* SinTax
I approached SinTax--a Pop art collaboration between Belinki & DuPrey and Gallery 500--with marked hesitance. Promises of a contemporary take on Pop art and consumerism had me picturing silkscreen prints of starving African children and cans of Pepsi. But there were also some pleasant surprises. Mona Superhero's colorful utility tape "painting" gives her hometown the surprisingly rare opportunity to see what the buzz from Seattle and New York is all about. And Daniel Kaven provides an untitled triptych about surveillance cameras, convenience stores, and watching people watch other people while they talk on the phone. RD Belinki & DuPrey, 1224 SW Broadway, Through Dec. 28

* Newcountry
One of the best works in town right now is Charles Goldman's spouting fountain of oil drums at the Feldman Gallery. The low-tech sculpture touches on the work of Christo, rococo fountainry, and the nature of consumption itself. Philip Feldman Gallery, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through Feb 19

Up and Coming Atcha!
RC Gallery has assembled a show of "up and coming" artists who include Scott Patt and Amy Ruppel (both in the 2003 Oregon Biennial) and Trish Grantham, whose insanely repetitive paintings are ubiquitous on boutique sandwich boards. RC Gallery, 1314 NW Glisan, 229-1860, Through Dec.

* Volunteer Group Show
I am of the opinion that Newspace's biggest contribution to Portland is its rental darkrooms, studio, and photography workshops, and that its gallery is a secondary (but nice enough) feature. All of their services, however, are powered by volunteer locomotion, and as a small thank you, Newspace is exhibiting their artwork all month. Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, Through Dec.