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David Geiser, Fertile Ground


Visual Arts
A longtime staple of the Butters Gallery stable, painter David Geiser takes off in fresh directions in the thought-provoking exhibition Fertile Ground. Based on Long Island, the artist works in    More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Shred of Lights, Worksound

Dustin Zemel’s video installation wickedly satirizes TV news.


Visual Arts
In Shred of Lights, one of Worksound’s best ever shows, five artists examine the acts of transcription, documentation and commentary, and their relevance to contemporary life. At the show’s    More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Q&A: Bobby Abrahamson


Visual Arts
In The 45th Parallel, storyteller Lisa Wells and photographer Bobby Abrahamson give a travelogue of rural life in the “small, endangered towns” of central Oregon. We spoke to Abrahamson, who   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 TJ NORRIS

Laurie Danial / David Eckard / Ellen George

Three artists have a great autumn.


Visual Arts
Laurie Danial, David Eckard and Ellen George are not the freshest faces in the Portland art scene. They’re not exactly old school, either. All three have impressive midcareer shows this month, pr   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 TJ NORRIS

Damien Gilley Infinity Games


Visual Arts
No matter how the wavelike vicissitudes of the art world swell and trough as decades pass, artists keep reaching back to geometry. For Damien Gilley, geometry beckons in 1980s-flavored architectoni   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Q&A: Jim Lommasson

The Portland photographer tells the story of Oregon’s Iraqi refugees.


Visual Arts
Portland photographer Jim Lommasson is a storyteller. He has two documentary books under his belt, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice, and the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms and Oaks Park Pentim   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

Visual Arts Highlights from TBA

Three installations embody the spirit of TBA at its best.


Visual Arts
Imagine you’re an office clerk hunting for a specific manila folder. You open the filing cabinet and pull the drawer out, but to your stupefaction, the drawer just keeps coming out, out, out, thre   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Carrie Iverson Correspondence / Stephen Scott Smith Burlap 2B

Carrie Iverson and Stephen Scott Smith deconstruct the mysteries of memory.


Visual Arts
When we gaze back over our lives, whether through rose-colored or gray-tinted glasses, we see either sunlit halcyon afternoons or dark nights of the soul filled with “What if…?” and regret. T   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Reading. Writing. Gallery Homeland

The plight of words in a digital age.


Visual Arts
To look at an alphabet other than our Roman script—Cyrillic, Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari—is to be transfixed by characters divorced from their content. For millennia, we humans have been commin   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Michael Endo at False Front Studio

Turning pain into paint.


Visual Arts
Michael Endo’s haunting show at False Front this month, Pain Scale, is compelling for how uncomfortably it stretched the meticulous painter’s working methods. Endo, 32, normally lavishes time on   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 RICHARD SPEER
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