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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

Mao Meets Anime

Highlights from the waning merry month of May.

Visual Arts
To paraphrase Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light—the month is dying in the night. So before the month of May evaporates, be sure to ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Chiaroscuro, Saturday, May 12

The Cascade AIDS Project scores a hit.

Visual Arts
The Cascade AIDS Project took a lot of heat last year when it moved its annual "Art for Life" fundraiser from Montgomery Park to the more sterile-feeling Oregon Convention Center. This year CAP rename ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Post-Modern Zoo

What happens when local artists commandeer a 32,000-square-foot abandoned warehouse?

Featured Stories
In February 2006, 25-year-old graffiti artist Joshua Wallace was serving coffee at Mio Gelato on Northwest 23rd Avenue. He struck up a conversation with a customer who turned out to be real-estate dev ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Heart of glass

Andy Paiko deconstructs beauty and function using coyote skeletons.

Visual Arts
Andy Paiko is a glass blower in the Venetian tradition. In the past he has created goblets, candlesticks and other assorted vessels that are well-crafted and beautiful, if not particularly original. I ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Invisible.other at New American Art Union

Daniel Barron's digital dreamscapes are cool, but they're not the real deal.

Visual Arts
New American Art Union's invisible.other, curated by TJ Norris, is a well-conceived, well-executed show with diverse highlights. In Melia Donovan's Frostie Freeze, the artist rendered a Midwestern fas ...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 RICHARD SPEER
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