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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

Selectees for the Oregon Biennial 2006 announced.


Visual Arts
Jennifer Gately, curator of Northwest art at the Portland Art Museum, has just released her final list of selectees for the Oregon Biennial 2006. The Biennial, to be held July 29-Oct. 8, is arguably t ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Of 2005

Glass totems, blood transfusions and PAM's new wing make 2005 a hit.


Visual Arts
BEST PAINTING SHOW: Scott Wayne Indiana's virtuoso gestural abstractions at Residence Gallery.BEST SCULPTURE SHOW: Harry Hillman Jr.'s glass totems at Elizabeth Leach.BEST PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW: It's a thr ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

ART WARS

Pastiche or Par-TAY? Conceptual or Sensual? Those questions are at the heart of the divide separating the art stars who are painting Portland's scene.


Visual Arts
Two factions among Portland's young art-Turks are battling it out on the streets, from Everett to Alberta, and in shows everywhere in between. With their art and curatorial visions, both sides are doi ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Flaying Faces

Painter Joe Thurston peels off layers of skin to find what's underneath.


Visual Arts
Painter Joe Thurston's style is shocking, even off-putting: portraits of women whose faces are, as he says, "flayed." Flayed as in "stripped of skin." His paintings are many things-confrontational, cr ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Couture con Carne

With raw talent and raw meat, photographer Pinar Yolacan considers beauty and the aging process.


Visual Arts
Pinar Yolacan has been an art-world wunderkind since the age of 16, when in 1997 her art was featured in the Turkish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. Now 24, Yolacan has maintained that knack for gen ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Dressing Demise

Matthew Picton outfits destruction and decay in Day-Glo finery


Visual Arts
"Let us recognize the fact once and for all…," wrote Piet Mondrian in 1920. "If you follow nature, you will not be able to vanquish the tragic in your art." The great neoplasticist saw the processes o ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Heroine Chic

Miss Mona Superhero tapes her way into fabulousness.


Visual Arts
"Twenty-six days," Mona Superhero says to me in the bar at clarklewis, as we down the first of several screwdrivers."Huh?"She reaches up to her neck, pulls down her pink coat and rock-band tee, and fl ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

OFF the RECORD

When the questions get tough, the artists get cold feet.


Visual Arts
What artists say off the record is usually a lot more telling than what they say on the record. There's something about a reporter's notepad or tape recorder that can tighten the lips of even the loos ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Miami Art, Miami Vice

Portland art stars take the beach.


Visual Arts
There's nothing like a jaunt to Miami to revivify sun-starved Stumptowners. Happily, the third annual Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 2-5) afforded a cadre of Portland's art trendsetters the opportunity t ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 RICHARD SPEER
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