Wednesday, February 04, 2015

February 5 Westside Openings

It is still somewhat dark, many galleries are closing early, or promptly.

Words, Words, Words is a group show loosely themed on text placing regional artists beside international artists. Artists represented are Ghada Amer, Lisa Anne Auerbach, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Pat Boas, Mel Bochner, Andrea Bowers, Peter Downsbrough, Jenny Holzer, Chris Johanson, Barbara Kruger, Michael Lazarus, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Melody Owen, Matthew Picton, Jack Pierson, Jaume Plensa, Michelle Ross, Ed Ruscha, Buzz Spector and Lawrence Weiner. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

My Dakota is a landscape photography series by Rebecca Norris Webb. It was made as she was processing a personal family loss. Origins of Emotions by Monika Merva is a minimal exploration of family. In the Nines Gallery Bill Will, always a wry installationist has Love Thy Neighbor. It is about short range missile warfare. There is a theory that if individuals had weapons of mass destruction, they would use them on their neighbors, which is not farfetched. What's next? Drones? At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Jeremy Rotsztain shows electric fields, digital paintings and Oculus Rift experiences. Some of the work is generative, created by software algorithms once removed from the painterly hand. It has parallels to the indirect work in social practice art, albeit with less soul, but more visual appeal. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

Something is wrong with Yu Suda is the namesake, Yu Suda's work inspired by history brought up to date. At Hellion Gallery in their new space 15 NW 5th. 6PM-10 Free

W+K has large group murals, looking like something from the Pictoplasma conference, big and bright. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Ok, Cupid? is a group show on modern love inspired by the world of online lust and romance. At Fifty 24PDX in 23 NW 5th 6PM-10 Free

Becoming What Was is a group show by current PNCA MFA students Candace Jahn, Marisa Lee, Kelly McGovern and Micah Schmelzer. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9

Augen has a group show by gallery artists Mark Andres, Sharon Bronzan, Sally Cleveland, Arless Day, Karen Esler, Trish Grantham, Pamela Green, Jef Gunn, Chris Kelly, Jim Riswold, Sara Siestreem and Mary Wells. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8

Joe Rudko has Picturesque, minimal work that started as photographs. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM 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 to 9PMish