Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 14 Enough Enuf

This one wins the copywriting award for the month: "Posters for nothing. Begetting and beheading. Breakout hits, not enough. Genuine excellence in cratering. Fake drips, late to the game. Everybody loves distribution. Brancusi playing golf. Maybe later for the win. Lost and found flavors. I want the information. Hooray no one’s here. Let’s rebrand them as terrorists. Production life. There’s always coffee. Everything takes forever. You/me a small part of forever, and everything."

It's an art show, Is it Contemporary Enuf: New Works on Paper, by John Brodie. Brody is a cultural force in Portland. One of his vectors is collage done well.

Recommended, and we hope he worked in larger format to take advantage of the wall height there.

At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd Reception 4PM-6 Free

September 13 Singing Mobile Sculpture

The Hawthorne Eagles is a meetup today of art projects in mobile trailers. Art cars too. 4904 SE Hawthorne 11AM-? Free

St Johns has a sculpture park. Who would have known? Now you do and can see it at Green Anchors Studios 8972 North Bradford. Noon-6 Free

Qawwali is the musical expression of devotional ecstasy in Sufism. The performers call themselves a party. I have been fortunate to see the great Qawwāl Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. There are some great remixes of his work available.

Fanna-Fi Allah is a party of Western Qawwali performers. They tour Pakistan and are making a documentary of their performances and meetings with musicians there. They are unusual in having a woman performing. And I have been fortunate to see Fanna-Fi Allah in a back yard concert.

The Fanna-Fi Allah Qawwali Party performs this evening. Presented by Kalakendra at the First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th. 7:30PM $20 advance, $25 door

Friday, September 05, 2014

September 9 So Many Microphones!

Have you ever thought where microphones come from? Well some come from Portland, Oregon, USA, where they are made in the workshop of Philip Graham at Ear Trumpet Labs. It makes sense, one of the great DIY efforts, Tape-Op started in Portland. Tape Op has instructed, documented and sponsored many microphone DIY efforts. So many microphones! Come hear Graham explain the in(side)s and out(sides)s of small scale manufacturing of microphones for musicians. A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

September 8 DIY Science

Portland loves lectures. The Summer of Science is an example of crowd sourced talks on many, many topics in science and surrounds. It takes place in a backyard. It's Portland!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September 6 Publication Piano

Publication Studio is 5. So they are having a party! At Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny Map 8PM-late Free

We generally don't cover music here, there are others who do it better! We also have an interest in acoustic instruments of many varieties. One of the most expressive is the piano. Tonight Portland native in New York, Kathleen Supové plays. She is known for her performance of modern works. She performs tonight as a guest of Fear No Music in the Brunish Theatre, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts 1111 SW Broadway 8PM $15-30

September 5 Eastside Openings+

Jason Hirata from Seattle opens Coral Brush Node: Part I. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free

Primary Motions is an exhibition by Myranda Gillies. The show includes weavings of sunset images gleaned from the Internet, and brass castings of lava rock. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-8

Ellen Lesperance opens You & I Are Earth, paintings of sweaters seen on women at activist events. At Adams and Ollman Gallery 811 E Burnside #213 6PM-9 Free

Michelle Erickson has botanical watercolors, how perfect for Summer's swan song. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 6PM-9 Free

Black and White is a group photography show spanning landscape, portraits and interiors. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

Mary Tapogna continues mosaics at Redux. For many years, her studio and gallery was at 30th and Killingsworth. Until the neighborhood fancified. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Ready to Die is a large group show themed on a piece by Biggie Smalls at 20 years. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Will Bruno opens Comics With Still Life: Finding The Inevitable Place, work inspired by a residency on the Oregon Coast. At Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 6PM-9 Free

Jeremy Rotsztain's Digital Gestures continues at Pushdot. It's electronic illustration, some based on photographic images. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

September 4 Westside Art Openings+

Jenene Nagy has some stunning minimalist drawings and some concrete and metal leaf sculptures. Recommended. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Upfor has four videos by Ryan Trecartin from the Venice Biennale: Center Jenny, Item Falls, Junior War and Comma Boat. It is their first anniversary, they wanted to do something notable and they have! At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-9 Free

The Caldera offices have work from Baba Wague Diakite, James Florschutz, Eugenie Frerichs, Carolyn Hopkins, Jim Leisy, Patty Freeman Martin and Ben Rosenberg. Each artist worked in residence at Caldera in Sisters, Oregon. At Caldera Arts 224 NW 13th 5PM-8 Free

Welcome Strangers, Paintings and Drawings of the Neighborhood is a show by Mateu Velasco. 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 Suite 208. Map 7PM-10 Free

Lindsay Kretchun, coprincipal at the gallery shows her watercolors. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9

Michael Brophy is a painter of Northwest landscapes. Worth seeing. Also showing Rene Rickabaugh. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8

PNCA has Borderlander's Outfitter by Abigail Anne Newbold. It's survivalism lensed through art. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 6PM-10 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

A new Taiko is launching in Portland: Unit Souzou. They are playing an event with Korekara Taiko this evening. Unit Souzou at Zoomtopia, Studio 2 810 SE Belmont 7:30PM By donation

Anjali and the Incredible Kid are playing at the Saucebox 9:30PM to late, Free

Friday, August 29, 2014

August 30 Art Not Surplus

Tori Abernathy, Anna Gray, Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Jabari Jordan-Walker present work about unrecognized work. That's a lot of work! The FOuRT Collective also guest curates another part of the space which is a home. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 6PM Free

August 29 Dawg Rock Nativity

It's August and late August so everyone is out of town. But if you are in town, you can see a show Scenario Of Work, paintings by Eric W. Mast. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map All Ages 6PM-10pm Free

The art collective FOuRT is also doing Neo's Nativity. at 8, see their FB for details.

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 24 Pure Art Book

Delaney Allen, Ty Ennis, and Jaik Faulk, artists, are contextualized in a new book by Matthew Kyba. The book is published by Publication Studio and presented tonight by Nationale. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 4PM-6 Free

Modern dance. Some hate it. Some don't get it. Me, I love it, the result of a modern dance girlfrend, and I don't try to get it. An easy audience entre is just to let the watching create whatever impression. Don't try to force meaning, or impose narrative. Another approach is to imagine you making those moves. Be in that body.

Modern is upswinging in Portland. The Pure Surface events at Valentines are modern dance, literary and video -creator collaborations. They are free, and filled with interesting creative people.

This month is Danielle Ross/movement, Brandi Katherine Herrera/speaking and Andrew Glei/video. So you can has it all!

Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny

August 23 Pit Beast Cypher

A cypher is a code. It hides high information content in lower information content. Sometime I have to look up the etymology of the word's use in hip hop dance. Because by design, or by accident, it captures something beautiful, and something profound.

Preserving identity is a common source of conflict. I, you, we each, all accrete and construct identity by cognition which results in action. When others threaten that identity, we defend it. We express it in our lives. It is important. Critically. It is existence.

It's playing out in the news, and the news is not over.

In this case, a cypher is a circle of b-boys/b-girls expressing their identity from the sum of their past, and in relation to one another, by a competitive and playful competition. Each all of their experience is encoded in their moves, and adapted to the reaction to those moves, by their competitors, and by their audience.

The Pit | One Cypher | One Beast is a b-boy/b-girl battle with identities Lord Tummi, NeffSaid, Juan, Victor, Skrilla, Kyle, Merk, Zesty, Bao, Fligh, Dawn, Deondre Castro, Chucks, King Vrep, Jayswiss, Scooter, Hero, Fluurd, Blazii, Matt, Classique, Johnny Dont Ly, David, Andy Manivong, Tombo, Leap, Fern C Jiminez and Madeinmanilla Motorman as well as 2on2 crews with Project Mayhem, Deviant Munkees crew, Last Samurai's, Tru Roots, Chucks in da house, STC, Tru Roots Zero, HoodValley, Kyojins, Original Kid, #2on, Misguided Formula , Real Family, Soulbreakerz Krew, Yayonaise, Fresh from the 90s, SPLASH SQUAD, Mo money Juan problem, Oly Rockers, DoggPound, Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz, DRS, Jokers, Salem's Only Boys, Dance Broomz and Shibal Tribe.

The seemingly freeform rules require some heavy strategy. Like life.

Hosted by Brian Mightymoves Baker and Tonyy Tang. On the wheels of steel Mighty Moves from Def Con 5. Judges Boogie-Moon Patrol, Boxcutta-Fraggle Rock and DialTone-Art of Movement.

You can see this cypher unfold at the Ballroom Parkrose 4848 NE 105th. 6PM $10

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 19 - September 28 Nature Sound City

This blog revolves home in Portland, Oregon, USA, with occasional forays to Seattle and the Bay Area. But note this item in Portland's sister city Sapporo. It is the first international art festival there, themed City and Nature and the artistic director is Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of our favorite soundscape composers. If you go we want to know because it will be cool. The Sapporo International Art Festival, Sapporo, Japan.

August 18-23 Forest for the Trees

Forest for the Trees began because Portland gallerist and Japan-Portland ambassador Matt Wagner invited graffiti artists from both countries to paint walls. This is the second year, adding Brazil. It's revolutionary, really, given Portland's history with the Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, and its past Portland artistic expression outdoors based on interpretation of the Oregon bill of rights. Let's just say that the subconscious art of graffiti removal, like the subconscious art of cultural removal is in the news and a constant concern, worldwide.

Forest for the Trees invites artists Blaine Fontana, Blakely Dadson, Brendan Monroe, Curiot, DALeast, Faith47, Gage Hamilton, J.Shea, Mary Iverson, Maryanna Hoggatt, Mateu Velasco, Never Satisfied, NoseGo, OGI, Paige Wright, Souther Salazar, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Rather Severe, The Lost Cause and Zachary Yarrington.

You can stop by any painting location listed on the website to see the live action this week, and the finished results after. Forest for the Trees at various locations in Portland. Free

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17 Held by Light and Cloud

What's today? It's ambient Sunday! In church (Xhurch!)!

Musicians are Puff Puff Give, Misty Montane (Ian Gorman Weiland) and Pulse Emitter with resident DJs Mike Jedlicka and Elias Foley and visuals by Ritzy Sheens. Sanctuary Sunday at Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. 7PM or 8 to 10 or 11. Free