Wednesday, July 02, 2014

July 3 Westside Art Openings

Christine Clark is a sculptor, working large in base metals, often combined with natural materials, and a jeweler working small in fine metals. She has turned in many great works at the Nines Gallery. She is here this month with Amass, an installation of small resin units. The work started with the observation of varying scale of mountains, then trees, then groups of people; viewed at a distance, then closer as individuals. Clark has cast a field of individual shapes over 18 months, subtly colored with studio pigments stored for over 30 years. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th Free

Off the inner NW paths well worn on First Thursday is an open studio by photographers Jim Lommasson, Stewart Harvey, Ben Z. Mund and Nuel Paguyo. Lommasson and Harvey are well known nationally, and add studio mates Ben and Nuel. At the Ideal Theater Photo Studio 2405 NW Thurman 5PM-9 Free

Elise Wagner is one of Portland's encaustic painters. For the last few years, she has made paintings inspired by science, in particular astronomy and high energy physics research. She has an opening tonight, and an artist talk Saturday, July 12, at 1PM. At Butters Gallery 520 NW Davis, 2nd Floor Free

We respect classic photography. Hartman Gallery does it, and adds a few contemporary, even local, photographers and painters. On the seventh anniversary of the gallery they mount a large group show spanning their stable. It is an opportunity to see the gallery aesthetic writ wide. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th Free

In an age of infinite reproduction, Archer makes repeat patterns of sampled elements of her photographs. Her new show is Brambles, which starts as a photograph in the foreground at the lower end of the image, and then devolves into a repeat pattern that seems like an accidental image processing error. It's not, it's thoughtful work. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Caldera student Ryan Heshka has graphic works inspired by comics and natural history. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Duplex has somewhat dark figurative work of the genre sometimes shown by Compound from Japanese artists. It is by Cathy Lu. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Upfor has digital work by Katie Torn. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

PNCA has a participatory installation by Jessie Hayward. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map Free

Hellion has Perfect Thirst, three female artists illustrating female figures. They are Makiko Sugawa, Mandy Tsung and Crystal Barbre. At Hellion Gallery through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style. 19 NW 5th Suite 208. Map 7PM-10 Free

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 closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish Free

Not gallery art but could be fun, Portland-based Stay Wild magazine drops at Snow Peak, 6PM-9 Free