adulthood we still carry. Her work is varied, including performance, video, installation, illustration, poetry and machinima. You can get a sense at her websites.

Appendix is a double garage in a humble residential neighborhood, with white walls glowing against night. Showings go late, late onto a gravel alleyway with no signs, no directions and no address. Earlier it was an even rougher alley of mud puddles overgrown with invasive weedy blackberries and bounded by hay bales. Even now, one direction of the alley cannot be passed at night for its plants taking back the land wildness. Sometimes there is a bonfire. Nonetheless it is well known for showings of international artists.

The show includes 5 works from her residency at Appendix. The space is occupied by a fat comfortable velvet upholstered chair with a draped bright red riding hood cape and an archaic strap on pocket of pure white fabric. The chair faces a deep black shiny resin-covered and very old looking book on the floor, with pits and holes, being devoured by skinny scrappy black mice in the same resin texture. The back wall holds a simple modern quilt, logoed with a geometric font RU in mirror, top level domain name of the Russian Republic. The artist maintains her interwebs home there, and is fascinated with the different from USA values there too. To the left is a color photograph of a young girl carrying a basket of apples dressed in red with a black, very wolf-like dog, the frame surrounded by purple roses. To the right is a framed line drawing of a dog and a cat verging making a baby.

Maybe a dated association, but she reminds me of early Miranda July in her ability to confidently engage "dangerous" raw material. That "danger" carries more weight for the viewer than the creator, though some get that backwards.

At Appendix Project Space On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 8-late

Homeland opens Weird Shift Con: The Conference June 14-16. An art component in the gallery is The Long Share, works by Peter Claugh, Julia Oldham, Tom Sherman, Stephen Slappe, Soda Jerk and Weird-Fiction, opening tonight.

The Con wins the copywriter monthly content award for a description of the weekend event:

The Long Share includes "para-fictional photo essay by Rosalynn Rothstein; a speculative history of WikiLeaks by Australian art collective Soda Jerk; and Portlander Stephen Slappe's video of a surprisingly erotic bomb-diffusing robot and the weekend event is an "array of presentations, lectures and performances including LE Long’s “Critical Fight Studies,” Adam Flynn’s “Solarpunk” and “Secret Twitter Fan Club,” along with Suzanne Fischer’s histories of psychokinesis artifacts at the intersection of museology and parapsychology. Michael Reinsch attempts to understand who we think we are in an anthropologically inclined sculptural performance while D.Todd Dickerson demonstrates the cut-up sorcery methodologies of his Soup Purse performances, and an array of appetizers are provided by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy’s pop-up culinary hacklab.

The weekend also promises outward excursions, including those of the “We’ll See Tour Co.,” running alongside and in opposition to reality as it is commonly construed.

Agoraphobes may prefer the indoor offerings of the event...including the Research Commons, the PDF Library, the dossiers, and the Map Room, paired with fine coffee and edibles, will provide other itineraries betwixt and between the scheduled events."

Very Museum of Jurassic Technology. Organized by Poszu

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

Catherine Haley Epstein shows Sorting the Seeds It's mixed media, photography and illustration. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9

The Ford Building, the ark holding Homeland, holds its annual open house this evening. It tends to run early, 5PM-8

Marie Koetje extends her Space Invader work. It's bright simple and abstract painting reminding primitive electronic paint tools. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map

Moons of a Dewdrop is a collaborative installation by Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley from Philadelphia. The work ties together prehistory ritual, romantic landscape painting and science fiction. At Adams and Ollman Gallery 811 E Burnside #213

Field Notes: Landscape and Architecture is a group show at Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30

Papercut is a show of paper cut art. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-10

There is a large show of art themed on Home at Union/Pine 525 SE Pine 7Pm-late

Home:bass presents its first Friday Art Bash with LA artists Tommy Face and Jennifer Korsen. They join Portland artists Doctor Rasterbator and Justone Racoon. Music by Skeme and DJ ADHDJ. At Home:Bass 123 NE 6th 6PM-10

Portland Storage Building opens its studios this evening too at 215 SE Morrison St. 5PM-9

Brandon Thibodeaux has When Morning Comes, a personal journey through the Mississippi Delta and there is also a show of photos by its own board of directors members. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9

Lightbox Kulturhaus has Finding Our Place and installation inspired by Northwest geography by Tyler Corbett and Erinn Kathryn. At Lightbox Kulturhaus 2027 NE MLK Blvd, behind Tiny’s Coffee Haus 6PM-9

APAK show their prints at Buy Olympia's Land Gallery 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8

Spring goes back a way in history. The rites of Spring too. The Rite of Spring, 100 years. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Le Sacre du Printemps, was first performed May 29, 1913 with choreography set on Ballet Russes by Nijinsky at age 23, and when Stravinsky was 31. Tonight the Agnieszka Laska Dancers perform their own version with the Portland State University Orchestra. At PSU Lincoln Hall 1620 SW Park x Market 8PM $20, seniors $15, students $10

And for fun, in addition to the next few weeks of Pedalpalooza fun, a pinewood derby is tonight at Nemo. Prize for design and speed, plus an "outlaw class" race. 6PM-10 race 8.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

June 6 Westside Art Openings

Summer is early and many galleries are offering group shows, the Summer gallery tradition, early. It is a good opportunity to learn the style of work each gallery gathers.

As previously mentioned, art school thesis shows are up. The public reception for the PNCA BFA show is tonight in the main building. By shear numbers sprawling, but often including gems. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 6PM-9:30

The Laura Russo Gallery is one of Portland's oldest, heir to the Fountain Gallery. Occasionally they take on new artists. Tonight they open six: Sahar Fattahi, Jo Hamilton, Ruth Lantz, Loren Nosan, Ahmad Rafiei and Samantha Wall. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8

In addition to helming the excellent Fourteen30 gallery, Jeanine Jablonski curates occasional recent graduate shows. Here Come the Warm Jets is one such show of masters grads from PSU: René Allen, Leif Anderson, Steve Brown, Will Bryant and Mami Takahashi. As she is one of a handful of Portland curators that understand what is happening in galleries outside Portland, her selections are worth a look. At the temporary space 929 NW Flanders. 6PM-8 early close

Portland is a paper town, more so for printing than sculpture. Marisa Green presents Intersect, a geometric structure of folded paper pyramids in grayscale tones. Also showing her cut paper works. At Gallery 135, 135 NW Park 6PM-9

We usually eschew graphic design shows, and the term digital arts often captures that work. But some of the work in a UO graduating class show includes video installations. So you can see for yourself. There are other students shows scattered around the building, some of art. White Box at the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9

Digmeout continues to make love to Portland. Tonight two Digmeout artists, Yoriko Youda and Tomoe Taniguchi present Stunning Beauty, a show of watercolor in the suiboku or sumi-e style. The painting style was brought from China by Zen monks. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

Hellion has Nigamushi and Gloria Muriel. 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.

PDX has a group show, Range, comprising Anne Appleby, Johannes Girardoni, Victoria Haven, James Lavadour, Wes Mills, Megan Murphy, Jane Timken and Leigh Wells. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Augen has a free art history lesson with prints by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, 1863-1944. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8

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