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Tom Cramer at Laura Russo

The artist treads familiar and unfamiliar ground at Laura Russo.

Visual Arts
Tom Cramer’s painted and carved wooden panels at Laura Russo are a jumble of maddening, fascinating paradoxes: Hyperkinetic yet serene, intricate yet cryptic, they show a midcareer artist taking ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Mapping Time

Visual Arts
One of the most thoughtful and obsessive conceptual artists working on the West Coast today, Matthew Picton debuts a new body of work this month at Pulliam Deffenbaugh . The London-born artist, who n ...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

You Say You Want an Evolution

Visual Arts
Michael L. Wilson has made a metaphoric jump across the Willamette River, evolving his painting from a lowbrow, Last Thursday sensibility to an elegant First Thursday polish. Caustic: 3rd Definition ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Model Behavior

Organism’s sophomore show impresses with restraint.

Visual Arts
Don’t come to Model Behavior looking for models of the Gisele Bündchen variety. This second outing for fledgling arts organization Organism is about a more conceptual kind of model: a mo ...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Flying Under the Radar

Derli Barroso and Elise Wagner sneak up on Portland gallery-goers.

Visual Arts
Not every local artist blazes forth with an eccentric personality (Tom Cramer) or dramatic stylistic shift (Joe Thurston) or political agenda (Arvie Smith) that demands immediate attention. Some artis ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Joe Thurston at Elizabeth Leach

Channeling Paul Bunyan, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein—and Britney Spears?

Visual Arts
Some local artists grow in glacial micro-steps (Brenden Clenaghen and G. Lewis Clevenger come to mind), some in excruciatingly straight lines (Jacqueline Ehlis, Mel Katz), some do not evolve at all (B ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

The Desoto Building

A building, a cross-pollination and a life-changing journey into basket weaving?

Visual Arts
There's a Cole Porter tune called "So Near and Yet So Far" that could have been written about the two-block distance between the Everett Station Lofts and the newly renovated DeSoto Building. The Loft ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Brandon Graham & Corey Lewis

It came from Seattle: anime at Floating World.

Visual Arts
A busboy who eats magic fortune cookies that turn him into a shirtless ninja robot so he can fight the monsters that a gangster put in the walls of his restaurant? A girl named Sexica who smuggles mag ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Brandon Seifert

Glittery Mirrors and Party People

Artists explore gender and the Gay '90s.

Visual Arts
The wonderful, awful thing about conceptual art is that it can be poorly executed but still make its point. Much of the work up this month at Launchpad is amateur and unfinished-looking but still stim ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday: A Tale of Two Davids

David Eckard and David Geiser effuse and eviscerate.

Visual Arts
David Eckard creates art at the intersection of desire and deformity. In Liveries (summer stock) at Mark Woolley, he continues a careerlong fascination with the body and the bizarre—themes he fu ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 RICHARD SPEER
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