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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

Walt Curtis

A poet/painter rises from the ashes.


Books
The May 2 fire that burned down Great Northwest Bookstore, where Walt Curtis lived in the basement, destroyed the Portland poet and painter’s possessions and archives but reminded the community ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Bad Boy Bill ft. Alyssa Palmer, "If I Tell You," The Album (Nettwerk)


[We're having some problems with the audio plugin/hosting at the moment. Sorry for the inconvenience. -Ed.] ]Portland vocalist/songwriter Alyssa Palmer's dreamy vocals have floated atop the soundscapes of local electronica group Phutureprimitive and also rocketed her first single, “Fa...   More
 
Friday, June 18, 2010 by 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

Almost Live: Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction's New Digs a Hit




What a difference a venue makes. After a multi-year run in the oppressively cheesy Oregon Convention Center, the Cascade AIDS Project's annual fundraising e...   More
 
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 by 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
 

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