June is upon us and this month marks a full year of monthly gallery guides from yours truly. With any luck the sun will come back out, but don’t forget to stop by some galleries and see some art not matter the weather! I hope you once again find something interesting to see and consider in my totally biased art selection, and if not share what you’re looking forward to below in the comments!
Nationale – Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, and Sarah Mikenis— the three young artists on view in Nationale’s group painting exhibition Everything We Ever Wanted— explore the friction between artifice and authenticity as it transpires into explosions of color and pattern appropriated not from magazine pages, but the Internet’s undulating stream of imagery. Opening reception Wednesday, June 3 from 6-8pm. Through June 29th.
Adams and Ollman – Presents a two person show of landscapes by Joan Nelson and Joseph Yoakum. Joan Nelson emphasizes Oregon geography, while Yoakum’s work features the places he’s traveled to around the world. This will be an opportunity to put the Oregon landscape tradition in broader conversation with ways of looking and defining place through painting. First Thursday reception June 4th. Through July 11th.
Blackfish Gallery – For over a decade, Yoonhee Choi has explored the potential of diminutive, mass-produced materials such as bread clips to express multiple scales of spatial experience and intimate, personal associations. In TRAWLING she continues her sensitive searchings into the possibilities of these materials—trailing a metaphorical fishing net behind her wherever she goes. First Thursday reception June 4th. Through June 28th.
False Front – Todd Johnson’s latest work features malt liquors and cold cuts. On the surface the work looks quite literal, but in person there is bound to a more elaborate metaphor and Johnson’s dark humor will give it an edge of social critique. From here the work gives off a Warholian air, so the work will be undoubtedly interesting in person. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13, 6 – 9pm. Through July 12th.
PICA – Rounding out the month, No Boundaries presents the work of nine trailblazing Aboriginal artists who were inspired by their ancient cultural traditions to forge one of the most dynamic painting movements of recent times. Created at the frontier where Indigenous and Western cultures meet, these paintings speak across cultures, a reminder that contemporary art comes from all corners of the globe. Although rarely seen in the U.S., these artists stand at the vanguard of global contemporary art practice. Mason Erhman Building Annex, 467 NW Davis. Opening Reception June 20th at 7pm. Through August 20th.
Finally, here are the links to two great maps of the many galleries and art institutions of Portland that have intriguing shows beyond the scope of this brief guide:
Don’t forget to mention the shows you’re looking forward to below in the comments!