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New maker space and installation art center in Northwest Portland opened Saturday with a whirlwind of wood, rags and

COURTESY PHOTO: DANA LYNN LOUIS - AUXART is a sound and wood installation at the newly opened Building 5 space in northwest Portland, through June 13, 2021.

At long last the new art space Building 5 is open. The space, a former ship component factory, opened May 29 with a birds' nest-like installation AUXART by artist Philip Krohn. The title is a play on the "aux" port, pronounced "ox," used to connect sound sources in home electronics, cars and soundboards.

Building 5 was hatched in July 2019 when Portland sculptor Dana Lynn Louis approached longtime landlord Ken Unkeles to see whether he had a space for dancers and installation artists to make work and display it. Unkeles is known for renting out basic warehouse spaces as artist studios. He agreed and began a long process of design, permitting and construction while setting up a 501(c)(3) to run the place.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Dana Lynn Louis and Ken Unkeles in the former ship part factory that is now the art space Building 5 in Northwest Prtland.

Building 5, which is on the back side of the artist studio complex Northwest Marine Art Works, is now a permanent artist and maker space. It bucks the trend of the decline in art spaces in Portland.

COURTESY PHOTO: PHILIP KROHN - AUXART is a sound and wood installation on display through June 13 at the newly opened Building 5 space in Northwest Portland.

Louis has the 12 months scheduled. Artists will occupy the space, making work and then showing it to the public towards the end of their four-to-six week residency.

COURTESY PHOTO: PHILIP KROHN - Under conctruction: AUXART is a sound and wood installation on display through June 13 at the newly opened Building 5 space in Northwest Portland.

Krohn's art piece combines sculpture and audio. It took six weeks to build and will be available for viewing for three weeks, then disassembled on June 14 and recycled.

The wood structure is made from Creative Woodworking NW's cCOURTESY PHOTO: DANA LYNN LOUIS - AUXART is a sound and wood installation at the newly opened Building 5 space in northwest Portland, through June 13, 2021. 
ast-off saw rips, lashed together with bands made from bicycle inner tubes. The fabric pieces are from a T-shirt recycling company and Pioneer Wiping Cloth will turn them into industrial rags after the AUXART ends. The sandbags are made from brewer's bulk hauling bags.

Sound artists and dancers will use the wooden ball as a stage. Four different artists made sounds to "create the experience of an audio suspension in the visual environment," according to Krohn. He explains the meta-art (art about art) thus: "AUXART is a play on the idea of using an installation space and large-scale structural sculpture to amplify various creative inputs across artistic disciplines. This first project tries on the concept of an occupy-able sculpture serving as a stage or AUX port for synchronous creative voices, in this case primarily sound art. In addition to the scheduled sound design work, the installation will host some intimate movement and music performances, schedule last minute TBA (to be announced)."

COURTESY PHOTO: DANA LYNN LOUIS - AUXART is a sound and wood installation at the newly opened Building 5 space in northwest Portland, through June 13, 2021.

According to the nonprofit that runs it, "Building 5 provides art space for site-specific installation, performance, interdisciplinary collaborative works, film and community exhibition in Portland, Oregon. Building 5 serves as a laboratory, workshop and site-specific installation facility."

Building 5

Where: 2516 N.W. 29th Ave., Portland

Hours. 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday


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