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.
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
Friday, February 13, 2009 5:00pm – 7:00pm J-Cafe 533 NE Holladay St. Portland, OR
Join us for the opening of a unique photography exhibit: Through the Viewfinder, PDX. Six photographers have come together to display works created by the photographic technique known as Through the Viewfinder, or TTV. So stop in, have a a glass of wine, enjoy some art, meet some of the photographers, see some of the crazy contraptions that captured the images & most of all just have a lovely evening out!
Hurricane John threatens Banderas Bay
While enjoying our little tropical paradise in PV, Mexico last week we were threatened by a little hurricane named John. Nothing substantial really happened but we were treated with some of the coolest thunderstorms I’ve ever witnessed. I’ll be posting more of these in the coming days, for now this one stands out as a highlight.
“Hurricane John threatens Mexico’s coast. Forecasters warn of floods, landslides as wind, rain hits resort towns.
Authorities in Puerto Vallarta, among Mexico’s most-visited resorts, scrambled to prepare emergency shelters while organizing night patrols to hunt for possible storm-related damage late Wednesday. But tourists and residents alike remained calm, even as the Category 3 hurricane rumbled closer.
The hurricane grew into a Category 4 storm on Wednesday but dropped back to a Category 3 after losing some wind speed. Still, it had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, and stronger gusts capable of ripping roofs off buildings and causing storm surges of up to 18 feet above normal. Most of its fury was felt out to sea, however, with its most damaging winds failing to touch the mainland.” – msnbc