Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 30 Lost Rae Among Many

The Portland Mausoleum, overlooking Oaks Bottom is only open to the public once a year, today. The project started with the construction of a chapel and funeral home in 1901. In 1910 construction started on the mausoleum which was further expanded.

Because of destructive visitor behavior, the mausoleum was closed to all visits but family members. But they do open to the public once a year to wander. It is a good, but unusual photoshoot opportunity. Be respectful. There is a lot of juju there prepared to rain down on miscreants.

From 12-2 the Rae family crypt, locked year around except for family members will be shown. There may be a line, seriously.

Mausoleums are a loss leader. They require expensive building upkeep compared to cemeteries with a declining new base of customers. Same with the funeral business which was dramatized in the series Six Feet Under. That has led to consolidation in the business, with the Wilhelm family business purchasing the facility. Hey, if you are planning ahead, maybe they can plan for you even if you are scattering your ashes, which I personally think is a great idea!

And it wouldn't hurt to thank the staff for accommodating visitors. It is a residential neighborhood, be polite with parking, it is near the Orange MAX Bybee station, or go by bike.

Portland Mausoleum open to the public 6705 SE 14th 9AM-6PM Free

Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27 Be If

Eve Fowler opens as it if it is to be, the result of her residency in Portland. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23 The Emerald Corridor

The founder of Earth Day, Dennis Hayes, is now at the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle. The foundation has a new net zero building, the first commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge standard. The foundation is launching its Emerald Corridor program which Hayes will outline tonight It is part of the Bright Lights series on architecture and planning. At Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th. Doors 5:30PM, discussion 6. $10 suggested donation

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 22 Silent You

Yale Union has Susan Cianciolo with her Cornell Boxes. You can go to their website to get the details from their puzzling announcements. 4PM-6

The Portland Silent Reading Party continues early. 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

May 21 Oil and Art

Artist Brian Borello gives a talk today. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 5PM-8 Free

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19 K-Walk

Kenton has started their own art walk on the third Thursday of the month.

Their organizing point is

One spot with live music and technology art at the Cntrl-H hackerspace with their Junk Sleep show - 8PM-10

Kenton Third Thursday art walk. Various places - see the Facebook link and at Cntrl-H 7608 N Interstate 6PM-9/10 Free

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 15 Painting Arbiter

Grand Arbiter, Production Unit Xero and Invisible City play Sanctuary Sunday, an experimental music monthly. It's early today, bring things to barbeque and food to share. They have a covered deck too. Details on their Facebook At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. 1PM-4:20 Free

Ty Ennis opens a new show tonight. He has a video at At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

May 14 M City Curator

Disjecta welcomes Michele Fiedler from Mexico City as curator for the upcoming year. She will give a short talk. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 1PM-3 Free

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13 - July 30 Open Sesame

It's no secret I'm a fan of video art. In my world the work divides into documentation of performance, moving painting, conceptual work, recreation of something existing in the world, a play on the display medium and pop culture sampling. Pop culture sampling, I can do without that.

Tonight is the first day of a show of video art, primarily non-Portlanders. It is a set of wall displays which will run throughout the show and screenings - specific artists, specific days.

There is a full list at At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map Fridays and Saturdays 5PM-8 Free

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 12-15 Practice Free

Assembly is the Portland's continuation of the Open Engagement conference which moved out of town. It has a full schedule each day. See the website for locations.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

2:00 – 3:00 PM The Unknown, IPRC, Lauren, IPRC
4:00 – 5:30 PM The Mammalian SMYLE, PICA, Darren O’Donnell
5:30 – 6:30 PM DINNER
6:30 – 8:00 PM Community Discussion: The Ethics of Photography, Newspace, Steve Davis, Emily Fitzgerald, Jim Lommasson, and Beth Nakamura
8:30 – 9:30 PM The First Session, LIKEWISE, Derek Hamm
9:30 -10:30 PM Opening Conversation, LIKEWISE, Ariana Jacob

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

10:00-12:00 PM Student Research with Free Lunch, PSU Broadway Res Hall (6th Avenue entrance and go to the second floor), Roz Crews
1:00 – 2:00 PM Williams Ave Mapping Circle, Project Grow, Emma Colburn
3:00 – 5:00 PM Art & Sports Museum Opening, Rec Center, Anke Schüttler & Lauren Moran; Data Drafting with Adam Carlin, Rec Center
5:00 – 7:00 PM DINNER
7:00 – 8:00 PM Ink Visible, Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, Arianna Warner
9:00 – 11:00 PM Getting to Know YouTube: Influence’s Influences, curated by Roz Crews with presentations from Roya Amirsoleymani, Harrell Fletcher, and Lisa Jarrett, LIKEWISE

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

10:00-11:00 AM Something To Teach You, Meeting at the North end of SW Salmon and SW Park, Adam Carlin
11:00-12:00 PM Common Language, Renee Sills & Kimberly Sutherland, The Portland Open Space Sequence
12:00 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 PM Some Time Between Us, Emily Fitzgerald, Hollywood Senior Center & Beaumont School
4:00 – 6:00 PM The Global Table: Tasting Party, Zenger Farm, Amanda Leigh Evans and Krysta Williams
6:00 – 7:00 PM DINNER (suggested – Portland Mercado)
7:00 – 9:00 PM Collaborative Learning for Physical Prowess (on the dance floor): How to Dance Like a Boss, Jens Hauge & Renee Sills, Performance Works NW
9:00 – 10:00 PM The People’s (dance) Party, Jens Hauge & Renee Sills, Performance Works NW

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

10:00-11:00 AM Wearable Worlds, Anya Wild and Natalya Kolosowsky
11:00-12:00 PM Motherhood and Social Practice Picnic, Overlook Park, Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond
12:00 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 PM Backyards, 4535 NE Garfield Ave, Kimberly Sutherland & Paul West
4:00 – 5:00 PM The Useful Art Object, Amanda Leigh Evans with Daniel DuFord, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Nicole Gugliotti, Lisa Jarrett, and Denise Mullen.
5:00 – 7:00 PM DINNER
7:00 – 8:00 PM Artist Talk by Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond, Likewise
8:30 – 9:30 PM Closing Conversation, LIKEWISE, Ariana Jacob

Assembly social practice confab. Various locations. All events Free

May 12 Architecturaltronics

Brad Cloepfil studied architecture in undergrad school at UO and taught there. He returns for a talk about his architectural practice, Allied Works. Recommended. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building 70 NW Couch 5PM Free

May 11 Oil and Dust

Brian Borello is a long time Portland artist - 2d and 3d public art works. He has a new show Tooth and Claw opening this evening. In 2d, he has made brown on white compositions from used motor oil, included in this show. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 5PM-8 Free

Saturday, May 07, 2016

May 7 Kids Dissolved, Dismantled+

Nationale drops the book, Kids in Love, by photographer Olivia Bee. She made the photographs when she was in high school in Portland, and has been blazing a career, now at age 22, in Brooklyn without an art degree. She has a Kodachrome color palette which works well with the material. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 4PM-6 Free

Dissolved/Dismantled is fiber + painting by Cassandra Holden and photography + printmaking by Dominique Saks. The show is organized as Split Projects, curators Sam Hopple and Taryn Wiens, who seek artist pairs, who have not previously shown in Portland, for duo shows. Rainmaker, the indoor project of Signal Fire hosts this month. at Rainmaker Artist Residency 2337 NW York St, # 201 6PM-9 Free

The cello range in pitch is like that of the human voice. Beautiful set of overtones we love.

Zoe Keating is a contemporary cellist. She lived in Portland for a time. She was a founding member of the Portland Cello Project and played in many other ensembles. Now she is known for her layered and looped solo work with electronics.

Zoe Keating plays this evening at the Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukie 8PM $20

Thursday, May 05, 2016

May 5 Westside Art Openings

Welcome to First Thursday and more. All over town there are art school BFA and MFA shows you can find. Too many to list here.

There are two shows at UO: a show in the main atrium and one in the White Box. The atrium has Habitats with Anne Blackburn, Modou Dieng, Laura Fritz, Damien Gilley, Agatha Haines, David Heskin,, Lindy Kehoe, Wade Larsen, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Brenna Murphy, Tabitha Nikolai, John Park and Jon Bellona, Portland Immersive Media Group, Michael A. Salter, Crystal Schenk and Adam Simmons. The White Box (Black Box) has video work by Perter Campus, Julia Oldham and Suzanne Opton. Both shows highly recommended, see them.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Ellen George makes minimal and beautiful small sculptures of polymer clay. Something to think about in your sculpture collecting, they are easier to dust than most sculptures. She has her latest small creations tonight. Recommended. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

PSU Littman Gallery has Fern Wiley combining performance and ceramics sculpture. At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free

Photographer Holly Andres has Fallen Faun opening tonight. For those familiar with her work, it seems a bit of a remix of previous. Http:// at Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

Eva Lake is a Portland nee NYC artist. She is well known for colorful op art paintings and hard hitting collage, previously centered on targets. This show, Fashion Objects, loses the target and blows up her core topic to the main. Recommended. She has a At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Musk Mask by Christelle Enault from Paris opens tonight. She is one of the Tall Trees of Paris participants. 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

Srijon Chowdhury has Memory Theater incorporating the work of 28 other original artists. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Kathryn Cellerini Moore has Give Pause for Thought inspired by family history. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

We usually don't review Blackfish shows. They get credit for effort and for being a coop, but we are not often compelled by the content. Tonight they have a show by Paul Missal, long time PNCA painting professor. He has had an influence through his students for some time, so worth a look at the source. At Blackfish Gallery 420 NW 9th. 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 ranges from 9PM-10:30ish

James Papadopoulos has a book release tonight. Publication Studio bakes artist books daily, and they have a great community for events. At Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny Map 7PM-9 Free

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

May 4 Science!

Portland has many intimate meetups over creative common interests. Science is one. And this meetup is a night of presentations on science! It grew out of the backyard Summer of Science talks, and now it moves to the Xhurch art space. Science at Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free

May 3 Social Sculpture

With Project Row Houses in 1993, a community revitalized their neighborhood. The organizer was Rob Lowe. He has gone on to do other similar projects - applying the artist's creative approach to working within the community to encourage them to realize their own dreams.

Today we call that social practice art. It has it roots in Joseph Beuys proposal of social sculpture.

For his creative work through the community, Lowe was awarded a MacArthur.

He speaks tonight on Listening With Ears, Eyes, and Heart: A Gateway to Artistic Value in Unknown Places. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Rob Lowe talk at the Portland Art Museum. Advance tickets strongly suggested - they are free - see the link. Arrive early to get through the check in line. 1219 SW Park 6:30PM Free