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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.

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.


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

Michael Endo at False Front Studio

Turning pain into paint.

Visual Arts
Michael Endo’s haunting show at False Front this month, Pain Scale, is compelling for how uncomfortably it stretched the meticulous painter’s working methods. Endo, 32, normally lavishes time on   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Brad Carlile/Rio Wrenn

Confronting the myth of the great American road.

Visual Arts
This month, two local artists wrestle with divergent but equally mythic conceptions of the great American road. In Tempus Incognitus, photographer Brad Carlile’s striking exhibition at Eva Lake’s   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

ANKA Gallery Closes


ANKA Gallery, a staple of the Everett Station Lofts, will be dark this First Thursday, closed indefinitely due to financial hardships.According to gallery co-owners Anna Solcaniova-King and Graylan King, the gallery is in a restructuring phase with no more shows to be mounted in the Lofts.  The ga...   More
Thursday, July 7, 2011 by RICHARD SPEER

Seattle sculptor John Grade wins Contemporary Northwest Art Awards


Seattle-based sculptor and conceptual artist John Grade took home the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize at the culmination of the opening ceremonies for Portland Art Museum’s second    More
Monday, June 20, 2011 by RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Portland Art Museum scores a hit with this showcase of thought-provoking Northwest art.

Visual Arts
The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards live in the shadow of the Oregon Biennial, which, in a sense, it replaced. Like the Biennial, the Art Awards select a small pool of artists from hundreds of no   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

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