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Model Behavior

Organism’s sophomore show impresses with restraint.

Visual Arts
Don’t come to Model Behavior looking for models of the Gisele Bündchen variety. This second outing for fledgling arts organization Organism is about a more conceptual kind of model: a mo ...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

TBA DIARY: All about Baryshnikov

Saturday, September 9, 2007: Donna Uchizono Company

It's super-muggy in the Newmark Theater at PCPA, but then, it's a packed house, and I'm in the third balcony. Heat rises. You do the math. TBA guest artistic director Mark Russell walks onstage, tells everyone...   More
Sunday, September 9, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

TBA Diary: Richard Speer does the Works

Dateline: Friday, Sept. 7

The first thing I noticed on the first night of TBA's after-party, The Works, was the smell. For the life of me, I still can't figure out WTF it was. My working theory is that it was some sort of semi-toxic off-gassing ...   More
Saturday, September 8, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

Flying Under the Radar

Derli Barroso and Elise Wagner sneak up on Portland gallery-goers.

Visual Arts
Not every local artist blazes forth with an eccentric personality (Tom Cramer) or dramatic stylistic shift (Joe Thurston) or political agenda (Arvie Smith) that demands immediate attention. Some artis ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Joe Thurston at Elizabeth Leach

Channeling Paul Bunyan, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein—and Britney Spears?

Visual Arts
Some local artists grow in glacial micro-steps (Brenden Clenaghen and G. Lewis Clevenger come to mind), some in excruciatingly straight lines (Jacqueline Ehlis, Mel Katz), some do not evolve at all (B ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

The Desoto Building

A building, a cross-pollination and a life-changing journey into basket weaving?

Visual Arts
There's a Cole Porter tune called "So Near and Yet So Far" that could have been written about the two-block distance between the Everett Station Lofts and the newly renovated DeSoto Building. The Loft ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards finalists announced!

The Portland Art Museum has announced finalists for its first Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, which are a replacement of sorts for the now-retired Oregon Biennial. PAM curator Jennifer Gately and...   More
Friday, July 27, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

Glittery Mirrors and Party People

Artists explore gender and the Gay '90s.

Visual Arts
The wonderful, awful thing about conceptual art is that it can be poorly executed but still make its point. Much of the work up this month at Launchpad is amateur and unfinished-looking but still stim ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday: A Tale of Two Davids

David Eckard and David Geiser effuse and eviscerate.

Visual Arts
David Eckard creates art at the intersection of desire and deformity. In Liveries (summer stock) at Mark Woolley, he continues a careerlong fascination with the body and the bizarre—themes he fu ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Alter Egos

Online gamers have dual identities at Portland Art Center.

Visual Arts
As part of the Platform Animation Festival, Portland Art Center has mounted an intriguing show called Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators. Curated by Shawn Bowman, the show features split-screen por ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

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