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Yoshihiro Kitai at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

With his stylized clouds, Yoshihiro Kitai blends East and West.


Visual Arts
Last December, Yoshihiro Kitai burst upon the local scene with a dazzling show at Portland Art Center, full of gold and silver leaf upon swaths of oversized paper. In their imagery, the works evoked c ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Harvest Henderson, Ogle

Stitching shopping, femininity, and the human heart.


Visual Arts
Much has been made of Gen X/Y’s post-ironic use of craft under the auspices of fine art. Installation artist Harvest Henderson shares her take on this phenomenon at Ogle this month in Never a St ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Tara Jane ONeil at Reading Frenzy

Tara Jane ONeil’s newest songs are caught on paper.


Visual Arts
One of the most interesting images in local musician Tara Jane ONeil’s new book of drawings is of a figure’s back, its exposed spinal column extending below its body, below its webbed feet ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Jim Sandberg

Tom Cramer at Laura Russo

The artist treads familiar and unfamiliar ground at Laura Russo.


Visual Arts
Tom Cramer’s painted and carved wooden panels at Laura Russo are a jumble of maddening, fascinating paradoxes: Hyperkinetic yet serene, intricate yet cryptic, they show a midcareer artist taking ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Mapping Time


Visual Arts
One of the most thoughtful and obsessive conceptual artists working on the West Coast today, Matthew Picton debuts a new body of work this month at Pulliam Deffenbaugh . The London-born artist, who n ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

You Say You Want an Evolution


Visual Arts
Michael L. Wilson has made a metaphoric jump across the Willamette River, evolving his painting from a lowbrow, Last Thursday sensibility to an elegant First Thursday polish. Caustic: 3rd Definition ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Model Behavior

Organism’s sophomore show impresses with restraint.


Visual Arts
Don’t come to Model Behavior looking for models of the Gisele Bündchen variety. This second outing for fledgling arts organization Organism is about a more conceptual kind of model: a mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Flying Under the Radar

Derli Barroso and Elise Wagner sneak up on Portland gallery-goers.


Visual Arts
Not every local artist blazes forth with an eccentric personality (Tom Cramer) or dramatic stylistic shift (Joe Thurston) or political agenda (Arvie Smith) that demands immediate attention. Some artis ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Joe Thurston at Elizabeth Leach

Channeling Paul Bunyan, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein—and Britney Spears?


Visual Arts
Some local artists grow in glacial micro-steps (Brenden Clenaghen and G. Lewis Clevenger come to mind), some in excruciatingly straight lines (Jacqueline Ehlis, Mel Katz), some do not evolve at all (B ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

The Desoto Building

A building, a cross-pollination and a life-changing journey into basket weaving?


Visual Arts
There's a Cole Porter tune called "So Near and Yet So Far" that could have been written about the two-block distance between the Everett Station Lofts and the newly renovated DeSoto Building. The Loft ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 RICHARD SPEER
 

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