Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 24 Social Practice Art & Photography

Wendy Ewald has a social practice photography at Blue Sky. She distributed cameras to the people of 14 Israeli and Palestinian communities and the show is the result of the story the people wanted to tell. This afternoon is a panel of artists speaking on social practice art and Ewald's work: Emily Fitzgerald, Nolan Calisch, Harrell Fletcher, Lisa Jarrett, Julie Keefe and Patricia Vazquez Gomez.

At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 3PM-5 Free

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Traci Sym has the greatest business name: +&>, Plus and Greater Than, for her design firm. She designs exhibition experiences.

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At PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 8:30AM Free

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 22 Title Bones

In one of our more unusual show titles, painter - digital collage artist Alisa Bones presents her show Your clothing is animal hair, your purple is fish blood. It's at Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders 6PM-8 Free

June 21 Summer Purpose Transformation Retors

We don't usually cover glass. It has its own aesthetics and collector base. The material is overwhelmingly beautiful which can distract from its impact on contemporary art viewers. Often the narrative or conceptual ingredient we love in contemporary work is absent.

This show has some artists who have contemporary cred and have used the Bullseye facilities to make truly archival work. They are Ligia Bouton, Kate Clements, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison and Judy Tuwaletstiwa in show Transformations.

Show with closing reception September 23. At Bullseye Projects 300 NW 13th Noon-5 Free

Zach Krahmer speaks on Listening with Purpose in photography. He has captured portraits of everyday people worldwide. It's part of the monthly free Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. Feel free to bring lunch. At the Portland Art Museum Miller Gallery in the Mark building 1219 SW Park. Noon Free

House for Summer is a landwork of live trees planted 30 years ago in the Hoyt Arboretum by artist Helen Lessick. It's hidden in plain sight, I've never noticed it. Celebrating yesterday's Summer Solstace, the artist will be there 3:30PM-5:30 today, then will speek at the Jefferey Thomas Gallery after. House for Summer at the intersection of SW Fairview Blvd. and SW Knights Road on the hill above the Zoo parking lot. 3:30PM-5:30. Talk & reception At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Both Free

This has been an artist space from time to time and from time to time under different guidance has art shows by recent art school graduates. Tonight is Wet, paintings and sculpture by Theadora Frost and Maddy Inez Leeser. I got to learn a new word from their announcement, retors! More here: At Project 205, 707 NE Broadway. 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 Seeds

Albina is one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods and was an independent city at one time. It's been thoroughly destroyed by highways, railroads and access to the river blocked by large industrial facilities and ruins. It's polluted too. There are a few old buildings in the neighborhood for a sense of what was: the old Widmer building, Beam and Anchor, some buildings on Russell, the old Ripe Family Dinner building, and some are artist work spaces. The North Coast Seed Building is one, a complex of artist studios in Albina. Tonight is their annual open studios, most of the artists open their studios tonight. They also have a large solar array on the roof! Strongly recommended. May not be perfectly wheel chair accessible. 2127 N. Albina 4PM-10 Free

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15 Sexy Work

If you subscribe to the evolutionary psychology model, we are all sex workers. Artist and audience. And there has been a history of collaboration in Portland between artists and sex workers going back to Marne Lucas working with Danzine in the late 1990s, starting the Sex Worker's Film Festival, and costarring in the infrared short film The Operation. Organized by a new generation, tonight is the New Third Annual Portland Sex Worker Art Show. The show is one night. More information at At PCC Cascade Paragon Gallery 815 N Killingsworth 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 10 Public Chemistry Home Cover+

Photographer, collage artist and curator Serrah Russell, from Seattle has a one night pop-up Take / Cover tonight. This show, themed on safety and addressing fear, is an installation incorporating photography, sculpture and video. Her work themes inner emotion suggested my the juxtaposition of minimal collage elements or figures in the natural landscape. This show includes collaboration with CL Young and Samson Stilwell.

Take / Cover at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free

Helen Lessick makes installations themed on home, as in the gabled architype. Some has been interior work, like a home about to be torn down filled with glass furniture and objects. Some has been outdoor work, where the gabled form is comprised of natural materials, even living plants. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM-6 Free

Art From the WPA Era is a show of paintings and prints made in the 1930s. The country was in the Great Depression. The government hired musicians, writers, performers and visual artists through the Work Projects Administration in Federal Project Number One, and the show has some of the visual results. There is a longer description worth reading on the PMOMA website. Matt Emmonds will perform on steel drums at the opening.

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Linus Pauling went to Washington High School. From there he went to Oregon State University and CalTech. He is the only person to have won two solo Nobels.

Artists Chris Haberman, Karen Wippich, Amy McLain and Eric Blackburn have made artworks themed on Pauling's life and work incorporated into the architecture of the Washington High School Marthas Cafe.

They are unveiled tonight.

Art at the Washington High School Revolution Hall Martha's Cafe. 1300 SE Stark 7PM-9 Free

ADX celebrates their 6th birthday with an all day party. It's a great opportunity to see the space, work being done there and meet makers. Plus there is a competitive thumbwrestling competition! ç

Tonight modular synth performers Alani, Sky Symbol Rituals, Dump Shock, Dr Burtrum, Body Shame, S.H.E., Chaos SoahC, Clavitron and Bifurcation perform. Visuals by Cysmic! Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

June 7 - August 6 Who is Watching the Watchers?

Artist Ai Weiwei, and architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron open Hansel and Gretel in the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. The large installation is a comment on our state of surveillance. The installation creates an environment surveilled by cameras and drones.

The project is documented at, which includes a livestream of the visitors to the installation and the history of drones and surveillance.

Hansel and Gretel at the Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue (enter on 894 Lexington Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets) Closed Mondays $15

Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 3 Don't Blame the Sun

Michelle Ramin has watercolors Blame the Sun, opening this afternoon. For this show, she paints friends on campouts, at barbecues and in other social situations. Great Stumptown is showing her, she often garners gallery shows. At Stumptown Coffee Division, 4525 SE Division 4PM-6 Free

Friday, June 02, 2017

June 2 Eastside Art Openings

In Response: Revisiting the Documerica Project is new work by Shane Anderson, Sarah Christianson, Peter Crabtree, Donna DeCesare, Elizabeth Gritzmacher, Sara Quinn, Stephen Slappe, Terray Sylvester and Linda Wysong. It reprises the 1971 EPA project on the impact of pollution and environmental destruction on community. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Haunt new photography by Onyx Marie who specializes in fashion. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 6PM-8 Free

Color: The Visual Spectrum is at Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

Redux has Light Fuse and Fly Away: Crows Playing With Fire by Brent Wear and Kirsten Moore At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Neon Love is a show by Dan Lam, Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg and Kristen Liu Wong. Three use neon-fluorescent pigments in their work. They affect the color we see by the fluorescent emission in addition to reflecting ambient light as conventional pigments and color in nature dies. Meryl Pataky works in neon tubes and neon-filled glass sculptures. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

Are wakes are wasted on the living? Photographer Sean M. Johnson has Burials, photographs with LGBT individuals to visualize their last rights. The result is lush and imaginative. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

A Series of Slips by Hannah Piper Burns and Dominic Amorin is the result of their residency at Open Signal. At Open Signal 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 6PM-9 Free

Emik has music posters. Gallery at the Jupiter Hotel 800 E Burnside

Eutectic has Tinder, wood-fired ceramics by Perry Haas, Chris Baskin, Frank Boyden, Richard Brandt, Samuel Johnson and Simon Levin. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, June 01, 2017

June 1 Westside Art Openings+

Wendy Ewald is an early era social practice artist. That garnered a McArthur and participation in the 1997 Whitney. This is Where I Live is her project of photographs from 14 communities over three years in Israel and the West Bank. The 400 images were made by the people there. Ima Mfon has Nigerian Identity, portraits of Nigerians living in the US. At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

James Florschutz has sculptures and Chris Johanson has prints ranging over many years. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto has a show of primarily monochrome animal images. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Morehshin Allahyari has She Who Sees the Unknown: Huma, her reimagined dark goddess sculptures in 3d and in video. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Anna Fidler has her paper collage characters attached to paintings of surreal landscape. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

The Crow Shadow print studio has a group show by contemporary Native American artists. Benny Fountain also shows paintings. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Heidi Schwegler, Andrea Furtado, Keylay Tukor, Jason Traeger and Rachel Oleson have a group show at the Thru Gallery 1706 NW Glisan, Suite 7. 6PM-9 Free

PNCA is recommended to stop in. The BFA thesis show is up now. At 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

S1 reopens in its new space with Sidony O'Niel's ;; NÉANMOINS UNE CATACHRÈSE. She will be the artist in residence in June and July. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 7320 NE Sandy Map 7:30PM-10 Free