Harley Cowan 08-30-19

Harley Cowan, The Manhattan Project

August 3 – August 30, 2019
Artist Talk, Friday, August 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm (calendar) Reception following 7:30pm-8:30pm

Camerawork Gallery
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44
www.TheCameraworkGallery.org
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503-701-5347
Event is free and open to the public


Portland, Oregon photographer Harley Cowan notes, “I travel to historically significant but largely unrecorded sites throughout the Pacific Northwest to interpret and record architectural and engineering heritage with a large format camera. For the past century, this has been the traditional tool for making architectural photography because it allows for in-camera perspective correction, its sheet film provides greater resolution than any other source, and it remains the only way to satisfy a 500-year archival standard required by the Library of Congress.

“There was a time when photographers established themselves with work produced for a private or federal documentation program such as the Farm Security Administration or Works Progress Administration. Unlike other New Deal programs following the Great Depression, there are three federal documentation programs which are on-going and active today. They continue to follow strict guidelines for black & white, large format, film photography. The Historic American Buildings Survey was established in 1933 as a joint venture between the National Park Service, the American Institute of Architects, and the Library of Congress as a way preserve American built history. Historic American Engineering Record was added in 1969 to record American industry and infrastructure. The Historic American Landscapes Survey was created in 2000. As a contemporary photographer, I believe early practice within these programs provides a valuable foundation upon which to build.
“I grew up in Richland, Washington next to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. B Reactor, brainchild of physicist Enrico Fermi, completed in 1944 as part of the Manhattan Project, was the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor which produced plutonium for the Trinity Test at Los Alamos, New Mexico and the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Arguably the greatest engineering feat of the 20th Century, and the most terrible, a Promethean altar of science, it has long held a fascination. Photo documentation first began in 2017, when I was granted a research fellowship and four days of access to the Hanford Reservation and B Reactor.”

Harley Cowan is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He is a Richland, Washington native. He is also a practicing architect. His interest in large format photography led to a research fellowship in heritage documentation and preservation with work in the Library of Congress. Earlier this year, Cowan was inducted into the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international collective of photographers founded in 1987, dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear age. He is its 38th member.

Cowan won the 2018 Access Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He was a speaker for the 2018 Photography Council’s Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Portland Art Museum. He has lectured before University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program, DoCoMoMo Oregon, the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, and the Society of Architectural Historians at their 2017 conference in Victoria, B.C. In September of 2018, he was the Artist-in-Residence at Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve.

His work is published in SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of historic sites by the Society of Architectural Historians, and in print with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation quarterly magazine This Place, Washington State University’s alumni quarterly Washington State Magazine, and the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s publication A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State. His photography has been the subject of articles by the Portland Business Tribune and the Tri-City Herald.

He worked with the National Park Service to create a solo exhibition titled “Architecture of the Manhattan Project” currently on display at the Olive Gallery at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park visitor center at Hanford. His Manhattan Project portfolio was the subject of a solo photography exhibition on the 75th anniversary of the Manhattan Project at Allied Arts / Gallery at the Park in Richland, Washington. It was featured in the 2018-19 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery and Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, Oregon and a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Juries selected photographs for representation in the “Life In Analog” national exhibition of film photography at Fort Works Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the “Lyceum Portland” group show of silver gelatin and alternative process prints at Jailhouse Studios in Portland, Oregon, and the “PDX 30” group show at LightBox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.

A graduate of Washington State University, for eight years, Cowan was a member of the Professional Advisory Board for its School of Design & Construction. Early in his career, he spent six years working in nuclear industry. His studies also took him to Far Eastern State Technical University in Vladivostok, Russia where he was the first and only western student to attend.

Christos J. Palios 09-01-19

Christos J. Palios, Conversations

August 1 - September 1, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: August 1, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, August 1, 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/
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.




Meals have traditionally been a time for connection. The table is seen as a space to share time with family and friends, to relax, and to bond. Cell phones have changed this aspect of culture fundamentally.

Christos J. Palios explores the paradox of isolation due to social networking in his photographic series Conversations. “I contemplate the indomitable implications technology has on the efficacy of human interaction and communication. How do our persistent networks and unremitting digital engagement impact our presence in a social sphere? Do they deepen our awareness of our surroundings or dampen them by over-sensitization?”

Palios’ large-scale photographs of shared meals throughout Greece and America use the universal language of food to raise equally universal questions about community and engagement in the digital age.

Christos J. Palios was raised as a first-generation Greek-American. His practice originated in design and animation, and he earned a BFA degree from the University of Maryland. Palios is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has pursued art full-time since 2006. His work explores themes of identity, connection, and memory and isolation within a variety of environments, including remote and often inaccessible spaces.

Anton Gautama - 09-01-19

Anton Gautama, Home Sweet Home

August 1 - September 1, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: August 1, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Anton Gautama: Saturday, August 3, 3:00 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/
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.


What is a home? To many Chinese-Indonesians, home is not simply a structure—it is physical evidence of their aspirations, struggles, and love.

While photographing for his first book, Pabean Passage, Anton Gautama grew fascinated by the blend of Chinese and Indonesian cultures he found inside the homes of East Java. Born as a third-generation Chinese-Indonesian, Gautama felt the “air of familiarity” of his own upbringing reflected in front of him and he became inspired to document and explore this shared cultural heritage.

“There is a story in each frame, hopes and dreams embedded and encrypted beneath the layers of
objects that fill the space,” he says. “They tell the stories about love, opportunities, challenges, laughter, and tears of those who have called them home.”

Anton Gautama was born in 1969 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He is currently based in Surabaya, where he works professionally as a documentary photographer. Gautama earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. His photographs have been featured in online and print magazines, including LensCulture and National Geographic. Gautama’s work has also been shown in solo exhibitions at the Goethe Institute in Jakarta, and at the Indonesian Institute of Art in Jogjakarta.