How Portland Paints Itself
Two Portland-themed art shows exemplify the last decade's visual evolution.
By: A.L. Adams
Published March 1, 2013, in CULTURE, Uncategorized, VISUAL ART
Guest-edited by “Portland as F*ck” columnist Ian Karmel.
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For the month of February and a bit beyond, Peoples Gallery and Compound Gallery have played host to concurrent Portland-themed group art shows. Compound’s “Portland as F*ck” cooperated with the Portland Mercury, showing mainstays like Brett Superstar, Tripper Dungan and Mercury art director Justin “Scrappers” Morrison. Peoples Gallery featured poster artist Dan Stiles, and wrangled a huge collection (300+) from artist/curator Chris Haberman’s many friends.
Though the works are incredibly diverse and the shows are full of surprises, a few pieces in particular seem to exemplify the last decade’s prevailing local...