Dream Allegory curated by Blue Mitchell
In “Dream Allegory” I was inspired by visual images that go from tangible physical reality to dreamlike symbolism. The artists chosen for this exhibit all have different photographic methods and voices, but they are intertwined by a thread of dreamy symbolism and style. To accentuate the parable, all the work in the show is monochromatic, simplifying visual clutter to focus on symbolic implications. This exhibit allows us to see beyond the surface and diving into our dream lore.
Whether the artists is capturing a specific place, people, animal, emotion or creating their own mythos, as a whole, we’re treated with a visual journey into night, like following the white rabbit down the hole of our collective unconsciousness.
Coming in March to:
Lightbox Photographic Gallery & Fine Printing 1045 Marine Drive Astoria, Oregon 97103 503-468-0238 http://lightbox-photographic.com more info to come.
Just a quick note to thank you for your continued support and to wish you Happy Holidays! 2010 has been a big photography year for me both personally and professionally. Here are some of the highlights:
Newspace exhibition in January featuring Evanescent Energy.
Diffusion, Volume II is born.
A few images from Evanescent Energy is juried into the Light Factory’s 3rd Juried Annuale.
Diffusion Exhibition 2010 is a full on success bringing Diffusion artists from all over the map to Portland. Louviere + Vanessa are in attendance and give some insights into their work!
Lyvia Sky is born.
Plates to Pixels gets a facelift & new programming.
Juried Critical Mass – what a treat!
Enjoyed being a reviewer at PhotoNola 2010 … read some of my thoughts here.
Other fun stuff:
Interviewed by Lauren Henkin for photoradio blog.
Sat on an Alternative Photography panel with Zeb Andrews and Ray Bidegain for the NW SPE conference hosted at Newspace.
Aline Smithson features Evanescent Energy on Lenscratch.
This just in…
Holga Jen features my Holga work on The Holga Darkroom blog.
Ever since I began studying photography I’ve been told that ‘some day you’ll be good enough to show your portfolio at one of the great photography reviews that happen across the country’. I always sorta poo-pooed the idea as a student because for some reason I thought I didn’t need “professional” people telling what they liked, didn’t like, and how I could improve. I felt the most constructive criticism would come from my peers, those who were sitting along side me in this adventure, not from those looking down and handpicking the next trend or photographic Basquiat. I’ve always been a big fan of Creating Your Own Way.
What I didn’t understand was that those “professionals” WERE my peers. They may be just like me, they may have created their own way as well, they may be (or once been) a budding artist, galleriest, publisher, etc in their own right. In recent years I’ve discovered that sometimes these reviewers have really giving some great emerging photographers a chance at getting more exposure. If nothing else, the photographer has a chance to talk to professionals in their field about what sorts of things they look for. Say what you will, art IS a business. There are egos, favoritism, brown-nosing, and everything else that comes with any business – the difference is, these people really do care about good art, and sometimes even bad art, but that is another story.
This past month I finally attended my first portfolio review, but not as a reviewee, instead I was asked to be reviewer at PhotoNola 2010. I can honestly say that it was such an honor to be invited and I’m grateful to actually have opportunities available to some of the photographers in attendance. I’ve been looking at portfolios in droves since I established Plates to Pixels gallery (platestopixels.com) and of course my newest project Diffusion. After a few years of doing so I’m still excited to get that cd of images in the mail – it’s like my birthday! However, seeing the work in person is always preferred, and there’s no better setting than in a conference room with an open portfolio on a table, REAL prints, and face to face with the artist! I’m a very hands on person, those who know me understand my desire and interest in seeing the artist’s hand in their work, I can’t say it enough! I love the interaction created between viewer and artist when they both can see a tangible human connection.
I love the interaction created between viewer and artist when they both can see a tangible human connection.
Art to me is very emotional, even when it lacks it – there’s almost always something I can feel, even if it’s disappointment. But I digress, my point is I love having the tangible conversation with the art and artists who created it, which is why PhotoNola was so inspiring and exciting for me, not only as a portfolio reviewer but as an artist as well. It was also nice to meet some of the people behind the work I was so familiar with. This past year I was introduced to Lori Vrba‘s work because we were both fortunate enough to be juried into the The Light Factory Third Juried Annuale. (The caliber of work in the show was quite diverse and made for a very intriguing photography show). To my good fortune, on the first day of reviews, Lori Vrba is the first to sit down at my table (dumb luck actually, she wasn’t on my original schedule) and I was pleased have a peek at her new body of work the Piano Farm – what a great way to start my first leg of this new adventure! Coincidently she also had a one night exhibit in town on Sunday which was like the icing on the cake of an already fabulous weekend. Anyway, the next two days of reviews flowed so well I felt I could have done them for another few days. You’re sure to see some of my reviewees in upcoming NW exhibits, in Diffusion Volume III & IV, and at Plates to Pixels Gallery.
A HUGE shout out goes to the staff working PhotoNola 2010, your passion and dedication for this project is relentless and should not go unnoticed. Your volunteering, organizing, and dealing with a bunch of high-maintenance artists and reviewers is exceptional. My hats off to you!! Thanks for making my first portfolio review, and trip to New Orleans, such a memorable one!
Oh and L+V…thanks for making me feel like a rock star, your checks in the mail.
See Jennifer Schwartz’s post on the Piano Farm exhibit here: http://littleurl.info/farm and read David Bram’s (Fraction magazine) review of the wonderous exhibit here http://littleurl.info/dbonfarm
To be continued…
Diffusion Gala – Friday July 17th, 2009
Raffle drawing at 8:00PM
Thanks to all the Gala attendees and contributors, the event was a huge success!
Call for Art
2010 Group Showcase
Diffusion magazine focuses on unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork. We encourage artists working in alternative processes, experimental darkroom derived work, low-fi/analog, as well as unique digital processes to submit work for review. We believe the print market is saturated with traditional photography and conventional digital photographic practices, therefore Diffusion showcases artists working with unusual photographic methods. Surprise us!
For group showcase consideration, send up to five images in tiff or jpg formats, at least 2200 pixels on the longest side on disk to:
Diffusion c/o One Twelve Publishing
3016 SE 65th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97206
Please include image titles, detailed photographic process description, date and dimensions. Submissions will not be returned unless SASE enclosed. Happy image making!
DEADLINE: AUGUST 31st 2009
more info @ diffusionmag.com
Diffusion focuses on unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork. We showcase artists working in alternative processes, experimental darkroom derived work, analog/low-fidelity, mixed-media photography, as well as unique digital processes. We believe the print market is saturated with traditional photography and conventional digital photographic practices, therefore Diffusion showcase’s artists working with unusual photographic methods.
Articles: Zeb Andrews & Dr. Mike Ware
Interviews and Portfolios: Jeffrey Baker, Tina Maas, Pamela Petro, & Sika Stanton
Group Showcase: Formerly and Hereafter, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit, Plates to Pixels Gallery with juror Christina Z. Anderson
From Blue Mitchell, the editor of Diffusion magazine
It seems every week I learn of a newspaper or magazine that is going under, most likely due to increased reliance on the internet, coupled with current economic problems. Unfortunately, I am probably part of the problem. Outside of public radio in the morning, I turn to the internet for my daily news. The internet also hosts a plethora of art related resources, making art appreciation more accessible. I do however find myself annoyed with the limitations of this online art world. To me photography is visceral. It can not be bound by a monitor and mouse clicks – it is best showcased in a tangible form. Don’t get me wrong, I have immensely enjoyed curating for the virtual gallery platestopixels.com. This magazine would probably not be possible without my experiences and the outstanding response to the Plates to Pixels gallery. The main problem I have come across in the online world of art is that would like to have hard-copies of magazines, books and images that I can grasp with my fingers.
Diffusion is born out of a longing to create something palpable as well as enticing, educational, and hopefully entertaining. I have a keen interest as an artist – and art consumer – in photographers that push the boundaries and limitations of traditional photographic processes. Although I surround myself with artwork from photographers that push these boundaries, I have discovered, outside of physical exhibitions and online, that this type of photographic work is underrepresented in the modern photography magazine.
Diffusion is a compilation of articles, interviews, and images from artists and image-makers that coincide with this purpose. The magazine will be published annually, however, we will be producing special editions periodically that will focus more on specific themes and will not be limited to the photographic arts.
Thanks for reading and viewing, plus a big thank you to all the Diffusion contributors, this could not have happened without all your patience, incredible image-making, and exceptional writing abilities.
Visit diffusionmag.com for a preview and purchasing information
“Marguarite, State One” Liquid Light on stone by Pamela Petro