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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

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


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
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