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Ethan Rose, Entwined: A Sound Installation

Art all about that bass.


Visual Arts
Ethan Rose’s sound installation at PDX Contemporary Art, Entwined, is about making the invisible visible. Speakers emit tones that oscillate across attached strings, allowing viewers to observ   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Off The Streets

Portland graffiti waxes genteel.


Visual Arts
You will never see the full mural on the west wall of Southeast Stark Street’s Bonfire Lounge. The graffitied wall is a story-high epitaph to Michael Brown, painted by local muralist Ashley    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Jeremy Okai Davis, Those Days Are Over

Painting a convincing memory lane.


Visual Arts
Those Days Are Over began when local artist Jeremy Okai Davis’ landlord gave him an album of photographs left behind by a travel agency. The pictures of friends vacationing in the 1980s inspir   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Storefront Revisited

Storefront’s vintage costumes put sexuality front and center.


Visual Arts
When a nearly naked black actor played Spartacus in American Theatre Company’s 1969 production of The Gladiator at Portland State University, it was the beginning of the end.Costumes from the co   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Photography Month at Elizabeth Leach

Rauschenberg and Hilliard go opposite ways.


Visual Arts
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always had trouble thinking of photography as fine art. Well, Photolucida’s Portland Photo Month shows at Elizabeth Leach are forcing me to reconsider.One of    More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Favorite Portland Art Shows, 2002-2015

Richard Speer’s 10 favorite shows from 2002 to 2015, in chronological order.


Visual Arts
Julia Fenton’s Devices and Desires (Mark Woolley Gallery, April 2003) Visually extravagant with pink feathers and over-the-top sculptures, this show was also deeply thoughtful in its critique of   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

PNCA’s New Digs

Look closely for the schooner…


Visual Arts
First Thursday’s must-see destination for March was the brand-flippin’-new campus of Pacific Northwest College of Art, which crowns the North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway. Although the b   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Jeremy Rotsztain, Electric Fields

Now in 3-D!


Visual Arts
With Microsoft’s new HoloLens upping the ante on virtual reality just as Google Glass sunsets, Portland artist Jeremy Rotsztain finds his exhibition, Electric Fields, at the crossroads of te   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Diana Markosian, Inventing My Father

Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.


Visual Arts
Diana Markosian’s father would fit well in an Everclear song. During her childhood, he would vanish without explanation for months at a time, then return as if nothing had happened. His stor   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Visual Art Of 2014


Visual Arts
As winemakers say about extraordinary vintages, “It was a very good year.” 2014 gave us a mother lode of materially and thematically engaging visual-arts shows. Month to month, the most re   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 RICHARD SPEER
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