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You Say You Want an Evolution

Visual Arts
Michael L. Wilson has made a metaphoric jump across the Willamette River, evolving his painting from a lowbrow, Last Thursday sensibility to an elegant First Thursday polish. Caustic: 3rd Definition ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

A Less-Than-Torrid Affair

Affair at the Jupiter Hotel titillates but misses the big O.

For the past four years, the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel has been one of the most enjoyable events on Portland’s visual-arts calendar. Organized by former PICA visual-arts curator Stuart Horodne ...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 RICHARD SPEER


Reviewed: Affair at the Jupiter

Friday-Sunday Sept. 14-16

Affairs you had four years ago are inevitably hotter than the affair you are having today—there is a blush and burnish in hindsight, a patina that makes the grass seem greener on the other side of the ...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

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
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