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Visual Art: Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Chromatic Intercession

Graphic groupings are a bright idea.

Visual Arts
Isaac Tin Wei Lin’s new work at Adams and Ollman might be too bright to handle on a sunny day. Chromatic Intercession juxtaposes vibrant acrylic paintings with pen-and-ink drawings on paper. The ten   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

No Boundaries

Abstract Aboriginal art feels a world apart.

Visual Arts
Despite the curator’s opening salvo that “these painters have gone far beyond the boundaries of their community, their ‘country,’ and the very idea of their work as merely ethno-graphic,   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Don Edler, Boredom Is The Ultimate Weapon: Visual Arts Review

Portland’s junk looks sexy when sculpted.

Visual Arts
 In Joshua Tree National Park, with nothing to do and nothing to do it with, Don Edler began Boredom Is the Ultimate Weapon, his ongoing series about what we create when bereft of inspiration.    More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

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

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