Evertt A. Beidler

On the storefront video monitors facing the sidewalk at Gallery4Culture, Portland artist Evertt A. Beidler’s The Business of Staying the Same Is Always Changing features a hapless dude wearing a dunce cap topped by flashing red police light. He runs around the city in suit and tie, ignored by all, the cause of his flight—or his destination—is forever unclear. But he can never outpace his shame. Next to Beidler’s antic, almost Buster Keaton-esque shorts are more serene videos by Philadelphia’s Anna G. Norton, who uses time-lapse photography to document decaying old architecture. Also on view, photos and video by Erin Elyse Burns, all dealing with her phobia and reverence for water. No surprise that she should have conflicted feelings—she grew up in arid Reno but now works in our soggy city. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Jan. 6, 6 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through Jan. 28, 2011

 
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