Craft and deep attention to material are part of this region's artistic DNA. The Pacific Northwest is known for its art glass making and manufacturing, and several shows this spring touch on that heritage. Followers of Portland's vibrant ceramic community will find offerings that incite the imagination and push the possibilities of the medium. And new voices abound in film, photography and mixed-media.
Emily Endo: Immaterial
Emily Endo’s solo show is the slicker continuation of her January exhibition at the Southeast Portland gallery Dust to Dust. Splashing water, scents, shells, freshwater pearls, blown glass and acrylic and horse hair, among other materials, combine in this blithe series of cast glass heads and hands, which is a commentary on adornment, purification and the idealized representation of the female body. The playful exhibition is the last for Bullseye Projects, the exhibition and program space associated with Bullseye Glass that has operated in Northwest Portland since 1995. The art glass manufacturer is closing the location June 1, citing expenses and financial losses related to settling a class-action air pollution lawsuit filed against it in 2016.