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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


January's First Thursday fell on the second Thursday, but the added time didn't prevent some work from being third-rate.

Visual Arts
Things are bound to get a little screwy when First Thursday falls on Second Thursday. Since First Thursday fell on Jan. 2 this month, gallery owners cut Alka-Seltzer-plopping art lovers some slack ...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2003 RICHARD SPEER

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
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