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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

Habitat for the Humanities

It took some expert artistic handling to create PCAC's Modern Zoo.

Visual Arts
It's perhaps the most ambitious, large-scale art exhibition of its kind to occur here. Gavin Shettler and Bryan Suereth, co-creators of the Portland Center for the Advancement of Culture, have hit ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 Stiv J. Wilson

Shock and Jive

The "Friendliest Black Artist in America" brings his show to PICA.

Visual Arts
This week, PICA unveils eRacism, the traveling exhibit/retrospective of William Pope.L, who bills himself as "the friendliest black artist in America." Working with mixed media, Pope.L has created ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2003 David Walker


Local photographers try something new with nudes.

Visual Arts
Erik Palmer and Bryan Grimes are both boyish thirtysomethings who take off their lens caps after their subjects have taken off, well, everything. But that's where the similarities end. To contrast ...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

Last Thursday, First Impressions

Barbecue, fire dancers, snake charmers and (oh yes) art on Northeast Alberta Street.

Visual Arts
It's hard not to compare Last Thursday with First Thursday. The Alberta vs. Pearl mises-en-scène invite adversarial contrasts: funky vs. fuddy-duddy, street art vs. high art, rye bread vs. ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

Are You Hot?

Local artists battle it out to win a spot among Oregon's crme de la crme in the 2003 Oregon Biennial.

Visual Arts
David Eckard's feet are bound together, and he's wearing a straitjacket made of dainty lace. He's on the ground, crawling all the way from Marylhurst University's entrance gate to the administrati ...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

First (Thursday) Impressions

Neurotic sexpots, luminous boxes, and 72,000 Coke cans highlight February art walk.

Visual Arts
Out of nowhere, a woman hands me her card. I look down and read it--she's a dominatrix--and glance back up. She's vanished. Maybe she figured a show called Erotic Neurotic would be a good place to ...   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

Paris, Portland, Parfait!

Portland Art Museum's Impressionism show makes a big impression.

Visual Arts
"There he is," the professor says, "the enemy." Dr. Richard Brettell points at the first painting one sees upon entering Paris to Portland, a pastorale by late-19th-century academic painter Willia ...   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2003 RICHARD SPEER
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