By Joseph Gallivan
KANE IKEDA: PARTS OF COSMIC TREE II
Blackfish Gallery, Portland. Sep 1 – 26
Kane Ikeda had a dream in the ’80s and ran with it, creating a personal mythology in which he is the being at the center of a system of planets and stars. His cosmos is pictured as a tree, in many different media. Ikeda is from Japan, lived in Oregon through college, and then moved to Sapporo in the late 1980s for 20 years. In the same space, keep an eye out for Monica Mitchell’s Fantasia Las Meninas. Painting on found objects, she explores female gender roles, masquerade, camouflage and consumerism.
GARLAND KIRKPATRICK: AD NAUSEAM
Astoria Visual Arts, Astoria. Sep 12 – Oct 3
Graphic designer Garland Kirkpatrick, a professor of design at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, takes the language of advertising and uses it for social messages. There is a punk rock edge to his layout and color choices, and an in-your-face use of type. He has always been fascinated by the overlooked African roots of modernism and the cultural impact of design. Now is his time.
Froelick Gallery, Portland. Oct 14 – Nov 28
Rick Bartow, of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, has his work in over 100 public collections. As his retrospective of 40 years, Things You Know But Cannot Explain, showed, his Baconesque paintings play well in condos and colleges as well as boardrooms. Anyone who loves Ted Hughes’ poetry volume Crow will love the dark creative energy of Bartow’s rough sculptures, where there’s never a final coffin nail. Bartow died in 2016 but his work lives on in the Pacific Northwest.