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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

The Mark of the Arrow

An enigmatic street artist makes his statements from...above.

Visual Arts
A few weeks ago, Portland quietly acquired its very own Zorro: a self-proclaimed "street activist" who revels in anonymity and leaves a telltale mark. In this case, it's not a slashed "Z," but a brigh ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Mary Ann Albright

Snore Ample

A new catalog chronicles one of the most important art extravaganzas ever to anesthetize Portland.

Visual Arts
In case you slept through it, Core Sample was an art happening last October that packed two dozen exhibitions, featuring work by 140 regional artists, into a 10-day festival. Oregonian architecture cr ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

The Doyenne's New Digs

Elizabeth Leach takes a small step across Burnside and a giant leap into the Pearl's future.

Visual Arts
When Elizabeth Leach talks, people listen. But when she walks--with her entire operation across Burnside and into the Pearl--people really listen. After 23 years as the reigning queen of Portland's "b ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 RICHARD SPEER
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