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