Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gazed Upon opens tonight

Opening night has finally come. After much hard work, both Ampersand and myself are proud to present Gazed Upon. If you are in the Portland area between now and April 24th, please swing by the Alberta Arts District and have a look.

Curated by Amy Elkins
Work by Jen Davis, Cara Phillips & Stacey Tyrell
Essay by photographer & writer Sarah Palmer.

March 29 to April 24, 2012
Opening Reception on March 29, 6 to 10PM

"In bringing together the work of North American artists Jen Davis, Cara Philips & Stacey Tyrell in the current exhibition, Gazed Upon, curator & artist Amy Elkins asks the viewer to interrogate his or her own sense of looking. We are presented with three artists who challenge standard notions of “beauty” & perception, causing a schism between what we think we see & how we might read or interpret it. Along these lines, we, as viewers, are directed through the title of the exhibition to employ the gaze, that loaded Lacanian term that piles all of our potency & desires onto the “object” upon which we gaze. These artists, working in different media & different shooting styles all dance with this complex set of ideas about the role of the observer, how the gaze, itself, is employed & how it might reflect back on an audience."
- Sarah Palmer (from the book essay)

Exhibition Book:
Gazed Upon
Edition of 100
Perfect bound soft cover
Printed & bound in Portland, OR
Designed & published by Ampersand

Numbers 1-10 are signed by Elkins & include signed & numbered 8x10 prints by each photographer.

Order standard copy here.
Order signed copy here.

View artists’ websites:
Jen Davis
Cara Phillips
Stacey Tyrell

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