Blue Sky Gallery

Location

122 NW 8th Ave
Portland
,
OR
97209
,
US

Website

Description

Free admission!

Future Events

Thursday
May
3
2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at noon through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, June 3 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, Ultra Vivid Dreaming features photography and video work by two emerging artists that upends art historical legacies of portrait making and instead introduces contemporary studies of the body that are divorced from notions of "revealing". The two exhibiting photographers, Shikeith and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., create images that are “ultra vivid” in color, composition, and focus on seemingly mundane environments with surreal undertones. The bodies pictured exist as if in a dream-state, where the subject's formal attributes and vulnerabilities are carefully considered by the photographer. While these works exist as contemporary representations of Black bodies and Queerness, they also critique the pervasive consumption of Black imagery and culture by an otherwise negligent audience. The subjects of the photos obstruct access to their identities and innermost selves through intentional postures that obscure full visibility, providing only a level of detail tangible in an ultra vivid dream. Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993) is a conceptual photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work focuses on intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. He graduated in 2016 with a BFA from New York University and recently finished a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Prague, and Michoacán, Mexico, where he also did a residency at RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C. In addition to a visual practice, he is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Shikeith (b. 1989) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and filmmaker originally from Philadelphia, PA. He holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and he is a 2018 MFA candidate in the sculpture department of Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, where he currently lives. Shikeith’s public programs and group and solo exhibitions have been held at national and international venues such as the MAK Gallery in London; the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit; MoMA, the Aperture Foundation, and the Vera List Center in New York City; Pittsburgh’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Morehouse College in Atlanta; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Poland, among others. Shikeith's critically acclaimed documentary “#Blackmendream" (featured in this exhibition) was made possible by funding from multiple grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation and was named by the Tribeca Film Institute as one of ten films that capture the meaning of Black life in America. Shikeith is also the founder of Emerging Black Art. Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor and curatorial collaborator. She has curated exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute (San Francisco), Eli Ridgway (San Francisco), the Oakland Museum of California, Newspace Center for Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, and Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA). She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is Northwest Editor for Art Practical, and has contributing writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Meyers was named the The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of the Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at noon through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, June 3 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Intermittently over a period of two years, Laurie Lambrecht photographed the lush habitat surrounding the Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Inspired by the multi-layered and textured environment as well as formal relationships between the plant and human life found there, she began printing her images on the soft surface of recycled newsprint to convey the irresistibly tactile nature of this place. This focus on patterns and texture, as well as a desire to work more with her hands, soon led to Lambrecht's "Bark Cloth" series, which consists of photographic images of trees printed on linen and embroidered by the artist to emphasize the unique lines and patterns of bark. Lambrecht writes, “I love that the bark of a tree can appear to be a topographical map, and how the outlines of the bark’s scales can read like rivers or mountains. I am using lines of embroidered thread as a visual guide through the bark’s imagined landscape.” Laurie Lambrecht was born in Bridgehampton, New York and resides there today. She earned her undergraduate degree at Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, and has studied in graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, where she also worked at the George Eastman House. Lambrecht’s projects include documenting Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in the early 1990s while she was his assistant. Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio was exhibited in Houston at the Bank of America Center during the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, as well as in the U.S., including at Blue Sky, and abroad. China 2009, a series of landscapes, taken during her first trip east, was exhibited at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York in 2012. Lambrecht participated in Centro Colombo Americano de Medellín’s 2013 Zoomlab in Colombia, working with high school and university students for two weeks. While in Colombia, she had a solo exhibition at El Museo Universidad de Antioquia. This is Lambrecht's second solo show at Blue Sky.
Saturday
Jun
2
2018
Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 3-4pm
3-4pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, Ultra Vivid Dreaming features photography and video work by two emerging artists that upends art historical legacies of portrait making and instead introduces contemporary studies of the body that are divorced from notions of "revealing". The two exhibiting photographers, Shikeith and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., create images that are “ultra vivid” in color, composition, and focus on seemingly mundane environments with surreal undertones. The bodies pictured exist as if in a dream-state, where the subject's formal attributes and vulnerabilities are carefully considered by the photographer. While these works exist as contemporary representations of Black bodies and Queerness, they also critique the pervasive consumption of Black imagery and culture by an otherwise negligent audience. The subjects of the photos obstruct access to their identities and innermost selves through intentional postures that obscure full visibility, providing only a level of detail tangible in an ultra vivid dream. Dr. Derrais (pronounced like Paris) Carter is an assistant professor of Black Studies at Portland State University. His research interests include 20th century African American history, gender and sexuality studies, and black cultural studies.. He is currently writing Obscene Material, a book examining black girlhood and scandal in 1919 Washington, D.C. Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993) is a conceptual photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work focuses on intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. He graduated in 2016 with a BFA from New York University and recently finished a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Prague, and Michoacán, Mexico, where he also did a residency at RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C. In addition to a visual practice, he is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Shikeith (b. 1989) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and filmmaker originally from Philadelphia, PA. He holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and he is a 2018 MFA candidate in the sculpture department of Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, where he currently lives. Shikeith’s public programs and group and solo exhibitions have been held at national and international venues such as the MAK Gallery in London; the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit; MoMA, the Aperture Foundation, and the Vera List Center in New York City; Pittsburgh’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Morehouse College in Atlanta; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Poland, among others. Shikeith's critically acclaimed documentary “#Blackmendream" (featured in this exhibition) was made possible by funding from multiple grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation and was named by the Tribeca Film Institute as one of ten films that capture the meaning of Black life in America. Shikeith is also the founder of Emerging Black Art. Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor and curatorial collaborator. She has curated exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute (San Francisco), Eli Ridgway (San Francisco), the Oakland Museum of California, Newspace Center for Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, and Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA). She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is Northwest Editor for Art Practical, and has contributing writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Meyers was named the The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of the Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion.

Past Events

Saturday
May
5
2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 3-4pm
3-4pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, Ultra Vivid Dreaming features photography and video work by two emerging artists that upends art historical legacies of portrait making and instead introduces contemporary studies of the body that are divorced from notions of "revealing". The two exhibiting photographers, Shikeith and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., create images that are “ultra vivid” in color, composition, and focus on seemingly mundane environments with surreal undertones. The bodies pictured exist as if in a dream-state, where the subject's formal attributes and vulnerabilities are carefully considered by the photographer. While these works exist as contemporary representations of Black bodies and Queerness, they also critique the pervasive consumption of Black imagery and culture by an otherwise negligent audience. The subjects of the photos obstruct access to their identities and innermost selves through intentional postures that obscure full visibility, providing only a level of detail tangible in an ultra vivid dream. Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993) is a conceptual photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work focuses on intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. He graduated in 2016 with a BFA from New York University and recently finished a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Prague, and Michoacán, Mexico, where he also did a residency at RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C. In addition to a visual practice, he is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes.
Thursday
May
3
2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5-6pm
5-6pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Intermittently over a period of two years, Laurie Lambrecht photographed the lush habitat surrounding the Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Inspired by the multi-layered and textured environment as well as formal relationships between the plant and human life found there, she began printing her images on the soft surface of recycled newsprint to convey the irresistibly tactile nature of this place. This focus on patterns and texture, as well as a desire to work more with her hands, soon led to Lambrecht's "Bark Cloth" series, which consists of photographic images of trees printed on linen and embroidered by the artist to emphasize the unique lines and patterns of bark. Lambrecht writes, “I love that the bark of a tree can appear to be a topographical map, and how the outlines of the bark’s scales can read like rivers or mountains. I am using lines of embroidered thread as a visual guide through the bark’s imagined landscape.” Laurie Lambrecht was born in Bridgehampton, New York and resides there today. She earned her undergraduate degree at Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, and has studied in graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, where she also worked at the George Eastman House. Lambrecht’s projects include documenting Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in the early 1990s while she was his assistant. Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio was exhibited in Houston at the Bank of America Center during the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, as well as in the U.S., including at Blue Sky, and abroad. China 2009, a series of landscapes, taken during her first trip east, was exhibited at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York in 2012. Lambrecht participated in Centro Colombo Americano de Medellín’s 2013 Zoomlab in Colombia, working with high school and university students for two weeks. While in Colombia, she had a solo exhibition at El Museo Universidad de Antioquia. This is Lambrecht's second solo show at Blue Sky.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at noon through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, June 3 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Intermittently over a period of two years, Laurie Lambrecht photographed the lush habitat surrounding the Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Inspired by the multi-layered and textured environment as well as formal relationships between the plant and human life found there, she began printing her images on the soft surface of recycled newsprint to convey the irresistibly tactile nature of this place. This focus on patterns and texture, as well as a desire to work more with her hands, soon led to Lambrecht's "Bark Cloth" series, which consists of photographic images of trees printed on linen and embroidered by the artist to emphasize the unique lines and patterns of bark. Lambrecht writes, “I love that the bark of a tree can appear to be a topographical map, and how the outlines of the bark’s scales can read like rivers or mountains. I am using lines of embroidered thread as a visual guide through the bark’s imagined landscape.” Laurie Lambrecht was born in Bridgehampton, New York and resides there today. She earned her undergraduate degree at Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, and has studied in graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, where she also worked at the George Eastman House. Lambrecht’s projects include documenting Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in the early 1990s while she was his assistant. Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio was exhibited in Houston at the Bank of America Center during the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, as well as in the U.S., including at Blue Sky, and abroad. China 2009, a series of landscapes, taken during her first trip east, was exhibited at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York in 2012. Lambrecht participated in Centro Colombo Americano de Medellín’s 2013 Zoomlab in Colombia, working with high school and university students for two weeks. While in Colombia, she had a solo exhibition at El Museo Universidad de Antioquia. This is Lambrecht's second solo show at Blue Sky.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at noon through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, June 3 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, Ultra Vivid Dreaming features photography and video work by two emerging artists that upends art historical legacies of portrait making and instead introduces contemporary studies of the body that are divorced from notions of "revealing". The two exhibiting photographers, Shikeith and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., create images that are “ultra vivid” in color, composition, and focus on seemingly mundane environments with surreal undertones. The bodies pictured exist as if in a dream-state, where the subject's formal attributes and vulnerabilities are carefully considered by the photographer. While these works exist as contemporary representations of Black bodies and Queerness, they also critique the pervasive consumption of Black imagery and culture by an otherwise negligent audience. The subjects of the photos obstruct access to their identities and innermost selves through intentional postures that obscure full visibility, providing only a level of detail tangible in an ultra vivid dream. Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993) is a conceptual photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work focuses on intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. He graduated in 2016 with a BFA from New York University and recently finished a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Prague, and Michoacán, Mexico, where he also did a residency at RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C. In addition to a visual practice, he is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Shikeith (b. 1989) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and filmmaker originally from Philadelphia, PA. He holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and he is a 2018 MFA candidate in the sculpture department of Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, where he currently lives. Shikeith’s public programs and group and solo exhibitions have been held at national and international venues such as the MAK Gallery in London; the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit; MoMA, the Aperture Foundation, and the Vera List Center in New York City; Pittsburgh’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Morehouse College in Atlanta; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Poland, among others. Shikeith's critically acclaimed documentary “#Blackmendream" (featured in this exhibition) was made possible by funding from multiple grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation and was named by the Tribeca Film Institute as one of ten films that capture the meaning of Black life in America. Shikeith is also the founder of Emerging Black Art. Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor and curatorial collaborator. She has curated exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute (San Francisco), Eli Ridgway (San Francisco), the Oakland Museum of California, Newspace Center for Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, and Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA). She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is Northwest Editor for Art Practical, and has contributing writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Meyers was named the The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of the Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion.
Saturday
Mar
31
2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 3-4pm
3-4pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Come hear Michał Cała talk about his photo series. From 1975-1992, Michał Cała photographed the Silesia region in his home country of Poland. In the 1970s and early 1980s the area was at its peak of industrial development and mining activity, providing mass employment at the expense of the environment and public health. Cala remembers his first impression of Silesia as “terrifying and beautiful at the same time,” leading him to focus his camera on the natural and altered landscape as well as its inhabitants. Although the mines, factories, laborers’ housing districts, and slag heaps no longer exist, the artist’s gelatin silver prints serve as as an unsettling yet intriguing visual record of this recent period in Polish history. Michał Cała was born in Toruń, Poland in 1948 and studied aircraft construction at the University of Technology in Warsaw in the early 1970s. From 1974 to 1983 he worked as an engineer in various companies in Silesia and began photographing in the area. In 1977 he moved to Tychy in Upper Silesia, where he co-founded the photographers’ association KRON and became a member of the ZPAF, the Union of Polish Art Photographers. In 2007 he was named one of most important Polish photographers in the last century and participated in the group exhibition Polish Photography in the 20th Century shown in Warsaw and in Vilnius, Lithuania. Cala's work is in several museum collections, including in the Silesian Museum of Katowice, the Silesian Library in Katowice, the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom, the Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze, and in the local government building in Duisburg in the Ruhr, Germany, and various private collections. Publications on his work include The Anthology of Polish Photography 1839–1989, The Masters of Polish Landscape, and Polish Photography in the 20th Century. Cala now lives in Bielsko-Biała in Poland and is represented by MMX Gallery in London.
Saturday
Mar
3
2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 3-4pm
3-4pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Come hear Zun Lee talk about his photo series, Father Figure. “My own journey of identity formation and cultural belonging formed the motivation for this visual exploration of fatherhood. I used my lived experience of being nurtured by African American families and father figures since my early childhood while dealing with my personal history of paternal abandonment. This helped me build a specific visual vocabulary that guided me through this work.” In Father Figure, Zun Lee offers an intimate view of the daily lives of Black fathers with whom he has worked closely since 2011—men from the Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights in New York who are often parenting within difficult economic and personal circumstances. Through his touching and honest black-and-white portraits, Lee invites us to see these men as dedicated parents who challenge stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers. Dr. Zun Lee is a Canadian visual artist, physician, and educator whose work encourages alternate ways of thinking about community and belonging. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Intersubjectivity and trust dynamics are an important component of Lee’s work as he embeds himself in his subjects’ daily lives to uncover stories of identity and connection. Lee has exhibited solo shows at Duke University, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture and BAND Gallery in Toronto, Jefferson School of African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, VA, and Galerie Jed Voras in Paris. Selected honors and awards include: Art Gallery of Ontario Artist-in-Residence (2017), Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014), and Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).
Friday
Mar
2
2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 at noon through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, April 1 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
From 1975-1992, Michał Cała photographed the Silesia region in his home country of Poland. In the 1970s and early 1980s the area was at its peak of industrial development and mining activity, providing mass employment at the expense of the environment and public health. Cala remembers his first impression of Silesia as “terrifying and beautiful at the same time,” leading him to focus his camera on the natural and altered landscape as well as its inhabitants. Although the mines, factories, laborers’ housing districts, and slag heaps no longer exist, the artist’s gelatin silver prints serve as as an unsettling yet intriguing visual record of this recent period in Polish history. Michał Cała was born in Toruń, Poland in 1948 and studied aircraft construction at the University of Technology in Warsaw in the early 1970s. From 1974 to 1983 he worked as an engineer in various companies in Silesia and began photographing in the area. In 1977 he moved to Tychy in Upper Silesia, where he co-founded the photographers’ association KRON and became a member of the ZPAF, the Union of Polish Art Photographers. In 2007 he was named one of most important Polish photographers in the last century and participated in the group exhibition Polish Photography in the 20th Century shown in Warsaw and in Vilnius, Lithuania. Cala's work is in several museum collections, including in the Silesian Museum of Katowice, the Silesian Library in Katowice, the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom, the Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze, and in the local government building in Duisburg in the Ruhr, Germany, and various private collections. Publications on his work include The Anthology of Polish Photography 1839–1989, The Masters of Polish Landscape, and Polish Photography in the 20th Century. Cala now lives in Bielsko-Biała in Poland and is represented by MMX Gallery in London.
Friday, March 2, 2018 at noon through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, April 1 at 5pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
“My own journey of identity formation and cultural belonging formed the motivation for this visual exploration of fatherhood. I used my lived experience of being nurtured by African American families and father figures since my early childhood while dealing with my personal history of paternal abandonment. This helped me build a specific visual vocabulary that guided me through this work.” In Father Figure, Zun Lee offers an intimate view of the daily lives of Black fathers with whom he has worked closely since 2011—men from the Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights in New York who are often parenting within difficult economic and personal circumstances. Through his touching and honest black-and-white portraits, Lee invites us to see these men as dedicated parents who challenge stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers. Dr. Zun Lee is a Canadian visual artist, physician, and educator whose work encourages alternate ways of thinking about community and belonging. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Intersubjectivity and trust dynamics are an important component of Lee’s work as he embeds himself in his subjects’ daily lives to uncover stories of identity and connection. Lee has exhibited solo shows at Duke University, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture and BAND Gallery in Toronto, Jefferson School of African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, VA, and Galerie Jed Voras in Paris. Selected honors and awards include: Art Gallery of Ontario Artist-in-Residence (2017), Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014), and Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).
Thursday
Mar
1
2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6-9pm
6-9pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Come be the first to see Zun Lee and Michał Cała's exhibitions. “My own journey of identity formation and cultural belonging formed the motivation for this visual exploration of fatherhood. I used my lived experience of being nurtured by African American families and father figures since my early childhood while dealing with my personal history of paternal abandonment. This helped me build a specific visual vocabulary that guided me through this work.” In Father Figure, Zun Lee offers an intimate view of the daily lives of Black fathers with whom he has worked closely since 2011—men from the Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights in New York who are often parenting within difficult economic and personal circumstances. Through his touching and honest black-and-white portraits, Lee invites us to see these men as dedicated parents who challenge stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers. From 1975-1992, Michał Cała photographed the Silesia region in his home country of Poland. In the 1970s and early 1980s the area was at its peak of industrial development and mining activity, providing mass employment at the expense of the environment and public health. Cala remembers his first impression of Silesia as “terrifying and beautiful at the same time,” leading him to focus his camera on the natural and altered landscape as well as its inhabitants. Although the mines, factories, laborers’ housing districts, and slag heaps no longer exist, the artist’s gelatin silver prints serve as as an unsettling yet intriguing visual record of this recent period in Polish history.
Saturday
Oct
28
2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3-4:30pm
3-4:30pm
Venue:
@
Blue Sky Gallery
Pacific NW Drawers Artist Talk with O'Hara Shipe and Nolan Streitberger Saturday, October 28, 3:00 PM All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public. Join us for a special afternoon with artists O'Hara Shipe and Nolan Streitberger as they speak about their photo series currently on view in Blue Sky's 2017 Drawers exhibition. Both artists have created bodies of work that disrupt stereotypes of women and girls and tell important stories that are often eclipsed by dominant cultural narratives. In Shipe's series, Beyond the Game: Defining the Female Athlete, she provides visual space for her subjects to unabashedly present themselves to the world as they want to be seen, while Streitberger's photo essay following his 6-year-old daughter's daily summer activities highlights her delightfully unselfconscious strength, independence, defiance, and playfulness. Blue Sky established the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program in 2007 to feature a juried, public archive of original prints by contemporary photographers based in the region. The Drawers program has quickly become a favorite aspect of Blue Sky’s ongoing programming, featuring original prints by more than 60 artists based in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Drawers is a year-long exhibition, changing every April to coincide with Portland Photo Month, and available to approximately 25,000 visitors annually.