How far will you drive for sexy art?

Apparently I will drive about 124 miles if I’m promised a gallery show that centers on the subject of sex. And it seems that next time, I should really do a bit more research before I consume all that gas. It’s not that the XXX: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design show at Western Oregon University (WOU) isn’t worth seeing-it’s just that you probably already have.

Industrial spaces, abandoned places

There is something naturally heartwarming about the “local makes good” story. In this case, New Hampshire-born artist Roll Hardy has called Portland home since the late ’90s, graduating from PNCA in 2002. This is his third show at the Russo Gallery, a presentation of work done in 2006.


For his first Portland gallery installation, Dan Senn’s multi-dimensional Many Pairs Sounding fills the small rectangular room at Portland Art Center (PAC) with both audience and noise. On a cold Thursday night, a group of about 30 gathered upstairs to enjoy an informative lecture by Senn, who considers himself a viewer of his work.


If you’re thinking of reading a play by Anton Chekov ever in your life, go see Vanya. Actually if you have any interest in Russian literature, or early 20th century life, go see Vanya. Or, simply if you like good fake accents, go see Vanya. Tom Wood’s adaptation staged by Portland’s Artist’s Repertory Theater (A.

Art in ideas

There is no formaldehyde involved in the Damien Hirst exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. There are not many artists who require such a disclaimer, but Hirst found fame in 1991 for The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a real (dead) shark suspended in a vitrine of formaldehyde.

New year, new art

Yes, it is cold and wet. But you chose to live in Portland, and rain happens. So does good art, and the downtown galleries chose the First Thursday of 2007 to hang some of their newest and best. The award for best sense of humor goes to Jim Riswold’s Mao Home and Garden show at the Augen Gallery.