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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

Double Encrypted

Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Anna Gray’s artistic monogamy at Disjecta’s Biennial.

Visual Arts
It’s an image that could keep you up at night: a young man, his wife, and their child lay atop the bolted entrance to a family crypt. The parents’ eyes are closed as the child rests limply on    More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Attraction and Repulsion At Cock Gallery

New gallery goes where the sun don’t shine.

Visual Arts
Picasso drew and painted plenty of sphincters in his perverse erotic fantasias, but the necessary but generally unglamorous muscle doesn’t get a lot of face time in fine art—not even in nudes.   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Margaret Evangeline, Shooting Through The Looking Glass

She shoots, she scores!

Visual Arts
Think of Margaret Evangeline as the Annie Oakley of the art world. The New York City-based artist creates her trademark abstractions by shooting stainless steel panels with handguns, shotguns an   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit at Blue Sky

Needle, camera, damage done.

Visual Arts
It is a gorgeous, heartbreaking image: A woman shooting heroin into her bruised leg while her boyfriend and a friend’s child sit beside her on a bed. As it turns out, she is baby-sitting the boy   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Aluminum and Nothing

Joe Thurston is ready for the floor.

Visual Arts
In two riveting, wildly different shows this month, one artist known for sculpture makes a jump to wall pieces while another artist known for wall pieces leaps onto the floor with a haunting ser   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

YU Changed

Great expectations fall short.

Visual Arts
Fledgling arts organization YU Contemporary announced last week that director Sandra Percival was suddenly leaving her post after less than two years at the helm. YU co-founders Curtis Knapp and F   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Body Gesture: A Group Exhibition of Feminist Art

Visual Arts
A feminist art show might strike some as a stale proposition at this late date. Then again, with chauvinist-chic TV shows (Mad Men, Pan Am, The Bachelor) all the rage, maybe it’s perfect timing for    More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

10 Favorite Visual Arts Shows of 2011

Visual Arts
Despite the nation’s economic woes, the Portland art scene remained vibrant in 2011. This isn’t a town where artistic health trickles down from wealthy collectors. Rather, it’s a place where   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

David Geiser, Fertile Ground

Visual Arts
A longtime staple of the Butters Gallery stable, painter David Geiser takes off in fresh directions in the thought-provoking exhibition Fertile Ground. Based on Long Island, the artist works in    More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

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