On view: June 5 – August 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 6 – 9pm
Works selected by Yaelle S. Amir, Newspace Curator
The photographers participating in Newspace’s summer group exhibition, CAPTURED 2015, address a diverse range of subjects, yet share a common goal to observe and capture human tendencies. From these eight distinct expressions, viewers are able to learn about the different ways we all navigate through and participate in contemporary society.
Gary Beeber (New York, NY) documents the nightlife of New York City’s transgender community. In this exhibition he will show works about Mona Marlowe in her home, surrounded by the objects and images that have shaped her desire to make the transition. Debi Cornwall (Brooklyn, NY) will present a selection of works from her series Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, which explores the grim absurdity of daily life and environs of those displaced to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In Spring Cleaning in the Hinterlands, Katie Harwood (Boulder, CO and San Francisco, CA) observes items discarded by families in upper middle-class suburban neighborhoods during the ritual of spring cleaning, pointing to the broader socio-economic implications of consumer culture. Sarah-Marie Land (St. Louis, MO) takes careful portraits of children wearing their school uniforms, raising questions concerning identity, education, and class system. Also turning her lens to a fragile period of childhood, Hye-Ryoung Min (New York, NY) documents her young niece, Yeonsoo, as she navigates her relationships with those around her. In his series of photographs in this exhibition, Christopher Rauschenberg (Portland, OR) observes a continuity of human behavior, where he captures the ways in which individuals in the New York Public Library interact with written materials in the modern era. Isaac Sachs (Portland, OR) views the landscape as space that is given meaning by human activity, thus documenting the ways in which nature interacts with manmade environments, as it grows between, around and within built spaces. In his series Kingsway Project, Joel Stevenett (Vancouver, BC) is inspired by images culled from the City of Vancouver Archives, as he assembles a contemporary photographic survey of the community residing along Vancouver’s longest thoroughfare.
The works in CAPTURED 2015 were culled from an online open call submission process.
Lindsay Comstock, The 10 Best new Photography Exhibits of Summer 2015, American Photo, June 22, 2015.
Also on view:
Photosynthesis: A Therapeutic Photography Group
Through a partnership between Newspace Center for Photography, Trillium Family Services, David Douglas High School, Teresa Meir Photography and the Art Institute of Portland, a free therapeutic photography group was offered to David Douglas High School students this spring. The group was limited to 6 participants due to transportation constraints.
Local photographer and educator Teresa Meier, Art Institute student Quinnia Pitcock and Trillium Family Services school-based Prevention Specialist Laura Stanley worked together to create the curriculum and facilitate the group, which primarily took place at Newspace Center for Photography. Group participants learned about and engaged in portrait photography, fine art photography, street photography, pinhole camera creation, film developing, cyanotype image creation, and editing with Photoshop and Lightroom.
Photosynthesis partnered with an IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) photography group that was also based at David Douglas, to do an interview project. Two visiting artists, Briana Cerezo and Mary Vanderjack, came to the group to talk about their photography work and assist in group activities. In addition to photography skills, a group focus was to build community and provide a safe space for participants to share concerns and dreams.
David Douglas is the largest high school in Oregon and has an extremely diverse population- over 70 languages are spoken by students. Nearly 80% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Many of the students’ families do not have the means to provide enriching extracurricular activities, which is why a free after school photography group can be so meaningful for this population. In addition, as it is a very diverse school there is the potential of giving minorities who often are not equal partners in media creation tools that could help them share their own stories with their own images.
Another group is planned for next year, contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out!
Newspace Center for Photography is located at 1632 10th Ave, Portland, OR.
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