Local artist Horatio Hung-Yan Laws innovative use of candy imagery is featured

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Horation Hung-Yan Laws innovative art using candy imagery is the featured artwork of PCCs Art Beat.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 of images of candy. Law’s work highlights Art Beat, which runs through 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 be spread out over all the college’s campuses, including Sylvania, located at 12000 SW 49th Ave. in Portland.

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.”

This year the chance for the public to participate in Art Beat is greater than ever before. A full schedule of events can be found online at A highlight at the Sylvania campus will be the Hands On Arts Festival May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Courtyard, which will feature aluminum casting, portrait drawing, photography creation and steamrolling printmaking.

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