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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


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

Going for Gold

Nancy Azara conjures a gilded world.

Visual Arts
In some respects, what you look for in art is the same thing you look for in a good massage. You don't go for a massage in the mindset that some white-robed clinician is going to dispassionately manip ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

An AFFAIR to Remember

Stuart Horodner reinvents the concept of hotel art.

Visual Arts
Wonderfully executed if poorly publicized by former PICA visual arts curator Stuart Horodner, AFFAIR at the Jupiter Hotel brought Portland's art scenesters out of the woodwork last Friday night and di ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Something from Nothing

Painter Lauren Mantecón tours the void--and finds its silver lining.

Visual Arts
Lauren Mantecón is in her studio, sipping rum and talking very intensely about the things she likes to talk about--art, gender, feminism, beauty--when, at the end of a phrase, as if to punctuat ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

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