VizArts Monthly: November 2022 | Oregon Arts Watch


As I type this, I gaze out the window at a gray parking lot, where a crumpled crow lazily attacks a wet peanut shell. Fall is here, people! The days become shorter, wetter and darker. Whether you’re thrilled with six months of darkness or the prospect leaves you sadder than…well…a wet peanut shell, throw on a windbreaker and head to the arts events below to put some spring in your approach. Read on for more info, but just to get you excited, Anne Hamilton(!) heads to town, and the Portland Art Museum’s new VR experience, Symbiosiswill have you donning a robotic suit faster than you can say “ecofeminist chthulucene”.

Artwork by Ann Hamilton, image courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Anne Hamilton: Meaning
November 3 – December 30
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Avenue, Portland (Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Ann Hamilton is an artist who needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway: the textile artist/sculptor/performer/videographer/photographer, widely known for her large-scale tactile installations, has developed a voice unique and internationally acclaimed since the beginning of her career. extinct in the 1980s. Working in less monumental – but no less impactful – ways in this exhibition, Hamilton shares the print results of her unique flatbed scanning process, which she uses to create ethereal images of organic forms.

Image courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

Jeffrey Gibson: appoint another
November 4, 2022 – February 26, 2023
Portland Museum of Art
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland (Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Presented in tandem with his “immersive, site-appropriate installation” They come from the fireby Jeffrey Gibson appoint another features artifacts of the Choctaw/Cherokee artist’s ongoing performance work. The installation includes fifty assorted tunics and drums adorned with thought-provoking phrases related to race and gender, as well as video documentation of past performances.

Image courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

November 12, 2022 – February 12, 2023
Portland Museum of Art
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland (Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Dutch collective Polymorf’s Symbiosis really has thought of everything – the “performative, multi-user, multi-sensory” VR experience (which requires participants to strap themselves into a soft robotic suit) engages all the senses, and even includes vegetarian snacks designed by master chefs . The experiment was inspired by ecofeminist researcher Donna Haraway’s book stay with the problemand allows participants to place themselves in a visionary future realm where humans have merged with flora and fauna.

Image courtesy of Portland Japanese Gardens

Kenji Ide: A poem of perception
October 2, 2022 – February 19, 2023
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland (Wednesday through Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Kanagawa-based artist Kenji Ide A poem of perception compiles “material poetry”: found objects like postcards rub shoulders with natural ephemera and sculptures in wood, paper and concrete from Ide. The meditative and in situ exhibition aims to reflect the aesthetic vision of a traditional Japanese garden. (Since nature is also art, explore the blossoming fall colors in the garden before heading to the Tanabe Gallery.)

Artwork by designers Ibisazi Nyabyo, image courtesy of Oregon Contemporary

I gently place my brain in cold rice
November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Oregon Contemporary
8371 North Interstate Ave, Portland (Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm)

Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu (AKA home school) begin their curatorial residency at Oregon Contemporary with this group exhibition, which compiles the works of eight artists working in transmedia to investigate connections and fractures in “the tactile, the textile, the virtual and the ritual. Exhibiting artists include Rwanda-born creative duo Ibisazi Designers Nyabyo and Oregon-based artist and doula Ansar El Muhammad. As part of the exhibition programming, Ibisazi designers Nyabyo and El Muhammad will host a conversation and workshop on reproductive justice just for BIPOC.

Artwork by Chris Burnett, image courtesy of FISK

Chris Burnett: Humming-bird
October 15 – December 4
3613 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland (Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm)

Tastemaker Chris Burnett, who has designed for luminaries like Kendrick Lamar, Odd Future and Baby Keem, presents a series of multimedia collages for this exhibition. Humming-birdThe brilliant sense of cool taps into an inspiration you might not expect: hummingbirds. They float as a recurring motif throughout the show, emerging from Burnett’s emotional connection to the avian eyecatcher.

Image courtesy of Helen’s costume

October 29 – December 3
Helen costume
7706 SE Yamhill St, Portland (Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm and by appointment)


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Continuing its selection of shows featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Helen’s Costume presents Hob Gob, featuring Edinburgh painter and ceramicist Erica Eyres, New York painter Joshua Abelow and local favorites Lena Lutz and Elmeater Morton. The exhibition tackles the concept of a “domestic spirit,” with each artist approaching trickster energy differently – think soft sculpture, found objects, and odd ceramics.

Image courtesy of The Reser

Red wire: Green ground
November 2, 2022 – January 7, 2023
The Gallery at Reser
12625 SW Crescent St, Beaverton (Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 p.m.)

Red wire: Green ground features works from Studio Abioto, an art studio and family of six black women (Midnight Seed, Intisar, Dr. Wood Chopper, Ni, Amenta Yawa and Medina Abioto) with an eye on cultural transformation. The exhibition locates the “primordial evolving link” between ecology and art through a wide range of mediums, including photography, film, music, dance, written/spoken and food.

Image courtesy of Portland Chinatown Museum

lighting time
November 10, 2022 – January 2023
Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW 3rd Ave, Portland (Fri-Sun 11am-3pm)

Compiling the work of Portland Chinatown Museum’s 2022 Artists in Residence and reflecting on historical and contemporary Chinese communities, lighting time includes new works by painter and book author Shu-Ju Wang, as well as “visual storytelling” by Chinese-American painter Alex Chiu and multimedia diaspora dialogues by transracial/transcultural poet and calligrapher Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao ).

Artwork by Patrick Horsley, image courtesy of PNCA

commonly uncommon: Selections from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts
November 3 – December 10
Pacific Northwest College of Art
511 W Broadway, Portland (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm)

Honoring the memory of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, which sadly closed in 2016, this exhibition of artifacts and archives offers a rare insight into the city’s craft and craft ecology. Programming from commonly uncommon includes a panel discussion on exhibition, crafts and community building on November 17, featuring former Museum of Contemporary Crafts curator Namita Gupta Wiggers and exhibiting artists Hilary Pfiefer, Joe Feddersen, Charissa Brock and others. There will also be a free screening of the film by exhibiting artist Faythe Levine Handmade Nation: the rise of DIY, art and design November 10.

Artwork by Emma Gerigscott, image courtesy of Froelick Gallery

Emma Gerigscott: For the love of the duck
October 11 – November 26
Frœlick Gallery
714 Northwest Davis St, Portland (Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Emma Gerigscott is no stranger to animals as a subject, but the painter builds on her past affinity for canine subjects with this more serious and emotional spectacle. (Maybe I’m just a sucker for ducks.) Anyway, Gerigscott is For the love of the duck feels both steeped in secret tales and delightfully unassuming. Lovingly rendered in oil, the exhibit also includes dreamy images of horses, goats, limbs, foliage, and a pup or two.


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