It's Been Real - Savage Gallery Goes Bye-Bye
It's true, Savage Gallery, the handsomest exhibition space in the Pearl, closed its doors last week, to much confusion and public speculation. A quizzical press release sent out by the gallery only heightened the confusion, hinting that Tracy Savage may have closed shop to focus on selling art on the web, which is never a positive step, no matter how much spin you put on it. But fear not, Savage loyalists, we found out the real skinny this morning. Turns out Savage & Co. are taking a few months of R and R to get their heads together while continuing to privately sell work to clients. It won't be long, though, before they begin shopping around for a new "funky, Euro-style" space to use as a project room for more ephemeral and space-based installations. There's talk of taking it far out of downtown, which would definitely create more of a big budget alternative space vibe, which Portland is seriously lacking. In any case, Savage Gallery as we know it has fallen. We will keep you abreast of any breaking developments. CB

Fluorescence: Brighter than White
A funky show of artists who all use garish neon colors to mixed results. Check out Edie Tsong's video of infectious green adhesives and Brad Adkins's luminous aura, which he so kindly loaned the gallery. Field, 328 NW Broadway #114, 503 810 4788, Through May 31

In Varied and Particular Ways
Instead of tedious desert landscapes and fuzzy portraits of nude women, In Varied and Particular Ways focuses on quirky experiments and novel uses of the camera in it's earliest inception. Plenty of childhood death portraits, spy-cam images, hilarious photo fakeries, and early lunar photographs abound, as well as genre-bending prints by August Sander, Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 276-4246, Through June 8

MFA Thesis Exhibitions
PSU is hosting six MFA shows, two at a time, for two weeks each. Joe McMurrian and Arron Comeux are first at bat, and the early signs are remarkably promising. Portland State University Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, April 21 - May 2