Friday, March 24, 2017

March 26 Hack Art

Art Hack is an exhibition of local electronic media art. It will be the result of a hackathon that begins Friday. See what the teams make!

They also win one of the copywriting awards for the month:

"The Internet was originally hailed as an inherently democratic medium that would promote democracy, sweep away corrupt gatekeepers, and make it easy for anyone to create or access knowledge. From that would come better solutions, more transparency, and citizens with more power than at any time in history.

Now the basic assumption of a common truth has been disrupted by a technology that can offer any reality and alter any history, on demand, 24/7. Rather than heralding a peaceful global commons we find ourselves fragmented into echo chambers and struggling to find common ground outside of our friends list.

As the dream of a democratic Internet fades we are left to question what role it actually plays in our society and government. As hackers we have little time to mourn the loss of techno-utopian ideals as there is an urgent need to critically examine the impact of our creation and consider mechanisms for mediation.

As hackers, many of us were involved in the development and advancement of the very Internet that now seems to be working against us. What do we do now that the Internet has revealed many of our dreams to be illusory?"

PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM=10 Free

March 25 Caldera Spring

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at risk youth. In Winter/Spring, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists Kate Bredeson, Dramaturgy, Portland; Rachael Dichter, Dance, San Francisco; Saideh Eftekhari, Music, San Francisco; Allie Hankins, Dance, Portland; Jamie Howell, Film, Wenatchee; Zoe Keller, Illustration, Portland; Susan Murrell, Mixed Media, La Grande; Michelle PeƱaloza, Poetry, Seattle; and Sherrie Wolf, Painting, Portland.

Full artist bios:

Arrive at 1PM sharp for presentations by the artists, then visit the studios.

At Camp Caldera, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 1PM-3 Free

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 23-25 Ceramics Opening Receptions

This month, in coordination with the NCECA ceramics show, many spaces have traditional and contemporary ceramics exhibitions. We don't always mention crafts, but here we will.

C3:Initiative in St Johns has a good history of artwork with a social change theme. Tonight they host work by Portland's Socially Engaged Craft Collective. Social Objects includes interactive projects, performances and games, all ceramic.

There is a huge list with many concentrated on Friday from 6PM-9. Most of the shows can be seen over the month.

The show opens tonight at 7326 N Chicago. 5PM-9 Free

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 19 Silent Gourmet Sanctuary

Hannah Levy opens Gourmet Garden. Yum. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-1PM Free

Bring a book to read, silently, over drinks and snacks. No talking. Recommended. This is a small venue. Suggest arrive early because publicity lends to over full. Silent Reading Party at 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

Monthly Sanctuary Sunday experimental music decamps at Beacon Sound tonight with Geological Creep, Marbletop Orchestrated and Scifi Sol. Visuals, Krystal Perez. At Beacon Sound, 3636 N Mississippi 7PM donation

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17 International Women's Front

The Lumber Room opens Women to the Front, a selection of women artists from the collection Artists include Etel Adnan, Jane Antoni, Leonor Antunes, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Sadie Benning, Andrea Bowers, Sarah Braman, Tracey Emin, Kiki Kogelnik, Johanna Jackson, Monique Mouton, Sara Greenberger Refferty, Emily Mae Smith, Kiki Smith and Valerie Snobeck. The Lumber Room is a private gallery and residence with limited hours. Check their website for details.

At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map See the website for subsequent hours and days. Opening today. Visit Fridays noon - 6. Free

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16 Ceramic Poland

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographs made in Poland. There is also a group ceramics show curated by who was the contemporary curator and chief curator at the Portland Art Museum. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-8 Free

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13 Fin Ne Pas Fin at 88

We thought the Fin de Cinema had ended. But the rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated. It is an occasional series of beautiful, exotic and obscure classic art films shown with a live score by Portland musicians.

Akira Kurosawa, one of Asia's most revered filmmakers, made Dreams at 80. It is an episodic mythical abstraction inspired by his dreams. It reads like a Greenway film, without the maddening pretense of Greenway.

Musicians tonight are Jonathan Sielaff of Golden Retriever; Brown Calculus, a project of Vaughn Kimmons - Brown Alice, Popgoji, Tribe Mars and Andre Burgos of Tribe Mars; Akila Fields of Shy Girls and Palm Dat; and atmospheric composer Dylan Stark.

These shows start earlier than most. The ninety minute film will have one or more intermissions.

Fin de Cinema live at Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 8PM, show 8:30. $8 advance, $10 door

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11 Gorilla Love Volts

Tonight modular synth performers MiniGorille, Alani, Juli Amore, SunFalls, Production Unit Xero, Ben Davis, Mulva Myasis, Body Shame and Ambient_distress perform music with Cari Gummer providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

Saturday, March 04, 2017

March 4 Synth Saturday

Sync02 is an analog sound synth equipment show day, and performance in the evening. It is focused on Eurorack synth modules. Sponsored by Control Voltage. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. All ages. Exhibition 10:30AM-4:30PM Free. 21+ Performance 5:30PM-8:30PM $10

Video Mixer PDX is a meetup, demonstration and hands-on opportunity with video synthesizers. Examples include LZX Industries, Paracosm Lumen and Glitch Art BPMC.

Analog video synths have been artist tools since the 1960s. The NTSC (and PAL) analog video signal is delicate because it had to run the analog televisions of 1941. It added color in 1953, but had to be back compatible. The result is that the analog video signal is easy to alter for artistic purposes.

Later video synths and tools to alter the signal entered an era of hybrid analog-digital. The image in the digital frame buffer could be processed independently of the analog video signal with the Amiga Video Toaster, the Fairlight CVI and others.

Falling prices and more muscular laptops lead to the golden age of live video mixing to accompany EDM, with innovation in the UK and the Netherlands. Popular software included VDMX, Livid, VJamm, Green Hippo, Modul8, Pilgrim, Isadora and more. They were often combined with hardware analog mixers from Panasonic and Edirol which had fallen in price due to larger markets: school television studios and the use of video in churches.

The challenge is the artist interface.

A generation of software, like Processing, inspired by the MIT Media Lab, used virtual processing blocks connected by virtual pipes.

Today's demonstration is focused on patchable synth modules, analog and virtual. It is similar to Processing, but with physical patch cords. The virtual version, Paracosm Lumen, can exist within a system of virtual video pipelines, like Syphon, in software.

It's free, but registration is requested at

At Open Signal 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 7PM-10 Free

Friday, March 03, 2017

March 3 Eastside Art Openings

Portland Eastside First Friday art openings have been severely slacking. Here are a few.

Portland's ceramics gallery has Christine Golden and Doug Jeck. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Nearby, Rising Room Gallery has a show of ceramics workers from Radius Studio with Alex Simon, Alyssa Black, Korin Noelle, Maya Vivas, Scott Gray, Jamin London Tinsel, Chris Pate and Heidi Sowa Gray. At Rising Room Gallery 2222 NE Oregon Unit 212 6PM-9 Free

Coinciding with Portland ceramics month is Them Are Us Too by Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Ariel Brice. At Ash Street Project Studios and Gallery. 524 SE Ash. 6PM-9 Free

Newspace opens their member show of more than 70 artists listed on their website. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map Early close 6PM-8 Free

Black Box has Mirror, Mirror a show of portraits. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

Chefas Gallery, which usually operates on its own opening schedule, has Golden Age by Landon Brooks tonight. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map 7PM-10 Free

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March 2 Westside Art Openings

There is a ceramics conference in Portland this month. Many galleries dedicate their shows to the medium in March.

Bean Finneran makes the minimal colorful ceramic work PDX Contemporary is known for. Jeffrey Mitchel goes more for baroque. A fun pairing. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Heidi Schwegler is known for sculptures which can make the viewer slightly uncomfortable. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Zemula Fleming's The Narrow View is themed on expectations and Christianity. At Wolff Gallery 618 NW Glisan, Suite R1 6PM-9 Free

Compound has We’re Still Angry, politically-themed art. At Compound Gallery, Portland's unofficial Japanese embassy 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

Patrick Seeley has schematic paper cut illustrations. At Impossible Box, 215 SW 1st 5PM-midnight 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