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Wood In 3-D

Northwest artists yell “timber.”


Visual Arts
Northwest artists love wood. For good and ill, from old-growth forests to the ethical and environmental complexities of the modern logging industry, wood in its many forms lies deep within the region& ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

John Dempcy At Augen/Laurie Reid At Pulliam

Bookends of experience.


Visual Arts
There is a strain of Northwest artist who finesses the line between biological symbolism and painterly abstraction. The preeminent exemplars, Jaq Chartier and John Dempcy, live not in Portland but in ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Jascha Owens At Launch Pad

So bad it’s good...on purpose.


Visual Arts
The collages and assemblages in Jascha Owens’ Paper Trails look like something the cat dragged in. With their jumbled cardboard panels, tattered paper and clumps of hair, glue, charcoal and coff ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Bailey Winters At New American Art Union

Having our cake and tweeting it, too.


Visual Arts
More than ever, we live in two or more worlds at once. We’re on the beach but on the cellphone. We’re at a show blogging our impressions of the show. It’s no longer acceptable to jus ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Gus Van Sant PDX Contemporary Art

The director mashes up paradoxical states.


Visual Arts
In his photographs, as in his films, Gus Van Sant is a prince of indeterminacy. The computer-manipulated images that make up his art show Cut-ups at PDX Contemporary are suffused with a woozy, synesth ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Ply The Wood

The artist as mad scientist- lumberjack.


Visual Arts
In the intimate Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Josh Smith’s architectonic sculpture, Working With Doubt, holds forth in blond Russian plywood, smooth and gently curved on one side, slotted and rectil ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Portland 2010

Disjecta’s biennial takes the art scene’s pulse. And it’s stronger than ever.


Visual Arts
Disjecta scores a huge hit with the first of eight installments in its two-month, citywide exhibition series, Portland 2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. This invigorating show goes a long way towa ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Blakely Dadson At Chambers

A Portland newcomer stakes his claim on glitter.


Visual Arts
In the Old World there was candlelight, there were velvets and silks and halls of mirrors bedecked with gilded sconces and chandeliers. Today, alas, there is only glitter, and you find it at the mall, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

April Surgent at Bullseye, Alexis Mollomo at Ogle

Two new shows take on identity and demons.


Visual Arts
It takes guts to look into the mirror and regard your best and worst features with equanimity. In April Surgent’s Reflect at Bullseye, the artist alternately reflects and deflects her identity a ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Jenene Nagy At Disjecta

Portland’s Christo goes big.


Visual Arts
“Hello, my name is Jenene Nagy, and I’m here to invade your personal space.” That’s the subtext of this ambitious artist’s vertiginous, stomach-churning tsunami of an ins ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 RICHARD SPEER
 

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