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Good Slop/Bad Slop

Anna Fidler finesses the line while others falter.

Visual Arts
There is a good way to be sloppy and a sloppy way to be sloppy. Anna Fidler's Mistique: New Works on Paper at Pulliam Deffenbaugh is improvisatory but not slapdash, childlike but not amateur. In her f ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday in review: Art-chitecture?

Did you hear the one about the architect, the painter and the curator?

Visual Arts
The symbiotic relationship between fine art and architecture stretches back millennia, but recently I'm reminded of Piet Mondrian, whose geometric études influenced individual architects and en ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Mao Meets Anime

Highlights from the waning merry month of May.

Visual Arts
To paraphrase Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light—the month is dying in the night. So before the month of May evaporates, be sure to ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Chiaroscuro, Saturday, May 12

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

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