Monday, January 26, 2015

January 31 Last Night Raw Caldera Vision

We would not have today's "outsider art" movement if artists like the Reverend Howard Finster had not been "discovered" in the late 1970s and curated into the NY art world in the early 1980s, as a response to Wall Street-driven excesses in the New York art world. William Jamison and Mark Woolley were early on the phenomena in Portland.

Reverend Howard Finster's work stands on its own, of course. Opening this evening, it can be seen in a small selection in Portland at the Portland Museum of Modern Art. PMOMA has been inspired by outsider and visionary art, including that of Chris Johanson, and they are the hosts for the late Finster's work. Finster also created a prodigious collection of sound recordings before he passed in 2001.

His story is fascinating. The work is individualistic. It is well worth seeing.

Ural Thomas will perform his music for the opening, always a pleasure.

Howard Finster at the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10

It's The Last Night On Earth Again (Other People Are Also You) is a show by Michael Fish, Michael Horwitz, Matthew Leavitt, Heiko Julien, Karl Sims, Jack Fisher, Shiloh O'Connor, Walter Davis, Corwin Peck, Austin Kelley Way, Sadashiva Stavrum, Rachel Bell, Jia Gy and Kai Nollie. It should fill up Surplus Space. Somehow it is inspired by Terrence McKenna. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free

Caldera artists in residence Amy Bonnaffons, Glendaliz Camacho, Sonja Dahl, Jeff Leake, Tamara Lynne, Kaila Farrell-Smith and John Whitten invite you to Blue Lake to see their work. It is a special space. The studios will also be open February 28 and March 28. At Camp Caldera, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 1PM-3 Free

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 30 KOMA Soma

For many music is soma. Like me.

Portland's music synthesizer store Control Voltage often has in-store demonstration performances. KOMA Elektronik does that this evening, demonstrates their personal quadraphonic helmet and lets you jam on their machines.

Which sounds cool.

Synthesizer demonstration at Control Voltage 3742 NE Mississippi 6PM Free

January 29 Blue Rain

The Taureg is a traditionally nomadic ethnic group spanning the Sahel and the Sahara South to North. That would be Mali, Niger, Libya, Algeria. Close your eyes and imagine their music. Ethnomusicologist Chris Kirkley travels there regularly, collecting music. He launches his first film project tonight.

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, in English: "Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it", tells the story of Taureg musician Mdou Moctar. It is inspired by the film Purple Rain. It's probably the first Taureg-American joint film production in history.

Film at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 7PM $8

January 27 Mission Statement Human Radiance

MSHR usually performs installations in galleries and alternative art spaces. Tonight they do a club. With The Tenses (Smegma), Matt Carlson and Noor. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 8:30PM $5

January 26 Shake It

The Bright Lights series is usually about building things. Tonight it is a discussion of what Portland would be like after the big earthquake.

About every 200-900 years, the tectonic plate we sit on, the North American Plate, slides over the Juan de Fuca plate off our coast as it is driven East by upswelling at its juncture with the Pacific plate. The last time was January 26, 1700 at 9PM. It is a subduction fault which generates megathrust earthquakes of greater than 9.0 and tsunamis. The under layer is locked by friction with the over layer. Once there is enough pressure, it slips.

The Fukishima (Tōhoku) earthquake was a megathrust. Not only was it great in magnitude, it lasted for a long six minutes. The Sumatra–Andaman earthquake, creating the great Pacific tsunami in 2004, lasted for 10 minutes. It's not clear that any modern construction will be able to withstand a strong, long earthquake unharmed.

Beyond building physics, there is the human response.

For a discussion of that Carmen Merlo, Portland’s director of emergency management and Joe Zehnder, Portland’s chief planner speak this evening.

Portland earthquake discussion at the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st. 7PM Free

January 25 Shifting Practice

Marylhurst has a panel discussion at 3 today with Chas Bowie, Teresa Christiansen, Dru Donovan, Joel W. Fisher, Isaac Layman and Paula Rebsom, artists in their current show, Shifting Practice: allusions, interventions, and conventions in contemporary photography. A reception for the show follows until 6. At the Marylhurst University Map 3PM-6 Free

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 24 Hive Mind

Adam D. Miller presents Hive Mind, a show of LA-based artists. Miller is principal with Devon Oder, a photographer, who shows at Fourteen30, in The Pit LA, an alternative space. It is in Glendale, a new art frontier. It opened this Summer. The Pit LA also produces multiples of artist work on an antique Risograph printer. At Rocksbox Fine Art 6540 N Interstate Map 8PM-11 Free

January 23 Vivarium

Devon Oder opens Vivarium tonight. She has been working over the years at the intersection of altered landscape and altered photography. At Portland's first member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-6PM Weekends, tonight 6PM-8 Free

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22 July Show

ShowPDX is a long running furniture design show descended from Table, Lamp and Chair. We like those crafts in the NW! Christopher Douglas, Joe Futschik, Jennifer Jako, Andi Kovel, and Dave Laubenthal discuss the state of and challenges around craft in Portland. The growth of Portland design, the role of women, and balancing installation work with standalone pieces are some of the topics they have announced they will address. At the PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis 6:30PM-8 Free

Miranda July appears at Powell's on Burnside at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22.

A long time ago, Miranda July was a Portland performance artist. At its core her work is story telling. She spent over a year in her studio in the Fez building on Burnside downstairs from the ballet studio writing what was to become her film.

Big Miss Moviola, media performances, film acting, writing, directing, social practice art, interactive art websites, a mobile app.

Speed up to now. She reads from her first novel First Bad Man tonight. Should be good.

Some of the audience are meeting up at the Ace before. At Powell's 3rd floor. 10th and W Burnside 7:30PM Free

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16 Golden Joinery

You can never step in the same stream twice.

It is the same with butoh dance, reinventing itself over years and in each moment.

Portland dancer Meshi Chavez does that with his own butoh and tonight with a workshop class he has facilitated. The dancers, Sara Alizadeh, Brenna Jagne, John Johnson, Anita Kress, Tanya McCoy and Joe McLaughlin have taken inspiration from kintsugi. It is a Japanese way to repair broken ceramics with gold laquer - “golden joinery”.

At the Headwaters Theater - information and tickets link:, 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map 7:30PM $18-25

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 15 Modulate This, The Enclave Versus the Dismal Science

On the Ground: Mercy Corps and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a talk by the Mercy Corps country director for Congo, Mark Dwyer. Mercy Corps has been working in the area where Irish artist Richard Mosse made his video work, The Enclave. The Enclave was first shown in the 2014 Venice Biennale and is showing at the Portland Art Museum until April. The Enclave is a do not miss work, of which we have written. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park Members free; non-members $15, seniors, students $12 7PM

Economics is called the dismal science. Perhaps because it is far from a science, and that it forgot the Pin Factory while placing all hope on the Invisible Hand. (see this for a decode)

David Warsh is a writer on economics. He speaks this evening about his book Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations: The Discovery of New Growth Theory. It is a history of the origin of current economic thinking in the 1700's to today

It is a heady Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture. At the First Congregational Church 1126 SW Park 7PM $35

Central~Lattice Tool Array becomes an instrument this evening with a performance in the Resonant Entity Modulator series by MSHR. It is likely you will see lasers and modulated noise interacting with feedback paths in a network of analog synths. Recommended! At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 8:30PM Free

Friday, January 09, 2015

January 9 Eastside Openings

Some Eastside openings happened last week, other galleries are carrying other December shows through January. With the darkness, many galleries are not open as late.

The Pain Quotidian, named for a micro bakery, is a group show by Andrea Crespo, Santiago Leyba, Carlos Reyes, Chloe Seibert, Flannery Silva, Eric Veit and Andrew Norman Wilson. At HQHQ Project Space 232 SE Oak St #108 - the Oak Street Lofts 6PM-9 Free

Back at the Crawdaddy is a show of paintings by Jaik Faulk. They were made in residency at False Front and inspired by his Louisiana birthplace. He invited visitors and painted portraits of some. 6PM-8 At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 6PM-8 Free

Thursday, January 08, 2015

January 8 Westside Art Openings

Central~Lattice Tool Array by Brenna Murphy continues until January 17. Included is a video work. Recommended. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

We like light art. From Thomas Wilfred to Dan Flavin, the sublime James Turrell, and Portlander Laura Hughes. We need more here. One is Hap Tivey who usually makes sculptures internally illuminated with combinations of primary colors. Also showing is Coincinnitas, prints by physicists and mathematicians. Recommended. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Wrest is a show by Heidi Schwegler themed on angst and internal struggle. Schwegler has been working for some time with material at least somewhat disturbing, often body centered. In this work, Schwegler videos herself against a green screen in wrestling matches with mixed martial artist Colt Toombs, also in green costume, son of World Wrestling Entertainment's Rowdy Roddy Piper. The result is an image of Schwegler wrestling an invisible opponent. Also showing is The Quick and The Slow, sculpture themed on imaginary travel by Evan Larson-Voltz. Congratulations too, to Chris Moss, soon to helm the gallery. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

The Spaces Between is group show curated by Elise Wagner. Even if you are not wild about Butters, this show might be worth seeing. At Butters Gallery 520 NW Davis, 2nd Floor 6PM-8 Free

Victoria Haven lived in Portland. Moving to Seattle she continued to refine her minimalist work. This show is based on diptychs of unrelated words, covering the gallery walls on all sides. They are on view at PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Group shows are a great way to get a feel for a gallery, and do your once yearly "power viewing". That is the case at Froelick and Augen galleries this month.

At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8

At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis

Icon A is a group show reinterpreting the icon by Emily Counts, Jay Erker, Roni Feldman, Erin McCarty, Max Presneill and Rachel Warkentin. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

23 Sandy and sometime OCAC are Portland book art nodes. Add Glyph Cafe & Arts Space. This month they have Eugene librarian and artist Claire Dannenbaum with deconstructed books. At Glyph Cafe & Arts Space 804 NW Couch 7PM-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 Free

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

January 6 Let a Hundred Lillys Bloom

The story of John C. Lilly MD is fascinating.

Born in 1915, he attended Caltech, then studied medicine. He conducted research on the effects upon the body of high altitude flying and on muscle function. He developed electronic sensors to read nerve cell potentials. He was a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is also known for his study of dolphin intelligence. He was an influence on Carl Sagan and co-founder of SETI.

Lilly is noted for his philosophy of using his own body in research. He became interested later in life in the study of consciousness and altered mental states, through natural means, as well as psychedelic pharmaceuticals of the time.

Lilly also invented the float tank, a sensation minimizing meditation environment.

Float On is Portland's most dynamic float tank center, with an unparalleled community. They sponsor an international float tank conference each year in Portland.

Tonight they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lilly's birth. There will be Lilly-themed games and quizzes, refreshments and music, as well as some of Lilly's books for sale including Float On's own unabridged republication of Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments by Dr John C. Lilly.

Float On celebrates John C Lilly's 100th birthday tonight at the shop. At Float On 4530 SE Hawthorne 7PM-10 Free

Thursday, January 01, 2015

January 3 New Spectral Birth

New Year, new jam. The waves of hip hop have been blastin' out for like more than 40 from the Kool Herc mothership, East Coast. Bboyin', that wus mixed up whit it all from the start. But it united coupla generations and now it's worldwide. Know what I'm sayin'?

Fast forward. Hip hop dance is on the contemporary dance stage and in Cirque du Soleil. World-span competitions with real money. An Olympic-style scoring system from Dyzee has been growing for more than ten years. Could bboy/bgirling become an Olympic sport?

Let's get down to now, Portland. The six year old New Birth Crew throws down a jam and a battle tonight. It's got a lottery progressive elimination. The battles break down with 8on8 - Elimination, 4on4 Checkmate, 2on2 Category, and the final 1on1 Death Match. Prizes for power and footwork.

Exhibition by 1hunnid, New Birth Crew - Portland verses Rhythm Man, Waikiki Bboys - Hawaii. Judges are Thomas Origami, Soul Felons/HOODZ; Impulse, Moon Patrol and Roc, KHC/F2D. Beats by Dj Disast3r. Kasra & Kevin AKA Bboy Merk MC

New Birth Jam 1820 NE 40th. Doors 5PM, battles 6 $7 advance RSVP, $10 door

Derek Corns, mid-BFA at Otis, opens Teaches A Rainbow. It's mixed media and installation themed on desire. He is known for his prismatic palette. He showed previously at Multiplex, so this is a homecoming. At S1 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

January 2 Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw

Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw is a sprawling group show and preview of 2015 at Eutectic. This is ground zero for ceramics experimentation. Over 50 artists are participating. It is a cash and carry show if you need ceramic items. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free