Ann Kendellen
I've known Kendellen's work for a number of years, but it's never made as much sense to me as it has upon seeing this exhibition of small black and white prints. In innocuous photos of street corners, twisted roots, and waterlogged phone books, Kendellen undertakes a complex spatial play—riffing on monocular vision, where all depth is flattened—creating a very haunting and infectious way of looking at the world. Blue Sky Photography Gallery, 1231 NW Hoyt, 225-0210, through Sept 2, 7:30 pm

Biennial Artists Speak
Another great trio of Biennial artists talk about their work this Sunday: David Eckard (who's currently slaving away in preparation for a major TBA performance next month); Storm Tharp, about whom I gushed sufficiently in my original Biennial review; and Kristan Kennedy, who is evolving from really good to fucking great in front of our eyes like a time-lapse video. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 226-2811, Sun Aug 20, 2 pm, $6-10

Black & White
Calling all chromaphobes: This show's got nothing but artists working in (duh) black and white. Said artists include: Terry Winters, Richard Serra, Richard Diebenkorn, Brian Borrello, and more. Pulliam Deffenbaugh, 929 NW Flanders, 228-6665, through Sept 2

Here + Now
Four non-American artists grapple with the notions of national identity in the rather forgettable little exhibition Here + Now. Hans Haacke's flag piece, printed locally at Mahaffey Fine Art, wins best in show, but next to Dinh Q. Le's terribly disappointing postcard prints, that's hardly saying much. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th, 224-0521, through Sept 2

Maximum Warriors
I used all these words in reviewing Maximum Warriors last week: hyperkinetic, psycho-chromatic, goopy, dizzying, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, quasi-amphetaminic obsession, psychekitschdoodle, Aerosmith, fresh, and exciting. Yes, 811 E Burnside #116, 236-77881, through Sept 2

James and Joey Lavadour
Sometimes I get a little carried away with the "best (blank) in the (blank)" business, but I'll go on the record with this one. James Lavadour is the best painter in the state, and while he's covering a lot of familiar territory in this new show, it's still an astonishing sight: blood meridian cloudscapes, perforated wipes of elm green paint, burning orchards, rolling thunder. Lavadour's paintings are joined by hand-woven wool hats and baskets in the traditional Plateau style from his brother, Joey. PDX, 925 NW Flanders, 222-0063, through Sept 2