520 NW Davis St, 248-9378
Matthew Haggett usually does crazy encaustic/computer installations and "imagery," but now he's painting elaborate acrylic patterns. Contrast this with Janet Miltenberger's vaguely garden-of-eden, yet sorta creepy, neat-looking glass sculptures.
Cameron Showroom + Gallery
723 NW 18th Ave, 248-6701
Summer Crush savors the end of the season, with mixed media installations by Traveling Cinema mastermind Johnne Eschelman, collage paintings by Shelley Gerik, and handmade clothing stitched by Cameron. Because of the romantic nature of the show, it seems like it's okay to make out with your partner here.
11 NW 2nd
Grand opening of Compound, a rad gallery whose focus seems like it will lie on the vast world of graf art. Their first show includes skate company luminaries Russ Pope and Ben Horton.
* Crowsenberg's Half & Half
923 SW Oak, 503-222-4495
Get Felt Up: Designer/seamstress Mary Kysar touches you with her artistic renderings of panties and shirts, which also happen to be wearable. Through August
630 SE 3rd, 335-3821
Bipolar is a group show which explores gender roles and the sexist motherfuckers who keep the righteous down. Featuring work by James Baker, Brian Capati, Matilda Forsberg, Jamin London, Raul Mendez, Jessica Mus, Laurie Olson. Opens Aug 2
* Elizabeth Leach Gallery
207 SW Pine St, 224-0521
Sean Healy uses glass, resin, and images to encase mysterious little worlds; Deborah Horrell's glass vessels are meant to be viewed as contemporary still lifes. In addition, Tony Evanko makes a new, colorful sort of binary with digital images on sheets of acrylic, and Nayda Collazo-Llorens and J. Carlos Casado show the connections between media through video art.
328 NW Broadway, 294-1903
Take a break from the monotonous, future pre-fab architecture of the Pearl with Travel Surround, an "urban design experiment" by Dan Ackerman, scored by the Land Camera Micro Orchestra using time-lapse cameras, music, four screens, and three minutes of your time. Through Sept 5
NW 10th & Johnson
I went to see Malia Jensens' Slips, the sewn-on tree coverings for which she received a grant. While the tree sweaters are hand-sewn, and her artist's statement is impressive, ultimately what is conveyed is an extremely safe piece of art that doesn't really impress. Check it out yourself; Jamison Square is the weird/cool park in Portland's urban suburb, the "Go By Streetcar" ghetto.
* Jay's Quik Gas Garage
734 SE 7th Ave
Cool art guy Harrell Fletcher, with help from equally cool Steve McDougall, tackles Ulysses by way of Jay's Quik Gas Garage, and a video showing how you don't have to go to an art school to be a "living artist." You just have to be somewhat interesting.
* Littman and White Galleries PSU
Smith Center 1825 SW Broadway, 2nd Floor, 725-5656
Melinda Alexander appropriates the culture arround her through creative stitching, quilting, and some really bloody and good images that will sort of freak you out, but impress, as well.
1720 NW Lovejoy #107, 503 939 2255
Lovelake, an artist's studio/exhibition space, exhibits Cecilia Hallinan's Mouths: paintings showcasing the mysteries of the human smacker, some of which appear to be wearing lipstick.
mark woolley gallery
120 NW 9th, Suite 210, 224-5475
Cara Tomlinson's new mixed media paintings and drawings, plus Rhoda Preacher's oil paintings on canvas.
3558 SE Morrison
"The Planet specializes in porn, violence, and subversive politics." To fulfill this noble task, they've scheduled Dennis Dread to exhibit Bic pen drawings of "visceral gore and explicit violence." Just like my D&D boyfriend in high school!
Portland Building Lobby
1120 SW 5th, RACC contact: 823-5426
With a critical eye of the media, Emily Lux' Reality Check transforms the lobby into a maze of flashing televisions and newspapers with words that say a lot, but mean nothing.
* Wacky Willys Gallery
2374 NW Vaughn, 525-9211
Brilliance is a lamp/lantern show with 20 artists all using the theme of "light." Inexplicably, yet excitingly, the '80s British rockstar Nigel C will host karaoke Thurs, Aug 1, from 9-11 pm.