Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape
The exhibition I curated for the Oregon Historical Society is now open! Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape highlights the work of ten wonderful photographers - Bobby Abrahamson, Jody Ake, Steven Beckly, Susan Bein, Chris Bennett, Thomas Homolya, Joseph Glasgow, Christine Laptuta, Stu Levy, and Raymond Meeks.
Romantic notions of “The West” drew many of these artists to Oregon. They came seeking wide-open spaces and the spirit of adventure and exploration, just like so many on westward journeys before them.
The images presented in the exhibition are a creative counterpoint to more familiar vernacular and commercial views. Each photograph is an emotional, personal response to the landscape and the moods it evokes. They are a reminder that artists play a key role in creating our shared history, and in shaping how we will remember it.
Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape also draws from the artists’ personal collections and Oregon Historical Society’s extensive artifact collection to foster a rich, contextual examination of our regional landscape and the artists who interpret it.
The show will be open until May 17th, 2015, so there's plenty of time to stop by for a visit. And, save the date - on January 22nd I'll be moderating a panel discussion with some of the artists, followed by a reception. Stay tuned for more details.