Founded in 2010, the Portland Biennial, Disjecta, is one of the largest nonprofit art exhibitions around. Centralized in Portland but taking place all over the state, the two-month gala features 34 contemporary artists across 25 venues in 13 Oregon communities. At North Portland's Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, curator Michelle Grabner exhibits 106 artists (including the 34 showcased artists) she selected on her 1,800-mile, 107-gallery visit across Oregon.
To see part of the show closer to home, visit the two participating galleries in Central Oregon, including the Art Adventure Gallery in Madras and the Pence Gallery at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend.
Artwork by Pat Boas and Jon Raymond is displayed at the Art Adventure Gallery in Madras through Sept. 18. Boas displays painting, drawings, prints and digital projects about reading. Raymond displays his own collection of 25 years of reviews, essays and interviews as a Portland-based novelist and screenwriter.
Meanwhile, artist David Bithell of Ashland is showing a large installation of sound and light at the Pence Gallery at COCC. Generated visually and electronically, Bithell's installation is comprised of a series of 36 individual aluminum discs atop resonating chambers, producing notes coordinated by a computer to play various percussion patterns. The piece is called "Passage," and is open to viewers from noon-5pm, Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 18.
The Biennial continues the tradition of the Oregon Biennial that originated in the Portland Art Museum in 1949 and ended in 2006. For more information visit portlandbiennial.org.
Art by Pat Boas and Jon Raymond
Art Adventure Gallery
185 SE Fifth St., Madras
Art by David Bithell
Pence Gallery – Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend