Michael - that's interesting. i guess I haven't run across people who refuse to believe those stats. I far more often hear it phrased in a way that basically ignores the actual and historical presence of people of color in this city.
A sort of related point of clarification: One thing Intisar talked about a lot in the interview that I couldn't figure out how to fit into the piece was that, as someone who moved here from the South, a big part of the project is about figuring out what defines "black culture" in Portland. I couldn't quite find the pithy quote to sum that up (that's the problem with this no-context quotes format, which incidentally makes a lot more sense in print than on the web). While the quotes here focus a lot on how people of color are represented, an equally important part of it for her is better understanding the city and culture she's living in. Rereading the piece now, I don't think that really comes through.
Intisar has a rad project and I'm glad it's getting coverage. The below isn't a comment on her work.
But isn't it important to acknowledge, even as we acknowledge that there are in fact lots and lots of black people in Portland, and that a majority of Portland kids have more melanin than the average person, that Portland is actually the whitest major metro area in the country? Because that is still true, and people still frequently refuse to believe that it is.
I live in Eugene and I want to share my Artwork. I am not sure this is the correct venue so please excuse me if not and accept my apologies for posting in the wrong spot, thanks from Andy in Eugene. Here is an example of Custom Youtube Emo-Political Art. It may remind many of the work of Oliphant only in the modern day. It is a video of a game on my casesite that links to REAL a/v . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJvG2pQqeIg Unlike that one, this one is super nice and clean to demonstrate how Art can be used by each person to celebrate great Happenings such as our new Pope. I made this a couple days ago, i felt guided in some way when I did it. (honest and pure) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcAkYh9vJKI
"Modern, classic, haughty, naughty, sneaky, and brushstroke-perfect." Well, thank you for that! I'm very flattered.
Great job as always Dylan!
If I may be so bold as to suggest an addition: In the spring there was a truly unique book launch for FRANK READE, an historical fiction picture book by myself and Anina Bennett. It was an unprecedented undertaking involving three separate booksellers, in which we didn’t just do a reading, but performed original skits inspired by the book. At one location was a choreographed pirate fight by PDXYar, at another venue a one-time-only mini-musical was produced by the Alter Egos theatre troupe. Attendees took home custom Frank Reade chocolate gold coins. Powell’s on Burnside had a major exhibit of artwork from the book. Several local comic book shops displayed faux-historical artifacts seen in the book. The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City invited us for a residency that included a Frank Reade exhibition. The book garnered international acclaim from sources such as The Atlantic, the New York Times Book Review, and the Wall Street Journal.
"birds, but also deer! Whales! Any other creature your roommate's last band was named after!" Hah, genius!
This article is dated April 2012. Is it intentionally being linked to from the main Mercury page now that we are in November?
Dear Justin Wescoat Sanders,
Why do you feel the need to demean people who choose to pursue higher education? College degrees are not "useless" or even particularly "fancy," and your interviewee has a few degrees himself. You turned me off, as a reader, in your very first paragraph. Maybe YOU could benefit from a little bit of schoolin'.
I went to school for art and was the college editorial cartoonist. I won awards from the SPJ and I even won best in the Southeast in 2010, and was a national finalist.
After getting my degree and entering the workplace, I find the only thing to do is to freelance. And though i've had moderate success with that, It's definitely not traditional cartooning. But what has been gratifying is seeing that editorial work and art has evolved to survive within the fine art community to an extent.
Another perspective: http://justiceleaguepdx.wordpress.com/2012…
i have a velvet painting of the pink panther i inherited. he is smoking his normal cigarette and in background there is blue palm trees and a white moon above and hes over some blue patch below. also signiture on bottom looks like it says bolming i think. looks just like http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6Eju4kMLfhE/TMzMCsVVeZI/AAAAAAAAAxg/G4hn5a8O_Xc/s320/DSCN0974.JPG but colors are different. anyone interested?
I'm not sure how to feel about this, at all.
its refreshing to see someone write about an editorial illustrator..........its somewhat of a dying art these days.......as the field is so digital now.....and for many years in the world of illustration.....editorial art was the closest thing to a creatives personal art.........
looking forward to checking out tony's book..........an illustrator,comicbook artist,portrait painter ..........and at the end of day..........a simple artist.........
@1 I don't know what that was, but it's dead now. Thanks!
Uh...what's the deal with the Greek phrases in the last paragraph, or whatever those are?
Otherwise, good article.
I have a painting on black velvet of a lake scene (boat, man). It's in a rather large round frame. My mother bought it at an antique shop over twenty years ago. Where can I go to find it's worth, if any? Thanks.
Terrific stories, thanks for sharing them. I can corroborate that PHAME is a wonderful organization and will change your life if you hear them! Ethan Dunham
I think you missed the real importance of this space as it was the home of one of Portlands' best art collectors, Ed Caurduro. He was among the first to start living in this industrial area and the tall ceilings and freight elevator were perfect for his art collection. Ivan McLean
This place would not even qualify as a decent hostel. The residents haven't any common space, there is no lounge of any kind, tiny kitchen on each floor for fifty people! No refrigeration or proper sinks to accommodate them adequately. The developer thru the greatest liar Shettler, lied and has lied continually, still advertising a tool library as of July 2011. Shettler is one of the worst people in the arts that I have encountered, horrible. I would hope that his hands would never be involved in any arts administration ever again. These are greedy selfish people using the arts to create Fairmount II, go look for yourself! FairmountI II. As for Peter Turner quoted above, he was in such a hurry to leave as many others, ask him too! And Kate Gibson, and many others of the dozen or so that left when lease time was up.
The pseudo galleries, one of your arts writers was trying to make into 4 or 5, have inadequate lighting and there is nothing of a decent paper document of post cards to show past works, and as a matter of fact, Milepost5 never joined the neighboring Montavilla art walk, or local chamber of commerce activities until 2011....COMMUNITY? The artists on the third floor did immediately in 2010, and were taken to task for organizing and publicizing with good graphics and public relations, something Shettler never did.
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