Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23-25 NTVTY VII

Jesus was an alien. This yearly event celebrates it.

The Xhurch is an Alberta former church and now current artist live, work, show, gallery, virtual reality haven and dream portal.

It fits in with its protagonist's larger documentation of former churches, repurposed: www.xhurches.org. And it vibes with contemporary spiritual and mysticism admixing art and culture.

This Xhurch's churchly origin nativities have been remembered yearly for the last six years with artist-realized nativity scenes.

This is the seventh year.

And this year continues the virtual reality vector with Liminal Passage.

Musicians accompany the live VR and projected for all NTVTY. Honoring the Ghost Ship. Strongly recommended.

NTVTY VII www.facebook.com/events/1787199438210744/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-9+ Donations for the Ghost Ship family appreciated

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18 Conceptual Physical Education

Physical Education, modern dancers, have been doing reading groups of short critical texts spanning art and culture. The texts are a collage, opening a creative portal, not a linear academic exercise.

Their latest event combines discussion, video, visual art and movement performance with Kalimah Abioto, Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins, Maggie Heath, Sidony O'Neal, Sharita Towne, Stacey Tran, Takahiro Yamamoto and Lu Yim.

It all unfolds over two hours. The reading materials may be found at www.physicaleducation.life/Readings.

Physical Educaion www.physicaleducation.life at Fortune Gallery and Press, nee HQHQ Objective www.hqobjective.org 2235 W Burnside 4PM-6 Free

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 15 Check Events for Cancellation

As of this writing no announcements on cancellations. Both have good public transit. Check their socials for updates, not this blog, I'm not planing to update it.


Full Cold Moon is group show by gallery artists: Dan Attoe, Katherine Bradford, James Lee Byars, Ellen Cantor, Joy Feasley and Tristin Lowe. It's contemporary work excepting the impressionistic acrylics of Bradford. 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 6PM-8 Free



Site Line is a video documentary series narrating the people side of the art business. Tonight Disjecta shows the first 3 episodes focused on Portland artists Brenda Mallory, Victor Maldonado and Ryan Pierce with musical scoring original score by Quiet Image. Sight Line www.facebook.com/SiteLinePDX/ at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM Free

Friday, December 09, 2016

December 10-11 Crafty

Crafty Wonderland takes over the convention center this weekend. It's craftywonderland.com at the Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. 11PM-6 Free

December 10 Snow Volt

Tonight modular synth performers Terror Apart, Dweomer, Juli Amore + Astro Warrior, Production Unit Xero, Angel 11, Holtech, Dr Strangeknob, Body Shame and Dumpshock perform music with Cysmic providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

December 10 ADX

ADX has Gifted, their annual craft sale in the space. It's adxportland.com/gifted-2016/ at 417 SE 11th 10AM-7PM Free

December 9 Pep Rally

Pep Rally is an artist-organized show tonight from FO(u)RT and Danger Punch, with visual art and music.

FO(u)RT comprises Sarah Abbott, Jessie Spiess, Lauren Seiffert and Rachel Wolf, making minimalist work. Danger Punch is a collective of Kiel Fletcher, Tim Janchar and A. C. M. Lorish. Both groups are nee PNCA artists. They have invited some friends too: Terah Beth Baltzer Varga, Bryson Cone, Hey Lover, Cat Hoch, Pat Moriarity, Mark Palmen, Jason Quigley and Justin Varga.

It is in a building once the home to a sprawling art show The Modern Zoo show in 2003.

Pep Rally www.facebook.com/events/1176872602401504 at MC5, 6635 N Baltimore. 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, December 03, 2016

December 3 Moon Show

Blue Moon camera is one of the few refuges of analog photography. Their customers source film and equipment, and can have all the chemical processing done there.

They have customers across the globe.

Once a year, for the last 14 years, they host a customer show of photography. They pick images from their workflow based entirely on impact.

The show is distributed between the Blue Moon store, Anna Bannanas, Leisure Public House and Proper Eats.

After the show viewing, they have a dance party at Proper Eats, because why not.

At Blue Moon Camera www.bluemooncamera.com and other locations in St Johns. Reception 7PM-9, party at Proper Eats 9PM-11 Free

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1 Westside Art Openings+

Early December openings sometimes lack energy while the art world flees to Art Basel Miami, offshoot shows and art parties. It's in the 80's there now! Fortunately, we have many plus events beyond the NW arts neighborhood tonight.



Martin Luther King School is an arts and Mandarin immersion K-8 school off NE Alberta. As part of their art program, they have shows in their KSMoCA - King School Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a project with PSU's social practice group.

Tonight, early they present an Introduction to Galactic Alienology. It is a collaboration between the students at the school, artist Carson Ellis and her son, Hank Meloy.

The artists have illustrated imagined alien creatures.

Galactic Alienology www.ksmoca.com/past-exhibitions/ at the Martin Kuther King School 4906 NE 6th 4PM-6 Free



Artist collective PDL presents The Bureau of Arts & Culture in Seattle's King Street train station. It updates Seattle as a "City of the Future," reprising the optimism of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, lensed through Seattle's contemporary artists today.

Artists in Seattle are facing being priced out of the city and a puzzling disinterest in creative exploration by the tech employee base. Around 2000, designers, artists, agency-types, musicians and tech were engaged in a fertile mix. Lately SF, Portland and Seattle are missing it.

The show includes reimaginations of King Street Station, EMP, Harbor Island, Woodland Park Zoo, Olympic Sculpture Park and other civic spaces.

The artists are also sponsoring a blood drive at the event where a pint of blood can be exchanged for art.

There is a story about the event at the Seattle Times www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/visual-arts/artists-re-imagine-seattle-with-what-if-exhibit-of-the-doable-and-the-wild/ and a Facebook event. www.facebook.com/events/686874388131841.

The Bureau of Arts and Culture at King Street Station 303 S Jackson St, Seattle 6PM-11:30 $5



Claudia Hart has Beneath the Veil, 3d printed sculpture, animation and photographs pondering visual identity processed through electronic media, abandoning natural depiction. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Sarah Gee Miller has The Spectacle and the Spectre, bright abstract geometric collage work from Vancouver, BC. At Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free



Love is a Pink Cake is a group show by Jacques Flechemuller, Justin L'Amie, Jeffry Mitchell and Storm Tharp. It departs from the usual cool minimalism of the gallery to engage baroque and playful. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Trish Grantham has new work and there are new international artist prints this month at Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-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-10ish

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22 Suspended Moment

Yukiyo Kawano opens Suspended Moment: Activating the Nuclear Past + Present, tonight, with a butoh performace.

Her installation includes about half scale models of the Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs, kanji caligraphy on paper lanterns from the Seattle Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial ceremony, and fragments of her grandmother's komono sewn together with the artist's hair.

It is personal; she is the third generation of her family present at, and surviving, the bombing, a hibakusha.

There is no American cultural equvalent.

There will be a butoh performance by Meshi Chavez, the artist and poet Allison Cobb with music by Lisa DeGrace. Poet Cobb grew up in Los Alamos, design center for the first, and only used, thankfully, nuclear bombs. Some early, and many subsequent, butoh performers were influenced by the history of the bombings which were about 19 years before the first butoh. Butoh artist Isamu Ohsuka, founder of Byakko-sha, is also hibakusha, in his mother's womb.

Yukiyo Kawano's artist website and the show announcement have more eloquent explorations.

The Fat Man bomb sculpture is covered in fabric inscribed with poetry from the great master Basho recording travels across the country by foot in his own journey to the North in 1689. That route, passing near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still traveled by pilgrims.

The artists are planning to present their installation and performance at Hanford, Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 1945 nuclear bomb sites, and in the Fukushima power plant area. The artist website has those details.

The show is brief, until November 30, with limited hours. It is timely, with the president elect proposing proliferation of nuclear weapons of total war.

At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway

Opening 6PM-8, performance 6:20, discussion 6:45PM-7. Free

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 19 Land of Intimate Open Truth Showers

The Venerable Showers of Beauty is the most beautiful turn of phrase; and it is the name of a gamelan orchestra. This gamelan is over 140 years old and can play 5 and 7 note scales, completely different in tone than Western instruments. Guests from Java, Midiyanto and Heni Savitri join. You may hear something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTmFHlImhHU or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7kv_pwTtUk. At Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside, #104. 7PM $15



Artist studios are where alchemy happens. Sometimes it works for you.

PNCA masters students in Visual Studies, Collaborative Design and the OCAC/PNCA joint Applied Craft + Design open their studios for looking and chatting this evening. It is an opportunity to see a large range of current work, not yet infected with our new political clime. But the artists are.

The main infonode is https://cal.pnca.edu/e/1739.

At 511 NW Broadway, 321 NW Glisan and 421 NE 10th. 5PM-8 Free



Trisha Baga, Nicole Miller and Matthew Rana have A Composition of Intimate and Public Truths. There will be video and writing, with claims of "demographic research, Sesame Street, comedy, the intense autobiography, clairvoyance, dreams, care-of-the-self, Nijinsky, internet, mimicry and Madonna" made.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10



Nikki McClure has a show of original paper cuts. She will read from her new book and discuss her inspiration and process. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery www.landpdx.com 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8 Free

November 18-20 Sad Park

Between seasonal affective disorder and the menace of blue light, we are surely doomed by illuminance or its lack. S.A.D. Park by Ariana Jacob and Ralph Pugay is a response, at least to the first.

The artists have constructed a S.A.D. Park where people can relax and be treated for S.A.D.

It's all explained at www.houseguest.org/ralph-pugay-ariana-jacob/

The hours and special event hours are detailed on the website.

S.A.D. Park a project at Pioneer Square as part of the Houseguest art series, between SW Broadway, Yamhill, 6th and Morrison. Go by MAX. Friday 4:30PM-9, Saturday 9AM-9PM, Sunday 9AM-4:30PM Free

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17 Still

Jack Faulk has still life paintings "I feel alright with azaleas around." At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 6PM-8 Free

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 13 The New American Collage: Colorful and Messy

Israel Lund is a Brooklyn Artist working in abstract multi-color silk screen.

His is process work, starting with loose inking through an open screen onto canvas. The resulting pattern captures the weave of canvas with a low fi noise-look. Then the artist photographs the canvas and burns that into a screen. The process is repeated in layers over several canvases, and sometimes incorporating mobile phone samples of other artists' work, burning it to a screen and layering it in.

The work is colorful, +1 for beauty; but not screechingly bright or poppy, also welcome.

Lund is a PNCA graduate in 2011. His work returns home for this show.

Israel Lund Apples www.lumberroom.com/events/israel-lund-2/ is accompanied by texts commissioned of local writers.

At The Lumber Room lumberroom.com 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map See the website for subsequent hours and days. Opening today 1PM-3 Free

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 12 Volt Auction

Disjecta holds their annual party and art auction tonight. It's usually a lively affair and an opportunity to catch up with art community friends or meet new friends.

Artists James Allen, Holly Andres, Corey Arnold, Jill Baker, Avantika Bawa, Amy Bay, Chris Bennett, Bruce Burris, Calvin Ross Carl, Srijon Chowdry, Patrick Collier, Lisa Conway, Emily Counts, Rachel Davis, Rose Dickson, Tia Factor, Jack Featherly, Damien Gilley, Narangkar Glover, Garrick Imatani, Lila Jarzombek, Patrick Kelly, Colin Kippen, Kendra Larson, Hillary Lay, Kyle Lee, Dave MacGougan, David Maisel, Scott Malbaurn, Victor Maldonado, Kayla Mattes, Michelle Anne Muldrow, Ralph Pugay, Chris Rauschenberg, Anya Roberts-Toney, Christopher Ryan Russell, Jane Schiffhauer, Jeff Sheridan, Adam Sorensen, Laura Vandenburgh, John Whitten and Bobbi Woods have donated work to the auction. There are images here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8sba8orrl0vz98o/2016%20Disjecta%20Auction%20Guide.pdf?dl=0

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-11 $40 advance, $50 door



Tonight modular synth performers Caustic Touch, Alani Vierra, Gooo, Adrian, Elrond, Ben Davis, Vaelentine, Heteroclite and Glo Globes perform music with Cysmic providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

November 11 Imaginary Friends Group

José Carlos Tassara from Peru puts the international in Worksound with his exposition Amigos Imaginarios.

In many countries, advertising selects Western models or models with with Western features in contrast to indigenous faces. This creates an unnecessary distortion of culture, even destructive.

The artist creates concrete sculptures inspired by indigenous faces, in units multiplied and repeated. He is also known for surreal illustrations.

At Worksound www.worksoundpdx.com 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9 Free



One is the first year retrospective group show of all the artists exhibiting at the gallery. That includes John Felix Arnold III, Alexandra Becker-Black, David Bray, Brian Donnelly, Lola Dupre, Delfin Finley, Shawn Huckins, Dan Lam, Mike Lee, Mako Miyamoto, Nathan McKee, Jeff Ramirez, Erik Mark Sandberg and Betsy Walton. www.stephaniechefas.com/one-an-anniversary-group-exhibit/ At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

Friday, November 04, 2016

November 4 Eastside Art Openings

Tom and Elaine Coleman give an early talk on their celadon ceramics, with the gallery open later, continuing the current show. Talk 5PM. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



Newspace continues their vector with Hidden Assembly: Labor in Contemporary Culture, a group show byJoão Enxuto & Erica Love, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Gulf Labor Coalition, Marisa Jahn/Studio REV-, Mary Lum, Michael Mandiberg, Betty Marin, Huong Ngo & Hong-An Truing, Laurel Ptak, Patricia Vazquez, Luciano Aioli, José González, Eligio Mendoza and Andrew Norman Wilson. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map early close 6PM-8 Free



Black Box has Photo Shoot, a varied show of photography www.blackboxgallery.com/Photo%20Shoot-2016-Gallery-Web/index.html. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free



One Grand Gallery has Ivan Salcido with show Obras Nuevas. At One Grand Gallery www.onegrandgallery.com 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Thursday, November 03, 2016

November 3 Westside Art Openings

Into the Wilderness is a group show of Signal Fire artists. Wide Open Studios is their residency on public lands in the West; artists camp and create work over a week or more. This show has painting, photography and illustration. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



Kevin Buck has abstract paintings and Sean Healy has 2d sculptural works. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



Warhol in New York 1962–1987: Pop, Punk, New Wave & the Counterculture is a group show of Warhol and contemporaries Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Billy Name, James Rosenquist and others, many in the scene of the time. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Jack Featherly has bright paintings over illustration. Upfor also launches a well done catalog of some of its artists: upfor.digital/Rose/rose-catalog-upfordigital.pdf At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Pablo Ortiz Monasterio has Desaparecidos, photographs exposed throughout the world, then overlaid with ink. They are the artist's commemoration of students who went missing in 2014 Mexico on their way to a protest demonstration. That demonstration in turn was to commemorate an unknown number, thought to run in the hundreds, killed in 1968 at a demonstration in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco, Mexico City.

Alexander Chekmenev from Ukraine has passport photos of elderly residents, and a second series, coal miners from Donbass. That region is the breakaway area, the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which has been at war the last two and a half years and where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

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



Sarah Gee Miller has bright geometric paintings at Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free



Russo Lee Gallery continues a 30 year retrospective. At Laura Russo Gallery www.russoleegallery.com 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 early close Free



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-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-10ish

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

November 1 Discovering Black Portland

Intisar Abioto is a renaissance artist, working as photographer, poet, writer, personal storyteller and movement artist. One of her projects is the Black Portlanders online zine and the Black Portlanders website - photographs and their collected stories.


Intisar Abioto curiosityclub.handeyesupply.com/new-events/2016/11/1/intisar-abioto-photographer-dancer-explorer presents to the Curiosity Club - you. You can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk in person at Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com/pages/curiosity-club 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 28 Mirror

Conversation Between a Mirror and the Sea is a show by Matt Connors, Grier Edmundson, Pam Glick, Rachel LaBine, Sadie Laska, Joseph Montgomery, Monique Mouton, Zak Prekop, Noam Rappaport, Patricia Treib and Lynne Woods Turner opening tonight. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24 Futures

Future Forum hosts media artist Morehshin Allahyari tonight. It's www.pulsarpdx.com/morehshin-allahyari at the Hollywood Theater www.hollywoodtheatre.org 4122 NE Sandy 7PM Free

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23 Land Reads

Troublemakers: The Story Of Land Art is a documentary about artists in the late '60s through the 70s who pioneered land works. Art is in a constant state of evolution, and artists rebel against the commodification of their art in galleries. Land artists set out to make art too big for galleries and collectors. The were after pure art. Recommended. At the Hollywood Theater www.hollywoodtheatre.org 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 2PM $6


Silent reading is like the decommidifaction movement. Bring a book to read, silently. Recommended. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at www.beechstreetparlor.com 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22 Mini-volt

The Volt Divers event has a smaller sibling. Tonight three ensembles of four analog synth players will have 45 minutes each to improvise. The synth ensembles are at 9: Dr. Burtrum / Gina / ambient_distress / Kakiharae; at 10: Temple Maps/ Glo Globes / Astro Warrior / Nevada and at 11: Consumer / Tim I. / Dark Side of the Tune / TLsvrød. Visuals by Cari Gummer and Art Scifi.
At Fun Bar, 1709 SE Hawthorne. 9PM Free

October 22, 23, 29, 30 Art Creeks

The Portland Museum of Modern Art alerted us to classes with artists outdoors. They are

October 22, 10am–3pm, Johnson Creek City Park
How to Play by the Creek (Character design and performance) with Xi Jie Ng (Salty)

October 22, 3:30–7:30pm, Tideman Johnson Park
Creatively Mapping Soundscapes with Lisa Schonberg

October 23, 12–5pm, Johnson Creek City Park
Terre-Travaux (Earth material sculpture class) taught by Midori Hirose

October 23, 12–2pm, Milwaukie Riverfront Park
Stepping in the Same River Twice (Part 1) with Roz Crews and Spencer Byrne-Seres

October 23, 12–4pm, Tideman Johnson Park
Camp Serenity/No Tolerance conversation facilitated by Lauren Moran

October 29, 11–4pm, Johnson Creek City Park
Bookmaking & Nature Journaling with Lauren Moran and Erika Dedini

October 30, 12–2pm, Johnson Creek City Park
Stepping in the Same River Twice (Part 2) with Roz Crews and Spencer Byrne-Seres

The full details and class description is on the Creek College website. Creek College www.creekcolleges.com/courses/ Various times and locations on Johnson Creek. Free

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21 Art Friday Meow

Adams and Ollman hosts Taylor Davis and Nancy Shaver. 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 6PM-8 Free


Melanie Flood Projects hosts Sari Carel. At Melanie Flood Projects 420 SW Washington Suite 301 6PM-9 Free


In a more reasonably priced neighborhood is Annexation & Assimilation. One night only. It is part of the Portland City archive project. They have a theater performance at 7 sharp. Strongly Recommended 8114 SE Division 6PM-10 free

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20 Space is the Place-Time

Sun Ra. Art life.

Mr Sun Ra was a visionary musician and lived life as an art individual. Neither art or music has caught up to this day at the speed of his concepts.

Tonight on the big screen you can partake in a special treat.

Space is the Place, Mr Sun Ra's written, directed and produced future fictional film shows. Recommended and strongly recommended having seen it a few times. The film is obscure even for home viewing and tonight you can see it on a big screen and sound system.

Sun Ra on screen at the Clinton Street Theater. 2522 SE Clinton 7PM $8

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 16 Foreign You

​Foreigners is a show by Portland inpats Modou Dieng (Senegal), Bukola Koiki (Nigeria), Victor Maldonado (Mexico) and Angelica Millán (Colombia). At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free



YU has The Secret Garden by Lutz Bacher. At YU Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th. 4PM-6 Free

October 15 Not Yet Seen

Arnold Joseph Kemp is a minimalist artist with thought-based naming of pieces. He graced PNCA as a faculty member and has now moved to a position as a dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which matches his aesthetic well.

This show is entitled Not Yet Seen and has this poetic description: "On view in this derelict garage are works that provide a lens for viewing the body. Here color sits on color and masks upon masks. The objects are muted, resting. They are cast by lineage and history. This is a frame which can be compared to light passing through a lens. In this space, objects (bodies) pass as they are captured. They refract into new beings--into new forms not yet revealed."

Recommended.

At Cherry & Lucic www.cherryandlucic.com 4077 NE 7th, enter on Mason 6PM-9:30 Free

Saturday, October 08, 2016

October 8 Andy Cherry Dive

Andy Warhol learned a lot from Robert Rauschenberg. While Rauschenberg had E.A.T. and world projects, Warhol had Interview, The Factory and happenings. While Rauschenberg's works were layered, Warhol's were boldly simple.

Portland is a print town from the work of Gordon Gilkey and the collection he seeded into the Portland Art Museum.

The Portland Art Museum opens a show of 250 Warhol prints collected by Portland's Jordan Schnitzer. They are arranged chronologically. Treat yourself to seeing the work in person and a unique art history experience. There are a series of events throughout the run including a several hour movie documentary about the artist. Warhol www.portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/warhol/ at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park regular hours and admission apply



Cherry & Lucic has announced a show The End Of The Party this evening by M K Guth. At Cherry & Lucic www.cherryandlucic.com 4077 NE 7th, enter on Mason 6:30PM-10 Free



Volt Divers is 3. Tonight modular synth performers Anon, E*t My Shit, Astro Warrior, Jeph Nor, LoFi Freq, Sky Symbol Rituals, Jonas Rake, Claude Barker and SSI perform music with Cysmic providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

Friday, October 07, 2016

October 7 Eastside Art Openings+

On Democracy: What does democracy look like to you? Is a group show. It includes Josh Alan, Cecilia Clark, Jasmine Clark, Francis Crisafio, Daniel Cronin, Rodney Durst, Dan Gemkow, Ann Mandolin, Ruby McShane, Julie Perini, Stephen Spiller, Dan Tague, Mike Vos and Russ Widstrand. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Gerhard Wittenberg has photographs exposed in China in the mid 2000's Approved: Ministry of Culture At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-8 Free



Contemporary Celadon is a group show focused on that glaze. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



WolfTea is a show by husband and wife duo Casey + Bryan. They are Cornell boxes with animal bones for putting you in the Halloween mood early. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free



Focus: Black and White is at Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free



We love weird in Portland. If you are bored, there are great weird opportunities this weekend. The HP Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhucon is a festival dedicated to horror and weird films inspired by brilliant and tortured writer HP Lovecraft. It is the first and only annual Lovecraftian film festival. Both amateur and professional films, short and long are included. There is a Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning, naturally. All the details: hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or

Thursday, October 06, 2016

October 6 Westside Art Openings

Russo Lee Gallery is now a project of the long time gallery director Martha Lee with the passing of Laura Russo. This month and next, they launch a 30 year retrospective and a printed catalog. The Russo gallery descended from Arleen Schnitzer's Fountain Gallery. It has represented many Portland artists who moved to New York and PNCA faculty. Over the last few years they have made bold moves to represent new young artists. Check Samantha Wall works.

Retrospectives are always a great opportunity to experience the zeitgiest of a gallery.

At Laura Russo Gallery www.laurarusso.com 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 Early Close



Mathew Pickton has The Fall, map-based art and Malia Jensen has sculptural Ground Effects. Both recommended. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



PDX has paintings by he late James Lavador, native American impressionist landscape artist. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Extraordinary Playscapes is a curated international selection of innovation in playgrounds. There are events accompanying the exhibition on the project website:
www.designmuseumfoundation.org/portland/blog/2016/08/30/extraordinary-playscapes/. They fall in to PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free



Craig Goodworth has Kosť & Med (Bone & Honey.) At Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free



S/PLI/T has INTER/MISSION a project in he Everett lofts.



The Littman Gallery has Camp Here Tonight by Wynde Dyer. Dyer makes smart art about homelessness. Very current and heartfelt https://www.facebook.com/events/655910754564077/.

That goes along with Hannah Lewis-Lopes in the adjacent gallery with Copycat.

At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free



Plus PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-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-10ish

Best first Thursday!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

October 5 Furnishing Poly-narrative

ShowPDX is a long running juried exhibition of local furniture and lighting makers. It continued a previous show Table, Lamp and Chair.

ShowPDX www.showpdx.com is at the Mont Blanc Building, 1836 NE 7th Ave., Suite 108 in Portland. Enter on NE Schyler. It is free throughout its run, except tonight, opening night 6PM-9 $20



The Alliance of Artist Communities is renting Disjecta for their annual conference. It is a registration only event and costs hundreds, it is not free. It is sort of a booking conference, and opportunity to show off Portland art and a pep rally for arts administrators. But our friends, the Bronco Gallery, in celebration of the revival by Ford of the Bronco line, are throwing a pop up on the street with artist DB Amorin.

The announcement wins the copywriting award for the month:

""
“sheer mala copy” is a fleeting iteration of an on-going series of expanded cinema presentations entitled "geophasms". "Talking story" is a ubiquitous cultural element in Polynesia, unstructured discussions of issues pertaining to daily life, family history or spirituality. It is a method of knowledge transference, an oral tradition that has permeated all aspects of life in the Pacific and works to elongate time in multiple directions. It has the power to expand a casual afternoon stop-in into a full day dialogue, and a memory of a car ride into a multi-generational timeslip. Here, talking story is further mediated through extensive use of the cut-up technique to create small loops of interlocking narratives and concrete poetry, deviations of time and space, fifth dimensional exchanges of knowledge. These conversations recorded on the islands of O’ahu and Kaua'i have been transposed to the interior of Bronco Gallery.

In this latest installment of dissonant ethnography, I aim to use projection-based installation in ways that uniquely alter perceived narrative, making the experience not only site-specific but viewing-specific, a culmination of intentionally random coincidences with perceptual and physical filters that disrupt or realign the media as it occurs. It is an attempt to produce an episodic, modular documentary film describing the unique ontology of the Polynesian diasporic experience by examining a minute facet, a subculture, or otherwise fringe occurrence that doesn’t necessarily speak for the whole but is nevertheless descriptive of a reality that exists somewhere, in some way. The distortions inherent in any subjective account of events are heightened and highlighted through the series of willful obfuscations, intentional deletions and crafted doublespeak. "geophasms" is a system of cinema that operates as a type of feedback loop, one that actively disturbs itself.
""

Bronco Gallery www.broncogallery.com at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6:30PM-8:30 Free

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30 No Half Apparel

John Knight, cofounder of Cherry and Lucic, shows his work in the show No Half Measures. He is also a writer at stripe-painting.info. At Cherry & Lucic www.cherryandlucic.com 4077 NE 7th, enter on Mason 6PM-9 Free



ADX opens their new apparel project. A million makers make with fabric. This is another resource. At adxportland.com 417 SE 11th x Stark Map

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 29 CymaSpace Equinox

CymaSpace opens a show of art for visualizing sound at the Portland Art Museum. The Cyma collective are artists who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their mission is to make the beauty of sound into beautiful visuals. This show captures the history of their works.

The museum is free 5PM-8 today. 6:30PM-7:30, Will Dudley performs one of his artworks. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 5PM-8 Free




GWC Investigators hosts the Autumn equinox edition release of its journal, New World Unltd, on Social Malpractice Press. The evening will feature live actions, performances and talks. At the Compliance Division compliancedivision.org in the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett #101 - entrance on NW 6th 7PM-9 Free

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 21 Structures, Feelings and Sun Propellers

Mexican artist Adriana Lara joins Portland's Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen in a new show, Structures and Feelings, at Disjecta opening this evening. It is the first show by this season's curator Michele Fiedler from Mexico City. Opening reception at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free



Huun Hour Tu - http://www.huunhuurtu.ru/ - a progressive throat singing quartet from Tuva, graces Portland tonight. They are one of the most extensively toured Tuvan throat singing performers in the West. Progressive means they have collaborated with Western musicians and electronica artists since 1992.

Huun Huur Tu is translated as “Sun Propeller” - beams of sunlight cast through clouds in the golden hour or through tree leaves by overhead sun.

Portland has its own Tuvan throat singer, Soriah! So it is natural they visit our small town. You can preview Huun Hour Tu by a video search.

At the Alberta Rose Theater www.albertarosetheatre.com 3000 NE Alberta. Doors 7PM, show 8. $25 advance, $30 door

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 18 Artists and Gentrification

Home School is the result of artist research presented for discussion. The topic this evening is part 3 of Project Space Industrial Complex series - on the impact of art spaces on gentrification - discussed by Chloe Alexandra, Carmen Denison, Eleanor Ford, Devin Ruiz and you.

Most artists have low incomes. They seek low cost spaces and they are creative in doing so. They tolerate crime, pollution, noise; music clubs and warehouse shows are the same.

"Artists are like the shock troops of gentrification" was exclaimed by Grayson Perry and that idea has been proposed by many others with different words.

What follows the artists are cafes, art galleries, developers, restaurants, gentrification. If it is a commercial or industrial area, many of the small businesses cannot survive the increased rents. But when the neighborhood is residential, the results fall heavily upon the residents being displaced.

Portland artist Tad Savinar wrote that developers use artists to clean up decaying neighborhoods and then price them out of their spaces in a play in 1989. He was an early artist in NW Portland before the neighborhood was named the Pearl District. It is even City of Portland policy, following the Richard Florida creative cities consulting practice and running parallel to a more nuanced discussion by Anne Gadwa Nicodemus. The topic has been explored by feminist historian Rosalyn Deutsche. In the Toronto neighborhood Queen Street West, artists moved into industrial buildings as manufacturing moved to the suburbs. When development came with rezoning, condo developers purchased art at market rates from displaced artists and new condo residents selected from the art, with the price built into the condo. Now the area is full circle, with high end galleries. The process is afoot in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine neighborhood.

Renters don't have equity but maybe they should participate in the capital gains of gentrification?

In Portland it has unfolded on NE Alberta, N Mississippi, St Johns, and now is moving on to Old Town / Chinatown / Japantown, SE Foster and the SE Industrial District.

It has been a process in London, New York, San Fransisco, Seattle, Berlin and elsewhere. Before the Berlin Wall was destroyed, artists occupied the about 15 meters of East Germany on the West Berlin side.

In Los Angeles, art galleries pushed West from mid-Wilshire and then East, including to Chinatown. Now residents of Boyle Heights are actively opposing art intrusions into their neighborhoods in these examples.

The talks are archived and some past ones are on homeschoolpdx.tumblr.com/psic.

Project Space Industrial Complex www.facebook.com/events/506834549515615/ occupies Compliance Division compliancedivision.org for discussion tonight in the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett #101 - entrance on NW 6th 6PM Free

September 17 Sitar Biennial

The Oregon Biennial closes this evening at Disjecta. The closing party has a performance of Midori Hirose’s HUMMM at 7:30 and a screening of biennial artists Emily Bernstein and Julia Calabrese’s Cookie and Wayne at 9 pm in the courtyard, weather permitting. The Oregon Biennial www.disjecta.org/portfolio-items/portland2016-biennial/ at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-11ish Free



Deobrat Mishra performs Indian classical music on sitar with Mahapunya Das on tabla tonight. He is an 11th generation performer in the Benares Ghana style. At the DAYA Foundation 5210 SW Corbett Reception 6:30, Performance 7:30 $25

Friday, September 09, 2016

September 9 Movement Space

Stephanie Chefas Gallery has The Space Between, Ryan Bubnis and Ayumi Takahashi recommended artists. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free



Fourteen30 has Jessie Sugarman with a show Contemporary Movement, like race cars, recommended. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free



The ground is a new show by Conny Purtill at Adams and Ollman Gallery, they are the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

September 7 Cracking Up

Rainmaker residency has Cracking Up, rough and sloppy sculptures Nick Patton. At www.rainmakerartistresidency.org 2337 NW York St, # 201 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, September 03, 2016

September 3 Volta is Dead

Dweomer + Science Patrol, Neybuu, Consumer, E*t My Shit, Alani Vierram, Juli Amore, Sunfalls, Production Unit Xero and Jeph Nor perform short electronic sets tonight. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Visuals by Victoria of Art Scifi. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free



Patrick Morris has In Lieu of Flowers, paintings themed on American rituals of death and funerals. At Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 6:30PM-9:30 Free

Friday, September 02, 2016

September 2 Glitch

With the holiday weekend and August layovers, openings are not happening.

Bruce Conkle has a new show Surface Glitch. It is a little different than past ecobaroque work. Maybe more an edge, based on the issue of global warming and negative feedback loops of it in the environment. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch 5PM-7

Thursday, September 01, 2016

September 1 Westside Art Openings

Samantha Wall is one of Portland's most gifted illustrators. She has worked in charcoal and pencil in portraits and figures, adding watercolor.

She steps off the conceptual risk cliff, and flies, with See Me See You, her imagined, impressionistic portraits of women of color. Identity complexity is represented in texture complexity mapped on the body. It goes deeper. Beauty and idea are all there in this work.

Brad Atkins shows Baby, simple phrases and metaphors repurposed. At Laura Russo Gallery www.laurarusso.com 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8



The curator role is implicitly revered while being attacked from every side. In the universe of art, the curatorial function is essential - it cannot be debated.

Upper hosts a collector-curated show from collectors John Goodwin and Michael-Jay Robinson.

Artists Romare Beraten, Marian Carrasquero, Ralph Chess, Kris Graves, Zig Jackson, Zum Lee, Glenn Ligen, Marion, Post-Walcott, Michael-Jay Robinson, Devan Shimoyama, Gary Simmons, Arvie Smith, Andy Warhol and Damon Winter participate.

At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Two Seattle artists open this evening. Claire Cowie snaps stills bicycling in Seattle, the abstracts them in painting. Many definitely read Northwest landscape. Jaq Chartier is a longtime favorite. Her abstract paintings remind the patterns of sequencing DNA on electrophoresis gels. There is a narrative layer for you. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



Painter Megan Murphy makes blurred minimal monochrome landscapes. Her new work is at PDX. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Hartman has a Summer landscape show by Corey Arnold, Jeffrey Conley, Rachel Davis, Anna Fidler, Daniel Robinson and Mark Steinmetz. Take a look. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



Ryan Molenkamp has geology-inspired paintings. At Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free



Danila Tkachenko has Escape, portraits of modern hermits in the Ukraine and Russian wilderness. Wonder what the photographer would find in the Northwest? José Diniz has photographs from Brazil's maritime worlds. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-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-10ish

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 30 Semi Demi

Basher David Naim A.K.A Fine Artist visits from LA and performs tonight in a small gallery. The description implies material based on current gender sociopolitics. At 700b 700b.us 707 NE Broadway, #205 7PM Free

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26 Flora Bones Passages

Flora is a large international nature-themed illustration and sculpture show. It includes Julianna Bright, Meg Hunt, Anisa Makhoul, Betsy Walton, and Courtney Knight, Coral Silverman, Dingding Hu, Caitlin Keegan, Jing Wei, Maya Hanisch (Chile), sculptural artist Hiné Mizushima (Canada), Amy Ross (MA), Keiko Brodeur (CA), Shirley Jackson (UT), Evah Fan (CA) and Susie Ghahremani (CA). At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery www.landpdx.com 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8 Free



Alisa Bones, Reed & Yale schooled in painting, has been the artist in residence at S1. This is the result. She has paintings, Fathers of Abstraction, inspired by her online collection of visual ephemera. At S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-10 Free



Publication Studio is the quest this evening at Passages Bookshop. Abra Ancliffe, Diana Pembor, Laura Foxman, Jon Raymond & Sam Lohmann are featured. At Passages Book Shop www.passagesbookshop.com, 1223 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25 Creative Growth

Creative Growth is a beautiful thing. It is an art studio for intellectually disabled adults in Oakland operating since 1974.

It had, for a time, a sibling, Project Grow created by Natasha Wheat in Portland. That project lost its groove and the best people left. Creative Growth came on my radar by a story in ANP Quarterly. Creative Growth continues to thrive.

Self-taught artists in Portland galleries began with William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas, continuing with Mark Woolley, Portland Museum of Modern Art and others. International online outlets are Juxtapoz and Raw Vision.

In the US, self-taught artists in galleries and museums was an art world response to the stock market-fueled art market in New York of the early 1980s. Art became an investment vehicle, rather than an individual emotional narrative viewer touchpoint. Collectors angered at the situation took control and brought self-taught artists like Howard Finster into the gallery world, and even the Venice Biennale.

Europe has a longer term interest expressed by museums like Collection de l'Art Brut, Art Brut Center Gugging and more.

Sometimes artists see things and express them in a way which never occurred to us. That is why we love them!

Ampersand hosts the art of Cedric Johnson tonight in a show Franklin, A Word Nobody Ever Seems to Say. He is a Creative Growth artist.

We are proud of Ampersand for doing.

At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material www.ampersandvintage.com 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-8 Free

August 24 PMOMA Talk

Houseguest is a series of art installations in Portland's living room, Pioneer Square. They are free for you to view.

September 10-11 Libby Werbel occupies the Square with her project. Tonight she talks about her plan to bring the Portland Museum of Modern Art to a temporary weekend installation.

At Likewise www.likewise.website 3564 SE Hawthorne 6PM Free

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 20 - September 1 In a Landscape

Hunter Noack is a gifted classical pianist. He has arranged a series of ten concerts outdoors inspired by the concerts of the Work Projects Administration during the Great Depression. They are free or by donation.

Each program is different. He will be joined by vocal, cello and violin collaborators Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes, Carl Halvorson, Nicholas Crosa and Pansy Chang.

The concerts will be at the Columbia Gorge Vista House, Timberline Lodge, Tryon Creek State Park, the Oneonta Tunnel, Hoyt Arboretum, McIver Park, Hagg Lake, Director Park, Stein-Boozier Barn at Memorial Park and Cathedral Park.

The audience will listen through headphones. There are 100 headphones, so to listen, reserve a spot at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/or--portland/hunter-noack%27s-in-a-landscape/?mode=search

Each concert has free tickets and some by donation tickets. This event is highly recommended.

Classical music In a Landscape www.hunternoack.com, various locations and times.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 14 Reading Society

The Portland Silent Reading Party occupies a new venue this month. Because space is limited, they offered tickets which sold out. Keep an eye out for their future events. Bring a paper or electronic book and read quietly. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at www.thesocietyhotel.com 203 NW 3rd 3PM-5 $10 (sold out)

August 13 Volt Joy

Raúl De Nieves & Jason Fitz from Brooklyn and Los Angeles respectively have been collaborating for many years. The have a show of visual works in the gallery. At 8 tonight they perform a play set on a fictional first human discovering the world, and its joy. So arrive early for a spot to see that. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free



Paul Barker, Wiving, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Anon, No Parades, Ross Fish, Thomas Fang, Devin Walsh and Ben Davis perform short electronic sets tonight. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 12 Heatwaves

Heatwave a group show. You will have to look up the artists' names on the gallery website where they are printed in all caps. We don't do all caps and we don't retype them. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

August 10 Raw Crumbs

Maddy Inez Leeser & Tony Chrenka have Crumbs of Paper and Kevin Holden has Raw Data opening tonight. At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, August 06, 2016

August 8 Science v Science | Dance v Words

Summer of Science talks tonight include political "science" and biology. Shweta Moorthy speaks about elections, voting and data. Alex Linsker has "When is a Group a Healthy Democracy? in 6 Questions". Josh Berezin provides thoughts on experimental political science. Roger Peet answers all your questions on mussels Corinna Chase explains the impacts of dogs on parks. Bring snacks to share and drinks. Science https://www.facebook.com/groups/820392904718750/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free



We don't usually cover book arts and literary events. Others can do it better. But visual gallery HQHQ with a new name, Fortune, and location, Westside, has pivoted to book arts. They release their new book, Slipcase, made in collaboration with modern dancers sub.set dance. The dancers are from Reed; they bring their thoughts translated to words to book form. At Fortune Gallery & Press, formerly HQHQ Objective, www.hqobjective.org 2235 W Burnside 6PM-9 Free

August 7 Pure Summer

Pure Surface is a collaborative performance between a dancer, a video maker and a writer. This month they are Rosana Ybarra, Julie Perini and Samiya Bashir, respectively. Pure Surface www.puresurface.info at Valentines valentinespdx.com 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6PM, performance 7 sharp Free

Friday, August 05, 2016

August 6 Eastside Art Openings

Our City in Stereo - www.ourcityinstereo.com - is convened by Portland artist Sharita Towne. It includes stereo photographs of our neighborhoods, interviews on gentrification and a timeline to which you can contribute. Tonight 7PM-7:30 there will be a short talk on stereo photography. Many events will follow throughout the exhibition. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Color Burst: Contemporary Photography is a group show at Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


Jason Greene has domestic illustrations. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


This building is a designer and apparel haven, lively on first Fridays.


All at 811 East Burnside Map



Lauren Gallaspy, Doug Jeck and Amanda Salov have a ceramics show titled Strength in Fragility. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free





Thursday, August 04, 2016

August 4 Westside Art Openings

The art world has its dog days of August. We have the Converge 45 event for which galleries have mounted group shows. The Seattle art fair is this weekend and many galleries are focusing their ergs on that now.



M. K. Guth has a show of sculptures: This Fable is Intended for You: A Work-Energy Principle: Final. They are abstract totems representing individuals living and working in lower Manhattan. The gallery also has a group show. It has been curated by Leach Gallery director Daniel Peabody. Included are Lynda Bengalis, Louise Bourgeois, Josh Fought, Ann Hamilton, Sean Healy, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Dinh Q. Lê, Ellen Lesperance, Gina Phillips, Michelle Ross, Mark R. Smith and Anna Von Martens. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Fre



Harold Feinstein has an unusual six decade retrospective occupying both main exhibition spaces. He has many images made at the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Everett Lofts are recommended as always. Tonight is their annual open house and party. The upstairs lofts will be open with food and drink for sale.

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



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. Included is a small collection of Bruce Nauman. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

August 3 House Residency

IN-HOUSE is an artist residency operating out of a home. Photographer Tine Bek based in Copenhagen and Glasgow presents Man Made Holes In The Middle Of America. She is known for intimate in scale portraits and still lifes. The show itself will be one night, otherwise by appointment until the 14th at 700b 707 NE Broadway, #205 6PM-9 Free

Monday, August 01, 2016

August 1 Fig Color Mind

The Summer of Science talks have Sarah Mirk on The Fig-Wasp Situation, Zef Wagner on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Green Fish: The Fascinating World of Red-Green Colorblindness, and Daniela Saderi on Cartography of the Mind. Bring snacks to share and drinks. Science https://www.facebook.com/groups/820392904718750/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 30 Past, Present, Future

Incoming is a show of the past work of future Rainmaker resident artists Amory Abbott, Jason Berlin, Hannah Newman, Nick Patton, Veronica Reeves, Rachel Brown Smith and Lauren Stumpf. At www.rainmakerartistresidency.org 2337 NW York St, # 201 6PM-8 Free

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 29-31 Converge

Converge 45 is a new destination art festival in Portland. Many galleries will be open extended hours. There are public events which are free or affordable. Select artists have been engaged to discuss ideas among themselves for 2017 public art projects. The full details are at www.converge45.org

July 28 Old As New

Amanda Leigh Evans works in quilt arts and Anastasia Greer in ceramics. They open their show tonight. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 6PM-8

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23 Miniature Neighborhood Tree Migration

Grace Weston has Serious Play opening tonight. She works by photographing staged miniatures. It is a great medium, because almost anything can happen lensed through the resolution and fabrication realities of miniatures. At Oranj Studios www.oranjstudio.com/Art 0726 SW Gaines, South Waterfront. 5PM-7 Free



Junko Iijima is interested in pop culture mashups with traditional fabrication methods and forms. Her latest work, The Migration Series, are iron and brass castings from her artist residency at Kohler. She speaks about her work this evening where the work is on display in the current show. Talk tonight at Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh. 4PM Free



Melina Bishop, Flynn Casey, Brittany V Chavez, Tony Chrenka, Rose Dickson, Joaquin Dollar, Justin L'Amie, Lauren Moran, Tabitha Nikolai and Derrick Spotts are artists with studios in the Yale Union, YU building or nearby. They have a show and open studios tonight at Yale Union.

Trees in the Forest, curated by Kari Rittenbach from New York opens tonight. It includes David Askevold, Martin Beck, Bernice Bing, Trisha Brown, Beverly Buchanan, Elise Duryee-Browner, Howard Fried, Charles Gaines, Nina Könneman, Andrei Koschmieder, Peter Moore, Martha Rosler, Jen Shear & Vinnie Smith, Carlos Villa, Carleton Watkins and Jackie Winsor. It's a mix of old, new, and newer.

At Yu Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th. 4PM-6 Trees, 4PM-7 Neighborhood Artists Free

Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15 Stay Between Secrets

The Secret Staircase is a show by Charles Burchfield, Joy Feasley, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Paul Swenbeck and Agatha Wojciechowsky. It opens tonight. 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 6PM-8 Free



Just Now Between Positions, a show curated by Halsey McKay with artists Colby Bird, Graham Collins, Chris Duncan and Rachel Foully opens tonight. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free



Stay Wild adventure magazine drops their latest issue tonight at the Fjällräven outdoor store 901 NW 10th 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 15-17 Seattle Butoh Performances

Butoh is a Japanese modern improvisational dance form. It was created by Hijikata who launched a myriad of butoh lineages. Late in his career he created Hakutobo, an all-woman group centered around his mistress, Yoko Ashikawa, an artist, not a trained dancer.

Seattle is one of America's butoh centers because of the work of Joan Laage who studied with Ashikawa and performed in their second unit.

She, in turn, seeded new lineages into Seattle, Olympia, Portland and Krakow.

The result is the Seattle Butoh Festival and the DaiPan Butoh Collective.


The career of a ballet dancer usually ends in their 20's. For modern often 30's. Butoh is a little different, with the cofounder Kazuo Ohno performing outside Japan at age 93, and passing at 103, doing butoh in his wheelchair. Dancers can engage butoh at any age and exit at any age. An example is Doranne Crable, Evergreen College professor of dance and artistic director of Olympia's Kagami Butoh, who performed up to her passing.

The theme this year is the collaboration between Seattle and Olympia in butoh.


The Seattle Butoh Festival performances unfold with Mary Cutrera, Ivan Espinosa & Co, Helen Thorsen, Katrina Wolfe & Shoko Zama Friday, July 15 and Sheri Brown Dance , Mary Cutrera, Kaoru Okumura, Stephen Passero & Co Saturday, July 16. There is a free outdoor performance at Kubota Garden July 17, and an evening performance that evening by Beksiński Butoh with visitors from Poland.


The Seattle Butoh Festival www.daipanbutoh.com/seattle-butoh-festival/ and www.facebook.com/events/243603332663235/ has performances indoors at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge Way SW, and outdoors at Kubota Garden 9817 55th Avenue S.

At Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Friday and Saturday, 8PM $18

At Kubota Garden Sunday, Noon-3 Free

At Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Sunday, 7PM Free

Saturday, July 09, 2016

July 9 - September 18 Oregon Biennial

The Oregon Biennial opens today. It is 34 artists, scattered across Portland and Oregon venues, each with their own events. More information at http://www.disjecta.org/portfolio-items/portland2016-biennial/. Opening reception at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

July 9, 23, 24, 31 A Snail's Journey

Artist Hannah Piper Burns has made an art project around snail slime as a skin care ingredient. In South America there are vast snail farms; their slime is harvested and sent to high end skin care product formulators.

She brings her project Active Ingredients: A Guided Mediation in collaboration with the Bronco Gallery to the Mississippi Street Fair, July 9; PDX Pop Now!, July 23-24; and Converge45, July 31.

You can have one of her pet snails crawl on you while watching videos of skin care ads.

And she wins the copywriting award for the month:

The magic of skincare — both proven and promised — is that we think we want to look different, but really, we want to feel different. Our skin damage betrays our inevitable implication in destruction: of our own bodies, of other living things, of the earth. We want to halt, offset, repair and above all, deny that damage, erase the evidence of our past transgressions as if banging out the dent could somehow un-crash the truck. And, we want to feel good about it. So we are promised radical recipes and revolutionary rituals, fair trade and cruelty-free systems for procuring our precious elixirs, spiritual transcendence as a viable alternative to vanity and self-empowerment through the practice of self-care. What we desire goes beyond beautification. We want absolution.

In this quixotic quest to detoxify, we will stretch the limits of our belief and tie it up in knots. We seek out, eke out and demand the affirmation of nature through our perception of its ability to heal us. That’s what brought us here, that’s why it’s come to this: snail slime. Can there be a more perfect symbol of our perverted quest for purity than industrialized snail slime extraction? We start with the snail, and then we spiral out. Way, way out.

During the tailgates I will be performing as an esthetic technologist and snail handler, offering a multimedia treatment of fresh, organic, locally-sourced and high-vibration snail slime, activated by a proprietary blend of foraged, filtered and concentrated video footage from commercials for high-end face products and dispensed via a unique delivery system. The benefits of this treatment include but are not limited to: enhanced intuitive powers, increased production of collagen and elastin, deep-frequency cell communication, reduced inflammation, stimulated meridians and neutralization of free radicals."

Friday, July 08, 2016

July 8 Level Space Conversations

Portland filmmaker artist Vanessa Renwick has an expansive program this evening in connection to her Apex show Next Level Fucked Up. The event is in the courtyard, and the show is in the museum. There is an admission charge for the museum, $5 after 5PM, but the courtyard event is free for all. At 8 Renwick distributes "advance directives, donuts and free stickers" outside. At 8:15 Sam Coomes and Marisa Anderson perform music. At 8:45 Colleen Plumb provides projections accompanied by improvisational music with Coomes and Anderson. Food and drink available outside 5-9:30. Recommended. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 5PM-9:30 $5/Free



Artists Demian DinéYazhi', Sara Siestreem, Sky Hoping, Keyon Gaskin, Gabe Flores and Sharita Towne have a show interpreting the native Chinook words mama x̣alaqɬ iliʔi: "make open space." At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free



Adrian Landon Brooks and Caleb Hahne have Conversations With Strangers. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, July 07, 2016

July 8-10 Good Cops

Rocksbox is back with C.O.P.S. Not those cops, Rock's is the Conceptual Oregon Performance School. It's a meetup of artists to explore what it is to jump on stage or perform in a gallery. The focus is to sharpen the point.

The schedule is on the C.O.P.S. web. Roughly it is talks 4PM-8 Friday, hang out Rock style 8PM-10. Noon to 11 Saturday and Noon to 7 Sunday.

At Rocksbox Fine Art www.rocksboxfineart.com 6540 N Interstate Map Time varies Free

July 7 Westside Art Openings+

It's Summer and many galleries continue last month's shows.



Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson, Paulsen Anne Appleby, Tina Beebe, Nick Blosser, Brad Cloepfil, Bean Finnegan, Jacques Flechemuller, Joe Freeman, Ellen George, Victoria Haven, Arnold J. Kemp, Elizabeth Knight, Justin L'Amie, James Lavadour, Susie J. Lee, Nancy Lorenz, D.E. May, Kristen Miller, Wes Mills, Jeffry Mitchell, Megan Murphy, Jenene Nagy, Vanessa Renwick, Ethan Rose, Joe Rudko, Tad Savinar, Adam Sorensen, Barbara Stafford, Storm Tharp, Terry Toedtemeier, Molly Vidor, Nell Warren, Heather Watkins, Marie Watt and Masao Yamamoto are all part of a 21st anniversary show. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Taking inspiration from Bruce Chatwin's Utz, photographer Martin Klimas photographs shattering ceramic figures with high speed flash photography. Cat Del Buono has Voices, a video installation of simultaneous murmurs of domestic violence. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Indicies is sculpture by Colin Kippen at Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free



We don't usually note classic vintage print shows by artists who have passed. But this month Augen pulls out prints by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, original outsider and visionary artist. It's a free art history in a good way lesson. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Powells has an employee show. At Powell's Basil Hayward Gallery, 3rd floor. www.powells.com. 10th and W Burnside



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


PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free



Plus. PNCA has inexplicably scheduled a book tour talk on art night by a writer living in Nahalem, Oregon who could visit and speak any time. The speaker would be Micah White. He is enmeshed with Ad Busters and co-created the idea of Occupy Wall Street. He is promoting his book The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution. It proposes ever evolving creative slactivism and performance-oriented political tactics. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free



And for the plus plus, Portland's own international musician, Soriah, performs tonight. He is recently returned from Tuva, Siberia, Russia from visiting his family. He is a world renowned Tuvan throat singer and performs with Orryelle, a loop sampling violin player from Australia. Early show, really. Must end by 10 for the following show. At Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand. 8PM sharp - 10 $5-10

Sunday, July 03, 2016

July 5 So Much Science

Summer of science, the weekly, has Soleil Ho on MSG, Libbey White on Computers: What Are they Doing?, Alma on Bacon Binary, Lynnea Griffiths presenting a Social and Technical Book Report on My TI-83 Graphing Calculator and Killian Czuba on Tattoos for Science and Ladies and Science Ladies. It's on Tuesday, rather than Monday this week. Bring snacks to share and drinks. Science https://www.facebook.com/groups/820392904718750/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free

July 3 Slippery Fortune

Fortune/Objective is the new HQHQ. They have a varied program of artist book publishing, exhibition and performance. Today is Slip Cast by sub.set. It is a video installation made by modern dancers. At Fortune Gallery & Press, formerly HQHQ Objective, www.hqobjective.org 2235 W Burnside 6:30PM-9 Free

Saturday, July 02, 2016

July 2 Finger Picking Good

John Fahey is known for his guitar finger picking. He also was an abstract painter. His work is up and musicians Dr. Amazon (featuring original members of Smegma), Shelley and Darren & DoublePlusGood play outside in the Red Fox courtyard. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina Map 5PM-7 Free

Friday, July 01, 2016

July 1 Eastside Art Openings

Cherry and Lucic, gallery in a garage, has Lydia Rosenberg www.lydiarosenberg.net. She went to PNCA then got an East Coast MFA. At Cherry & Lucic www.cherryandlucic.com 4077 NE 7th, enter on Mason 6:30PM Free



Belle Chesler has reductive block prints as well as small gouache and gold leaf paintings. At SIX/SEVEN www.shopsixseven.com 811 E Burnside Suite 111. 5PM-8 Free


Julia Barbee is hosting a plant exchange. She is known for scent-based artwork, including scents derived from plants. @portlandplantpropogation at Haunt www.hauntstudio.blogspot.com 811 E Burnside Suite Suite 113 6PM-8 Free


Narrative: People, Places and Things is a group show with a popular inspiration in photography. Most examples in this show are a little more modest than the Yale school. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


Redux has a group show and store ten tear anniversary. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 29 Color

The Color Of Memory is a show to brighten your Summer by Jon Serl, Laura Fritz, Jaq Chartier, Stewart Jones, Mary Henry, Doug Lowell, Ellen George, Brian Borrello, Lisa Hildebrant, Gregory Grenon, Pat Barrett, Brad Mildrexler, Sherrie Wolf, Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller, Laura Fritz and Molly Vidor. Junko Iijima also has iron and brass castings. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 27 Science!

The Summer of Science begins a weekly talk series into September tonight. 3-4 individuals speak on curious topics in science. Tonight it's Taz Loomans on Humans in Architecture, Becky Olson on Animal Monstrosities, Molly Winter on Harnessing the Superpowers of our Poop and Elena Moon on Design. Science https://www.facebook.com/groups/820392904718750/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 26 Read Weep

Christian Rogers has Read It and Weep, paintings. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 25 Family Breakin' Dance

It is no secret that Portland is embraced by/repelled by gentrification and economic displacement today. The story of the I5/Rose Garden/Coliseum/Convention Center/Emanuel/North Portland neighborhood destruction is well known, and before it, Vanport.

That's economic, but the real story is people, individuals.

More immediate, now, artists are exploring socio-geo-individual changes right in that neighborhood, on the ground; through the eyes and experience of families.

Social practice artist Emma Colburn has been inviting families with children to talk about what's up/down/changing in the neighborhood, block by block, walking it and documenting it.

Her Mapcircles project has another review and invited contribution by you, especially NPo families, today.

At family-friendly Poa Cafe 4025 N Williams 3PM-5 Free



The Breakin' Olympics is a b-boy/b-girl battle tonight. 2 by 2 battles and country team by country team battles. MC - Shot Colin (Misguided Steps/Moon Patrol). Judges - Marks Iller (Filthee Feet - Vancouver B.C.), Vital (Misguided Steps/Hoodz/Boogie Down - Bremerton) and Impulse (Moon Patrol). Beats - Skeme Richards, Hot Peas and Butta (Philly).

Breakers are Bandit Habits, Bangkok Native Revival, Soul Boogers, Moon Patrol, 47 Immortals, Duke Street News, Hood Valley, Collective Conscious, N.W.A., Art of Movement, Killa Styles, AMF Boiz, LA Breakers, O.T.F., Soul Gambitz, Formula Boogie, Bandit Chefs, finally Black and Yellow.

Country teams are Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Philippines, South Korea, and Africa.

www.facebook.com/events/223149094733260/

At Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (SMSU355) 1825 SE Broadway. 6PM $10 (free for PSU students with ID)



Modern dance in Portland over the years is the subject of a work in progress documentary shown tonight. Several other dance films will also be shown. At Performance Works Northwest www.performanceworksnw.org 8PM $3

June 24-25 Quiet

The Quiet Music Festival is a special favorite. It is an intimate event with musicians who are not too loud. The audience lounges on an occasional carpet-, blanket- and pillow-covered floor, lit by scattered table lamps.

Beautiful.

It's organized for the sixth year by Portland-LA artist-musician-skater Chris Johanson.

Friday is Bouquet, Peg Simone with Mary Gaitskill, Juan Wauters, Larry Yes with Nate Lumbard and Michael Hurley

Saturday is Fred and Toody, Valet, Sunfoot, Virginia Dare and Like Avillan with Christopher Johnedis.

There is a very small amount of seating for those who need that.

More at Disjecta.org/QMF.

Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-quiet-music-festival-portland-tickets-25818881971. Advanced tickets are recommended.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map Doors 7PM, show 8. Advance one night $11/$17 both. Door $13 one night/$19 both.

June 24 Degenerate Mistake

S1 opens Mistake Capacity by Sarah Wong and Maria Katarina. Their show opens tonight at S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-10 Free



The Degenerate Art Ensemble are favorite butoh and modern music performers in Seattle. Tonight you can see a video of their production Predator Songstress. Recommended. 8PM by donation