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Comment Archives: stories: Visual Art

Re: “The Faces of Tony Millionaire

Uh...what's the deal with the Greek phrases in the last paragraph, or whatever those are?

Otherwise, good article.

Posted by AlaskanNow on 01/12/2012 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings

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.

Posted by miamia on 01/01/2012 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Creatively Constructive

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

Posted by Ethan Dunham on 12/22/2011 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Interior Margins

Hi Matt,
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

Posted by Ivan on 12/07/2011 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Milepost 5's Milestones

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.

John Berry

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Posted by john berry on 10/12/2011 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Writing about Art about Writing

The art of writing. This might take a lot of creativity and imagination. I appreciate writers who have that.

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Posted by accountant in birmingham on 10/06/2011 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Meme Machine

So, this is a convention for working out the most efficient way for these basement-dwellers to whore themselves out to Zuckerberg, if I surmise correctly.

BTW ED is alive and well. OK not well, but it's alive. Still eyecancer after all these years...

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Re: “Nikki S. Lee: Projects

Someone is a little butt-hurt, eh? ITS ART. Art is supposed to be uncomfortable, unnerving, and occasionally disturbing. Its not always pretty and happy, flowers and rainbows. I would suggest you broaden your horizons.. take a contemporary art class. You might actually begin to understand why people make art like this, or you might just get even more offended.

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Posted by Sara on 09/24/2011 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Marina Abramovic

It was an excellent lecture by Marina. I was the first to meet her after the lecture and to commend her as I sat in the front row. Her photographer took several photos of us talking that she later sent me to keep. - Mark Seibold, Retired IT Tech, Astronomy Educator, Portland Oregon

Posted by El Marko on 09/06/2011 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Home Explosions: Underrated

Don't do this at home kids. Homeland has decided that these are I.E.D.s so every time they are found it makes tons of paperwork for the Fire Marshall.

Posted by Rosy on 08/18/2011 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Thanks, Just Looking

and to think I thought you might have taken your life several years ago - so where do all the prayers for your family go? wow! i am impressed with all you are doing and as your internet ad says i know you are definitely not gay- now I am curious to find out what Brian Cockrell is doing-Stacey from FLBC at

Posted by stacey at FLBC on 08/17/2011 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Internal Guidance Systems

Many of these artists are indeed classics, has the writer ever actually read about Outsider Art?

The TAGS were not hung properly at that time, they were hung immediately for the remaining 2 month long show, so it has more to do with gallery organization then

Posted by Anne on 05/25/2011 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Internal Guidance Systems

And what about all the Portland Hipsters that have taken to copying Outsider Art as a style?

Posted by Anne on 05/25/2011 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Milepost 5's Milestones

I went to the April 8th opening... the handful of dedicated, interesting artists living/working there are overwhelmed by the mediocrity of everything else.

Unless I'm just not seeing the genius of rocks with googly eyes, or splatter-painted white plastic masks, or old ballet shoes nailed to a board, or the endless monotony of badly-rendered manga.


Posted by mel on 04/18/2011 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Art-cession

Scrappers...I heard you criticize other art kind of harshly once .So I called your art crap.I would like to sincerely apologize for trying to "get your goat".Your contributions to the Mercury are hindsight.The cake,your choice of artists for the covers,your own covers,the recent fish wave.....excellant!Forgive me for being a dick?Peace.

Posted by Brad the quarterback on 04/16/2011 at 11:03 AM

Re: “R.I.P, Crappy Art Trends

I've seen lots of actual childrens art though.Hire them and quit ripping them off.Kids could use some money too.

Posted by Og Hippy on 03/17/2011 at 7:37 PM

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