Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-105-1-.html Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 The Fuzz That Was - Beaver or Brazilian? The latest Bush War has Portlanders tearing their hair out. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-5132-the_fuzz_that_was_beaver_or_brazilian_the_latest_bush_war_has_portlanders_tearing_their_hair_out.html Visceral Art - Grass Hut wants to do bad things with you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10878-visceral_art_grass_hut_wants_to_do_bad_things_with_you.html Fall Arts Guide 2011: Bring On the Rain - Dayglo landscapes, feral children, killer choruses and more art to keep you sane this fall. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17964-fall_arts_guide_2011_bring_on_the_rain_dayglo_landscapes_feral_children_killer_choruses_and_more_art.html The day is coming, not long from now, when you will have to go inside.
Brad Carlile/Rio Wrenn - Confronting the myth of the great American road. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17723-brad_carlile_rio_wrenn_confronting_the_myth_of_the_great_american_road.html 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]]> It Used To Be Better - What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24331-it_used_to_be_better_what_went_wrong_in_portlands_visual_arts_scene_and_what_we_can_do_to_fix_it.html Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw]]> Best Portland Art of the Year 2012 - Favorite shows and pieces from 2012. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20058-best_portland_art_of_the_year_2012_favorite_shows_and_pieces_from_2012.html The Portland art scene lost some important venues in 2012. After mounting some of the strongest shows in recent memory, Victory Gallery closed its doors due to economic necessities. One of the P]]> Contemporary Northwest Art Awards - Portland Art Museum scores a hit with this showcase of thought-provoking Northwest art. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17622-contemporary_northwest_art_awards_portland_art_museum_scores_a_hit_with_this_showcase_of_thought_pro.html 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]]> 10 Favorite Visual Arts Shows of 2011 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18592-10_favorite_visual_arts_shows_of_2011_.html 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]]> An Artist Focuses On Artists - Marne Lucas points her camera at Portland art stars. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-6399-an_artist_focuses_on_artists_marne_lucas_points_her_camera_at_portland_art_stars.html Road Trip - Matt McCormick takes a look in Oregon’s rear-view mirror. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17006-road_trip_matt_mccormick_takes_a_look_in_oregons_rear_view_mirror.html These are golden days for local filmmaker and artist Matt McCormick. His first feature film, Some Days Are Better Than Others, debuted last week at the Portland International Film Festival, and than]]> Christine Clark/Jay Steensma @ Nine Gallery/Pulliam Gallery - Two Portlanders confront impermanence. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16952-christine_clark_jay_steensma_a_nine_gallery_pulliam_gallery_two_portlanders_confront_impermanence.html When you look at the bric-a-brac collecting dust at your pad—those tacky souvenirs from your trip to Mexico, family photos you inherited when Aunt Betty died, books you bought years ago but never ]]> <i>The Century Project</i> At Bamboo Grove - Photographer Frank Cordelle wrestles with body acceptance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11136-the_century_project_at_bamboo_grove_photographer_frank_cordelle_wrestles_with_body_acceptance.html Stage Sets - Three local shows ask where art ends and architecture begins. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17190-stage_sets_three_local_shows_ask_where_art_ends_and_architecture_begins.html This month, three different shows tackle the same essential theme: the relationships between visual art and architecture. This is addressed most explicitly at the Art Institute of Portland’s Centr]]> Damien Gilley <i>Infinity Games</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18065-damien_gilley_infinity_games_.html 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]]> Contemporary Northwest Art Award Finalists - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16884-contemporary_northwest_art_award_finalists_.html What would you do with $10,000? That’s a question 29 artists are asking themselves after being named finalists in the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. This will be the s]]> The Shock of the New Butters Gallery - Butters introduces four new artists to its roster. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10758-the_shock_of_the_new_butters_gallery_butters_introduces_four_new_artists_to_its_roster.html Michael Endo at False Front Studio - Turning pain into paint. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17751-michael_endo_at_false_front_studio_turning_pain_into_paint.html 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]]> Double Encrypted - Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Anna Gray’s artistic monogamy at Disjecta’s <i>Biennial</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19007-double_encrypted_ryan_wilson_paulsen_and_anna_grays_artistic_monogamy_at_disjectas_biennial.html It’s an image that could keep you up at night: a young man, his wife, and their child lay atop the bolted entrance to a family crypt. The parents’ eyes are closed as the child rests limply on ]]> <i>Attraction and Repulsion</i> At Cock Gallery - New gallery goes where the sun don’t shine. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18937-attraction_and_repulsion_at_cock_gallery_new_gallery_goes_where_the_sun_dont_shine.html Picasso drew and painted plenty of sphincters in his perverse erotic fantasias, but the necessary but generally unglamorous muscle doesn’t get a lot of face time in fine art—not even in nudes.]]> Portland Art Center, R.I.P. - The Portland Art Center closes—who is to blame? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8337-portland_art_center_rip_the_portland_art_center_closesmdashwho_is_to_blame.html <i>Nepenthes</i> and <i>Inversion: +/-</i> - New public art pieces inspire, infuriate. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20854-nepenthes_and_inversion_%2B__new_public_art_pieces_inspire_infuriate.html Two newish public-art sculptures have appeared in Portland in recent months. One is on the west side, the other on the east. And one is an aesthetic atrocity, the other an epiphany. First, the]]> Hannes Wingate, <i>The Burnside Nest</i> - A bird about to be flipped. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22612-hannes_wingate_the_burnside_nest_a_bird_about_to_be_flipped.html Hannes Wingate’s The Burnside Nest, Portland’s newest public artwork, looks like a bird’s nest on steroids. The spherical sculpture is built to resemble an oversized bird’s nest. Way ove]]> Ansel Adams/Vanessa Renwick - Two artists set their sights on the Great American West. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16645-ansel_adams_vanessa_renwick_two_artists_set_their_sights_on_the_great_american_west.html <i>Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit</i> at Blue Sky - Needle, camera, damage done. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18811-heavy_hand_sunken_spirit_at_blue_sky_needle_camera_damage_done.html It is a gorgeous, heartbreaking image: A woman shooting heroin into her bruised leg while her boyfriend and a friend’s child sit beside her on a bed. As it turns out, she is baby-sitting the boy]]> Storm Tharp - Storm Tharp’s prints highlight a sexy group show at PDX Contemporary. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17588-storm_tharp_storm_tharps_prints_highlight_a_sexy_group_show_at_pdx_contemporary.html There has always been an air of the arch epicene in Storm Tharp’s work: the perspective of a refined but warped dandy looking out at a beautiful world through dark-tinted spectacles]]> Tom Cramer and Sherrie Wolf - With art like this, who needs porn? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21403-tom_cramer_and_sherrie_wolf_with_art_like_this_who_needs_porn.html Rainy autumn skies have arrived in Portland, but inside the Laura Russo Gallery, spring is still in full bloom. In Tom Cramer’s Continuum and Sherrie Wolf’s Stills, flowers take center stage. ]]> Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays - Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19654-portland_fall_arts_guide_2012_different_thursdays_tom_cramer_takes_his_work_from_the_pearl_to_albert.html The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr]]> Dante Marioni <i>Variations</i> - Sculptor Dante Marioni takes a risk and scores a hit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17439-dante_marioni_variations_sculptor_dante_marioni_takes_a_risk_and_scores_a_hit.html Varied, virtuosic and sumptuous beyond imagination, the work of Seattle-based sculptor Dante Marioni seems to come from another time—perhaps the Renaissance, when craftsmanship and invention were ]]> Carrie Iverson <i>Correspondence</i> / Stephen Scott Smith <i>Burlap 2B</i> - Carrie Iverson and Stephen Scott Smith deconstruct the mysteries of memory. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17936-carrie_iverson_correspondence_stephen_scott_smith_burlap_2b_carrie_iverson_and_stephen_scott_smith_d.html 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]]> Jeffrey Butters, <i>The Reactions</i> - Gold on the ceiling... http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22810-jeffrey_butters_the_reactions_gold_on_the_ceiling.html In centuries past, artists and jewelers were often one and the same. The lapis-inlaid funerary mask of Tutankhamun, dazzling adornments of Native Americans, and the masterpieces of Renaissance g]]>