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Carrie Iverson Correspondence / Stephen Scott Smith Burlap 2B

Carrie Iverson and Stephen Scott Smith deconstruct the mysteries of memory.


Visual Arts
When we gaze back over our lives, whether through rose-colored or gray-tinted glasses, we see either sunlit halcyon afternoons or dark nights of the soul filled with “What if…?” and regret. T   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Reading. Writing. Gallery Homeland

The plight of words in a digital age.


Visual Arts
To look at an alphabet other than our Roman script—Cyrillic, Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari—is to be transfixed by characters divorced from their content. For millennia, we humans have been commin   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Michael Endo at False Front Studio

Turning pain into paint.


Visual Arts
Michael Endo’s haunting show at False Front this month, Pain Scale, is compelling for how uncomfortably it stretched the meticulous painter’s working methods. Endo, 32, normally lavishes time on   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Brad Carlile/Rio Wrenn

Confronting the myth of the great American road.


Visual Arts
This month, two local artists wrestle with divergent but equally mythic conceptions of the great American road. In Tempus Incognitus, photographer Brad Carlile’s striking exhibition at Eva Lake’s   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Portland Art Museum scores a hit with this showcase of thought-provoking Northwest art.


Visual Arts
The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards live in the shadow of the Oregon Biennial, which, in a sense, it replaced. Like the Biennial, the Art Awards select a small pool of artists from hundreds of no   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Storm Tharp

Storm Tharp’s prints highlight a sexy group show at PDX Contemporary.


Visual Arts
There has always been an air of the arch epicene in Storm Tharp’s work: the perspective of a refined but warped dandy looking out at a beautiful world through dark-tinted spectacles   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Lloyd Reynolds A Life of Forms in Art

A calligrapher’s life beyond letters.


Visual Arts
“Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed….    More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Tom Cramer Oregon Landmarks

Tom Cramer casts a quirky gaze on his native state.


Visual Arts
We spoke with Tom Cramer, an Oregon native and veritable Portland institution, about the sources of inspiration for his show Oregon Landmarks. WW: What drew you to the Northwest landscape this time?    More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Dante Marioni Variations

Sculptor Dante Marioni takes a risk and scores a hit.


Visual Arts
Varied, virtuosic and sumptuous beyond imagination, the work of Seattle-based sculptor Dante Marioni seems to come from another time—perhaps the Renaissance, when craftsmanship and invention were    More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Sean Healy Upstate

An artist learns you can never go home again.


Visual Arts
In Upstate, artist Sean Healy looks back at his childhood in the once-bustling upstate New York town of Brasher Falls. The town fell on hard times in the 1980s and ’90s, when its three main manuf   More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 RICHARD SPEER
 

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