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Shades Of Gray

TJ Norris finds local color in a sea of gray.


Visual Arts
TJ Norris is one of those people you don't appreciate until they go away. The erstwhile director of Soundvision gallery (Everett Station Lofts, 2002-2003), Norris was easy to take for granted. During ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Big Deals From The Big Apple, First Thursday, June 2

Two New York painters show Portland how it's done.


Visual Arts
Run, don't walk, to Motel to see two of the most knee-weakening paintings to hit Stumptown since Tim Bavington's show at Pulliam Deffenbaugh four years ago. Twenty-eight-year-old Omar Chacon, who stud ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Empty Gazes

Searching for enigma, Jock Sturges finds only boredom.


Visual Arts
Generally, a portraitist is only as good as his subjects. Up until now, this has worked in Jock Sturges' favor, as he's photographed nudist families in Northern California and the South of France, mak ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Convention Center Blues Saturday, May 13

Art for Life: Great cause, bad venue.


Visual Arts
Whoever decided to hold Cascade AIDS Project's annual "Art for Life" benefit at the Oregon Convention Center must've been smoking a bowl. It would be hard to imagine a tackier, more déclass&eac ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Outside The Ordinary

Woolley's two galleries double up on Outsider art.


Visual Arts
British art critic Roger Cardinal didn't realize what a can of worms he was opening in 1972 when he coined the term "Outsider Art." He was looking for a suitable translation for the French term "Art B ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Ape Shit

Monkeying around doesn't pay for Butters artist.


Visual Arts
One of Patricia Bellan-Gillen's paintings at Butters shows a monkey sitting atop a jack-o'-lantern, an orange sailboat floating over its right shoulder. Bellan-Gillen also likes to paint frogs and bil ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Drips And Splatters

Backspace scores a hit with action-painting duo.


Visual Arts
If gonzo artist Ralph Steadman were a Gen-Y Portlander instead of a 59-year-old Brit, chances are he'd be making work like Justin Gorman and Caleb Freese's collaborations in the Backspace annex. Gorma ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Boredom? Hardly. First Thursday In Review

An invigorating show at Portland Art Center belies its title.


Visual Arts
One of the most invigorating shows in an all-around amazing month for visual arts is Portland Art Center's group show, Boredom: I Learned It by Watching You (an odd title for a show that is far from b ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Gate Keeper

Portland Art Museum's new Northwest curator, Jennifer Gately, holds the keys to the museum's upcoming Biennial.


Visual Arts
Fresh-faced and energetic, professional yet unguarded, Jennifer Gately, 35, is the new kid on the South Park Blocks. The Portland Art Museum's recently hired curator for Northwest art (a position endo ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A View to a Kiln, Part II

Ceramic alien squiggles, puckered foreskins, and pink pigs.


Visual Arts
You could tell how people felt about ceramics by the way they referred to the 40th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, held in Portland last week. If they refe ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 RICHARD SPEER
 

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