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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

First Thursday Impressions

Stephanie Snyder injects some spunk into Reed College.

Visual Arts
Stephanie Snyder's ambitions are big. When she took over as director of Reed College's Cooley Gallery in April 2003, she set her sights on nothing short of an infusion of pizzazz. For Snyder, taking R ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Impressions

Angels' wings, Phishhead roosters and naked-woman toothbrushes in the Pearl.

Visual Arts
Beware if you have a sensitive gag reflex: Lisa Elorriaga Czysz's cloying paintings of angels and fairies at Alysia Duckler skirt dangerously close to Lawrence Gallery-level hokum, especially the gian ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Thursday Interview

Hyperkinetic painter James Boulton kicks out the jams.

Visual Arts
James Boulton won't stand still. I meet him at his studio at Northwest 14th Avenue and Pettygrove Street, but he wants to head downtown and swill Syrah on top of Big Pink, so we do--and then, scarcely ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Profile

Painter Eva Lake takes a room (and window) of her own.

Visual Arts
Eva Lake was a "white-trash country girl from southern Oregon" until she moved to London in the late '70s to design record sleeves. Drawn into the vortex of the city's punk scene, she partied with the ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Impressions

Justin Oswald stakes his claim as a prince of the Portland art scene's next generation.

Visual Arts
At 23, Justin Oswald is a bit like the young Henry VIII: auburn-haired, robust, eclectically artistic and, it is rumored, rich. "He's an heir to the Hellmann's mayonnaise fortune," an informant told m ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Second Thursday, Second Impressions

Artist Nic Walker puts his notorious past behind him and readies himself for a Pop-ish new show.

Visual Arts
Nic Walker doesn't look like the monster that art critics, this one included, have made him out to be. Pensively twirling locks of black hair, the 25-year-old artist projects a sensitivity that belies ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

PICA's Problems

The 8-year-old arts agency cuts staff and exhibits due to financial shortfall.

Visual Arts
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will close its gallery space in late January and temporarily suspend its visual arts exhibitions. In addition, the position of visual-arts curator, held ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 RICHARD SPEER
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