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Stumbling onto Beauty

Brad Adkins finds art in balloons—or are they sphincters?


Visual Arts
As Andy Warhol proved, banality does not equal boredom. Depictions of commonplace mass-produced objects like soup cans or Brillo pads needn't stultify the viewer, so long as there's flair in the execu ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Disjecta Rising

With Haunted, Disjecta pulls off its best show to date.


Visual Arts
There were Hollywood-style searchlights outside the Templeton Building on the opening night of Disjecta's Haunted, as if announcing that "Something Big" was going on inside. And it was. The most engag ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A Fine Affair

AFFAIR @ The Jupiter Hotel provides some stellar room service.


Visual Arts
The third time was a charm for the annual AFFAIR @ the Jupiter Hotel (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), Portland's premier contemporary-art fair. Operating like a well-oiled machine, the AFFAIR filled more than 30 ro ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

The Oakland Invasion

Bay Area artists are kicking ass in Old Town.


Visual Arts
Seems lately that the best artists showing in Portland are from Oakland, Calif. Omar Chacon, whose vibrant, incendiary paintings this June at Motel practically set the Old Town gallery on fire, is a f ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Too Cool For School

Sean Healy takes us back to high school—and leaves us stranded.


Visual Arts
Sean Healy tackles the ever-scary, still scarring phenomenon of high school in his show Supernormal at Elizabeth Leach. John Hughes had his way with high school, American Pie screwed it to the stickin ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Opulent Dreamscapes

Brenden Clenaghen alchemizes cow udders and chandeliers into haunting abstractions.


Visual Arts
During a month of strong shows, Brenden Clenaghen's Endless Parade at Pulliam Deffenbaugh is the strongest. Because of PICA's decision to effectively compete with First Thursday by kicking TBA off on ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Underwater Idylls

Sonia Kasparian summons the Ladies of the Lake (and one naked dude, too).


Visual Arts
First, know this: Sonia Kasparian is a romantic. There's no getting around that. This is no naturalist, postmodernist, or Gen-Y termite cutester here. No, this is a visionary with utopic designs and t ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Indi-Animated

Scott Wayne Indiana dons multiple hats—and wields 39 axes.


Visual Arts
In case you didn't get the memo, this is the summer of Scott Wayne Indiana. First, the artist was featured on KATU TV for installing those damned ubiquitous toy horses around the Pearl District and ot ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

The Ghost of Warhol

Smith and Lake channel the Wigged One at Augen.


Visual Arts
Rarely do dead people and living people exhibit more handsomely together than the late printmaker Rupert Jasen Smith and the living (and very lively) painter Eva Lake, both showing this month at Augen ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A Biennial That Breathes

Portland Art Museum showcases Oregon's top talent.


Visual Arts
Breathe in, breathe out: Mounting a successful biennial art exhibition is as deceptively simple in theory and fiendishly difficult in practice as Buddhist breathing exercises. Fortunately for local ar ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 RICHARD SPEER
 

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