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, Fourteen30 Gallery 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 at the Hollywood Theater 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 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 2PM $6

Silent reading is like the decommidifaction movement. Bring a book to read, silently. Recommended. Silent Reading Party at 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 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, 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 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

YU has The Secret Garden by Lutz Bacher. At YU Contemporary Art 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."


At Cherry & Lucic 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 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 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 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 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-8 Free

Contemporary Celadon is a group show focused on that glaze. At Eutectic Gallery 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 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Focus: Black and White is at Black Box Gallery 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:

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 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 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

PDX has paintings by he late James Lavador, native American impressionist landscape artist. At PDX Contemporary Art 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: They fall in to 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

Craig Goodworth has Kosť & Med (Bone & Honey.) At Duplex Collective 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

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

At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. 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 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 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 at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 6:30PM-8:30 Free