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Year End 2002-- VISUAL ARTS

I know it when I see it: the best local visual art of 2002.


Visual Arts
1. Best abstract show: Terrence La Noue at Butters Gallery La Noue rips apart his old paintings and slaps their tiny shreds onto new ones. Up close, his latest works resemble the mosaiclike surfaces ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

Spare-Changers, PLEXIGLASS and Fag Booming

Our latest monthly First Thursday trek becomes an odyssey of oddities.


Visual Arts
There is something odd about an artist with an M.F.A. degree painting local spare-changers and street kids, then turning around and selling those paintings in a gallery for $2,300 a pop. But maybe ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

Getting a Grip on The Organ

A new broadsheet offers a broad arts agenda.


Visual Arts
It is a formidable Organ, 24 inches long and half as wide, and although it is not particularly thick and comes only once every two months, it still aims for penetrating engagement with the people ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

Bodies in Work

Another First Thursday, another gallery hop.


Visual Arts
Rain and sex are in the air as I embark upon my monthly jaunt through downtown and the Pearl. I hadn't expected a carnal/creative theme to develop tonight, but it should come as no surprise. Sex ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

In Search of a Catchier Moniker

Three guys who independently pursue art together.


Visual Arts
Gavin Shettler, Bryan Suereth and Sam Gould work, play and get loaded together. They show up and throw up on each other's doorsteps at odd hours of the day and night to enthuse and rant--but most ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

Joy and Paine

Portland Art Museum's visiting corporate collection from PaineWebber is anything but buttoned up.


Visual Arts
At best, the phrase "corporate art" sounds like an oxymoron. At worst, it conjures visions of neutral-toned landscape prints in Olan Mills-style frames, hanging benignly over the cubicles of Dilbe ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

First (Thursday) IMPRES
SIONS

WW takes to the streets in the monthly search for good art.


Visual Arts
It's 5 pm, and I'm on the first of my monthly reports on First Thursday. There's too much ground to cover to indulge in a proper meal. Tonight I'll feast on gallery scraps: brie, havarti, crackers ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

Toying with Play

Two new exhibits crash the nursery for inspiration.


Visual Arts
We Americans are terminally adolescent and proud of it. From our former president, a would-be rock star complete with a full-figured, full-service groupie, to our current commander in chief, whose ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

MASS OCCURRENCE

Sydney Blue wants to crash your kaffeeklatsch.


Visual Arts
The painting shows a faceless priest pulling a boy's head towards his crotch. "My child," reads the text beside the image, "kneel before the altar and serve your God." The work, titled God Has Lef ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 RICHARD SPEER

A CRITICAL EYE

WW's new Visual Arts writer, Richard Speer, lays out what he'll be looking for.


Visual Arts
When I was 18, my Baptist grandmother gave me this morsel of advice: "Don't go to college. It will turn you into an atheist." She was wrong--I already was one. Actually, like my erstwhile hero, Os ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 RICHARD SPEER
 

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