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

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/04/12 – 05/06/12) “Cinco De Lebowski VII Festival & Object Stories”

CINCO DE LEBOWSKI VII FESTIVAL

“An annual tradition for Big Lebowski lovers and White Russian-starved alcoholics alike, Cinco de Lebowski—hosted by local podcasters cortandfatboy—screens the Coen brothers’ classic film, encourages Dude-approved costumes, and offers live music from Here Come Dots and Rich Layton and the Troublemakers.” By EH from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  Bagdad Theater |3702SE Hawthorne

When:   Fri, May 4th, 8pm. | $3-10

Phone: 225-5555

Website:   www.mcmenamins.com/219-bagdad-theater-pub-home

 

OBJECT STORIES

“A collaboration with the Northwest Film Center, Miracle Theatre Group, and Write Around Portland, Object Stories addresses the subtle but vital power of an object to compel a narrative and provides an interactive platform meant to transform the public’s perception of “the archive” and their relationship to it. The show includes a soundproof booth, where you can bring in a personal item to speak about, having your voice recorded and photo taken, and then have your story added to the museum’s archives.” from the the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Portland Art Museum| 1219 SW Park

When: ongoing

Phone: 503 226-2811

Website: http://www.portlandartmuseum.org ; http://www.objectstories.pam.org/collection

 

 

55. “The Everyday” edited by Stephen Johnstone.

There will be a First Thursday opening reception this Thursday, May 3rd, from 6-8:30pm, for Heidi Schwegler‘s new body of work, The Known World–a suite of objects, images, and videos–at the Chambers@916 gallery. Here’s a little background for the show from her Artist Statement:

“For the past two years, Heidi Schwegler positioned herself as a tourist in China, Iceland, Argentinaand Southern California. In exploring each environment, she became sensitive to the notion of perceptual blindness, a phenomenon which makes it difficult to understand what one sees in an environment that is very disconnected from the familiar, which can feel very alienating. To ground herself, she sought patterns in the unnoticed and discarded objects that exist on the periphery, rather than the spectacle of tourist attractions. Objects and situations that are normally overlooked, like a discarded mattress or duct tape holding down a mannequin, became instantly evocative. These experiences ultimately became the springboard for this body of work, which speaks of what is known but no longer seen.” From (here)

We are extremely excited to see this show! Last October, Heidi Schwegler started off OCAC’s lunch-time talk series with an amazing presentation about her sabbatical and artist residencies.  Most of her presentation covered her explorations and revelations about art and the everyday, and, while we did see some of the objects that she had made (which again were amazing!), there wasn’t enough time to talk about her whole body of work that came out of this period. Fortunately, we have that opportunity starting this Thursday! Don’t miss it!

The show will run through June 23, 2012.

Staying on this theme of the “everyday,” the library pick for this week is The Everyday edited by Stephen Johnstone. It would be an excellent book to check out to prepare for Schwegler’s show in order contextualize her work with respect to the ongoing collective discussion around the concept of the everyday that has been going on for well over half a century. Or, perhaps your interest might be peaked about it upon seeing The Known World.

According to the Publisher, this collection of essays, excerpts, and other writings tracks the “range of contemporary art engaged with the everyday and its antecedents in the work of Surrealists, Situationists, the Fluxus group, and conceptual and feminist artists of the 1960s and 1970s. This art shows a recognition of ordinary dignity or the accidentally miraculous, an engagement with a new kind of anthropology, an immersion in the pleasures of popular culture, or a meditation on what happens when nothing happens. The celebration of the everyday has oppositional and dissident overtones, offering a voice to the silenced and proposing possibilities for change “(from here).

Check it out!

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (01/20/12 – 01/22/12) “ Object Stories and Hecklevision!”

OBJECT STORIES

“A collaboration with the Northwest Film Center, Miracle Theatre Group, and Write Around Portland, Object Stories addresses the subtle but vital power of an object to compel a narrative and provides an interactive platform meant to transform the public’s perception of “the archive” and their relationship to it. The show includes a soundproof booth, where you can bring in a personal item to speak about, having your voice recorded and photo taken, and then have your story added to the museum’s archives.–Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  PortlandArt Museum, 1219 SW Park

When: Ongoing, Tues-Wed, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm, Thurs-Fri 10 am-8 pm

Phone: 503-226-2811

Website:   portlandartmuseum.org

HECKLEVISION: RED DAWN 

“HECKLEVISION—The Mercury and the Hollywood Theatre team up to present Hecklevision—a night that will forever change the way you watch movies! We’ll be screening 1984’s Swayze-tastic classic Red Dawn, but that’s not all: Thanks to technology™, anyone with a cell phone can have their text messages instantly pop up on the bottom of the movie screen! Get ready for hilarious/smart/rabidly patriotic text commentary from Mercury writers, Blogtown commenters, and… YOU. EH” – Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Hollywood Theatre,4122 NE Sandy Boulevard

When: Fri., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., $7

Website:   http://hollywoodtheatre.org

36. “Immediate Family” by Sally Mann

It being the holiday season and a time when many people take time out from their ordinary routines to spend time with their families and friends, the library has selected Immediate Family by Sally Mann for this week’s library pick, due not only to the subjects of many of her black and white photographs (her three children – all under the age of 10) but also because it brings up many issues surrounding making art and participating in family life. Is it possible to do both well or are they mutually exclusive? Mann makes it clear that they don’t have to be by making art a part of what it means to participate in a family. Still, either isn’t easy. We’re thinking about families this week in the library.

If you’re interested to find out how her children think about this body of work, participating in the work, and being the children of a famous artist, check out this video with Sally Mann and her children from the Art21 series:

http://www-tc.pbs.org/s3/pbs.videoportal-prod.cdn/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch Place on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Happy Holidays!

JP Reuer and the 2011 Design/Build Project by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design (ACD) students to promote literacy and learning.

Last Friday on OPB’s radio program, Think Out Loud, JP Reuer talked about the recent design/build project conducted by new students in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program – a joint degree program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. Listen to the radio program here: http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/designbuild/

This fall 19 students participated in a project to design a new learning center for a juvenile detention center in northeast Portland. The goal of the project was to design a space for kids that “celebrated literacy and learning,” and one that gave the kids a dynamic place to be “among books” (from here). For more information about the project, check out the following article: http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/4891/

The video (below) about the project is also available here: http://vimeo.com/29755120

2011 Design/Build Project from PNCA on Vimeo.

Could Dieter Rams be largely responsible for the successful designs of the iPod and other Apple products?

You Decide.

For more information about Dieter Rams’ work, check out OCAC’s copy of Sophie Lovell’s book: As little design as possible : the work of Dieter Rams. London : Phaidon, 2011.

Dieter Rams also has an interesting essay published in  Design and Art  (a title from MIT Press’s Documents of Contemporary Art Series) called “ Home is where the art is.”

Also check out the blog, MEERSCHWEINCHENREPORT ,  for other great pieces on designers and artists as well as a wide variety of other sometimes provocative but always captivating posts. MEERSCHWEINGHENREPORT is where I first came across the Dieter Rams video. Visit it!