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End Things

The challenge of visual arts at TBA.


Visual Arts
On this yearlong eve of the Mayan apocalypse, as we bury our faces in digital displays, what is the relevance of the old-fashioned objet d’art? Can it engage the mind and uplift the spirit? Kris   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Richard Cawley & Gustav Sculptor, Metal Mythos

Ashes of a burning man.


Visual Arts
Launch Pad Gallery, which opened in December 2005 and closes with its current show, has always staked out unique terrain within Portland’s visual-arts ecosphere. Its physical location is in So   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Maybe It Takes a Loud Noise

Hey hey, ho ho, protest signs gotta go.


Visual Arts
First came hieroglyphs, then epic poems, stage plays and operas. Then there were books, newspapers, movies, radios and televisions. Now, smartphones, iPads and Kindles. The methods by which we r   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Hardy Closing His Studio, Selling His Stuff

Legendary 90-year-old Portland artist selling everything in his studio next week.

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At the age of 90, beloved Portland artist Tom Hardy has decided to shutter his studio and take life a little more slowly. Problem is, nine decades of life tends to leave one’s studio chock full of accumulated stuff.
What to do with it? 
Hardy is holding a sale, the goal of which is to liquidate everything in one fell swoop...   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 by RICHARD SPEER

Undressing Room at Froelick Gallery

There’s a place I know, if you’re looking for a show.


Visual Arts
In a state where hot-springs skinny dipping and strip-club flesh ogling are de rigueur, can an art exhibition about naked bodies pique, tweak or shock anyone? Not really, as it turns out. But Fr   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Laura Ross-Paul at Froelick Gallery

Hang up and look!


Visual Arts
“Live in fragments no longer,” E.M. Forster urged in Howards End. “Only connect.” Today, 102 years after the novel was published, we increasingly connect by tweeting, streaming and texti   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Cramer at Laura Russo

Green and gold.


Visual Arts
If the Playboy Mansion were plopped down into the forests of Middle-earth and redecorated by Donald Trump, it would probably wind up looking and feeling like Tom Cramer’s woodsy, sensual fanta   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

John Faier’s Queen of Heaven

Death be a little pretty.


Visual Arts
Oh, how we love to tart up death! Out with the blood, in with the embalming fluid, pancake the face, rouge the cheeks, and suddenly Grandma looks 10 years younger than when she died! The pervers   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Double Encrypted

Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Anna Gray’s artistic monogamy at Disjecta’s Biennial.


Visual Arts
It’s an image that could keep you up at night: a young man, his wife, and their child lay atop the bolted entrance to a family crypt. The parents’ eyes are closed as the child rests limply on    More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Attraction and Repulsion At Cock Gallery

New gallery goes where the sun don’t shine.


Visual Arts
Picasso drew and painted plenty of sphincters in his perverse erotic fantasias, but the necessary but generally unglamorous muscle doesn’t get a lot of face time in fine art—not even in nudes.   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 RICHARD SPEER
 

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