A week's worth of events will tempt guests to campuses

In its 26th year, Portland Community College’s Art Beat is getting sweeter with age.

This year’s featured artwork titled “Aja, Jeremy and Jessie,” by Horatio Hung-Yan Law involves three 32x40-inch photographs constructed out of images of candy. Law’s work highlights Art Beat, which runs from Monday through Friday, May 10, and showcases more than 60 presentations, performances, demonstrations and workshops in music, literature, sculpture and painting.

All events, which spotlight more than 100 artists, are free and open to the public. Art Beat will spread out over all of the college’s campuses, including Rock Creek at 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Sylvania at 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., Cascade at 705 N. Killingsworth St. and the Southeast Center at 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave. and Division Street.

The featured artwork showcases a bit of visual sweetness for viewers. Each photograph’s pixels were substituted with small pictures of candy, minute details of Lifesavers and jellybeans. Modified to reflect the tones of the actual photograph, the individual images of the candy re-create the photographs of Southeast Portland students Aja Jabbi, Jeremy Weed and Jessie Nguyen. The artwork will be installed permanently at the Southeast Center during Art Beat week.

“From a distance you see the larger images, but once you get closer, you can see, much like a digital camera if you blow it up too much, the pixels,” said Law, a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and this year’s Art Beat featured artist. “It’s about how the brain ties the pixels together seamlessly.”

The featured art will be unveiled and discussed by Law from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday during the Southeast Center’s Art Beat reception at the Community Hall, Administration Building. He’ll discuss his artistic goals and show how people can enrich the cultural fabric by weaving art into everyday life.

In addition to his reception, Law will lecture about the art and his creative process from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday in the Little Theatre at Sylvania and from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 9, in Room 221, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building at Cascade.

Visual arts fairs will be held across the district during Art Beat. Attendees will have a chance to get hands-on as well as chat with artists during demonstrations and lectures.

“You can sit for a portrait drawing, try your hand at stone carving and talk to artists one-on-one,” said Jeremy Buswell, sculpture instructor and Art Beat coordinator at the Rock Creek Campus. “Our goal is to encourage visitors to engage with the artists. We want you to look, ask questions and participate in these public events.”

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