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Eva Speer, Alone Together

A virtuoso with too much to say.

Visual Arts
Eva Speer (no relation to Richard Speer) is a virtuoso with materials. That’s her strength and weakness. She can paint up a storm in realism or abstraction, makes ravishing screen prints and is    More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Sage Sohier, About Face

Gazing at the wrapping paper of the soul.

Visual Arts
Cultural anthropologists have long held that facial symmetry is one of the prime criteria by which we judge other people’s attractiveness. So where does that leave people with asymmetrical faces   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Off Black

A big, spooky tumor.

Visual Arts
When you think of crumpled paper, you tend to think of creative screw-ups: the proverbial novelist, frustrated at not conjuring the right words, wadding up a sheet of paper and chucking it in th   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Nepenthes and Inversion: +/-

New public art pieces inspire, infuriate.

Visual Arts
Two newish public-art sculptures have appeared in Portland in recent months. One is on the west side, the other on the east. And one is an aesthetic atrocity, the other an epiphany. First, the   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Reiterations and Rifts

Pretty but deadly.

Visual Arts
Toxins and microbes and spores traveling through the air, wreaking havoc: It’s a phenomenon as ancient as the great historic plagues and as current as ricin-laced letters. But put any of these   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Off the Plain

The plain! The plain!

Visual Arts
Whether in his photography, curatorial endeavors or seminal gallery, Soundvision, TJ Norris has always been a reliable purveyor of conceptually and visually elegant projects with a minimalist be   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 RICHARD SPEER


Showcase pushes photos forward.

Visual Arts
Of the many galleries participating in Photolucida, Portland’s monthlong photography showcase, PDX Contemporary Art’s three-person show is the most effective. Elegantly and understatedly, it   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Stephen Scott Smith, Seeyouyousee

Grab your mother’s keys, we’re leaving.

Visual Arts
If you grew up in suburbia, the hairs on the back of your neck are apt to stand up as you make your way through the creepy Proustian labyrinth that is Stephen Scott Smith’s Seeyouyousee. The i   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Kris Hargis, Vale la Pena

Inside, outside, inside...

Visual Arts
One of the basic questions artists face is whether to focus on social, political and spiritual concerns or the narrower purview of their own inner worlds. From antiquity to the Romantic period,    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Mariana Tres, Celestial Clockwork

Who cares what makes it tick?

Visual Arts
On the face of it, Mariana Tres’ Celestial Clockwork isn’t much to look at. Upon further investigation, it also isn’t much to think about, despite a tedious trail of conceptual breadcrumbs t   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 RICHARD SPEER
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