Tuesday, June 02, 2015

June 4 Westside Art Openings

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) presents Segregation Story, from his 1950's exposures in Alabama. Much of that series was published at the time. But new film, previously thought lost, was discovered in 2011, and makes this show. Gordon Parks went on to influence history through his photojournalism work for the seminal Life Magazine. Entirely self taught, Parks was a composer, author and feature film director.

Samer Mohdad has Accomplished Visions: The Arabs. It gathers images from Iran, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Qatar, Bahrain and Tunisia depicting everyday life.

At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

PNCA opened their thesis shows Sunday. They are available for viewing normal school hours. Tonight is the more public exposition. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6-10ish Free

Sound artist Ethan Rose is back with Entwined. It includes a sound installation, vibrating strings and ink marks on paper made by strings excited by instrumental sounds processed by Rose. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Mark Klett has Camino El Diablo, photographs made by the Arizona-Mexico border. Klett is noted for his Rephotographic Survey Project in which a team of photographers rephotographed famous Western landscape exposures of the 1800's, then displayed 100 years of change and stasis together. In this case, he followed the route of a mining engineer traveling the then dangerous route on the Arizona-Texas border in 1860. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

Hellion has Sayuka Bloodstone with Daydream. The series are paintings in a neo Japanese gothic style, referencing historic fearsome Buddhist paintings, myths, monsters, ghosts and Shinto spirits. Sayuka has exhibited at Hellion previous, and is one of the artists in the Tall Trees of Tokyo compilation. At Hellion Gallery www.helliongallery.com through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style. 19 NW 5th second floor. Map 7PM-10 Free

The UofO in Portland opens Everything is Ours, their BFA thesis show in the White Box Gallery. In addition, the entire building is open for viewing and all departments are showing their works. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Collective Caution is a show of safety posters by local designers. At Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Upfor has Urban Growth Boundary by Gregory Euclide, Alex Lukas and Laura Vandenburgh. It themes the tensions inherent in our mental models of urban-suburban, farm-forest as well as multiply and subdue the earth attitudes. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Evan Isoline, PNCA graduating MFA, has Uncarnate, sampling male and female body images used in advertising. At Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Joan Nelson and Joseph Yoakum have a show of landscape paintings. Joan Nelson references luminous landscape painting influenced by the Transcendentalists. Joseph Yoakum's is more schematic. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th early close 6PM-8 Free

Mel Katz is a longtime artist and professor at PNCA, making sculptures and paintings. He brought many ideas to Portland from New York where he hung with influential artists of the 50-60's. He was a cofounder of the Portland Center for Visual Art (PCVA, 1972-1987) which mounted shows on a shoestring budget by art giants. Tonight he opens a show of his own work, instantly recognizable from his many public sculptures you have seen. At Laura Russo Gallery www.laurarusso.com 805 NW 21st 5PM-8 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