Art

Problematic Artists, Important Art: The Case of Ciro Guerra

There is a longstanding and possibly unresolvable debate in art criticism over the importance of distinguishing between art and artist. The school of New Criticism, developed in the mid-twentieth century, sought to isolate works of art as self-contained objects. In 1967 the postmodernist Roland Barthes declared that “the author is dead,” signaling a view of…

El Violador Eres Tú

Despite the frigid cold and the threat of rain, community members gathered the evening of Valentine’s Day on the stairs of the Eugene federal building for an impassioned rally calling to end thewar on women’s bodies. Led by Erika Lincango Kitu-Panzeleo, founder BIWOC Rising, the rally made space for speakers and victims of sexual violence…

Lesbian Languor: Queerness, Vampirism, & the Erotic

“I felt rather unaccountably towards the beautiful stranger. I did feel, as she said ‘drawn towards her’ but there was also something of repulsion. In this ambiguous feeling, however, the sense of attraction immensely prevailed. She interested and won me; she was so beautiful and so indescribably engaging.” Twenty-six years before Dracula was published, there…

Hunter-Killer over Gem State

Heavy moon full and fat shines bright in the pre-dawn, stars surrounding it made dull by its splendor. No light pollution, no cities nearby to blast photons skyward and ruin the illusion of pristine wilderness. Deciduous trees stand vigilant and block peripherals like porous walls. It is the moon, it is the night, it is…

Copyright is dead, motherfuckers: The Great Gatsby and the Atomic Bomb

Before the bombs, in my younger and more optimistic years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” He didn’t say…

Incarcerated contributors & comrades

“RE: ART, WRITING, POETRY, ADVOCACY, INSPIRATION, H 🙂 PE !” Bryan Fuller has a passion for art that makes each one of his stories, essays, and poems bursting with humor, grace, and wisdom. According to Fuller, creative expression and artistic endeavors have saved his life. “I used to think of my Autism Spectrum Disorders as…

Mikey Muffins: Do It For The Story Tour 2021

Good music can keep 40 people out in the cold.

Feature: Rainbow Rodeo Collective

In the summer of 2021, women and queer artists came together to form the Rainbow Rodeo collective — a group for those concerned with the lack of queer and women representation in the Eugene art and house show scene. Rainbow Rodeo began as a collaborative effort between house show organizers and the collective’s founders, who…

Pools of Sorrow

“Someday emerging at last from the violent insight, let me sing out jubilation and praise to assenting angels. Let not one clearly-struck hammers of my heart fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful, or broken string. Let my joyfully streaming face make me more radiant; let my hidden weeping arise and blossom. How…

“I wish it would rain”

By: Avery Massengale noconceptart.org