By Joseph Gallivan
Multiple venues, Portland, Sep 6 – 16
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art festival has become a mar-quee event for serious art lovers and lovers of serious art. Now in its 16th year, the event’s appeal of hitting a couple of performance art events per night, plus gallery shows, artist talks and the Works party (every night) has made this the perfect end-of-summerfestival. Unmissable shows this year include Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, screened with a live, original score; Some Styles of Masculinity, by Gregg Bordowitz;Raquel André’s Collection of Lovers; Ariella Tai’s Swallow; and a US premiere fromCompagnie Nacera Belaza.
NAOMI SHIGETA • SARA SIESTREEM
Augen Gallery, Portland, Sep 6 – 29
Naomi Shigeta’s show Elements shows cool abstraction where lines like blinds or the teeth of a comb intersecting the plane are the only drama, and where the edge of un-framed paintings is painted to show where it all ends. In Sara Siestreem’s show Black Huckleberry, messy paintings pulse with energy as black battles with color and paint vainly fi ghts gravity. The work channels Basquiat. Both artists use easy-to-understand titles that make their paintings relatable.
CURTIS SETTINO: NEW WORK
Gallery 114, Portland, Sep 6 – 29
Skulls, sail-driven zeppelins, a sea creature made of forks with a pocket watch for brains … Curtis Settino’s work brings to mind tattoos come to life and then recap-tured in painting and sculpture. He works in sculpture, photography, sound, animation, video and words, but his strongest pieces are his acrylics.
BRIAN HANNA: BRICKS
Steel Door Art Gallery, Portland, Sep 21 – Oct 22
Brian Hanna’s Lego art comes out of his former life in construction management (that part of construction you can do in your loafers, as they say). The Portlander uses pop culture subjects (like Samuel L. Jackson playing Jules in Pulp Fiction) to easily draw the viewer in, but the textures make the works as disconcerting as a Chuck Close portrait. As well as living celebs such as Madonna and Johnny Cash, he riffs on Air Force One Nikes and Babe Ruth, with a Warholian sense of the image as an endlessly tradable commodity.
Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Oct 4 – 27
Portland artist J.D. Perkin’s ceramic heads are comic and grotesque, daring the viewer to look as closely as they can. But he also makes sculptural arrangements of such heads that give the work a monumental quality. The rich variety of surfaces, from sandpaper rough to slippery gloss, makes the works breathe with intrigue. His stocky, faceless fi gures have a charm and menace at the same time.