Friday, April 29, 2016

April 30 Tall Scion Synth

There is a free presentation today in the analog synth world. The jargon is Voltage Controlled Amplifiers and Attack Decay Sustain Release modules and patches. But forget the jargon and come listen and teach yourself.

Patching your musical ear vision at Control Voltage 3742 NE Mississippi. All ages. 1PM-2 Free

Matt Wagner launches his new book The Tall Trees of Paris tonight. It is his exploration of groundbreaking artists in Paris, including Blek Le Rat, who was Banksy before Banksy. At Gigantic Brewing 5224 SE 26th 5PM-9 Free

There is a rumor that Chaz Stobbs has a project, The Pilman Radiant, at My Scion Gallery. 3PM Free

April 29 Ornamental Hypergate Conglomerate

Birch Cooper opens Ornamental Hypergate Conglomerate. Cooper, part of the Oregon Painting Society, does not paint with paint today. He composes electronic visual patterns, translated to print and video. He builds analog synthesizers. He performs those synthesizers. And he combines those all into his art. Tonight those patterns are created as a playable sculpture. Recommended.

Their show opens tonight at S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-10 Free

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28 Puzzle, Puzzle on the Wall

A puzzle within a puzzle in a garage.

Cherry & Lucic is a gallery in a garage created by Eleanor Ford, John Knight and Kyle Raquipiso. They have very occasional shows by regional and international artists.

Tonight they open a show by artist project Henry Codax. The three garage Codax are accompanied by mono prints.

They are large monochrome canvases, mining Les Arts Incohérents monochromes of 130 years ago. Henry Codax is an anonymous artist rumored to be a collaboration between Jacob Kassay and Olivier Mosset. Both artists have denied a connection to Codax. Their artist representative has seeded the unsigned work into international galleries. Some have been purchased. Some have been, or have attempted to be, flipped on the auction market, perhaps on the speculation Kassay, at age 28, has had auction sales at 1.8 million. Puzzles.

At Cherry & Lucic 4077 NE 7th, enter on Mason, 6:30PM-10 Free

Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22 Electroacoustic Spring Dreamer Landscapes

Tetsuya Umeda is an Osaka-based sound performance artist. His work would fall into the electroacoustic realm: amplified things. His first solo performance, It been moving at first, in the USA, is right here in little Portland, tonight.

That is a warehouse performance is accompanied by an intimate workshop before and discussion after, the Field Guide. The artist also has an installation See, Look at Observed what Watching, downtown, for a month.

Tetsuya Umeda in Portland

Performance Friday, April 22, The Old Freeman Factory 2638 NW Wilson $15

Workshop Field Guide , limited to 30 individuals Friday, April 22, The Old Freeman Factory 2638 NW Wilson 6:30PM included with performance admission, ticket required in advance

Visual installation April 20 - June 1, hours vary - see the website. Free

Katherine Bradford has Divers and Dreamers - paintings, At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

In Seattle, Sorne, voice and electronics, performs with Sheri Brown, butoh. Sorne provides an extended soundscape with no breaks. That is a perfect canvas for Brown's slow movement. It will be a beautiful collaboration. Internal Landscapes at the Taoist Studies Institute 225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 7PM $20 advance $25 door

The Bronco Gallery is back for Spring tonight!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 20 Veering Wild Guerrillas on the Loose!

Not really art, but a cultural vector we like, is Stay Wild Magazine. It is published quarterly in hard copy for free. Tonight is the Spring drop. Stay Wild hatchling release at the Escape Collective 3360 SE 21st Ave 4PM-7 Free

Not art, but aural fun. Laura Viers plays the Laurelthirst Pub happy hour with her famous pick up band this evening. This Wednesday and next. Before the Case/Lang/Viers tour. She is known for her collaborations with other musicians, great songwriting, a good sense of humor and a super voice. At Laurelthirst Pub 2958 NE Glisan 6PM-8 Free

One of the great things about being anonymous is that you can operate outside of the space time continuum. That has been the modus of the Guerrilla Girls since 1985. Performing in disguise, they have been an ever changing group which can be everywhere at once and nowhere at the same time.

Their mission has been to very effectively put the art world on notice that there are actually women artists in the world.

They have done it with data, humor and great design.

In an age of infinite reproduction, some individuals with a theater bent have created Guerrilla Girls on Tour, similar to Pussy Riot on tour. Guerrilla Girls on Tour and Guerrilla Girls are seperate things in the space time continuum.

Guerrilla Girls on Tour has sold out, or rather their performance tonight at Reed is sold out. But there is a night-of waiting list. The Guerrilla Girls on Tour At Reed College Diver Studio Theatre, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 8:15PM

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 16 Sharing Silent Tweed Sanctuary

The Tweed Rides are an international phenomena recreating Victorian-era aesthetic bicycle rides and picnics.

Portland's Tweed Ride happens today and the weather will be stellar.

In the spirit of keeping Portland weird, you can find out more at

Meet downtown. 2PM Free

The Portland Silent Reading Party moves to the daytime this month. Bring a paper or electronic book and read quietly. With the earlier hour, the event is all ages. Silent Reading Party Silent Reading Party at 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

Wynde Dyer has an artist talk about her Sharing the Scraps project we discussed earlier. It is at Stumptown Division 4525 SE Division 4PM-6 Free

Sanctuary Sunday has Selim X, Idols Eyes, Indignant Senility tonight. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 $5

April 16 CARPA Place

Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency CARPA / CARPA. is in residence at PNCA. Their project runs parallel to Switzerland's EToy.

They are a parody of ARPA/DARPA, a USA Department of Defense agency with essentially unlimited resources to pursue new technologies which the military could use. ARPA/DARPA created the early space program and they created the Internet. They have been seeding robotics and self-driving cars. They are great to follow if you are curious. On the other hand it sad to have the brightest people in the country thinking up better ways to kill people at great expense.

So CARPA arranges new crafts and crafts intervention in good world changing with a sense of humor too, and on a minimal budget!

This afternoon they complete their residency with participation by PNCA students and you.

They definitely win the copywriting award for the month:

Attention all CARPA Recruits!

This Saturday 4/16/16, all enlisted recruits must report for duty for OPERATION PULLED PORK workshop.
Details of the workshop/urban encampment are:


The Lab @ the Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209

12 - 18:00

Detailed Schedule:
12 - 16:30 Student Presentations and Directors Challenges:

12 - 12:15: Student Presentation #1 Agent DeBlaey

12:45 - 13:15: Directors Challenge #1 - Craft and Mobility

13:30 - 13:45 Student Presentation #2 Agent Einsiedler

14:15 - 14:45: Directors Challenge #2

15 - 15:15 Student Presentation #3 Agents Sinner/De Lanty

15:45 - 16:15: Directors Challenge #3 (30 minutes) A

16:30: Pulled Pork & Beer Reception!!!!!!

15 - 18: Briefing by the CARPA directors!!!

CARPA, as a government agency, REFUSES TO COMMENT on the ridiculous claims put forward by



CARPA categorically denies any statements made by CARPALeaks and demands they be repatriated for treason, or stay locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy for life.

CARPA intervention and project review at the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis Noon-6PM Free

The Pioneer Place Galleries close at the end of the month if not earlier. This will be their last Second Saturday event.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall 700 SW Fifth 5PM-9 Free

And the People's Art of Portland on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW 5th 5PM-9 Free

April 15 !Women, Art, Revolution¡

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a video artist. She is also the creator of the film !Women, Art, Revolution. The film traces groundbreaking artists beginning in the about 1968 to 2010 through interviews and archival materials. She shows and discusses the film this evening as part of University of Oregon media conference. The film is recommended and can be found online. It covers a huge number of artists, some painful episodes like the outrageous death of Ana Mendieta, whose continued work is missed, and brings the film up to date with artist Miranda July. Film !Women, Art, Revolution at the Portland Art Museum - NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6:30PM $9

April 15 Dance Central

The Heidi Duckler dance theater occupies Central Centrl Office tonight. The dancers are Teresa Barcelo, Conrad Kaczor, William Jay Ylvisaker, Kiel Moton, Brittany DeLano and Carly Ostergaard with actress Sarah DeGrave.

The space is a tech startup shared office space serving all of Portland. There are two performances each evening Friday and Saturday.

Site specific performance at CENTRL office 1355 NW Everett. Friday and Saturday 7:30 and 9 $35 door

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14 Experimental Music Movement

Cecil Taylor is a piano prodigy and star in the free jazz-experimental music world. He performs tonight with butoh prodigy Min Tanaka.

I have been very, very, very fortunate to see them perform together at Aku Aku before an audience of twenty. Other close friends have performed with Tanaka san on his family farm. Both performers are intimate with experimental art.

Not experimental for play, they both have demonstrated experimental risk taking for real over years.

Tonight Cecil Taylor, piano, engages Min Tanaka, movement. It is sold out but there is a line up to experience. Butoh, piano, drums in performance at the new Whitney 99 Gansevoort, New York City. 8PM $50

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 13,20,27 May 4,11 Map Circles

Social practice art and mapping. They can be approaches to talk person to person. With map circles, they are.

Artist Emma Colburn invites children, neighbors, families and everyone to an exploration of the N-NE Williams neighborhood over history through maps.

The project has sessions:

April 13th Before 1865: Pre-industrialization/pre-railroad
April 20th 1865-1935: Industrialization
April 27th 1935-1965: Suburban development
May 4th 1965-1995: Disinvestment
May 11th 1995-2025: Reinvestment

Each session has a short introduction, followed by participation, by you!

Children encouraged, sometimes-often they get things adults are slow to realize.

Map Circles at Poa Cafe 4025 N Williams. 4:40PM-5:30 Free

Saturday, April 09, 2016

April 10 Six Bauhaus Artifacts

Delaney Allen has A R T I F A C T, staged portraits in the landscape and other photographs. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

Mary Henry is a West Coast modern painter. Artists Laura Bender and John Early discuss the influence of the Bauhaus, Rudolf Steiner and the Waldorf School on her thinking and work. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM-6 Free

Six is ten. Six is an evening of 6 channel music by six artists with the audience surrounded by the speakers and musicians. Started in Portland it is in its tenth year.

The artists this year are Justine Highsmith + Anita Spaeth, Patricia + Cameron, The Driftwood Orchestra, Amoxtli, Reliqs + Mike Jedlicka and Montgomery Word + Mike Hendrickson.

You might bring a blanket to sit or nap on.


At PNCA New Commons, on the 2nd floor 511 NW Broadway Map

Friday, April 08, 2016

April 9 Shadow Diver

The Volt Divers evening consists of 6-10 short analog synth performances, accompanied by live visual projections. Performers this month are: Body Shame, Neglect Sound, Angel-11, No Parades, Clavitronics, EMS + Jeph Nor, SunFalls, Andrew Dobbles and Claude Barker. Visuals by Alisa Akay. The event starts on time and sells out free. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM-10 Free

The Shadow is Offended is a collaborative painting, drawing and sculpture project by Dana Dart-McLean & Johanna Jackson. It is a continuation of a project they started in LA: The visual show will be accompanied by performances by Cat Mahatta, Jae Choi, Arthur, Yvette Hall and Morgan Ritter. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Thursday, April 07, 2016

April 8 Selves I

Stephanie Chefas gallery presents a group show Selfie. Artists are John Felix Arnold III, Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Adrian Landon Brooks, Adrian Cox, Vanessa Foley, Monica Kim Garza, Caleb Hahne, Maria Kreyn, Mike Lee, Brian Mashburn, Mako Miyamoto, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff P., Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lucien Shapiro, Kevin Sloan, Marnie White, Kristen Liu Wong and Christine Wu. Au courant. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

A little later is a concert in a warehouse by vocalist Sorne. Sorne, with a 5 active range, uses loop samplers to build a vocalscape, live. He will be accompanied by a long butoh performance by Mizu Desierto and her Water in the Desert performers, creating a visual opening for the vocal work and a background throughout. 8PM $15-20

April 7 Westside Art Openings

Ema are small wood plaques found at Shinto shrines in Japan. Visitors make a donation to the shrine for a wish - 願意, then write that wish on the ema.

For this show artists AJ Fosik, Maryanna Hoggatt, Eric Wert, Nosego, Ben Venom, Casey Weldon, Souther Salazar, Olivia Knapp, Jon MacNair, Mary Iverson, Robert Bowen, Jesse Hazelip, Karilise Alexander, Andrew Schoultz, Josh Keyes, Stephanie Buer, KozynDan, Zach Johnsen, Ren Sakurai, Yoskay Yamamoto, Koralie, Jean Jullien, Amandine Urruty, Nicolas Barrome, Alexone, Koleo, JM Ouvry, Haroshi, Tamaki Mori, Nino, MHAK, Renan Santos, Heather Mclean, Kojiro Ankan Takukawa, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Peca, Joram Roukes, Dilka Bear, SAL Jeff P and Yu Maeda have used about 4"x6" ema as their canvas. This show is a followup to a similar show at Hellion Tokyo.

At Hellion Gallery 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 Upfor show closes soon. It's good. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Amanda Harman has Garden Stories, Hidden Labours, intimate garden landscapes. Documentary photographer Peter Brown Leighton has Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast. It is the title of one of his photographs and one of the greatest ever show titles. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Guilty Pleasures is a show by Jay Muhlin, themed on being snowed in in Syracuse, NY. I guess we have something similar bring rained in. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 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 in Winter is 9ish

Monday, April 04, 2016

April 6 Regionalism in Art

Michelle Grabner is the visiting curator for the Oregon 2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art. This year the selectees are more geographically diverse than ever.

Tonight Sue Taylor moderates a discussion between Michelle Grabner, Pat Boas and Prudence Roberts. Taylor is one of the few arts writers in Portland consistently publishing outside Oregon. Roberts is a noted curator with long game deep Portland and NW art experience, including with the Museum.

The discussion will be on NW regionalism in contemporary art in the context of world art.

At Portland State University Lincoln Hall Room 75 7PM Free