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10 Favorite Visual Arts Shows of 2011


Visual Arts
Despite the nation’s economic woes, the Portland art scene remained vibrant in 2011. This isn’t a town where artistic health trickles down from wealthy collectors. Rather, it’s a place where   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

David Geiser, Fertile Ground


Visual Arts
A longtime staple of the Butters Gallery stable, painter David Geiser takes off in fresh directions in the thought-provoking exhibition Fertile Ground. Based on Long Island, the artist works in    More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Shred of Lights, Worksound

Dustin Zemel’s video installation wickedly satirizes TV news.


Visual Arts
In Shred of Lights, one of Worksound’s best ever shows, five artists examine the acts of transcription, documentation and commentary, and their relevance to contemporary life. At the show’s    More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Damien Gilley Infinity Games


Visual Arts
No matter how the wavelike vicissitudes of the art world swell and trough as decades pass, artists keep reaching back to geometry. For Damien Gilley, geometry beckons in 1980s-flavored architectoni   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Preview: 25th Anniversary Edition

What's opening in downtown galleries tonight

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WW art critic Richard Speer previews tonight's First Thursday openings.

Horia Boboia
In Horia Boboia’s last installation in the Nine project space, he deconstructed an ARTFORUM magazine by cutting the pages and flipping them, weaving an arbitrary but oddly meaningful narrative. For this go-round, entitled I Am Sorry, he returns to one of his first loves, painting, with a series of dip...   More
 
Thursday, October 6, 2011 by RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts Highlights from TBA

Three installations embody the spirit of TBA at its best.


Visual Arts
Imagine you’re an office clerk hunting for a specific manila folder. You open the filing cabinet and pull the drawer out, but to your stupefaction, the drawer just keeps coming out, out, out, thre   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Fall Arts Guide 2011: Bring On the Rain

Dayglo landscapes, feral children, killer choruses and more art to keep you sane this fall.


Cover Story
The day is coming, not long from now, when you will have to go inside.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL, RICHARD SPEER, BEN WATERHOUSE, HEATHER WISNER

Carrie Iverson Correspondence / Stephen Scott Smith Burlap 2B

Carrie Iverson and Stephen Scott Smith deconstruct the mysteries of memory.


Visual Arts
When we gaze back over our lives, whether through rose-colored or gray-tinted glasses, we see either sunlit halcyon afternoons or dark nights of the soul filled with “What if…?” and regret. T   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Preview

What's opening in downtown galleries tonight.

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WW art critic Richard Speer previews tonight's First Thursday openings.

Stephen Scott Smith
In Burlap 2B, conceptual artist Stephen Scott Smith reflects on his young adulthood in the 1980s. His suite of drawings captures the era’s strange melange of military-industrial machismo (witness his depiction of Ronald Reagan), look-the-other-way attitude toward HIV/AIDS (see again Ronald ...   More
 
Thursday, September 1, 2011 by RICHARD SPEER

Reading. Writing. Gallery Homeland

The plight of words in a digital age.


Visual Arts
To look at an alphabet other than our Roman script—Cyrillic, Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari—is to be transfixed by characters divorced from their content. For millennia, we humans have been commin   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 RICHARD SPEER
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