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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

Shred of Lights, Worksound

Dustin Zemel’s video installation wickedly satirizes TV news.

Visual Arts
In Shred of Lights, one of Worksound’s best ever shows, five artists examine the acts of transcription, documentation and commentary, and their relevance to contemporary life. At the show’s    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Q&A: Bobby Abrahamson

Visual Arts
In The 45th Parallel, storyteller Lisa Wells and photographer Bobby Abrahamson give a travelogue of rural life in the “small, endangered towns” of central Oregon. We spoke to Abrahamson, who   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 TJ NORRIS

Laurie Danial / David Eckard / Ellen George

Three artists have a great autumn.

Visual Arts
Laurie Danial, David Eckard and Ellen George are not the freshest faces in the Portland art scene. They’re not exactly old school, either. All three have impressive midcareer shows this month, pr   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 TJ NORRIS

Damien Gilley Infinity Games

Visual Arts
No matter how the wavelike vicissitudes of the art world swell and trough as decades pass, artists keep reaching back to geometry. For Damien Gilley, geometry beckons in 1980s-flavored architectoni   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

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