Use the comments below and name the artist and where this public artwork is located! Extra bonus points if you can tell anything about how this artwork was purchased or mounted. Check back for the answer tomorrow. Hint – By a well known artist, but not in his well known style. (Of course it’s in Portland – also.)

25 HOURS LATER – Okay, this is a hard one and you’re clearly stumped. I’ll give you half – and the easier, much more interesting half – The painting above is by Louis Bunce. Not his well known style at all. Now – the challenge – where is this piece of Portland public art hanging? Another hint, cause I know you’re lost – it’s in a public building which contains about 40 other pieces of art, all parts of the “State Office Building Collection.”

25 HOURS LATER – It’s Louis Bunce, View #2, date created unknown, hanging on the fourth floor of the Oregon State Office Building on NE Oregon Street.

Artwork in this building is rarely visited because the surroundings are stultifying dreary, matched by the trollish work of civil servants. One enjoyable aspect, beyond finding the artwork, was the absolute ease of access. Although this building is one of the very few where Homeland Security provides it’s service, doors throughout the building were open and unguarded.

The collection – available for the first time in an online gallery here – includes work by Michele Russo, James McGarrell, Gary Thomas Sutto, Dyann Alkire, a monoprint with pastel by Rick Bartow, Goodwin Harding, Karen Guzak, Robert Dozono, PSU Prof Manuel Izquierdo, U of O’s LaVerne Krause (the blue landscape Spring Poetic above), Jim Shull, Lewis & Clark’s Bruce West, Douglas Campbell Smith, the Museum Art School’s surrealist Dean Harry Widman (his painting Three Three and Two is above), two enormous 2D sculptural pieces of cast glass by Ruth Brockmann (detail of The Legend of Multnomah Falls is shown here), and Robert Hanson.

Several of these pieces is another context, perhaps with proper lighting, could be interesting. The glass piece by Brockmann is enormous – two pieces, each ten feet by twenty-five feet – and exceptional.

Portland Public Art looked at the prominent outdoor sculpture Ideals by the late Muriel Castanis in 2005 at the corner of 9th Avenue and NE Oregon.

The collection is OAC warehouse circa 1985. I had several nice chats with the inhabitants who had no idea of what the artwork is, who made it, or whether it was interesting or not. I could smell the Halcion, tho. No mention elsewhere of the “State Office Building Collection.” Like the artwork, the program which collected and mounted it, has been forgotten.

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