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Memories from a year in art shows

Fine lines
It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 21, 2011


Friday sees a one-day-only art installation

No longer vacant
This week's Art Walk is replete with holiday shows, bazaars, and craft fairs.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 30, 2011


Odd futures

Historic chapters
Since 1997, the Oddfellow Theater has been one of the best kept secrets of the Maine theater scene. Soon, it goes away for good.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 23, 2011


Bisbee + Fensterstock work their black magic at Aucocisco

Darkness visible
The similarities between Lauren Fensterstock and John Bisbee are manifold.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 16, 2011


A look behind the latest Asylum mural

Writing on the wall
With a postcard replica and classic Maine lighthouse-as-spraycan motif, graffiti art has never been less offensive than now.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 09, 2011


Xander Marro takes over SPACE’s new annex

A wild imagination
From 1995 until its demolition in 2001, Fort Thunder was the core of Providence's artistic identity.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 19, 2011

Interview: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago on, well, ummm . . .

Awkward Talks
What is there left to say about the Pixies? As it turns out, not so much, and original guitarist Joey Santiago seems to agree.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 19, 2011


Jan Piribek decodes and encodes landscapes at Mayo Street Arts

Facing history
Sometimes it takes an act of art to care about something you otherwise wouldn't.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 12, 2011


Huak bring old punk traditions out of history

Reviving the past
When people play a genre of music that predates them, sounds nothing like other bands in town, and is all but guaranteed to make them no money, people take note.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 05, 2011


Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

Drawing conclusions
The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 14, 2011


Taking a global view at Salt

The plight of the worker
In the 1930s, the New Deal-era Farm Security Administration compiled arguably the most influential photo dossier in American history, enlisting nationally prominent photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans to capture scenes of rural poverty during the Great Depression.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 07, 2011


Show based on structure, not theme, at Gallery 37-A

Serial exhibition
We caught up with multimedia artist and curator Jeff Badger to discuss "6/6/6," a traveling exhibit developed through a unique method of collaborative curation, which is finishing its tour of six national galleries this month at Gallery 37-A.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 24, 2011


Richard Brown Lethem finds new playing fields

Content with the unknown
"One thing that's different about this show," Richard Brown Lethem tells me as we stand in the gallery where his paintings currently hang, "is that I'd never done a series before now. I've always tried to fit all the subject matter into one painting."
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 17, 2011


The magic of mushrooms

Traversing Maine's myco-culture in search of delicious treats
It's a hot, sticky July afternoon and I'm riding shotgun in Uncle Bob's pick-up truck. We've just spent the past couple hours walking off-trail through the woods, and we're doing much better than I had expected.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 03, 2011


Carly Glovinski dupes eyes, objects at June Fitz at MECA

If you copied the entirety of Don Quixote by hand, you'd come to learn the story, but if you acted out the entire novel in charades, you'd definitely know it by heart.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 27, 2011


The ICA urges examination of disaster

State of catastrophe
Disasters are innately mysterious. They are never pleasant, but nonetheless almost always compelling.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 19, 2011


Review: Rose Contemporary blasts off

Outer limits
It's a sad thing to have an empty gallery in the center of Portland's Arts District. Whitney Art Works was a vital organ in Portland's arts community, and since it closed in January, the scene has missed it dearly.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 06, 2011

Apocryphonic: This Light Offers No Warmth, July 9 at Geno’s

Music heard
Local avant-metal band Apocryphonic merge the grammar of Mogwai and the sonic vocabulary of Conifer into 35 minutes of dexterous post-rock on their impressive debut record.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 06, 2011


Review: SPACE's looping video installation

Being, perceived
As SPACE Gallery takes the summer to prepare its Annex — the adjunct gallery in the nearby former frame shop fit for smaller local exhibits and performances — its main room plays host to some very big ideas.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 22, 2011

Dinosaur Jr. at Port City Music Hall, June 20

Music seen
Henry Rollins is the George Thorogood of punk rock. He has the appearance and credentials of someone bad to the bone, but in practice, he's pure establishment.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 22, 2011


Rollins to interrogate Dinosaurs

Inviting inquiry
It's always exciting when an iconic band play Portland, but Dinosaur Jr.'s Port City Music Hall show Monday night brings some additional curiosities.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 15, 2011

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