Thursday, January 07, 2016

January 7 Westside Art Openings+

Ryan Pierce makes artwork inspired by environmental issues and is cofounder of the Signal Fire residencies. This show explores parallels between native mythology in Mexico as a discovery and exploration process, colonial expansion as the same, and the unknown climate futures as a continuation of both. Wendy Given has photographs and sculpture which examine how we, in modern culture experience nature-based, mythology. At Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, room 204, Portland State University 724 SW Harrison St 4PM-7 Free

I, You, Me is a poppy show by Ayumi Takahashi. She has lived in China, Japan and attended top art schools in LA & London. She lives in Portland now. Another impressive show by Duplex. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

24 Hour Empire is a recreation and update of a 1964 project by Jonas Mekus and Andy Warhol. Portland artist Josh Michaels made his own 24 hour shot of the Empire State building, then processed, recontextualized and remixed it into a variety of artworks. Recommended. Saturday 1/9 1PM to Sunday 1/10 1PM the gallery will be open 24 hours; Saturday 1/16 6PM-8 is the closing event. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Kendra Larson makes landscape drawings, often in charcoal and many with tinges of the mystical. She also presents an artist talk Saturday January 23 noon at the gallery. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Longtime Portland painter Lewis Clevenger has a show at Russo. It goes along with a retrospective of even longer time gallery artists. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 Free

Longtime Portland Photographer Jim Lommasson is at Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Recent PNCA graduate Lauren Gonsalves shows illustration style work. 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

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM to a little later in Winter

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

Their Museum of Contemporary Craft is open until 8 and Free on First Thursdays

Both have the Alien She show ending this week.

And plus: Pecha Kucha is a night of short design talks which originated in Japan. The Portland chapter lapsed but is back. Tonight it is Kyra Bussanich, Founder & Pastry Chef, Kyra’s Bakeshop; Daniel Duford, Visiting Associate Professor of Art, Reed College; Carly Ellis, Designer, Nike Design Lab; Dan Frantz, Strength Coach, Big Sweet Health; Kristen Gallagher, Founder, Edify Education Design; Jelani Memory, Founder, Circle Media, Inc.; Mo Nishiyama, Technical Writer, OHSU; Skyler Pace, Entrepreneur, Recent Graduate; Amy M. Truitt, PhD Candidate, PSU; Tiff Wood, Founder, New World Rowing Club and Peter Zandee, US Sales Manager, Tony’s Chocolonely. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison doors 6PM, talks 6:30-8 Eventbrite tickets linked to the Holocene web site. Free