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 At Cherry & Lucic 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 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 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 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Huun Huur Tu - - 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 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

Project Space Industrial Complex occupies Compliance Division 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 at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 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 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, Fourteen30 Gallery 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, 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

Ryan Molenkamp has geology-inspired paintings. At Duplex Collective 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 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 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