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Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.


Visual Arts
The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Gregory Grenon, Truth Is a Lie and Anger Follows

Lust or critique?


Visual Arts
The sexually ambiguous relationship between portraitists and their subjects has generated no small measure of purple prose through the centuries. What was going on between Leonardo da Vinci and    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Carol Yarrow, One Mahogany Left Standing

Seven years of life in a Mayan village.


Visual Arts
From 1995 through 2002, photographer Carol Yarrow spent long stretches of time in Chiapas, Mexico, living among Lacandon Mayan villagers in a town called Nahá. There, deep within mahogany fores   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Lisa Radon, Infinity Increaser at TBA

In the white room…


Visual Arts
Typically we think of poetry as a collection of words—as concrete experience made abstract. But in her installation Infinity Increaser, writer-artist Lisa Radon depicts poetry the opposite way��   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Pander Brothers, Fabrication/Corrosion

They call Los Angeles the City of Angels…


Visual Arts
When Portland art stars defect to Los Angeles (Miranda July, anyone?), it kinda smarts. Which is one reason it’s so refreshing that brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander still call Stumptown home, ev   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Jeffrey Butters, The Reactions

Gold on the ceiling...


Visual Arts
In centuries past, artists and jewelers were often one and the same. The lapis-inlaid funerary mask of Tutankhamun, dazzling adornments of Native Americans, and the masterpieces of Renaissance g   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Dream With Your Eyes Open, Gregg Renfrow

A church without pews.


Visual Arts
You could build a new religion around Gregg Renfrow’s artwork. His abstract compositions—polymer and pigment poured onto cast-acrylic panels—are so luminous and elemental, they inspire a r   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Hannes Wingate, The Burnside Nest

A bird about to be flipped.


Visual Arts
Hannes Wingate’s The Burnside Nest, Portland’s newest public artwork, looks like a bird’s nest on steroids. The spherical sculpture is built to resemble an oversized bird’s nest. Way ove   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Hayley Barker, Apparition Hill

Beautification, all I ever wanted.


Visual Arts
In southern Herzegovina, there’s a village called Medjugorje where religious pilgrims flock. Since 1981, people have claimed to see the Virgin Mary there, on top of Mount Podbrdo (“Apparitio   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Anonymous Women, Eva Lake

Independent women, part 3.


Visual Arts
Don’t you just love it when poetic men insist that women are stand-ins for something other than, well, women? Shakespeare famously compared his lady love to a summer’s day, while Lord Byron    More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 RICHARD SPEER
 

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