Thursday, October 01, 2015

October 4 Concept Pure Blue

Blue Sky celebrates their 40th with a reception and party this afternoon. If you like, you may dress in 1975 period clothing! They will have a DJ. No word on if they will play disco. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 1PM-6 Free

Kartz Ucci is a local artist-academic who used graphic design ideas in her conceptual art. It can easily be done poorly; Ucci was much smarter about it. There is a retrospective of her work opening this afternoon. There is a much better explanation of her work on the Marylhurst website and in the Marylhurst monograph. There are more events surrounding the exhibition on October 25, October 30, November 9, November 17 and December 5. At the Marylhurst University Map 4PM-6 Free

Pure Surface is a collaborative performance by a mover, a writer and a filmmaker. Tonight, for #20, they are Tyler Brewington, text; Dora Gaskill, movement and Justine Highsmith, film. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6PM, performance 7 sharp Free

October 2 Eastside Art Openings

You can be a member of Newspace. In exchange, you can have discounts on classes and space rental. You also have the opportunity to show in their Members' Salon, which opens tonight. The full list of photographers and their links are on the Newspace website. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Haunt has midnight floral photography by Amy Wennerlind along with + vintage jewelry and flower arrangements. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9

Redux always does a spooky show this month each year. This month Sandy Peraza, born in Mexico and self taught, contributes pink with black illustrations on the theme. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Black Box has their group show, Photo Shoot. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Ryan Bubnis has Simplexity, graphic design influenced illustration. One Grand always draws a lively crowd. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Eutectic has a group show Pattern by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alexander Matisse, Ken Standhardt and John Vigeland. The theme is surface transformation of ceramics by pattern. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Worksound often has a small event on First Friday, not sure this month. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9 Free

October 2-3 Lacunae

The Lacuna Club is a small experimental music+experimental performance series of irregular events. They have operated in a private home, and now they occupy more public spaces. For two performances have Adam Rose, aka Antibody Corporation, from Chicago, Future Death Agency, providing sound, and Lucy Yim and Edward + Sidony providing movement along with artist-performer Kelly Mcgovern. There are two venues: Friday at the Watershed, and Saturday at Performance Works NW. Lacuna Club - Friday: Saturday:

Lacuna Club At 5050 SE Milwaukie 9PM Friday. 4625 SE 67th 8PM Saturday. $10

October 1 Westside Art Openings+

Blue Sky Gallery was started by artists in NW Portland of 23rd when that was a run down cheap neighborhood. Then they moved to the old PCVA walkup space in Chinatown when the neighborhood was unpopular. Then they had a space in an old brick Pearl District building guaranteed to be destroyed in an earthquake when the Pearl was just getting respectable. That was 40 years ago. Along the way, they have broken photographers like Richard Misrach. Commercial galleries watch them to recruit new artists.

This month they have arranged many of their photographers to print works in small format ~8x10 in open editions for sale at very reasonable prices.

Thomas Alleman has photos of cities Xiangshawan, Ordos City and Hohhottraveled in Inner Mongolia, China. His monochrome Holga photos capture the modernization and industrialization of these cities in a nomadic high desert. The area has one quarter of the world's coal reserves, natural gas and rare minerals; it is a national sacrifice zone. And it is following the development with a Chinese face tactic of large Han in migration, diluting the indigenous Mongol population. Perhaps it is the reverse of the historic pattern of Mongols taking control of China.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Adam Sorensen releases a new series of luminous schematic landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Enfant terrible Jim Riswold has Tips for Artsists Who Don't Want to Sell. Riswold is an ex-adman who naturally explores provocative themes in his work. One of his tactics is to sample Hitler into his sculptures and photographs. He has found that Hitler art does not sell well. Now he is experimenting with Kim Jong Un. We'll see how that works. He has an artist talk October 10, noon in the gallery. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Katherine Longstreth presents Marginal Evidence. It is a three room installation making a window into modern dance choreography, its collaborative process, and with a forensic eye, including music, video, drawings, writing and photography. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-8 Free

Elisabeth Horan has arranged 5 years of materials from her studio into a sort of timeline collage over 5 days in the gallery. You can see the result tonight. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

There is a 20th anniversary group show at Froelick if you would like to get a sense of what the gallery shows. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

PNCA & PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft, Adams & Ollman and Upfor continue shows. 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 usually about 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

W+K is another often worth visiting spot. It has an inconsistent schedule, not every First Thursday, and curation all over the map. Some work is preoccupied by its embrace with design and advertising. But their last show of Malia Jensen, who received an early commission for the giant beaver which graces the entry, was excellent. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

And on the Keep Portland Weird theme, MonstraSomnia is a group show or outsider artists on a Halloween theme. At Refuge 116 SE Yamhill 9PM-midnight Free

October 1-3 Memories Before History

Butoh is an experimental modern dance style originating in Japan in 1959. Sankai Juku from Japan and France is responsible for exporting butoh to the world beginning in the early 1980s. Their style is one of the most refined and elegant - they are a great introduction to the genre. Video excerpts of their performances are widely available on the Internet. It is extremely rare for groups from Japan to tour the US. There are occasional performances in Portland and Seattle by local performers.

For 3 evenings Sankai Juku returns to Seattle, a city significant to them, with Umusuna: Memories Before History. They present a workshop Sunday.

Sankai Juku at the University of Washington World Series Meany Hall UW Campus 8PM $50-55

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27 YouWho, We're Back

Portland's adult-child variety show put on by artist-musicians returns. The thesis is that adults need not be bored to oblivion by childrens' material and the reverse, which is really more important. Small ones might need earplugs so bring them for the whole family. Follow them @youwhoportland. At the Crystal Ballroom. Doors noon, show one. $10

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26 Mysterious Mashups

Los Angeles artist Fay Ray and Seattle artist Robert Yoder, two very different generation artists, show together this evening. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

Johanna Barron has Acres of Walls. It is a project to document through Freedom of Information Act requests, the abstract art collection of the CIA. The CIA and the State Department considered American art a weapon against Communism.

The Book of Scores is a music, installation and performance event by Johannes Lund, T.R. Kirstein, Allan Wilson and Evan Spacht, Tobias Kirstein, Helga Fassonaki, Julia Santoli and Ellen Lesperance. It is very complicated, so take a look at the Disjecta web site.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 "Plastics"

Wynne Greenwood fits in perfectly with the current Alien She show now at PNCA. She was a riot grrrl artist in 90's Olympia, and she still is today, albeit in Seattle and an intervening MFA from Columbia.

One of her projects, on display as a video, was Tracy and the Plastics. All the band member roles were performed by Greenwood through the video equivalent of multitracking.

At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 23 Women, (Data, and the Internet of) Things

Ethnography is one of the most useful tools in my toolbox. It is woven into design by pioneers and mentors like Robert Textor and Lucy Suchman. Portland has its own leader in the field, Australian Genevieve Bell. She has a talk tonight: Women, Data, and the Internet of Things. It has been a focus; her ideas of how it applies to domestic family life are explored in her book Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing.

The Internet of Things is an en vogue term for objects of all kinds to sense their surroundings or interact using a connection to the Internet to reach their "brain" in a data center. The Nest thermostat is an example. It uses computers in Google data centers to decide how to use energy efficiently while keeping the temperature comfortable. Exercise sensors like the Nike Fuel Band or the Jawbone Fit Bit would be other examples. The best design gives the devices a natural interface, like your phone or increasingly voice, and hides the complexity of the where, what and how of the "brain". Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke conceptualized it: "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Or another way of saying it is "it just works."

Videos of her talks are readily available on the Internet. Tonight she speaks to the Think and Drink audience in a series sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Tickets online, phone (503) 764-4131, or in person at the Alberta Rose Theater box office.

At Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Doors 6PM talk 7 $10

September 22 Chit Chat

Pecha Kucha is a 20 slide x 20 seconds each presentation format developed for cross cultural creative presentations by architects and designers in Tokyo. It has spread worldwide. It is back on a more regular schedule in Portland. Presenters listed at Free tickets are required - get them at At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 6PM Talks 6:30 Free with registration

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 20 Painting Experimental Pope

William Matheson opens a show of paintings, Night Was Already in My Hands. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 2PM-5 Free

The little Xhurch has Sanctuary Sunday, experimental music, tonight, with Northerndraw, Keith David Foster and Sundial plus visuals by Tape Jockey. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 Free

September 19 Burning

Stewart Harvey and Marti open a show of photography imaged at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Photographer Harvey is the brother to the individual who has shaped the event since its Cacophony Society roots. So he has had access to the event from its early days. Marti is a Paris-based photographer.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, with the People's art of Portland opening at the same time. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth 5PM-9 Free

September 18 Ernest Inca Donut

Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility is a video project by Ernest. They have been in residence in a new jail here. Built more than 10 years ago, it was never opened because the cost to operate it was not in the budget.

The artist residency has been sponsored by C3:initiative. The show opens tonight at 7326 N Chicago. 6:30PM-8:30 Free

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas a cross continent artistic duo, split between Detroit and La Rioja, Spain, speak tonight about their work. They are known for their joint project INCA, sound works and now a publishing collaboration. At Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny Map 6:30PM Free

And in the Keep Portland Weird spirit, a show of artwork made on donut shaped plaques is tonight. at Marrow PDX Ghost Sign Studios 7515 N Alma 6PM-9 Free & Free Donuts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16 Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a new show featuring Judy Cooke, Mary Henry, Justyn Hegreberg, James Minden, Pat Barrett, Eric Stotik, Molly Vidor, Kevin Kadar, Laura Fritz, Brian Borrello, Brad Mildrexler, James Lavadour, Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller and Robert Motherwell.

Opening tonight t Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free