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A Summer Serenade

At New American Art Union, Jacqueline Ehlis shines in one of the year’s best shows.


Visual Arts
It takes a certain worldliness to be droll and dead serious at the same time. Jacqueline Ehlis’ Serenade at New American Art Union excels at such cosmopolitan paradoxes, mixing minimalist and po ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Heart Of Glass

Henry Hillman Jr. explores Relationships—in art and life.


Visual Arts
Henry Hillman Jr.’s show, Relationships, at Elizabeth Leach is aptly titled, because so many of the artist’s glass sculptures are made up of two or more components, placed in precise relat ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Lowbrow Writ Large

The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards capture the zeitgeist—too well.


Visual Arts
The highbrow Portland Art Museum has gone lowbrow in its Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, which replaced the museum’s Oregon Biennial this year. For what it is and how it does it, CNAA is a su ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Divine Phantasmagoria

Tilt’s group show is simply...Divine.


Visual Arts
A wild collision between minimalism and maximalism, Tilt’s third annual juried exhibition, Divine, is one of the strongest group shows so far this year. In the past, guest curators such as artis ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

The Aftermath of Experience

Multimedia virtuoso TJ Norris conjures 1980s Manhattan, even as he embalms it.


Visual Arts
In his installation, INFINITUS, at New American Art Union, multimedia artist TJ Norris has pulled off an elegant, thought-provoking show in his hallmark aesthetic of clinical-yet-invigorating minimali ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

(Im)material World

Two artists break on through— the fourth wall.


Visual Arts
“Nature is a haunted house,” wrote Emily Dickinson, “but art is a house that tries to be haunted.” Art, then, can only approximate nature, showing us an alternate reality, a mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Late-April Roundup

See these shows before they come down!


Visual Arts
With M.K. Guth’s triumphant showing in the Whitney Biennial—and with ongoing evidence that the artist’s day-job employer, Pacific Northwest College of Art, is on track to gobble up e ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Installation Situation

Two effective installations shine at Marylhurst and Portland State University.


Visual Arts
Jenene Nagy’s and Stephanie Robison’s Sitelines at the Marylhurst University “Art Gym” is an elegant show made up of inelegant pieces. Nagy, whose s/plit is currently part of t ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Live Review: Cap Auction Saturday, April 5

Great people watching; not so great art.


Visual Arts
The annual fundraising gala and auction for the Cascade AIDS Project last Saturday, April 5, may be the Portland art scene’s most glamorous event: tuxes and cocktail dresses, hors d’oeuvre ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Defining Sex

Two shows confront masculine and queer identity.


Visual Arts
There are as many masculinities as there are men, and as many queernesses as there are queers—but that hasn’t stopped two local curators from trying to pin down the essences of gender and ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
 

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