A wine bottle, a Chinook salmon, a comic book, the Siuslaw Bridge: At first glance, the 127 bright and colorful objects that make up one of the latest public artworks to debut at Portland International Airport could seem random. But take a step back, and the images and colors combine to tell a story about Oregon.
Through what’s known as the Mt. Whitney Blocks Project, 16 local artists painted the walls of the World Pac. Inc building. “For many people, they don’t actively seek out visual arts," said first-time muralist Victor Bizar Gomez. "The walls that you see on their streets that are ornamented are their museum."
Two Portland artists use street art to celebrate the work of the iconic late French filmmaker, Agnes Varda. Inspired by their project, the Clinton Street Theater is now hosting a festival running until the end of August that's showcasing Varda’s films.
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe moved to Portland from Ghana in 2017. His years of rigorous study and disciplined studio practice have recently paid off: Last year he landed a high-profile solo show at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles.
An associate professor of art at Portland State University, Lisa Jarrett makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. In her studio-based practice, she creates objects often related to and about the Black fem experience in relation to beauty and hair care.