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Drips And Splatters

Backspace scores a hit with action-painting duo.

Visual Arts
If gonzo artist Ralph Steadman were a Gen-Y Portlander instead of a 59-year-old Brit, chances are he'd be making work like Justin Gorman and Caleb Freese's collaborations in the Backspace annex. Gorma ...   More
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Boredom? Hardly. First Thursday In Review

An invigorating show at Portland Art Center belies its title.

Visual Arts
One of the most invigorating shows in an all-around amazing month for visual arts is Portland Art Center's group show, Boredom: I Learned It by Watching You (an odd title for a show that is far from b ...   More
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Gate Keeper

Portland Art Museum's new Northwest curator, Jennifer Gately, holds the keys to the museum's upcoming Biennial.

Visual Arts
Fresh-faced and energetic, professional yet unguarded, Jennifer Gately, 35, is the new kid on the South Park Blocks. The Portland Art Museum's recently hired curator for Northwest art (a position endo ...   More
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A View to a Kiln, Part II

Ceramic alien squiggles, puckered foreskins, and pink pigs.

Visual Arts
You could tell how people felt about ceramics by the way they referred to the 40th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, held in Portland last week. If they refe ...   More
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Selectees for the Oregon Biennial 2006 announced.

Visual Arts
Jennifer Gately, curator of Northwest art at the Portland Art Museum, has just released her final list of selectees for the Oregon Biennial 2006. The Biennial, to be held July 29-Oct. 8, is arguably t ...   More
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A Femme Fatale Evolves

You think you know local photographer Marne Lucas? You don't.

Featured Stories
In the popular mind, Andy Warhol was known as much for his blond wig and quirky demeanor as for his famous soup cans. He knew and exploited the power of persona to attract attention, if not always cre ...   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Of 2005

Glass totems, blood transfusions and PAM's new wing make 2005 a hit.

Visual Arts
BEST PAINTING SHOW: Scott Wayne Indiana's virtuoso gestural abstractions at Residence Gallery.BEST SCULPTURE SHOW: Harry Hillman Jr.'s glass totems at Elizabeth Leach.BEST PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW: It's a thr ...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

The Fuzz That Was

Beaver or Brazilian? The latest Bush War has Portlanders tearing their hair out.

News Stories
On the night of Nov. 4, Aleks Weir stumbled off the Line 20 bus onto East Burnside Street—and into the middle of a cultural trend."I realized I'd gotten off at the wrong stop," the 21-year-old P ...   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Freak Chic

2Gyrlz EnterActive Language Fest turns transgression into art one last time.

Featured Stories
No one ever accused Llewyn Máire and Lisa Newman of timidity. The co-founders of gonzo arts group 2Gyrlz Performative Arts, Máire and Newman are currently mounting the city's fourth annu ...   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

Restaurant Guide 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
If you're tired of upscale Italian-by-the-numbers clones, try Piazza Italia for an authentic alternative. The Italian-parlando staff yell at one another across the noisy dining room, gesticulating so energetically, you'll think you've stepped onto the set of La Dolce Vita. The flavors can't be beat,   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 RICHARD SPEER

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