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Stage Sets

Three local shows ask where art ends and architecture begins.


Visual Arts
This month, three different shows tackle the same essential theme: the relationships between visual art and architecture. This is addressed most explicitly at the Art Institute of Portland’s Centr   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Christine Clark/Jay Steensma @ Nine Gallery/Pulliam Gallery

Two Portlanders confront impermanence.


Visual Arts
When you look at the bric-a-brac collecting dust at your pad—those tacky souvenirs from your trip to Mexico, family photos you inherited when Aunt Betty died, books you bought years ago but never    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Award Finalists


Visual Arts
What would you do with $10,000? That’s a question 29 artists are asking themselves after being named finalists in the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. This will be the s   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Zirpel At Bullseye

Bells and whistles make for a brilliantly bizarro installation.


Visual Arts
It’s been six years since Seattle artist Mark Zirpel’s brilliantly creepy Celestial/Terrestrial at Bullseye, but the artist has clearly been busy concocting new nightmares and comedic riff ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Best Of 2010

Our picks for the best locally exhibited visual art this year.


Visual Arts
The Portland art scene in 2010 had a Dickensian “best of times, worst of times” duality. Among the setbacks and sadnesses were veteran gallerist Laura Russo’s death in February from ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Fish-Work Europe At Charles A. Hartman

Photographer Corey Arnold finds death in them thar waves.


Visual Arts
Photographer Corey Arnold regularly leaves his Portland home and hops aboard commercial fishing boats bound for icy northern waters. The photos he brings back capture life on the seas, as crew members ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Ansel Adams/Vanessa Renwick

Two artists set their sights on the Great American West.


Visual Arts
When an artist with an exceptional eye finds something exceptional to look at and interpret with that eye, watch out. In the 16th century, Leonardo had his Mona Lisa; in the 19th century, John Singer ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Bruce Conkle at Worksound

Of beauty and bedevilments.


Visual Arts
Worksound is a cavernous gallery that normally shows two or three artists at a time, so for a single artist to take on the entire space is a tall order. Happily, conceptual artist Bruce Conkle is up t ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Sherrie Wolf At Laura Russo

Zooming in on painting’s most famous faces.


Visual Arts
The great faces of historical portrait painting are embedded in our collective unconscious like ghosts in a psychic family album: Titian’s Man With a Glove, Thomas Gainsborough’s dewy The ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Kelly Rauer At New American Art Union

The body electric, unplugged.


Visual Arts
It may have been the quietest First Friday opening ever: hushed gallery-goers huddled in a darkened room, watching Kelly Rauer’s high-definition video installation, Shaping Sequence. The piece h ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 RICHARD SPEER
 

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