"One brought the Light, the Other Brought the Funk" by Steven Lopez

Artist's Return Causes Controversy

Former Eugene resident Steven Lopez, who received his degree in art from the University of Oregon, will be having his first solo show in Eugene since he moved to Los Angeles in 2003. The former graffiti artist was involved in several community art projects in the Eugene area including the Lane Arts Council's 2000 project ArtWall, before moving out of the area to pursue his art career. Steven's solo show will be opening at the Fenario Gallery (881 Willamette St.) on September 5th and running through September 28th. Recently, an image of Lopez' art that ran on the cover of the Eugene Weekly caused a local controversy over whether or not the image was racist. Forums and blogs have popped up on the internet debating the issue. Lopez's solo show at Fenario Gallery will feature recent works on canvas as well as a limited duration installation piece, material costs of which were underwritten by the Lane Arts Council. A public forum on the public art and Steven's continued involvement in public art and youth arts education will be held at the gallery September 24th.

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