Breathing (air) into plastic

The crowd was not large in the Autzen Gallery Monday evening, but it was interesting all the same. The artist, Dan Senn, answered questions patiently from the handful of people pressed into the shadows against the window, all of who seemed to be cowering as if his installation might hurt them.

Warm up with art

Now that the air is frosty and the days are dark, it’s time to go out and see art. Seriously, going out to galleries in the summer is too easy. There are great shows and outdoor displays you won’t want to miss after finals are over.

Moving north

Evolution is the process by which Genuine Imitation moved to north Portland–they are contemporary artists adapting to the changing market. At the Genuine Imitation grand opening last weekend, the gallery was filled with artists who are also small business owners.

Bikes as sculpture

The eyes of 1,800 people were big and slightly glazed at the World Forestry Center last weekend in a small, dim hall, where they joined together for some milling and grinning, waiting patiently to try and get just a little closer for a look, and maybe even a touch of the art on display.

Fresh young talent, old rotting fruit

As an artist, Carly Bodnar is sparkling. With her third solo show in three months opening this week, Bodnar is receiving the kind of professional attention some mid-career artists can only dream of. One can only hope that the trend will continue after her graduation from Portland State this spring.

Holding a small world

Jenene Nagy is a busy person. Besides pursuing her own artistic work, she’s the co-owner of the downtown Tilt Gallery, a drawing professor at Clark College, and now a Portland State professor.

MFA students coexist

The sounds of hammers and electric drills filled the second floor of Neuberger Hall this weekend, as second-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students installed their opening show in the Autzen Gallery.

Crying for a chance

On First Thursday, people were laughing and pointing as others cried sometimes-fake tears. The Portland Art Center (PAC) opened three collaborative exhibits and an independently curated group show last Thursday and “Crybaby’s, or a Sad State of Affairs” was the most popular attraction. PAC is the only non-profit and completely contemporary gallery space in Portland.

Stereoscopic terror

A chilling murder takes place. Images of the victim, a young factory worker in 1930s Chicago, are taken as evidence. Seventy years later, the images and story of her death are told in Portland, Ore.

Students set out to sea

Amid the grizzly bramble of two Time-Based Art shows, student registration and an absorbed public drifting through the ground floor galleries at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen’s collaborative exhibition every which way emits a quiet exuberance from the BFA Gallery.