Thursday, December 04, 2014

December 4 Westside Art Openings

Brenna Murphy has Central~Lattice Tool Array at Upfor. Some of the work will be recognizable as related to her work as MSHR. The work is individualistic, enigmatic and beautiful. Highly recommended. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

Master of drawing, Samantha Wall has a show this month at Laura Russo. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8 Free

Francine Fleischer has Swim, photographs made in popular Mexican swimming holes called Cenote. They are fresh water caves and sinkholes. Many go back to the early civilizations of the region as part of their spiritual rituals. Today they are a popular place to cool off. Portrait photographers Jaime Travezán and Morgana Vargas Llosa with art director David Tortora have made an unusual project for Blue Sky, Mírame, Lima. They worked with 50 families to realized staged portraits subsequently digitally composited. In the Nine Gallery, Postcards From Paradise is a show of faux tourist attraction signs staged along the route of proposed Wyoming, Colorado and Montana coal trains. It may not even be economical to export that coal from Oregon and Washington ports. Ryan Pierce takes the artist way in making light of the issue and includes a map of his locations. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Michael Horwitz, Susie J. Lee, Marne Lucas and Corey Lunn share a group show You Don't Know Me, roughly portraits. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Visage Eyewear has a show by illustrator Lisa Holley. It admixes animal portraits with botanical illustration. At Visage Eyewear 1046 NW Johnson 6PM-9 Free

The PNCA MFA programs are weak at publicizing their shows. They even have a dedicated gallery, and probably more, but they ably keep secrets. Not tonight. Happy Hour: The Retrospective is a show by 2016 visual studies class artists Rebecca Rosen Carlisle, Maggie Condit, Alex Godbold, Aaron Johnson, Caitlin Rooney, BriAnna Rosen, Dylan Schietinger, Tait Brian Simonson and Lauren Kristine. At the PNCA Visual Studies Lodge Gallery, in the Allied Works Architecture Lobby, 1532 SW Morrison 6PM-9 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