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20th Art Beat: Featured artist’s talent ‘shines’
Photos and Story by James Hill
For Art Beat’s featured artist, the word “shine” means much more than referring to the polished metal surfaces of his sculptures. Like so much with Mylan Rakich, there is more than meets the eye.
To Rakich, “shine” means the energy and the underlying self-empowerment of his artwork. “Shine” is also the title of his featured art piece for this year’s 20th Anniversary Art Beat. The sculpture is a three-dimensional metal sculpture installation and is patterned after various architectural elements. He says the inspiration for the piece was PCC and its building designs.
“The campuses are composed very nicely,” said Rakich, who lives in St. Johns. “What I do is I look at a building and its exposed structure, like a support beam, to get my ideas. Rock Creek was the particular setting which inspired this piece.”
Rakich, a large scale metal sculptor and an assistant sculpture professor at Portland State University, will discuss his unique approach to three-dimensional compositions in mild steel at Art Beat. He will lead demonstrations on Tuesday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Building 3 Forum at the Rock Creek Campus; Wednesday, May 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Sylvania Campus; and Thursday, May 10, at the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (Room 108) at the Cascade Campus from 10 to 11 a.m.
On Monday, May 7, Art Beat officially gets underway with an opening reception from noon to 1 p.m., between the Student Services Building and the Moriarty Arts and Humanities buildings at the Cascade Campus. PCC District President Preston Pulliams will officially unveil and accept Rakich’s featured piece.
For more on the Art Beat Week, the full schedule of events is available online.
Rakich, who lists expressionist and minimalist painters as his biggest artistic influences, started out being interested in architecture while in college. But the scope of the industry was a bit much for him to take on all at once. He preferred focusing on smaller niches of the industry to hone his design skills.
“I wanted to make it more personal,” he said of his career.
Instead of architecture, he has worked as a basic carpentry instructor for Wayne Technical & Career Center in Williamson, New York and as an art instructor at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus. Even though Rakich holds a bachelor’s degree from State University in New York and a master’s degree in art from PSU, he is working on an associate’s degree in welding technology from PCC.