Josh Smith 09-29-19

Josh Smith, The First Years

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Josh Smith: Friday, September 6, 12:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Josh Smith documents the changes—both monumental and subtle, internal and external, and positive and negative—that come with parenthood in his series The First Years. Acting as a “family historian,” he uses photography as a tool to examine a new way of being and to explore the many contradictions that can exist within a family. Smith’s intimate black-and-white photos of his wife and two sons “serve as place markers for intangible moments of elation, fear, and confusion.”

“The unremitting demands of parenthood contained joy, tenderness, vulnerability, frustration, and fear all at once. The weight of being fully needed by our children afforded us a sense of purpose, but also denied us our autonomy and individuality. As we worked to understand our intricate new roles as parents, our relationship shifted, resulting in a new connection, but also a sense of estrangement.”

Josh Smith was born in Springfield, Missouri. He earned his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Throughout his career he has explored various photographic projects, with his most recent being a body of work exploring the dynamics of family. Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including at Stanford University, the a.Muse gallery in San Francisco, and SF Art Market. Smith is a photography instructor at Marin Academy and resides in Pacifica, California with his wife and two sons.

Jennifer Thoreson 09-29-19

Jennifer Thoreson, Testament

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Jennifer Thoreson: Thursday, September 5, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

“I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.”

Jennifer Thoreson’s series Testament is an exploration of resilience, dependency, the burdens we carry as human beings, and the yearning for release. Set in a house that Thoreson rented for a year, the images manifest psychological struggles as vast, crawling sculptural masses, which the artist fabricated using materials such as wool, linen, clay, and human hair. Conceived through a spiritual lens, the photographs borrow symbolic language from the Bible. They take particular inspiration from Matthew 11:28, a verse that reads: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The content of Thoreson’s images reflects her curiosity about human nature. She states, “I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and tender. I am drawn to moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.”

Jennfer Thoreson is a photographer and installation artist currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her artistic process includes fabricating abstract objects, arranging architectural spaces, and staging furnishings and models to create deeply personal and engaging pieces. Thoreson plays many roles, including photographer, teacher, lecturer, and mother. Her work has been shown in collections both nationally and internationally. Through her art, she invites the viewer into a process of self-renewal as she explores the intricacies of human relationships and the ways that brokenness can give way to redemption and healing.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman 08-21-19

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Still Wet from the Cocoon…Photographic Collaboration as Ecosystem
Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s
Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019, Noon - 1pm (calendar)

Portland Art Museum
The Miller Gallery, Mark Building
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
503 226 2811
Cost: Free to the public (people are welcome to bring their lunch)

Fruit Loops Landscape from Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape

Collaborators Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman weave history, myth and popular culture into photographic narratives that investigate human experience and explore the physical and social landscape. Their collaboration is an ongoing conversation that began in the late 1970s when the two artists met as students at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. They share a studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they continue to develop projects that probe interdependent and mutable narratives.

Plum from Ponder Food as Love

Ciurej and Lochman exhibit widely nationally and internationally with work currently on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Collaborative artwork is in private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum and the Yale Center for British Art.

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Pro Photo Supply.

About the Photography Council

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council offers its members unique opportunities to learn more about the history of photography with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., the Museum’s Minor White Curator of Photography. Council membership dues support the acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection. The members’ annual print share meeting, private tours with Dr. Dolan, an annual art acquisition meeting, and special invitations to lectures by renowned photographers are just some of the benefits of Council membership.

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s Brown Lunch Talk series, conceived in 2009 by Past Council President Jim Leisy as a means of introducing the Portland photography community to the wealth of talent and creative energy in our region, has become one of the Council’s most popular public events. Since its inception, the BBLT has offered over sixty monthly presentations by regional and visiting photographer/artists that are free and open to everyone interested in photographic arts and process.

Gregory Sullivan 09-27-19

Gregory Sullivan, Pollution of Night
Open/Close: Now - September 27th, 2019

Pushdot Studio
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104
(in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street)
Portland, OR 97202
Mon-Fri. 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

“Pollution of Night” is series of images from Gregory Sullivan’s recent exploration of the light that illuminates a city at night. In it he examines the interaction of different light types, color temperatures and intensities throughout light industrial areas of Portland, OR. This mixture contributes to the ‘glow’ of the city. Light pollution functions to safeguard people and property and allows for safer navigation of cities at night. But as a consequence, it also blocks out the night sky and further distances us from the natural world. An experienced outdoor photographer, in this series Greg applies his landscape aesthetic to abandoned cityscapes to stunning result.

Gregory Sullivan is a Portland, OR based photographer. He began studying photography in 1990 at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and subsequently earned his AA in Photography from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, OR. He has had solo exhibitions in California and Oregon. In 2018 he self-published a magazine, also titled “Pollution of Night,” featuring images from this series.

Philip Bowser -09-30-19

Philip Bowser, Mood Lighting

September 7th - September 30th, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7th, 1 - 3pm (calendar)

Cafe Eleven
435 NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97211
(about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E)

Cafe Eleven, a Portland coffee shop that regularly features works by local artists, will show a series of photographs from Philip Bowser’s “Mood Lighting” series during the month of September, 2019. These photographs feature qualities of light that set a mood or induce feelings, which minimizes the importance of the object illuminated. The series was recently seen in the Portland Photographers Forum Community Drawer in the Park blocks, and portions of the series have been on display at the ASmith gallery in Johnson City, Texas, the Black Box gallery in Portland, and the Lakewood Arts Festival in Lake Oswego.

An opening reception will be held from 1~3pm on 9/7/2019 at the cafe on 435 NE Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97211. (It’s about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E.) Please stop by to chat with the artist over coffee and snacks.

For more information prior to the reception, contact the artist at During the show, direct inquiries to

Astoria Workshops - 09-28-19

Two Astoria Workshops with Joni Kabana

Workshop #1
September 28, 2019
Astoria Walkabout: Capturing Editorial Content: 10am - 3pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on the creation of editorial photography. Based upon her assignments with magazines and the travel/tourism industry, Joni will help you create photographs that appeal to these organizations. She will review each participant’s goals and set assignments accordingly, ending the workshop with a class review of the day’s work.

Workshop #2
September 28, 2019
Nighty Light: Nighttime Photography: 5pm - 9pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on photographing in very low light conditions. The class (co-taught with filmmaker and photographer Jeff Daly) will be held in the Astoria Underground where we will play with light in a variety of ways (long exposure, light painting, use of blur, etc.).