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Art that sticks to the wall

More proof of duct tape's endless utility is on display at Mona Superhero's art show at Aalto Lounge.

Superhero, a denizen of Portland's underground arts scene, used to perform Miss Mona's Cabaret Show at places such as Berbati's Pan and Dante's Caffe Italiano. Recently, she gave up the stage's fleeting satisfactions for something she likes better.

'The stage has it limits,' she says of the reason behind the switch. 'Here you can do anything.'

The artist, who wears neither cape nor tights, cuts tiny bits and strips of colored duct tape with an X-Acto blade to produce amazingly juicy scenes.

A relative newcomer to the art world, Superhero has had work in group shows at Gallery Bink, a small east-side gallery, in the past. This is her first solo show, but an upcoming feature on Oregon Public Broadcasting's 'Oregon Art Beat' should raise her profile further.

Like the work of popular '60s artist Peter Max, Superhero's punch art has a kind of mad, pinball machine energy. Check out 'Panic,' in which a bathing-suited rock goddess stands before a pachinko game, or the slightly twisted 'Siamese Twin Roller Girls.'

Duct tape, the artist says, is a 'very flexible' medium.

'It's like candy,' she says. 'I think there are about 17 different colors now, but when I first started out I was using just five colors. I just keep finding new ways to have fun with it.'

Through April at Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont Ave.; 503-235-6041.