Tag: D.K. Row

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Jonathan Lasker’s impishness rascality

Jonathan Lasker celebrates the act of making in highly controlled compositions of thick impasto elements and dense linear circuitry. Using color, silhouette, and pattern, Lasker invents a fresh vocabulary of abstract signifier and painterly glyph. “In The Oregonian, DK Row reports that Lasker, especially in the larger paintings, is like […]

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Alfred Harris’s shredded words

The paintings in Alfred Harris’s third solo show at Froelick Gallery in Portland reference the poem “Drummer Hodge” by Thomas Hardy. The poem describes the informal burial of a young English soldier killed during the Boer Wars of colonial South Africa. Like the poem, Harris’s paintings are about dislocation and […]

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James Lavadour’s geology

“James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint,” curated by Rebecca J. Dobkins. Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR. Through March 30. Traveling to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton and Ashland’s Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University. See images of his work at the Grover Thurston […]

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Leonard Ruder’s basement paintings

“Leonard Ruder: Evidence of a Life’s Work,” guest curated by Silas Cook. Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR. Through Feb. 13. 90-year-old painter Leonard Ruder reminds me of my father, also something of a reclusive artist, who used to hole up in his basement studio and paint. After Ruder […]

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Close scrutiny

“Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” organized by Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Through Jan. 26. The show is on an eleven-stop tour. The final stop will be at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. February-April 2008. “Chuck Close: […]