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Mark Zirpel At Bullseye

Bells and whistles make for a brilliantly bizarro installation.


Visual Arts
It’s been six years since Seattle artist Mark Zirpel’s brilliantly creepy Celestial/Terrestrial at Bullseye, but the artist has clearly been busy concocting new nightmares and comedic riff ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Best Of 2010

Our picks for the best locally exhibited visual art this year.


Visual Arts
The Portland art scene in 2010 had a Dickensian “best of times, worst of times” duality. Among the setbacks and sadnesses were veteran gallerist Laura Russo’s death in February from ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Fish-Work Europe At Charles A. Hartman

Photographer Corey Arnold finds death in them thar waves.


Visual Arts
Photographer Corey Arnold regularly leaves his Portland home and hops aboard commercial fishing boats bound for icy northern waters. The photos he brings back capture life on the seas, as crew members ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Ansel Adams/Vanessa Renwick

Two artists set their sights on the Great American West.


Visual Arts
When an artist with an exceptional eye finds something exceptional to look at and interpret with that eye, watch out. In the 16th century, Leonardo had his Mona Lisa; in the 19th century, John Singer ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Bruce Conkle at Worksound

Of beauty and bedevilments.


Visual Arts
Worksound is a cavernous gallery that normally shows two or three artists at a time, so for a single artist to take on the entire space is a tall order. Happily, conceptual artist Bruce Conkle is up t ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Sherrie Wolf At Laura Russo

Zooming in on painting’s most famous faces.


Visual Arts
The great faces of historical portrait painting are embedded in our collective unconscious like ghosts in a psychic family album: Titian’s Man With a Glove, Thomas Gainsborough’s dewy The ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Kelly Rauer At New American Art Union

The body electric, unplugged.


Visual Arts
It may have been the quietest First Friday opening ever: hushed gallery-goers huddled in a darkened room, watching Kelly Rauer’s high-definition video installation, Shaping Sequence. The piece h ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

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
 

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