Sunday, March 28, 2010

Report from Portland: PORTLAND2010 A Biennial of Contemporary Art

For any fan of regional contemporary art going to Portland to see Disjecta's presentation of the Chris Moss curated Biennial is an absolute MUST-DO. Exhibits and events throughout Portland's warehouse and gallery scene are happening right now and continue through May. Details here..

Here's a sampling of images taken primarily at Disjecta's lovely Interdisciplinary Art Center in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland, and the Templeton Building just off of the Burnside Bridge. Both stellar shows. (stay tuned for a more thorough verbal account of the show later this week)

West Coast Turnaround by Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis, was the first piece my friend Colby and I saw of this Biennial, and it really set the stage for the ambition and scope of the show.

All these first works were in the Kenton space. The black sculpture, Past Craft, is by David Corbett

a view of Warlord Sun King, installation by Bruce Conkle and Marne Lucas

I hate to say it, but I was reminded of Avatar.

Have and Have Not by Crystal Schenk

Colby entering the Templeton warehouse part of the exhibition

The Templeton show features 3 floors of expansive installations in a cavernous warehouse.

works by David Eckard

photos by Corey Arnold

In the basement we found
the aptly named Destroyer by Jenene Nagy

and a video installation by Pat Boas which very slowly told a story with pics of found words:

Upstairs, in the wonderful light, works by Oregon Painting Society (my favorite of the show), Holly Anders, John Brodie and Damien Gilley:

Enough art, time to head to Rogue for a beer: