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The Cascade AIDS Project scores a hit.

Visual Arts
The Cascade AIDS Project took a lot of heat last year when it moved its annual "Art for Life" fundraiser from Montgomery Park to the more sterile-feeling Oregon Convention Center. This year CAP rename ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Heart of glass

Andy Paiko deconstructs beauty and function using coyote skeletons.

Visual Arts
Andy Paiko is a glass blower in the Venetian tradition. In the past he has created goblets, candlesticks and other assorted vessels that are well-crafted and beautiful, if not particularly original. I ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Invisible.other at New American Art Union

Daniel Barron's digital dreamscapes are cool, but they're not the real deal.

Visual Arts
New American Art Union's invisible.other, curated by TJ Norris, is a well-conceived, well-executed show with diverse highlights. In Melia Donovan's Frostie Freeze, the artist rendered a Midwestern fas ...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 RICHARD SPEER


When comics and politics collide.

Visual Arts
Comics folk are often more than a little socially maladjusted and self-effacing. Lots of childhood alone time and years spent doodling in the back of the class will do that to a person. Art-gallery re ...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 CASEY JARMAN

Ian Boyden at Augen

A former landscape artist tickles us with abstracted feathers.

Visual Arts
It's a moment that takes the breath out of your lungs: the "Eureka!" when landscape painters first realize they don't need the landscape any more. How many color-field painters started out in landscap ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Fat Chick Self-portraits at rake, and other highlights

Photographer Alisha Berry's delicious critique of overeating.

Visual Arts
Gotta love George Carlin's take on eating disorders: "Somehow I can't feel sorry for an anorexic. Rich cunt doesn't want to eat? Fuck her." In reality, the ways in which body image affect what we eat, ...   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Mel Katz At Laura Russo

Hoo-ah! Mel Pacino-or is it Al Katz?-pushes the envelope.

Visual Arts
The most interesting bit of trivia about sculptor Mel Katz is not that he was once married to former Portland Mayor Vera Katz, but that his accent is a dead ringer for that of Al Pacino. Katz was born ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday: The Wild, Seedy West

Matt McCormick shows us where he gets his kicks

Visual Arts
Walt Whitman eulogized the manifold charms of the open road; Kerouac, Cassady and Kesey sang its praises to their own beat; Nat King Cole got his kicks on Route 66; and Vladimir Nabokov, in Lolita, vo ...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

The Preeminents

Old-guard sculptors come out of hiding—and kick ass.

Visual Arts
Before the show closes, be sure to see The Preeminents, one of the best shows Mark Woolley has ever mounted in his eponymous gallery. It's ungracious to say that the show is too tightly crowded— ...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Weihong at Ogle

Performance artist/photographer Weihong makes a case for equanimi-tea.

Visual Arts
Chinese-born artist Weihong combines computer graphics, Eastern philosophy and an ancient tea ceremony in her interactive photography installation at Ogle. In 255-0+Tea, Weihong riffs on the RGB color ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 RICHARD SPEER
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