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(Im)material World

Two artists break on through— the fourth wall.


Visual Arts
“Nature is a haunted house,” wrote Emily Dickinson, “but art is a house that tries to be haunted.” Art, then, can only approximate nature, showing us an alternate reality, a mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Late-April Roundup

See these shows before they come down!


Visual Arts
With M.K. Guth’s triumphant showing in the Whitney Biennial—and with ongoing evidence that the artist’s day-job employer, Pacific Northwest College of Art, is on track to gobble up e ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Installation Situation

Two effective installations shine at Marylhurst and Portland State University.


Visual Arts
Jenene Nagy’s and Stephanie Robison’s Sitelines at the Marylhurst University “Art Gym” is an elegant show made up of inelegant pieces. Nagy, whose s/plit is currently part of t ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Live Review: Cap Auction Saturday, April 5

Great people watching; not so great art.


Visual Arts
The annual fundraising gala and auction for the Cascade AIDS Project last Saturday, April 5, may be the Portland art scene’s most glamorous event: tuxes and cocktail dresses, hors d’oeuvre ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Defining Sex

Two shows confront masculine and queer identity.


Visual Arts
There are as many masculinities as there are men, and as many queernesses as there are queers—but that hasn’t stopped two local curators from trying to pin down the essences of gender and ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Jim Riswold

This Local Artist’s glass is half full—of Jesus juice.


Q & A
Retired Wieden & Kennedy ad guru and leukemia survivor Jim Riswold is in the Indian-summer bloom of a second career as an artist. His previous four shows at Portland’s Augen Gallery showcased eB ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

New gigs for former Portland Art Center heads



Gavin Shettler and Kelly Rauer, former executive director and programs director of the now-defunct Portland Art Center, have landed new gigs in the local art scene. Both start their new jobs tod...   More
 
Monday, March 3, 2008 by RICHARD SPEER

The End of the Affair

The Affair at the Jupiter says goodbye...for now.


Visual Arts
On the heels of last week’s announcement that the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel art fair has been indefinitely canceled, the Jupiter Hotel co-owners Kelsey Bunker and Tod Breslau report that they ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Jupiter Art Fair’s future in flux


On the heels of this week's announcement that the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel art fair is being indefinitely canceled, the Jupiter's owners have announced their intention to create an...   More
 
Friday, February 22, 2008 by RICHARD SPEER

Westward ho!

Two photographers find gold—and brothels—in them thar hills.


Visual Arts
Leave it to the Europeans to find the essence of the American West. The Italians, with their spaghetti westerns, left us whistling Morricone long after Autry and Rogers rode into the sunset, and now, ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
 

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