Storm Tharp has a pleasantly sparse show at PDX--I know he's had a busy year, what with the Whitney Biennial and all--but managed to squeeze out a few large ink pieces for a PDX show. I love the juxtaposition of them with the pink panels that remind me so sweetly of Agnes Martin and in the case of the poster-sized show announcements which were stacked in a pile by the door, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. (Thanks to Calvin of OpenWidePDX for the stack photo.) I will never get tired of looking at Tharp's incredible paintings. Their technical mastery is eye candy to me.
I spied a nice little preview of some of the collages by Eva Lake on the internet a few months back, read the review on PORT, and heard the interview on her Art Focus show, but it didn't subdue the true pleasure I felt seeing her latest body of work in person. I was just as happy standing at the door and looking at the entire collection as I was seeing each of the bullseye pieces from a closer perspective. A brilliant use of color. Click here to see more images from the show.
We also caught the moving performance today of Theaster Gates at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. This show has been a steady progression of artists working in the museum space, adding to the body of work left behind. It was perfect to be there today, Juneteenth, and witness Gates' beautiful voice as he sang songs and whitewashed the gallery with a pale gray ceramic slip. Here's a taste of the performance.
A few last nods to the shows in the Nine Gallery (Christine Clark and Mary Blankenburg)
and a nice little bicycle-themed photography show at Charles Hartman that included this piece by my doggie's namesake.