September Arts: Poetry through TV listings, by Kay Slusarenko
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Sept. 2). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations and visitor restrictions. Please check individual websites for info.
• Reminder: Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., is showing exhibitions by Dinh Q. Le ("Monuments and Memorials," photo-weavings) and Lonnie Holley ("The Influence of Images," new works on paper), through Oct. 2. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• At Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., it's "Stepping Outside," acrylic paintings by Angelita Surmon, through Oct. 3. Inspired by calligraphic marks found in nature, it's a close-up study of grasses, branches and brambles that pull the viewer outside and into a dense, magical undergrowth of ever-changing color and light. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., is presenting its 2020 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition, "The Known World" by Gary Burnley, Sept. 2-Oct. 2. It's a series of photo collages, as he constructs images that layer memory with revered representations of beauty, power, influence, identity and social status into unlikely, chance encounters with other images. Also showing is AI J Thompson's "Remnants of an Exodus," a "love letter" of photos to his second home, Spring Valley, New York, a Caribbean community outside New York City. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Kay Slusarenko, who started at Arlene Schnitzer's Fountain Gallery in 1972 and is the former chair of the art department at Marylhurst University and founder of the former Art Gym, continues her work of creating art out of common objects no longer needed or wanted. In the case of her next showing, "Television" at Nine Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., it's an installation about popular culture, television, newspaper and poetry; over a 10-year period, she collected The Oregonian's television listings page and discovered cohesive words, and used a pencil, ruler and the listings to create poems.
Slusarenko has completed 22 public art commissions in the Pacific Northwest during her career, and 12 solo exhibitions at the Art Gym, Nine Gallery, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Archer Gallery at Clark College and Northview Gallery at PCC.
"Television" shows Sept. 2-25. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., presents "Zig Zag" by painter Joanie Krug, along with sculpture by guest artist Sue Friesz and paintings by guest artist Kay Danley. They show Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Krug has been attracted to random events in her life, and embraces turnarounds, which manifest themselves in her work with charcoal and oils. Her subject matter focuses mostly on women in expressive emotional and social moments — spontaneity of gesture. For more: www.gallery114pdx.com.
• "Thunderstruck 2.0: black hole sun" at Carnation Contemporary, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., is the second in a series of exhibitions inspired by journeys to classic land art sites in the American West; three artists and one curator travelled to western Utah to see Nancy Holt's 1973-76 work "Sun Tunnels" on the winter solstice. For the summer solstice, the original four returned with three new companions, expanding the collective to seven artists and produced "Thunderstruck 2.0," works of drawing, painting, photography, dirt, salt, magnetic waves, sound, light and more. It shows Sept. 11-26. For more: www.carnationcontemporary.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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