We headed north today to drop off a piece of mine as donation to the silent auction at Disjecta (November 16th)…

“Particle Grid”

and to see the current Biennial on view at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (8371 N. Interstate). From 1949 to 2010 the Biennial was at the Portland Art Museum, but more recently has been on view every two years at Disjecta. Curated this year by Yaelle S. Amir, Elisheba Johnson and Ashley Stull Meyers the exhibition is on view at Disjecta until November 3 and is well worth a visit. Don’t miss the wonderful labels written by the students of the Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice.

All of the work is thought provoking reminding us again and again (as we in this culture need to be reminded) that our culture is inherently and deeply racist in every aspect, and that awareness of this fact is helpful, if without answers. (R and I worked hard in the 1980’s on establishing our neighborhood as an historic district, but of course this is history only since settlement by white people…a scant 170 years since our house was built…a mere drop in the bucket…)

Much of the work in this exhibit is ephemeral and conceptual using video, various technological approaches, interesting combinations. Ocean waves providing the energy to aid a machine writing lines from Moby-Dick, a “float” with the elements of Asian immigrant lives, descriptions of the Coos Bay/Jordan Cove gas pipeline imposing a fossil fuel project (LNG) on Indigenous people and their ancestral land, a video discussion of the damage of East Portland gentrification to native and immigrant groups as they are pushed further and further out. And more.

In trying to take a picture of Ka’ila Farrell-Smith’s very nice self portraits “Selfie w/UFO” and “Selfie 2.0” I noted another selfie worked it’s way in

so there we all were, searching for answers and help…while watching the climate change rapidly around us.

We went to Posie’s for a coffee …where a mom came in for a read and a coffee…

and then headed to visit a collector who collects the work of Clifford Gleason. Gleason was a Salem native who painted much of his life in Portland, and who is the subject of an exhibit R is curating at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art which will be on view mid-May through mid-August of 2020. The research has begun…and we noted his Salem studio was at 717 Cottage St. NE


The paintings are abstract and beautiful…

and the view was smashing…

We met Jennifer and George for dinner at Burrasca (2032 SE Clinton) and in trying to be a good dinner companion, to NOT photograph my food or my fellow diners, I came away with not a single photo. I LOVED the restaurant. It advertises as “Florentine Food” and it is not only delicious but the ambience is wonderful, the service lovely and unobstrusive, the place friendly and relaxed. We had 5:00 reservations and by 5:30 the place was packed. Give it a try.


  1. WOW Bonnie….wonderful post. You gave my old brain a good workout, and pleased my eyes. Thank you.

  2. a lovely read to wake up to still warm in bed. especially fond of the particles that come to life floating, leaping and staring back swee’ pea like in the grid. your words/observations/admissions about our culture ring sadly (and frighteningly) true against the background of art, friends , and seeking this blog post covers.

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