It’s the first week of the new year! Celebrate the slough-off of 2011 by checking out some art. Our art connoisseur Matt Stangel is out of town, so I'm filling in to highlight some First Thursday action.
Ethan Rose has been tinkering again. PDX Contemporary presents his show Reflection, which hooks up electro-mechanical bells to speakers, to ding-dong in all sorts of weird ways. (Rose had a big show at MoCC a couple years ago, as well as participated in TBA '09.) 925 NW Flanders, 5:30-7:30 pm.
The Portland Art Museum is offering a tour tonight of The Artist’s Touch The Craftsman’s Hand (their exhibition of Japanese Prints). Good thing too, because it is (1) an awesome show and (2) a giant overwhelming show, with somewhere around 250 prints from PAM’s collection. I want a rotating exhibition of the work in my house but am settling for the exhibition catalogue. 1219 SW Park Ave, 6 pm.
Click the jump for more sneak peaks, including Yoda, fake news, and a certain basketball player...holding a PUPPY!
Speaking of illustrative, narrative art…Floating World Comics opens their show 500 Portraits, which is the new book by illustrator/artist Tony Millionaire. Millionaire will be available for signings as well as showing off his two decades of portraiture. Get your Yoda, Dylan, and Hitler fix by flippin’ through this new collection of his (many of the drawings were done for The Believer). 400 NW Couch St, 6-10 pm.
SCOOP continues at White Box, an interactive installation by Dustin Zemmel which spoofs the news, its melodrama and its artifice; it's kinda like Choose Your Own Adventure, but on the local news. 24 NW First Ave, 6-8 pm.
For all the Blazer lovers, Compound Gallery has their group show Blazer Mania 2—their second go-round of this theme. From their press release: "Numerous local and national creatives come together to create a collection that portrays a artist's perspective and relationship with what the Blazers, and what they mean to the city and Portland's culture." 107 NW 5th Ave, 7 pm.
Lastly, did you know Greg Oden loves puppies? He does! Happy First Thursday: