Pamplin Media Group – August Arts: Portland Art Museum exhibition explores Japanese nature

Other exhibitions include ‘Under the Flag’ by Julian VL Gaines at the Russo Lee Gallery.

La Tribune will highlight select gallery openings and other art events during the first edition of each month, which coincides with the first Thursday (August 3). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations and visiting restrictions. Please see individual websites for details.

• Reminders: “Turning Inward, Judy Chicago” traces six decades of development and work of women as Jewish artists. It is presented at the Jewish Museum of Oregon and the Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis St.; until September 23. It comes from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family’s foundation. The exhibition spans Chicago’s early formal vocabulary from geometric color abstraction and groundbreaking work with pyrotechnics to powerful explorations of self-identity, gender politics, and personal formative experiences.

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Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW Ninth Ave., continues to exhibit cyanotypes, works on paper and videos by Nicola Lopez. “Ni là ni ici” explores where and how humans construct ideas about the spaces we inhabit; until August 27.

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• There’s Still Time: The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., hosts an exhibit by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., “Gambette! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit,” about individuals and families who endured internment Japanese-American in World War II; until August 7.

It features photos by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, as well as contemporary images by Kitagaki Jr., a former photographer for The Oregonian.

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• Influenced by the natural forces of their Pacific country, Japanese artists ask themselves the question “What is the relationship of humans to their environment? in the exhibition “Forces of Nature: Ecology in Japanese Prints,” on view at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., through December. Also at WFP, with seven artists including Nohemi Perez, “Traces” shows how artists aid memory by depicting detailed stories in history, painting, poems and songs; this can be seen until February 26.

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• At the Waterstone Gallery, 124 NW Ninth Ave., “Dualities” is the work of Stephen Adams and Robert Elon. They borrow from the tradition of minimalism and create elegant assemblies with found and manufactured objects; August 3-28.

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• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW Eighth Ave., features works by Yuyang Zhang (“Stupid Little Life,” a photographic collage/diptych of formal constructions and social commentary) and Jeremiah Ariaz (“Louisiana Trail Riders,” examining the Creole history and equestrian culture), until August.

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COURTESY IMAGE: RUSSO LEE - This is • At the Russo Lee Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., Julian VL Gaines’ canvas work, “Under the Flag,” requires the viewer to physically lift the American flag to reveal the stories painted beneath. It shows from August 4 to 27; there will be an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday. Gaines, who now lives and works in the Portland area, was recently featured in The New York Times.

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The Russo Lee Gallery presents under the flag by Julian VL Gaines. This exhibition is a kinetic body of work on canvas that requires the viewer to physically lift the American flag to reveal the stories painted beneath.

Originally from Chicago, Julian VL Gaines now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree in painting from Northern Michigan University in 2015. Gaines collaborated with Nike to create the Game Worn collection. As part of the sneaker release, he led a week-long workshop that included art classes at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Gaines has received editorials from Northern Magazine, Hypebeast and The New York Times. In December 2020, his works made the cover of New York Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel and featured in an exhibition with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York.

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• If you’re up for a road trip, the Maryhill Museum of Art outside Goldendale, Wash., is hosting the free Fiber Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. It is the culminating event of the community “The Exquisite Gorge II Project: Fiber Arts.” There will be a sheep shearing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Hands-on activities include quilting, felting, weaving, carding, spinning and more.

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• Looking Ahead: The Sitka Art Invitational, featuring one hundred artists inspired by the nature of the Pacific Northwest, will take place October 14-16 at Oregon Contemporary, 8271 N. Interstate Ave.

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And the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., is hosting two exhibitions by Native American artists, “Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe” (Oct. 29-May 14) and “Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire.” (15 Oct-26 Feb).

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• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., offers free admission for children 17 and under,

• For more information on the galleries: First Thursday,; Portland Art Dealers Association,

—Jason Vondersmith

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