Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 19 Obsession Velocity Broadcast

Richard Tracy, RichArt is an outsider artist in the Raw Vision tradition. He lives in Centralia, Washington, where he has transformed his yard into a fantastical installation. Over 30 years he has built a beautiful thing. He gives 55 minute tours to visitors for $5. Sadly his Art Yard was dismantled in 2013, but not before it was captured by filmmaker Vanessa Renwick who befriended the artist. Tonight his works on paper will be shown in the gallery and Renwick will screen a short film about the artist. Cellist Lori Goldston also performs.

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Filmed by Bike is one of Portland's great seasonal bike confabs. 45 films show over three days. Saturday 4PM-9:30 is the bike street party. There is storytelling, adventure night and raffles. Filmed by Bike at the Clinton Street Theater 26th and SE Clinton. Saturday films 5PM, 7, 9; Sunday 3, 5, 7; Monday 7l Tuesday 6, 8. $10 individual films, $30 pass

Many people consider broadcast television, really broadcast of any kind, including print, a thing of the past. Public television, especially the BBC, is better. But in the US, public television is struggling to capture new audiences. Nonetheless, public television, and Oregon public television, does some things well. One is a series on Oregon artists. With a broad audience, public television takes a broad view of art. But that broad view has captured a few artists that interest us.

Their production is Oregon Art Beat, documenting 15 years of artists. For two months, they show visual artists and present live performances by 15 years of artists. In a mall. Very broad minded and without controversy.

You can see the performance schedule at

Oregon Arts Beat retrospective at Mark Woolley Gallery and the People's Art of Portland 2PM-9 Free