What are you doing First Thursday? Some suggestions:

First up, two shows about touring. At Compound Gallery (107 NW 5th), is Survival Drive, a photo and drawing show with work by artist, Rei (Reijiro Mochizuki), and photographer Hooky (Souichiro Fukuda), who chronicle Japan via a 131 day, 34,033km journey in the tradition of wandering great ukiyo-e artist Hokusai Katsushika, some 200 years gone.

And at Fontanelle Gallery, The Art of Touring is a group exhibition featuring photography by Alissa Anderson (Vetiver), Hannah Mae Blair, Sharon Cheslow, Mia Clarke (Electrelane), Jem Cohen, Erika Spring Forster (Au Revoir Simone), Rebecca Gates, Emma Gaze (Electrelane), Megan Holmes, Andy Moor (The Ex), Tara Jane Oneil, Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) and more.

Reflexion, Jordan Tull. photo: Dan Mclaughlin

I am very much interested in seeing Jordan Tull’s installation, Reflexion, at Tractor. (Photo by Dan Mclaughlin.)

At Elizabeth Leach Gallery (417 NW 9th), Malia Jensen’s show of new sculpture and works on paper, Knee High to a Worm.

Night Poems by Aidan Koch and Paul Wagenblast at Poly Club Gallery

Night Poems, an installation by Aidan Koch and Paul Wagenblast at Pony Club Gallery (625 Everett #105) intrigues me.

And finally, before it comes down on August 8, please see Brennan Conaway’s In Joyful anticipation of Catastrophic Ruin- The First Colony at the PDX Contemporary Art (925 NW Flanders) Window Project (window on NW 9th at Flanders). Inside, find an exhibition of works by the late photographer, Terry Toedtemeier, entitled, Trees.