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Joshua Lutz, Hesitating Beauty

Lend me your eyes...

Visual Arts
Childhood memories often play through the 8 mm lens of The Wonder Years, set on a Slip ’N Slide behind a picket fence on a sunny day. Think harder, though, and you’ll remember more bogeyman-fi   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Cramer and Sherrie Wolf

With art like this, who needs porn?

Visual Arts
Rainy autumn skies have arrived in Portland, but inside the Laura Russo Gallery, spring is still in full bloom. In Tom Cramer’s Continuum and Sherrie Wolf’s Stills, flowers take center stage.    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Four states, one giant room.

Visual Arts
Over the spring and summer, I went on art-related trips to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in none of those cities did I encounter a museum show that breathed as expansively as the    More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

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

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