May Your Art Walk Be Epic

Fix your eye on this visual feast! We pick ten brand-new shows that make for a quadrant-hopping art odyssey. Pack a picnic, bring your bike, open your peepers.

By Ramona DeNies and Rachel Sandstrom May 7, 2015

Image credit: Mona Superhero

Mona Superhero: Infrastructure Pt 1
May 7 thru June 4, Mother Foucault’s Bookstore, 523 SE Morrison St
Looking to spend time on the fibrous, sticky edge of art's new wave? In Infrastructure Pt 1, duct tape is the medium; Voodoo Doughnut's house muralist is the method. For this show, Portland's iconic bridges serve as a through-thread for Superhero's intricate "paintings." 

Dana Lynn Louis and Michael Dailey
May 7–30, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave
One of seven artists this year to win a Portland Art Museum Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Louis explores the links between travel, art, and yoga by digitally embedding photographs with drawings in Threads. Dailey’s powerful use of color is on display in Paintings from the Estate, his paintings luminescent with the landscapes and seascapes that inspire him.  

Stephen O'Donnell's Stevie, at the Froelick Gallery this month.

Sarah Horowitz and Stephen O’Donnell
May 5–30, Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St
Horowitz’s In the Pines examines branches and brambles in delicate detail through finespun inked drawings on Japanese paper. And marking 15 years with the Froelick, figurative painter O’Donnell’s 95 / 15 treats gender and historicism with trademark humor and lush acrylics.

Nadia Sablin and Scott Dalton
May 6–31, Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave
Take flight at Blue Sky this month with two exhibits rooted in place. Sablin’s From the Mountains and to the Sea brings to light the “dark magic” of Ukraine. In Where the River Bends Dalton explores life in two cities separated by the US/Mexico border but joined by a bridge. 

Image credit: Kyle Simon

Kyle Simon: The Catacombs
May 9 thru June 20, Portland Museum of Modern Art, 5202 N Albina Ave
Archaeoacoustics: the sounds embedded in ancient pottery? This master printmaker draws on his ceramics training in the south of France—land of early cave dwellings—for a multimedia show that centers on a machine (built by Simon himself) that aims to record the sonic history emanating from these artifacts.

M. K. Guth's Dinner for a Funeral, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery this month.

PICA: Celebrating 20 Years, Reflecting on the First Decade
May 7 thru June 27, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave 
This exhibition brings together 21 artists to celebrate the vision of PICA’s founder, Kristy Edmunds. Participating artists—all of whom were either residents or shown at PICA within the institution's first decade of operation (1995–2005)—have gone on to exhibit all over the world, from Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Pompidou in Paris to Valeska Soares at London's Tate Modern.

Image credit: Jill Mayberg

Jill Mayberg: Recent Work
May 7–31, Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery, 120 NW 9th St #102
Mayberg, a self-described “huge fan" of color, animals, stripes, and polka dots, was recently featured on OPB’s Art Beat. She applies her folksy, whimsical, childlike style (often inspired by visits to the zoo) to media including ceramics, drawing, jewelry design and sculpture.

University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition 2015
May 8–31, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave
Ten new MFA graduates from the UO Department of the History of Art and Architecture display their final projects; the school invites you to also explore the "nebulous 'in-between' space" that creates a sum from these parts. 

Image credit: Craig Redman

Craig Redman: Third Parties
May 1–30, One Grand Gallery, 1000 E Burnside
The Australian artist's bold, graphic portrait style (he's depicted everyone from Lebron James to Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni) has graced French superstores as well as the streets of Chengdu. His more intimate portraiture on display at One Grand—family and friends partially obscured—raises questions of how the proliferation of online media obstructs both personal agency and social cohesion.

Katie Holden: naturally
May 4–14, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Ave
In naturally, Holden—a recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts prize and MFA candidate at Portland State University—uses a wide array of materials to explore the interactions between digital and natural spaces (a wall, a platform) in relation to painting.

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