Friday, May 30, 2008

Holly Andres - Art Opening

I am proud to announce an upcoming solo exhibition of Holly's large scale photographic works. The work is premiering here in Portland on June 5th as part of First Thursday. Holly and I will be present for the opening from 6-9pm, so please mark your calendars.

This Thursday (6-9pm) -- 916 NW Hoyt Portland, OR 97209

We would love to see you there.

Here is an excerpt from the press release announcing the show:

Quality Pictures is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Portland-based artist Holly Andres. The exhibition will be her first at Quality Pictures. The show runs from June 5 - July 26, 2008. Holly will be present at the first Thursday reception on June 5 from 6-9 pm.

"Sparrow Lane" is the second major body of photographs produced by Andres. Her acclaimed first series, "Stories from a Short Street" was exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. as well as at the Missoula Art Museum who acquired three works from the series. Andres' video work was included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum.

The "Sparrow Lane" series is about adolescent girls who are on the cusp of acquiring forbidden knowledge - a metaphor for the precarious transition from 'girl' to 'woman'. The work is more playful and mischievous than the "Short Street" series while retaining some of the darkness and self referential themes from that work.

The photos reference rather recognizable iconography and use familiar and suggestive visual elements such as scissors, chrome flashlights, bird cages, and open drawers, doors and windows. Andres is interested in suspending any overt clues from the viewer so that they are encouraged to arrive at their own assumptions about what they think the scene is about. The body of work presents an elliptical narrative, a mystery, to encourage viewers to engage in and strive to solve along the way.

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