October 2006

1st Annual National Juried Exhibition Winners
J. Swofford, Jeffrey Milstein & Siri Kaur

Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to exhibit work from the three winners of our 2005 National Juried Exhibition.

J. Swofford
[artist website]

First place winner J. Swofford has spent the past year going back to the basic elements of photography. Composition and light are the touchstones of his new body of work, which J. likes to think of as compositional studies.

“I want the viewer to look at them first as abstract compositions of shape and tone. Then, later, see the subject matter. I go for long walks around the lesser-frequented places of Portland scanning the surfaces looking for odd little things the city has lain out for me. I am never disappointed.”

Jeffrey Milstein
[artist website]

Over the last year, Second Place winner Jeffrey Milstein has seen extreme success with his “Aircraft” series. His work was featured in the 2005 PDN Photo Annual and has had numerous solo and group shows, is now represented by the Paul Kopeikin Gallery and is currently on display in PAM’s new photo wing. To top it all off, the “Aircraft” body of work, will be published as a monograph by Abrams in the spring of 2007.

“Jeffrey Milstein’s airplanes hover within an ethereal space. Neither grounded nor clearly airborne, they are frozen, in stasis. The ferocity of their jets silenced, the thrust created in their wake absent, these airplanes are ours to gaze upon, project, and reflect…. Acting like the very clouds that are consciously absent in Milstein’s images.” -Ariel Shanberg

Siri Kaur
[artist website]

Third place winner Siri Kaur has continued shooting her striking environment portraits but her focus has shifted from approaching complete strangers to seeking out celebrity impersonators. She will be showing three large scale images (60″x40″) from her new body of work titled, “I Would Be You, If I Could” which investigates the relationship between fame and individual identity.

“The people I photograph are intensely involved in recreating this elusive celebrity. They are not famous, but they can attain a certain proximity to fame by dressing up as their favorite celebrity or comic book hero. The act of photographing becomes a performance between photographer, camera, and subject.”