October 2008


Jeff Shay

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In his photography, Jeff Shay uses sparse imagery to explore complexities of place, perception and information. He has spent nearly two decades documenting dams in the American West, which will be on display for this exhibition. Dams in the American west are central to the American way of life; yet, we generally look at them with a tourist’s eye. We rarely really see these structures in the fullness of their cultural, economic, and environmental impacts. Visiting these structures in person, we see an engineering marvel, an attraction or recreation site, a utility to support our lifestyle. For good and bad, dams invade our landscapes, our economy, and our society. These photos are an attempt to prompt a contemporary look at the dams in all these aspects.

Jeff Shay is a fine artist and freelance photographer with over 30 years of experience. Working in fine art photography as well as printmaking and encaustic, his work has been shown internationally for more than 20 years, and is represented in the collections of the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum and Fourth Inkling Studio Portfolio, as well as private collections in the Pacific Northwest. Jeff’s work was also featured in the 1996 View Camera article, “Photogravure: Paradise Earned.” Jeff has a BFA with Distinction in Photography/Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

Myron Filene

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The decade that Myron Filene lived in Brooklyn bisected the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge. By then he had driven across the span many times, feeling its weight and its power, stones with massive gravity and a metaphysical strength to turn a great city into a continent. He had also promenaded across its length a number of times caught within the graceful spider web of cables, the dance of river traffic, and the weightlessness of the scudding clouds. Thus imbued, the photographs in this exhibit are meant to show the great bridge in a different way. Familiar certainly, but also unlooked at angles and crannies.

Myron is a photographer and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Stanford University in 1970 with a B.A. English Literature and Reed College in 1975 with an MAT in English Education. His work has been shown at Newspace, Cafe Torrefazione Italia, Stumptown Cafe, and Mountain Writers Center Gallery.