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Paul Dahlquist at Gallery 114

This 80-year-old photographer shows he’s about more than boobs, butts and schlongs.

Visual Arts
That Paul Dahlquist, spry and feisty and flirty, has just turned 80 years old is the least of his surprises. Among the others: He is known for his sensual male nudes and has been appropriated as a &ld ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Warlord Sun King, Art Gym

Northwest artists herald the age of “eco-baroque.”

Visual Arts
The trek down to the Marylhurst Art Gym gallery has never been more worth your time and gasoline. Two complementary shows throw into luscious relief the wryly romantic Northwest attitude toward nature ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

John Sisley & Jesse Durost At Fourteen30 Contemporary

Think Lincoln Logs in outer space.

Visual Arts
Contemporary art goes through periods when artists frantically search for new ideas, hoping to be proclaimed the aesthetic innovators du jour. Arguably, we are just now coming out of such a period and ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove The Beautiful Boy

It’s an affair, but is it art?

Visual Arts
Read a much longer version of this story here. In the wake of Sam Adams’ star-crossed affair with hunky Beau Breedlove, a group of arts leaders, including PICA’s Victoria Frey and RACC&rs ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Evident Laura Fritz At Naau

She always leaves us wanting more—bugs and pretty lights.

Visual Arts
Laura Fritz is a mistress of the arcane. With her creepily clinical work, the Portland artist leaves you disoriented, curious, perhaps even repulsed, and above all scratching your head, saying, &ldquo ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts Best of 2008

Bright spots in a challenging year for the arts.

Visual Arts
No need to mince words: 2008 kicked the Portland art scene in the nuts. The Portland Art Center folded. Affair at the Jupiter Hotel canceled indefinitely. Tilt and Rake galleries closed. At the Portla ...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Dark Corners: Dan Gilsdorf/Horia Boboia

Two installations explore the spooky corridors of the creative mind.

Visual Arts
Dan Gilsdorf’s Interiotrope is a cross between Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and T.C. Boyle’s The Road to Wellville, with a smidgeon of Edgar Allan Poe thrown in. When you walk around each ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

The Nines

Don’t just look at local art—sleep with it.

Visual Arts
What’s the artiest hotel in Portland? Competition just got stiffer thanks to the newly opened, fancy-schmancy Nines hotel, which occupies the top nine floors of the historic Meier & Frank Buildi ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Brenden Clenaghen at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

Portrait of an artist—in search of a new style.

Visual Arts
Sometimes an artist needs to step back before moving forward. This is the mode Brenden Clenaghen is in with his new show We Became. For many years, Clenaghen has been one of the Northwest’s most ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Juri Morioka At Butters

The New York painter transcends the prosaic.

Visual Arts
Juri Morioka’s paintings are hard to describe in prose. Try as we would to dissect the Zen influences that color this Japanese artist’s semi-abstract tableaux—strive though we ought ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

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