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APEX: CRIS BRUCH PORTLAND ART MUSEUM 1219 SW PARK AVE. Washington artist Cris Bruch’s new sculptural work is informed by his observation of Midwestern farms on cross-country journeys. Building upon seemingly mundane structures, he imbues each object with ideas of personal and historical identity. Abstract in idea but familiar in form, these new pieces speak to growth in America’s heartland and the effect of rural and urban society on our observations of that space. [THROUGH MARCH 22] COURTNEY KEMP: YOUTH & PROGRESS PORTLAND CENTER STAGE ARMORY GALLERY 128 NW 11TH AVE. Ditch Projects alumna and multidisciplinary artist Courtney Kemp brings new work to Portland Center Stage’s Armory Gallery. Her practice, while rooted in metals and installation, explores new ideas of construction and space as it relates to both traditional formal inquiries, as well as feminist values. A faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Kemp segues between a craft-based focus on material and a conceptual approach to building and exhibition. [THROUGH MARCH 15] . TOP: ALLAN SEKULA Dear Bill Gates, 1999. Three cibachrome color photographs in a single frame. 29.5×106.5 inches. BOTTOM: COURTNEY KEMP Fan detail from Our Roof, Our Rules, 2014. ITALIAN STYLE FASHION SINCE 1945 THROUGH MAY 3 Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana leather ankle boots with gold and pink embroidery, 2000, Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London portlandartmuseum.org ARTSLANDIA AT THE PERFORMANCE MARCH | APRIL 33