The theme of the hand and its uniqueness to humans is archetypical and offers endless distinctive interpretations. Talk to the Hand at Lynch Tham Gallery (through Feb. 15) handily moves the viewer emotionally and imaginatively. The hand does indeed talk. (Image: Alona Weiss, “Plagiarism Will Liberate us From Our Rebellious Sins,” 2014.)
In this group installation artists will make and display the evolution of the headshop classics: comics, black light posters, tapestries, t-shirts, incense, candles, “pipes,” tarot cards, vinyl, macrame, etc, as well as new things that have become a integral part of modern underground psychedelic culture.
“What they’ve done to the Rose City is despicable.” Exasperated, a character in Penny Allen’s Property laments the encroaching gentrification of the region and adds, sighing, “Portland isn’t the same as it used to be.” Though the lines were spoken nearly 40 years ago, the sentiment feels grimly reminiscent of a contemporary situation.