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Marianne Wex, An Exhibition

Gender, bended and re-bended.


Visual Arts
German artist Marianne Wex’s challenging show, An Exhibition, is a time capsule of the 1970s, but it retains the power to make us question assumptions about gender circa 2012. From 1972 to 1977,   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

The Gemini Series, Francis Celentano

Groovy colors, baby, yeah!


Visual Arts
There is a delicious solipsism in art whose only purpose is to boggle the eye, and nowhere is this self-pleasuring more flagrant than in op art. The movement...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Collider

Is painting dead or alive?


Visual Arts
Since the advent of photography, when French painter Delaroche reportedly declared, “From today, painting is dead,” thinkers have been busy burying and exhuming the enduring art form. Curato   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

End Things

The challenge of visual arts at TBA.


Visual Arts
On this yearlong eve of the Mayan apocalypse, as we bury our faces in digital displays, what is the relevance of the old-fashioned objet d’art? Can it engage the mind and uplift the spirit? Kris   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Richard Cawley & Gustav Sculptor, Metal Mythos

Ashes of a burning man.


Visual Arts
Launch Pad Gallery, which opened in December 2005 and closes with its current show, has always staked out unique terrain within Portland’s visual-arts ecosphere. Its physical location is in So   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Maybe It Takes a Loud Noise

Hey hey, ho ho, protest signs gotta go.


Visual Arts
First came hieroglyphs, then epic poems, stage plays and operas. Then there were books, newspapers, movies, radios and televisions. Now, smartphones, iPads and Kindles. The methods by which we r   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Undressing Room at Froelick Gallery

There’s a place I know, if you’re looking for a show.


Visual Arts
In a state where hot-springs skinny dipping and strip-club flesh ogling are de rigueur, can an art exhibition about naked bodies pique, tweak or shock anyone? Not really, as it turns out. But Fr   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Laura Ross-Paul at Froelick Gallery

Hang up and look!


Visual Arts
“Live in fragments no longer,” E.M. Forster urged in Howards End. “Only connect.” Today, 102 years after the novel was published, we increasingly connect by tweeting, streaming and texti   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Cramer at Laura Russo

Green and gold.


Visual Arts
If the Playboy Mansion were plopped down into the forests of Middle-earth and redecorated by Donald Trump, it would probably wind up looking and feeling like Tom Cramer’s woodsy, sensual fanta   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

John Faier’s Queen of Heaven

Death be a little pretty.


Visual Arts
Oh, how we love to tart up death! Out with the blood, in with the embalming fluid, pancake the face, rouge the cheeks, and suddenly Grandma looks 10 years younger than when she died! The pervers   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 RICHARD SPEER
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