Image: J. Fredric May

J. Fredric May – Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You

Location: Blue Sky Gallery (122 NW 8th Ave.)
Dates: April 5th through 30th, 2018
Days/Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm
Opening Reception: First Thursday April 5th, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, April 7th, 3pm.
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Blue Sky Gallery will be presenting the work of J. Fredric May, the Photolucida Critical Mass Solo Exhibition winner for 2017.

Image: Svetlana Bailey

Svetlana Bailey – Once There Was There Wasn’t

Location: Blue Sky Gallery (122 NW 8th Ave.)
Dates: April 5th through 30th, 2018
Days/Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, April 5th, 5pm.
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Image: Smith Eliot

Smith Eliot – Ghostships

Location: Wolff Gallery (2804 SE Ankeny St.)
Dates: March 2nd through April 28th, 2018
Days/Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 – 6pm
Opening Reception: First Friday March 2nd + April 6th, 6 – 8
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Smith Eliot is a visual artist and analog photographer, and has been creating mixed media artworks since 1986.  Her work has been exhibited nationally, won numerous awards, and has been featured in photography publications such as Diffusion, Shots, B&W Magazine, and Bokeh as well as in literary journals such as Calyx. She currently teaches darkroom photography at PCC and at Clackamas Community College.

Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, Women’s Leader, Somali Refugee Camp, Image: Dagahaley, Kenya, 2000, from the series "A Camel for the Son". © Fazal Sheikh

Common Ground
Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989 – 2013

Location: Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.)
Dates: February 24th  through May 20th, 2018
Days/Hours: Tue 10am – 5pm; Wed 10am – 5pm; Thu 10am – 8p, Fri 10am – 8pm; Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 10am – 5pm
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Human rights and dignity form the core of Fazal Sheikh’s photographs. For more than 25 years, he has worked with individuals rendered invisible by war, ethnic and religious strife, climate crises, and social banishment, inviting them to share their stories of unimaginable hardship and perseverance. Featuring works from eight of his series, Common Ground demonstrates Sheikh’s sustained attention to the displaced around the world, and his drive to amplify the voices of the marginalized through his documentary-based photographic practice. For more information, visit the Portland Art Museum website (link above).

Organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the Portland Art Museum. Curated by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography, Denver Art Museum. Curated in Portland by Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum.

Minor White, Untitled (Dock), ca. 1939, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain, L42.3.10

In The Beginning
Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

Location: Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.)
Dates: December 9th, 2017 through October 21st, 2018
Days/Hours: Tue 10am – 5pm; Wed 10am – 5pm; Thu 10am – 8p, Fri 10am – 8pm; Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 10am – 5pm
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Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned modernist photographer Minor White (American, 1908-1976) moved to Portland, where he sowed the seeds of what would become a forceful artistic vision. This exhibition of White’s rarely exhibited early works celebrates the artist’s influence on the region, and honors the Museum’s dedication to acquiring and exhibiting photography as the institution enters its 125th year. For more information, visit the Portland Art Museum website (link above).

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Julia Dolan, Ph.D., the Minor White Curator of Photography.

Image: Robert Lyons

Robert Lyons – One Eye Crying

Location: Elizabeth Leach Gallery (417 NW 9th Ave.)
Dates: April 5th through June 2nd, 2018
Days/Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Opening Reception: April 5th, 6 – 8pm
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Image: Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham – Photographs

Location: Charles A. Hartman Fine Art (134 NW 8th Avenue)
Days/Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Opening Reception: First Thursday, April 5th, 2018 6-8:00pm
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Image: Small Talk Collective

Small Talk Collective – we’re always touching by underground wires

Location: Pushdot Studio (2505 SE 11th Ave, Suite 104)
Dates: April 6th through May 28th, 2018
Days/Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th,  6 – 8pm
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Small Talk Collective was formed in 2015 and is comprised of seven women photographers: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. In this redefining point in history for the Portland photographic community, these seven women are showing the importance of supporting and empowering one another as artists, entrepreneurs, and experts in their field.
Small Talk invites you into a conversation – both visual and societal – around the strength of joining individual visions in order to speak to broader human desires and themes, including empathy, belonging, memory, and transformation.
The exhibition, book release, and the community conversation in May, are supported by a generous Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Image by Andy Richter

Andy Richter – Serpent in the Wilderness Series

Location: Camerawork Gallery (2255 NW Northrup Street – Peterson Hall/Linfield School of Nursing)
Dates: March 31 – April 27, 2018
Days/Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm
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From ashrams and caves throughout India to living rooms across America, Serpent in the Wilderness reveals hidden layers and rarely seen dimensions of a profoundly spiritual path and way of life. This exhibition is a visual exploration of yoga that emerged from Minnesota photographer Andy Richter’s personal practice and experience. After studying yoga for years, he decided to use his medium to search for the essence of the teachings. Serpent in the Wilderness is a monograph with Kehrer Verlag.

Patrick Collier, Gate Burn, 2017, digital print, 40 x 60 in.

Patrick Collier – Field Burns 

Location: Broadway Gallery, College of the Arts at Portland State University
Dates: January 24th through May 18th, 2018
Days/Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 8pm
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Trained in philosophy, literature, and art, Patrick Collier moved to Oregon from Chicago in 2003 and began farming in the Willamette Valley. Although he has presented his sculpture and text- and photo-based conceptual work in exhibitions in Portland and Corvallis, Collier may be best known to regional audiences for his perceptive critical writing for the online journal Oregon ArtsWatch. With this selection of recent digital prints in the Broadway Gallery, the College of the Arts samples a unique project within Collier’s larger practice: “Field Burns,” a series of remarkable photographs of the terrain surrounding the artist’s home in rural Stayton. The landscapes provide an occasion for viewers to consider a range of issues, from agricultural practices in our state to the nature of artistic regionalism, while delighting in the sheer beauty of Collier’s compositions.

Image: Ann Ploeger

Ann Ploeger – The Woman Who Was Alive There

Location: Luke’s Frame Shop (4703 N. Albina Ave)
Dates: April 7th – 30th, 2018
Days/Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th, 6-9pm
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There remains something that goes beyond the testimony to the photographer’s art, something that fills you with an unruly desire to know what her name was, the woman who was alive there, who is even now still real and will never consent wholly to be absorbed in art. -Walter Benjamin

I made these portraits of my community of women during the summer of 2017. I wanted to strip away the environment allowing these women to take center stage: the simple figure on a white background looking at me looking at you. Their gaze transports me to a place where I think about who I used to be and who I thought I would be. My selection from each sitting puts me at the forefront; shows the viewer my truth. I am the invisible variable.

In this time of rampant misogyny and hate, I needed to celebrate the strength and beauty around me. The work is a love letter to the women in my life and to photographic portraiture.


Image: Marlene Cowan, “Through the Mist” (2017 Juror Award)

PDX 30

Location: LightBox Photographic (1045 Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon)
Dates: April 14th through May 8th, 2018
Days/Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14th,  6 – 9pm
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In recognition of Portland Photo Month, this group exhibit celebrates LightBox Photographic Gallery’s appreciation of the Portland Photographic Community for the 7th year.

Image: Lisa Bauso

Lisa Bauso : Mexico

Location: UNION KNOTT (2726 MLK JR.Blvd)
Dates: April 5th through April 29th, 2018
Days/Hours: By Appointment (971.207.1232 )
Opening Reception: Preview  April 5th  6-8 pm, Opening April 6th  6-9 pm
Photographer Lisa Bauso traveled to Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City to photograph the contrast of traditional and modern culture and landmarks in these Mexican cities where old ways of life and new ways of life seem to coexist without interruption. 
Images on instragram feed @lisabauso 
& view all work @ www.lisabauso.com
Image: Joe Rudko

Joe Rudko – Intermediate Techniques of Photography

Location: PDX Contemporary Art (925 NW Flanders St.) Dates: April 4th through April 28, 2018
Days/Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Opening Reception: First Thursday April 5th, 6-8pm
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This April PDX CONTEMPORARY ART presents Intermediate Techniques of Photography, an exhibition of images by Joe Rudko that explores both the magic and the limitations of the photograph.

Using collage, drawing and sculptural methods Rudko extends, manipulates and distorts found images to create new relationships of color and line. With an improvisational confidence, he gives once-antiquated snapshots new life through creative play.

Image: Shannon Ruykhaver, 2017

Taking Pictures: 2018

Location: Black Box Gallery (811 E. Burnside #212)
Dates: April 1st – 20th, 2018
Days/Hours: Thursday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Opening Reception: Friday April 6, 6-8:00pm
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Black Box Gallery is pleased to present an open-themed, juried group show this April.

Image: Axel Breutigam

Axel Breutigam – Exposure

Location: Butters Gallery (157 NE Grand Ave)
Dates: April 5th – 28th, 2018
Days/Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Thursday April 5 + Friday April 6, 6-8:00pm
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This month we present an introductory solo exhibition of the black and white photography of Vancouver, BC-based Axel Breutigam.

Breutigam studied black & white photography with Alan Ross, a long time Ansel Adams assistant and one of the few experts with a firsthand experience of Ansel Adams work.  He travels extensively, with his camera always ready to record the visual stimulus from his adventures.  Nature, architecture, and compelling surfaces comprise his vast array of imagery.

Caleb Ruecker: The Site of the Former New Copper Penny

Caleb RuekerThe Last Shot: A photographic history of Portland’s deconstruction

Location: Cobalt Studios (1030 SE Clinton)
Dates: April 19th – 22nd
Days/Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19th, 6 – 9pm
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There is an epidemic of historic buildings being demolished in Portland – the city is growing very quickly and it is changing the character of the city. For the past decade, Ruecker has been illegally entering old buildings to photograph them before their demise. This is the first public exhibition of his work, and Rueker hopes his photos will spark a greater conversation in Portland about what we’ve lost and how to preserve what’s left.

Image: Kerry Davis + Anna Daedalus

Kerry Davis – Corrupted
Anna Daedalus – Enfolded

Location: Roll Up Gallery (1715 SE Spokane St.)
Dates: April 6th – 26th
Days/Hours: Friday – Saturday, Noon – 5pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, April 6th 5 – 9pm
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Through random physical alteration of hardcopy source material, Corrupted presents a visual metaphor for the underlying perversion of digital-era politics.

Enfolded responds to a sheltering, living world of hollows, wetland and woodland. Rooted in daily walks, the project meditates on experiential understanding, interdependence and non-anthropocentrism.

Image: Jon Gottshall

Jon Gottshall – Scale

Location: Gallery 114
Dates: April 4th – 28th, 2018
Days/Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 4th, 6-9:00pm
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“Scale” refers to the significance of the human scale, in relative terms, in the face of the very large. Encountering great shifts of scale often triggers a sensation of smallness and of wonder, which I find reassuring. The photographs have also been manipulated, first by printing (using multiple printers) onto clear non-absorbent acetate, which allows the ink to remain fluid. The ink moves or stays distinct according to it’s own viscosity. I then scan these ‘fluid’ images and incorporate them into the original photograph.  The variables (and there are many) that result is an organic addition to the digital process, which I find an immensely interesting form of inquiry.

Image: Kate Ampersand

Kate Ampersand – Vanishing Point

Location: The Walters Cultural Arts Center, Upstairs Gallery (527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123)
Days/Hours: Mon-Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri: 9am-5pm
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 3rd, 5–6:30 pm + Tuesday, May 1st, 5–6:30 pm
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When the Boardman Tree Farm was sold to an agricultural company in 2016, the sale signaled the end of an iconic Eastern Oregon landmark: a man-made poplar forest that ran along a six-mile stretch of I-84. The architecturally unique tree farm is being replaced by a mega-dairy farm and crop fields—a dramatic and permanent change. This collection of photographs presents images created by the artist during visits to the tree farm over several years. These images have captured the forest in different seasons, using three different types of cameras. Rather than tracking the forest’s demise, the artist chose to record its beauty and memory before it disappears forever, memorializing its shapes, colors, and moods for future generations.


Image: Jinzgi Zhao

Jinzgi Zhao – The Fuse: Portland Dance Portrait Project

Location: The Walters Cultural Arts Center, Upstairs Gallery (527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123)
Dates: April 4th – 28th, 2018
Days/Hours: Mon-Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri: 9am-5pm
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 3rd, 5–6:30 pm + Tuesday, May 1st, 5–6:30 pm
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These photographs take dancers off the stage and put them on the playground of everyday life. The dancers in the photographs are like actors in movies. They are the storytellers. By integrating movement with surroundings, the photographs invite the audience to experience a moment, place, or scene with a sense of drama and humor.


Image: Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson – Uncovering Language

Location: Passages Bookshop (1223 NE MLK Blvd)
Dates: April 6th – May 19th, 2018                                         Days/Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 to 6:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-9pm
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