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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


Romping through the Pearl in search of good art and good vibes.

Visual Arts
Katherine Treffinger waves at me from across the room, and I saunter over to begin our customary cat-and-mouse game. "I love the new work," I tell her, pointing at her enigmatic and lusciously tex ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

The Art of Translation

2 Gyrlz Performative Arts presents a monthlong festival playing at the borders of language and art.

Visual Arts
The 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts Enteractive Language Festival ends a banner season for the arts in Portland, yet it also serves as the climax. The Enteractive Fest makes up for what the Biennial lac ...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

Processing Change

A follow-up to the Modern Zoo exhibits the art behind art.

Visual Arts
Change is in the air at the young Portland Center for the Advancement of Culture, and it's a critical time in the fledgling nonprofit's development. Two new board members have signed on: David Mos ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 RICHARD SPEER


Sample a week's worth of Portland's most exciting work at the multivenue Core Sample.

Visual Arts
It's been a hell of a few months. With PCAC's Modern Zoo, Jeff Jahn's The Best Coast, PAM's Biennial, PICA's TBA, and now Core Sample--not to mention the ongoing meta-aesthetic digestif of all t ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

Automatic VISCERA

Internationally acclaimed painter David Geiser prepares for his next Portland

Visual Arts
New York painter David Geiser produces work that explodes with drama, viscera, sensuality and several other qualities in short supply at the gutless 2003 Oregon Biennial--and arguably in the North ...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 RICHARD SPEER


The latest Oregon Biennial has a few successful pieces, but the exhibition is a disappointment.

Visual Arts
I wanted the Biennial to cold-cock me. Kick my teeth in, throw me down on the ground, and take me by force. Do what art is supposed to do--scare and scar, ennoble or eviscerate by its beauty or br ...   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

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