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Tommy Kha, I'm Only Here to Leave

October 4–28, 2018

First Thursday opening reception: October 4, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Tommy Kha: Thursday, October 4, 6:00 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/


Tommy Kha, Constellations (VIII), Miami, 2017
“Through the framework of the self-portrait, I constantly navigate between self and otherness in my photography. Themes of likeness and representation are at the forefront of my picture making. I shift between comedy and tragedy, familiarity and foreignness, performer and camera operator.”

In I’m Only Here to Leave, Tommy Kha amplifies the performative and iterative nature of self-representation through his uncanny photographs and video installation that creatively engage others and his surroundings. The artist re-photographs cardboard cutouts of himself in various environments and creates “masks” of his own likeness to cover the faces of the people he photographs. Kha’s self-portraits, which tend to look like simple collages or crude Photoshop manipulations, draw attention to the fact that something—the artist’s body—is out of place. He notes that by superimposing his face onto those who embody the things he desires to emphasize about himself, he is attempting to become “more queer, more Asian, more Southern.”

Tommy Kha is a photographer based between Brooklyn, New York and his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University and he is a recipient of a 2017 En Foco Photography Fellowship. Kha also received the Jessie and Dolph Smith Emeritus Award and was named a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward emerging photographer. He has been the artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Light Work, Fountainhead, and Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York. In December 2015 Kha published his first monograph, A Real Imitation, through Aint-Bad and his work was featured on the cover of Vice Magazine’s 2017 Photography Issue. He occasionally performs, writes, and appears in some films, including Laurie Simmons’ feature, My Art.

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Tamera Staples, Side Effects May Include

October 4–28, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: October 4, 6:00–9:00 PM (calendar)

Panel discussion on mental health and polypharmacy
in conjunction with Side Effects May Include:
Saturday, October 6, 3:00 PM

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/


installation view of Side Effects May Include by Tamara Staples on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose in 2017.


Side Effects May Include is a photo-based installation by Tamara Staples that focuses on the relationship between mental health and poly-pharmacy, or the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient. The project was inspired by the artist’s sister, who took her life with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals after living with bipolar disorder for many years. Following her death, Staples collected the contents of her sister’s medicine cabinet, sorted the thousands of pills, arranged them in patterns, and photographed them. She then translated the photos into wallpaper, a quilt, upholstery, dresses, and drapes to create an entire room covered in pill-based patterns. This deceptively alluring and decorative display immerses the viewer in a cacophony of images, echoing the tremendous scope of the poly-pharmacy epidemic in the United States today.

In conjunction with Side Effects May Include, Blue Sky will host a panel discussion about mental health and poly-pharmacy on Saturday, October 6th at 3PM. The panel will include mental health practitioners and individuals with lived experience including Gina Nikkel, PhD, President & CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, John Herold, Director of Puget Sound Hearing Voices, staff from Mental Health America of Oregon, exhibition artist Tamara Staples, and others.

Tamara Staples is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. After she received her BFA in Photography from the University of Florida in Gainesville, she began her career as a prop stylist for print and television. Now a commercial and fine art photographer, her work has appeared in numerous publications including Harper’s Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Food and Wine, Town and Country, Utne Reader and Bloomberg Business Magazine. Her work has been also featured on This American Life, CNN, Slate Magazine and NPR’s Animal House. Staples has exhibited at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY; Purdue University Galleries in Lafayette, Indiana; Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Ga; Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City; Museum of Modern Art in Baltimore, MD; Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago, Il; and Lightworks Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Staples is the recipient of a NYFA Grant, a PDN self promotion award, the 2014 Bronze award from the Royal Photographic Society, and has completed a Rauschenberg Residency. This is her second solo show at Blue Sky.

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Christopher Rauschenberg, Exhibition of photographs taken in Vietnam

October 4 through 28, 2018 (calendar)

Nine Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
503-225-0210
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
503-225-0210

Hoi An, 2018

Nine Gallery will present an exhibition of photographs taken in Vietnam by Christopher Rauschenberg. There will be a reception from 6 to 9 pm, Thursday, October 4th.

For more information, more press images and/or press prints, contact: 

Christopher Rauschenberg
503-236-2931 (talk or fax)
rberg@hevanet.com