Reception 11.3.16, Thursday, 6-8 pm
Curated by Serrah Russell and Rafael Soldi
Just Visiting is a collaborative exhibition, curated by Rafael Soldi and Serrah Russell, connecting photographers based in Washington, Oregon and B.C. 300 miles is a long way, but from where Seattle is sitting— halfway between Portland and Vancouver B.C.— it is too short a distance to house three major art hubs that rarely interact. Just Visiting presents photographic works by 14 artists residing in these cultural centers, paired together into seven collaborative couples. As curators, our act of pairing artists provides a framework for visual conversation and conceptual exploration as we seek to connect artists whose work plays off of each other’s and who would benefit from being introduced. We are grateful for sponsorship from Amtrak CASCADES to fund travel to allow for artist pairs to participate in mutual studio visits and lead each other through the art of their city. By experiencing each other’s work, discussing their practice, and critiquing each other’s progress, each artist has created a new work specifically for the exhibition.
Just Visiting functions on a macro and micro level, offering a snapshot of contemporary photographic practice in our region, as well as overlapping narratives triggered by the conceptual framework set forth by the curators. Our cities are connected by train tracks, but also by artistic tracks that are invisible to us… This exhibition aims to uncover them.
Featured Artists: Holly Andres – OR, Megumi Shauna Arai – WA, Ashley Armitage – WA, Evan Baden – OR, Zack Bent – WA, Julia Bradshaw – OR, Max Cleary – WA, Clayton Cotterell – OR Eirik Johnson – WA Natalie Krick – WA, Birthe Piontek – British Columbia, Josh Poehlein – WA, Patryk Stasieczek – British Columbia, Elizabeth Zvonar – British Columbia