The lone outsider in the show (geographically speaking) is Blue Mitchell of Portland Oregon whose inclusion shakes things up via his paradigm stretching printing techniques and unconventional methods. Burnt transparencies have become a specialization of his of late and while the term itself might make many photogs shudder, Mitchell is fearless in his pursuit of striking images that bubble (literally) with primordial effects. The effect is a hypnotic one imparted directly by the artist’s hand to lends a certain lenticular spectrality approaching the psychedelic.
Gimmick, schmimick! Corey Davis photographs coffee grounds in the bottom of Japanese teacups. Blue Mitchell burns his photo negatives, then transfers the images to wood panels. Who cares if the works are gimmicky—they’re beautiful! Davis’ compositions exude minimalist elegance, while Mitchell’s come alive with drama and hyper-real intensity. This promises to be a satisfying and well-paired double bill.
~ Richard Speer, Willamette Weekly (re: Newspace Center for Photography, Jan 2010)