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Bringing out the fall’s art endeavors

Fall art shows not to miss
 Let's get visual
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2013

Artists zig and zag at SPACE Gallery

Spatial relations
Spatial relations
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 20, 2013

Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
Postcards from the conscience
By BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2013

Moving performances at SPACE

Quite a few evolutions have taken shape over the last year at SPACE Gallery, including the opening of the Annex and the redesign of the main gallery, which just turned ten years old.
Warming up winter
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 04, 2013

The year ahead in visual arts

While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
See and be seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 28, 2012

Recalling the year’s most notable shows

Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
In the rearview mirror
By BRITTA KONAU  |  December 21, 2012


Occupy, perceive, manipulate, and experience

Grand vision tensely coexists with tight control and attention to details in Amy Stacey Curtis's installation "SPACE."
Bodies in space
By BRITTA KONAU  |  October 19, 2012

Challenging the cinematic norms of gay culture

There's no doubt that this fall will bring heated debates about gay rights, as Mainers vote on giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
Film Series
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 31, 2012

SPACE Gallery turns 10

It's been 10 years since SPACE Gallery, founded by Jon Courtney and Todd Bernard, opened to the public.
Anniversary Party
By MELISSA NELSON  |  August 03, 2012

SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye

As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
It’s a jungle in there
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 03, 2012

Sunset Hearts steal your pain

You know a band are doing something right when five-minute songs finish up and you're pissed.
Ask and they won’t say
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 25, 2012


Review: The Color Wheel

By my (admittedly jaded) count, there are two shocking moments in Alex Ross Perry's startlingly original comedy, The Color Wheel .
Alex Ross Perry’s bracing comedy
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 25, 2012

Beautifully brooding, bleating new wave from Future Islands

Romance is terrifying. It is second-guesses and regrets, passion manifested in polar extremes, and an ongoing search for certainty.
Heart on fire
By  |  April 25, 2012

Bells on parade

We last heard from ALL THE REAL GIRLS last summer, when they shot the EP Tinsel Town on location of the set of the film Lost On Purpose .
Wax Tablet

Solid, authentic, unmanufactured American clips

Whether you've heard his name or not, Alan Lomax is one of the most prominent cultural influences in US history.
The real YouTube
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 06, 2012

Ibsen's Ghosts haunt all of SPACE

Myriad Portland spirits have conspired in raising the much-anticipated new production of Lorem Ipsum, an elegant, bewitchingly multi-medial staging of and around Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts .
Seething spirits
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2012


Portland sends art to our Greek ‘sister’

Greece may not be the recipient of the most fortunate news lately, but a remarkable new collaborative venture by local artists might send a little sunshine to the troubled Mediterranean land.
Traveling shows
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 23, 2012

Get in on the TV Show action

Each episode of TV Show, the multimedia collaboration between Bomb Diggity Arts and Shoot Media Project (itself a part of Creative Trails, a community support program for adults with intellectual disabilities), explores a diverse range of topics.
Lights, camera, action!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2012

Fake It So Real considers the arts of storytelling and bodyslams

Almost any documentary about a niche hobby or creative outlet (think Every Little Step or Spellbound ) devotes some amount of screen time to the therapeutic value of such unlikely obsessions.
Men in tights
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 03, 2012

Short films take over SPACE

Having screened the first of this series back in June, it's good to see evidence that SPACE Gallery plans to show the whole "Project 35" collection.
On gallery walls
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 06, 2012

Review: Dragonslayer

Josh "Skreech" Sandoval is a slacker. A onetime professional skateboarder both admired for and limited by the "random chaos" of his technique, Sandoval abandoned sponsorships and relative fame in search of greater freedom.
The perils and virtues of slackerdom shape the arresting Dragonslayer
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 06, 2012


This season starts retro and then fades to Black

After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2011

The second half of the season brings surprises

Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
Comedy and danger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011

Memories from a year in art shows

It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011

Margin call

Since it's one of the Tablet's duties to explore the margins of Portland music culture, we thought we'd forego an official top 10 in favor of some hidden favorites that won't often chart.
Wax Tablet

Interview: Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery

Soon after Brown University graduate Sam Benjamin moved to southern California in 1999, he started a website called  — an online journal about his nascent career in the porn industry.
Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 02, 2011


Friday sees a one-day-only art installation

This week's Art Walk is replete with holiday shows, bazaars, and craft fairs.
No longer vacant
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 02, 2011

They, and Gideon Bok, are nothing but subjective

Commonly artists prefer to work away from public scrutiny, shielded from revealing the awkward phases of creation, to emerge with a finished work of art that will last, if not for eternity, at least for quite a while.
Time and perspective
By BRITTA KONAU  |  November 25, 2011

Xander Marro takes over SPACE’s new annex

From 1995 until its demolition in 2001, Fort Thunder was the core of Providence's artistic identity.
A wild imagination
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 21, 2011

Sunset Hearts' bright laments

There's something we respond to in the juxtaposition, the pairing of sweet and sour, dark humor, vulnerable heroes. And, of course, opposites attract.
The bones of you
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011