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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


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

Installation Elation

Two installation artists delight the eye, and two painters tease it.

Visual Arts
Valentina Barroso-Graziano's bravura installation at Ogle numbers among the highlights of an atypically rich July for local visual arts. A visual tour de force that shows how a gifted artist can do a ...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 RICHARD SPEER


James Boulton brings LAX home to PDX.

Visual Arts
Thirty-year-old James Boulton began making a name for himself in 2001 and 2002 with audacious shows at the Everett Station Lofts. His hyperkinetic style, influenced by graphic design and popular cultu ...   More
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 RICHARD SPEER


Jim Riswold gilds the bejesus out of Leonardo's lily.

Visual Arts
Jim Riswold has a knack for imbuing his photographs with subversive yet somehow non-threatening irony, a talent well showcased at Augen in three shows over the course of the past year and a half. The ...   More
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

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

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