Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 28 Nude Caldera Surplus

Ampersand is primarily a bookstore, ephemera, second, and finally, original artworks. They do a fine job at all. April is Portland Photo Month and Ampersand launches it with probably the most visually interesting show of the Portland litter.

Saul Leiter was a NY photographer who made his living as a fashion photographer. He made excellent and respected fine art photography, particularly color street photography which was recognized by the art world later in his life. He passed away in 2013. His vast oeuvre is being cataloged at his East Village apartment of 60 years by the estate. Now new works are becoming known.

Leiter made rough outsider-style colorist paintings. Some of that work is collected by the Hundertwasser Museum, outsider outpost.

Ampersand had an opportunity to visit Leiter's apartment packed with a lifetime of art-making. This is the result, a previously private body of work numbering hundreds.

On occasion of the publication of a new book, Ampersand brings some Leiter original Painted Nudes. Leiter painted over his prints in his painting style with gouache and other pigments in bright rough strokes, leaving some photograph visible. Most are relatively small works in today's era of massive digital prints.

This is a bold move by the gallery. At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material www.ampersandvintage.com 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-8 Free



Tending Home is a show by Emily Wobb, Jesse Siegel, Tovah Rudawski, Dave Hannon, Buzzy Napoli, Lauren Bennett, and Michelle Latourette Wood. There is an artist talk April 17 too. Opening at Surplus Space www.SurplusSpace.info 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free



Caldera opens its studios to see the work of artists in residence Diana Arterian, Kyle Browne, Stephanie Del Rosso, Mandy Greer, Horatio Law, and Folawale. Details: www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster/ At Camp Caldera www.calderaarts.org, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 1PM-3 Free

March 26 Recess Music

Recess art gallery inquires into what is critical. Tonight Soledad Muñoz Fiegehen interprets the work of Pedro Lemebel. Given our semi-to-minimal engagement with North-South relationships and languages, it may be relevant. At Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison, reception 6PM, reading 7 Free.



Musics in church, where have we heard of that before?

Xhurch micro venue, be polite, has White Gourd, Fever Witch and 451 Degrees performing in an intimate home church. https://www.facebook.com/events/1548026842138758/ Early arrive, speak outside quietly, park conveyances politely. Do not bring down the venue. At Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th 7PM $3-5

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 25 Part 2 Opening

The Sum of Its Parts is the first gallery salon by Jeffrey Thomas. Tonight the show continues with a different selection of works from the original artists placed in different locations than Part 1.

At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-9 Free

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 21 Equinox Woolley Ragas

In celebration of the Spring Equinox, Michael Stirling will sing ragas with Lieve Maas, tabla and Lucy Stirling, tambura. It will be an intimate event. At Sun Gate Studio www.sungatestudio.com 2215 NE Alberta 8PM $10-20



The Mark Wooley Gallery opens a new show of NY artists, including Portland expatriates! At the Mark Woolley Gallery www.markwoolley.com 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

March 20 Museum Leap

Division Leap is a bookstore with some of the most obscure titles in Portland. They also collect ephemera, cards, announcements, prints. The Portland Museum of Modern Art has mined the Division Leap archives to put together this art show. For the opening event tonight, Dragging an Ox Through Water performs. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 14 Science Oil Science

Two artists who are in the inaugural show The Sum of Its Parts - Part 1, Brian Borello and Laura Fritz, speak about their work this afternoon. Borello is known for public art in New Orleans and Portland, and for his Guns in the Hands of Artists project. This show has minimal paintings of used motor oil on a white field. Topical as America discusses oil. Fritz is known for table top sculptures which remind science experiments. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh Map 6PM-9 Free
Doors 3PM, talk 4 Free



Carl & Sloan Contemporary opens with Testable Predictions, paintings and sculpture by Amy Bernstein, Perry Doane and Michelle Liccardo. The title is based on the scentific method. Their website provides a more eloquent exposition of the show than I can. This new gallery is founded by artist-curators, Calvin Ross Carl and Ashley Sloan. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary www.carlsloan.com
in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13 Varied Messy

London multiartist and photograpger Liz Rideal speaks about her work in a talk sponsored by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. Usually their talks are Wednesday noon. At the Portland Art Museum, Miller Room, in the NE corner of the Mark Building, first floor (Masonic) 1219 SW Park. 6PM Free



A new show by Alex Chaves, Josh Mannis, Annelie McKenzie and Nolan Simon opens tonight. It is curated by Adrianne Rubenstein. At Portland's first member of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-6PM Weekends, tonight 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, March 07, 2015

March 8 Strong Clear Mind

With a Clear Mind is a group show shared by a collector. Collector curation represents a strong and valuable vector. Works are by Tacita Dean, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Chadwick Rantanen, Dorthea Rockburne and Lynne Woods Turner. The Lumber Room has a strong clear vision, always recommended. At The Lumber Room lumberroom.com 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map 1PM-3 Free

March 7 Eugene Invades Control Home

The voice of the machine is a science as well as an art. Analog synths follow simple patterns of physics. How we hear them follows complex patterns of physics. Therein lies art.

Control voltage breaks the synthesis of sounds into modules with knobs. How to conect the modules and what the knobs do constitutes this free talk with hands-on.

Focus today is filters. It's a more fascinating topic than you might think. What's super cool is that filters are considered in the forward path and in a modulation chain. Who cares what that means, what matters is what it sounds like. https://www.facebook.com/events/852378954822621/ Synthesizer demonstration at Control Voltage www.controlvoltage.net 3742 NE Mississippi 1PM-2 Free



The University of Oregon is a popular school hereabouts. The Portland beachhead seeks studio arts cred in exchange for mounting shows. They have been doing a good job. Their customers, tuition-paying students, have a choice of in-town and out of town schools. Markets at work.

As part of that there are talks this afternoon and talks by UO art grads. 4PM Ken O'Connell, professor emeritus speaks. 5PM artists Carl Diehl, Heidi Schwegler and Cara Tomlinson talk. 5:30 reception. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch 4PM-7 Free



Gallery Homeland has Joe Spangler, photorealistic painter. At Gallery Homeland www.galleryhomeland.org in the Ford Building www.fordbuildingpdx.com 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 6PM-9 Free

Friday, March 06, 2015

March 6 Eastside Art Openings+

We don't really fetishize bones as decoration in NW culture. Or I don't. In the past there were reliquaries and relics in Christian culture. Probably others. Perhaps in the Southwest, skulls are a thing. Jason Borders thinks otherwise. He carves skulls and other bones with dense curvilinear illustrations. Tonight he shows them. If you're still craving art after visiting Eutectic, it's near. At steampunk central Old Portland Hardware & Architectural 700 NE 22nd 6PM-9 Free



Good has a group show of Sasquatch-themed art. At Good:a gallery 4325 N Mississippi 6PM-9 Free



Tsuyoshi Uenaka visits from Japan. He is the 11th and most recent generation ceramicists in his family. His village has one of the oldest kilns in Japan, making ceramics for the imperial court. He is part of the Stoked, wood-fired ceramics show. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



Response Response is a show by Linda Kliewer and Ryan Patrick Krueger, work separated by 20-40 years in its making. It explores the queer experience between then and now. At HQHQ Project Space hq-objective.info 232 SE Oak St #108 7PM-9 Free



Achieving and Underlining Too Many Dinner Parties is a show tonight of four this month. Tonight is Lewis and Clark MFA artists in flight at Surplus Space. The artists are Joseph Arzt, Olivia Cater, Liz Finch, Kelsey Gray, Malcolm Hecht, Kristina Nelson, Leah Reusch, Lilly Kiser Taylor and Clio Wilde. What a great way to fill the space. The series rotates weekly through this month with artists from different schools each weekend. At Surplus Space www.SurplusSpace.info 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free



Taro Masushio has Untitled (re:space between our bodies) at Worksound International tonight. They are pinhole photographs. At Worksound www.worksoundpdx.com 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9



The Justseed political poser artist collective, with Portland and Chicago roots, but now worldwide, speaks about their work at the 511 Gallery tonight. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6:30 Free