April First Friday: The Beauty and Danger of Line

In celebration of art openings tomorrow that focus on line, the subject of this months newsletter is delineations, subjects that mark or dissolve separations, or those that challenge the very concept itself…

As a visual separator, line is one of the fundamental elements of art, however the process of delineation is also one of the central means through through which we conceptualize, and make sense of a chaotic world.

While we often take for granted the conceptual borders we use to create classifications, reality is more subtle; boundaries between phenomenon rarely fit so neatly into the spaces we assign them. While lines may create a useful shorthand, they are not inherent to a world that often prefers smooth blending.

Indeed, there is a danger of bias and preconception when we overly rely on such tools. However, line can also be used as a compositional element, rather than solely as a unit of division. The novel use is visually arresting, and also conceptually intriguing; it recast the tools of separation into the building blocks of new meaning and harmony.

Some First Friday openings to check out:

  • A solo show by Tenya Rodriguez at Jailbeak Studios
  • Delinations at Redux Boutique and Gallery
  • BrassWorks Gallery presents Steve Rutherford with The Art of Subtraction
  • Michal Fargo’s In the Back Room at Eutectic Gallery
  • Shrines and Alters at Splendorporium

Check out the First Friday PDX website for a full listing of show openings this month.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein

First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

TENYA RODRIGUEZ | JAILBREAK STUDIOS

Tenya Rodriguez’s Bio:

markings made from meditations. movements measured in slowness. lines that force a monkey mind, my monkey mind to be present with and for every gesture. slow art and slow looking when the world feels disconnected and often times too much. the idea behind my art is to come to the paper each morning with a simple ballpoint pen and create the same meditative movement again and again. the lines layer up, overlap, connect, and present themselves as abstracts with their own conscious form. they are daily reminders that much can be created and accomplished in one sitting of fifteen minute slowness.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 910 SE Taylor St.

DELINEATION | REDUX

Redux is pleased to present a group show featuring five Portland artists and their amazing mastery of line-work and illustration. Featured artists include Megan Eckman, Marika Paz, Isaac Fletcher-Weiss, Kirsten Moore and Helen Mask-Greer.

This show explores the variety of methods artists use in defining space, carving out edges, and focusing on an object. “Delineation” describes the action of portraying something precisely. Some illustrate and define an object in its buildup of line, dots or shadow; others reveal the object through the suggestion of negative space. Sometimes emphasis is placed on something by drawing the viewer in with a small focal point of color within a sea of grayscale. Other times special consideration is paid to an environment of color, containing an object defined by black and white. In this show we have asked artists to illustrate how they tell their own stories through a personal approach to illustrative line-making.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 811 E Burnside St, # 116

THE ART OF SUBTRACTION | BRASSWORKS GALLERY

The Art Of Subtraction, Steve Rutherfords first solo show – where he brings us into the work of his magical photography, that pulls you into each image allowing your mind to wander and escape and feel the beauty.

6 pm – 10 pm @ 1127 SE 10th Ave

IN THE BACK ROOM | EUTECTIC GALLERY

We’ve been very lucky to acquire a diverse collection of works from Israel-born Berlin-based artist Michal Fargo. These works challenge notions of what ceramic art looks like, with their mysterious material origins. See the incredible detail up close, at this month’s opening celebration.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St.

SHRINES AND ALTARS | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us for the opening of our Shrines and Altars show featuring artist Leslee Lukosh. There will be shrines, altars, paintings, sculptures, wearable art, art lamps and jewelry from a vast array of local Portland artists. Also – our kids gallery is full of wondrous beauty. Show runs 4/5 til 4/26.

7 pm – 9 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Ave

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THE CYNICAL SIDE OF ART CENSORSHIP | VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“In 2011, Facebook closed the account of Frédéric Durand without warning after he posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World). For those not familiar with the painting, it showed a woman’s genitals…”

Read the full blog post here!

OTHER SHOW OPENINGS AND ART EVENTS

  • 5 – 10 pm: Quadraphotique @ Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery (1715 SE Spokane St.)
  • 6 – 8 pm: Riding the Storm Out – A Blizzard of Ravens; Adam Bacher @ Pushdot Studio (2505 SE 11th Ave #104)
  • 6 – 8 pm: Rumors by Small Talk @ Wolff Gallery (2804 SE Ankeny St.)
  • 6 – 9 PM: Opening Reception: Mini Giri/Charles GluskoterPublic @ Sidestreet Arts (140 SE 28th Ave)
  • 6 – 9 pm: First Friday April @ Annie Meyer Gallery/Studio 2507 (2507 SE Clinton St)
  • 6 – 9 pm: Fabulous First Friday and Open Studios @ East Creative Collective (211 SE Madison St
  • 6 – 9 pm: First Friday Artist Reception @ Bite Studio (2000 SE 7th Ave.)
  • 6 pm – 12 am: The Third Annual Kids Show @ AFRU Gallery (534 SE Oak St.)

Visit the First Friday PDX website for more info and the First Friday map!

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

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The Cynical Side of Art Censorship

Before diving into art censorship, let’s ask ourselves, what is censorship? According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, censorship is: “The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” Censorship can shelter citizens from reality and infringe on their rights. Below are some examples of art censorship.

In 2011, Facebook closed the account of Frédéric Durand without warning after he posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World). For those not familiar with the painting, it showed a woman’s genitals.  Durand took it to French court and sued Facebook for violating his freedom of expression. After a 7 year battle, a French court ruled that Facebook was wrong to censor Courbet’s painting. However, the social media network did not pay the $25,000 in damages, due to the fact that he was using a pseudonym and opened up a new account on the same day his previous account was deleted.

Another example of art censorship involves low-level detainees at Guantánamo Bay and their artworks. 32 works of art by 8 detainees are now owned by the US government which were previously on exhibition at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The reason for this is that the US government suspects that their potential sale would go to supporting terrorist activities. This new policy is a no-win situation when ownership is taken away and barbaric, especially when the art poses no security threat.  

As you can see, censoring art does more harm than good. It makes society less accessible and open for citizens. Finally, in the words of Ai Weiwei (artist and activist), “words can be deleted, but the facts won’t be deleted with them.”

Works Cited:

Rea, Naomi. (2018, March 15). A French Court Rules Facebook was Wrong to Censor Gustave Courbet’s Provocative ‘Origin of the World’. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/facebook-censorship-gustave-courbet-1245458

Thompson, Erin. (2017, November 27). Art Censorship at Guantánamo Bay. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/opinion/guantanamo-art-prisoners.html

Toor, Amar. (2015, March 3). 19th Century Vagina Sparks French Lawsuit against Facebook. https://www.theverge.com/2015/3/6/8160721/facebook-censorship-vagina-painting-france-lawsuit

Rosenberg, Carol. (2017, December 1). U.S. Military May Archive Guantánamo Prison Art Rather than Burn It.  https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article186891663.html

(2018, February 1). Facebook to French Court: Nude Painting did not Prompt Account’s Deletion.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/01/facebook-nude-painting-gustave-courbet

(2015, May 3). Court to Rule that Facebook can be Judged in France in Vagina Painting Case. http://en.rfi.fr/americas/20150305-court-rule-facebook-s-can-be-judged-france-vagina-painting-case

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/censorship

Color and Collage: Tonight at First Friday!



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While there are perhaps infinite elements which characterize art, none looms so large in pure expressive power as color. In either exuberant overabundance, or in limited dramatic palates, color, more than form, line, or space is the essence of feeling. Much like feeling itself however, color is also a thing that does not exist independent of its subject but rather alters its.

In this respect color is not unlike collage. Through the repurposing of existing images, collage permits the creation of new subjects and meaning. The previously banal or benign can take on urgent potency with new context.

Like an alchemist, this alteration is the essential power of art. In doing so the artist can recast the mundane to the sublime, ugliness into beauty…and also the reverse. In deciding if such such feats of transmutation are truly possible however, it also a power which the viewer shares.

In the spirit of these thoughts, here are some colorful subjects for you to consider this First Friday:

  • Rainbows and pottery at Spectrum and Carson Culp at Eutectic Gallery
  • Stephanie Chefas Projects welcomes Yellena Jame’s colorful creations in Immerse
  • Mixed media and collage by Israel Hughes at Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery
  • Sidestreet Arts presents new collage and mixed media works in All Mixed Up
  • The Night Gallery at Splendorporium
  • A Spring Fling at East Creative Collective
  • A new blog post by Victoria Glanowski on Tetrachromacy

Look forward to seeing you tonight!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein

First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

SPECTRUM AND CARSON CULP | EUTECTIC GALLERY

Escape the dreary Northwest gray and immerse yourself in the eye-popping, candy colored rainbow of Spectrum. Blair Clemo will join us for the opening celebration, along with our Back Room artist, Carson Culp. Carson recently returned from a residency in Japan following an apprenticeship at Leach Pottery.

6 pm – pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St

IMMERSE | STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

This March, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present Immerse, the latest exhibition of work from Portland-based artist Yellena James. Prepare to take a deep plunge into the world of James’ creation, where ethereal forms overlap amidst a limitless expanse. Rendered in vibrant color, organic elements thrive within fully conceived ecosystems, as the collective result essentially swallows the viewer whole.

7 pm – 10 pm @ 305 SE 3rd Ave, Ste 202

ISRAEL HUGHES | ROLL-UP PHOTO STUDIO + GALLERY

Painter, collage artist and native Oregonian, Israel Hughes presents new mixed media works that celebrate layers, lines and edges. His intuitive process and improvisatory style are informed by visual poetry, New York Dada and a storied history as a theater manager and blues musician.

5 pm – 9 pm @ 1715 SE Spokane St, Portland

ALL MIXED UP | SIDESTREET ARTS

We’re ”All Mixed Up” for the month of March … with collage & mixed media works. Our First Friday Opening offers up fun conversation, delicious reception munchies and adult beverages. If you like to mingle with artists and art lovers, you’ll not want to miss this! (Please be 21 years of age to consume the alcohol).

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave

THE NIGHT GALLERY | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us for the Night Gallery Show. Featuring artists Jason Stewart and Troy Hileman. Also, Ophelia Darkly will be here reading her haunted doll Tarot. This is going to be a dark, creepy, wonderful evening.

7 pm – 9 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Ave

SPRING FLING | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Spring Fling Art and Craft is happening at East Creative in conjunction with First Friday. Frida’s Den will be filled with amazing colorful art and crafts in addition to our fabulous First Friday open studio event. Come on down and see what all the fuss is about. Makers, shakers and artists abound! Plenty of free parking as always. Free Kombucha too.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.

MARCH OPENING | ANNIE MEYER GALLERY

We are excited to welcome the Annie Meyer Gallery to the East Side. Come check out the new location on SE Clinton this Friday!

6 pm – 9 pm @ 2507 SE Clinton St.

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HOW MANY GREENS DO YOU SEE? | VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“What if I told you that there is this really cool mutation existing in today’s world called tetrachromacy. What is tetrachromacy? Tetrachromacy is “The condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying color information or possessing four types of cone cell in the eye.” Basically, a person has an extra cone that allows them to see the differences in colors that appear identical to others…”

Read the full post here.

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How Many Greens Do You See?

Scorpio Moon With Sirius by Concetta Antico

Any one thought that the mutants in the X-Men series were cool?

What if I told you that there is this really cool mutation existing in today’s world called tetrachromacy. What is tetrachromacy? Tetrachromacy is “The condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying color information or possessing four types of cone cell in the eye.” Basically, a person has an extra cone that allows them to see the differences in colors that appear identical to others.

This type of condition has so far shown up only in women. Maureen Seaberb and Concetta Antico are the only two known functioning tetrachromats in America. Antico was tested positive for tetrachromacy in 2012, when her daughter was tested for colorblindness. Her perception for color allows her to excel at being a tetrachromat artist and oil-painting teacher, since she can see more than a trichromat. For more information you can check out her website at https://concettaantico.com/.

Maureen Seaberb is a journalist and author who finds matching tops and skirts a different shade to her. Seaberb has also had some disagreements over colors, such as rejecting 32 sample colors that were part of a house remodeling project.  She tested positive in 2013 after hearing about the subject on a Radiolab podcast.

So, could you be a tetrachromat? Had any recent arguments about an object being beet red?

Beyond Average Color Vision: An Interview with Tetrachromat Artist Concetta Antico. https://munsell.com/color-blog/tetrachromat-artist-concetta-antico/

Robson, David. (2014, September 5). The Woman with Superhuman Vision. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140905-the-women-with-super-human-vision

Lewis, Ricki. (2016, December 25). A Good Mutation: Seeing the World with Extra Cones https://www.raredr.com/contributor/ricki-lewis-phd/2016/12/a-good-mutation-seeing-the-world-with-extra-cones

Shearer, John. (2012, March). Tetrachromats. http://www.wonderfulcolors.org/blog/tetrachromats/

Pleasing Sense: Art and Love on First Friday

Love and art share many commonalities; into addition to originating in similar places in the human heart, the best examples of both also often share depths of passion, sensuality, and beauty.

Likewise, while we are constantly tempted and sometimes prefer to search for their greater significance, the essence of both love and art may simply lie in sensory stimulation.

Of course such analysis of either may also be misplaced; elements such as aesthetic or philosophy might be inseparable from their expression. Perhaps, they are merely components of the same self-evident expression of some ineffable truth?

Regardless, as in love and art, it is certain that the marriage of the two produces sublime results.

On this theme of esoteric synthesis then, here are some First Friday shows which will mark this lovely February through art, beauty, love, and sensory pleasure.

  • Visual and olfactory cross-stimulation at My Nose Made Me Do It by Catherine Haley at Pushdot Studio
  • Stephanie Chefas Projects presents All This Useless Beauty a solo show of Serena Cole
  • Botanical Burlesque at Redux Gallery
  • The Pink Show at Splendorporium
  • East Creative Collective’s February Open Studios and Vintage Valentines Day Pop-Up

See you on Friday!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

MY NOSE MADE ME DO IT  | PUSHDOT STUDIO

Catherine Haley Epstein is an award-winning writer, artist, designer and curator. Over the past eight years she has pioneered the incorporation of scent into her visual and conceptual art practice. The effect has been an entirely new and more abstract dynamic to her work.

Mixing scent requires chance, knowledge and courage. In this installation, “My Nose Made Me Do It,” the artist has combined visuals with which she has been obsessed for over twenty years in the same manner she has combined scent materials – with love, patience and curiosity. The installation is a weaving of philosophy, art history and multimedia where scent, visuals, text and sculpture become distilled tales of her nose journey to date.

6 pm – 8 pm @ 2505 SE 11 th Avenue, Suite 104

ALL THIS USELESS BEAUTY  | STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

This February, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present All This Useless Beauty, a solo exhibition from Northern California based painter Serena Cole and curated by arts writer Gabe Scott. Throughout the artist’s career, the physical body has served as the framework for which to look inward, outward and through the feminine psyche. Her watercolor and pencil renderings are composed of found images and anonymous individuals, which take on new roles and identities as assigned by Cole.

The images of these nameless individuals have been harvested for appropriation based on an emotional connection to the content. In working from pre-existing images, an individual in a photograph is no longer confined to existing in the original context presented. Revelations of her own subconscious are projected and manipulated on anonymous individuals, juxtaposing emotions and intuitions on to a new model that once only existed in a perfunctory realm.

7 pm – 10 pm @ 305 SE 3rd Ave, Ste 202

BOTANICAL BURLESQUE  | REDUX GALLERY

Group show featuring Northwest artists all focusing on a common theme of florals and the female form. Botanical Burlesque will focus on the female floral portraiture work of 6 woman artists.
6 pm – 9 pm @ 811 E Burnside St, # 116

THE PINK SHOW | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us Friday, February 1st 7-9 for the opening of the PINK show. Featured artist Isaac Yoder with so many other artists!!!!! Visit the Art4Life children’s gallery to see the magic the kids make!

7 pm – 9 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Ave

OPEN STUDIOS AND VINTAGE VALENTINES POP-UP | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Featuring open studios by resident artists, a vintage valentines day pop-up at Frida’s Den, fire dancing by Photonica, and live music by Slim Bacon, Edad Del Pavo, and TwentyThree Suns.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.

 

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A NEW CHANGE ON THE HORIZON | VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“…These types of independent galleries are being brought to the forefront to instill curiosity and thought in this chaotic world. Therefore, the world is in a dawn and it is up to the owners/directors of these galleries to make a difference in society.”

Read the full post here.

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org
General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2019 First Friday PDX, All rights reserved.

A New Change on the Horizon: Representation in Art Galleries

Raise your hand if you have ever been on an artwalk. Good. Now tell me: why are trans and queer artist of color, people with no BA’s, and people with disabilities left out of the picture, or not pushed to the forefront? Because the gallery owners are either rich, white, or male. Here are three galleries that are redefining the art world for the better with owners who are not rich, white, or male.

One of these art galleries is on the other side of the world, in the thriving metropolis of London. The gallery is called Sid Motion, which is also the name of the gallery owner and curator. The gallery opened up back in June 2016 with the intent “to bring a range of fresh vibrant artists working in different media to this new gallery space” as stated on the gallery’s website. For example, for her opening show she chose to exhibit a group of unsigned artists in the UK who work in various mediums. Her shows range from solo shows to two-­woman show and group shows. She presents a  spectrum of artists from the established artists to lesser­ known and difficult-­to­-track­-down artists. These exhibitions “aim to introduce a forum for conversation, education and development.”

Back on the West Cost, there is the Ori Gallery that “seeks to reclaim and redefine ‘the white cube’ through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists [sic] of color, community organization and mobilization through the arts”, as stated on the gallery’s website. Co­-directors Maya Vivas (ceramic/performance artist) and Leila Haile (tattooer and community organizer) are not fazed by “limiting” those who can participate in the space. The most marginalized identity is being reflected and, unlike most galleries, they are being direct about it. Since they opened last February the gallery has been seen eight exhibitions that directly connect back to the gallery’s goal. So far, the gallery has done group exhibitions such as Emergent, which featured eleven young queer /trans /artists of color and two­-person exhibitions such as Linoleum Flowers . These exhibitions show the work as is and leave the “diversity representation” behind which connects to one of the gallery’s goals to “hold institutional power.”

Finally, the Wolff Gallery, run by Shannon O’Connor and Zemie Barr (visual artist themselves) seeks to “broaden the Portland art scene by prioritizing the exhibition of work by traditionally underrepresented artists.” These include exhibitions that focus on being “dedicated to a feminist, collaborative organizational model.” This means “rejecting certain things women have been told to believe.” Their grand opening, Now I am Myself exemplified this specifically through five female photographers, and focused on eliminating the male gaze and leaving the viewer with non-sexualized subjects. The five artists used softness and vulnerability in their works to shift the narrative and communicate strength.

As you can see, these newfound galleries challenge the status quo and make the viewer question society as a whole. These types of independent galleries are being brought to the forefront to instill curiosity and thought in this chaotic world. Therefore, the world is in a dawn and it is up to the owners/directors of these galleries to make a difference in society.

Notable Mentions:
Access Gallery
Medium Tings

Works Cited:
Skidmore, Maisie. (2016, October 10) A Beginner’s Guide to Opening an Art Gallery. http://www.anothermag.com/art­photography/9154/a­beginners­guide­to­opening­an­art­gallery

McCann, Fiona. (2018, January 30). A New North Portland Gallery Gives Space to Queer and Trans Artists of Color. https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2018/1/30/ a­new­north­portland­gallery­gives­space­to­queer­and­trans­artists­of­color

Rabin, Jennifer. (2016, April 12). Now One Called Koons “Masculinist Art”.
https://www.wweek.com/arts/2016/04/12/no­one­called­koons­masculinist­art/

Rabin, Jennifer. (2016, September 6). Portland’s Newest Gallery Is Only Representing Female Artists. Rabin, Jennifer. (2016, September 6). Portland’s Newest Gallery Is Only Representing Female
Artists. https://www.wweek.com/arts/2016/09/07/portlands­-newest-­gallery­is-­only-representing­-female­-artists/

New Perspectives and New Art this First Friday

Happy New Years! The new year represent a fresh start, where the detritus of the previous year can be cleared away. Even if little immediately changes, the presence of definitive break can often help us move forward. This change however also inevitably comes with new challenges. Whether these are simply obstacles to be overcome en route, or painful detours, often comes down to perspective. On those themes, here are some openings this month we are especially excited about:

  • The Field of View 2018 Artist Residency Exhibition at Wolff Gallery
  • Stephanie Chefas Projects presents As Above by Jeff Sheridan. Sheridan’s work explores self-organizing symmetries in the natural world.
  • Pacific Northwest Printmakers at Sidestreet Arts
  • Gems and art: Sin is a Virtue and Hot Pursuit at Samora Mineral and Amber Co.
  • Butters Gallery’s January Winter Exhibition

See you tomorrow!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

FIELD OF VIEW  | WOLFF GALLERY

Field of View is an artist residency program placing visual artists with developmental disabilities in three-month-long artist residencies throughout the Portland community. The goals of this project are to help artists with disabilities gain access to spaces and communities that they have not been able to access before, provide artists with developmental disabilities with more visibility and opportunity for connection and exchange with new communities, and help them develop their professional practice and gain broader audiences for their work.

6 pm – 8 pm @ 2804 SE Ankeny Street

 

AS ABOVE  | STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

In ‘As Above’, Jeff Sheridan moves beyond logical assumptions to ask questions such as “What is the natural mind?” and “What can be obtained from an ‘archaic’ mind?” Sheridan elucidates, “The modern technological supposition that we are the highest order of human to live on this planet is flanked by a great body of thought still influencing our lives, an ancient mind unable to separate subjective and objective, finding meaning in every great cosmic or earthly rumbling. This old mindset still holds a key to linking these realities. It’s also this archaic mind that got us in this present predicament. Which is a predicament in itself.”

7 pm – 10 pm @ 305 SE 3rd Ave, Ste 202,

PACIFIC NW PRINTMAKERS  | SIDESTREET ARTS

Sidestreet Arts is starting the new year off in print… with Pacific Northwest printmakers, that is. Our feature gallery walls will be covered with intaglio, linoleum and wood block prints, copper plate and monoprints.
Printmakers include, Greg Pharr, Katherine MacDowell, Kristin Kohl, Daniel Jasa, Rebecca Marsh McCannell, Beth Kerschen, Poppy Dully, Erik Sandgren, Steve, Wenshi Chan, & Michael Pratt.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave.

 

SIN IS A VIRTUE | HOT PURSUIT |
SAMORA MINERALS AND AMBER CO.

Courtney Catterton
In her new body of work, Sin is a Virtue, the artist explores the hyper-relevant and ever present clashing of what is deemed right versus wrong, and how this volatile duality assists in shaping our every move. With a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, we all navigate our day-to-day lives with an individualized take on what is good versus bad, right versus wrong, and sinful versus virtuous.

Liam Cliff
Liam Cliff’s art is a reflection of his life and what he holds close in his heart. With colors heavily inspired by the ocean and sky, as well as masculinity and femininity, he searches to show a balance between the two. Through the use of graphic shapes, Liam enjoys expressing the ethos of emotions and mental states we all experience. Ranging from ecstatic joy and love, to lack of fulfillment and sometimes, confusion, Liam wishes to create a map of these experiences.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 79 SE Taylor St

WINTER GROUP EXHIBITION  | BUTTERS GALLERY

The January edition of the Winter Group Exhibition including recent work by Andrea Schwartz-Feit, Jeffrey Butters, Marlana Stoddard-Hayes, Mark Rediske, Kathleen Waterloo and many more.

6 pm – 8 pm @ 157 NE Grand Avenue

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org
General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2019 First Friday PDX, All rights reserved.

Women Taking Down the Street Art Boys Club

Forget Banksy for a second and let’s focus our attention on the women taking on the male dominate world of street art. Here are 5 female street artists making headlines and giving new meaning to street art.

American artist Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, known for her wheat pasting, is also an activist and humanitarian. Her projects/work include: Konbit Shelter, which helps to rebuild communities in Haiti and the Braddock Tiles project that enables local employment and arts training in North Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Shamsia Hassani, who is the first female Afghani graffiti/street artist, is also a associate professor of sculpture at Kabul University. Her art depicts women as “strong, independent figures.” The figures can be seen with musical instruments, inside of which they either play or carry, and which act as a vehicles for self­-expression.

Nina Wright, aka Girl Mobb, who hails from Oakland, California, creates work that expands on the theme of “urban girly grotesque,” where her figures display their hairy legs as they lounge. She has been doing graffiti since she was a teenager in her rural hometown in Ohio. When she moved to Oakland, although she found community through street art, she also found herself as the only female in her crew,  This lead her to create a graffiti camp for girls to hopefully shift the gender imbalance in street art. Her graffiti camp proved such a success when she launched it 2017 she has since been asked to bring the camp to other cities around the country.

Vexta is an artist from Australia whose theme gravitates towards feminine forms that are painted with bright colors. Her thoughts on inequality in the street art world: “Often you’re [sic] doing a project there’ll be the inclusion of one girl. Or people go to the other extreme and make it all girls. There’s no middle ground, which to me highlights the inequality.”

As you can see, many of these artists focus on inequality in the art field and society. These artists want to be considered on the basis of their works alone, and not their gender, for this to happen there needs to be a change.

Other notable mentions:
ELLE
Bambi
Lady Pink
Clare Rojas
Maya H
Olek
Lady Aiko


Work Cited:
Ryzik, Melena. (2014, Aug 6) Life Wonderment: Swoon Blurs the Line Between Art and Activism. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/arts/design/swoon­-blurs­-The­-line­-between­-art­-and­-activism.html

Burke, Sarah. (2017, Aug 14) Dismantling the Street Art Boys Club at an All ­ Girls Graffiti Camp. Retrieved from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjj5yq/dismantling-­street­-art-patriarchy­-graffiti-­camp­-girls

Henry, Roland. (2015, Jan 7) Meet the woman redefining street art. Retrieved from https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jan/07/street­-art­women-elle­-swoon­-vexta

Graham ­ Harrison, Emma (2012, Feb 24) Art in the Streets of Kabul. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/feb/24/graffiti­-street­-art­-kabul

Fabulous First Friday Festive Bazaars

First Friday is welcoming the holiday season in with several festive group shows perfect for gift giving, and several exciting solo shows equally perfect for reflecting on the joy that is inherently present in both human creation and the natural world. Here are some Dec. openings were especially excited to see:

  • The Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin: Selected Works, 1957-1985 at Architectural Heritage Center
  • Winterfest holiday celebration and small works show at The East Creative Collective
  • An exhibition of hand built ceramics and illustrations by Christopher St. John. My Left, You’re Right at the Gallery at the Jupiter
  • A Gifted Offering at Eutectic Gallery
  • A Very Merry Cash & Carry Show at Sidestreet Arts
  • The Island of Misfit Artists at Brassworks

See you on Friday!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

THE ARTISTIC AND ECLECTIC WILL MARTIN: SELECTED WORKS 1957 -1985
@ THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE CENTER

This original exhibition about the Portland and Oregon architect Will Martin (1930-1985), best known as the lead designer of Pioneer Courthouse Square, captures the full range of Martin’s creative and unconventional work as an architect, artist, and imaginative thinker. The exhibition demonstrates the vibrant fusion between art and architecture as it played out in Martin’s built and unbuilt work across the eras…

6 pm – 8 pm @ 701 SE Grand Ave.

WINTERFEST @ EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

This holiday celebration, art and craft show is in collaboration with First Friday PDX. Multiple artists and vendors participating. Featuring a cash and carry art show with items $100 and less, a raffle, live music, fire dancing and more. Come check out our open studios, and celebrate with us! A magical holiday evening of fun, and creativity awaits.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.

MY LEFT, YOU’RE RIGHT @ GALLERY AT THE JUPITER

Christopher St John is an artist, illustrator, and curator living in Eugene, Oregon. His work touches on the the incredible luck we have in living on a planet with a biosphere, the joy of form, and the importance of listening.6 pm – 8 pm  @ 800 E Burnside St

A GIFTED OFFERING @ EUTECTIC GALLERY

Our end of the year review and sneak peak at what’s in store for 2019. We’ll also have an expanded Pot Shop and discounted treasures in The Back Room for all your gift giving needs.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St. (entrance on NE 20th)

A VERY MERRY CASH AND CARRY SHOW @ SIDESTREET ARTS

Sidestreet Arts is helping you with your holiday shopping. We’ve asked our represented artists to deck our halls with art! Come December, our featured gallery will be chock full of artworks that can be purchased on the spot. We’re calling it “A Very Merry Cash & Carry Show”  And come visit our Christmas tree loaded with little artistic ornament treasures!

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave.

ISLAND OF MISFIT ARTISTS AND BIZARRE BAZAAR @ BRASSWORKS GALLERY

The 2nd Annual Holiday Bizarre Bazaar group with exceptional and affordable art curated by Undergroundrobin!
6 pm – 10 pm @ 1127 SE 10th Ave

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org
General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2018 First Friday PDX – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk, All rights reserved.

 

Suing Public Art?

Yes, a billboard company actually sued the city of Portland back in 1998. In order to understand the law before 1998, one has to understand that in 1986, Portland exempted murals from billboard advertising restrictions. This meant that the murals were not regulated as signs and were seen as art. The reason why Clear Channel Communications (Portland’s largest billboard company) sued the city was because content-based regulation of speech was unconstitutional. With this change in law, it made murals almost impossible.

Fast forward to 2004, the city’s mural sign codes were being challenged by Joe Cotter and other artists. The result of this fight was the Public Art Murals Program that is administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. At the time, Clear Channel took the city back to court and argued that the program was unconstitutional. This unfortunately brought it back to the previous court ruling.

In 2009, the court ruled that murals exist as an art form. With a new mural policy in place all a muralist needs to do is pay $250 for a city permit or go through the RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council), get permission from a building owner and notify the neighbors. Murals may be dropped from the sign codes, but still have regulations and have to meet certain requirements.

Work Cited:
Hu,Ev. (2009,July 16) Muralists ready to tackle the
big picture. Retrieved from
https​ ://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/200
9/07/muralists_ready_to_tackle_the.html
Jenniges,Amy. (2005,December 29) Standing Up for Art: Mural Painter Intervenes in Clear
​ Channel Lawsuit. Retrieved from
https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/standing-up-for-art/Content?oid=35807