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Alison Saar

Alison Saar is considered one of the most important and sometimes controversial artists doing public art today. PORT interviewed here 7 years ago exploring race, idenity and the artist’s way. She is also a print maker and her exhibit in PNCA’s 511 gallery gives us another facet to consider in addition to the sculpture, which is also on display.

First Thursday: September 7, 6:00-8:00PM
Artist Talk: September 18, 6:30PM PNCA
511 NW Broadway

watt_companion_species_17.jpgMarie Watt, Companion Species (Canopy), 2016

Marie Watt has been on of the Pacific Northwest’s stalwart artists for decades but this new series combining the depictions of a dogs (like the Capitoline Wolf) on various fabrics as well as sculptures argues to be her strongest work to date. I like to see an artist actually hit a new stride after getting a lot of awards and museum attention… it is a mark of distinction.

Companion Species | August 31 – September 30
First Thursday Reception: September 7, 6-8PM
PDX Contemporary
925 NW Flanders

Of course it is also the opening night of TBA (which has been pretty weak on visual art offerings the past few years). Still, it is a visual spectacle and hopefully Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will grace us with their challenging visual art in addition to performance? It is free at 8:30PM at 15 NE Hancock. Now that PICA owns full time home we hope the visual arts offerings will become less sporadic and more year-round? Ya know, throw it like you own it…

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