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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

First Thursday, Hail Satan!

Dark metal lights up Sugar Gallery; Damien Hirst celeb death match.

Visual Arts
Brooklyn photographer Peter Beste is obsessed with Norwegian dark metal bands—a quasi-Satanic subgenre of heavy metal whose frontmen tend to look like a cross between Gene Simmons of Kiss and Br ...   More
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Band-aids, Mao and Dirty Hippies

Wrapping up an eclectic month in visual arts.

Visual Arts
Media glut notwithstanding, Storm Tharp's spectacularly overrated show at PDX isn't the only show up this wintry month. Other notables include Biennial alum K.C. Madsen's crumpled-paper sculptures at ...   More
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Second Skin

Portland Art Center kicks butt and takes NoPo names.

Visual Arts
Quick: What do you get when you cross a cigarette butt and an earplug? No, no, not a butt plug—shame on you and your dirty mind! You get J.D. Perkin and Anne Thompson's Second Skin at Portland A ...   More
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

We Appeal to Heaven

Taking a stroll through Storm Tharp's one-note freak show.

Visual Arts
Storm Tharp's contribution to last year's Oregon Biennial, an untitled floral still life, was one of that exhibition's unmitigated highlights. Almost hidden within its luxuriant oils was a bizarre, be ...   More
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Hits of 2006

The crème de la crème of the year that was.

Visual Arts
Sitting on the floor in my home office, looking through hard copies of my 2006 reviews, I'm surprised at how great a year it was for visual arts. On paper, the year looks so much more stellar than it ...   More
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Oh, Deer God

Organism debuts by killing Bambi.

Visual Arts
A taxidermized deer head bursts out of the wall at the entrance to Jarrett Mitchell's show at Organism, greeting you as you walk through a barbed-wire fence disturbingly evocative of prisons or concen ...   More
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

An Artist Focuses On Artists

Marne Lucas points her camera at Portland art stars.

Visual Arts
There are no December doldrums in the visual arts scene—in fact, this may be the most jam-packed month for standout shows in the entire year. Things kicked off First Friday with Marne Lucas' Sit ...   More
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 RICHARD SPEER
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