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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

Good Slop/Bad Slop

Anna Fidler finesses the line while others falter.

Visual Arts
There is a good way to be sloppy and a sloppy way to be sloppy. Anna Fidler's Mistique: New Works on Paper at Pulliam Deffenbaugh is improvisatory but not slapdash, childlike but not amateur. In her f ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday in review: Art-chitecture?

Did you hear the one about the architect, the painter and the curator?

Visual Arts
The symbiotic relationship between fine art and architecture stretches back millennia, but recently I'm reminded of Piet Mondrian, whose geometric études influenced individual architects and en ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

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