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Shits & Giggles At Launch Pad

Jeremy Okai Davis paints the halcyon days of summer.

Visual Arts
Every summer the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays a series of concerts, some of them in an outdoor band shell, under the moniker “The Boston Pops.” In lieu of heavy fare like Wagner and Mah ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts: Going Solo

After two decades on the sidelines, painter Jeffrey Butters takes center stage.

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THE ART, THE MAN: Jeffrey Butters. IMAGE: Christine TaylorIt’s hard to believe it took painter Jeffrey Butters 22 years to have a solo show in Portland. After all, he’s one of this town&rs ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Manor Of Art At Milepost Five

A hundred-plus artists turn a former nursing home into an aesthetic free-for-all.

Visual Arts
Gavin Shettler knows a thing or two about luring scenesters into the hinterlands to look at art. Back in 2003, he was one of the driving forces behind the Modern Zoo, a sprawling if polarizing mega-sh ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visceral Art

Grass Hut wants to do bad things with you.

IMAGE: Hellen JoSkeleton arms reaching out of a grave, fondling a terrified, half-naked woman; a ghostly geisha girl having sex with a freaked-out teenage boy; an innocent baby being spirited away by ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Farewell, Sugar Gallery, Hello PDX/LA/NY

"Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest" by Peter Beste at Sugar Gallery February 2007

When First Thursday gets underway tonight, the Everett Station Lofts will be one gallery lighter, and we art-walkers will be poorer for it.    More
Thursday, August 6, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Marking Portland Portland Art Museum

Tattoo art graduates from bohemia to the blue-hairs.

Visual Arts
That tattooing has moved into the mainstream is hardly news, nor is the fact that tattoo artists can enjoy concurrent careers as fine artists (local inkers Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Archer spring to mind ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Live Review: Infected Mushroom, Thursday, July 16 @ Roseland Theater

Infected Mushroom didn't just take the Roseland by storm, they took it by force, took it hostage, and took it down. I've dug the Israeli-formed, L.A.-based DJ duo for years but had never seen them live until this performance, part of their tour promoting the September release of their new album, L...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

The Shock of the New Butters Gallery

Butters introduces four new artists to its roster.

Visual Arts
With scores of local art spaces closing (Quality Pictures), cutting back (Pulliam) and going freelance (Woolley), it’s rare to see a gallery welcome new artists into its stable. But with New Dis ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Lesbian Art Show At Fontanelle

Two artists put up a mirror to sapphic identity.

Visual Arts
To title an exhibition Lesbian Art Show requires either temerity or naiveté. Azsa West and Mary McAllister, the lesbian couple behind this collaborative effort, have plenty of both. To mount a ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Store For A Month

Art bargains and food for thought—now available at a “store” near you.

What’s more prestigious: buying a fine-art print at a Pearl District gallery or picking up a poster from Urban Outfitters to match your living-room sofa? What if they’re both the same pric ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 RICHARD SPEER
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