Winter visual arts round-up

Highlights include works by Native American artists and a blockbuster from Venice.

"From Nothing Coyote Creates Himself" by Rick Bartow at The Art Gym"From Nothing Coyote Creates Himself" by Rick Bartow at The Art Gym
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“Joe Feddersen: Charmed”

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

Froelick Gallery

Contemporary artist Joe Feddersen’s new work runs the gamut from fused-glass installation to spray-paint monotypes in this exhibition. Feddersen, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, mixes the iconography of everyday life with that of his Native heritage. His handblown, engraved glass vessels echo the patterns of traditional basketry, while the multicolored monotypes reference both petroglyphs and graffiti.

“Becoming Blackfish”

Dec. 31 – Feb. 1

Blackfish Gallery

Celebrating their 35th year, artist-owned Blackfish Gallery goes back to its roots with an inclusive survey of the work of its founding members and those that helped along the way. Spanning a variety of media, artists like Paul Missal, Judy Cooke and Whitney Biennial participant Julia Fish have all contributed current work to showcase and honor the space that brought them together.

“I.M.N.D.N.: Native Art in the 21st Century”

Jan. 13 – Feb. 14

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University

Showcasing the work of seven contemporary Native artists from the Pacific Northwest and Canada, this exhibition takes a look at the intersection of contemporary art practice and Native heritage. Included artists Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Wendy Red Star, Nicholas Galanin, Peter Morin and Terrance Houle all approach this confluence from different directions, but find strength in their cultural diversity and conceptual edge. The Art Gym hosts a gallery talk on Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m.

“William Pope.L: Claim”

Jan. 15 – Feb. 18

Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm. 250

The interventionist public art and cultural practice of Guggenheim fellow and United States Artists award recipient William Pope.L seeks to reveal the structure of society, and by doing so help us to reassess our role within it. “Claim” presents a conceptual practice in various media that prods at how we make sense (or nonsense) of the history of racism in Portland and the U.S. at large.

“Christopher Rauschenberg: Studio Photography”

Jan. 16 – March 8

Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Turning his lens to the inner world of inspiration and creative work, Christopher Rauschenberg’s photographs capture the intimate setting of the artist’s studio and hint at the person behind the artwork. These behind-the-scenes images offer insight into the private practices of artists like Chuck Close, Robert Frank and Shirin Neshat.

“Bean Gilsdorf: An Exhibition That Might Exist”

Jan. 21 – Feb. 28

Philip Feldman Gallery at PNCA

In this recursive exhibition, the artist acts as both performer and theoretical critic as she writes reviews for imagined shows. Producing a new writing each day, Gilsdorf will accumulate text as the month proceeds, ending with a review of the show itself. This work questions the point at which text becomes object and where idea becomes reality. An artist talk will be held on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.


Jan. 25 – March 2

Nisus Gallery, 8371 N. Interstate Ave.

Bringing together a sparkling group of talented local artists, Nisus Gallery’s annual painting exhibition explores the medium’s place in our internet age. The work of painters Tia Factor, Grant Hottle, Ruth Lantz, Calvin Ross Carl and their compatriots explores the implicit temporal quality of the art form; the process is its history and the interpretation is the future.

“Terry Toedtemeier: Skies”

Feb. 4 – March 1

PDX Contemporary Art

A noted photographer and geology enthusiast, the late Terry Toedtemeier brought a quiet majesty to his images of the Oregon landscape. Looking up from the basalt, this selection of pieces focuses the vastness of the sky over the Columbia River Gorge and the photographer’s other favorite haunts. Also included are several images from the artist’s early career in the 1970s that have not been shown before.

“Henk Pander: New Watercolors”

Feb. 6 – March 1

Laura Russo Gallery

Portland stalwart and artistic fixture Henk Pander brings his personal brand of painting to a new set of watercolors in this exhibition. Drawing from a rich tradition of European surrealism and expressionism, Pander’s paintings tap into the fantastic and the imagined while also portraying a very human reflection on the artist’s own experiences and his time spent in Oregon.

“Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music”

Feb. 15 – May 11

Portland Art Museum

Portland’s next big blockbuster brings a traveling exhibition of art and artifacts from the height of the Venetian Republic. Shown alongside masterworks by artists like Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and Tiepolo are musical texts and scriptures. The interrelations of visual art and music in everyday Venetian life are captured in this international exhibition, for which Portland Art Museum will be the only United States venue. Read more >>

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