Daniel Barron, from A Numb Hinge at Pushdot Studio
Although I’ve only seen Daniel Barron‘s unnerving photo-imagery once or twice, the growing voice inside of me is insisting that I really, really like it. The Olympia, WA resident has a show at Pushdot called A Numb Hinge, which savvy readers can unscramble to spell “human being.” “I photograph things I believe are vital to the human experience – biological or otherwise,” writes the artist. “I then combine these images to create familiar, yet altogether new entities or structures, that elicit visceral emotional responses ranging from fascination and wonder to repulsion and fear.” I, for one, am very excited to see A Numb Hinge. Pushdot Studio, 1021 SE Caruthers, Mon-Fri, July 1-25.
One of my very favorite Portland artists (although she hasn’t called Portland home in years) returns for a new show at Elizabeth Leach. Melody Owen‘s Alexandria, I’m Waiting presents a collection of work in photography, collage, video, and sculpture the artist made while on residencies in Iceland, Quebec, and Paris. Owen also has a small show on view at Reed College’s CaseWorks gallery, and will give a talk at Reed on July 17, 7 pm. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th, Tues-Sat, July 3-Aug 8. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, Mon-Sun, through July 20.
While I’m not usually a big fan of juried exhibitions, Newspace’s annual roundup is usually a lot of fun. TJ Norris took the juror’s seat this year, writing, “The subject matter here ranges to cover cultural influences, which blend hints of private or public space, to works that rely on the quirky domestic gaze or even more esoteric abstraction.” What’s really impressive is that they published a 48-page catalogue in conjunction with the show. Whoever made that happen—nice work! Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th, Mon-Sun, July 3-27.
Also at Newspace this month: Among the myriad workshops and classes available (including one on street photography called “The Concrete Jungle” which is a difficult expression to use about Portland without cracking up), is a free talk entitled “It’s Not About the Money, But Let’s Talk About it Anyway,” by Erik Schneider of Quality Pictures. Based on previous conversations I’ve had with Schneider, I’d venture that he’ll address a, shall we say, lack of business acumen among many artists and discuss some of the professional and financial considerations that occur between artists and galleries. Besides being a top-notch gallerist, Schneider’s also a CPA, so I’m inclined to listen up. (Incidentally, the talk is billed as being geared to artists and collectors alike.) Newspace, Sun July 20, 11 am, free.
In a touching and fitting tribute to Robert Rauschenberg, Blue Sky Gallery is presenting The Lotus Series, the late artist’s final series of prints. Based on hundreds of photographs that Rauschenberg made on his trips to China in the 1980s, these 12 prints ought to be considered in relationship to his 100-foot photograph, “Chinese Summerhall,” which derived from the same travels. Ellen Susan‘s wet collodion portraits of US soldiers will also be on view, and Susan will talk about her work at the gallery on Sat, July 5, 3 pm. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th, Tues-Sun, July 3-Aug 3.
For the second month in a row, Charles Hartman Fine Art presents the Portland debut of another Japanese photographer, and I’m not complaining. Emi Anrakuji is regarded as one of the country’s most talented emerging artists, and has just published her third book with Nazraeli Press. From what little I can gather, Emi deals heavily with self-portraiture, dream states, eroticism, magic, and invented scenarios. This has potential to be July’s sleeper hit. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th, Tues-Sat, July 2-26.
Sadly, it looks like July is going to be our last opportunity to catch any photography at Quality Pictures for a few months, as they prepare for a run of exhibitions in other media. As if to ease the transition, though, this month’s show, Urbania, highlights the disorienting pigment prints of Gerald Slota, as well as works on paper by Christopher Rose, and the unsettling sculptures of David Isenhour. And, of course, Holly Andres’ Sparrow Lane remains on view through August 2. Quality Pictures Contemporary Art, 916 NW Hoyt, Tues-Sat, July 3-Aug 30.
Last but not least, Photolucida’s Northwest Reviews are happening July 26-27. If you’re not already registered, this doesn’t mean much to you, but be sure to block out the evening of Friday, July 26. That’s when all the registrants (most of whom are quite serious and dedicated emerging talents) open up their portfolios for ‘Lucida’s Portfolio Walk. In addition to the visiting photographers, eight local artists (including Angela Cash, whose untitled photograph appears here) will be showing their latest work, so it’s sort of like being able to conduct a few dozen studio visits in one fell swoop. Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NE Davis, 2nd floor, July 26, 6-9 pm, free.