Friday, May 01, 2015

May 1 Eastside Art Openings

Tonight the epicenter is the 811 Building. There is a fashion dimension, and an art dimension; you can't go wrong with neither. In the realm of fashion: Liza Rietz, Fortress of Inca Shoes, BOET, 6/7 and Holly Stalder + Kate Towers at HAUNT. Holly and Kate were the Portland indy fashion originators with their shop Seaplane. For art, Black Box upstairs and Redux represent. Recommended!

All at 811 East Burnside Map 7PM-9ish

Old Portland Hardware has vast digs in the old Portland bakery building. They have been reving up their art program with first Friday events. I'm especially interested in this one, Old Portland Hardware is taking names in their curation with this show.

History is written by the winners, and its record, beyond a generation, is preserved by moneyed institutions.

James Wasson's negatives were uncovered in a family trunk. He is an African American who served as a Buffalo Soldier in WWI, and a photographer of the African American experience in Portland before Vanport, I5 and the Colosseum deconstructed the community. The Buffalo Soldiers were a segregated African American Army unit.

See it, seriously. #BlackLives Matter

James Wasson at Old Portland Hardware 700 NE 22nd 6PM-9 Free

The Sumi Ink Club has visited Portland and they are back! Founded by Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck in LA about 10 years ago, it is an open source participatory drawing experience. Arrive, leave any time and brush around some ink however you want with everyone. Their motto is "all ages, all humans, all styles." At the Independent Publishing Resource Center 1101 SE Division, Suite 2 6PM-8 Free

Australia - New York City artist Craig Redman presents Third Parties. Your ISP would love to sell a record of every URL you visit; your smartphone carrier, the same. Every browser, every search provider, every app, every software instance implemented in the cloud. They do, want to, will sell you.

If the service is free, you are not the customer, you are the product.

That is the focus of this show. Privacy in our interwebs age. Hopefully more artists will bring the topic to the fore. By the way, the Electronic Privacy Information Center - search for them - does great work on this.

At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Ethnographic photography is a sticky wicket. It is subject to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle maxim that you cannot measure something without disturbing it. A corollary is that we each, individually and in our tools, bring observational bias.

Photographer Scott Dalton has more practice than most with the issue. He spent many years in Central America photographing the proxy struggles between communism and capitalism, between profit and destruction, between human values and exploitation, between fear and hope.

After he moved to Houston, Texas. It's sprawling enough to be diverse, and the energy industry there generates 1%-level wealth. His neighborhood is modest and he has imaged it with a 4x5. Some of his work is at Blue Sky this month too. Recommended. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Eutectic continues with some new artists in the back gallery. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Near 811/One Grand, the PNCA+OCAC MFA Applied Craft + Design students, at the end of year one of two, show their stuff. These shows are worth seeing and individual artist visions range widely. But I always find something challenging in a good way to experience. At the PNCA The Bison Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios 421 NE 10th 6PM-9 Free