August Arts: Show by Julian V.L. Gaines, 'Under the Flag,' opens
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Aug. 3). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations and visitor restrictions. Please check individual websites for details.
• Reminders: "Turning Inward, Judy Chicago" traces the woman's six decades of development and work as a Jewish artist. It shows at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St.; through Sept. 23. It's from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The exhibit spans Chicago's early formal vocabulary of geometric color abstraction and groundbreaking work with pyrotechnics to the powerful explorations of self-identity, the politics of gender and her personal formative experiences.
For more: www.ojmche.org. …
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., continues to show cyanotypes, works on paper and video by Nicola Lopez. "Neither There Nor Here" explores place and the ways humans construct ideas about the spaces we inhabit; through Aug. 27.
For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• There's still time: The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., hosts an exhibit by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., "Gambette! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit," about individuals and families that endured the Japanese-American internment during World War II; through Aug. 7.
It features photos by the likes of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside contemporary images by Kitagaki Jr., a former photographer with The Oregonian.
For more: www.ohs.org.
• Influenced by natural forces in their Pacific Rim country, Japanese artists consider the question, "What it the relationship of humans to their environment?" in the exhibition "Forces of Nature: Ecology in Japanese Prints," which shows at Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., through December. Also at PAM, featuring seven artists including Nohemi Perez, "Traces" shows how artists aid memory by depicting detailed stories in history, painting, poems and songs; it shows through Feb. 26.
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• At Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., "Dualities" is the work of Stephen Adams and Robert Elon. They borrow from the tradition of minimalism and make elegant assemblages with found and manufactured objects; Aug. 3-28.
For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., presents the works of Yuyang Zhang ("stupid little life," a collage/photographic diptychs of formal constructions and social commentary) and Jeremiah Ariaz ("Louisiana Trail Riders," examining Creole history and horse culture), through August.
For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• At Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., the work on canvas of Julian V.L. Gaines, "Under the Flag," forces the viewer to physically lift the American flag to reveal the stories painted underneath. It shows Aug. 4-27; there'll be an opening reception 5:30 p.m. First Thursday. Gaines, now living and working in the Portland area, was recently featured in the New York Times.
For more: www.russoleegallery.com.
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Russo Lee Gallery presents Under the Flag by Julian V.L. Gaines. This exhibition is a kinetic body of work on canvas that forces the viewer to physically lift the American flag to reveal the stories painted underneath.
Originally from Chicago, Julian V.L. Gaines now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in Painting from Northern Michigan University in 2015. Gaines collaborated with Nike to create the collection Game Worn. As part of the sneaker release, he led a weeklong workshop that included art classes at Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center. Gaines has received editorials from Northern Magazine, Hypebeast, and The New York Times. In December 2020, his artwork was featured on the cover of New York Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel and featured in an exhibition with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York.
Here is a link to the New York Times story:
• If you're up for a road trip, the Maryhill Museum of Art outside Goldendale, Washington, puts on the free Festival of Fiber Arts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. It's the culminating event of the community-based "The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts." There'll be a sheep shearing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Hands-on activities include quilting, felting, weaving, carding, spinning and more.
For more: www.maryhillmuseum.org.
• Looking ahead: The Sitka Art Invitational, which will showcase some 100 nature-inspired Pacific Northwest artists, will take place Oct. 14-16 at Oregon Contemporary, 8271 N. Interstate Ave.
For more, and a list of artists: www.sitkacenter.org/sai.
And, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., plays host to two Native American artist exhibitions, "Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe" (Oct. 29-May 14), and "Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire" (Oct. 15-Feb. 26).
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission for kids 17 and under, www.portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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