Visual Arts Listings 

* Amy Ruppel
Straight off the Oregon Biennial, Amy Ruppel displays her new work at the inimitable Seaplane. Using her signature digital-striping/wood panel/beeswax techniques, the artist now incorporates drawing of birds into her sumptuous compositions. Seaplane, 3356 SE Belmont, 234-2409, Through Sep. 12

And Even More Everyday Sunshine
Harrell Fletcher spent days at the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice interviewing clients and staff about bodily scars. Photographs of the scars and their histories are on display, making for an odd sort of queasy humanity. Mead Building, 421 SW 5th Ave, Through August

* La Playa
Shawn Records is a documentarian of the small moments of tenderness and oddity that occur between the four living generations of his family. With lots of lush color interiors and incidental portraiture, Records explores the suburban family, with exceptional photos of a witch's skeleton hanging in a suburban garage, and of his son Max in an aluminum foil helmet at dusk. Blue Sky Photography Gallery, 1231 NW Hoyt St, 225-0210, Through August 30

* Meeting a Small Tree
Natascha Snellman's work dips a doubting finger into the wounds of tenderness, without ever veering into maudlin sentimentality, which is a wondrous artistic achievement. Meeting a Small Tree concerns a business man who undergoes a subtle spiritual awakening of sorts after meeting a lone green tree. The photos change every week to create a prolonged narrative, so check back soon. PDX Window Project, 612 NW 12th, Through Sept. 6

Shepard Fairey's Obey
By now you've surely noticed the proliferation of Andre the Giant's ugly mug all over our fair city, thanks to social phenomenologist / graphic designer Shepard Fairey. The man who brought us Andre the Giant Has a Posse is showing new work at Gallery Bink, including prints of Sid Vicious, Motorhead, Grandmaster Flash, and of course, Andre. Gallery Bink, 1416 E. Burnside, 233-8866, Through Sept. 4

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