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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Abra Ancliffe’s American to Icelandic Dictionary Dictionary

Mind the Gap(s)

Look up the word “understand” in Abra Ancliffe’s most recent project, “American to Icelandic Dictionary / Íslenska til Bandaríska Orðabók.” You’ll find not one but multiple translations with no indication of usage, of nuance, context. Something’s going on here. Some words in this exquisite letterpress dictionary are translated in the same way twice, some in many different ways…some of which, it turns out, are just plain wrong.

ART NOW, DURATION IN COMMON, CONTENTS. Sarah Greig + Thérèse Mastroiacovo

It’s now, now.
Now it’s now.
No, now it’s now.

By the time I publish this, you will have run out of time to see ART NOW, DURATION IN COMMON, CONTENTS., so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Oslund+Co/Dance: Childhood Star

Oslund+Co is a dance company with core dancers who have worked together for years.  It was a treat to see so many of my favorite Portland performers on stage together.  Each performer adds unique qualities, and the collective talent expressed throughout the work is impressive.  There are a variety of bodies types, and the choreography seems to highlight each body’s strengths.  Long limbs make glorious lines while others transfer momentum with deft precision.

Portland Stock

Portland Stock is the monthly dinner that awards micro-grants for artist projects. Artists submit grant proposals, and then bring their friends to a $10 homecooked dinner that happens at various venues in Portland. At the end of the meal, the diners vote on which proposal to fund.

First Friday: January 7

In Visibility Delaney Allen Nationale 811 E Burnside (suite 112) In the vein of early pictorialists, Allen obscures the archetype of photography as documentation through the synthesis of abstract and found imagery. The pieces’ muted palette and painterly depictions of ethereal occurrences such as rainbows, clouds and water thus disobey easy interpretation and allow Allen […]