Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/18/12 – 05/20/12) “Thesis Exhibition opening reception at the Ten Four gallery & Annual Spring Art Sale at OCAC & Oregon College of Art and Craft Graduation Commencement”

THESIS EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION AT THE TEN FOUR GALLERY

The Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) Thesis students are putting on a group show of their own in downtown Portland, Oregon(Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6-10 pm on the corner of NW10th Avenue and Hoyt in the Pearl District).

This is a very important event for our students. Each thesis student has spent the past year creating a body of work, and this final exit show is an opportunity to display their work as an entire group, and, to a broader group visitors. You can show your support by visiting the following site (which has more details and examples of the students’ work): http://ocac2012.weebly.com

More information here: http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-portland/2012/05/ten_four_2012_ocac_exit_show_5.html

Where:  Ten Four (formerly the Attic Gallery) | NW 10th Ave. and Hoyt

When:   May 18th, 6 – 10pm. Runs through May 31st (11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Sunday).

Phone: 503 297-5544

 

ANNUAL SPRING ART SALE AT OCAC

Buy local and support Portland’s emerging artists at the annual Oregon College of Art and Craft Spring Art Sale. Explore the functional, inventive and sculptural ceramic, book arts and fibers pieces, as well as the affordable, limited edition original jewelry created by OCAC students.

Organized by faculty, students and alumni, the sale proceeds fund the participating student artists, visiting artists, and the purchase of studio equipment.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.

When:   Saturday and Sunday, May 19th  and May 20th.

Phone: 503 297-5544

Website: http://ocac.edu/#/events/calendar/2012-may19-annual-spring-art-sale/

 

OREGON COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT GRADUATION COMMENCEMENT

Public Reception 2:30pm-4:30pm

The Board of Trustees of Oregon College of Art and Craft is pleased to announce commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2012 at the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building on the OCAC campus.

Johanna Branson | Commencement Speaker

Johanna Branson was graduated fromWellesleyCollegewith a B.A. in art history; she received a PhD in the same field from Brown University in 1976.

Dr. Branson has published widely on modern and contemporary art. Special projects have included Seeing Through “Paradise”: Artists and the Terezin Concentration Camp, an international exhibition and catalogue; Homeland: Use and Desire, an exhibition of contemporary art from the American southwest; and essays on topics ranging from Kara Walker to Huynh Phuong Dong, a Vietcong artist and soldier.

Dr. Branson spent her professional career at the Massachusetts College of Art, first as Professor of Art History, and then as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Branson is currently a Fellow of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and continues to serve as an accreditation team chair. She is also a consultant and speaker on various topics in higher education, art, and design.

Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.

When: Saturday, May 19th, 12pm (invitation only) 2:30 – 4:30 Public Reception | Free!

Phone: 503 297-5544

Website: http://ocac.edu/#/events/calendar/2012-may19-commencement-2012/

 

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/11/12 – 05/13/12) “Tom Cramer & The Original Eye Candy Video Night”

TOM CRAMER : NEW WORK

“There is nothing like a Tom Cramer show. The iconic Northwest painter and sculptor heaps so much gold and silver onto his gleaming geometric compositions, it’s a wonder they aren’t bought and sold on a commodity exchange. Past shows have featured imagery inspired by trips to Indiaand Egypt, as well as waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, rendered with a slippery, sexualized organicism that alludes to the female body. It will be fascinating to see where Cramer takes his ever-shifting, polymorphously perverse vision this go-round. May 3-June 2″ By Richard Speer from the Willamette Week  (here)

Where:  Laura Russo Gallery | 805 NW 21st Ave

When:   Fri, May 11th

Phone: 503 226-2754

Website: http://www.laurarusso.com/

 

THE ORIGINAL EYE CANDY VIDEO NIGHT: VJ NORT, THE PHANTOM HILLBILLY

“It’s surprising what goes well with beer: Sunny Delight, Roquefort cheese, early MTV music videos. Laidback boozers’ haven Beulahland serves up a delectable dish of the latter every Sunday night, screening a hand-picked selection of finely aged pop videos to accompany your choice of friends and drinks.” By SM from the the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Beulahland | 118 NE 28th

When: Sundays, 9pm | Free!

Phone: 503 235-2794

Website: www.beulahlandpdx.com

56. “Art School: (Propositions for the 21st Century)” edited by Steven Henry Madoff

This week, being the final week of Spring Semester and a celebratory and exciting time on campus as we congratulate our graduating students (and admire their work and talents), our thoughts have turned to the educational experience students have at OCAC and in art school more broadly. Because we’re a small, mentor-based art school, many of us have and have had the privilege to watch our students develop as makers over the course of many years. It’s certainly the most rewarding part of working at a library that tries to help serve them as they progress as makers and fine artists. With these thoughts in mind, we’ve elected to pick Art School edited by Steven Henry Madoff as this week’s library pick. It is a fascinating book — especially for anyone who has attended art school or has been involved in teaching art. Not only can it serve as a means of contextualizing an institution’s efforts, but it also helps identify a school’s successes as well as providing ideas worth considering for growth opportunities to serve the emerging artists of the 21st century!

Here’s how the publisher describes Art School: “the last explosive change in art education came nearly a century ago, when the German Bauhaus was formed. Today, dramatic changes in the art world–its increasing professionalization, the pervasive power of the art market, and fundamental shifts in art-making itself in our post-Duchampian era–combined with a revolution in information technology, raise fundamental questions about the education of today’s artists. Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) brings together more than thirty leading international artists and art educators to reconsider the practices of art education in academic, practical, ethical, and philosophical terms. The essays in the book range over continents, histories, traditions, experiments, and fantasies of education. Accompanying the essays are conversations with such prominent artist/educators as John Baldessari, Michael Craig-Martin, Hans Haacke, and Marina Abramovic, as well as questionnaire responses from a dozen important artists–among them Mike Kelley, Ann Hamilton, Guillermo Kuitca, and Shirin Neshat–about their own experiences as students. A fascinating analysis of the architecture of major historical art schools throughout the world looks at the relationship of the principles of their designs to the principles of the pedagogy practiced within their halls. And throughout the volume, attention is paid to new initiatives and proposals about what an art school can and should be in the twenty-first century–and what it shouldn’t be. No other book on the subject covers more of the questions concerning art education today or offers more insight into the pressures, challenges, risks, and opportunities for artists and art educators in the years ahead. Contributors include: Marina Abramovic, Dennis Adams, John Baldessari, Ute Meta Bauer, Daniel Birnbaum, Saskia Bos, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, Michael Craig-Martin, Thierry de Duve, Clémentine Deliss, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Ann Lauterbach, Ken Lum, Steven Henry Madoff, Brendan D. Moran, Ernesto Pujol, Raqs Media Collective, Charles Renfro, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Michael Shanks, Robert Storr, and Anton Vidokle.” From (here)

Check it out!

Support the OCAC Thesis Students’ Exit Show!!

The Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) Thesis students are putting on a group show of their own in downtown Portland, Oregon (Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6-10 pm on the corner of NW 10th Avenue and Hoyt in the Pearl District)… and they need our help!

This is a very important event for our students. Each thesis student has spent the past year creating a body of work, and this final exit show is an opportunity to display their work as an entire group, and, to a broader group visitors. You can show your support by visiting the following site (which has more details): http://ocac2012.weebly.com

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (03/31/12 – 04/01/12) “Pancakes and Booze Art Show & Tell Mama: a Tribute to Etta James”

PANCAKES AND BOOZE ART SHOW

“The nationally touring art show born in Los Angeles, combining over 75 of Portland’s underground and emerging artists with alcohol, and a free, all-you-can-eat pancake bar.” From the Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  Urban Studio |206 NW 10th

When:  Friday, March 30, 8pm | $5

Website:   http://pancakesandbooze.com/
TELL MAMA: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES

“Get your Etta on with a tribute show for the fabulous Etta James at the Alberta Rose. The blues queen’s classic melodies will be covered by Duffy Bishop, Lisa Mann, and other notable Portland vocalists, backed by the DK Stewart Sextet. The show benefits Candye Kane and also features a silent auction.” By CLARE GORDON from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: AlbertaRoseTheatre| 3000NE Alberta

When: 6 pm, Sunday April 1st | $20-50

Phone: 719-6055

Website: www.albertarosetheatre.com

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (03/04/12 – 03/05/12) “Mark Rothko and John Frame Exhibits at the Portland Art Museum & the March Fourth Marching Band”

MARK ROTHKO AND JOHN FRAME EXHIBITS AT THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM

Mark Rothko

“Regarded as one of the leading American artists of the 20th century, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) began his life in art as Marcus Rothkowitz in Portland, Ore. Having emigrated from Russia as a 10-year-old with his mother and older sister in 1913 to join his father and brothers inPortland, Rothko attended Lincoln High School and took his first art classes at the Museum Art School before going off to Yale, New York City, and beyond. This exhibition celebrates a native son whose lyrical paintings created a legacy for the world.

The 45 works in the exhibition trace Rothko’s artistic path from the late 1920s until shortly before his death in 1970. Borrowed from the Rothko family, the National Gallery of Art, and private collectors, the exhibition presents  Portland’s first comprehensive look at the artist’s development and the aesthetic issues that shaped his production. The exhibition moves from his early figurative works of the 1920s under the tutelage of Max Weber and friendship with Milton Avery, into the attenuated figures of his New York subway paintings, through an abstract surrealist phase to the emergence at the end of the 1940s of his mature abstract style of floating, saturated color and transcendent calm.

A retrospective survey of Mark Rothko’s paintings has never been staged in Portland, although Rothko’s first museum exhibition was hosted by the Museum in 1933-34.

The Museum thanks the National Gallery of Art and the Rothko children, Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, for their enthusiasm and supportof this effort to bring the paintings of Mark Rothko to Portland. The late Harold Schnitzer was instrumental in moving this landmark exhibition to fruition for the community.” from the Portland Art Museum (here)

John Frame: “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale”

“Art, music, poetry, and film come together in John Frame’s ambitious project The Tale of the Crippled Boy. The end goal of this ongoing project is a feature-length collection of animated and live film vignettes. Three Fragments of a Lost Tale presents his work on this project during the past five years, including installations of his handmade sculptures, stage sets, still photographs, music score, and animated film vignettes.

Since 2006, Frame, a California-based sculptor, has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated drama featuring an eclectic cast of fully articulated characters composed of found materials and meticulously carved wood. These figures build upon the distinctive, often theatrical, sculptures Frame has created throughout his career, which have been the subject of two retrospective exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art, Calif.

The exhibition will include the sculptures that have become the cast of characters in Frame’s evolving full-length film, as well as the film footage created thus far in this monumental project.

To learn more about John Frame, visitwww.johnframesculpture.com/portland.

–from the PortlandArt Museum(here)

Where:  PortlandArt Museum,1219 SW Park Avenue

Phone:  503-226-2811

Website:   www.pam.org

MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND

“Will saxophone-playing stilt-walkers ever get old? Portland’s raucous marching band, March Fourth Marching Band, is getting a little long in the tooth: Today is their ninth birthday blowout party, and they’re celebrating with two shows! Even after nearly a decade, no one throws a party like a punk-rock marching band.” — SARAH MIRK from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside

When: Sun., March 4, 9pm. | $25

Website: http://www.mcmenamins.com/425-crystal-ballroom-home

Phone: 225-0047

Jose Lerma quote: “Since the work is not about likeness …”

JM: When you redraw images, you often leave out elements that would point to a specific person. Do you do this to let your materials speak or direct a viewer away from the original sources?

JL: Since the work is not about likeness, I can use paint less predictably. I try to use materials in such a way as to make them refer to something else. If I wanted something that looks like a highlighter, I would not use a highlighter. I would rather resize or transform another material to give the appearance of a highlighter.

McKinnon, John. “Stealing from Oneself: Jose Lerma in conversation with John McKinnon.” Art Papers,November/December 2011. pgs 18 – 23.