Opening Night at TBA:15

[Originally published for Noise & Color PDX, September 14, 2015]

The Portland art world was out in full force on Thursday for the opening night festivities at TBA:15. The visual arts exhibition, Pictures of the Moon with Teeth (curated by Kristan Kennedy), was open early in the night for full access to an array of sounds, videos, sculptures and performance. Spread through multiple galleries in a repurposed industrial space on NE Sandy, the dimly-lit confines gave way to shifting color and glowing text, as well as a cacophony of cymbals and drums emanating from the performance/installation that is Dawn Kasper’s What Is Time?. Other highlights include: Akio Suzuki’s Nami, a gently rotating Lazy Susan of portable radios, Tannaz Farsi’s And Others, a glimmering LED text panel constantly redacting itself, and Bill Jenkins’ moody, occluded experiments in architecture and space.

The second event of the evening took place at The Works, located at the Redd at 831 SE Salmon. Open every night for the duration of the festival, The Works plays host to nightly events and performances, as well as a beer garden serving food and featuring tap takeovers by local breweries. Thursday’s offering from Fort George Brewery was the aptly-named Time Based Ale.

The main event was a late night performance by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, who filled the house with art goers and music fans alike. It’s only $10 a night to get in, and the bar opens at 9:30. Be sure to check out the TBA website for full listings at The Works and all of the other events happening this week.

Video by Jess N. Pierson // Hosted by Trav B.