Ardent Cloud
Matthew Dennison's 8x5" drawings reveal fanciful, fantastic architecture with trees growing through shaky, whimsical buildings. This is the first time these drawings have been shown publicly. Froelick Gallery, 817 SW 2nd Ave, 222-1142, Through Dec. 31

* Ed Ruscha Prints
OK, the secret is out that Ed Ruscha is America's most consistently fascinating, playful, poetic and elusive artist. Tapped to represent the US in the upcoming Venice Biennale, the man who brought us Various Small Fires and Brave Men Run in My Family was interviewed by none other than Peter Jennings last week in NYC. So here's what I propose: we all get together, pool our dough, walk in to Augen Gallery, buy a print and then take turns passing it around and admiring it. I've got $35 and dibs on Sunday Mornings. Augen Gallery, 817 SW 2nd Ave, 224-8182, through Dec 31

* Newcountry
San Francisco artist Charles Goldman, creator of last year's E-Z Maze in downtown Portland, returns for a promising exhibition at PNCA. Newcountry features a 4/5 scale model of his pick-up truck built from mundane, mass produced objects, and a sound installation celebrating the civic minutiae of American geography. Philip Feldman Gallery, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Dec. 2 - Feb. 19

Perfect: An International Photo Experiment
The creative brainiacs at Wieden + Kennedy have done it again. No, they haven't come up with another brilliant strategy to make you feel kinship with profit-driven mega-corporations, but they have weakened our position that advertisers are soulless zombies insistent on hanging a price tag on all that is good in the world. It's hard to keep that stance when they do something as cool as Perfect. W+K sent out 100 cameras to their international crew of employees and asked them to hand the cameras off to a person of their choosing. Their assignment: to photograph something "perfect." The sample photos that W+K sent over are pretty great examples of incidental amateur photography, and this should be an enjoyable exhibition. As long as you don't focus on the notion that they are co-opting this feel-good, community-based concept from artists like Harrell Fletcher and will undoubtedly use the results as the springboard for a multimillion-dollar marketing scheme designed to make you equate homespun creativity and fellowship with some floundering soft drink or athletic apparel company. CB Wieden & Kennedy, 224 NW 13th, 227-2583, Thursday Night