In this gallery show, artists are using NFTs in a way no one’s tried before

Installation shot by Mario Gallucci for Eutectic Gallery

This month at Eutectic Gallery in Portland, Oregon, what looks to the casual observer like a small ceramics show is actually a quiet revolution.

Though the individual pieces in New Ownership are worthy of…


Who cares about police brutality as long as we don’t have public beheadings!

A smiling blonde-haired, blue-eyed white woman gives us two thumbs us while standing in front of an American flag.
Photo licensed CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain

In his latest self-aggrandizing tirade, Bill Maher tells us that the takeaway from the situation in Afghanistan is that U.S. Americans need to stop complaining about how bad we have it compared to the rest of the…

Seven white young people sit at an outdoor dining table as people in a Black Lives Matter Protest march in the street behind them
Photo by Nick Swartsell

I live in a middle-class neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, ostensibly one of the most progressive cities in the country (if you’re willing to overlook our breathtakingly racist history of redlining, exclusion, and gentrification). It seems as though every third house I pass on my daily walks has a yard or…

There are better ways to address systemic racism, homophobia, ableism, ageism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.

Crinkled paper silhouettes of people’s faces overlap with one another in different shades of color representing a wide range of skin tones.
Photo by wildpixel with standard license

In the weeks following George Floyd’s murder — when people all over the country were taking to the streets in force, in anger, and in desperation for change; when an acrid cloud of tear gas was hanging over downtown Portland every night — my beloved art institutions were quiet. At…

Cryptoart, cat GIFs, and burning an original Banksy

Digital image of a pixelated cat with a pop tart for a body and a rainbow coming out of its butt, flying through a dark blue starry sky
Still from Nyan Cat GIF sold for 560K

Imagine taking a digital portrait of someone famous — let’s say George Clooney. You embed a code into the meta data of the photo, which proves that you’re the photographer and that the photo is one of a kind, and then you…

An interview with Jaleesa Johnston and Sophia Wright Emigh

Still from “Bodies Apart, Moving Together I”

Scrolling through Instagram one evening, I came upon a link to a short film co-created by Jaleesa Johnston, a multi-disciplinary artist whom I follow. I watched the film — a meditation on our isolation and connection during the pandemic, explored through movement — and burst into tears. It evoked every…

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

The most difficult thing about being a writer isn’t the writing. Most people do not understand this. The writing is the easy part. You can control the writing. The hardest part of a writer’s life is the staggering and overwhelming uncertainty of it. What will happen when the poem, the…

It changed the way I see art. And people.

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

Most of us walk around assuming that our tastes and aesthetic preferences are specific to who we are, a singular marriage between our personalities and our own finely tuned sense of beauty and value. As an arts writer, I operated under…

In an attention economy, they do the opposite of what they‘re meant to

Photo: Jennifer Rabin (derivative of ‘Open Wide’ by Les Chatfield)

Humans are wired to crave attention. We want validation that our lives matter to other people. But our desire for attention has become bottomless, stretched, and grotesque. I keep reading reports of social media darlings meeting their ends—falling off cliffs to their deaths, drowning in picturesque waterfalls, and dying of…

On capitalism, greed, and our desire to possess the unpossessable

Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

A few weeks ago, during the ache and anticipation of the Brett Kavanaugh debacle, the art world endured a disaster of its own. Sotheby’s auctioned off a painting, Girl With Balloon, by street artist Banksy. A split-second after it sold for $1.4 …

Jennifer Rabin

Arts and culture writer. Visual artist. Arts activist.

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