Terence Ulrich and Ryan Kelly
You know when you see a piece of clothing or a drape or a tablecloth, and the color is so vibrant that you have to buy it, even though it doesn't fit, or you don't need it? I own a maternity dress because of this very problem. If you suffer from a similar sort of intoxication by color, see Gallery Bink's latest show. Artists Terence Ulrich and Ryan Kelly paint similar brands of ennui-plagued cartoon characters in fantastic surroundings, soaked with brilliant blues, magenta, and firey orange. One of Kelly's pieces (pictured at right) portrays a giant, sad fairy hanging upside down from a vine in a zoo exhibit, gazed upon by tiny, aweless people. It's really cool, and the colors are so rich, you'll want to lick them. KATIE SHIMER
Gallery Bink, 1416 E. Burnside, 233-8866

Blot Out the Sun
Blot Out the Sun is the new video project by Harrell Fletcher and Steve MacDougall. So here's the dealio: This guy Jay works in one of those garages where there's always a lot of people coming and going, so Harrell decided to have all these people wander in and read lines from Ulysses (you know, that novel by James Joyce?). Then, the whole thing will be projected onto the side of the garage for one night. It's in alliance with Harrell's affinity for going out into communities and finding the neat parts about them, and it works--would you know about Jay if Harrell hadn't introduced him to you? KATIA DUNN
Saturday, August 3, Jay's Quik Gas Garage, 734 SE 7th Ave, 9 pm, free

Craig Poindexter
Were it not for the tight lines sequestering them into precision, Craig Poindexter's images splurge with dense colors that look like they're dying to bleed and stain. The subjects of his paintings are often eerie landscapes of post-apocalyptic scenery (at right) juxtaposing alien flora with solitary, cracking industrial towers. Many of the scenes are urban, with pistol-wielding femme fatales (Jackie Brown, Patty Hearst) amid smoking buildings and acidic skies. He also does portraits of everyone from Billie Holiday to a razor-toothed sea monster. They have an attractive, air-brushed quality that would do as well on the back of a leather jacket as on a wall. The paintings seem to project the image of a tough, polluted near future that is at once forebodingly mutilated and exquisitely imminent. MARJORIE SKINNER
Medusa Gallery, 420 SW Washington, Suite 202