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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

Gate Closing

Why is Jennifer Gately leaving the Portland Art Museum?

Visual Arts
On Sept. 16, Jennifer Gately, the Portland Art Museum’s curator for Northwest art, announced she was resigning after only two years and nine months on the job. An outpouring of disappointment fr ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Bruce Conkle at Rocksbox

Visual Arts
Bruce Conkle has been in all kinds of group shows around town, and solo shows as far away as New York City and Iceland, but this is his first local solo show since 2004. As Portland’s preeminent ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Volume at Worksound

Portland artists explore space in curator-about-town Jeff Jahn’s latest show.

Visual Arts
Volume feels different—more cavernous and self-directed, less tour-guidey—than most Jeff Jahn-curated shows. Perhaps that’s because the show’s theme is space and the way Portla ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Ed Ruscha at the Portland Art Museum

An edgy elegy to youth from a pop art original.

Visual Arts
At 70, Ed Ruscha is a California classic still going strong, as his exhibition at the Portland Art Museum proves. In a small gallery on the fourth floor of the Mark Building, the exhibition addresses ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Richard Speerv

History Versus Nostalgia

Two shows offer differing takes on the swingin’ ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

Visual Arts
Our endless fascination with celebrity and nostalgia takes center stage in two very different shows this month. First, at Augen’s DeSoto location, Bande à part: New York Underground time- ...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Something To Believe In

With Immaterialized, Disjecta scores a direct hit.

Visual Arts
At the end of the Revolutionary War, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, it’s said that the Redcoats pulled out their fifes and cornets and played a song called &l ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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