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Michael Abramson, Light: On the South Side
August 2–September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: August 2, 6:00–9:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
503-225-0210
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
bluesky@blueskygallery.org
http://www.blueskygallery.org/

© Michael Abramson

Light: On the South Side is a selection of vintage gelatin silver prints taken by the late American photographer Michael Abramson. These dynamic black-and-white photographs taken in the mid-1970s showcase Black nightclubs throughout Chicago’s South Side, where, as a white photographer, Abramson was an anomaly. The series led the artist to win a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and ultimately launched his career as a photojournalist. Eventually the project resulted in the monograph Light: On the South Side published by Numero Group in 2009, which included a Grammy-nominated album featuring Chicago blues as heard in the clubs from the stage and the jukebox. In 2015, CityFiles Press published Gotta Go Gotta Flow, pairing Abramson's South Side photos with new work by the acclaimed poet Patricia Smith.

Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011), graduated with a Master of Photography from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1977. His work was regularly featured in Time, New York Times, Newsweek, People, Forbes, Harpers, Wall Street Journal and other national and international magazines. His work was exhibited frequently since 1978, including a solo show at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, in 2014 and in the same year the group show on American Photography since 1950 at Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts (US). His work is housed in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the California Museum of Photography and various private collections.

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Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Ground Truth: Corona Landmarks
August 2–September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: August 2, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Julie Anand: Thursday, August 2, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
503-225-0210
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
bluesky@blueskygallery.org
http://www.blueskygallery.org/


Julie Anand and Damon Sauer

In their photography series Ground Truth, Julie Anand and Damon Sauer investigate our relationship to the vast networks of information encircling the globe by photographing what remains of the Corona project. This surveillance initiative began in the mid-1960s by the CIA and US Air Force and involved using satellites to take aerial photographs of the Soviet Union and China. The cameras on these satellites were calibrated with concrete crosses 60 feet in diameter, which provided a reference for scale and ensured images were in focus. Approximately 256 of these markers were placed on a 16-square-mile grid in Arizona, spaced a mile apart. Long after Corona’s end and its declassification in 1995, around 100 remain, which Anand and Sauer spent three years photographing. In their images, each concrete cross is overpowered by an expansive sky, onto which the artists map the paths of specific satellites present at the moment each photograph was taken. For the Anand and Sauer, “these markers of space have become markers of time, representing a poignant moment in geopolitical and technologic social history.”

Julie Anand and Damon Sauer are artists and educators based in Phoenix, Arizona. They use an interdisciplinary approach to lens-based media to interrogate boundaries and explore the body as a site of perception. Julie Anand is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University and Damon Sauer serves as an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division. Both received their MFA degrees in Photography from the University of New Mexico and began collaborating with each other in 2005.

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Grace Weston, Escaping Gravity: Breathing, Dying, Swimming, Flying

August 2 - September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening, August 2, 6-9 pm (calendar)

Nine Gallery (enter through Blue Sky Gallery)
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR
503-255-0210
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 5 pm




"Escaping Gravity" is an immersive, photo-based, mixed-media installation about loss, liberation, and water.

Grace Weston is a Portland-based artist best known for her miniature staged photography addressing the questions and contradictions of being human. "Escaping Gravity" is Grace’s first large-scale installation.

www.graceweston.com