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.
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.”
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