Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pacific/Midwest at Newspace Center for Photography

 We were delighted to be part of a group photography exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography.
September 3 - 29, 2013
Opening Reception and Artists' Presentation: Friday, September 6
Special thanks to Milwaukee, for organization and transportation, Mark Brautigam for his elegant catalogue design and Mel Trittin for her essay.
Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce a group exhibition with ten photographers based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This exhibition will present a diverse sampling of work created by the Milwaukee, (pronounce Milwaukee Comma) group, which is a collaborative photographic project that transplants the work of Milwaukee artists to geographies beyond Wisconsin’s borders.
This exhibition will give Portlanders the unique opportunity to see work being created in a community just over 2,000 miles away.  In the coming year Newspace Director, Chris Bennett, will be working with the Milwaukee, group to create an exhibition of Portland photographers to be exhibited in Milwaukee.
Among those exhibiting, Tara Bogart will be showing her Modern Hair Study series, which consists of portraits of young women photographed from behind. “By focusing on the back, the viewer is forced to contend with all of the peripheral things that make each woman unique.”  Sonja Thomsen will present an interactive installation of photographic reproductions, titled lacuna.  This work “creates a constellation of recollection, as transient in nature as memory itself” and is composed of seventy small-scale images hung on the wall, waiting to be peeled away by the public.  Mark Brautigam will exhibit photographs that constitute a personal and unique portrayal of the state of Wisconsin. “The images are steeped in unassuming Midwestern solitude, populated by timeless characters, and set in a landscape that is neither dull nor spectacular and always seasonally in flux. While these photographs may live within the stereotypes of the Midwest, they also confound them with a reverent and dignified perspective on the land and people of Wisconsin.”
Natural History - Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
Catalogue designed by Mark Brautigam

Monday, October 21, 2013

China Bound

Fifteen portraits from Natural History (and Barbara) will be heading to the Lishui Photo Festival in  Zhejiang Province, China from November 4-10, 2013. Curated by Yan Li of High Noon Culture and Art Corp. and Blue Mitchell, the show "Unconventional Photography" includes works by these outstanding unconventional photographers:
Jim Leisy "American Scientist"
S. Gayle Stevens  "Allegory"
Clay Lipsky  "Exposed"
Fritz Leidtke "Astra Velum"
Heidi Kirkpatrick "Lost and Found"
Ryan Zoghlin "Aerotones"
Bill Vaccaro "The Things She Left Behind"
Kim Kauffman "Confluence"
Jennifer B. Husdson "Medic"
Susan Kae Grant  "Theatrical Realms of the Whimsical and Tragic"
It ought to be an adventure traveling with these visionaries.